Want to Learn How to Start a Food Blog and Make Money?
If you enjoy preparing meals and writing down your recipes, you should definitely think about starting a food blog. Food blogging is one of the most incredible blog niches for bloggers to try and make money from because you can cover so many different topics. And everyone gets to eat! You can help people learn how to cook a specific meal, review different recipes, or you can run a travel food blog and share the most popular recipes around the world, or maybe even just share what’s in your city.
Starting a food blog can be difficult at first, but if you’re passionate about food and enjoy cooking, it can be a pleasant experience. And on top of that, you can later earn a tremendous amount of money from your food blog.
So if you're wondering how to start a food blog and make money from it, just follow these steps and you’ll know how to set one up by the end of this article. From finding your food blog niche to monetizing it, this guide covers all the essential steps you need to run a successful blog.
How To Start A Food Blog
These six steps will help you learn how to start a food blog and become a food blogger. After you've spent time brainstorming and you're ready, you can set your dream blog up within an hour. Let’s get started!
Choose your niche
Before you dive into the technical aspects of running a food blog, you’ve got to determine what your food blog will be about. If you want to run a successful food blog and actually make money from it, you need to find a specific blog niche to write on. You need a plan.
When choosing a food blog niche, think about what you want to share with the world and what inspired you to start food blogging. By narrowing down on a specific niche, instead of writing everything related to food, you’ll find your target audience more efficiently, and you’ll be able to monetize your blog easily. For me, my main niche is vegan and vegetarian recipes. I then have subtopics such as keto, paleo, and gf.
There are many different food blog niches you can get into. For example, you can write about vegan recipes, low-carb diets, healthy cooking for kids, quick meals, etc. Or maybe you want to review recipes from restaurants you’ve visited and make “copycat” recipes. Perhaps you want to target a specific group of people – teenagers who don’t know how to cook, people diagnosed with a certain disease, people who want minimal ingredients, etc. What is your passion? Who do you want to speak to? What can you provide?
Choose a blog name and domain
Once you know what you want your food blog to be about, it’s time to choose your blog name. When naming your food blog, try to include keywords related to your niche so that potential readers can easily understand what your blog is about.
Then, make sure to check if the blog name you’ve chosen is available as a domain name. Your domain name is the URL. It is your blog address on the web. For example, my blog name is Speak Veggie To Me and my domain is www.SpeakVeggieToMe.com.
There are free domain name checkers so you can easily check the availability of your picked food blog name. You can check with the BlueHost tool below or from other hosting provider websites.
Register your domain and get hosting
Now it’s time to get your food blog online. To do that, you’ll have to register your domain and get hosting. Web hosting is an online service that allows you to publish your blog on the Internet. It stores all files from your food blog and makes them accessible to the public.
The most common web hosting providers that new blogger starts with are BlueHost and SiteGround, as they are both affordable options. SiteGround is a slightly more powerful and reliable web host in my opinion but I recommend you to check them both out and decide for yourself.
If you're looking to start with a more high-end and advanced web host, then WP Engine is great because they include ALL premium StudioPress themes and the Genesis Framework in their plans. With them, you can save money and get the best SEO optimized themes and a powerful framework right off the bat.
To get started:
- Open the web host provider’s sign-up page.
- Select your preferred hosting plan and carefully go through the services each plan is offering.
- Proceed to add your domain name and providing details like email, password, name, country, and more.
The sign up process for any web host is pretty straight-forward. After you submit your payment, you can start setting up your food blog on a blogging platform such as WordPress (best choice!).
Set up your food blog on WordPress
If you purchased any of the web hosting plans above, WordPress installation will be included in your plan. WordPress is the most popular platform for creating food blogs. It allows you to build and customize your food blog by providing you with many advanced plugins and features. You can access the WordPress dashboard through your web host account and start customizing right away.
Customize your food blog
And now the real fun starts – designing your food blog! The best thing about WordPress is that it comes with a variety of themes, both free and paid, allowing you to create an entire food blog without coding. Be careful when choosing a food blog theme as it plays a vital role in the user experience and SEO optimization.
While there are free themes, they are free for a reason and often do not include any support or updates, and are not always mobile-responsive or user-friendly.
Best food blog themes:
Some of the best themes for food bloggers include Foodica and Cookely from WPZOOM. And if you purchase the All Themes Package, you’ll get all of their themes in your collection. Foodica is actually the theme that I started this food blog with. I even used it on one of my non-food blogs. It was just so easily customizable, I loved it!
