How to Start a Food Blog and Make Money


How to Start a Food Blog and Make Money

For some reason most people think navigating the blog eat world is very easy…but it’s not. They think it is easy to add adverts to their blog and make a few dollars.

Yes it is possible to make money through food blogging and most food websites only make a few dollars every month, which is still fun. But it is also possible to make more than just a few dollars a month through blogging about food.

Whether you want to create a food blog or you want to become a more successful blogger, these tips will ease all your technical hurdles.

Let’s take a look at how how to start a food blog and make money…

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Starting a Food Blog

– Determine a name for your blog and buy a matching domain

Determining a name for your food blog might be the most difficult step, but you can begin brainstorming by targeting words that describe your recipes or by coming up with a mission statement.

You can also throw in your dog’s name or your name or talk it out with friends and family. There are thousands of great names out there that are not yet taken! Just make sure the name is short, memorable and descriptive of your food blog.

Once you have potential names you like, you will have to check if they are still available. Continue trying the different names that you have until you get one that is still available. Do not try to resort to punctuation marks or hyphens to make it work!

Once you pick your desired domain name, you can purchase it for about $6 at GoDaddy or get it free of charge at BlueHost and connect it to your web. Make sure you buy it quick, because somebody else might buy it before you do.

– Find a web host

Starting with a shared hosting plan that provides one-click WordPress installation can be very affordable and convenient for your new food blog.

BlueHost works marvelously for newbies and Liquid Web does it for big blogs. However most food bloggers prefer BlueHost because it is reliable, affordable, has round the clock customer support and easy to set up. Bluehost’s beginner plan costs $3.49 monthly plus a free domain name.

– Install WordPress

This step is pretty easy and straightforward, you just have to follow the listed steps. Once you are done, head to settings>then permanent link settings page and>then change the permanent link structure to post name and save it.

– Install a WordPress theme

Make sure you pick and install a good one because the WordPress theme determines the feel and look of your blog. Look for a theme that is well architected and should suit all your aesthetic needs and offer most of the features that you want in the blog. The WordPress theme should also be coded by a professional who knows what he or she is doing.

The theme should also be responsive. This gives an optimal viewing experience for all your site visitors whether they are using a tablet, phone or computer. This means visitors will not have to zoom or pinch to read your posts as the text will already be in a readable size.

Additionally, get a theme that is user friendly. A theme that will not require you to change the codes even when you want to change the basic stuff. This will save you tons of time and will make it easy for you to alter your color scheme, logo and so on.

– Set up Google tools

Set up a new email address and Google account for your site. Once you’re done, log in into the Gmail account and set up these tools:

  • Google Analytics: Install the specific tracking code in the WordPress using the Yoast Plugin settings. This helps track blog traffic.
  • Webmaster Tools: Install the specific tracking code in the WordPress using the Yoast Plugin settings. This makes sure that the site is up and running.
  • Feedburner: Helps keep track of all your subscriber numbers. Also allows your new visitors to subscribe to all posts by email or RSS.

– Install the recommended WordPress plugins

The plugins provide important features that might not have come with your theme automatically. Some of the recommended plugins for food blogs include:

  • AddThis: Used for adding other sites links like Pinterest and Facebook’s Pin it icon.
  • Akismet: This feature filters out all spam comments without CAPTCHA.
  • Easy Recipe: Formats all your recipes for SEO.
  • Query Pin It Button For Images: Makes it easy for visitors to pin pictures
  • WordPress Related Posts: You can use this plugin to display other related posts at the bottom of each page.
  • WordPress SEO by Yoast: Because SEO is a complicated, multi-faceted beast, you can use this feature to make sure you cover all your bases. Just make sure you use it when setting up Webmaster tools and Google Analytics. Now it is time to start blogging!

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So How do I Make Money Food Blogging?

Making money from food blogging is not something that happens quickly or easily. It takes time, focus and hard work. Here are some ways that you can make money as a food blogger:

#1 Advertising

One of the quickest ways to start generating income from food blogging is through advertising networks. Advertising usually pays per impression commonly referred to as Cost per Impression (CPM).

You can make anywhere between $1 to $25 for every 1000-page review. Some advertising networks are based on Click Through Rate (CTR) usually calculated on the number of clicks the ad gets. Some advertising networks include: BlogHer, Sovrn and Chitika.

