When I first started food blogging I was a little lost. I put together this quick and easy guide to getting started with food blogging. I hope you find it helpful.
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There are three major steps:
- Choose your site’s name and a host.
- Install WordPress as your content management system.
- Choose a theme, or layout of your blog.
Choose a Host
Choose a Theme
Some Extras to Help Your Site Look Nice:
I got my first DSLR camera shortly before starting my blog, but honestly, I had no idea how to use it beyond the automatic setting. Lindsay of Pinch of Yum put together this great ebook that goes through all the basic functions of your camera and also teaches you how to take great photos of food. I’ve read other books on photography before and Tasty Food Photography was the easiest to understand. My photography is a work in progress but as soon as I started using the techniques outlined in this book my photos started getting accepted by sites like Foodgawker and Tastespotting and the traffic to my site markedly increased. Food blogging is very image driven and taking time to improve your photography will greatly improve the overall quality of your blog.
Setting Up the Site
When I first started looking into how to start a food blog, I was totally overwhelmed. There was so much more to consider than I had initially thought when starting a blog. At first, I was just going to sign up for a free site on wordpress.com and call it a day, but when I realized how little flexibility and room to grow there was on that type of site I started researching blogging even more. I was lucky to have stumbled across Food Blogger Pro through Pinch of Yum. Lindsay and Bjork are a wife/husband team that are so generous with their knowledge of growing and monetizing a food blog. Seriously, I could NOT have done any of this without them. Their easy to follow video tutorials cover all the basics and more, from the technical aspects of setting up a blog, to setting up your social media to promote your site, to food photography and search engine optimization. This site covers it all!