Click on the topic below to jump down to the specific section. There is a lot of info below on how to start a food blog, so we thought that this would be the most helpful!
- Identifying yourself
- Domain Name & Bluehost Website Hosting
- Install WordPress
- Social Media
- Email Marketing
- Create A Logo
- Create a Schedule
- Cameras & Lenses
- Other Services and Products
Creating a blog has changed our lives for the better and we feel grateful every single day that we are able to share our passion, art and lives with our community. We want to be able to help you share your passion too, so we thought it would be helpful to create a resource page for you to turn to.
Below we are outlining everything that we have used to start our website and create content with from our web hosting to our cameras and web services and everything in between.
Starting a food blog can be intimidating, especially if you are not starting off with a background in this kind of thing (we definitely did not have one), but trust us, it will only get easier!
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- 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 is your brand, you have to love it!
- Cross check the name online to be sure that no one else has claimed it.
A domain name is how users will find you online– ours is sweetsimplevegan.com. Your domain name will essentially be your blog name! You can head over to Bluehost to find out if the domain name you are considering is available.
A web hosting site is basically a service that will allow for your website to exist on the Internet. It is as if you are renting a space to display your blog. We use Bluehost for our web host and highly recommend it. The startup plan is only $3.95 a month and is perfect for starting out — free domain, email, terms of your choosing and add-ons of choice!
>>Here’s is a step by step tutorial with images on how to set up with Blue Host!<<
- Choose your plan– we recommend starting out with the basic plan to start!
- Create your domain— Choose wisely, this will be your branding! You can choose to purchase a domain or enter one your already own. Bluehost provides a domain checker so that you can see if anyone else already your name.
- 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.
- We suggest you use the Domain Privacy Protection– it is useful as it prevents private data (like your personal address and phone number) from being displayed publicly.
- Billing info— self-explanatory 🙂
- Create a password
- Choose a theme if you’d like (more options in the Theme section below.
- Install WordPress— below.
WordPress is the blogging software that we use on Sweet Simple Vegan as it is easy to manage + no messy codes. Through Bluehost, it is free and easily installable.
- Log into your Bluehost account >> Scroll down to the Website Section >> Select Install WordPress
- Select your domain and hit NEXT.
- Choose the domain name to install it to. In the field next to the domain, you can enter a subfolder such as ‘blog’ or leave it blank if you want the site’s main page to be the blog.
- If necessary, you can edit the email address, username, and password for the new WordPress installation. Click “advanced options” and you can change those settings.
- Read through the license and service agreements and check the boxes.
- Select the Install Now button.
- You’ll now have a username, password and login URL
- *I suggest you bookmark your login URL on your computer for easier access.
If you’re still not too sure about this commitment, I suggest that you try a free web host like Wordpress.com– a low to no cost option and is actually where we started!
Customize your blog to represent your brand, vibe, and content– get creative & spruce it up!
- You can find free themes available on WordPress! They don’t have as much functionality as purchased themes (below), but when starting off they are a great option and is what we used at the start of SSV. WordPress also allows for you to purchase themes through their site.
- We found the current theme we are using on our blog (Foodie Pro) on a website called Studio Press. It required that we also built our blog on the Genesis Framework.
- Another option is to hire a web designer. This is the most expensive option, but working one on one with a designer will allow for you to customize your blog to your exact liking. We are currently working with a web designer, Nader Boraie, and our new blog should be launching sometime before summer!
Consider developing social media accounts to help get the word out about your account and further connect with your audience– it is actually 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 every day. 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 🙂
Email marketing can be an important tool to keep your audience informed and engaged with any exciting updates or information you’d like to share. We recommend starting to build an email list as soon as you establish your brand, even if you don’t start sending emails right away.
- We use a WordPress plug-in called Hello Bar to capture emails along with Mailchimp.com to design, segment, and send emails.
Your logo will be your identifying symbol/image. It’s not essential when starting out, but we definitely think it’s something to be looked into as your blog progresses.
- Our current logo was designed by our web designer Nader Boraie and we couldn’t be happier!
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! When we first started blogging, we kind of just did what we could when we felt like it. We didn’t fully understand the need for a schedule, and that really showed with our sporadic posting behaviors.
- Minimalist Baker has a great Editorial Calendar Tips blog post we highly suggest
If you are starting a food blog, something to keep in mind is that people first eat with their eyes! You do not have to start with anything fancy, but high-quality photos definitely do make a difference. Below is an outline of everything we are currently using or have used previously on SSV.
- Utilize your iPhone: the new portrait mode camera feature on the newer Apple iPhones has come in handy for us and helps us create high-quality content when we don’t have access to our cameras.
- We currently both use the Sony A7R III Mirrorless Camera, Canon EOS 80D DSLR Cameraand sometimes the Canon G7X Mark ii (for vlogging).
- We started with the Canon Rebel XSi DSLR Camera and Canon Rebel T5 DSLR Camera which are excellent choices if you are just beginning your food blogging journey!
- Minimalist Baker Food Photography School
- 130+ Video tutorials/14 Courses. Not necessary, but a great resource!
- Most of our props have been sourced from secondhand stores, Home Goods, Marshalls, and Ikea! We move around a lot with our props and sometimes have to take them when we shoot remotely, and with all of the accidents that we have already had, we prefer to choose more affordable props that we won’t mind breaking.
- Nutrition Facts from Nutrifox: If you are starting a food blog, the addition of nutrition facts will bring your recipes to the next level! It was always highly requested when I began blogging, but I did not know where to start. I discovered Nutrifox through the Food Blogger Pro podcast and it was exactly what I was looking for.
- Sign up with Google Analytics to track and assess your growth.
- If you are getting into food blogging like us, we recommend you check out:
- Invest in headshots, these will come in handy.
- Don’t just take a simple photo– make them unique 🙂 Have fun in the process and make sure they are representative who you are.
- Don’t be afraid to seek inspiration and knowledge from others!
- Collaborate with other bloggers.
- Browse the internet, connect with others on social media, subscribe to other blogs, etc.
- The possibilities are endless– sometimes it takes a little spark of inspiration to get you going.
Have fun! Enjoy the process and make sure that you are doing something that you truly love.
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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