How to use Jarvis Blogging Recipes to Start a Food Blog today!
Starting a new food blog isn't simple, especially for newbie bloggers. If you are a foodie thinking about starting a new recipe blog or cooking blog, it may feel overwhelming. Don't worry, here's all you need to know to start a food blog.
This blog article is written for new bloggers who want to know how to establish their brand and generate income with a recipe blog or coking blog.
From finding a topic for your food blog to monetizing your site, I'll take you through everything you need to know to start your own food blog today!
In this article I'm going to cover: 7 things you need to start your food blog
What you need to know about starting a food blog in 6 steps Ideas for your new food blog content Steps you should take to become a successful food blogger How to use Jarvis recipes to write your blogs Almost every day, I get messages asking me for blogging advice on how to start a food blog and if it's possible to make money as a food blogger.
So here's what you need to know about how to start a food blog that generates traffic, attracts readers, and makes you money - and I'll even show you how my little artificial intelligence copywriter buddy Jarvis (the cute guy in the hat in the image above) can help you get there faster with his very own Jarvis recipes.
Hang on, I can make money from my recipes?
Yes! Blogs about food are popular and easy to monetize. It's not really just about the recipes. They are the hook that gets people to your website, but once you have them there, there are a multitude of ways to make money with a successful food blog.
How does a food blogger make money?
There are tremendous opportunities for earning money through food blogging.
Sell ads on your food blog with programs like Google AdSense™
Make money blogging with affiliate marketing, where you recommend and link to products and earn a commission when someone purchases through your link.
Sell your own recipes or your cookbooks.
Create a membership areas with premium paid content.
Create an app to complement your blog.
According to Semrush food bloggers make 42% of their income from ads and 10% from affiliate marketing.
Helpful Tip: Make cool custom images (like this ⬆️) for your food blog with Canva!
Your site will need new content to be successful, so be prepared to document all your cooking experience, new ideas, and of course, your step-by-step process for creating each dish. You also need to take good photographs of your culinary prowess.
I'll be honest; it takes time for a blog to build an audience that leads to decent earnings.
Don't be discouraged if you don't see results right away. Even if your blog never makes a cent of revenue, you will grow as a cook and an author - sometimes, that is more valuable than the money you could make.
Here are some eye-opening facts:
Blogs account for over a third of all internet sites.
On average, over 2 million new articles are published every day.
Over 90% of bloggers fail to generate income.
Wait, what? Bloggers don't make money?
Yes, it's true that less than 10% of blogs actually manage to generate income.
Why? Because they didn't do their homework before they started!
What do I need to start my own food blog?
A purpose! A successful food blog isn't just an online cookbook of your recipes. If you have no plan or aren't trying to accomplish something greater than publishing recipes, you're doomed to fail.
You need a goal! If you started food blogging to document your cooking experience or because you simply love writing, that's fine.
However, if you want to make money blogging, you need to define your blog's vision and how it will be valuable for your readers. Remember that food blogging is a commitment, and success doesn't come overnight.
7 things you need to start your food blog
A blog domain name and hosting, which I walk you through below in this article.
All your recipes in one place with step-by-step instructions and enticing food photographs so people can recreate them.
A system for organizing yourself to get new content on your site consistently.
A system for growing your blog by sharing, commenting, networking and promoting your blogs.
It also helps if you are a huge foodie!
...And it's time to learn how to start a food blog!
Let me show you what you need to know about starting a food blog in 6 steps.
Food blogs are popular! How popular?
It's estimated that in 2021 there are more than 31 million bloggers writing over 600 million blogs.
Of course, these are not all food blogs, but food blogs have been shown to produce the highest median monthly income - in excess of $9,000/mo.
I can't tell you exactly how much money you could make, but I can tell you it is possible to earn money with a food blog.
Step 1. Start by choosing your food blog niche.
If you want to start a food blog, the first thing that you need to do is choose your food blog niche.
This may sound like an impossible decision, but it's quite simple, in fact.
Just ask yourself this question: "What kind of recipes will I share?"
Will you post recipes for vegan cuisine? Asian food? Italian dishes?
