This post will guide you through important steps on how to start a food blog as well as food photography tips to create quality content.
How to Start a Food Blog: A Beginner’s Guide
I am excited to share with you how to start a food blog and some food photography tips and tricks! To begin, I am an open book when it comes to my job as a full-time food blogger and helping others in this space. I have a variety of blog posts on social media growth. You can check them out here.
Since I share many tips and tricks about social media as a business, I started to receive many questions about how to even start a food blog. I wrote this post to go over the basics of creating a food blog as well as some food photography tips for quality content.
If you are asking yourself the questions below, read this post!
1. "How to create a food blog?"
2. "How do you set up a food blog?"
How to Start a Food Blog:
Name your Food Blog and Purchase a Domain:
Firstly, ensure your name is simple and matches your other social channels. This way, your followers can easily find you. I understand this can be difficult depending on your name. For example, frozenbananas.com was not an option for me unless I wanted to purchase it for thousands of dollars. I resorted to hellofrozenbananas because it was fun, still tied in with my Instagram handle and was MUCH cheaper (about $16 per year). You can purchase your domain from GoDaddy.
Make a WordPress Website!
I highly recommend going with WordPress. Previously, I did have a SquareSpace website and transferred over to WordPress. SquareSpace/Wix are extremely limiting. If you are serious about blogging, create a WordPress website. Also, you will be able to rank for SEO searches and make money through ads on a WordPress website. Lastly, I wish someone told me this when I first started!
Go with WordPress.org NOT WordPress.com
Don't forget to go with WordPress.org NOT WordPress.com because you want to self-host your blog. I use BigScoots to host my site and I cannot recommend them enough! I changed my SquareSpace website over to WordPress during the summertime. BigScoots was absolutely amazing throughout the process. I was nervous, yet the entire transfer was seamless. When I was ready to go live, it was done within minutes. Even now, whenever I have a question, I receive a response right away.
Install a WordPress Theme:
I personally have the Foodie Pro Theme which I purchased from Feast Design Co. Just buy the Feast Plugin.
Now.. Let's talk about Food Photography:
If you are going to have a successful blog, it's important to have beautiful photos. I will share a few food photography tips for beginners. I am not recommending any courses in this blog post, just a couple of easy tips you can implement.
1. Food Photography Tips and Tricks
A few items I purchased from Amazon that work wonders for food photography are my photo backdrops, a tripod and small bowls for food videos and ingredient shots. See links below to purchase.
2. Best Lighting for Food Photography
I do not use many props, I love a simple and clean look. In my opinion, the key to a beautiful food photo is good lighting. The best lighting for food photography is natural light. I always take my photos near a window or outside during the day.
3. Food Photography Editing
The best apps for food bloggers are Lightroom, Snapseed and InShot. I use Lightroom to edit my pictures. I normally brighten up my photos this way. If there is a crumb or piece of food out of place, I use Snapseed to edit it out. As far as video editing, I use InShot to edit all of my food videos. These are my top 3 photo editing apps for food photography.
Other Blog Posts to Read:
- I Quit My Corporate Job
- How to Start
- How to Build a Following
- Instagram as a Business Q&A
- 5 Lessons I’ve Learned Since I Started Working For Myself
I hope you found this post helpful! Tell me in the comments below if you enjoyed reading.
Also, let me know if you have other ideas for blog posts. I am here to write and create for you! 🙂