How to start a Food Blog
Are you considering starting your own Food Blog? Do you have a passion for cooking and want to share it with the world? And maybe make a small side income from it? Then let's get started.
What you need to know
What you need to know before considering starting your food blog, it's a lot of work. To be successful, you need to be your own social media manager, food stylist & photographer, recipe developer, author, website designer, brand manager...I am not going to finish this list. If I tell someone that I run a food blog, they smile at me and say: Ah, you are the one who makes some fancy pictures of your food and share them on the internet? But it's so much more than just this. And you will only understand it if you start a blog or already be a blogger, cause non-bloggers do not understand the whole business. The great thing is that you will learn so much from running your own blog. Whetever you decide to do it as a hobby or as a business, the learning curve is steep and will never end.
Passion, passion, passion...
One of the most important things is that you have a passion for your niche. You will get stuck, and success is not coming overnight, it's a long run and therefore super important that you keep consistent with producing new posts. This is only possible if you love what you do. If you do it just for the money, leave it and look for another side hustle.
If you still want to start your food blog, then let's do it together. I am going to share my knowledge with you, with all the mistakes I made.
Find a name which suits you and your niche
First of all, you need to have a name for your blog. Think of something unique which suits you. I started with Fresh Kitchen Stories, but switched after a few month to Aline Made. You can read all about it in my other blog post. But do keep in mind to better start with a crap name and change it after a few month, than looking forever for the perfect name and never start. With later you will never have any success. Check on GoDaddy if the domain name is available. GoDaddy also recommends you some alternatives if your chosen URL is already taken.
BlueHost and Wordpress - What the mainstream of bloggers use
If you found your name, you need to decide if you want to go with BlueHost and Wordpress, as most of the bloggers do or choose an all in one website builder like Squarespace. I started with the web host BlueHost and installed Wordpress on it. This is the most affordable way to start. BlueHost offers the web hosting from only USD 3.95/month, and it comes with a free domain. So if you decide to go this route, don't buy your URL in advance, do it when signing up for BlueHost. Once done, you can start with setting up your own blog on Wordpress. It is not always as straightforward as people will tell you, and it takes a lot of time to find a good theme on Wordpress and to choose the right plugins to run your blog. After many Youtube tutorials, I decided to change to Squarespace. Therefore I am not going to explain you further on how to set up your food blog with Wordpress. I just wanted to let you know that this way exists too and it is what most bloggers go with.
Squarespace - All in one website builder with beautiful looking themes
Squarespace is a great alternative and comes with beautiful themes, which are all included in the price. It's a drag and drop website builder and has almost all plugins you need to run a successful food blog. I choose Squarespace for the reason that I prefer to spend my time on develop recipes, taking stunning food pictures and write posts instead of getting into web development and spending timeless hours to learn on how to set up everything in Wordpress. Squarespace has many tutorials which are straightforward. The downside of it, it's not self-hosted (which is not a problem at the beginning), and it does cost more. The plan starts at USD 16/month and comes with a with a free domain too. If you don't want to go with the mainstream, don't want to learn HTML and CSS, and want to have a beautiful looking page from the beginning, I highly recommend you to choose Squarespace.
If you are not sure which way you want to go, give yourself a few days before signing up.
Once done, you can start to build your OWN blog from scratch.
Step by Step BlueHost & Wordpress
- Choose a name that suits you and your niche. Make sure the URL is available, you can do that on GoDaddy.
- Register with BlueHost and get your free domain.
- Install Wordpress.
- Choose a Wordpress Theme.
- Start to build your blog.