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How To Start a Food Blog
Secrets Revealed: Are you interested in learning how to start a Food Blog? We started Natasha’s Kitchen in 2009 and I’m so glad we did! It has grown into a very fulfilling and seriously FUN full time career for my husband and I. We’ve gotten so much helpful advice from top food bloggers over the years and we are so happy to be able to do the same for you. We’ve found that the most successful people are also the most willing to help others. We created this page to share advice based on what we’ve done that worked and also mistakes we’ve made (and some were so time-consuming and stressful that we want to spare you the same troubles we had). Your blog can be LIVE in less than 30 minutes; no technical skills required! Let’s dive right in to: How to Start a Food Blog 🙂
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First of all , I wanted to share a really great resource with you that I think would be super helpful for many of you.
If you have a blog or are considering one (even if it’s not a food blog), you need to look into Food Blogger Pro. It’s a membership website for food bloggers that shows you how to set up and grow your food blog step-by-step. It has 250+ video tutorials to teach you everything from:
- Starting a blog (step-by-step video instructions!)
- Building traffic and growing your blog
- Improving your food photography, and editing photos
- Social media setup and growth
- Utilizing all the “essential tools” for your blog (Google analytics, managing giveaways)
- How to generate an income through your blog
- Writing and creating an e-book
Food Blogger Pro is a membership-based website so you have the option of a monthly membership or yearly membership. It will take your blog to the next level and that’s why I’m so excited to share it with you!
(Step 1): Webhost & Naming YOUR Blog
1. The two biggest factors to consider when choosing a hosting company are: reputation and customer service. We recommend Bluehost and signing up is easy peasy. If you’re just starting out, I suggest the least expensive plan and upgrading over time as your blog grows. If your blog is taking off and growing in traffic, consider LiquidWeb, which is a premium hosting service ( a little spendier but WELL WORTH the extra cost). We are currently with LiquidWeb and have a dedicated server.
Bluehost is a well-known and reputable hosting company that has been in business a loooong time. It’s also hugely beneficial to be able to talk to a live person 24-7 if you need help. Their hosting package also includes a free domain name and there is no setup fee.
If you are serious about your blog, take some time to brainstorm a domain name. Pick something that is catchy, relevant and easy to remember. Run your ideas by your closest friends or fam and get feedback. I think my sister Alla gave me the idea for NatashasKitchen.com! Head on over to bluehost and plug in your ideas. This part is fun and you can stake your claim on your unique domain name asap!
(Step 2): Installing WordPress
After you’ve signed up with Bluehost, you will need to install WordPress (a blogging software). We have used Wordpress from the birth of our blog 5 years ago and love it because of it’s simplicity; it’s very user friendly and installation is a breeze.
(A). Once you’ve logged in to Bluehost, locate the Website builders section and select “WordPress.”
(B). Once you click on WordPress, you’ll see a screen with an “Install” button. Click it.
(C). Plug in your very own domain name and click “Check Domain”
(D). Mark that you’ve read the terms and conditions and click “Install Now”
(E). Now at the top of your screen, you’ll see a box that says “View Credentials” Click it. This will provide you with your Login information so you can login to your blog and get rollin’, so jot it down and keep it in a safe place. To access your blog as the owner, type your Admin URL into your browser, then enter your Username and Password when prompted. You’re there. You’re officially a blogga. Congrats!!
(Step 3): Choosing a Theme or Design for your Blog
Thesis Theme for WordPress – We started out with Thesis and used it for about 2 years. Genesis is very popular Theme as well.
Free Themes for WordPress – WordPress has tons of free themes available if you’re not ready for purchasing a “premium” theme right away. Start with one of the free themes without spending a lot of money right off the bat. Please do some research and check the theme’s rating before downloading and install it onto your blog. Avoid themes with three stars or less.
If you’re serious about your blog and want it to be a full time career, invest in a custom web design. Cre8d redesigned our blog in August 2015 and it was blog changing! Their communication and work is fantastic. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them; worth every penny. If you get a quote from them, let them know I sent you by using my referral code: NK.
Creating an Income With Your Blog
When you’re first starting out, if you decide to place ads on your site, they will help to cover costs. As your blog grows with time, dedication and hard work, it is possible to create a full time income from blogging. The primary ad network we work with is Mediavine.
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I hope you found this tutorial on how to start a food blog helpful and do let me know once you’ve published your first blog post. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging. 🙂