This is a 6000 word count practical tutorial teaching on how to start a successful food blog; essential steps to make and create a cooking site is fully explained.
The following are briefs on how to launch this food blog and website project of yours;
- Start up capital and cost of approximately USD145-200
- Your true passion, love of this niche and real skill
- A full mobile responsive WordPress themes template
- Domain name registration and webhosting using Bluehost Company
- Installation of WordPress software and its total configuration
- An HD ( high definition) Nikon Camera for quality pictures
Table of Contents
Set Up Instructions
- 6 Hard Core Truths To Know
- Getting mobile responsive design with WordPress themes
- Getting a Domain Name and getting The Right Hosting
- Installing WordPress Software
- Set Up Guidelines ( Practical)
- Maintenance of the blog
- Getting on Google search Index
Success Tips / Traffic Generation / Promotion
- Getting on Social Media With a difference – Power of Pinterest
- Connecting with Food bloggers
- Blog Commenting Strategy
- Google+ Community and Facebook Group
- Rules of Pictures / Food blogging ideas and topics
- Applying SEO
- Making money
6 Hard Core Truths to Know
The following are brief hard core truths you need to know before you set up and decide to run this type of online niche stuff:
Your Passion is First
You need to genuinely have the passion of wanting to launch this project. Do not start just because of the various food bloggers income you are reading on the net.
I will explain briefly!!
You may be an excellent good chef in the kitchen and probably, your fans, family, guests, colleagues have been praising you on your cooking skill. You may just be someone who loves cooking, I mean tasty, delicious and mouthwatering meals etc.
Having the above passion and your genuine interests to probably:
- Show and teach people the ‘how to’ on various cooking recipes and being creative in the kitchen
- Showing and teaching people how to live healthy by their eating lifestyle; i.e. teaching them what to cook, how to cook, what to eat to have a healthy lifestyle.
- Probably you are a vegan, and you honestly desire to reach out to people in the world
- Helping by teaching and showcasing to people how they can break fast food habit and avoid eating junk foods etc.
If you do not have these passion in you, please forget about starting this blogging stuff because your passion is what will keep you going if things are rough; you passion will make you to work harder on the project and your genuine passion will ultimately reflect in your blogging activities.
Treat it as business or else
Successful people knows that punctuality is the soul of business!!
90% of people set up a blog as part of their hobby, and 100% of these people fails before they even clock a year. 10% of people that sets up a blog and treat it as serious business and implementing the requirements of what a business needs achieve and maintain success.
There are approximately 300 million blogs in the world right now and out of that, we have about 3 Million food blogs; so, the competition is tough out there.
You cannot just buy domain name and hosting, launch a blog, write one or two things, and then sit down and expect success to fly straight at you. It won’t, you will need to work your success out!!
The following are briefs of what you will do:
- You will need to work hard, publishing quality, unique, educative and resource rich food blog posts on a constant and consistent basis; probably 2-10 blog posts every week.
- You will need to be using quality pictures, don’t use images and pictures already existing on the internet or Google images. Get your own pictures and the best way is to probably get a good camera and then try to get a high resolution picture with no pixel ( no distortion, it should be clear and sharp).
- Invest Time and money: Ask successful food bloggers who are actually making money, the honest ones among them will tell you that he/she works hard and also commits lots of time and money in the business. You don’t expect success when you just invest one hour per day running the blog. You will commit resources, including your money in running Facebook Ads, getting likes, promoting using Guest post etc.
If you want to launch a successful food blog, then digest and swallow the above honest truths!!
Build a team
If I say build or have a team, I am not saying you should start by hiring and paying people. Your first team should be your family, your wife, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your wife, your children etc.
You can start all by yourself, but for you not to get burnt out or fizzle out so fast, you need them around you. Probably, in taking pictures, helping you out in maintaining the site or maybe in writing the blog posts.
The bottom line is: Do not run the show alone, you need support, you need a helping hand that will support, motivate and encourage you because the first six months is not always easy.
