How to Start a Food Blog – The Ultimate Guide to Successful Food Blogging
People are now more critical on the presentation of food than ever. Coupled with the taste, uniqueness and the awesomeness of the ingredients, the look of the plating is what gives the food a more palatable experience.
All these features are what we commonly see in a food blog.
But what are the other elements that really make up a successful food blog.
How to Start a Food Blog
You might have encountered a lot of food blogs that are mediocre and some even downright bad with crappy photos and descriptions that don’t do enough justice to the food. How does a post become believable for readers to follow?
Here are some of the guidelines on how to become one of the best in the food blogging niche.
10 Tips on How to Be the Best in the Food Blog Niche
Topics to Blog About
The topic on food is such a broad one so you should definitely choose a proper niche to write about.
You cannot really focus on blogging about everything there is.
You can also have some variety like a blog where they can find all food worth less than $10 but taste splendid nonetheless. Before starting to build a blog, think of this niche to get you the frame and outline of the rest of your articles.
Quality of Food Pictures
If you are already writing on your blog, note that a post without picture is least appealing.
People come to your blog to know about how the food went for you. And having visuals to aid their comprehension of your text speaks volumes. Additionally, your photos of food must be taken like a pro.
Don’t use cameras that offer poor flashes and lighting. Make sure that you capture the food in good angles and learn the basics of food photography.
Before publishing a post, see if the article has been written in your own well-defined voice.
As there are many food blogs popping all over the web now, there must be this unique personal voice that’s coming out of your words.
Don’t think that it’s all about the audience; instead, you are sharing the food post because you’re in love with it and this should come naturally in your tone.
I think what that a lot of people forget is that you should have your own voice. Write for yourself and not to please others. Like you said… food blogs are popping up all over the place.
Give people a reason to read your site and not someone else’s. Ideally you want the reader to fall in love with your words, but this should come naturally.
This tip is basic however sometimes bloggers do forget to proofread and review what they had written.
Like how many times they you say “delicious” and “taste good” in one full-length article?
Also, be imaginative and creative in terms of explaining how you like or dislike the food or restaurant you’ve experienced.
Promotion of Your Food Blog
No man is an island, and similarly, you should not be stuck at praising your own pieces.
Get some followers to comment and respond on your thoughts.
Have them find you by installing social sharing buttons and encouraging them to recommend your post. Build relationship and rapport with other bloggers.
In time, you may share the same plate with them and share the success in food blogging.
Good Blog Design
This tip works not only for food blogs but to all blogs on the web.
A good blog layout consists of an accessible navigation pane, pleasing color themes including text, background and graphics.
You don’t want readers to go blind because of your bright, shocking colors. Food does not always have to be in full contrast and brightness. It is not suggested to have plain and boring designs that would make people not come back.
No Personal Stories All the Time
Readers are not interested to know what happened to your dog or how you celebrated your graduation day, if the topic is not any related to food.
Some food blogs end up being personal blogs, and you don’t want to be one of them. If you want to talk about this stuff, you can always do so by starting another blog that specializes in that niche.
An exemption is when the story perfectly fits in the recipe you’ll share. For example, you want to tell about how your great grandmother passed on a secret recipe to you and you share how it’s done.
Unique Recipe Sharing
Readers would be keen to know how to prepare and cook some of the food you encountered and shared in your blog.
To quench this thirst, provide recipes that are easily to follow.
Give simple step-by-step instructions on your unique recipe. To add more value, give advice on where they get can the ingredients as well.
Interview with Various Chefs
To add on to things your readers would be hooked up with, consider interviewing some chefs of famous restaurants every once in a while.
Get the story behind on what’s happening inside the kitchen. This perspective would be of interest to people and you can take credit for their leisure reading.
Last but certainly not least is the appropriate name of your blog.
Think of a very good name and URL for this blog as this will be the brand you will carry for the rest of your career as a food blogger.
You will be known for what the blog title indicates, and consider the possibilities that journalists, bloggers and others in media would contact you for that name. It should be one that is easy to remember and that people would regard even as a popular household name for food blogs.
If you are a novice food blogger, don’t feel much desperation in wanting to grow your audience and be successful once and for all.
You need a little patience here and keep persisting to update regularly. Writing on the Internet can be fun and liberating so you just have to make the most out of it.
Note: I’ve edited this post and I deleted the data of the guest blogger, because she didn’t follow up the comments done on the same, according to what was agreed before posting it, even after sending posterior emails to her, with zero feedback in return.
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Note from Gera:
This is a good “recipe” for a food blog.
Personally, I like to tweak recipes and as such, my own blog is different. I’m fond to add to this recipe, social media and tech topics to the ingredients, having what I call: a social food blog.
Independently, if you’re starting a food blog, tech blog, health blog or whatever blog-concept you’ve in mind, please, please, PLEASE start it in WordPress.
Or if you’ve already started in other platform instead of WordPress, please consider moving to WordPress as soon as you can.
WordPress.org is free and you only need a reliable host and WordPress theme.
When I shifted to WP, I decided to begin with a professional and cheap host (both together!), my election was Hostgator and I’m very satisfied with the choice.
Of course, have your own domain (your food blog name), before starting and it costs just a few bucks. I use to buy all my domains Namecheap.
Respect to the WordPress theme, you can start with a free option, but in the long term this is not a good selection.
When I moved, I started directly with Headway Themes because I wanted it to have the best possible smooth transition, without coding and getting a theme that would help in that sense.
With Headway you can design your blog as you wish, because it’s completely flexible since is drag and drop; to read my full Headway review click here.
Both themes also contain the option of having posts like a blog, with comments available.
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