Helpful food blogger resources.
A little background. I have been blogging for a few years now, but decided to focus on food blogging in early 2013. Like many bloggers, I started out on the Blogger platform before I decided that in order to take my blogging to the next level I would have to make the move to WordPress. I finally took the leap to become a serious food blogger and began to look at my blog as a business. My search engine traffic has exploded since making the move to WordPress and implementing SEO plugins.
Within just a few months of making the move to WordPress, I was earning an income as a food blogger. My income varies monthly, since advertising budgets change, but I am earning an income. Sources include: ad revenue, sponsored posts, freelance work as a recipe developer and food photographer, and eBook sales. I also get the chance to review products, as well as hotels, restaurants, and venues when I’m traveling because I also have a travel section.
Must Have Food Blogger Tools:
- DSLR Camera- I use a Canon EOS and LOVE it. Along with that, I use a simple Canon EF 50mm lens for most of my food photo shoots.
- Food photography props. I am constantly looking at the sales at Target, Anthropologie, World Market and more.
- Natural Lighting.
- Alternate lighting and photo studio shooting tent for those gloomy days–something that happens on a regular basis in the winter months here in the Midwest.
- Portable table or work space with the natural lighting that was mentioned above. If you don’t have space dedicated to your food photography, having a portable table is a must.
Interested in becoming a food blogger or taking your food blog to the next level?
Here are some helpful blogging resources that have enabled me to take my blog from an okay blog to a traffic generating, income producing food blog.
These food blogger resources are all products that All She Cooks has used and highly recommends. All She Cooks has used these food blogger resources to grow in page views and monetize effectively. This list includes affiliate links.
MakeAWebsiteHub.com will teach you how to make a website in just 3 easy to follow steps. You can learn how to start your own blog and learn various technical knowledge in using of CMS, Java Script, HTML and more
WP Engine– Not only do they have great service, but you can Sign up for the WP Engine affiliate program and receive a minimum of $150 per referral!
I love that you can try it for 60 Days! They also have the BEST affiliate program I have seen for WordPress Hosting. Doesn’t get much better than that. At all. Ever. Just saying.
Bluehost– Bluehost is the hosting service that we use to host all of our blogs, because we are able to host them all together for one low rate. Don’t have a domain name? Bluehost offers FREE domain names when you host with them. They offer great service, and an easy to use platform.
Media Temple– Media Temple offers grid and VPS shared hosting services and come highly recommended. Some bloggers recommend switching to a VPS shared server or a dedicated server either when reaching a certain number of page views per month or when starting to earn a specific amount of income per month. Unless you have extra money to invest into your blog (especially if it is a hobby), it would make a lot more sense to wait until you are earning a specific amount of money each month specifically from blogging. Blogging income invested into making your blog load faster and be user friendly is a win in my book.
StudioPress Themes I cannot express enough how much I love the flexibility of Genesis. Genesis is SEO optimized and does not have a steep learning curve, which I love. I was able to use Genesis straight out of the box. You can’t get much more user friendly than that.
We used the Adorable Child Theme for Genesis for quite a while- it was easy to work with and very attractive. Think of Genesis as a cupcake. A Child Theme is the frosting. There are a gazillion options available, but Pretty Darn Cute does an amazing job if you ask me.
The CommentLuv Premium plugin is an exceptional way to engage readers. Not only can my readers select from several of their recent posts to share when they are commenting, they can engage further with Social Media directly from the comment section.
Tasty Food Photography eBook– This book has so many great tips and techniques that are essential to new food bloggers wanting to learn how to take awe-inspiring food photos. This easy to follow eBook will be helpful to those wanting to improve their food photography skills.
These food blogger resources should help you get started on your path to food blogger success. Let us know how it goes!
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