Welcome to my little corner of the internet where I’m sharing food blog resources and tips!
Starting and maintaining a food blog is exciting and a lot of work. You wear many hats. Not only are you a recipe developer and writer, but you are also the chief photographer, media specialist and webmaster. A good chunk of time can be spent figuring out how to set-up and successfully run your blog.
I’m constantly impressed with the generosity of food bloggers sharing their experience and knowledge so that others can be successful too. I want to do the same. So, I’m documenting resources and tips that I’ve learned along the way. I hope they help you in your blogging journey.
The companies and products used on The Dinner-Mom blog are referenced. Note there are some affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you end up buying something through these links. However, I use all of the companies and products and would be happy to answer any questions about my experiences with them.
These food blog resources are continually updated as the world of blogging evolves…so be sure to check back.
Food Blog Resources Index
Photography Submission Sites for Food – This is a comprehensive list of sites like Foodgawker and Tastespotting.
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I made the switch from a free Blogger site to a self-hosted one because I wanted control over the format and peace of mind that nobody could arbitrarily change things on me. I also wanted a professional look that would be SEO friendly (since I wasn’t going to have the wind of Google at my back.) My research led me to the Genesis framework and StudioPress. They are considered a leader in the industry in providing a clean, SEO friendly framework that is easy to use and customize with child themes.
A child theme? Most likely, if you buy the Genesis framework you will also buy a “child” framework too. The child framework is like the window dressing. Once you layer it on, your website has a professional and customized image with very little effort. If you want to change the look again, then you can buy a different “child” theme. It is an extremely easy and inexpensive way to change things.
I recently switched The Dinner-Mom to the Prose Theme. This awesome theme truly does what it says…allowing easy one click customization.
These are some of other child themes for food blogs that I really like:
Once your site is up and running, you are quickly introduced to the world of plug-ins and widgets. Plug-ins are developed by various companies and individuals and can be downloaded through your WordPress dashboard and plugged-in to your site. Before you download anything, make sure the plug-in is reputable. Take a look at the details, such as how many times it has been downloaded and user ratings. These are some that I wish I had downloaded right away:
- Akismet – Gets rid of spam.
- WordPress SEO by Yoast – Helps you formulate your posts for search engine optimization even if you don’t know the first thing about SEO.
- ZipList Recipe Plugin – Cleanly and consistently formats your recipes and allows readers to utilize the features of ZipList.
- Google Analytics for WordPress – Install this at the outset so you can monitor your growth.
I’m constantly reading, practicing and learning how to improve my photography. In my library you will find:
- Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling by Helene Dujardin
- Tasty Food Photography by Lindsay Ostrom.
The concepts are clearly presented with lots of pictures so you know exactly what the author is talking about! I reference this book often.
In case you are wondering, I use a Canon PowerShot G15, which is a high end point and shoot camera. Gasp!
I will upgrade to a DSLR some day. In the mean time, this camera allows me to manually adjust the settings if I want to. But, I can spend most of my time focusing on lighting and composition instead. I love that it is portable enough to carry around and easily capture family memories and still do a decent job with food pictures too.
I hope these food blog resources are helpful in building the foundation for your food blog. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.