My Top 20 Food Blogging Tips For Beginners

Are you new to food blogging? Overwhelmed and trying to figure it all out? Keep reading to learn My Top 20 Food Blogging Tips For Beginners! 

My Top 20 Tips For New Food Bloggers!

I’m often asked if I have any tips for new food bloggers. I know it can be extremely overwhelming at first! So I’ve come up with a list of my top 20 tips. I wish someone had told me these things when I was first starting out. I’m no expert, and there are many out there who have been doing this a lot longer than I have. In the grand scheme of food blogging, I’m small potatoes. So these are just tips from my experiences over the past several years and you can take them for whatever they’re worth. What has worked for me might not work for you.

My Top 20 Food Blogging Tips For Beginners

1. Be Patient and Persistent

When I began this blog in 2009, Julie and Julia was out in theaters. I had read the book a year earlier. Food blogging was becoming more mainstream, but it was NOTHING like it is today. People were blogging primarily for fun, not money. Last I checked, there was some ridiculous statistic like 160,000 new food blogs starting every day. If your your goal is to turn a profit, you are entering a FLOODED market. Buckle up and get ready to work harder than you think. It will be frustrating, and success will not happen overnight. Burnout happens to all of us. This requires patience and persistence.

2. Do Research

I strongly suggest researching the following before you start: blogging platforms (I recommend self-hosted WordPress), hosting companies, types of food blogs, food photography, editing software, how to shoot videos, best social media practices, SEO, and copyright infringement. You don’t need to be an expert in these things, but you should have at least a novice understanding of them.

3. Have a Plan

Have a vision for your blog that feels representative of you. Come up with a name, design, and photography style that embodies what you love. Make sure your site name isn’t under trademark, and that the domain and all relevant social media platforms are available (Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter). If you really want to plan ahead, have numerous posts ready when your site goes live.

4. Know Your Elevator Pitch & Intended Audience

Listen, I hate the term elevator pitch. However, it serves a purpose here. You don’t need to robotically state the same thing every time someone asks what your blog is about, but you need to be able to express your vision clearly. If you’re not clear, no one will care. Know exactly who you’re trying to reach in your posts. Write like you’re talking to that person. Hello, person!

5. Have a Clean, Easy-To-Navigate Website

Have an easy-to-navigate menu bar and recipe index. Make your recipes searchable and easy to find. Get rid of any unnecessary banners and junk in the sidebar. Stop linking to places that aren’t on your blog; why would you want people to visit your Foodgawker gallery? Keep readers on your site! Make sure to use clean, easy-to-read fonts.

6. You Need To Spend Money To Make Money

I understand how difficult it is to invest money in something that’s not yet turning a profit. However, there are many instances where cutting corners will harm your ability to earn revenue, so it’s worth investing up front. Example: hosting companies. Do not use a $10 per month hosting company like BlueHost. Why? You get what you pay for, and they are going to kill your site load time. That, in turn, will kill your Google SEO ranking, which will negatively impact your traffic and ad revenue (once you have ads). Invest in a solid hosting company that doesn’t throttle your bandwidth. (PS- Are you on a food blog that’s recommending BlueHost? Is it an affiliate link? Think about that for a moment before trusting their recommendation.) I’m not saying you have to go nuts. But don’t be cheap, either.

7. Build Your Fan Base

Once your blog is live, you need to work on building a foundation of solid content and an audience. This takes time. Post regularly to your social media platforms, even if it feels like you’re shouting into a black hole, and engage with whoever is listening. Everyone starts somewhere. People say Twitter is a dying platform, but I still say it’s the easiest one to consistently grow. Follow people. Most of them follow back. They even talk to you!  Everyone has to start somewhere.

8. Rewrite Adapted Recipes

If you’re going to adapt a recipe, you MUST take the time to rewrite the instructions. You should also reorganize the ingredient list a bit if possible. This is a common rookie mistake. It doesn’t take long to do. Not only does it upset recipe developers who spend time coming up with their own wording, but it will harm the page ranking of their website AND YOUR WEBSITE in Google’s search results. This is a big part of SEO. Google hates duplicate content. Everyone loses if you don’t rewrite, including you.

