Do you love cooking? If yes then you are at the right place. Don’t Worry, I am not going to teach you how to cook food but will give you secrets to start your own food blog.
Here I will show you to setup and start a food blog which will surely help to make money online. We work to earn, Right? And believe me, I will discuss all tips and secrets which are required to setup your own food blog, in not more than 20 min.
There are two ways using which you can start your own food blog –
1. Using Free blogging platform
2. Purchasing Self-hosted blogging platform
Let’s quickly look into pros and cons of both hosting platforms
|Free blogging platform
|Self-hosted blogging platform
|It’s totally free.||You have to pay some amount – it’s not much.|
|Limited with functionality.||Sea of Functionality, use what and how you want.|
|You have to live with blogging platform terms and condition. Means your content can be removed anytime without any notification.||Your content is your and vendor is bound to provide full availability of your blogging platform.|
|Long domain names.||Domain names are as per your choice.|
|Looks less professional and search engines do not rank it to top list.||Honored by Search Engines.|
|No Security.||Full security.|
|No Advertisements.||Use any Affiliate or Advertisement program.|
|Less Professional as Visitor will think that you are not serious about your business.||Feels Professional.|
|If you are not serious about your business and making money then go for free blogging platform.||Definitely if you are serious then opt Self-hosted blogging platform.
Hope you are clear now that we should choose Self hosted platform for the food blog. If you still want to set-up FREE food blog, then you can go through my Tutorial how to start a FREE blog on WordPress step by step guide.
Just 5 easy steps and you are done to see your blog site –
How much money required to begin a food blog site
It will cost around $90 if you targeting 10000 visitors daily for your blog site. If you apply coupon than this cost comes down to $60-70/Year.
Blogging Platform: This is free when you buy a domain and hosting space.
Purchase Domain Name: This cost approximate $6/Year. This would be the yearly expenditure.
Purchasing Hosting Server or Hosting Space: Cost – This cost approximate $7/month. This would be monthly expenditure which comes around $84/Year.
Total Cost for a Year, would be around (6+ 12*7) = 90$
After Discount, this cost would be around ~70$ per Year.
Basic Principles –
- Choose the name which is easy to remember for users. Choose the name like www.vegrecipes.com, www.spoonfull.com
- Select domain and plan which is the minimum required for a food blog.
- Select the best theme for your blog which is customizable and honored by search engines.
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Set-up your self-hosted Blog
Now it’s time to do technical stuff to start your live food blog.
#1 Get Started Now
Go to bluehost and click on button “Get Started Now!” as shown below. As I am an affiliate partner of bluehost, therefore you will get the discount and it will be applied automatically.
#2 Now select the Hosting Plan
You are about to purchase your domain name and hosting space. I recommend you the “Plus Plan” , the reason behind is that food blogging requires ample amount good quality of images and videos, Plus Plan offers you unlimited space so you does not have to worry of the limited memory space, upload nonstopping 🙂 –
- Unlimited space & good bandwidth.
- 99% guaranteed uptime.
- And 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.
Note : If you are not sure or your pocket allows you to buy basic plan now, then purchase basic plan for now, because anytime you can upgrade it easily.
#3 Next you have to click “select” and fill the Order Form details.
Selecting the Domain:
Enter the domain name you want to purchase. You have to provide the domain name which is available. If the domain is not available then bluehost will suggest you some names with available extensions.
Note – As already mentioned about basic principles and preference to choose your domain name with .com, .net or .org extension because they have good faith and are treated as reliable.
Filling Registration form and Payment
I have randomly selected “myfoodandkitchen.com” and WOW! luckily it is available today. Fill the simple form, I do not think you need any help here :), If still, you are facing challenges then please drop me the e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org, I will be more than happy to provide any required help.
Review your Package info
I recommend you to select for 36 months at least.
Some important areas to review are “Domain Privacy Protection” option to keep your personal details secure, therefore, you must make sure what all information you are disclosing should be doubled checked. check http://whois.domaintools.com/ if you want to know details about the owner of the domain. Even you can see mine as I have not opted the Domain privacy protection. You can uncheck all rest of the options.
This is how your page should look, total 54% discount.
Purchasing Payment Details
At this stage you can uncheck all the options as this will going to save some additional cost. Now time to make the payment, You need a credit card to make the payment.
Fill the details, read terms and condition and click on confirmation checkbox.
#4 Time to Login in bluehost account and install the WordPress
Check your email with details having login credential of Cpanel (Control panel to perform installation activities).
See the snapshot and use the link as shown in the Control Panel link above using “Username” and “Password”.
login to the cpanel and you will see Install Word Press, Click on the “Install Word Press” or “Quick install” for the next step. You have to fill the form to get your WordPress admin user Id – review it and submit the form.
#5 Login and check your blog, Its’ ready
After installation, you will receive an email with your login details, including the WordPress admin URL. Login to admin URL (format is www.yourfoodblogname.com/wp-admin/ where yourfoodblogname is your domain name).
That’s all you have to do to setup your food blog. The next is to select theme and setup it as per your requirement.
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