How To Start A Food Blog With WordPress – A Step-by-Step Guide For Beginners

how to start a food blog

Let me guess what happened.

You are an amazing chef, you cook delicious recipes, and every other person who have tasted it, suggested you start a blog. They told you it would be wonderful, people from all corners of the world will appreciate your talent, and you will make money doing so.

But, nobody told you how. They never told you how to start a food blog, where to start, how to do it without mistakes, how to post your killer recipes, how to get traffic, and make money.

Consider it as your lucky day. You’ve stumbled upon the right page.

In this guide, I’ll help you start a food blog from scratch and will also discuss how can you make it famous.

More importantly, I’ll cover all the technical parts of starting a food blog and make it dumb easy for you.

Here’s all you need to get started –

  • Passion for Cooking & Sharing
  • An Active Internet Connection
  • A Credit Card to Buy Hosting
  • 20 Minutes of Your Time
  • A Working Brain

Checked?

Let’s get started now.

Step-by-Step Guide to Start a Food Blog

If you’re ready with all the requirements I asked, it won’t take you more than 20 minutes to start a self-hosted food blog with WordPress.

WordPress is a Content Management System which will help you manage your blog, create, add, delete articles, and more. You’ll have full control over your blog naming, design, and growth.

There’s a free version of WordPress available, but I don’t recommend it if you’re serious about your blog. It’ll limit your ability to design your blog, you don’t have a professional domain name, and you can’t make money from it.

If you’ve understood the basics of starting a food blog, here are the recommended steps to start a food blog and make it famous.

Step 1: Name Your Blog and Register a Brandable Domain Name

The first thing you need to think of is the name of your blog. Your food blog name should be easy to remember, related to what you’ll be posting, and brandable.

Remember, if you get popular one day, you don’t want to be known as the writer behind I-post-about-food-from-my-home.com

Also, your blog name should be easy to spell in case someone asks for it in person.

Few golden rules of naming a domain name are –

  • Don’t use hyphens and numbers.
  • Stick to the .COM extension
  • Keep it short (at most 3-4 words)
  • Avoid using non-dictionary words (ex. ketchupp)

You can also use your personal name as your blog name. It turns out to be great for most of the bloggers and provides a personal feel to the blog.

A few examples of good food blog names are –

Once you have decided on your blog name, you need to register the domain to own it officially. It costs around $10/year, and there are various registrars available – GoDaddy and NameCheap.

But, since you’re following this amazing guide to starting a food blog, you get a free domain name with your hosting account – read on to know how.

Step 2: Buy Reliable WordPress Hosting + Install WordPress

Web hosting account is needed to host WordPress CMS, all your files, and serve your website to internet users.

Without web hosting, your site would never be live.

I recommend BlueHost, which is one of the web hosting service available for new bloggers. BlueHost makes it damn easy to install WordPress and can easily handle the spike in traffic.

And the best part? You get a free domain name with any package. It saves you few dollars as well as the hassle of setting up DNS servers if you had bought it from the separate registrar.

Follow the below steps to buy web hosting and install WordPress on BlueHost.

Visit this page (click here to visit Bluehost) and click on the get started button to buy web hosting for your food blog.

buy web hosting for food blog

Next, you’re asked to choose a web hosting package. I highly recommend you to stick with the basic plan for now.

select web hosting plan for food blog

After you select the hosting plan for your food blog, it will ask you to enter the domain name you came up with earlier. If the domain name is available, you can proceed further; else you need to try a different name.

register domain name for for food blog

Fill in your contact information and other details asked on the page. Complete your payment, and you’ll get instant access to your BlueHost account.

Create Account With Bluehost

To install WordPress on Bluehost web hosting here are the steps.

  • Login to your Bluehost cPanel account.
  • Search for the website section and click on the WordPress Icon (Install WordPress).
  • Now select your domain name to install WordPress on it.
  • Now choose your username and password for the new WordPress installation.
  • check the license and service agreements boxes.
  • Click on the Install Now button.

