So, we understand that you are really good at cooking and you are probably passionate about blogging too. What if you can make money doing what you love to do, that is cook? These days, many things can bring in the bucks you are looking for to make a project happen if only you look inside you and use your uniqueness and develop it into something extraordinary, only then will you get that life that you seek.
Well, the good news is that we are here with good news for those of you that want to make money with food blogging. We have got you covered on how to set yourself up and start. Whether you want to run a blog that reviews fare from local restaurants or sharing your own recipes, a perfectly-crafted WordPress website can ensure you grab readers’ attention.
In this article, we’ll share how to create a food and recipe website in 4 easy steps. But bear in mind that there will be oppositions, so the battle is yours and here is a word of encouragement. If you are a chicken in this world of too much field saturation, go home, you are not ready for the big leagues.
Many people will tell you that the food and recipe market is over populated with online content. While it’s true that many food and recipe websites exist on the internet, you shouldn’t let that stop you from following your dream. You know the popular saying,
The cripples that ain’t doing nothing, wants you to do it with them.
The simple truth is: everyone eats food, and fresh recipes are always going to be needed. As a unique individual with your own writing voice and style, you’ll bring something special to the table just by being you.
That said, in order to stand out from the crowd, you’ll need to hone in on your individual uniqueness. You’ll need to figure out exactly what makes your content truly different. To do that, you’ll need to choose a market within the food and recipe genre.
The most successful food and recipe websites are specialized, so learn how to be patient with yourself and do not jump on any moving train without a destination in your mind. Big brands are brands that specializes in a something, so they are known for it. Rather than serving up baloney all in the name of content in numerous categories, let your audience feast on 1 or 2 market categories ushered by a master content chef which is YOU. Just like a fine dining experience, when it comes to a successful food blog, quality over quantity always wins the day.
Take your time and thing about where you want to be and be patient. Nobody rush into something without rushing out. You have got to let yourself grow with each experience. Just as the tastiest dishes are crafted with love, your food and recipe blog should also stem from the heart that is patient, thankful and lovely (did i hear someone say “preach”?). Once you’ve chosen your food niche, follow the steps below for the recipe to success.
Step 1: Choose a Domain Name and Hosting for Your Food Site
This is the first step to bringing your passion online, that is to say, bringing yourself to the world. Once you have the basic framework down for a “generic” website, you can then tweak it to your heart’s content to turn it into the food and recipe website of your dreams.
To do this, you’ll need a domain name and web hosting.
A domain name is your website’s address on the internet, also known as your URL. For example, our domain name is koopa.hugovista.com; and that’s what you type into your web browser to find us online. Your website domain name should be related to the food market you chose. Utilize keywords connected to your food or recipe genre. Examples: If you are a vegetable soup expert, you can coin your website to look something like this, vegesoupspro.com or combine your name to the equation. Example: ugochisoupro.ng.
Web hosting, on the other hand, is where your website’s files are stored. Think of it this way: if your domain name ugochisoupro.ng is your house address, your web hosting is the land where the house is built. Makes sense so far, right? This is why you need both a domain name AND web hosting to build a proper website. AND THIS IS WHERE YOU NEED AN AGENCY CALLED KOOPANATED TO HELP YOU MAKE THAT A REALITY AND SO MUCH MORE.
Step 2: Install WordPress for Your Food Blog
If you made it this far, you are there already. You do not need to sweat about the rest, because any hosting company of your choice will already have have wordpress installed in your website automatically, but if not, contact us directly to help you out for free.
Now, all you’ll have to do is choose a theme for your WordPress site, enter in your site’s title, write your tagline, and you’ll be ready to rock.
Step 3: Choose the Perfect Food Theme
If you’re looking for a quick, free theme to get you started, you can download and install one from the WordPress theme repository. You can access this from your WordPress dashboard.
Simply click on Appearance » Themes and then click Add New. From there, you can search for a free WordPress theme you like using their search function:
Or, if you already have a theme downloaded, you can upload it by clicking the Upload Theme button at the top of that page.
Once you find the theme you desire, click Install and Activate to have it go live on your site. From there, you can customize it from Appearance » Customize.
To make it even easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite WordPress themes for food and recipe websites in our on-line server and are ready to sale to you at a discount. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of searching for a theme on your own, feel free to contact us for recommendations.
Keep in mind that using a built-for-purpose WordPress theme (ie: a food and recipe theme) comes with a unique set of pros and cons. The major ‘pro’ is that the theme will come pre-loaded with everything you’ll need to create a professional-looking website in the food niche. However, the primary ‘con’ is that these pre-loaded features can restrict your flexibility when it comes to customization.
Step 4: Install the Perfect Plugins
In order to access free WordPress plugins to get you started, you can zip on over to the WordPress plugin repository via your site’s dashboard.
Click on Plugins » Add New to get started. From there, you can use the search function to find useful free plugins for your website:
Once you find something you like, Install and Activate it to test it out!
For your convenience, we’ve listed a few of our favorite plugins below.
The following is a mix of plugins every website should have, along with a few that will truly make your food or recipe website shine:
As the world’s best contact forms plugin, WPForms is just what you need to get in touch with your readers and potential customers. Plus, with its Post Submissions addon, you can encourage your readers to send in their own recipes or blog posts to make sure you have a never-ending stream of content.
OptinMonster is the world’s best lead generation tool on the market. With it, you can skyrocket your newsletter subscriptions, turn visitors into customers, and so much more.
If you have a product promotion, a freebie to give away, or simply want to snag some reader emails; this is the tool for you.
Having a lot of traffic means nothing if you don’t have in-depth data to analyze those visitors with. MonsterInsights is the perfect plugin to help you track, manage, and analyze your website’s visitors.
In a few simple clicks of your mouse, you can connect your WordPress website to your Google Analytics account. From there, you can view all of the stats you’ll ever need right from the comfort of your WordPress dashboard. No more having to go to third-party websites!
This plugin makes uploading recipes a breeze. The templates are perfect, and they even feature snippets to help you look fantastic on Google.
Your readers will be able to print out recipe cards, make adjustments to serving sizes pre-downloading, and even share the recipes with ease on their social media accounts.
We especially loved that WP Ultimate Recipe can be utilized on posts and pages via shortcodes or their “Instant Recipe” button that shows up above your post / page editor toolbar. You can even add multiple recipes to the same post or page!
Food and recipe websites are all about imagery. Nothing quite sells a reader on a food blog quite like images of tantalizing, drool-worthy meals.
Unfortunately, pictures of amazing food dishes are often quite large and can slow down your entire website; which is bad for overall user experience. In order to combat this, we recommend using reSmush.it! This handy plugin shrinks your images, without sacrificing quality, so that they’re instantly speed-optimized.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is important in order to rank on search engines and be discovered by your target audience. Yoast SEO guides you through the search engine optimization process on your posts and pages, grading how well you used your recipe and food keywords in your written content.
We hope this POST helped you learn how to create a food and recipe website in WordPress.
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