Welcome to my resources for food bloggers page. Sometimes it is hard to know where to start when you start food blogging and you have so much you need, therefore I decided to put everything in one SIMPLE PLACE for you!
I hope you find my resources for food bloggers useful and I promise to add new places that I learn about as I go. So check regularly for updates!
I have also split it up among the different stages of food blogging and if you’re looking for a particular food blogging resource do let me know.
Getting Started With Your Food Blog
How To Start A Food Blog – I have put together a guide for you showing the key steps of starting your first food blog, along with screenshots so you can feel like someone is with you every step of the way. You also have the opportunity to download it in PDF format so that you can refer back to it whenever you like. It is the exact same screenshots we took when we started our blog and we hope it helps you get your head around the technical elements of your first food blog.
Our Twice Weekly Food Blogging Newsletter – We also have a newsletter that you can join. We share with you our stories of life as food bloggers, our past food blogging mistakes and so much more. It is totally free and many of the things we share we don’t take about anywhere else!
We have also just started a Facebook Group where you can connect with us and other Food Bloggers to ask any questions you have and we are wanting to build this up so that we can have our own little blogging community. Whether you are new or old to food blogging or have a non-food blog you are ALL welcome.
The 10 First Stages Of Food Blogging – So you’ve decided to create a food blog. You’re then told you must do this, do that and then do the other. Before you know it information overload is driving you absolutely crackers. In this blog post I have gone through the first ten things that I have done on Recipe This and with me all spread out it makes it a lot easier to get your head around the basics so that you can be writing recipes as soon as possible!
Our Monthly Income Reports – We publish our income reports every month on RecipeThis.com so that we can show you how we are personally growing our blog and to help you do the same. It is also a way for us to keep on the ball as we know what we do over the month is going to be public knowledge. It is also a great way for you to see the sources of income we use in order to monetise your own food blog.
Godaddy Auctions – Godaddy auctions I the perfect place to get started with your food blog domain name. It is where we bought RecipeThis.com and it can really help with the domain selection. You can search by expiring domains which is basically domains that the owner no longer wants. Many people use it to help choose a niche to enter because they are confused with all the different choices. I personally use it because I can get a fantastic domain name for a very cheap price!
Name Cheap – Name cheap is a fantastic alternative to Godaddy if you want a brand new domain name. It is quick it is easy and it is cheap. All our domain names are registered with name cheap and once we have bought them on Godaddy we will wait for the cooling off period and then transfer them over onto our NameCheap account. It is also more secure to have your domains and hosting in different places. Just like with your banking you wouldn’t have your mortgage and savings in the same place.
BlueHost – What can I say about Bluehost other than to say they are AMAZING. If you’re starting a blog you need BLUEHOST. It is cheap, it is easy to use, it is reliable and it is perfect for getting your head around blogging and the technical side of things.
Many people will come to food blogging with a desire to create amazing recipes. They wont have any knowledge in the finer technical elements and BlueHost is like the baby step.
Known Host – Knownhost is then the next step up the ladder and the best place to go to for a VPS. A VPS means virtual private server and is probably like someone talking Chinese to you. It basically means that as your traffic grows you’ll need more in depth hosting. We currently use it on RecipeThis (just because we share it with our other sites that are high traffic) and it has worked out really well for us. If my memory is correct we have been with Knownhost for about two years now.
The Genesis Framework – I love Genesis and it is very good for newbies to food blogging and for old bloggers like us. It is built on simplicity and is incredibly easy going. You have the framework which then brings you a blank canvas and then you can buy a skin so that you have an all in one package. When we was originally with them a few years ago we found that they didn’t have much choice of themes but since then they have more than you could ever need. Recipe This runs on the daily dish but there are plenty more for food bloggers. Other favourites of ours include the Café Pro Theme, Magazine Pro, Foodie Pro, Divine Theme & the Lifestyle Pro Theme.
You can read our full review into using Genesis and the Daily Dish theme by clicking here.
