Food Blogging Resources

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Starting a blog can be challenging, especially in such a huge industry like food blogging! Here are some of my favorite resources to help you get started on the right foot. This is everything I wish I would have known when starting out!

Title image for food blogging resources page, three images (molasses cookies, salad ingredients, and butter syrup) overlaid with the page title text.

Some of these are affiliate links, which means that I get a small commission at no extra cost to you if you purchase a product I recommend. That being said, I have used all of these products and services and would highly recommend them!!

WordPress.org: This is how I built my blog. I love WordPress because it is SUPER easy for anyone to use and figure out. There are literally thousands of beautiful themes that are compatible with WordPress and thousands of plugins that will make your site run exactly how you want it too even if you don’t know how to code {oh hey, like me!}. You will need to be self-hosted with when using WordPress.org. That just means you have to pay a company to make your website “live” on the internet all by itself. Blogs that aren’t self-hosted will be www.yourdomainname.wordpress.com. Make sense? Being self-hosted is a necessity if you want to create a legitimate looking website capable of running ads, being customized, and earning you an income.

SiteGround: This is who I started out hosting my website with. I cannot get over how truly amazing their customer service is! I transferred from another host that I was having serious issues with and let me tell you: SiteGround made the switch FOR ME. In like 5 minutes. And then when I had a couple issues they were fixed within the hour or within the predicted time frame. They always had an answer and a solution and fixed everything so quickly! Their plans are very affordable for beginning bloggers, but if you grow quickly you may outgrow their plans. However, if you are just getting started and need a solid place to learn about blogging and hosting, don’t hesitate to start out with SiteGround (affiliate link). If you need to switch in the future it’s not a big deal at all.

I currently host with WP Opt and love it. They are more able to handle a large traffic volume so keep them in mind for when you grow! They also have great plans and amazing customer service. Another one of my favorite things about hosting with them is I can get any tech assistance I need. You simply purchase a project plan and the hard coding thing is done for you. HA! But really. It’s so much nicer than finding and hiring another tech person.

Garlic cloves, limes, jalapeños, and cilantro next to a package of ground pork and jar of salsa verde.

Instagram growth tool by Scipio Web. I LOVE THIS TOOL. You guys. It’s a game-changer. It does everything I would hire a VA to do, but more quickly and efficiently. It has grown my food blogging Instagram account by thousands in a short period of time. And not only has it grown it has grown with targeted and engaged followers. I’ve more than tripled my Instagram sponsored content rate since I started using this tool. You can get $50 off by using my affiliate link above. It’s worth every penny! As always, message me if you have questions!

The camera I use is the Canon 70D (affiliate link). It does a fantastic job with photos, especially impressive with it’s ability to handle low light situations. It also does video and has auto-focusing capabilities which are awesome when your hands and cooking utensils are moving in and out of the shot. I love that it has wi-fi connection so I can get shots of me making a recipe via my phone all by myself. Check out any of my process shot recipes like these molasses cookies for a good example.

I use a simple 50mm lens (affiliate link) for most of my food photography. It is inexpensive and a great option for getting beautiful photos without spending a fortune.

Close-up of a molasses ginger cookie that has been broken in half.

The Food Photography Book: Click here to view more details (affiliate link)! I LOVED this book from Nagi at RecipeTin Eats. It taught me so much about photography and is a total steal for the price, just $29.99. Seriously, a course that teaches you everything that is in this book would cost hundreds. You can download some sample pages at the link above. Highly recommend checking it out if you are interested in food photography at all!

Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop: I have used both of these and they are both fantastic. Lightroom is a more streamlined, simple version of Photoshop and it’s really great for exporting batches of photos at the same time. Using a good editor like Lightroom or Photoshop will totally up your photography game.

BoardBooster: BoardBooster is how I manage my Pinterest account. I pin about 150 pins per day to 50-100 different boards. BoardBooster (affiliate link) does most of this for me and it only takes about 30 minutes per week to manage. I love it!

Increasing Traffic from Pinterest eBook: I actually wrote a little eBook tutorial on how I used BoardBooster to increase my traffic from about 4K PV/mont to over 100K PV/month. It’s just $5 and you can learn more about it here.blog traffic from pinterest

Canva: This is how I create a lot of my graphics! It is free to use and if you need a stock photo, you can search through thousands of beautiful options and only pay $1 for it. Seriously, so amazing. Canva saves all of your images so you can create templates and then just rework them for different blog posts. So easy!

Milo Tree: (affiliate link) I love this little plugin. This plugin creates a pop-up on your website encouraging users to follow you on various social media platforms. You can pick the platform(s) it shows and it really helps increase your following! I have seen up to a 10% increase in my weekly followers on Pinterest since I started using this plugin.

Food Blogger Pro:(affiliate link) This is a membership site that is really helpful in getting the basics on EVERYTHING you need to know about when you are first starting out your blog. It is really affordable and totally worth signing up for because it is a literal gold mine of information {you can cancel whenever you want}. It is run by the same cute couple who run the mega-successful food blog, Pinch of Yum.

Learn how to start and grow your food blog with Food Blogger Pro.

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Starting a blog can be challenging, especially in such a huge industry like food blogging! Here are some of my favorite resources to help you get started on the right foot. This is everything I wish I would have known when starting out!

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