5 Important Tips To Whip Up A Successful Food Blog
Are you an aspiring food blogger? Whether you’re a chef or foodie, if you’re dreaming about earning a passive income while sharing recipes you love with an online audience, a food blog is perfect. Taking the plunge and setting your own website is the first step, but there are other food blog essentials to consider.
The following five tips for starting a food blog can serve as your recipe for blogger success. Let’s get cooking!
- Choose A Strong Foodie Domain
While brainstorming ideas for your food blog you may have come up with a few business name ideas. If you still don’t a name yet, keep working at it, but don’t rush. Finding the right food blog name is one of the most important steps.
Do a bit of online research to get a few ideas. You can search other food blogs for inspiration as well. Incorporating a bit of catchy food humor with a name you can get behind. Remember, once you choose it, you may be stuck with it for a long time.
Once you have a name in mind, it is time to find a web host provider. One thing to keep in mind is to ensure your host can handle any traffic coming your way. You want to provide a stellar user experience, and uptime issues or slow site speed can hinder that.
You also want to consider Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) to serve up better user experience, since most searches are happening via mobile devices now. “The goal of this new technology is to help sites load quickly and perform flawlessly, no matter how they’re accessed,” Megan Hendrickson of DreamHost said.
- Make Sure Your Theme Is Delicious
People eat with their eyes and this also applies to delicious food blogs, when it comes to your site’s theme. If possible, choose an enticing theme that will make your visitors want to stick around and browse your content.
There are plenty of free and paid WordPress themes you can choose and install with a bit of research. Ensure your food blog theme is mobile-friendly and easy to navigate as well. And choose a theme that’s specifically designed for food blogs.
This will make building out your website easier. For example, Foodica is a clean and minimal design that showcases recipes and serves up aesthetics that grab your audience’s attention.
- Your Photography Needs To Be Spot On
One essential for food blogs is photography. If your food blog doesn’t have amazing images, you may find it difficult to connect with your audience. The good news is that you don’t really need be a pro photographer. You simply need clean, high-definition images with a sprinkle of your own style.
Photos spark imagination and creativity, two factors most foodies share. Let your images hook people, bringing them back to your blog. Your images, if done right, may also start trending on social media channels, such as Pinterest and Instagram.
Work hard to take great images and hone your photography skills fast. Research other sites with exceptional photos and bookmark them to learn. One word of caution for new food bloggers, never use stock images, because they are just not unique.
- Keep It Real
One of the best ways to connect with your audience and fellow foodies is to be as real as possible, and connect with your followers in a meaningful way. Even if you’re a bit shy, make an attempt to get in front of the camera, as well as share personal anecdotes.
Your audience wants personalized content, and letting them in will grow your food blog into a success. Tell your story and engage with your audience. Comment and respond as much as possible on social media, and don’t shy away from launching a YouTube channel to provide video content. This is especially important for food bloggers that cook or share DIY tips.
- Network With Other Food Bloggers
If you want to grow your food blog exponentially, you’ll need to lean on the support and even mentorship of other food bloggers. Connect with other bloggers and brainstorm of ways to combine content to increase one another’s online visibility.
Facebook groups are excellent outlets for connecting with your foodie tribe. You can easily build up a community hanging on your every recommendation with backing from your blogger network.
Wrapping Up . . .
Food blogging is one of the best ways to combine your passion with food and your excitement for writing and connecting with likeminded foodies. Whipping up a successful food blog is also not as challenging as it may seem. You can use the above tips as your recipe.