9. Credit And Link Your Sources

If you adapt a recipe, you need to credit and link to the original author. Adapting doesn’t make it yours. Your mother taught you not to steal. Don’t steal. The same goes for photography; don’t post a photo from someone else without crediting and linking (bonus points if you ask, but most bloggers are pretty laid back about this. Other food websites might not be). Don’t crop it or add an overlay without permission, either.

10. Post Quality Content

Be consistent with your recipe formatting. Write clear instructions and don’t abbreviate. Consistency will make people feel comfortable. Proofread! Mistakes happen to the best of us. If a recipe is bad or just ok, don’t post it. Rework it. If someone tries one of your recipes and they don’t like it, chances are they’re not going to trust you again. They might spread the word.

11. Make It Easy To Share

You want people to share your content, right? Make it easy. Offer ways for people to share within your posts, such as Pinterest buttons and various other social media icons. Embed a hidden Pinterest collage in your post. Share new content across all of your social media platforms.

12. Link Within Your Own Site

This is another way to encourage people to stick around. Link to older posts! Did you know I have a Pinterest-like gallery of all my recipes? You should check it out. See what I did there?

13. Network With Other Bloggers

Networking can be an extremely helpful part of growth. Reach out to other bloggers whose work you admire or who share your niche. Make friends. Comment on blogs. Attend a conference if that sounds interesting to you. I highly recommend starting with a smaller conference that has less attendees so you have a chance of getting to know more people. There are a ton of Facebook groups devoted to brainstorming ideas and sharing new content on social media. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. (On the flip side, don’t take advantage. Spread out those questions, be willing to learn on your own as well).

14. Food Photography (and Editing) Matters

You need to make your recipes look appetizing. Having mediocre food photography isn’t an option anymore, not when there’s so much competition. Learn to use your camera and ditch the “auto” setting. Learn to use Adobe CC or something similar. There are tons of free tutorials online. For beginners, I’m a fan of the book Plate to Pixel by Helene Dujardin. If you are more of a visual learner, Lynda.com has fantastic video tutorials. If you live in the MD/DC/VA area, I teach lessons! I’m planning on adding tutorials to the blog soon as well. Stay tuned.

15. Let People Get To Know You

People want to know you. I’m a bit shy and introverted in real life; it took me a long time to post a photo of myself on the blog. For years I was still hiding half of my face behind large sunglasses. Readers want to know who you are. They also like responses to comments and questions. Make sure you have a plugin set up where they get an email response to their comment.

16. Don’t Be a Sell Out

It’s a rush when you first start hearing from PR companies and brands who want to work with you. Do not sell out yourself or your readers for a free pound of sugar. Don’t even do it for money. You are worth so much more. Figure out what type of brands align with your content, how much you want to charge and on what conditions. Always keep the copyright, never give away the RAW images. If the brand is not authentic to who you are, you will lose your audience (or fail to build one). Do not blog about how you don’t eat carbs and then write a sponsored post for Hot Pockets. People will see through that.

17. Ads Are Fine, But Remember The Reader

I have ads. They’re a great way to earn passive income from traffic. However, I try not to go overboard. I make sure there are no autoplay sounds or videos. When I visit a website that floods me with ads, I usually leave. It negatively impacts the user experience. It also drastically slows down the load time.

18. Try New Things

I think that when you’re starting out, it’s a smart idea to check out what other bloggers are doing. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t try something completely new and unique! Be bold and daring. Think you have a new idea? Be a trendsetter and let others follow you.

19. Comparison Is The Thief of Joy

Much easier said than done, right? Every creative person is guilty of comparing their work to others. I struggle with this constantly. That doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Go ahead, check in on what others are doing and try to feel inspired. But you’re not them and they’re not you. No one will ever have your exact creative vision or be able to bring your personal life experiences into the puzzle. You do you and try not to worry about what others are doing. Simply be inspired.

20. Love What You Do

When I’m excited about my recipes, my photos, and my work, it shines through everything I do. When I’m feeling burnt out, it shows. Don’t be afraid to slow down when you need to, and be willing to reevaluate if your current strategy isn’t working (after you’ve tried that whole patience thing I discussed earlier).

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  • Great tips there Jen ! I think one of the biggest learnings for me is that you need to really want to this, as it requires commitment. If you love it, it’s not a big commitment, but it still takes time – to photograph, to write, to read others’ blogs, to comment etc.

