Do you love cooking? You Should Start a Food Blog!
I’m going to guess that if you are reading this article, you love to cook. And you probably also love to read food blogs and discover new recipes to try on Pinterest.
Sound about right?
Well, did you know that you can actually make money just by having your own food and cooking blog? Believe it or not, a lot of people just like you are making money from their blogs about cooking.
Pinch of Yum is one example of a food blog that pulls in over $100,000 in revenue each month. There are many others just like them.
So how do food bloggers make money?
- Sponsored content from brands
- Display advertising
- Affiliate marketing
- Selling ebooks and other shop items
- and more
This is a real thing, and it’s a real opportunity for anyone out there that has a passion for food and sharing recipes.
In fact, it’s 100% feasible to start making a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars per month within just a few months of launching your blog, no matter what your topic is.
Even if cooking is just a side hobby for you, you NEED to give blogging a shot. It can truly change your life, plus …. it’s actually SO much fun.
The money is just the icing on the cake (see what I did there?).
I can already hear what you’re saying… “But I know nothing about starting a website!”
Stop. This is actually way easier than you think.
In fact, what if I told you that in less than 15 minutes, you could be up and running with your very own food blog?
I hope you’re ready to rock, because I’m about to walk you through the exact steps for starting your blog through a hosting company I’m a huge fan of called Hostgator (every site needs hosting in order to run).
Don’t worry- I’m going to keep things as simple as possible. This tutorial is designed for the non-techie.
Why HostGator? Well, in my experience, they are the best all around hosting company for new bloggers in terms of performance and cost. They’ve also got a great infrastructure to accommodate your blog as it grows, which is really important. And because of how awesome they are, we decided to become affiliates for them.
That means that with our exclusive 30% off coupon code for you in Step 6, HostGator’s the best bang for your buck, bar none.
So, are you ready to get started pursuing something awesome? Open another tab so you can follow along with me.
If you’re reading this on your cell phone, be sure to pin this article for later so you can follow along on your computer.
How to Start a Food Blog with HostGator in 9 Steps
Step 1: Choose Your Hosting Plan
Go to HostGator’s home page and select “Get Started Now”. This will bring you to a page that gives you 3 different packages. I recommend starting off with the Hatchling Plan:
If you are just starting out, the Hatchling Plan is all you need. First rule of business: don’t over complicate things and end up overspending!
Step 2: Choose Your Domain Name
Once you hit the Sign Up Now button, you’ll be directed to the order form. The first item on the list is the most important one: your domain name! This is the one and only name for your website, so give this some thought.
It can be tricky coming up with a name that isn’t already claimed.
Tips for Choosing Your Domain Name
- Stick to just .com endings. Don’t bother using .biz, .info, .org, or any other endings.
- Make your domain name simple and easy to remember.
- Leave out numbers and dashes and anything else other than letters.
Step 3: Enter Your Hosting Plan Information
This step just confirms what you chose in Step 1 (Hatchling Plan). If you want to change plans, though, you can do it here.
You’ll also set up your HostGator username, which is what you’ll use to access the back end of your site.
Step 4: Enter Your Billing Information
Another straightforward step. If you can’t figure this part out, maybe this whole online blogging thing isn’t for you ?
Step 5: Choose Add-ons That You Want
I recommend all of them, however, you can probably get away with adding them later. Eventually (hopefully in the not-too-distant future, assuming your blog grows) you’ll want all of these things.
If money’s tight, you can forego these things. If I had to choose just one add-on, I would choose the site backup option. Losing all your hard work is a buzz kill that I would not wish on even my worst enemy.
Step 6: Enter Your Coupon Code
We’ve got you covered: use the coupon code BTOP30 for 30% off your order. We’ve partnered up with them to give our readers this exclusive deal not offered on their regular site. All the more reason to get started right now!
Step 7: Review Order Details and Submit!
Once you’ve completed all the steps above, go through and make sure everything is the way you want it. I won’t include a screenshot since everyone’s checkout page will look slightly different based on their choices.
You’ll also notice that there are a few other free perks: 24/7/365 Phone, LiveChat, and Email Support AND a 45 Day Money Back Guarantee if you decide blogging isn’t for you. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me.
Once you’re all set, go ahead and hit Checkout and let’s get rolling!
Step 8: Install WordPress
Now it’s time to install WordPress on your site (don’t worry, it’s easy!).
Go to HostGator’s Billing Login page:
Use the email address you signed up with and the password included in your order confirmation email.
Once you’re logged in, you’ll see a bunch of tabs on the top. Click on the Hosting tab.
Once that loads up, you should see an option below under “Special Offers” that says Get Started with WordPress Today. Click it:
That will bring you to a “QuickInstall” page, shown below.
Make sure your domain name is chosen in the “Application URL” section. Be sure to leave the box after the slash blank.
Then, check the “Enable Auto Upgrades” box. Enter your “Admin Email”, your “Blog Title” can just be your domain name (with spaces), then enter whatever you want your admin username to be. Pro tip: Never make it “admin”! You WILL get hacked if that happens. Make your Admin User something unique. Lastly, fill in your first and last name, then click the “Install Now” button.
Step 9: Finish WordPress Install and Log into WordPress!
Once WordPress is finished installing, you’ll get a confirmation message giving you info for where to access your WordPress login, your username, and a randomly generated password to sign in. Your WordPress page can be found at http://yourwebsitename.com/wp-admin. Go to that URL and sign in.
And that’s it! You’re all set up and ready to go with your new domain.
Find A Fun Food Theme For Your Blog
A theme is just the design and “look” of your blog. There are a ton you can choose from! Here’s a good starting point:
Find one you like and run with it. Each theme should come with instructions on how to install them. It’s really easy, I promise!
Now…The Part About Making Money
I’ll be honest with you. It’s gonna take time.
Your biggest priority at the beginning is going to be getting people to come to your website. Once you have steady traffic, you can start thinking about making money.
So how do you get traffic?
Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest.
Food bloggers like you actually have it easy- they have a social media network that is perfectly catered to their niche! Food and cooking is HUGE on Pinterest. To use Pinterest the right way and rapidly grow your new blog, do yourself a favor and read this comprehensive Pinterest guide.
Any Questions on How to Start a Food Blog? Let Me Know in the Comments!
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