Now you’ve successfully installed the WordPress on your domain.

You’ll get the login details and URL to access your WordPress Dashboard.

Step 3: Install a Delicious WordPress Theme & Customize It

WordPress, out of the box, comes installed with a neat free theme called ‘twenty seventeen.’

There are hundred other beautiful themes available for free to install in WordPress directory. If you’re out of the budget, free themes are your only option to make your blog look decent.

However, if you’ve some investment left, I will recommend you to install a premium theme. It’ll give you more options to customize your blog, will load faster and looks amazing on all sorts of screens.

If you’re clueless, here are few premium themes I would suggest you buy –

Along with premium look, these themes also offer some neat plugins that’ll make your job easier. You can create recipe boxes with interactive designs and more.

To install these third-party themes, go to Appearance > Themes > Add New and upload the .zip file you’ll receive on the purchase.

Step 4: Install WordPress Plugins

The theme gives your blog a beautiful design, whereas plugins provide it with the major functionalities.

There are thousands of plugins available for each action you desire, but here are the standard ones to start with –

Akismet: Helps you fight with spam comments. It’ll automatically detect the spammers and discard the comments without disturbing you.

Yoast SEO: Getting traffic from search engines should be your ideal goal, and for that, you need to understand SEO. Yoast SEO plugin makes it easy to handle on-page SEO on your blog.

Updraft Plus: Due to some unforeseen situations your website data may get erased. This plugin will help you take daily backup of your site for free.

Easy Recipe: It is a must have a plugin for food bloggers sharing recipes. The plugin will format your recipes for Search Engine Optimization leveraging more clicks and traffic.

Pinterest Pin it Button: Pinterest would be one of your biggest social traffic sources, and this plugin will make it easier for your readers to pin the images on your blog.

WordPress Related Post: This is a very good plugin to show related posts at the end of an article. As soon a user completes an article on your blog, this plugin will suggest some related articles to the visitor.

W3 Total Catch: I use this plugin on all of my blogs. This plugin helps in speeding up a WordPress blog.

Unit Converter: If you’re targeting a global base you need to take care of the unit conversion. Unit Converter plugin will automatically detect and convert both the metric and imperial measurements when readers hover over them

Step 5: Start Curating Original Content

Now that your food blog is live with all the required functionalities, it’s time for you to create share-worthy articles. You should have a content strategy for your blog.

Quality, originality, and the style of your writing matters. Your readers will only find to blog interesting if there’s new information.

A general approach is to write long form contents (minimum 1500 words), and include as many details as possible. Long-form contents have more chances of being shared on social channels and ranked higher on the search pages.

The frequency of posting new articles also plays a significant role. Aim to update your new blog for at least 3-4 times weekly. Once you’ve got steady traffic, you can come down to 1-2 article per week.

Make sure to attach good quality images in every blog post you write. You can get free, high-quality stock photos from free stock photo websites.

To never get out of ideas to write about, indulge yourself into reading related blogs, magazines, and watch YouTube videos.

Step 6: Promote Your Food Blog

Your website is live with a beautiful design, required functionalities, and some decent quality articles. But, there’s one thing missing – traffic.

There’s no use of writing such amazing recipes if you’re the only one reading your blog. You need to get the words out and promote your blog.

From what successful bloggers have experienced, you should spend 20% of your time in creating content and 80% in promoting it.

There are various ways you can promote your blog, including –

  1. Social Networks

Food bloggers are quite popular on social media channels, and it serves as a major source of traffic.

Start by creating accounts/pages on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Make use of tools like Buffer and BoardBooster to automate maximum of the task and repetitively share your contents.

Use Canva (free tool) to create visually appealing graphics optimized for each social media channel.

  1. Email Marketing

Having one email subscriber > having ten social media followers. Email subscribers are your loyal readers, and you have the permission to share your random thoughts with them at any given point of time.

Also, if you’re selling some products, then email subscribers have the maximum probability of buying.

You can use free email marketing platform like MailerLite and MailChimp to collect subscribers and send campaigns.