  • Great tips, Jen! I agree with Carolyn – there is a time commitment involved that is an important aspect to blogging. Another tip – post consistently and don’t post on the same days as everyone else. For instance, I had a post ready for Monday and then noticed my RSS feed was full from almost every other blogger I follow, so I waited until Tuesday to share.

  • I think these are great tips, ESPECIALLY #1! I can’t tell you how many times I *didn’t* write something down, and got frustrated trying to remember it later. However I disagree with #15. I don’t think a person should rely on giving things away in order to gain readers. Readers should be coming for the content/stories/pictures/recipes etc. Also, I don’t think the ultimate goal of a blogger should be to get KitchenAid to send her/him free stand mixers. Not to say that I would never host a giveaway, (because I have,) it’s just not something that I feel is a necessity.

    • I don’t think giveaways are a necessity. I’ve just found personally that they’re fun, people like them and I like hosting them. I like to think that people aren’t just hanging around for my giveaways and that they like my content as well. But there’s nothing wrong with using them to gain followers. My ultimate goal isn’t to give away a KitchenAid but I would certainly love to do so.

  • I really need to get better at #4; there are too many times when I’ve had to remake a recipe because I can’t remember a crucial detail…great list!

  • Really great post!! I totally agree on taking notes in the kitchen, that is something that saves me everytime. Commitment, yes definitely. Also something very important is to make sure you don’t compare yourself to other bloggers, it’ll steal your joy of blogging from you – and it’s way too much work to get no joy from it :) Be unique & ok with it.

  • Great tips! I have a blog about coffee but believe me it’s almost the same thing. Really useful, I am sure that all fresh bloggers will love this. I know how hard it was for me when I was learning.

  • these are great tips.. as a ‘newbie’ I appreciate each and every one of them.. I am currently working on moving my wp blog to another host and am a little confused but learning along the way :) I really want to format my recipes ( when I have them.. my blog is growing into more of my life- stories, which is fine with me) so that they are easily saved and printable, and I’m not finding that with Wp… along with other things that I cannot do.

    I appreciate this post :)

  • Thank you, thank you, Jen – for taking the time to give these wonderful tips! You just answered so many of my questions! It was also reassuring to see that I am doing many things the correct way! So funny, I just emailed Laura @Tutti Dolci yesterday with a question on one of the tips you listed! (She’s always so helpful!) It was like you were reading my mind! Happy Thursday!

  • Great tips! I’m so bad about #4 – I really need to start keeping a little notebook in the kitchen to jot things down so I’m not struggling to remember when I go to type up the recipe.

  • Great post and helpful tips, Jen!
    I’m so glad you mentioned LinkWithin… I’ve been wondering how to include links to related posts. THANKS!
    I think it’s important for beginners to realize that food blogging takes a LOT of work, and it’s often a thankless job. I wish we could wave a magic wand and have our readers leave comments (good OR bad) so we can gauge our performance, but it just doesn’t happen as often as we’d like. If we love what we’re doing and we’re doing it for US, the lack of comments and feedback is an easier pill to swallow.

  • I loved all these tips, Jen! Thanks so much for sharing. I especially find the tip you shared about keeping a notebook with you at all times useful. I have done that on and off again, and I can tell you when I don’t do it, I have a much harder time coming up with ideas to post about on a regular basis!

  • Great tips! I’ve been doing this just about a year and these are still very helpful. I haven’t ventured into the giveaway realm yet, but I want to! I’ve also been trying to get into the BlogHer network with no success… I guess I’ll just have to keep at it!

  • Excellent tips! Since I’m still on free WP (no scripts allowed) and don’t have natural light to take photos in, I’m a little limited, but once I self-host, those limits will start to diminish..except for the natural light, but I’ll figure something out! ;)

  • This is awesome!! Thank you! I have been wanting to start a food blog for the past year or so and still have not started it. Can’t come up with a name! lol!! I have been reading “Food Blogging for Dummies” and your tips and this books have great info. Do you have any suggestions regarding a new blogger having their own site v/s using blogspot, wordpress etc….? I know you have to do your own back ups etc… if you have your own site. Thanks! :)

    • I think WordPress is a great startup site. In the end I prefer having my own site for so many reasons, but it’s a lot of word to build one if you’re not familiar with code. I’d start with wordpress.com and see how committed you are to the blog. I use feedburner for RSS. It’s had a few issues recently but for the most part it’s fine. Good luck! Let me know if you have any other questions.

