The Ultimate Resource Guide For Food Bloggers! This is everything I use to keep my food blog running!
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So if you’re like me and you have (or want a blog) you can’t get enough of learning and reading from others about their blog. What cameras do they use? What services do they recommend to promote their posts on social media? How do they monetize their blog? The list goes on and on. So because of that, I thought I would put together a page dedicated to the food blogging resources that I use. These are the tools and resources I have come to use and rely on as I navigate around this blogging world. I am no expert and this is simply what I have used and this list is bound to change as my blog continues to grow.
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Domain: WordPress all the way! I started out using Blogger, which was free but I prefer WordPress and all the customization and growth I could attain with it. I highly recommend going with WordPress.
Hosting Services: For this I use Bluehost! I am able to host my WordPress website with them, and also get technical support when I need it. They have gotten me out of so many jams- like entire site crashing kind of jams. They also made it super easy for me to switch from Blogger to WordPress. You can get started for as little as $3.95 a month! If you want to learn how to set up your own food blog then read this post!
Email Service Provider: I use Convertkit. I just recently made the switch over and I’m so happy I did! I started out using Mailchimp because it was free. But as my blog grew and I wanted to customize my list more and send out more freebies, I found Mailchimp limiting and way to technical to figure it all out. Convertkit makes it super easy to add new forms to your posts, and keep your list organized.
Pinterest Perfect Images: I use Picmonkey to create my vertical pins for Pinterest. Creating these type of pins for Pinterest has greatly increased my traffic. It’s free or you can pay $5 a month to unlock all the fonts and features. I absolutely love this site! You can even edit your photos within this program as well if you can’t afford Lightroom.
Photo Editing: For all my photo editing I use Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is great but can have a bit of learning curve to it. If you are having trouble using the program, here is a great course
Pinterest Scheduler: Pinterest is my biggest traffic referral, and it’s important to stay active on Pinterest. Scheduling your pins, though could be a full time job. Enter Boardbooster. This program schedules all my pins for me. It also great features where I can save pins to “secret boards” and dribble them out over time. It also repins all my old pins for me. And I am able to in one click save a new pin to all my group boards at once, and Boardbooster will pin it to all my group boards over a few days so as not to overload the boards. You can start at just $5 a month!
Social Media Scheduler: Currently I use Hootsuite to schedule my social media posts. It’s free which is fantastic. I have used CoSchedule in the past which has a great of features but it does cost at least $19 a month.
Improving Food Photography: To improve my food photography I devoured this book, Tasty Food Photography by Pinch of Yum. Great book for photography beginners! I also recently took an online course, Artificial Lighting Food Photography Course from Lindsey Ostrom of Pinch Of Yum.
It was only $40, and I learned so much! Take it one step further and enroll in Food Photography School from Minimalist Baker. (I just learned of this program and haven’t tried it out myself, so stay tuned for updates on how it goes!)
Growing My Food Blog: When you are starting out, there is so much to learn! I signed up to become a member of Food Blogger Pro– an extensive membership program where you can learn everything you want to learn about running a food blog- from SEO to photography to monetization. Currently enrollment is closed, but I’ll keep you posted!
Growing My E-mail List: It seems all the rage right now is focused on growing one’s email list but it can be super frustrating! Enter Melyssa Griffin. Pretty sure she descneded down from the Blogging Gods to help us little ones out. She has some seriously great e-courses- especially this one- List Surge. She promises to double your e-mail list in 90 days and she delivers. I grew mine by 500%!
Growing My Traffic: My major source of traffic comes from Pinterest. So to grow my Pinterest following, I took Pinfinite Growth (also from Melyssa Griffin, aka Blogging God) and again the woman delivers. My followers went from 75 to over a 1000 and keep growing! My traffic has tripled.
Camera Equipment: Currently I’m using a Canon 40D DSLR. My go to lens is a 50 mm/1.8 lens. It’s my workhorse. But I also love using my 18-135mm zoom lens when I need to capture more of a bigger scene. It’s also a great lens for travel as well! This is the tripod I use, nothing fancy and super cheap but does the job. To take photos anywhere, anytime of the day and year, I rely on my Lowel Ego Light!
Like I said this list will be ever growing and ever changing as my blog continues to grow! I hope you found this page useful for all you food bloggers out there! And don’t forget to pin this page for later!