Top 11 Tips for Food Bloggers
What are the best ways to get most out of your food blog? What are best tips and tricks for food bloggers? Questions in every food blogger's mind. Below are some tips how to start a food blog, find your ideal niche and start turning followers into fans.
1. Know Your Strong Points
Food blogging not only requires a talent and passion for recognizing great food; it also takes some writing effort to get your message across. If your area of specialty is creating decadent desserts, you are going to find it easier to write about a scrumptious cheesecake than you are about the new recipe you created for a spicy rub. Write what you know best and you will do your best writing.
2. Be Descriptive
One of Elvis Presley’s favorite foods was a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. If you are like most people, that isn’t enough of a description to make you want to give it a try unless you are a fan who want is to experience everything related to Elvis. When you describe mashing the bananas into a “creamy” filling and melting the butter to fry the sandwich to a “perfect, golden” brown, then the sandwich starts to take on new interest. Speak to your reader’s senses.
3. Be Original
To make sure your food blog gets noticed and keeps followers coming back, look for new ideas that they can’t find somewhere else. The real challenge for you is giving them what they are looking for while giving it a new twist that makes it different than the classic version.
5. Connect with Other Food Bloggers
Social media is at the heart of every online business and your best resource for connecting with other bloggers who have similar interests. When you support their blog, they are likely to do the same for you.
6. Don’t Plagiarize
Recipes are unique in that they are rarely copied verbatim without realizing you are using someone else’s work. The same is true for photos. Use your own authentic photos for your recipes and cite your sources for recipes.
7. Don’t Post Just for the Sake of Posting
Greatness is rarely found on a daily basis. Rather than post a less-than-ideal recipe that will leave your followers disappointed, give them something worth waiting for when you post a few days later.
8. Be patient
Growing a blog can take time.
9. Submit to Recipe Submission Sites
Submitting your posts to sites like Foodgawker, Tasteologie, Tastespotting and Finding Vegan (when applicable) is a great way to get new visitors to your food blog. If your photo is rejected on your first attempt, don’t give up. Either edit or find a different photo and resubmit.
10. Post regularly and consistently
Whether you choose to post once a day or once a week, don’t let your food blog look abandoned.
11. Take Great Pictures
A picture is still worth a thousand words, and you don’t have to have a high-end camera or the talents of a professional photographer to get great results. Just make sure the flash is off and find the best angles to accent the colors and arrangement of the dishes. Find more about food photography tips for food bloggers here.