      • Hey Again, I signed up with WordPress ($26.00), however I am not finding it to be very user friendly, Ugh! Have you used it before or how about blogspot? Thanks! :)

        • What cost you $26? I’m pretty sure it was free when I signed up but maybe they’ve changed things. It’s the only platform I’ve worked with so I can’t speak for blogspot. Which settings are you having difficulty with? There are a lot of little things but you’ll get the hang of it.

          • It was $18.00 for the blog and $8.00 to keep my personal e-mail private. I can’t figure out how to add a contact form. In the book “Food Blogging for Dummies”, it states that it can be added via the Contact Form icon in the top portion of the Text editor. I don’t see this at all anywhere under the Dashboard. Are you familiar with this? I am playing around with it, just thought it would be easier to set up. Also can’t get my sidebar to move to the right sight of the page. Not sure if it’s because of the free theme I picked. Thanks for your help!! :)

          • There was no $18 fee when I started mine, I’ll have to keep that in mind when I recommend it from now on. I’ve never used a contact form so I’m not going to be very helpful there, unfortunately. With regards to the sidebar, every theme has different options so make sure your theme offers that customization. Good luck!

  • Jen you are so kind to share your knowledge. Thank you! I’ve been at this for a year and a half
    I feel my biggest stumbling blocks are not being too savvy at using the WordPress site, figuring out RSS, links, etc.. Any suggestions in that regard? Take a class? It’s helpful to know others also get frustrated with the whole process…I just love to cook and write so I’m not about to give up!

  • You have some great tips. I’m a relatively new blogger and I appreciate advice. I think my biggest problem is posting consistently. I work full time and sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day and maybe it just takes me longer than most to create a post. If you see anything on my site that could use improvement, I would love to hear it. Thanks for the post.

    • It can be very time consuming, I understand completely. Sometimes I try to get ahead by cooking a lot of stuff and once and taking multiple photos. Then I write up the actual posts at a later date when I have time.

  • Thanks for the tips! It’s great to have a list to reference because it’s even easy to forget the basics. I’ll suggest one more tip…If you have a family tell them often that you appreciate their patience. Many a time I have left my kids and husband waiting to eat while I photographed a plateful of supper. (You gotta grab the light when you can!)

  • Excellent tips, Jen! When I started blogging over 3 years ago I had no idea what I was doing or where it would take me. I think it’s also important to stay true to who You are. For a long time I tried to be sugary-sweet (no pun intended) and perfect…almost robotic. Now I know that it’s okay to let readers know when I mess up on something, or if traffic made me particularly snarky that day. :) With the hundreds of food blogs that are out there now, being ourselves is the best way to stand out.

    I’ve never been approached by companies to host a giveaway, and even though that’s not important, it still bruises the ego a bit. (I blame the inconsistent p & s camera). ;-)

    • I think it’s only a matter of time before you start hearing from companies, your site is wonderful. Shoot me an email, I might know a few good companies you can start with.

      Also, yes yes yes to being yourself. I’m a pretty snarky person and I’m often bitching about something on Twitter. I wouldn’t want to be all unicorns and butterflies all the time, but I think some people feel pressure to do that.

  • I started my blog last week, so I really appreciate the timeliness of these tips! I’ve got so many questions I don’t even know where to begin, so I’ll google for tutorials. I looked through BloggingWithAmy.com before I started, which was really helpful in a general blogging way. Now I’m looking for food-blogging specific advice.

    Oh, and your D70? We loved ours. Almost as much as we loved the Sony 505. That was the best camera ever.
    Thank you so much!

  • These are great tips! I’m not a beginner but I still find these useful :) The only thing I want to add is to show some blog love to other bloggers, by linking to their sites every now and then (not just in the blog roll) or interacting with them via social media. It’s nice to feel part of a community!

  • I love this post! #14 is a concept that I definitely didn’t get when I was starting out…and tips #4-7 are all things that I’ve vaguely thought about but never pinned down in exactly those terms. Thanks for the post!

  • Great list, I would agree with everything. I always say “be who you really are!” Don’t try to be what you think readers what you to be. We want the real you!

  • This is SUCH AN AWESOME list, Jen!! I wish I had known half of this when I began. I have to second Cassie and say “BE YOURSELF.” there’s no one else like you, so use that to your blogging advantage!

