In this article I am going to show you how easy it is to start your own food blog. You can literally start blogging in 30 minutes by following these simple steps. Monetization tactics will be covered next so that you can capture a highly lucrative reward for being a successful food blogger.
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1. Come up with domain name
This is trivial. Think about a domain name that truly delights you. Some of the best one I’ve ever come across: minimalistbaker.com, pinchofyum.com
2. Register the domain name and pay for a BlueHost web hosting
I am recommending BlueHost if you’re just starting out blogging because BlueHost has a starter plan that is extremely affordable. For just $2.95 per month your blog can serve unlimited number of visitors and you can put as many as 50GB of your food photos and files. With this amount of space you can upload as many as 20,000 photos with the quality and resolution that’s going to look great on the web and mobile.
There are over a hundred other hosting company available (which I’m going to cover another one later) but let’s overcome paralysis by analysis. With just $2.95 per month, BlueHost is a no brainer to use as a starter.
Click here and spend a few minutes to buy their Basic Plan (see plan details below)
Now I assume that you’ve purchased for the domain name and the basic hosting plan. Next you want to go to BlueHost cPanel login (https://my.bluehost.com/cgi-bin/cplogin). Find the Website section and select Install WordPress. Click the Install button, select the domain you just purchased and continue with the rest of the steps to finish the WordPress setup. The whole process is going to take you between 8-15 minutes.
You can now start to post your first food blog!
When your food blog becomes blockbuster popular, you definitely want to upgrade your hosting provider to WP Engine. WP Engine offers a whole lot of industry leading value-added services that simply saves you time, improved security, stability and their servers and networks are super fast (important when you have lots of readers from all over the world). WP Engine will even fix your blog for free if its hacked. Our website (inscoder.wpengine.com) and all of our premium clients are hosted on WP Engine and we are totally satisfied with the service and peace of mind that WP Engine is offering. But they are much more expensive. Currently WP Engine starter plan costs $29 per month. Click here to see all their hosting plans.
3. Style your blog with StudioPress Themes
WordPress comes with a few default themes so you can start blogging right away. But you can give your blog a gorgeous look by purchasing a premium wordpress theme. A wordpress theme is similar to applying a makeup with single a purpose to make your blog looks beautifully professional. There are over thousands of themes out there but you can’t get wrong with using a theme from StudioPress. And since we’re talking about food blogging, you definitely want to check out StudioPress’s Foodie Pro theme since it is a best selling theme for many consecutive months.
Click here to buy a theme from StudioPress.
I know you may just want to start blogging your secret recipes or posting beautiful pictures of your awesome food without dealing with all of these technical setups. We’re here to help. At InsCoder we provide services to our fellow bloggers with a very reasonable price. Take a look at our packages below or send us an email ([email protected]) if you want to contact in person.
Food Blog Starter Package (USD $150)
Setup a Domain Name + Install WordPress + Install a premium theme from StudioPress. You can start posting your food blog by purchasing this package.
Food Blog Starter + Branding Package (USD $220)
Everything in the Starter Package plus theme setup that match your branding. Things like putting up the name, the logo, coloring, connect all the social icons to your Facebook,Twitter, Instagram and (most importantly) Pinterest. Setup an email sign-up form so that you can build your customer list. This package makes the blog totally personal to you.