If you’re a fan of blogs, you’ve probably stumbled across a food blog or two. And that’s really not surprising considering there are thousands of food blogs for every season, occasion, and diet. Some of these blogs are craaazy successful, with a large following on social media and tons of website visits. That got us thinking- how do those bloggers make that happen?
We took a deeper look at food blogs and what makes certain sites great. Now we’re sharing that information with any hopeful food bloggers out there who are looking for a place to start. So without further ado, here are our tips on how to start a food blog, and make it successful.
Choosing a Name
First things first. When you decide to start a website, of course, you need a name.
Now, this might sound easy, but with the multitude of food blogs out there, you want to make sure yours get seen. One way to make that happen is with a good name for your blog. You want something that’s easy to remember, attention-catching, and maybe even a little cutesy or funny.
When choosing a name, here are some things you can consider:
- Is my blog for a certain diet or dietary restriction?
- What is the voice of my blog going to be? Formal, casual, straight-up, funny?
- Am I going to include personal stories with my recipes?
- Will I be having social media accounts with the same name?
If your blog is only going to include, say, vegan recipes, you may want to include some nod to a vegan diet in your blog name.
The voice you use includes the name of your blog. For instance, if your voice is formal, using a name with a joke or pun may not be the best way to go, and vice-versa.
While many food bloggers do this, if you plan to include personal stories with your recipes, you might want to consider using your name or something personal in the name of your blog.When naming your blog or business - check for the availability of domain names and social media handles first. The holy grail is being able to get the same social media handle across all platforms. Click To Tweet
And if you’re going to have social media accounts, you want them to have a consistent name. So make sure those names aren’t taken on the platforms you plan to use, or if there are any names that are similar to the one that you’re wanting to use, because you may be confused with that blog.
Building Your Website
There are two main options for creating your food blog. You can hire a web developer to make it for you, or you can choose to build it yourself. Both have their pros and cons, especially if you don’t have experience with websites, but no matter what you decide, there are options for starting the food blog of your dreams.
If you’ve never built a website before, you may be thinking of hiring a website developer. They can create your website, customize it to your liking, and make sure everything is working smoothly. However, the downside of hiring a developer is that it will cost a good chunk of change, especially for a custom website.
So, if you don’t have the budget for a developer, what do you do? Well, fear not, because you can always create a website for yourself! There are lots of very user-friendly hosting sites that can help you get your website going. Plus, you can find online tutorials on using those sites to really create the site that you want.
Buying a Domain
A domain is the address of your website. AKA, what people type in the URL bar or search engine to go to your site.