    • Thank you! I agree with both of you. As I said in an earlier comment to someone, I’m pretty snarky and am often bitching about something or another on Twitter. I used to wonder if that was holding me back but it’s just who I am!

  • Thank you for sharing these tips! Like others here, I’m just starting out. I have really been enjoying your blog – especially your consistent quality. It’s very generous of you to take time to share some advice!

  • This is a great and useful post. I agree with all of them! Especially the RSS, and the heads up you gave me. It is essential! I find that bloggers are so loving when you are visiting their sire often and commenting. That is how I connected with many bloggers. And of course, twitter. The most favorite media for bloggers, that is what I hear and read everywhere.

  • How nice & generous of you, Jen! I have also offered this piec of advice to novice blogers. Widen your central column and use the X-Large photo option. People will only read what we write if they’re enticed by our photos. Not every photo needs to be X-Large, but it helps attract attention and draw readers in when used judiciously.

  • Thanks for the tips! Glad to see I’m on the right track with a few of these, and I definitely learned a thing or two as well :)

  • Thanks for such a well written and accessible list of tips for new bloggers. Starting out can be hard and the learning curve is very steep – simple advice on some of the basics is like gold dust. I’ll be sharing this on the Australian website for our national food blogging conference to help share the love. :-)

  • Great tips and still useful for those not-so-new at blogging – I’ve had mine for almost two years. I too had no idea about the Link Within – so am very happy to have found this. One thing I did recently was to purchase some business cards very cheaply online (but they still look good) with just my blog details and email on it. I chose a template similar to my blog style and colour so there’s a link. People never remember your blog name and with all the hyphens, dots and dashes that are sometimes involved, it’s easier just to give out a little card. Having said that, I keep forgetting to give it to people!

  • I am not a new blogger (and I am happy to say I am good at most of these things) but this was still a fantastically useful post. And I wish more successful bloggers would stand up and say they get lots of rejections from the photo sites. It really helps to hear that. :)

  • What a brilliant list. I’ve been at if for two years next week and there were a few tips in there that I hadn’t heard.

    I was so excited to get my first photo accepted by tastespotting I’d say I’ve got about a 1 in 4 record. You start to catch on to what they will and won’t accept after a while.

  • Great article. I’ve been up and running almost 2 months and am trying to get a feel for how I am doing. I’m not quite sure how to measure that yet. I found #3 interesting. I love to cook with new spices, flavors and cuisines. I have been trying to balance between that and something a little more traditional “American”. It seems like the more typical recipes are the most popular so far. Hoping that will change. I also noticed sweet treats are very popular. Any suggestions on figuring out if you are on the right road or is it still too early?
    I do have to say I have found my fellow bloggers AWESOME! I cannot believe how generous and supportive I have found them all to be. That has been quite an unexpected gift.

  • great list, Jen! I think recipe proofreading, testing it and re-making it if you’re not sure, i.e. if it’s a fussy cookie or a fussy cake, and you’re feeling ‘iffy’ about it – retest it, yes! Some things are not forgiving and a person not trusting you again, so true, if they have a flop.

    And no abbreviations, either. Great point. T vs t. vs T. <– Is that tablespoon, teaspoon, what is that? And to intl readers, they get even more confused b/c it's T to t to metric!

  • Fantastic tips – thanks so much for taking the time to share! One thing I’ve been learning to do is loosen up and not be such a stiff, instructional writer. I need to remember to include personal stories or references in my posts so they are more fun. There’s a fine line between writing so much you lose the reader and being so dry that readers just aren’t interested from the start.
    Again – thank you for this post.

  • This is such a helpful list – thanks so much for being generous with this and sharing your experience. I wish I knew about some of these things before I started – but never late than never

  • Wonderful tips and I wish I read this post when I started 1.5 year ago! It took me some time to figure that out on my own. You’re generous and I’m sure a lot of people appreciate your tips. I need to get Google task app now thanks to you! I use Note but want to see different app for a change…

  • This is extremely helpful! I’ve been blogging for about a year now (not very consistently) and have not heard of some of these options, like LinkWithin – I will definitely put these tips to use!

  • Thanks a lot for the tips! I am trying to improve on pictures a lot, and planning on investing in Photoshop. But in the mean time I use an online solution: http://www.pixlr.com. It is very easy to use, does not offer all the possibilities of Photoshop, but the bascis are there: balance, luminosity, contrast, cropping, saturation, automatic corrections…A good tool at the start! I’ll focus on this & offering more on my facebook page for a start!