Forget the myths that are not real – income reports
Most food bloggers displays income report just to entice you and encourage you to launch yours. The truth is that they will not or did not tell you the amount of labor, work, time and sacrifice they made before making that sum of money.
The honest truth is that out of their so called blog earnings or income report they display, 75% comes from a single source which is from Bluehost (you can check it out).
In addition, these bloggers (more than 60% of them) have stayed long in the business and they have more than 200 blog posts on their pages.
My summary is this; do not be carried away by the so called income reports, while it is true that 85% of them are making the money, for you to get to that level, you will work hard, spend 20 hours out of 24 hours, invest seriously and commits lots of resources publishing quality posts out there.
Be focused and stay unique
As I said earlier, we have about 3 million food blogs out there, and more than 92% of these are all in the same general niche.
One easy way for you to be recognized, respected and regarded as an authority is not to go with the crowd. You can probably focus on being a vegan food blog (probably with specific areas on the vegan stuff); you may focus on obese people and how to avoid this serious problem by starting a blog on this; you may focus on children diet i.e. starting a blog with focus on children etc.
Summary: Don’t do the same thing other people are doing, launch your own food blog with a unique perspective; you are much more likely to achieve success at a faster rate.
Spying on your Competitors
This is very bitter to swallow. You should know that you don’t have real friends to be honest. Every other food bloggers out there is trying to grab all visitors and all the money to his/herself. So, technically and financially, you guys are not allies but competitor.
So, you will need to spy on them; spy on their winning strategies, study their model of advertisement and method of making money. Study their model of writing blog posts etc. Study their social media activities and accounts. Spy on them, then leverage on what they are doing and go the extra mile to better it.
For example, if you discover that one of their published blog post is the main cash cow ( giving them money); why not try and publish the same thing/topic/title, but make it more better with facts, pictures, videos and increase the word count to double their own word count!!
WordPress themes for the design
Everything starts by your approach, and your approach in this context is how your blog looks like. I will be discussing the design concept, including the importance of having a design that will be mobile responsive (i.e. people can view, read the contents without distortion, straining their eyes or scrolling up and down unnecessarily on their mobile phones/devices).
The solution is to make use of powerful, professionally designed premium WordPress themes built specifically for this niche purpose. These themes are mobile responsive, SEO tamper proof and are beautiful designed.
Do not waste your money and time trying to write codes and build the design framework by yourself.
Examples of these WordPress themes are listed below:
You can get these WordPress themes from the following respected and reputable companies;
So take your time to view the demos of these themes and when you are pleased with a particular one, you will need to buy it (costs ranges between USD45-USD120).
After the purchase, you will download the ZIP files or the ‘Core WordPress Files (it depends from where you bought the themes from and again how to use these ZIP files in designing your site is fully discussed as we progress).
Getting a Domain Name and Web Hosting
Take a look at the various blogs and sites out there, examples below;
- Name of blog: Pinchofyum
- Domain name; pinchofyum.com
- Name of Blog: huffingtonpost
- Domain name: huffingtonpost.com
- Name of site: Facebook
- Domain name: Facebook.com
Can you see the above? that is a simple illustration of the meaning of a domain name. You will need a domain name that will be your brand, both now and the future. Your domain name should be a simple, yet unique name that does not exist anywhere.
So, what are you waiting for?
Start thinking on the sort of domain name you will use for your new blog; a very good way to start is by searching for the availability first and then registering it.
Once you get a name that is available to register, quickly do a fast check up on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram if you can also use that same name.
- Go to Facebook, open a free FB page and use that name
- Do the same thing with Pinterest and Instagram
The reason for this is because of branding advantages; it is a good thing and highly respected decision to have the same name cut across the blog name, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
See the below illustration:
- Name of site: Google
- Domain name; google.com
- Name on Facebook: www.facebook.com/google
- Name on twitter: www.twitter.com/google
- Name on pinterest: www.pinterest.com/google
- Name on Instagram: www.instagram.com/google
Can you see what I am trying to explain to you? You need the same concept for your long term success.
