Starting a Food Blog with Jimdo
You love to cook or just love to eat? Share your recipes, food adventures, and beautiful food photography with a food blog.
Food for thought when creating a food blog
A goal without a plan is just a wish. If you don't already have a name, choose a catchy one to help people remember you. Quality photographs are a huge part of any food blog, so be sure to practice your camera skills. Stay consistent with your voice and style but most importantly keep it clean and simple.
How to start a food blog
6 steps to help you become a food blogger
Your food blog objective
Brainstorm what you want to achieve with your food blog. Blogging is not only ideal to present your passion or your project but also to be creative, so choose a name that fits your style and own it!
Choosing a template
Jimdo offers you over thirty templates to choose from. Each template is available to all websites, and has all features. Pick out a template that suits your style because the template you choose will act as the foundation for your entire website.
Know your special niche yet?
There are millions of food blogs on the Internet. Present your readers with a unique reading and browsing experience. Share exciting stories about your cooking experiences or dining-out moments. Find your own style, share recommendations and cite your sources.
Make your food blog come to life! A picture is worth a thousand words, so be sure to post appealing content of your cooking or the foods you've been served. Recipes, videos or quality photos, you name it! For your blog to become a place of exchange, give your readers the opportunity to leave comments.
Get found with SEO
Every blogger wants to stand out, be searched for and easily found. To accomplish this, it’s best to regularly update your blog with new content. Advertise yourself across social media channels to broaden your reach. Use Jimdo SEO tools to help you expedite the process, use descriptions, view your statistics and keep track of your traffic.
Today, no blog feels complete without some integration with your various social media profiles. You've worked so hard on your food blog… promote it! Jimdo offers you easy integration of social media channels. You have the opportunity to meet interesting people with same or similar interest and to receive feedback from your readers. Don't be left out and grow your audience!
- Own Domain *
- Blog Categories/Tags
- Blog Page Layouts
- Social Media Share Buttons
- Facebook Ads
- Commenting System
What is your niche?
Popular niches which can be profitable are tempting but if you want to succeed and are serious about your blogging goal, choose a niche depending on your ability and competence. If you are genuinely interested in the topic you will be also be able to come up with better content ideas and your enthusiasm will shine through your blog posts. Here are few food blog example topics that may fit your lifestyle or hobby:
Beverage & Food pairing blogs
- Coffee or Tea Culture & Baked Goods
- Wine and Food Pairings
- Cocktails & Spirits
- Beer Culture
- Liquors of the World
Health & Fitness food blogs
- Diabetic Friendly Recipes
- Ethnic Cuisine
- Low Calorie Recipes
- Protein Based Recipes
- Exquisite Salads
Trendy Food blogs:
- Gluten-Free Baking and Cooking
- Grilling and Smoked Meats
- Organic Cooking
- Vegan Recipes
- Vegetarian Recipes
- Pet Foods, Treats, and Special diets
Recommended resources for foodbloggers
- Blogging with Jimdo
- Hootsuite helps you manage all your social media accounts in one place.
- Mailchimp gives your readers the opportunity to subscribe to your website
- Evernote helps you research and compile your sources
- Invest in a good food photography book, e.g Food to Pixel
- Invest in a good camera and learn how to use the different settings..
There are so many blogs competitors – how can I stand out?
Go deep by doing research on the competitive topic of your choice to compare and contrast. Add high-quality content and try to target a specific audience. It is essential to share valuable resource information with your readers. Invest time and love.
How many words should my articles have?
If you’re just starting out, we suggest regularly posting at least once a week and writing post that are between 500-1300 words. The shorter posts are simply for recipes and photos. If you want to share a story, the longer posts are better since the stories are what keep people coming back for more.
I don’t have money. How do I get started?
This is the beauty of blogging with Jimdo. You can start in few minutes without needing to spend any money at all when you sign up for a JimdoFree account. If you mean serious business with your blog, you'll want to invest on a JimdoPro or JimdoBusiness plan, which offers you a free custom domain and email account. For pricing and feature comparison, click here.
Which social media platforms should I be active on for my blog?
Sharing your blog posts on many social media channels is crucial to broaden your audience target. But it can pay to focus on just a few. We highly recommend using Pinterest, which is integrated in our social media share buttons. Pinterest is the number one source of referral traffic for food blogs.
How do I show up in Google search results?
Getting your blog indexed by Google and other search engines is one of the important ways to increase traffic to your site. Jimdo already offers you SEO tools to help you expedite the indexing process. It’s also a good idea to use clear, commonly searched for keywords in your content. Google rewards high-quality content, so keep your blog posts simple and easy to read. Publishing regular content and getting a presence on social media channels is also a great step for getting into Google results too.
Is blogging easy?
At Jimdo, we make creating a blog and writing posts easier than ever. But building an audience and increasing your traffic takes time and effort. It requires writing on regular basis. Jimdo helps you create a foundation on where to start and the necessary tools to help you share your creativity. Warning: once you start, you'll fall in love with it and perhaps your blog will become bigger than you ever expected!