I am a food blogger, well to be more accurate, I curate content created by food bloggers. With the aid of my trusty RSS feed reader, I collect together posts that fit in with a particular theme and then write about them. Think of it as being like a curator of a museum who brings together interesting works based around a central theme.
I get to see an awful lots of blog posts, some are written really well and some have superb photography. Some of them are a pleasure to look at, the website design is spot on, the navigation is easy and the whole things hangs together just right.
However, the are many many more that are failing. Titles are uninteresting, the site design hurts the eyes and the photography is dreadful. Don’t get me wrong, the content is great. The food is terrific and the blogger puts in a tremendous effort to perfect their dishes. They are really good as a recipe creator and cook. But alas, not everyone knows how to run a blog successfully.
Not all food bloggers are out for profit. For some, it’s a fun thing to do, and why not? Good for them I say! But if you are out to make money from your food blog then you have a lot of work to do. I don’t want to put you off blogging but this quote from Internet Live Stats should get you thinking…
There are over 1 billion websites on the world wide web today. This milestone was first reached in September of 2014, as confirmed by NetCraft in its October 2014 Web Server Survey and first estimated and announced by Internet Live Stats (see the tweet from the inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee). The number had subsequently declined, reverting back to a level below 1 billion (due to the monthly fluctuations in the count of inactive websites) before reaching again and stabilizing above the 1 billion mark starting in March of 2016
So when you decide to become a food blogger, just remember there’s going to be lots of people out there already doing what you’ve been thinking about.
Not all is lost though, I like to think that there’s always room for someone else who an do it bigger, better and cheaper. Besides, how many website visitors does it take before you can start making money?
Here’s some things a food blogger should consider before getting started…
You may have mastered the art of cooking, but as a blogger you going to have to understand the Internet at a deeper level.
What are you bringing to the table? What is unique about your idea the will draw attention?
Food blogging is a not a quick way to riches. These days you have to be patient, very patient!
Once you understand what is ahead, you can make better plans. Better planning brings better results. And patience is what you need to stay the course and eventually see your plans bare fruit. As the old saying goes, “All things comes to those who wait”…