Webhosting of the domain name
To have a presence on the internet starts with the domain name registration and also the hosting of the domain name.
The domain name registration and hosting happens at the same time on Bluehost Webhosting Company and I honestly recommend you host with them. I have been using Bluehost for a very long time and I must say they are the best in the industry for a new starter like you. With as low as USD3.5, you can have your blog running in no time.
To host your blog, follow the images and pictures below;
The following are summary of why I am Recommending Bluehost Webhosting Company to you;
If you want to know about a particular product(s), just check out the reviews on it; Do Google search and you will see lots of positive reviews on their services and products. The reviews on them is almost 98% positive.
- 24 Hours Excellent Support Service
One of the reasons why I am still with Bluehost is because of their excellent 24 hours customer support services. It is second to none, and trust me, you are in safe hands. Having access to support 24 hours 7 days a week non-interrupted is of great importance to your site when there are problems.
- Fair Pricing
As I earlier mentioned, you can get your blog up and running with as low as USD3.5 per month; this is one key reasons why they have the largest customer base amongst their peers in the industry. Bluehost has over 1.9 million customer and remains the best and most popular webhosting company in the world.
- Excellent Features
Most expensive webhosts out there do not offer full scale features, bluehost does. With your hosting, you have email features, apps, themes and different design option with right tools.
- Uptime / Load Time
Uptime on bluehost server is approximately 99.9% (the highest in the industry); the uptime factor is important to the success of your food blog because you will not visitors to visit the blog and found out it was down or offline. With Bluehost, you are fine.
- When you host the domain name with Bluehost, the domain name fee is waived ( you will not pay almost USD18 ; this is a great deal);
- For a WordPress powered blog/site ( yours is an example); they are the best and mostly recommended even from wordpress.org/
- I have been using them for almost 8 years running, for my blogs and clients likewise; they are reliable and dependable.
Installing WordPress Software
After the successful purchase of the hosting packages, Bluehost starts the installation and initial configuration for you.
They starts by asking for your permission to install WordPress software (W logo). Accept the permission and the whole installation occurs in the background within 2-10 minutes.
Follow the images below for the WordPress software installation.
Please take note of the following (very important):
- Your domain name; nameofblog.com
- Your Blog URL address: www.nameofblog.com
- Your login (WordPress login): nameofblog.com/wp-admin/ (this is the address you will type on your browser to be able to login into your dashboard and starts posting or do any other task on it); after typing it on the browser, the image below will show on the screen.
- Your username and password to access it is ‘admin’ or your email address and the password is known only to you (created during installation above).
Once you get this right and you are able to login, what you will see on the screen is your dashboard, and the real settings/configuration has just started.
Set Up Guidelines (Practical)
The set up guidelines is a little bit comprehensive and I would simply want you to read my earlier blog posts on how to set up a blog, check it here.
Or, let me briefly explain the step by step instructions on how to set up everything; the following are steps we need to take, follow me patiently as I explain each.
- Uploading and installation of purchased WordPress themes
- Header, footer and Logo Adjustment/ Settings
- Settings of the Menu
- FrontPage Design and settings
- Widgets, Pages, category, post set up instructions
- Permalinks Set Up Instructions
- WordPress plugins – Top 3 plugins for a food blog
- Final Configuration
I will be using this WordPress themes (the best and most popular template for a food blog) as my tutorial.
Step 5 (1)
Uploading and installation of purchased WordPress themes
I earlier recommended some templates, called WordPress themes for you to buy, if you have bought them (you should have downloaded the ZIP file), then it is time to upload the theme and start with the design of the site.
- Go to your dashboard, locate appearance, and under appearance, you will see themes, click on ‘ add new themes’
- The theme page will open and you will see some recommended themes, ignore them; just click on the upload box, check for where you downloaded the ZIP files, click on it and have it uploaded
- After few minutes, the themes will be uploaded, click on installation and then activate the theme.
