Would you like to become a food blogger? Then watch out!
When I wanted to start my blog some time ago, I had a lot of questions. How do I start? What do I have to consider when starting the blog? So Here I explain all the things you need when you start a blog.
6 Easy Steps To Start Own Food Blog
1. Find a suitable domain name
The domain is the first step to start the food blog
Your blog will later be accessible under the domain. It is, therefore, important that you take a lot of time here when choosing.
The domain name consists of the chosen name and a domain extension, also called a top-level domain (TLD), i.e., my name.tld
The domain name should be as short and concise as possible. This is the only way for a potential reader to remember your web address.
Since your target audience is Global, then ending .com should be your first choice. If your domain name with this extension has already been assigned, there are theoretically various other extensions such as .org or .net to choose from.
If you have found a great domain name, you can register the domain with a hoster.
Cost: With Bluehost (my web host), the domain is free. With other providers, it costs around $15 – $20 a year.
If you have thought of a name, then you should also immediately check whether the name is still free to avoid disappointment. Simply enter your desired URL in your browser or look at Bluehost.
2. Find a web host
For your blog to be accessible on the Internet, the data must be stored somewhere and be available online around the clock.
This is what web hosts offer you. There you can book some web space on a server and host your project there.
You can choose whether you host your website yourself and pay for it or do it through a free provider. Even hosted websites have the advantage that they belong to you because you pay for them. Third-party hosts such as Google’s Blogspot or WordPress.org have the advantage that they are completely free.
These are, for example, all the blogs that end on “mainblog.blogspot.com”. However, you will not own your blog yourself, which is an unpleasant thought in my opinion. That’s why I recommend everyone to find a paid hosting provider, even if it costs a few euros a month.
I used Bluehost as a host and have never had any problems. For $3.95 a month, I’m absolutely happy with their service. And honestly, you give three euros almost every day for coffee, right?
If you choose Bluehost, these steps will guide you through the set-up:
Log in to Bluehost. It’s best to choose the Basic plan for $ 3.95 a month. The cheap tariff has the catch, however, that it runs for 36 months. So you should consider whether you plan to blog for so long. If you’re not so sure, choose the $ 6.95 a month plan, which only runs for 12 months.
At that time, I also opted for the “Domain Privacy Protection” option for an additional 99 cents a month, which protects my privacy.
Now you have registered your domain and acquired a web host. Whoooo! Went pretty quickly, right?
Now that you have your own domain and web host, you need to install WordPress. As already said, WordPress is the empty frame of your blog, which allows you to design your blog without any knowledge of programming language. WordPress is basically the brain of your new blog. Here you enter all your information, upload your photos and check whether your blog is working properly. The great thing about WordPress is that it is easy to use and even available in many languages. If you’ve chosen Bluehost as your host like me, installing WordPress is easy.
1. Log in to Bluehost and search for “Install WordPress” under “website builder”.
2. Next, click “Install” in the “Do it yourself” version. Of course, you can also pay for the installation, but it is so simple that everyone can do it.
3. Now select your domain (it should be the only one available).
4. Select that you have read the “Terms and Conditions” and then click on “Install Now”.
5. If the installation was successful, you should see “Your Install is complete” at the top. Then click on the black box at the top left where “View Credentials” is located. It shows your URL, your Admin URL, username and password. Write everything out or leave the tab open. You will need this information to log in to WordPress for the first time. Don’t worry; you can, of course, change your username and password later.
Finally, you have to copy your admin URL into a new browser window. A mask-like mine should appear below. Enter your username and password here (you just wrote them down). It’s best to leave the Bluehost browser window open and just copy it here.
And you’re already on your own blog! How exciting! Congratulations! Now all you have to do is make him pretty.
4. The best theme for your food blog?
I am often asked by readers who want to become food bloggers themselves, which theme is the best for a food blog.
The question is not so easy to answer. After all, it is the theme that gives your blog its personality.
Therefore, you should allow yourself enough time to choose the topic. Because afterwards, a change of subject is quite complex and annoying.
Free theme or paid theme?
As a prospective food blogger, do you want to invest as little money as possible in the beginning? I can fully understand that. However, if you want to become a professional food blogger, I think you should get a WordPress theme tailored to your needs.
Of course, the premium themes that are subject to a fee must be mentioned here. Because these themes usually have a leaner code, fewer errors, more functions, and support, should there be a problem?
GeneratePress is a very flexible theme, which you can completely adapt to your needs
Of course, many other very chic themes are suitable for creating the food blog.
I prefer to buy my WordPress themes from themeforest. There is a huge selection of high-quality premium themes.
The final solution: self-developed theme
Somewhat more complex but unique is a self-developed theme that is tailored to your requirements. This solution has the invaluable advantage that you hardly need any plugins, and the code remains as slim as possible.
You can also implement very individual designs with almost no limits. Here you should consider the design and the functions that you want to be able to edit in the backend. A PHP coder will then do the whole thing for you. You can find the coders at upwork.com, for example.
Your blog must be mobile-friendly
Regardless of whether it is a premium theme, page builder, or a self-developed theme, what you should always make sure is that your blog is responsive. This means that the view of your blog scales depending on which browser you use to access the website. This ensures that visitors can read your blog in optimal resolution via their smartphone. Google also switched its index to Mobile-first some time ago.
5. Become a professional food blogger with the right plugins
Wordpress SEO by Yoast:
SEO (search engine optimization) is very important for everyone who wants to become a food blogger. Because a good placement in the search engines can get you new visitors. And it’s completely free!
Of course, there is much more to it than just this one plugin. But it’s a good start. I will explain later how you can become a real SEO expert.
WPtasty – the best recipe plugin?
As described at the beginning, I tested what felt like 20 different plugins for the recipes. None of them could really satisfy me — neither the free nor the paid ones.
But now I’ve finally found a recipe plugin that I’m 100% happy with. Here is a shortlist of what is important to me with such a plugin:
- chic design: after all, your food should appear in the best light.
- Print function: Recipes are often printed out, so the recipe should also be printable by the plugin.
- Google Rich Snippets: With the Google Rich Snippets, you can draw attention to yourself in the search results and stand out from the others. For example, recipe images, star ratings, or the cooking and preparation time can be displayed in the results.
Akismet combats spam
Everyone hates spam. When you start a food blog, you will notice it at some point. The more visitors find your blog, the more spam comments you will get.
A tool that filters out most spam is the free plugin Akismet.
6. Become a professional food blogger
Now I’ve shown you what you need to become a food blogger. Now it’s up to you! Stop reading and start!
You must find your niche. Be different from the others. Because food bloggers blogging on all subject areas are like sand at sea. Therefore, you should concentrate on one area and become an expert there.
A food blog lives from good photos and videos. However, you do not necessarily need a professional DSLR camera to start. To start with, a smartphone with a good camera is enough.
I hope I could help some of you with these tips. If you have any questions, just leave me a comment. I’m glad to hear from you! If you started your blog with my help, I will, of course, be all the happier and promise to leave a comment if you tell me about your new blog. I’m happy about that!
* A small disclaimer: I was not paid for this post, all opinions are my own, and I just wanted to show you how I started my blog. However, this page contains affiliate links, which means that I get small pocket money if you register for service via my link. For you, the price is the same, whether you buy it via my link or open a new window in the browser and then google.