How to Start a Food Blog
Today, a lot of people have started blogging and have actually started earning from their blogs too. But starting your own blog can be a confusing process, especially if you don’t have the important details at hand.
Are you planning to start your own food blog? If yes, then this article will tell you how you can get started with your food blog in no time at all. Just follow the steps mentioned in this article and you will have your personal website to share your food blog posts.
Select Your Content Management System (CMS)
The first step towards starting your own blog is to choose a good CMS which will help you add content to your blog. Now, you might be an experienced coder in which case you don’t need a CMS and you can create your own website from scratch.
But for people like me, who have zero IT skills, a CMS is a gift as it becomes easy to customize the website without touching the backend code. There are several good CMS websites like Drupal, Joomla, etc. but WordPress is definitely the best option out of all these CMS options.
WordPress is easy and has numerous plugins which make customizing your website even easier without requiring any IT or coding skills.
Choose a Blog Name and Buy the Domain Name
Once you have chosen your CMS, it is time to decide on the name of your food blog. This will be used in the branding and marketing of your blog and will also be used as your website’s domain name. So, think it through and select a food blog name which is catchy, short, and easy to remember.
Once you have the name, check their domain availability using the .com suffix. You can try various combinations if the exact name isn’t available but make sure that you don’t use hyphens.
After you have found your domain name, you will need to purchase it so that no one else can use it. You can hold off on this step because a lot of times you get your domain name free with the hosting that you purchase.
Get a Good and Reliable Hosting Plan
Once you have an available domain name for your blog, you need to choose an affordable and convenient hosting plan for your website. Make sure that you opt for a hosting plan which includes WordPress installation as well.
When choosing a hosting plan, you will need to consider several factors like services offered, price, duration, etc. And there are many good hosting sites for choosing like Bluehost, Hostgator, GoDaddy, and so on.
Compare and choose a hosting plan which is secure and reliable and will also include free domain with your purchase.
Connect your WordPress Website to the Domain Name
After you have purchased your hosting, domain name, etc. it is time that you connect your WordPress website with your domain name. For this, you will need to go to the WordPress control panel of your website which will have the URL like http://xyz.com/wp-admin, where xyz is your domain name.
After opening the control panel, you will need to go to Settings – General. On this page, fill your domain URL in the WordPress address and Site address fields and click on Save Changes.
Your domain name is now connected to your WordPress website and can be used to search your food blog.
Choose a Good Website Theme
After you have your hosting, WordPress, and domain name in place, you need to choose a good theme for your website. The theme of your website should be attractive, responsive, and user-friendly. You will find several free WordPress themes to choose from but the premium themes are faster, better designed, and rank well on Google.
So, start with a free theme and then later upgrade to a premium theme if you are serious about growing your food blog.
Set up the Google Tools for your Website
Once you have your website design ready, you need to focus on the SEO aspect of your blog. To track the traffic and blog posts ranking, you need to create a Google account and set up Google Analytics and Google Search Console for your food blog.
This will be helpful in the long run and will help you make your food blog more popular on Google. It will also give you an overview of which posts receive more traffic and work well for your blog.
Draft Your First Food Post
After you have everything set up, it is time to start writing your first blog post on your WordPress Post editor. Ensure that you use short yet informative sentences and install YOAST plugin to help you write an easy-to-read and SEO friendly blog post.
Don’t rush through the process because your first blog post will be the first impression of your website. So, use easy to understand language and edit your post several times before you publish it.
Focus on the Layout and Presentation of Your Blog Post
Another important aspect of a food blog is the layout and presentation of the blog post. After you have the text content ready for your blog post, you need to spend time on the food pictures for your blog post and decide on the appropriate font styles and colors for the heading, paragraphs, etc.
This might not seem important to you but the presentation is one of the crucial steps of making your food blog user-friendly and popular to read.
Publish Your Blog and Share it with Others
Once you are satisfied with your draft post, it is time to publish it. After publishing it, share it with your friends and family members and make sure you post it on all your social media channels.
This is extremely important because initially, you won’t have any organic traffic from Google Search engine. So, you will need to share it with your peers to get traffic to your website and make more people aware of your blog.