- Go to your homepage, refresh the homepage and the new design will be showing.
But, for a faster process, it is best and highly recommended for you to import the demo so that your new food blog will look exactly like the WordPress themes you bought.
Using the Demo Upload Option
If you want this process, follow the guidelines below;
- Go to the ZIP file, UNZIP it by removing or transferring the contents to a new folder or you simply move it to the desktop.
- Check inside the unzip file, and locate demo.xml or any file ending with .xml; this is the demo file we are interested in and it is the file we are going to import. After seeing this, then,
- Go to your WordPress dashboard, go to ‘tools’; under tools, click on import; and you will be taken to the import page.
- On the import page, check the last option (installing the import plugin)
- Run the plugin by clicking on it (do not mind any warning that comes up, after the installation, we are going to remove and delete the plugin, so you are safe)
- Look for the .xml file and import using the plugin ( the plugin does all these task, just give it the necessary instruction)
- Ascribe all attributes to the Admin and proceed; after few minutes, the demo contents will be imported.
Refresh your homepage and you will see all the imported contents, images may be missing, you will need to handle this manually; however, all settings, posts, pages and categories just like the demo themes is totally imported.
I recommend you watch the videos below for more understanding:
Step 5 (2)
Header, footer and Logo Adjustment/ Settings
Just look at the image below:
The header is an important element and you will need to adjust and set it up for your own brand of a food blog concept.
The header is house to the menu, the logo and some brief descriptions, and in cases advertisement (e.g. the leaderboard Google AdSense Ad format).
To edit your header;
- Go to widgets and follow the instructions there (the widgets is located under the ‘appearance’).
- Go to theme options (present on the dashboard, though not all themes have this features, you have to check the dashboard if there is).
Footer and Logo
The same way you edit your header is the same principle of editing your footer. Honestly, if you make use of the imported demo, your task will be so easy and you will just be editing them one by one.
For the logo creation, check the theme options and the widgets settings for instructions on the logo. The instructions will clearly tell you the size and expected dimension (e.g. in pixels, in inches etc.)
Step 5 (3)
Settings of the Menu
The menu is the most important part of the header, it is located just below the header, mostly below the logo. Below is what a menu represents;
As a food blogger, setting up your menu is important because it serves as the gateway to all contents on your blog.
I encourage you to check the menu features of your competitors to grab some winning formula;
To set and implement the menu, I encourage you to watch and study both the image above and the video below:
Step 5 (4)
FrontPage Design and settings
As a blog, your FrontPage settings can be achieved from three perspectives;
- Going to settings, then to readings as seen below:
- Going to the widgets and setting up everything;
- And in some cases, you go to the ‘theme options’ and set up everything
The next step is for you to set up and arrange your pages, categories and also the post areas.
Step 5 (5)
Widgets, Pages, category, post set up instructions
Watch the video below to have an understanding of all these:
Once you are done with the above, then follow the instructions on your pages and categories:
You already have some published pages because of the demo, and if you do not use the demo, then you need to create pages.
Important pages to create includes:
- Terms of service
To edit pages ( or even create page) from the demo, just go to the settings page, as seen below:
Step 5 (6)
Permalinks Set Up Instructions
The Permalinks is important for SEO; I am sure you do not want this type of published URL (example shown below)
- http://www.myfoodblog.com/02/10/2018/3 or
- http://www.myfoodblog.com/02/10/2018/php1 or
- http://www.myfoodblog.com/2018/vegan-diet-for-old-people or
The best URL model is shown below;
This is excellent for SEO advantages and naturally helps you to rank higher on the SERPs;
Now, you will need to change the default date based URL structure to a name based URL structure, as seen below.
Step 5 (7)
Installation of Essential WordPress plugins
WordPress plugins powers a WordPress blog, of which your own project is part of it because everything we are using is based on this powerful software.
The following plugins are essential to install;
- Yoast SEO plugin: Very important for SEO, this plugin will assist you greatly, even in sitemap creation.
