How to Start a Recipe Blog in 3 Simple Steps

If you want your food blogging journey to take off, starting a recipe blog is a great way to start!

Food blogging has certain perks that make it a more viable niche than other common topics. Food is one of the most “Instagrammable” items of all time. Plus, blogging about recipes is practical and has a DIY vibe to it, which many people enjoy.

Interested in throwing your own chef hat into the ring? Here’s a step-by-step guide to starting a recipe blog.

1. The elements you need to start a recipe blog

On the surface, a recipe blog might look like any other type of blog, but that’s not entirely the case when you look under the hood. Here are the things to pay attention to when starting a recipe blog:

Pick your recipe sub-niche

While blogging about any recipes can be viable for a personal project, you might want pick a niche so that your blog gains more traction. Focusing on specific kinds of recipes will make it easier to position your blog in people’s minds while staying on topic throughout the many posts you’ll publish.

So, what are you going to blog about? Budget eats? Vegan recipes? Paleo diet? Smoothie recipes? Take your pick.

Get quality photos and visuals

No recipe can live without an accompanying high-quality photo that presents the resulting dish. Ideally, you want to take those photos yourself since this gives you the freedom to use and edit the images as you like without worrying about other people or licensing fees. This also makes your recipe posts more authentic.

Luckily, taking good photos yourself isn’t too tricky nowadays, with the advent of smartphones and easy-to-use photo editing software. Here’s how to take good photos.

Think about social media integration

When attempting to start a recipe blog, Instagram is your best friend, and Facebook is your second-best friend. Stay active on both platforms, share your recipes, and invite people to interact with your content.

Thankfully, integrating social media isn’t difficult from a technical point of view.

2. Setting up your recipe blog

If you’re worried that you might not be able to set up your blog on your own, don’t be! The tools we have at our disposal today make this attainable.

Get the blog running

If you go to WordPress.com, you’ll notice that starting a blog takes several steps. You don’t need any technical knowledge or budgets to begin. Here’s more about your account settings on WordPress.com.

WordPress.com

Once your blog is running, it’s time to add some visual flair and any features that will be handy on your recipe blog.

Pick a recipe-friendly theme

To make your recipes pop and get people’s attention, make sure that your theme (the design of your blog) displays recipes in an attractive manner.

To pick a theme, log into your WordPress.com profile, go to My Sites and then click on Themes in the main sidebar:

themes

In the search box, enter “food,” which will filter the list of themes to only feature the ones that work with food. From there, you can click on the theme you like and activate it on your site. Also, regardless of your theme, you can use a shortcode to embed a recipe with consistent formatting, basic metadata, and an option to print.

food themes

With that done, click on Sharing from the main sidebar menu. This will take you to the screen where you can integrate your blog with social media. Click on the individual Connect buttons next to the platforms you want to integrate your blog with.

sharing

3. Write some recipes!

This sums up the basics of how to start a recipe blog. You now have all of the tools you need to go to WordPress.com and start a recipe blog of your own!

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