Useful Tips You Need to Know When Starting Your Own Food Blog
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Starting a food blog can be one of the most rewarding and satisfying experiences you can partake in. Whether you’ve always loved food and you’ve got a passion for cooking, or you’re just getting into the industry, and you’re starting a blog to track and share your progress with the rest of the world, starting your very own blog can be a very daunting!
If you want your new venture to be successful, this means you’ll need to get your food blog right from the start. To get you started, here are some deliciously useful tips you’re not going to want to forget:
You probably already know that there’s a ton of great food blogs already out there, and it’s a highly competitive market. However, it’s not impossible to become one of the best. All you need is to find ways to differentiate your content. So, though it may sound clichéd, remember to be yourself, find your style and, most importantly, be authentic.
William C. Leger, a food writer for Best Australian Writers that unsuccessfully attempted to start his own food blog, shares his experiences;
“When I was starting my blog, I attempted time and time again to re-enact some of the more successful blogs that had inspired me to start my own. However, I was trying so hard to repeat what I thought was a winning formula for success; I lost my passion, my drive and my own style and the blog wasn’t a success.
Instead, it’s always important to create your own original style that people are going to fall in love with. Be passionate, have personality in your writing and really aim to connect with your readers.”
This is especially important to remember when you find that you’re running out of ideas. Always post original content and never try to copy or imitate somebody else’s.
One way you can make sure that your content will stand out from the crowd is by sharing personal experiences, this way, no one can quite replicate it. For example, you can share your own culinary adventures at home and abroad. If this something that you’d like to try, there’s no better way than to book yourself a spot on an exciting culinary vacation and write all about it!
Explore Your Development Options
There are two main ways you can start a food blog. Firstly, you can invest in a professional company to design, host and organize your blog. Although this will be much easier for you as you won’t have to deal with any of the technical sides of things and you’ll be able to concentrate solely on writing and creating your content, this is also the most expensive option, costing around $800 to $1,500.
The other option is to design and create your website and blog yourself. This can be done easily using popular blogging platforms such as WordPress for building your blog and Bluehost for hosting it. The entire set up will cost you around $200 to start, and you’ll be able to learn as you go. This is definitely a route worth trying, giving you full control over what your blog will be.
Just because there’s an abundance of other food bloggers out there, it doesn’t mean that they are all your competition. Try partnering up with other food blogs to promote one another, helping you to take both businesses to rising levels of success!
Use Tools and/or Services to Help You
There are plenty of tools out there that can help you create great content that works for your blog. Here’s some of them to get you started!
- State of Writing – Use this free online blog to improve your grammar skills to ensure your content is perfect.
- Via Writing – A free blog that’s full of writing guides you can follow when creating and writing your blog.
- Easy Word Count – A free online tool used for actively tracking the word count of your content.
- Best British Essays – An online writing agency that can help you with any problems that are writing-related. This type of services is recommended at Huffington Post in ‘Write My Essay’ feature.
- Cite It In – A free online tool for adding quotes, references and citations to your blog in a professional format.
Make Your Content Shareable
One of the most important things to remember as a food blogger is that your success will rely on people sharing your content. This means you need to make sure that your content is as shareable as possible. This includes the actual content of your posts.
If you prefer to focus on specific types of cuisines such as Vegan or Italian cuisine, be sure to share how-to instructions and your own recipes that people will want to share with their own followers.
You’ll also want to consider how easy it is for users to share your content. For this, you can add share buttons to your posts so users can simply click a button for your post to be shared on their social media pages.
In a nutshell, starting a food blog doesn’t have to be difficult nor complicated. With right tools and tips such as those I’ve shared above, it is actually pretty simple. That said, maintaining a blog does require dedication, time, and effort. The most important thing, however, for you to not to take it so seriously and have fun with it! Best of luck!
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