Will your food blog have gluten-free recipes? What about a raw food blog?
Just think about the types of things that you enjoy cooking and eating. These are hints for what your blog will be about. Keep in mind that whatever you choose, your content should be relevant to the type of food that you're cooking.
Types of food blogs.
If you want to establish a brand with the possibility to generate significant income from your food blog, you might want to consider being a little more innovative.
Start by looking at the food blog genres available today and consider which one is a good fit for you.
Here are a few popular genres from the wide world of food blogging:
Recipe blog : This is probably the most common type of food blog. It's just an online version of your own cookbook with all your recipes, organized in categories or tags so that people can find them easily. You can go specific and focus on one area, such as a vegan cooking blog or a baking blog.
Product review blog : Reviews of kitchen products can be a great source of income if you're able to get sponsored by the companies or sign up as an Amazon affiliate.
Recipe tutorials: A blog that documents the journey of preparing a single dish or meal in each blog post.
Instructional cooking videos: A combination of both video and photography with step-by-step instructions can help you to reach your audience in an attractive way without too much effort on your part once the content is ready.
How-to food blog: How-to blogs are perfect for your food blog if you like to teach and share your knowledge with others. A how-to blog can be extremely attractive because it allows you to create a franchise by adding products and services related to your niche.
Kitchen tips and hacks: Everyone wants kitchen shortcuts, so this is a great way for you to establish yourself as an authority, an expert in your niche. These tips and tricks will make your blog look more professional and help you differentiate yourself from the competition.
Recipe directory: This is another great way for food bloggers to monetize their blogs. Directory-style sites are an easy way to get started, but they won't generate very much income unless they're extremely popular or you can find a way to get a lot of traffic.
Step 2. Figure out what your followers want the most.
If you're just starting out, it's essential to know what your audience wants and how you deliver that through personal and meaningful conversation style content. That means writing in a way people are going to want to read, rather than just boring instructions!
There are several ways to find out what your readers want.
Do some keyword research online and see which words people are using in their searches when they look for recipes or information on food. You can also use tools like Google Trends to check how often certain keywords are searched.
Surfer SEO is my go-to for research, especially for new bloggers, as it's not too complicated to navigate like some of the more advanced tools (like Semrush).
Hang out where they hang out online.
This is simple, but it's definitely worth mentioning.
Who are your readers? Where do they live online?
Do they communicate on Facebook groups or follow food bloggers on Pinterest?
Do they chat on forums like Reddit and Home Cooking?
Or maybe they go on Twitter more often than anywhere else to find new recipes.
When you find out where your readers are, start engaging them there. It's as simple as that!
Know your content marketing audience and create a persona so you can tailor your content to them easily.
When you know who your target reader is, it will make it easier for you to decide what kind of content they might want to see on their screen.
Step 3. Name your blog and buy a domain name.
Just like a real-life cookbook, your food blog needs a name.
Think of words that you think people might search for when they're looking to get new recipes. Think about your cooking style and what sets it apart from the competition. This will help you with your blog name.
I have a great tip for you here - my AI Copywriting Assistant is crazy good for coming up with names for companies, products, websites, and blogs!
There is a Business / Product name template that is built just for this purpose!
When you have settled on a name, if possible, buy all variations of the domain i.e. .com, .net and .org so that it's easier for people to find you online.
Wherever your blog is hosted, your blog name should be easy for readers to remember and spell!
Which is the best web host for new food blogs?
I'm a huge believer in Bluehost - one of the most popular hosting providers on the planet.
Bluehost is a reasonably-priced and reliable web host service that's simple to use, quick, and provides round-the-clock support.
Bluehost provides a free domain name, an SSL certificate for free, and a significant discount on web hosting to WPBeginner users. It's a bargain that you won't find anywhere else.
Helpful Tips - If you go with a BlueHost site, make sure you use your contact details when you register your own domain name. That way, you are always in control of it!
Step 4. Install WordPress on your web hosting account.
When you sign up with Bluehost, you can install WordPress right away.
