This post is all about the tools and resources I use on Simply yum. I know how hard it is for you as a food blogger, especially if you are at the beginning, to find information about what to write or how to photograph food or how to promote your posts, so I’ve put together this list of tools and resources to help answer some of your questions. Let’s call it Food Blogger 101.
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1. Starting a Food Blog
2. Great plugins
3. Driving Traffic
Facebook – I know this one is so obvious that it shouldn’t even be here, but it is! A Facebook page is like a business card. If it’s attractive it will certainly land you visitors!
Pinterest – This social platform simply exploded! It’s the place to be right now, so get a “Pin it” button on your pages so your readers can share the delicious recipes they find on your blog and be sure to pin the recipes that you discover on other blogs.
FoodGawker and TasteSpotting – These two websites are the so called food porn sites. They have millions of visitors each month that search for recipes and food related stories. To be featured you have to creat an account (it’s free), upload a photo, give it a description and wait for approval. If your image gets approved chances are you’ll receive a great amount of traffic to your blog.
4. Food Photography
Think of your food photography this way. When you go to a restaurant and your dish arrives at the table, you can see it, you can smell it, you can taste it and with these in mind you grade it, right? Visitors browsing recipes on your blog can’t smell the food or taste the food, they can only see a picture of the food. Make sure it is beautiful, because they can only grade a dish based on its appearance. So, what you need:
Natural light – It is your best friend! I always shoot food near a big window. It is the best approach if you would ask me. The images come out bright and full of life, so whenever you can, shoot with natural light.
5. Your thoughts
I’m looking forward to hearing from you. Maybe you know something that isn’t here and you wish to share it with everyone, leave a comment bellow.