Another excellent food blog theme is Foodie Pro by Feast Design Co, a very beautiful and easy-to-navigate theme that is powered by the Genesis Framework. This is the theme that I have switched to and I have been so happy with it. It is mobile-responsive and fully optimized for SEO. Plus the support has been great!
I also purchased the Feast Plugin for further customization so it may not look exactly like their demo. Keep in mind, this theme requires the Genesis Framework.
After getting your food blog customized to your liking, it’s time to start blogging. Start by adding blog pages which are the categories that appear in the main menu of your food blog. You can add and sort blog pages in the ‘Pages’ category in the WordPress dashboard. Then, you’re ready to start writing and publishing your food posts and provide valuable content to your readers.
To add a blog post, click on the ‘Posts’ category from the dashboard and click ‘Add New’. In the Editor page, you’ll be able to write the main content, along with add photos or videos to add more appeal. You can also install SEO plugins such as Yoast SEO to help you optimize your posts for search engines.
Include visually appealing photos
One of the most important things about a food blog is the photos you share. Images make your blog posts visually appealing, especially when it comes to food blogs. You should include beautiful and high-quality photos in your posts so that readers can see the meal you’re writing about and get inspiration from it. It does not have to be professionally shot, but it definitely helps and should at least be clear and in good lighting.
Food bloggers typically will need to have a camera to capture their recipes. If you don’t know how to take photos, you can hire a food photographer if your budget allows it. Not all food bloggers take their own photos, believe it or not.
Photo editing tools:
There are many tools you can use for editing your food photos, such as Adobe Photoshop, PicMonkey, and Canva. Adobe and PicMonkey are paid tools that offer a wide range of font styles, colors, overlays, and flexible editing choices.
On the other hand, Canva is a free tool with various fonts and graphics and access to free stock photos, preset sizes, and templates for social media posts. Canva also has a paid version that includes a much bigger selection of fonts, stock images, templates, etc. Click here to get a 30-day free trial for Canva Pro.
These tools come in handy for Pinterest marketing and designing click-worthy pins that bring users to your site.
How To Make Money From A Food Blog
Finally, it’s time to monetize your food blog and make it a great source of extra income. As with other types of blogs, food blogs can be highly profitable, but you need to be patient as it could take months until you see your first profits. It requires a lot of time and an initial investment, especially if you plan to make this your business and full-time job. Here are examples of several ways you can make money from your food blog:
Sell recipes and meal plans
If you write your own recipes on your food blog, you can sell them and prepare personalized meal plans for your readers. You can bundle the recipes and meal plans into eBooks and sell them on your site. These books are virtual, so you won’t have to worry about shipping costs.
Publish and sell your own cookbook
Another great way to make money from blogging is to publish and sell your own cookbook. There are many food bloggers that sell their cookbooks on Amazon. But, wait until you’ve gathered enough visitors and readers who would be interested in buying your book. Just like the meal plans, you can create your cookbook as an eBook and sell it online. Ensure that you promote your services on your social media channels. You can hire freelance photographers, recipe developers, and cookbook writers to help you with your content.
Teach cooking courses
If your food blog covers cooking, you can prepare cooking courses and sell them to your readers. These days, it’s very easy to record videos and put them on course platforms to sell, such as Teachable and Thinkific. But, before you start making a cooking course, ensure that your readers would be interested in buying it. It’s essential to put time into building your following first.
Apart from the food-related ways to make money from blogging, there are additional ways food bloggers can increase their income. Once you have a large audience, you can apply for an ad networks such as Google AdSense, Mediavine, or AdThrive and publish ads on your blog. Whenever someone clicks on an ad posted on your blog, you’ll earn a commission.
Finally, affiliate marketing is an ideal solution to make money from your food blog. You’ll earn commission by promoting other people’s products. All you have to do is find products you want to promote, generate links and post them on your food blog.
Every time someone clicks on a link and purchases the product, you’ll earn a commission. It is important to build trust with your readers so try to promote only what you use and keep it in line with your values.
Make sure to put an affiliate disclosure in the beginning of your blog posts or next to your affiliate link. You can use awesome plugins like ThirstyAffiliates to manage all your links in the same dashboard.
Food blogging is extremely popular these days, and it can be an exciting and profitable area for passionate food bloggers. Of course, it requires hard work and commitment, but it’s beneficial for someone who enjoys creating recipes and sharing them with people.
Your food blog can open up doors to a wide community where you can meet people with the same interests as you. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to earn an additional amount of money by doing what you love. So give it a try and see if a food blogger's life is right for you!
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Hi! I'm the founder of Speak Veggie To Me, a fun health and food blog where I share my favorite mouthwatering vegan and vegetarian recipes.