- W3 Total Cache: it makes your blog to loaf fast, it boosts and cause a blog to automatically load fast. Very much essential.
- Akismet Plugin: Removes and blocks spam without you having to worry about Capthca
- Jetpack plugin: A multipurpose plugin, must have. Excellent to create contact form for contact page, important also in knowing daily statistics.
- Sumo plugin: the very best plugin for social media sharing buttons and icons.
- Nofollow plugin: important to prevent dofollow backlink leak from your blog.
- Real Time chat plugin: Important for instant messaging between you and visitors (that will turn to clients/customer). You receive chats on your mobile phones/PC and you reply instantly. Very handy and highly recommended.
The following are important /MUST have WordPress plugin for a food blog:
- Tasty Recipes: Though it is a premium plugin but it offers much more value, especially from SEO point of view. First, it makes your recipe good for SEO, helps in adding rating format( star), it also helps your recipe photo to show in Google search result pages, ( this increases your conversion because people are more likely to click on this type of result format).
- jQuery Pin It Button For Images: People and visitors can easily pin and share your recipe images/pictures on Pinterest directly.
- WordPress Related Posts: Very useful to display related posts; this plugin helps you to reduce bounce rate on your post and pages.
So, the above plugins are plugins you MUST install on your blog. To install and activate a plugin, I recommend you watch the video below.
Maintenance of the blog
If you read and follow the above listed instructions, your blog will be up and running in no time. The next step is just for you to maintain the health status of the blog.
You maintain it by:
- Publishing constant and consistent streams of post
- Checking and updating of installed WordPress plugins
- Checking and updating of installed WordPress themes
- Checking and updating the latest version of the WordPress software used in building it.
Now, the last three points are very easy to do. Anytime you logged into your WordPress dashboard (using www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin/), you will see a notification telling you that updates are available for those three points. Simply follow the on-screen instructions and click on update. It will automatically updates in the background and your site will be in excellent shape.
Getting on Google search Index
Congratulations for the successful launch of the blog, it is now time you get on Google radar for indexing and the flow of organic visitors from the search engine to your site.
- Google search console ( https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/)
- Google Analytics ( https://analytics.google.com/analytics/web/)
Google search console
You use Google search console to get your site indexed; to start, go:
- Go to Google console at google.com/console, open a free account and get your blog verified. The process of getting verified is best explained with the video below:
Once verified, submit your sitemaps on it and use the ‘fetch as’ tool to get faster indexing of your posts and also the homepage.
To create a sitemap, go back to your food blog, check under the installed ‘Yoast plugin’ (seen by the right hand side of the dashboard), follow the instructions and you will create a sitemap, then take the sitemap and submit it in the sitemap section of the Google search console.
Google analytics is important for use to collect and study data about how your blog is progressing, especially about visitors. You get statistics on daily, weekly and monthly traffic of visitors to your site.
Go to ( https://analytics.google.com/analytics/web/) to get registered and be verified. Watch the video below.
Success Tips / Getting traffic / Promotion
Getting on Social Media with a difference
We all know the importance of having a presence on the world’s leading social media networks. It is one of the reasons why I earlier mentioned that the name of your domain should also be used to open free accounts on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
When you open an account on these sites ( using your domain name because of branding, and if not available, use a name close to your domain); make sure you complete your profile, upload high quality pictures of your recipes, food stuff as your profile and background pictures.
- Facebook: Follow the above instructions, invite your friends, colleagues and friends to like the page. Doing this give you your first 20 followers/likes. After this, you can advertise to get likes/fans.
- Instagram: Do the same thing as above with Instagram
However, Pinterest is your secret weapon of getting traffic and I am going to concentrate on it.
Power of Pinterest
The most popular category of content most shared on Pinterest is on Food related articles and contents. Pinterest is the MAJOR source of traffic for successful food blogs. Pinterest is the Google (traffic / visitor source) for 100% of all cook and chef blogs.
