If you are foodie and love food then you must need to start your own food blog as a serious food blogger and later you can also make money with effective food blogging.
Today, I am going to share with you "how to start a food blog" and make money step by step. It's a mini guide (in an easy way) that will help you start your blog right away.
So, let's start now!
First, let me share with you that food blogging journey starts with food, recipes, cooking and mouthwatering food pictures. If you are ready and have experience and interest to manage all this then you are ready to start your own food blog.
Food blogging is also a recommended idea to stay at home moms who want to make money from home in their spare time. As it takes time and effort to manage a blog but it's really easy to manage by living with your kids and doing home stuff.
Step by Step Guide:
How to Start a Food Blog
The first step to start food blogging is to judge your niche like how do you want to present your blog and what are the key skills that can make you different from others.
When you going to start a blog, you have two choices:
- Make it yourself
- Design by the Website designer
If you want to start a blog by yourself and keen to design it then below steps will help you to move forward.
Few Food Blog Ideas For New Bloggers
Let me share an example that will give you ideas to start food blogging:
Food Blog Idea #1
Like; someone has good skills in food photography so you can take food pictures and start a blog to share people your skills about food photography in the same way you can sell pictures on your blog/website to make money. You can also monetize the blog with potential advertisers.
Food Blog Idea #2
As a second idea, If you love cooking then you can shoot your cooking video and share recipe through video or written or in the form of a podcast to your blog. People love to watch recipe videos as it's easy to note down the steps.
Food Blog Idea #3
The third idea is simple but most effective and a majority of people doing this and making big money. You can simply share your cooking recipes, cooking tips, and cooking skills to your readers. For this, you can search the most demanding keywords and apply on your food blog. It will improve your blog traffic also help you to grow as serious blogger. Later, you can add a shop to your blog to sell cooking accessories, cookbooks, and affiliated cooking products.
Above are the simple ideas that you can adapt to start your blogging journey with success.
The first step to start a food blog is to find a good blog name.
Find a Clicking Blog Name
Blogging is simple and effective if you start with the attractive and clicking blog name. This step is little difficult in current time as most of the good names have been taken. I am saying this because you will register the domain name by using the same name. Domain name is the blog URL or you can call it blog address like mine is hinzcooking dot com.
Key to Find a Good Blog Name:
- It needs to be simple and attractive.
- Might be short as it easy to remember.
- Easy to pronounce.
- Also easy to understand.
After finding the blog name, you will register the domain and take the hosting package.
If you are on a budget then you can take the domain and web hosting in a single package where domain will be free.
Here you can look into best hosting services to make your choice.
If you are still indecisive about host...
Here, I can simply suggest you if are unable to choose your host to go with Bluehost as they provide quality service and trusted provider in the market.
Also, you may have a look at Bluehost hosting package and here are their discounted rates for you.
Steps to Register Domain and Hosting
So in this post, I am showing you step by step process to register a domain and hosting with BlueHost.
- Click on the link to get discount rates.
- Then, click on 'Get Started Now'
- Choose 'Basic Package'. It will be ideal for you to get started. When you start getting more traffic then you can upgrade the package accordingly.
- Click 'Select' under the Basic package.
- It will ask you to add domain name that you want to register.
- Click 'Next'.
- It will ask to write your account information.
- Also, add package information according to your budget starts from 1 year to onwards.
- Next, add payment information.
- Mark check on 'Terms and conditions'.
- Click 'Submit'
- Next, you will receive account information to get login details to your CPanel through email.
Now, move to next step:
Use WordPress as your CMS (content management system). It's a best open source platform to design user-friendly and responsive websites and blogs.
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Check this link to install WordPress from Bluehost step by step. It's simple and easy just need little concentration if you are doing it the first time.
Install WordPress Theme for Food Blog
Now the most amazing step comes up. You will choose a WordPress theme for your blog. I suggest you to choose something related to your niche. It will help you to manage things quickly.
Here are some free themes that you can choose. Also, you have an option to buy premium themes as well. Let me know if you need more details about it.
Download your preferred theme using Free theme link and Upload on WordPress by going through below steps.
Steps to Upload WordPress Theme
- Go to your WordPress dashboard.
- From left navigation, choose Themes.
- Click on it and upload your blog theme here.
Steps to Make Settings:
- Again, go to left navigation, and choose Setting option.
- Click on General tab and add 'Site Title', URL, 'Tagline' and other details.
- In the same way, choose Reading from Setting option and click on your latest post.
- Now, number it. Like; how many posts do you want to make visible on the first page.
Start Writing Your First Food Blog Post
From WordPress dashboard, choose 'Post' option from left navigation. It will lead you to post writing page.
Now start writing your post. First, add Title and then add post content. You can check the toolbar to add links and other things. It's simple and easy and same as you work on Microsoft Word.
Now define your theme category/tags.
Now, Publish your first blog post.
Voila! You have published your first blog post as food blogger 🙂
Now keep writing the blog posts.
Here are some more important steps to grow as successful blogger.
Now add some more embellishment to your blog to make it more professional like your blog logo and other details.
Add Professional Blog Logo Design
Install Recommended Plugins:
To install more widgets and plugins, you have to go to WordPress dashboard and choose 'Plugin' option from there. Click on Add New to install new plugins. Below is the list that you can follow to install plugins.
- Yoast SEO will help to write an SEO friendly or keyword-based post.
- Contact Form 7 to add a contact form to your blog.
- WP Fastest Cache to improve your website speed.
- Pin It Button will help to share your post on Pinterest.
- Add to Any Share Button to share your post on social media by your visitors.
Now to install a plugin, go to the Plugin page and download it or write the name of the plugin in your plugin Add a new page. As it installed 'Activate' it to make functional.
So, you have made effort to launch your 'food blog' and now you can continue your journey until you become successful. Blogging is love and you have to it in a consistent manner with passion.
Now we are going to share more info to use your blog as Business in simple words you can make money blogging. So how it will start.. Let's have a look step by step:
How to Make Money From Blog
Blogging is fruitful if you are making money from your blog. On a personal note, if you are doing the effort, giving your time to blogging then it's a good thing to make it business and give you handsome money to live your living in a good way.
Things that you need to do to make money from your blog.
Start Your Shop on Your Blog
First and best option to create your own product rather going on someone else product. As a food blogger, you can create your own book to sell. If you can manage you can teach other food bloggers like how they can start. You can also sell some product related to the kitchen. You can sell your food pictures. So there are so many options that you can explore to make money from your blog.
For this, you just need to install WooCommerce plugin on your WordPress and you can create your product to sell.
Use Affiliated Links
Next option is to use affiliate links in your blog which will help you to sell someone else product by using your blog. As the product will sell, you will get a small commission on that. Be remember, to add an affiliate product that is related to your business niche. Also, make sure to add a product that you personally used or trust otherwise it will harm your blog reputation. Most important to add a proper disclaimer in your blog post and show it to your user that you will get a commission on the selling of these products. Don't hide anything!!
Below are the Affiliated sites that you can use to promote products:
Monetize Your Blog
Blog monetization is quite common and you can do it for your blog as well. For this the most famous and trusted ad program by Google is Google Adsense that you can join and place ads on your blog in multiple places.
By using ad network program, you can make money on the basis of Impressions and Clicks.
In a simple way, for every 1000 page views you will get $1 and if somebody clicking ads posted on your blog then you will get small commision set by an ad company.
My objective to write this post is to facilitate new bloggers who are looking how to start a food blog that's simple and easy only need to place a right strategy to become a successful blogger. I will also share some more important tips and tricks that will help to brighten your blogging journey in no time.