I often get emails from new food bloggers inquiring how I got started, and I always like to offer my advice as I was a new blogger not too long ago myself. 🙂
1) Find your own little niche. There are so many blogs out there, and you need to make yours somehow stand apart from the others. Ask yourself what do you enjoy about the blogs you read yourself – what keeps you going back to them again and again? How can you make your blog special?
2) Comment comment comment – that’s how most people found me in the beginning. I always comment on other blogs logged in as Heather Eats Almond Butter. People see my blog name and click on it. I still try and read/comment when I can, as that is what got me some traffic in the beginning. Plus, I still learn so much from other blogs!
3) Try and keep your posts short. More pictures/fewer words. No one wants to sit down to a novel. Also, try and post at least once a day. If you don’t post regularly, your readers are going to lose interest.
4) Photos – good pictures are key. I try and take all of mine with as much natural light as possible. Also, you don’t need a fancy camera to take great photos. Click here for some helpful tips on using a point and shoot camera, and you can click here for an informative post from Zesty Cook on how to take good photos.
5) Personally, I would recommend using WordPress over Blogger. It’s not as user friendly, but much more professional looking, and I know many bloggers that have switched from Blogger to WordPress but rarely the other way around. I would also recommend taking “WordPress” out of your URL if you want people to take your blog seriously. I blogged for free at WordPress for almost two years and simply paid the small annual fee to have “WordPress” taken out of my URL. However, I recently switched to self-hosting so that I could have more freedom with my homepage content. Once you get in your blogging groove and get some good posts up, think about getting a more professional design/layout done for your blog. Cory from Zesty Blog Consulting designed mine. He does great work and is reasonably priced.
My blog is not my job. For me, it’s just a hobby, but if your dream is to get out of that cubicle and blog full time, then I highly recommend this business e-course. After reading it, you’ll be filled with ideas on how to grow your blog. I certainly was.
Hope this helps!