  1. Network with Other Bloggers

Building a network with bloggers in your niche will help you get quick authority, exposure, and target followers.

You can also get some backlinks from your online friends who will help your site rank higher. Other than that, you can always ask for helpful tips and secrets from those who have already build a famous food blog.

Leave helpful comments on their site & share on social media before pitching. Being helpful, friendly, and polite is the key to networking among bloggers.

  1. Guest Post

Similar to networking, you can guest post on blogs in your niche to get recognized. In the guest posting, you write some quality content and post on someone else’s blog in exchange for links or mention.

Most of the times it is done for free, but you might come across some sites asking for a fair amount to accept your guest post.

Guest posting is a proven strategy used to build a brand in short span of time.

Final Words

If you have the ability to spark on the internet, then you should. Starting a blog is a great way to share your contents with others and get recognized for it.

If you’ve good amount of steady traffic, you can put Google Ads on your site and make it a revenue making stream. Other than that, you can sell your products to make more money online.

I hope this guide has helped you take action and start a food blog with WordPress. While I tried my best to keep the guide informative, I might have skipped some important parts.

Feel free to comment down and ask your doubts. Also, make sure to share this guide with your friends who might be interested in starting a food blog.

How to Start a Successful Fashion Blog with WordPress + Tools You Need

how to start a fashion blog

Fashion blogs are one of the most exciting and famously insane kinds of websites on the internet.

Although the fashion trends keep changing every other month (or week), it still offers some decent rewards for site owners.

If you’re seriously into fashion, regularly help your friends rock their attires, and know what’s trending, starting a fashion blog would be an excellent choice.

You can start a successful fashion blog with WordPress. It makes managing a blog like a child’s play.

To start a fashion blog, all you need is a domain name and a reliable web hosting service.

In this guide, I’ll talk about a step-by-step guide to start a fashion blog from scratch on a budget and make it successful.

You will also learn how can you make money from your fashion blog.

Are you excited? I’m too. So let’s get started.

What is a Fashion Blog?

According to Wikipedia, a Fashion blog covers the following topics

A fashion blog can cover many things such as specific items of clothing and accessories, beauty tips, trends in various apparel markets (haute couture, prêt-à-porter, etc.), celebrity fashion choices and street fashion trends.

According to Technorati Inc., there are over 2 million fashion and shopping related blogs running on the internet.

Why Should You Start A Fashion Blog? The Top Reasons

There are tons of fantastic reasons why one should start a fashion blog, but let’s discuss the most interesting ones.

1. Create A Brand

If you’re someone already working in the fashion industry, or looking to join up, a blog can help you build a brand that speaks for itself.

You can promote yourself, express your creativity, your sense of fashion, and show the industry how talented you are.

Also, a blog can help you build a portfolio which can be pitched to bigger brands.

WhoWhatWear.Com has a good post on becoming a successful fashion blogger. Read the article if you would like to know some secrets of becoming a fashion blogger.

2. There’s Money to Make (A Lot of Money)

Admit it.

Directly or indirectly, every step you take is towards success and a fat bank balance.

Fashion is the gold mine where you can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars and live a lavish life (you always dreamed of.) Fashion blogs go hand in hand with affiliate marketing.

Unlike other niches where people read reviews before buying, fashion followers do not. They just want a unique, stylish piece of creativity, which can make them look high-profile.

harpersbazaar.com has listed some ways fashion bloggers make money.

3. It’s A Huge Niche to Explore

I wholeheartedly accept that fashion is the most competitive niche for blogging. There are at least hundred thousand huge blogs with millions of followers & chances of ultimately beating them is negligible.

But, there’s a good part. Fashion is a huge niche. There are dozens of smaller niches to specialize and build a brand.

If you’re a one man/woman army, it is highly recommended that you target a sub-niche and be the best in it.

And if you have millions of dollars to burn, go ahead and compete with those monster size brands.

