So you love to cook and love food. But you maybe a little awkward at starting your own food blog, wondering what to do and how to do it. This step by step tutorial will take you through the whole process of starting your very own food blog in an easy to follow way that will have you up and running in under 30 minutes.

Did you know that food blogging is not only easy and fun but can also generate some nice income for you.

So put everything aside and follow this step by step guide below.

how to start a food blog

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How to Start a Food Blog

The Three Essential Steps to Food Blogging:

  1. Domain Name and Hosting
  2. Installing WordPress
  3. Making it Look Pretty
  4. How to Get Traffic to Your Blog

 

1) Domain Name and Hosting

This part is the easy part!

You need to determine what you want your domain name to be? It doesn’t have to be a food name.

Here’s what worked for us –> Brainstorm as many different ideas as possible. Once you’ve thought of some possible names, head to Bluehost to see if your domain name is available by entering it in the box that looks like this:

new domain

If you are asked to pick your plan level I’d suggest you go with the Starter Plan, which is paid in one lump sum instead of monthly, but it will save you quite a bit of cash in the long run.

signup

You will also need to host your domain name with a webhost. Hosting is similar to renting space on the web so as to display your blog. Bluehost has some really great rates and will give you your domain name for free if you do decide to host with them.

I always love a good deal!

Below you will see a screenshot of what I use for the package information settings.

The Domain Whois Privacy shields your private and personal address and phone number from being displayed to the public.

package information

2) Installing WordPress

As soon as you have completed registration with Bluehost you’ll need to go through the easy process of installing WordPress.

WordPress is a free blogging software. It is the software that I use for juliescafebakery.com. The very best part is that it is SUPER easy to use and it is also really easy to install on your website.

Here’s how:

Login to Bluehost and then find the section called Website Builders. Click on the WordPress logo.

website builder

On the following page click the green “Install” button in the “Do it yourself FREE” section.

wordpress

Click on the “Check Domain” button.

check domain

Make sure you check the terms and conditions box and then click the green “Install Now” button.

terms and conditions

As soon as you get the message that says “Your install is complete!” you’ll want to click on the “View Credentials” button and write down your Admin URL, Username, and Password. You can change these to something more memorable later, but you’ll need them for your first time logging in.

install complete

Type your Admin URL into your web browser. You’ll see a login screen like the one below. Enter your Username and Password you copied down from the previous step.

loginYou’ve officially logged into your blog. Congrats!

3) Making it Pretty

At this point, you officially have your own food blog! Wahooooo! How does it feel? Welcome to the blogosphere, my friend!

You’re minutes away from sharing your famous double-chocolate-marshmallow-peanut-butter cookie recipe with the world (SEND ME ALL OF THEM).

Before you jump into the kitchen there are a few things you can do to beautify your blog. It’s time to pick your theme! WordPress has tons of free WordPress themes to pick from. You can scan through the options here. If you’re looking for a premium theme, check out these options:

  1. The Thesis Theme – This was the first theme that we used with Pinch of Yum. We loved it and still highly recommend it.
  2. MyThemeShop – This is the current framework we’re using with Pinch of Yum. You’ll also want to look into the available truepixel theme

4) How To Get Traffic to Your Blog

Now that you have your food blog – or any blog for that matter – you will need to drive targeted traffic to it. And you will need a tonne of it. We have created a page here called How to Get Targeted Traffic to your blog free.Click here to take a look