Have you always wanted to start a food blog but didn't know where to start? Look no further! Starting a food blog is actually much easier than you might think. Here's my complete guide on how to start a food blog in under an hour!
Pick a Niche
First, narrow down what you want your blog to focus on. Do you want to share cake recipes? Or will it focus on Instant Pot recipes? Niche down enough so that your blog will be pretty specific, but not too limiting. For example Vegan Cakes would be a great niche but Vegan Cakes to Serve on Easter might be a little too limited.
Set up your domain and host
Once you figure out your niche, it's time to come up with a blog name and register with a host! A web host is an online service that makes your website show up on the internet. One of my favorite web hosts is BlueHost because they're reliable and not expensive.
It might be tempting to sign up for a free account on a site like Blogger but if you want to be able to scale your blog (or make any income from it) it's best to start out with your own domain and wordpress site on BlueHost . The free sites don't allow monetization and are really hard to rank on Google. Save yourself a headache (trust me!). Prices on BlueHost start as low as $2.95 a month. You can sign up for an account here.
Making Your Website Pretty
Once you have WordPress set up the fun can begin! Within WordPress there are millions of "themes" or layouts you can customize to make your food blog pretty. My favorite theme is the Foodie Pro theme (that's what I'm using now) and their Feast Plugin.
I like using Foodie Pro and Feast Plugin because not only is it easy to install and set up, but the community and support is amazing. There's a private Facebook group for members to ask questions that's super helpful. They also have a great newsletter that keeps you up to date with Google trends and changes.
Learning the Basics About Food Blogging
The best way to learn the basics is to join Food Blogger Pro. I love Food Blogger Pro because not only do you join a great community and share ideas, but it also comes with all the courses that teach you everything you need to know about Food Blogging. They have courses on getting set up with your blog, to how to monetize, to how to do food photography. They also have private community message boards that are a great way to network with other food bloggers. You can sign up for it here.
Now that your blog is set up and you know the basics it's time to have fun with it! Have fun coming up with recipes, trying different photography styles and finding out what works for you.