4. Free Stuff

I saved the best for the last. With a fashion blog, you can lure brands in giving you free stuff in exchange for reviews.

Once you’ve started to get a decent amount of traffic and have a few thousand social media followers, you’re entitled to enjoy free products.

You just have to find new brands looking for exposure, mail them and ask for free products in exchange for (honest) reviews, and see the magic.

Now that you know the perks of starting a fashion blog let’s go and make it happen in real. Follow my lead.

Step-by-Step Guide to Start a Fashion Blog

1. Find Your Perfect Sub-Niche

As discussed earlier, you don’t want to mess with the sharks in the tank, but you can compete with those small fishes.

The first thing you need to start a successful fashion blog is to find a sub-niche which is both popular and less competitive.

You can browse the catalog of popular fashion websites and marketplaces to see what’s trending now and if people are buying those products.

Let’s take an example of Amazon.com. Visit the homepage and browse to Departments > Amazon Fashion.

fashion blog niches

Now you need to decide who will be your target audiences based on gender and age. I’m choosing women as my target audience.

Narrow down a bit more.

fashion blog sub niches

Let’s just choose Clothing. After clicking on Clothing, Amazon will suggest you what’s trending right now.

Browse through the catalog and see if you can blog about any of those hot sub-niches. Alternatively, you can still narrow down using more categories presented on the left side of the window.

After you’ve found a perfect sub-niche, go to any social media channel and see if people are excited about it.

For this guide, I’m taking “Bomber Jackets for Women” as my niche. Let me run it through Pinterest to see if it’s popular.

niche example for a fashion blog

People are repining those, and that shows a positive sign.

You can also read this post to get some niche fashion blog ideas.

Note: Take time & do your research before picking a niche. Make sure you’ve knowledge about the niche, and you can sit down and write original content. You can choose more than one niche for your blog if you want but don’t try to cover everything on your blog. Always differentiate yourself from others and give your blog readers a reason to follow your blog.

2. Get a Slick Domain Name

The domain name of your blog is your brand. It is how your readers will know you and refer to their friends.

Word of mouth marketing has potential but is often overshadowed by silly brand names.

There are few golden rules for every brand names, as follows –

  1. It should not be too long. Try to keep your brand name as short as possible.
  2. Always go for top level domain extensions (.com, .net, .org, etc.) If you’re taking a random extension, then there’s a good chance that people will forget the extension and will just search for a brand name. And I bet, your blog won’t be the first in the results.
  3. You can even have your name as your brand name, and it’ll work great (that’s the beauty of Fashion blog)
  4. Stay away from Copyright Infringements. Give extra care and make sure that your blog isn’t violating any of the copyrights. It could land you in serious legal trouble once you get popular.

If you’re struggling to find a good domain name for your blog, you can use FlameDomain (A domain suggestion tool) to find one for you.

I use the tool to find a domain name for my fashion blog and it gave me the following suggestions.

domain name suggestions for fashion blog

Once you have found it, you can either register your domain name from GoDaddy, NameCheap or get it free with web hosting (Keep reading this article to know more about it.)

3. Buy Web Hosting & Install WordPress

WordPress is an open source, free, and most popular blogging platform today. However, you need web hosting to install WordPress and store all the files you need to run a successful fashion blog.

Self-Hosted WordPress provides you with a visual dashboard to manage your content and design of your blog.

I can’t stress enough about the importance of having a reliable WordPress host. Most of the new bloggers will start with a cheap web hosting service which can’t even handle few hundred visitors.

Since fashion blogs are bound to be viral anytime, you got to be prepared. A cheap web host will only affect your brand negatively.

I recommend starting with Godaddy web hosting. It is one of the most reliable web hosting services with premium support. You also get a free domain name (worth $10) with the purchase of your web hosting.

The plans start at just $1/month which is one of the lowest in hosting industry.

You also get 100 free professional email accounts when you buy web hosting from Godaddy. You can use these email account to create your email address on your domain e.g YourName@YourDomain.Com

Also, installing WordPress is just of matter of clicks with Godaddy. Here is a video that you can watch to understand the process.