Top 10 WordPress Plugins You Must Use On Your Food Blog – It is also important for your food blog that you have good quality WordPress plugins running on the site. I have been working with plugins for years, some have been good, some have been terrible. But I have put together my favourite 10 and the good news is that the majority of them are free!!!
Thesis Framework – Thesis is another favourite and the best framework you’ll ever find for SEO. Bloggers that have been on Thesis and have moved away from them have encountered a drop in search engine traffic. Apart from Recipe This all of our sites are on Thesis. It can take a while to get your head around, but when you see how simple your site is to load and the visitor experience then you’ll be impressed. Though, it is hard for a newbie to get their head around that it is better left to when you have a bit of experience. Or like us use the Themedy Skins to make it easier to use.
Socrates Theme – If you want a simple entry into blog themes and you don’t want to go down the route of framework then Socrates gives you a quick and simple way of doing things. It is very good value for money and if you’re afraid of code then you’ll love it! If I was starting out with no experience this is who I would choose! In my days as an internet marketer I used to put this on a lot of client sites as I knew that they would find it easy and wouldn’t be constantly worried that they were out of their depth.
Shutterstock – I love shutterstock and they have some fantastic packages. I pay a set fee to be able to download 350 images per month. If your food photography skills aren’t up to much, you can use stock photos in your recipes. There are often photos that offer step by step processes for those long Pinterest graphics that you would want. It is also good for other writing graphics and for infographics that you’ll want to do on your blog at a later date.
Blubrry – We use Blubrry as our cloud/hosting for our Podcasts. It is a great site and we have used it on our previous Podcasts too a long time before we even had Recipe This. They are all very well priced and we have never had any issues with them.
Driving Traffic To Your Food Blog
Hootsuite – I love Hootsuite and out of everything that I pay for on my blogs this is the one that makes my life easier. It is the social media management system and it does so much that I couldn’t possibly cover it all now. But in a nutshell you can manage your Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus & Instagram through it. You could post the same message to all your social media channels at once, search for Twitter keywords to target, schedule social media updates and manage your Twitter lists and so much more. Plus for what it does it is less than $100 a year. We have used it for about two years now and there is no limit to social accounts so we can freely use it for all our sites.
Tailwind – We love Tailwind and it has been responsible for us doubling our Pinterest traffic. It makes scheduling so much easier and it is the only scheduling pin that we personally use and trust for Pinterest. They also have the fantastic Tailwind Tribes in Beta that you don’t even need to be paying for Tailwind to get!
Social Warfare Plugin – Social Warfare is what we use as our official social media sharing buttons here on Recipe This. It is very important that you have quality social buttons that work across the board. We have tried others in the past but they have never been as good! You can also have it set up so that it stays on the bottom of the screen when your readers are viewing your website for increased social sharing!
10 Stages To Promoting Every Recipe Post – Once you have created a recipe on your food blog and hit the publish button you now have the important work to do! You should be marketing every recipe you produce otherwise just your mother will be seeing your recipes. I have put together a ten step plan for what you should be doing to promote every post! Once you have done this a few times you’ll find it really easy to get your head around it.
What your recipe posts should look like – Forget putting ten large recipe images on your recipe posts these are what they should really look like. You should have monetisation, the chance to upsell to your visitors, social media sharing, fast loading of posts and a good introduction and then there is the SEO.
75 Ways To Promote Your Next Recipe Post – Traffic is key to the success of a food blog and this is 75 of the best ways to promote your next recipe. Use this list like your bible and look at mass promoting just one blog post a month and see the results that it can bring you.
The Three Stages To Completing SEO – SEO is a really big deal on a food blog and in the long run you should expect for at least 6 out of every 10 visitors to your site to have come from a search engine. Plan your food blog around SEO and you will get excellent results and still give your readers a fantastic experience. I have also put together my strategy for long term SEO results and this is what I have used in all my sites and its good because it WORKS.