Do you love cooking? Has it always been your passion but you are stuck in a job that has never allowed you to flourish? Do you have a thousand recipes you want to share with the world but don’t know how to go about it? Or would you actually want to make your cooking expertize your new career? Whether one of these reason fits your description or another, the point is you will need to create your blog before anything else. But the question arises? How to make a cooking blog that can really be successful?
I will not deny it, first and foremost love what you do, this is the hidden secret for you to be truly successful…
And then if you do love cooking, well all the rest it’s the technical stuff and that’s where maybe I can help you a bit!
The good thing about cooking blogs is that they are always booming. All comments are published in the weekly menu. The best of all is that, when we get hooked on the recipes of a blog, we return to it repeatedly cause we want to keep reading and learning
Creating a cooking blog can be simple but you do need a few things to be set up before you are ready to launch your new venture.
Shall we start?
The design for a successful cooking blog
The design for a cooking blog is basic. You should think of a type of design that shows all the recipes and a design that is very visual. One thing of cooking blogs, people want to see your food, the photos you are using, what you will display will attract the viewers before any reading is done. So pictures are a focal point to never underestimate
There are many design templates available for this type of blog that include a perfect structure to publish your recipes comfortably with spaces dedicated to the ingredients, step by step, classification of them, nutritional information, execution time, etc.
Some design templates that could help you are totally Free which is a plus when you are just at the beginning
Foodie World Theme
Club Food Theme
What Plugins will you need for your blog
Plugins are always an easy way to help your website appear more professional, especially if you opt for a design theme that is not particularly related to Food, having a few plugins can really help you in the writing of the recipes, the publishing, and the overall effect.
Some of the most downloaded and used plugins are:
Recipes by Simmer
This plugin will allow you to fill in, comfortably, through a form located in the space where you usually write your posts, the list of the ingredients with their quantities, the step by step of the recipe, execution time, number of diners, etc. This plugin will also allow your readers to download the recipe to print it.
Visual Recipe Index
With this free plugin, you can create a visual index of all your recipes facilitating navigation to your readers. You can manage the thumbnails of all the recipes so that your users can find them without problems. You can create several indexes, for example, main courses, desserts, etc.
It is a complete plugin that will allow you to add the ingredients, step by step, notes, nutritional information, execution times, the creation of snippets, etc. However, this plugin will also allow you to choose from a variety of designs to present your recipes as well as their printing.
Tips for a good cooking blog
Once you have chosen the design of your blog as well as the most suitable plugins for it, you should also pay attention to the following tips to get a professional cooking blog.
Your blog should be like a cookbook but in the cloud. Make sure your viewer has an easy way to find the perfect recipe within the blog (whatever they may be looking for)
Use the categories and labels for each recipe. Each entry in your blog should have a space designated for the tags, all the ingredients as well as the keywords.
For example, if your recipe is about an apple pie, you could use the following tags: apple, apple pie, desserts, cooking with children, flour, sugar, jam, 1 hour.
Add a search engine on the blog to find recipes easily by searching by ingredient, execution time or dish category.
In the home page, the main categories of dishes should be present in a visible menu. You can use the Visual Recipe Index plugin that we saw earlier.
The images of the recipes
Another topic that you will have to take care of very well will be the visual aspect of your recipes.
Use quality images that look delicious and impeccable, many readers will end up reading the recipe just because their attention was caught by a simple photo.
There are many techniques for photographed food. Search online video tutorials to help you take photos. With a smartphone, you can take very cool photos.
Present the dish in the best way and success will be assured.
Take the photos with natural light and use props to accompany the dish like a tablecloth, a nice plate, etc…
Sometimes it is also a good idea to present photos of the step by step preparation of the dish and even the list of ingredients to use. All this will make the recipe visually explained by helping the reader.
If you are missing some photos you can always search on Pixabay where sometimes some of the photos are copyright free or if you do have a budget to spend you can access Shutterstock or Adobe photos but you will have to sign up for some sort of monthly subscription in order to be able to use the photo they provide.
Take care of the content
The secret of a good cooking blog is that the recipes are explained to perfection without using technicalities and writing it step by step.
You should also be precise on the topic of ingredients and execution times. Think that not everyone is an expert in the kitchen and that they will come to your blog to learn.
Do not be short with explanations and explain everything even if it seems obvious to you. Do not forget to add tips and tricks that will surely help the reader.
If you use images and videos, success will be guaranteed.
Find a Niche and be original with your recipes
With so many blogs on the internet, another great idea is that you find a specific niche to attract a specific audience. Instead of creating a recipe blog, why don’t you focus on a specific audience? I give you some examples:
Cooking recipes to take to work
Food recipes for Vegans
Cooking in 20 minutes
Desserts for diabetics
Do you know what I mean?
Search your target audience and run away from the ordinary, create a space that is just for you otherwise the competition out there is huge and let’s face it with a Gordon Ramsey out there talking about his recipes, to find your little space might not be too easy, so the niche is the key and the more specific you become the better chance you will have to be noticed and emerged from the crowd.
Also, try to be original with the recipes. We all know how to make a pasta dish or a simple potato omelet. But why not take a common recipe and give it a twist? Make the recipes yours, own it with your personality and let your personality shine through the recipes, if you do that, people will love you and you will achieve success.
Time to begin
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Now, Have fun, enjoy and start cooking!