Note: Do not confuse Self-Hosted WordPress with WordPress.com (free and limited)

4. Install a Stunning Theme

Once, you have installed WordPress; it is time to make your fashion blog look beautiful. WordPress supports the installation of third-party themes, and you can find tons of beautiful themes from various theme sellers.

You can do your research or choose from the below list of handpicked WordPress themes for Fashion Blogs.

How to Install Themes on WordPress?

To install a third-party downloaded theme, go to “Appearance” > “Themes” > “Add New” > “Upload Theme” & upload the .zip file you downloaded.

Alternatively, you can read this guide, to know more about installing a WordPress theme.

5. Essential Plugins & Tools for Fashion Bloggers

Now that the structure of your fashion blog is ready, it’s time to add some functionalities to it. Here are few essential plugins you should install right away.

  • SEO by Yoast: To handle the on-page SEO of your blog.
  • W3 Total Cache: Make your blog load faster than usual with caching technology.
  • Akismet: Help you fight comments spam. Usually, come bundled with WordPress installation.
  • Rocket Lazy Load: Makes your images lazy load as and when they appear on the screen.
  • WP Polls: Allows you to run polls on your fashion blog.
  • SumoMe: Add subscriber forms and popup windows to collect emails of visitors.
  • Pinterest Hover Pin-It Button: Add pin-it button on your images.

Essential Tools for Fashion Bloggers

  • Canva: Design eye-catching graphics for your blog.
  • SEMrush: Steal the tactics from your competitors and analyze their traffic.
  • Buffer: Schedule & automate your posts on social media with one-click.

Here are some more tools that you can use a fashion blogger to manage your blog.

6. Plan Your First 25 Blog Posts

The next important part is to write high-quality engaging articles. Your articles will represent your blog, and that’s what will get you popular.

You need to update your blog with helpful articles regularly but the first 25 blog post will either make or break your blog.

You need to have a proper plan to cover the valuable tips first and get the attention of the masses. Whenever there’s something new in your field, you should be the first person to educate your readers.

You may sometimes run out of ideas to come up with new articles. To overcome this situation, read news, forums, Google Trends, and check your competitors.

It is a good practice to write long form content (over 1000 words) and publish at least 2-3 articles every week.

Tip: Check out the 50 blog post ideas to help you create quality articles, consistently.

7. Promote Your Fashion Blog

After a bit of hustle, your blog is live with a beautiful design and few quality articles. The next part is to promote your fashion blog & bring the traffic.

Here are the ways you can Promote Your Fashion Blog –

Be Active on Social Media Channels

Your blog will take the time to rank on search pages, but you can always have a boost of traffic from social media channels. Start by creating your profiles/brand pages on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

Follow the followers of large pages in your sub-niches, and soon you’ll collect a good amount of targeted followers.

Use automation tools like Buffer to schedule contents on these channels while you’re working on creating more quality materials.

Build A Network

Networking with other bloggers in your niche is probably the best working method for your blog success. Although, they are your competitors, having a good relationship will only help you in getting more shares and exposure.

Also, you can get some quality backlinks by networking with other bloggers who in turn boost your blog quality (regarding SEO.)

Regularly reading their blogs, following on social media, sharing their contents, and commenting should be the ideal approach for networking.

You can also suggest some improvements (not criticize), and most of the times they’ll appreciate you for it.

Get Natural Backlinks

Google favors sites with more number of quality links, and therefore you should also try to get some natural backlinks from related websites.

Avoid spamming and low-quality links as they’ll only affect negatively in the long run.

Final Words

There. You’re now a proud owner of a successful fashion blog. Didn’t I tell you, it would be easy work?

Focus on building a brand out of your blog and soon you’ll find yourself among the big sharks in the tank.

I hope some of you out there have found this guide helpful and will hopefully start a fashion blog of your own.

Let me know if you’ve any questions about launching a fashion blog. I’ll be glad to help you out in every possible way I can.