WordPress is the best blogging platform because it's open-source, SEO-friendly, and incredibly flexible.
With over 30% of the web running on WordPress, it's also extremely popular with both bloggers and their readers. That means you'll stand out for being different.
There are plenty of free themes available that look great right out of the box. If you're feeling creative, there are also plenty of premium themes and WordPress experts available that can help you achieve your website's design goals.
Step 5. Decide if you want a food blog theme or recipe plugin.
With a food blog WordPress theme you get the convenience of focusing on your content rather than worrying about the layout of your WordPress site.
However, it can be limiting because you don't get to choose what features are included or how they're set up when you choose a WordPress theme.
WordPress offers a dynamic range of themes that can help you build your website faster and easier. Your blog theme is a key ingredient in your success.
When you first set up your WordPress website, it comes with a default theme for your site that you may modify with the free, paid, or premium alternatives.
If you're looking for more flexibility, look into different WordPress plugins that will enable you to add recipes and style them in the way you want.
With a WordPress plugin, you can get creative with your look and feel while still being able to include the useful features that come with a theme.
Food blog WordPress themes.
Picking a theme is the first important decision you'll make when starting a food blog. Thousands of food blog themes are available, but it can be hard to pick one if you haven't seen what other sites are using.
Here are some great Wordpress themes that I recommend checking out:
Find the right recipe plugin for your food blog.
Recipe plugins for WordPress add recipe cards to your posts and pages to show photos, videos, ingredients, and cooking instructions.
These apps provide details about the dish, including nutritional information, how long it will take to prepare, and how many servings it has.
A plugin has a number of benefits:
They also use schema.org structured data and JSON-LD to help you rank higher in Google - for more blog traffic - and also in Pinterest search results, as well as pins.
They also include various features such as printing, scaling the number of servings, social sharing, formatting, and more.
WordPress recipe plugins for food blogs.
Enhance your site's look and functionality with a WordPress plugin like WP Recipe Maker or my favorite; WP Tasty
As with any blog, WordPress food blogs can benefit from using recipe plugins to enhance their site's look and functionality.
WP Tasty is a recipe plugin created specifically for food blogging. It includes a variety of different modules that will help bloggers to create recipes for their own food blog: Tasty Recipes, Tasty Pins and Tasty Links - all within your Wordpress dashboard.
BTW - this Wordpress plugin was created by the team behind Food Blogger Pro and Pinch of Yum, so you can trust that it has been written by a food blogger with a food blogger in mind! Learn more about WP Tasty for your food blog
Many recipe plugins for food blogs allow readers to leave comments on the page where they found the recipe. This is beneficial for both you and your readers, as they can ask questions or leave feedback right next to the recipe itself. It's also a great way to promote discussion among other food bloggers and users of your site.
Now it's time to start blogging about food!
Step 6. Create the content and start blogging!
Create quality content that makes an impact.
No one wants to read a blog full of boring text with no personality, especially on the internet where there's so much choice available.
People want more than just recipes; they want interesting content that makes an impact. They want to be entertained and informed, which is why food blogging is so popular!
What should a food blog article include?
A recipe blog post contains much more than just the ingredients and instructions.
Start by establishing credibility: What is your E-A-T (expertise-authority-trustworthiness), and why should people trust you?
Hook your readers: Let them know why they would love your recipes before giving them the recipe. You might tell them how this recipe will solve a problem for them.
Amazing image: Show them what will the finished product look like.
Introduction: What is your personal backstory and relationship to this dish? Why are you writing about it?
Ingredients: Show them everything they need to cook this dish. You might want to include an image of the raw ingredients.
Step-by-Step Instructions: Describe how to perform each step in detail and show which ingredients are needed for each step.
Recipe plugin if you chose this option.
Alternate recipes: What other variations are available, or how can this dish be made with alternative ingredients. i.e., to make it dairy-free, vegetarian, etc.
Call to action: Tell your readers what they can do next to make this recipe work. This might be to share a comment or leave a rating, but it could also be to subscribe to your blog for future updates or follow you on social media. If your intention is to monetize your food blog, this might be an affiliate link to purchase products.