There are two types of people in the world, those who like to prepare food and like to eat it, and those only like to eat it.
If you’re the first type, then that means you really like trying out new recipes.
Every time you want to try out a new recipe, you type it on search engines and wait for the search results.
Sometimes you find recipes that you like, and sometimes you don’t.
But, have you ever wondered who’s the person that writes those recipes?
Have you ever wondered how can they afford to write free recipes online and what do they get in return?
Well, the answer is, those people are food bloggers.
And what do they get in return? It depends, but it’s money for sure.
Being a food blogger is a very lucrative job, and can make you quite some money.
In a group that I’ve joined, I’ve met food bloggers who make 7 figures annually..
Yeah, that’s right.
7-figures EVERY single year.
So, is becoming a food blogger a good idea?
The short answer is yes.
Becoming a food blogger can be a very lucrative side job or full-time job if you have a culinary talent.
But beware, it can take you quite some time to be able to make 7 figures.
It can take you anywhere from months to years, but there is one thing for sure, if you’re passionate enough about your blog, you will eventually make it.
Food blogs are extremely popular and are extremely easy to monetize.
But before you start one, there are quite some things to first know and figure out.
What To Know Before Becoming A Food Blogger
Becoming a food blogger can be a very fun journey, but here are some things you should know.
- A Food blog can take some time to be set up
- You need to come up with delicious recipes
- It doesn’t take a lot of money to set up a food blog
- You need to post consistently
- You need to learn food photography
- It’ll take some time to build traffic
The Steps To Becoming A Food Blogger
Starting a blog can be very easy, but if there is one thing I’ve learned from blogging, is that everything needs planning.
You need to plan everything you’re going to do in order to succeed.
Starting a blog can seem fun, but it’s a business, a lucrative one, so it will need some patience, and some passion.
Find Out Your Niche
Before you start a blog, you first need to decide what niche you want to write about.
There are a lot of niches out there, and food is one of them.
But even the food niche, has a lot of other sub-niches that you need to choose from.
There are vegan niches, frugal cooking niches, gluten niches, carb niches, keto niches, sugar-free niches, and so much more.
So, the sooner you decide whether or not you’re going to be a single-niche blog, the easier it will be for you to set up a blog.
Some blogs out there, aren’t niche-centred, they just opt for a food blog and that’s about it, and that’s okay as well.
You do you.
Choose A Name For Your Blog
The second step to becoming a food blogger is to choose your name.
While this step might seem stupid or obvious, you shouldn’t be oblivious to it.
A name is like an identity, it’s a part of your brand, and it’s a part of your business, the more you’re sure of it, the better.
There are a lot of ways you can use to come up with a name like:
- Being descriptive
- Being clear and straight to the point
- Including your name like: Oumaima Cooks
- Coming up with something creative
- Using famous saying like “Bon Appétit”
And so on. But here are some things to remember before you choose a name:
- Avoid using “-“ in your name
- Make sure it’s short
- It should be easy to remember
- Don’t make it too complicated
Purchase Your Domain Name
If you get settled when it comes to names, then it’s time to buy one.
Make sure to choose a “.com” if that’s possible because it’s the most used domain and is the most trusted one.
You can still opt for “.net”, “.blog”, “co.uk” if you’re from the UK, and so on.
But if you can find a “.com”, then it’ll be easier and better for you.
You can wait to buy your domain name until you purchase a web hosting, but you can choose a domain name on its own.
There are a lot of platforms out there and one of the most famous one is NameCheap where you can buy a domain name at the cheapest prices.
Buy A Web Hosting
I’m sure you’ve already heard that it’s possible to start a website for free, but as tempting as that is, it’s NOT good for the long-term.
Sure, you can start a free blog on WordPress.com & Blogger, but it’s not the best strategy to follow.
You won’t be able to make money off of it, and if you do, it won’t be much.
It’ll only cost you $30 or $100 at most.
SiteGround’s cheapest plan is $0.33 monthly if paid annually. So, can you see how cheap it actually is?
Once you buy a web hosting plan, you’ll be able to start on the technical stuff.
Your hosting provider will help you set your hosting account quite easily once you choose your plan.
Your account will then be created and you’ll be able to set your WordPress website.
Once on your WordPress website, you’ll be able to customize it however you like.
The first thing you’re going to have to do is choose a theme.
I suggest going through food themes to help you find a theme that will go well with your blog.
Keep in mind that there are free themes & paid ones, choose the free themes for now unless you can afford the paid ones.
After you choose a theme, you can start customizing by adding images, videos, and so on.
For your website to function well, you’ll need to install plugins to help you use your website to its full capacity.
Here’s what you need:
- Yoast for SEO purposes
- MonsterInsights for Google Analytics
- Elementor to make your website look pretty
- Akismet for comment spam filtering
- Contact form
- EasyRecipe for recipes format & schema
Start Posting Recipes
Now it’s time to post recipes.
After you’re done with setting up plugins and connecting your website to Google Analytics and Google Search Console, it’s time to start posting.
Recipes are what’s going to help you rank and be found on search engines.
The more you post of them, the higher chances you’ll get of appearing on search engines and being found.
So, my advice for you is to start creating different recipes, and posting 3 times a week.
If you can’t afford to post three times a week, then at least post once a week.
Posting on a weekly basis on your first months & being consistent is going to do more magic than all of your efforts combined.
So, get those fingers rolling.
Perfect Your Shots
I think it’s quite clear that to attract visitors, you should have some great visuals.
In the case of food blogging, you should take perfect shots of your recipes.
You should make them look the best they can because that’s what’s going to attract the reader and make them want to try out your recipe.
If you don’t use beautiful pictures, then they won’t trust your recipe and wouldn’t want to try it out.
That’s why a big part of food blogging is perfecting your photography skills.
My advice for you is to take shots of everything on a daily basis and to edit pictures on a daily basis.
This practice will help you figure out all the do’s and don’ts in food photography.
Set Up A Pinterest Account
I’m not sure if you know this or not, but Pinterest is extremely important for food bloggers.
Food blogging & Pinterest go hand in hand.
That’s why you should set up a Pinterest account and make it grow.
A lot of Pinterest users use it to pin recipes and to check out what to cook on every meal.
That’s why a lot of food bloggers use it.
Make sure to create beautiful pins using your shots and pin them on your Pinterest account.
By pinning every day, your account will slowly grow and you’ll slowly get visitors to your website which will help it grow.
Tune in to find a link directing you to a blog post I’ve created about Pinterest.
Other than that, make sure you check out my freebies in order to learn how to become a better blogger here.
Sure, the first months are going to be hard, you won’t make a lot of money, but as months go by, you will.
That’s why it’s important to monetize your blog from DAY 1.
No matter how little the visits are, they’re still going to help you make an income that can pay for your hosting, and more.
There are a lot of ways you can money using a blog which are:
- Affiliate links
- Sponsored posts
- Selling your own cookbooks
- Offering online courses
- Google Adsense or any other advertising program
- Selling memberships
All About Becoming A Food Blogger
Becoming a food blogger won’t be an easy ride, but at least it’s going to be worth it.
You’re going to learn how to handle a business.
How to set up a website, how to promote a website, how to take beautiful shots, and how to retain users.
It’s going to be a fulfilling journey, on a personal level, and on a professional level.
So, when will you be starting?
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