15 Tips for New Food Bloggers

People are always asking me how my blog grew so fast.  So I finally decided to write a post about it.  I hope it can help you all a bit.

1.  Be yourself – Just write from the heart and people will feel your passion.

2.  Write about what you love - This again will draw people in.

3. Build your social media network –  Create fan pages on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google +…etc

4.  Take good photos –  Nicer photos get pinned and shared more, so it’s in your best interest to work on your photography.  See my post on Tips for Photography.  I am by no means an expert, but this is what I have learned so far.

5.  Submit your photos – Sites like Foodgawker, Tastespotting, Healthy Aperture and Finding Vegan, will publish your photos. These sites can help drive traffic to your blog.  They can be picky, so prepare yourself for lots of rejection.  To put it in perspective, I have 156 photos accepted on Foodgawker, but 250 photos denied.

6.  Try to get invited to group boards on Pinterest –   Those are key to growing.  These group boards often have huge followings.

7.  Network with like minded bloggers on social media – Find like minded blogs and pages on Facebook and introduce yourself.  The foodie community is pretty tight.

8.  Content is king – The more content you have, the more page views you will receive.  Also make sure to include links to other blog posts within your posts.

9.  Create an organized blog with a easy to use recipe index - This will encourage people to search beyond the landing page.

10.  Leave thoughtful comments on other blogs – I try to leave at least 3 a day.  Often, those bloggers will come back and comment on your blog as well.

11.  Know your audience – This is important.  You can use Google Analytics to figure out who your target audience is.

12.  Make it easy to share your posts – Make sure you have social media icons under all your posts.

13.  Be patient – Growing a blog can take time.

14.  Post only your best recipes –  If someone makes your recipe and doesn’t like it, they may not come back to try more.

15.  Do researchThis blog post from Recipe Girl is an amazing reference for anything to do with blogging.  Bookmark it and keep it near you.

Once your blog grow, be prepared for a lot of work.  Keeping up with comments, posts and social media can take a lot of time.  I am no expert, but these are some tips that helped me get to where I am today.  It’s great to be able to do what I love.

31 thoughts on “15 Tips for New Food Bloggers

  1. I just wanted to stop by and visit your blog…and thank you for helping with the namely marely giveaway!!

    I am looking forward to following your blog.

    happy holidays

  2. Just discovered your blog/website.. I am in Australia and just unsure when you say 1 T of an ingredient is it a tablespoon or teaspoon. Thanks loving your work

  3. Your site is amazing and I’m learning so much already. I started my blog last September 2013 and am having so much fun with it. I can see, however, if (and when) it grows bigger, that it will be lots more work! I’m starting to work on my photography skills, too!
    Cheers,
    Lauren

    1. Thank you Lauren! I am still improving my photography skills. I don’t think you ever stop learning. Welcome to the world of blogging. :)

  4. Great tips. I am two years in and only just feel like I am making any headway. I have yet to submit to those food photography sites, but it’s next on my list. I only feel like my shots are just getting there now – it’s such a long learning journey – you have to love cooking and blogging to stay the distance! Rachel x

  5. Hi! I just found your blog the other day and have been so encouraged/inspired by it as I’m seeking to feed my family healthier food!

    I had two questions for you regarding this post about blogging tips as I have thought about getting back into blogging again: how do food bloggers come up with new recipes (if you feel you can give that info away;) and have you found any sites to help people improve their photography skills or do you think it’s more just about trying and improving over time?

    Hope this wasn’t too long!:)

    1. Hi Susanna! My mind is constantly thinking of new recipes. I just write down all my ideas as they come to me and those eventually become recipes. If I am lacking inspiration, I look on Pinterest for ideas. As far as the food photography goes, I look on Foodgawker for inspiration on how to stage shots. I try to make my camera do most of the work so there is very little editing that needs to be done. There are a lot of blog posts on how to take good photos. Just doing a google search should help you with that. I hope that helps! :)

  6. Thanks for your reply! I love that your mind is so attune to coming up with new recipes…that’s an awesome gift! I looked on Foodgawker today for the first time and will continue to do so. Grateful for your advice!:)

  7. Love all of these tips and going to implement more of them with our blog. We are enjoying your blog and look forward to trying more and more of your yummy recipes! Thanks for sharing!
    Linda

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