Have you ever wanted to start your own food blog? Do you have tons of recipes that you’d like to share with others? Do you love to cook and take beautiful pictures of your food?
Well perhaps food blogging is for you. I won’t lie to you and tell you it’s easy, and there’s no work required. Food blogging is a lot of hard work and dedication, but there are also a lot of rewards. Food blogging is a huge commitment, but you can make it whatever you wish.
You’ll be more likely to develop a successful food blog if you follow these guidelines.
Healthy Food Blogging Tips for Beginner
Post about what you love and produce the best content you possibly can.
Don’t give up
Blog growth is slow at first and gains momentum as time goes on, assuming that you stick with it and do your best.
Make Your Site Reader Friendly
Make your site very easy to view and navigate. Personally, when I visit a site I want easy access to a recipe index and recent posts. Creative layouts might be pretty but they often lead to confusion for a new visitor.
Tag your posts (but don’t overdo it). These words will help search engines find you and some platforms, such as WordPress.com, have tag browsers so readers can search for keywords such as recipes, desserts, etc.
Create links back to other entries within your site. Link to old recipes when relevant, create “Popular Post” and “Recent Post” links on the sidebar. If possible, use a plugin such as Link Within, which offers suggestions for other posts readers might like.
Post original content
If visitors like what you do, they will keep coming back for more.
Post fantastic recipes only
You don’t want visitors to invest their time and ingredients into a recipe and end up disappointed, right? Better to let the blog go quiet for a few days than to post a recipe you can’t stand behind.
Get your own domain name
If you want your blog to be taken seriously, just do it. You can buy a domain name for less than twenty dollars a year through GoDaddy.
Learn about search engine optimization
SEO isn’t black magic; it’s about making your quality content findable. It’s important to understand and implement the basics.
Don’t use another person’s photography
Don’t use another person’s photography on your blog without giving them credit and providing a link back to their site. Most bloggers would also prefer an email request before the photo is used at all. If you read the FAQ on a blog you’ll often find information about personal preferences.
Above all else, have fun and be yourself. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. These tips will help you move forward and improve but there’s something very dry and business-like about them. In this end, we do this because we’re passionate about food. Love what you do, be yourself and people will enjoy your blog as much as you enjoy creating it.