#2 Paid Sponsorships

Having sponsored links is another way to make some dollars blogging. This is usually where other companies give their products and pay you to write about them. The opinions are always yours whether negative or positive. Some good sites that offer such sponsorships are pollinate mediasverve and

#3 Affiliate commissions

Although this does not earn much, but a paycheck every now and then regardless of how little, is nice. Start through Share-a-Sales. You sign up with different food companies or hotels to get commission sales that are generated from your blog. It is a free and easy way to make money.

Other Ways of Making Money From a Food Blog Include:

– Publishing an eBook.

– Product sales (stickers, t-shirts, magnets, notepads, mugs).

– Participating in local bake sales and bringing some business cards for your food blog.

– Contacting some local coffee shops and see if they can allow local bakers to sell baked food.

– Private advertising

– Writing a cookbook

Final Thoughts

As a blogger always remember that your site visitors/readers come first. Sure it is a nice thing to earn money blogging, but you cannot have a successful career if you do not have readers. Always show all your readers appreciation.

I hope the tips mentioned here on “how to start a food blog and make money” will go a long way in making you a successful food blogger. All the best.

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19 comments on “How to Start a Food Blog and Make Money

  1. A friend of mine has been professionally blogging about food for years.
    I remember when she first told me she was a blogger, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how she earned money from it. I assumed she was working for some company or something.
    I’ve since discovered how it works and this post has also helped in that regard. Thanks

    1. Cheers for stopping by and leaving your opinion!
      I’m glad your friend has seen a great deal of success through this niche – it can be pretty hard to break into! Blogging on any subject can bring in awesome amounts of money as long as it is done the correct way 🙂

  2. Hi Chris, thanks for providing very useful information. My question is what’s your view about profitability of food niche.

    1. Hi Yasir

      I feel that the food niche is probably one of the more difficult sectors to break into ( along with the ‘work online’ niche ). Like anything online though – the more work you put in the more you will get out! If you have the knowledge and the passion for a subject all you need is a little dedication.
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your opinion 🙂

  3. Hi there
    Thanks for this very useful information. You have made it easy and simple to create a website and taken the science behind it. I like what you say about the readers coming first.

    1. Hi there Hope!

      Yeah it always makes sense to put the audience ( readers ) first – without them content is just a sea of text that floats aimlessly around the internet! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your opinion – glad you found it useful and look forward to hearing from you again soon 🙂

  4. This is a very easy to follow step-by-step guide on how to make money from a blog. You have taken the complication thought out of it and made it very simple to comprehend. I like your idea of publishing an e-book. I have never heard of cost per impression. That sounds interesting and will have to look into that more. Thank you for the information

    1. No problem Stephanie, glad you could take something out of the article! Look forward to hearing from you again soon 🙂

  5. How about the image and recipes?
    Where do I get them?
    I just bought a domain for food and culinary blog but I had trouble with the recipes and images.
    Waiting for your advice.

    1. Hi Latief,

      I find sites like great for finding royalty free images, you could also use Google images but make sure you set the settings to copyright free examples. Pinterest is always an awesome choice for finding new recipes – it is heavily populated by female members and covers a lot of cooking niches.
      Hope this is helpful to you,
      Good luck 🙂

  6. Great detail on what you should consider when having an online business using a food blog. Most sites are not as organized as you so if this is an indication of what you can learn and how you can help, this is definitely worth looking into.
    Great post.

  7. Great step by step follow along tutorial on how to start a food blog. What comes to mind is a recipe site, do you have different angles and ideas of what a “food blog” could be?

    Also what would be an example of a good successful food blog, would love to see an example.

    Thanks for a great post,

    1. Hi Vicky,

      To be honest Pinterest seems to house thousands of popular/up-and-coming food blogs. I would always recommend going there first if you are looking for inspiration for your own blog.

  8. hi Chris
    solid advice on building a website one can make money with. It really is a step by step process and when followed, it works! It is simpler than it looks or sounds and there are so many great resources out there to set up a great site. It does take time and in this case maybe building contacts in the community. But if one is passionate about it, it is worth it

    1. Hey Emily, Thanks for saying so!
      I’d definitely agree with building up as many contacts as possible within your chosen niche community – it can only help in the long run. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your opinion. Look forward to hearing from you again.

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