Focus your power and attention on Pinterest; how?
- Go to pinterest.com and open a free account
- Get your blog verified on Pinterest, by adding their code on your site. Doing this gives you a PR8 dofollow backlinks from your profile back to your blog (very important).
- Create boards (just like category); in this board, you will be sharing your pinned images there; so it is like arranging your PINs in a hierarchy order.
- Take powerful, sharp and crystal clear pictures (the pictures should be original) of your contents and pinned them on Pinterest.
- For best results, you can use Photoshop to edit your pictures and images to the standard of normal Pinterest images as seen below, or you can use the canvas website to do this ( canvas is very good because they already have different Pinterest templates you can just pick from).
But here is the secret to getting lots of Pinterest referral traffic to your food blog;
- When you join Pinterest, make sure you follow other pinners who share similar interest like yours (follow other food bloggers).
- Look out for what is called ‘Group boards’, just like Facebook groups (this is where the secret lies). Some of these groups has members that are close to almost 30,000-200,000 in numbers.
- Join these group boards, you may sometimes have to contact the admin to allow you join them.
- Join as many of these boards, at least, close to 20 different ones.
- Get active by commenting on them, pinning other members of your own board etc.
- Do this constantly for at least 1 month
- After getting active, you will need to contact the Administrator to allow you share and pin your own PINS in the group
- Once accepted, start sharing your pins there on a reasonable and timely manner (do not spam them).
You will be surprised at the traction and flow of traffic you will be getting from them. Learning how to start a food blog and aiming for success depends a lot on the use of Pinterest!!
As a food blogger, networking is essential to your survival; you cannot stand alone and expect to be known, heard and or popular. Let me discuss briefly;
Connect with other Food bloggers
You probably know some few bloggers in the food, vegan and/or cooking niche; start reaching out to them using the tips below:
- Send them email directly, introducing yourself and telling them you wish to be their protégé/students to learn from their pool of experience
- Join and follow them on their social media networks i.e. on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
- Visit their blogs, read their blog posts, drop meaningful comments; comments that will naturally attract their attention and they will in return also visit yours and do likewise. Commenting is a powerful weapon if used wisely.
Get on Google+ Communities and Facebook Group
I have already explained how to make use of Pinterest and the group board on the site. I also advised that you should focus 100% on the use of Pinterest because it sends traffic to a food blog more than any other social media networks.
However, for the sake of SEO (search engine optimization), it is important you get on:
- Google+ Communities
- Facebook Group
However, Google+ is the most powerful one to join first, how?
- Go to Google+ at google.com/plus, and sign up for a free account
- Complete your profile with professional details, including description, perfect profile and background picture etc.
- Go to communities, search for food related communities, join them; join at least 10 communities.
- After doing this, get engaged (just like the Pinterest board in above) and become active. Do not share your posts immediately after joining these communities/boards.
- Email and contact the administrators to accept you so that you can start sharing your posts on the Google+ community. Contact the administrators after being engaged and you should have stayed for about 1 month.
Google+ is extremely powerful and its influence on SEO is undisputed!!
Rules of Pictures / ideas and topics
I have listed out some tips that will guide you when taking your pictures to use as a respected food blogger; please remember that the pictures must be your own picture, from your own kitchen and not taken elsewhere.
The lightning should be of the same intensity throughout the room; it means it should stand uniform with no shadows interfering in the brightness.
CAMERA AND LIGHTNING
Place of taking the Photograph
I quite understand that your kitchen will be busy with different ingredients, tools, knife etc.; however, when taking your pictures, the pictures should simply concentrate on the main recipe or cooked item.
And the best position is to place the item on a clean tabletop with no interference of unnecessary items.
Have more than one Shot / Snap
Take more than one snap of a particular item, and of course, snap from different angle and positioning so that you can have different options to use.
After the photographs, you can use Photoshop to add text on it (for security and to avoid image theft) and also to sharpen and make it look really professional.