  • GREAT tips Jenn! And thank you for taking your time to share them with us and all the links too. You ROCK sista. :)

  • These are awesome tips, and a good reminder that even “veteran” bloggers like myself need to keep things fresh!

  • Great tips for those of us getting the hang of this blog stuff! Thanks for sharing.

    ps – I love your super foods power smoothie! I’m a fan of kale but never thought I’d be drinking it in a smoothie. Healthy and delicious!

  • Thanks for listing the Top 20 blogging tips. I truly can relate, and I still struggle to keep up on posting.
    Plus I tend to change my style until I find something that works. I believe I may have found the way I want to show case my posts now, and hopefully I am able to improve further. Also, I’m glad I stumble upon your blog. Do stay in touch and have a great week ahead! Cheers, Jo

  • Hi Jennifer, thanks so much for these informative tips! I’ve been blogging for about 10 months and I love it. However I’m really struggling to feel part of the wider blogging community, I would appreciate any advice that could help me! Thanks and happy blogging, Anna

    • Hi Anna! I read that at first as you’ve been blogging for 10 minutes and got a good chuckle. Your site is really nice! I’d say the best way to get started is to visit other blogs and comment. Find those people on Twitter and connect. From there you can start branching out- see what recipes they share, etc.

  • I’m so glad my boyfriend found your site and sent me this post since I’m a new blogger! He noticed that I was already trying to do some of your tips to begin with so this is a great resource and makes me feel like I’m heading SLOWLY in the right direction. I definitely need a lot of help in the photography/food styling side which I guess most beginner bloggers don’t understand how crucial those skills really are. Blogging is definitely a big time committment. Thank you for writing such a great post. I’m following you on twitter too. =) I hope one day to learn enough so my photos can be even half as great as yours.

  • P.S. I actually just read through some of your comments and have the same issue with WP since I started my blog a few weeks ago. Since I knew nothing about blogging other than people suggesting I use WP, I bought a bundle package that included hosting and a domain name but now have run into issues with flexibility and functionality since I’m not self-hosting it. I neve realized that it’s actually not that user friendly and you don’t have capabilities for any cool plug in features. I can’t do a recipe index, I can’t even add a Pinterst buttong…etc. =( I went from only having a few follower to over 300 in one single day because a celebrity friend tweeted and FB’d her followrs to follow my blog. Now I feel stuck!

    • Thanks for stopping by! Regarding WordPress, it’s a tough call. If you stay on .com for another year you might have the same concern with 3000 followers instead of 300. I waited 3 years to make the move and lost a ton of email subscribers. It looks like you bought your own domain? As long as your friend pointed people there it won’t matter whether you’re on self-hosted wordpress or not. You can also set up domain forwarding. If someone goes to savorysimple.wordpress.com they’re automatically forwarded to savorysimple.net. I think forwarding is around $15 a year.

      Are you or your boyfriend good at coding websites? If so, I recommend just buying a self-hosted domain now before you gain any more followers. If you’d need to hire a web designer, wait a while to see if you still enjoy blogging in 6 months. As you’ve already noticed, it’s a big time commitment!

      • Thanks for responding so quickly! I also saw your recent recipes. I’m amazed at how you successful bloggers manage posting so many recipes that look incredibly delicious with incredible photography AND working full time. WOW! I wish I was half as talented. Unfortunately I don’t or anyone I know have coding abilities so I was thinking that I may have to hire someone if it ever gets to that point. For now, it’s a fun hobby but I liked your advice for new bloggers to wait a few months to make sure that we can put the time investment to blog. Thank you again!

    • :::butting in, sorry::: after just 150+ posts, I decided to move from wordpress.com to self-hosted and i regret not doing it sooner. i have spent countless hours transferring photos that are still hosted at wordpress.com and re-formatting my posts. (OLD posts) BUT it would drive me nuts if they didn’t all look perfect.

      I recently hired web designers to re-design the graphics and layout of my site and I have no regrets (even though I feel like I spent my life savings.

      If you think you are going to get serious about blogging, I would recommend you JUST DO IT! Don’t wait.

