Hi everyone, happy Friday!
I am coming to you with a post today to help address a question I am constantly asked, “How did you start your blog? Can you help me get started?”.
And the answer is yes, I can definitely help you!
I am here to give you all that I know, and hopefully help you create a beautiful blog of your own. Starting a food blog can be intimidating, especially if you are not starting off with a background in this kind of thing (I definitely did not have one!), but I promise you that there are only a few simple steps you need to take!
Here are my two cents, PLUS info on everything that I am currently using on my blog. I hope this helps! <3
Identify yourself (and your niche)
- The first thing you need to do is pinpoint what you will be blogging about: recipes, lifestyle tips, fitness, fashion, etc. Or just a simple personal blog! All up to you.
- Think of a name for your blog– something that resembles who you are!
- Make sure it is unique and one you won’t get sick of. This will be your brand, you have to love it!
- Obtain your domain– this is free when you host with Bluehost. They also have a domain checker so that you can see if anyone else already your name!
Find a Website Host
I use Bluehost and recommend it. The startup plan is only $3.95 a month, and is perfect for you when you’re starting out — free domain, email, term of your choosing and add-ons of choice 🙂 Here’s how:
- Choose your plan–I used the “Plus” plan, but I suggest you start where you feel comfortable. The starter is the most affordable, so I say to start small and work your way up if anything!
- Create your domain– choose wisely, this will be your branding! You can choose to purchase a domain or enter one your already own.
- Enter your account information.
- Select your package– Bluehost offers an “anytime money back guarantee”, so if you purchase a package but decide to cancel before it ends, they will refund you the difference. I paid 12 months for my first year, and I suggest you do the same just to see where this takes you.
- Add ons– I suggest you use the Domain Privacy Protection, which is the only one I purchased. It is useful as it prevents private data from being displayed publicly.
- Billing info– self-explanatory 🙂
>> If you’re not too sure about all of this yet, try a free webhost like WordPress.com, a low to no cost option. (That is where I actually started.)
- I use wordpress here on Sweet Simple Vegan, it is so easy to manage + no messy codes.
- This is a free blogging software, and is easily installed through Bluehost.
- Log into your Bluehost account >> Select Hosting >> Select cPanel
- Then scroll down to Website Builders >> Select WordPress >> Select Install
- Select your domain and check it, agree to terms, then boom, DONE.
- You’ll have a username, password and login URL, which I suggest you save on your computer for easy access.
Make It Pretty 🙂
- Choose a Theme! I suggest checking out Studio Press, they have a ton!
- As for theme, I use Foodie Pro by Shay Bocks, and I purchased it from Studio Press.
- You can also find free themes on WordPress, or purchase themes through their site.
- You can even hire a web designer. I say try to figure it out yourself first, as they can get really pricey!
- Consider developing a social media to help support your account. I started off on Instagram, and it is definitely one of the driving forces to this blog. It is fun to show your readers an insight into your raw, daily life, and it is also another tool to keep everyone engaged, if you are not blogging everyday.
- You can also use social media to make new friends, connections, sponsorships, etc.
- People are more likely to discover you in any of these outlets, and that is a great thing to consider. Get your name out there, it is worth it 🙂
- What I do is when I post on Instagram, I automatically post onto Twitter and Facebook, that way you have constant engagement on all of them. I would advise, however, that you still create posts that are unique to each outlet, to give people an incentive to follow you on them all.
- If you are starting a food blog, people first eat with their eyes! So make it count. You definitely do not have to start with anything fancy, but high quality photos do make a difference. I am not really a photo pro, but I will share with you everything I use:
- Camera: I have an older model, but I use the Canon Rebel XSi DSLR Camera.
- Minimalist Baker Food Photography School ($99) 130+ Video tutorials/14 Courses. Not necessary, but a great resource!
- Lighting: I use natural light + an inexpensive Lighting Reflector/Diffuser Kit ($14)
Create A Logo
- This is something that will help you stand out, and will be your identifying symbol/image. It’s not too necessary in the beginning, but I definitely think it’s something to be looked into.
- Head to my blog post here to read on how I developed my logo.
- If you don’t want to head there, then I will share here that I used Little Guy Logos, and recommend them based on the result of my logo 🙂
Be Consistent, and Create a Schedule
- What days will you write, photograph, edit and publish? This will depend on your own personal schedule.
- Creating a consistent weekly schedule will help you keep organized and sane!
- Sign up with Google Analytics to track and assess your growth.
- Invest in some headshots, you’ll need them trust me. Make sure they speak of who you are, make them unique! 🙂 You can see mine here.
- Seek inspiration from others! Browse the internet, connect with others on social media, subscribe to other blogs, etc. This is a good way for you to play off of different ideas that may work well with your subject matter, or to help you find/develop your own umph on your blog. The possibilities are endless, but sometimes it takes a little spark of inspiration to get you going.
- Enjoy the process, and make sure that you are doing something that you truly love.
- For a while, I made blogging a chore, a task that I had at the back of my head all day that I had to do. I lost sight of why I started blogging to begin with, to share my passion for health and all things vegan! Once I regained light of that, I was able to rediscover my passion, and blog for the joy of it and nothing more <3
I hope that this post was of some use to you! Please leave a comment below if you have any suggestions, add-ons, or simply to let me know if and how this post helped you! xo
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