Food blogging ideas and topics
Examples of curated suggestions and ideas if you want to run and launch your own food blog:
- Vegan diet and meals- how to etc.
- Seasonal foods
- Blogging about international cuisine e.g. Thailand, Brazil, Africa, Asia, India, Texans, America, Germany etc. (it is countless) you’re trying out
- Or writing blog posts on/and about restaurants, cookbooks and also reviews about kitchen tools and equipment etc.
- Professional guidelines on Kitchen layouts – sharing your experiences on how you turn your kitchen around etc.
- Eating Etiquette
- Blogging on how to achieve body fitness with your meals etc.
- Kitchen tips and tricks
- What about cooking classes
- Blogging on Hot deals, sales and coupons
SEO means search engine optimization. SEO is important because you need the search engines to send traffic (organic traffic to you). Though it is complex, I will briefly give you the tips.
As a new blog, it is important you fine tune everything so that it can get the attention of Google (the biggest and powerful search engine).
Follow the steps below
- Install Yoast SEO plugin – This plugin will help you solve the basic and initial SEO problems. You can read more on how to use the plugin and set up the SEO of your blog. Check the resource guide below.
- Stick to a publishing schedule and post original, high quality post that is not plagiarized or duplicated. Publish these posts on a constant and consistent basis.
- Invest time and money to guest blog (I usually outsource these task), you can Google to find out details on guest posting and how to outsource it.
- Avoid Google penalties, I highly recommend you read this resource guideline on this important issue.
As a newbie, I honestly recommend you watch this video from Yoast:
How to make money from a food blog
Successful food bloggers make insane amount of money every month, you can also achieve the same, but with hard work and also by implementing all what I have suggested to you.
You can make money from the following:
Running and offering online classes on cooking
You know, cooking is a skill and not every lady/women out there is skilled with this; you can organize online classes to teach interested people. Believe me, you are going to make incredibly amount of money just by tutoring people.
Affiliate marketing is easy to do, unlike running the above online classes earlier suggested. With affiliate marketing, you stand to make lots of money.
Sign up as an affiliate on Amazon; when you sign up as an affiliate, you will be given a code to display on your blog, with Amazon, you can sell and refer people in making purchase of any kitchen related items and equipment.
Amazon is big enough to accommodate any food, cooking or kitchen related products you want to market and the beauty of it all is that you can do this from anywhere in the world. Amazon pays your affiliate commission (earnings) either through check or PayPal.
Hot Deals, Sales and Coupons
Lots of people are not using this method to make money on their food blog; recommending and displaying hot deals, sales and coupons to your visitors is a great way to make money.
It works just like affiliate marketing, but this is more targeted and people tends to make purchases with this strategy.
If you have not tried it on your blog, I recommend you try it. Some coupons may be free lunch at expensive restaurants, mouthwatering offers from reputable kitchen equipment manufacturers, huge discounts etc.
Go on Google and search for coupons and hot deals on affiliate marketing to get started. You can search for merchants in this niche at ShareAsale ( one of the biggest affiliate network company, like amazon)
You can offer direct sales of your eBooks, eCourses tutorials, products and materials to your customers and visitors. Trust me, it works like charm. Just make use of the Easy Digital download plugin or outsource it to Gumroad to handle this aspect
You can also offer direct advertisements and any company interested may contact you.
Refer to start their own blog
Most successful food bloggers uses this unique strategy to make money. Because of their successful experience and having lots of subscribers/customers/visitors; they easily create a dedicated page and tell people how to start their own food blog.
In that page, they explain to them the tools and products to use, including the use of Bluehost and dedicated cooking templates. In essence, they help people and in return, they also make money.
All information you will ever need to open your own food blog is practically discussed in this guideline, it is a one-stop solution guidelines to your quest. I sincerely hope you that you really find it helpful.
Please keep this guide; bookmark it on your computer, and share it among your friends and family and most importantly kindly link back to it.
If you need any help or assistance, do reach out to me. Cheers!!