      Anyway, it IS a time + $ commitment….. I guess you have to decide if it’s worst it for you.

      xoxoxoox

  • Thanks for these helpful tips! I’m going to have to check into LinkWithin to improve my bounce rate. The plugin I use currently doesn’t include pictures from other related posts. I definitely think that we are all visual people, and pictures really are the bread and butter of food blogging.

  • Thank you SO much for this post. I’ve been blogging for a while now, but I’m looking to REALLY getting to the next level. I’ve been Googling the past few days looking for tips and advice. My list of changes keeps growing! Again, thank you for posting these tips.

    -Chad D.

  • These are really great tips.very helpful.
    Previously I did not schedule or plan my posts when I was away for a holiday.So,it was bit hard to make the blog active once I came back.
    Recently I was away for holidays,but I scheduled few posts using some of my old posts and linking them into a new post.When I came back few days ago,I was very happy to see that my blog is active with new comments,followers and also increased traffic…..Also most of my old posts got more attention.

  • Thanks ever so much for these tips; I just started a new vegan food and nutrition blog and this information is invaluable!

  • I realize this was posted last year, but I’m going to comment anyway. I’m working on setting up my own food blog (more of an eating blog as I’m not a big cook :D) and I’ve been searching for some good tips before I go live – I think your post is the most helpful list of tips I’ve read so far! One of my biggest worries is the ‘socializing’ part, but after reading all the friendly comments here I’m feeling a little less shy.

    • Wait, you don’t like it when blogs don’t include nutritional information? I can see why that’s important on health blogs but I don’t even want to know the calories on some of my desserts. The reader can take care of that :)

  • Hey Jennifer, thanks so much for these – they are very helpful. I started my blog only a few weeks ago and up to now I’m enjoying it big time. It’s always great to get some feedback and know that people actually read what you’re writing about so passionately, so thanks especially for your advice on getting the blog noticed.

  • Thank you for the great tips! I just started my blog Borrowed Salt this month, and your tips have been awesome for getting some eyeballs on it. I was wondering, what has been your experience with Rich Pins and coding for Google Recipe searches? Have you started coding for these yet and has it been worth the effort?
    Thanks,
    Amy

  • Wow you are so sweet and generous! Thank you a ton to share your experience and what you must have learnt over long time with us! It is really impressive, not easy to meet such a good and genuine person!
    Very happy to have come across your blog on pinterest!
    Ciao ciao

  • Great tips! My favorite is to be yourself. I am often tempted to be like the other foodies out there, but I am a strong believer that no one can play you better than you. Thank you so much for sharing your tips with us newbies…{by the way, you’re pictures are amazing…}

  • Thanks so much for the tips Jennifer. As a new blogger sometimes i am not so sure if i am doing things right but after reading what you said i know i’m on the right track

  • Jen, wonderful tips for a beginner like myself! You’ve definitely have given me a positive outlook on food blogging (a lot of blogs I can give me fears and nightmares about blogging)! But I feel much more confident after reading this post, thank you!

  • I can’t agree more with you Jennifer. I know most of food bloggers don’t like to optimize their content and definitely I agree with that but just keep writing about the same recipes as your neighbor won’t take you that far.
    Keep up the great work.
    Cheers from Toronto

  • Thank you for these tips! I’m just starting, and I’m excited but nervous. 2questions for you: 1-which is the best host sure? WordPress I’ve heard mixed thins about..is bluehost better? Or do thou recommend a different of? And 2- if I can’t afford a new camera now, will my camer on my phone be sufficient?
    Thank you!

    • I can’t speak from personal experience, but lately I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about squarespace! I believe it’s free, and it has some very elegant blog designs. I also know plenty of people who use their phone cameras at the beginning. Best of luck!

  • These are very useful tips, especially documenting things. You would not believe the amount of times I have experimented in the kitchen and then wishes I wrote down the recipe or even took a picture before i devoured the whole meal.

    I’d definitely put these into practice.

  • Thanks so much for these tips! I am a culinary graduate who no longer works in the industry and I have decided to start a food blog as a way to make use of my education. I have blogged before but never about food so thanks!!

  • Thank you SO MUCH for the useful information! I spent hours upon hours researching this over a year ago to start a blog, but my mother fell ill, so the blog was put on the back burner. I’m now having to re educate myself on the best way to go. Thank you again!

  • This is a wonderful list. I admit I am a=bad about linking within my site. I LOVE your Pinterest-style gallery. That is a WONDERFUL idea!! What plugin did you use for that?