Are you a food blogger looking to take your blog to the next level? Look no further! Our blog offers 10 expert tips on how to spice up your food blog.
Ready to elevate your food blog, but not sure where to begin? You’re in the right place! Food blogging is hard work, but with the right tips and strategies, anyone can be successful.
Whether you're a total newbie or a seasoned pro, these 10 food blogging tips will definitely spice up your blog and help you take it to the next level. We've covered everything from creating drool-worthy content to building a loyal audience.
Let’s get cookin’!
- 1. Monetize your blog with affiliate links
- 2. Sell your recipes with Instacart
- 3. Create beautiful recipe roundups
- 4. Optimize your recipes for search engines
- 5. Display nutritional information for your recipes
- 6. Create custom print-friendly recipe cards
- 7. Increase your Pinterest presence and drive traffic
- 8. Give your readers hands-free cooking
- 9. Enable comments on your blog
- 10. Get a quality form builder (for free)
1. Monetize your blog with affiliate links
So you’ve got a food blog! Congrats! Now you may be wondering… 🤔 how do food bloggers make money?
What if we told you it was easy? Really, it is!
If you’ve already started blogging and creating blog posts, there’s only one thing you need to start bringing in cash: affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing and affiliate links go hand in hand. 🤝 When you sign up for an affiliate program (like Amazon, for example), you'll receive a unique link that you can include in your blog posts or recipes.
When someone clicks on that link and makes a purchase, you'll earn a commission.
Now here’s the best part: You can automatically implement affiliate links by using Tasty Links, a plugin designed specifically for food bloggers.
Tasty Links allows you to easily add affiliate links to your recipes and blog posts, without sacrificing the aesthetics of your site. Plus, it's super user-friendly, so you don't need to be a tech whiz to get started.
See what food bloggers are saying about it!
Just Getting Started?
If you’re wanting tips for starting a food blog, check out our previous posts on How to Create a Food Blog on WordPress as well as the 10 Best WordPress Plugins for Food Bloggers.
There you’ll find detailed info on the most reliable web hosts and blogging platforms as well as how to install WordPress and more.
2. Sell your recipes with Instacart
Ready to start rolling in the dough? Our next tip for food bloggers also has to do with affiliate marketing.
Let’s talk about Instacart. 🛒 You can make your recipes shoppable with Instacart to provide your readers with more convenience and ease, while also giving yourself the opportunity to monetize your content.
By using Tasty Recipes to incorporate Instacart's shoppable recipe feature into your recipes, you allow your readers to add ingredients directly to their Instacart cart, simplifying their grocery shopping experience and increasing the likelihood of them making a purchase.
Here’s what it looks like in a recipe:
But that’s not all. You can also earn commissions on the ingredients your readers purchase through your links. This provides a simple and effective way to sell your recipes and generate revenue without adding any additional effort on your part.
Plus, it enhances your readers' experience by providing them with a seamless way to shop for the ingredients they need to make your delicious recipes.
Learn more here 👉 Food Bloggers: Earn Revenue With the Instacart Affiliate Program
3. Create beautiful recipe roundups
Have you heard about roundup posts? If you’ve seen “Best Taco Recipes” or “Top 10…” posts on Google or Pinterest, these are roundup posts! In fact, you’re reading one right now!
And that’s all fine and dandy, but why is this important to you?
Roundups can be a great way to offer your readers a collection of content and showcase your most popular recipes.
But roundup posts can require time-consuming and tedious blog writing. That's where Tasty Roundups comes in!
Our WordPress plugin makes it easy to curate and publish roundup posts on your site.
With Tasty Roundups, you can quickly gather recipes or resources from your own site or others', customize the layout and design, and even add affiliate links to monetize your roundup.
Plus, Tasty Roundups is fully compatible with other Tasty plugins, like Tasty Recipes and Tasty Pins.
So, not only will your roundup posts look great and offer value to your readers, but they can also help drive traffic and revenue to your site.
4. Optimize your recipes for search engines
Are you tired of your recipes not getting the recognition they deserve on search engines? 🙋
Well, with Tasty Recipes, you can now optimize your recipes for search engines like Google and Bing! By including important metadata like recipe names, ingredients, and cooking times, your recipes will be more easily found by people searching for specific recipes online.
You can appear in search results like this:
This means more traffic to your website, more readers, and potentially more revenue!
Plus, Tasty Recipes makes it super easy to add this metadata to your recipes without any technical skills required.
Using our plugin also means your recipes are automatically optimized for social media, Instagram, Pinterest, and more with built-in buttons and footers.
Looking for more foodie SEO tips? Check out our blog The Best Recipe Schema WordPress Plugin to learn about how to reach your target audience.
5. Display nutritional information for your recipes
Want to provide your readers with complete nutrition information? Tasty Recipes has got you covered!
With Tasty Recipes, you have two options for adding nutrition information to your recipe cards.
1. The first is to integrate with Nutrifox, a tool that enables you to easily customize and create nutrition labels. Simply enter your Nutrifox ID and voila, your label is ready to go!
2. Alternatively, you can calculate the nutrition details yourself using your favorite tool and fill out the appropriate fields in the recipe edit modal. It's that simple!
6. Create custom print-friendly recipe cards
Ready to print? 🖨️
In this age of mobile devices, it's easy to overlook the importance of printed recipes, but did you know that many of your readers still prefer the good old-fashioned way? With Tasty Recipes' print options, you can make your printed recipes look visually appealing and easy to read.
With Tasty Recipes, you can create custom print-friendly recipe cards for your readers. Not only does this make it easier for your readers to print out and follow your recipes, but it also makes your blog look more professional and polished.
When your readers click “Print,” on one of your recipes, they’ll have the option to print only what's necessary, adjust the font size, and hide the rest! See below.
Plus, Tasty Recipes allows you to customize your recipe cards with your own branding, ensuring that your blog's aesthetic is carried over to your printed recipes.
7. Increase your Pinterest presence and drive traffic
So you want to start promoting your blog and drive more traffic to your website?
We’ve got a solution for you: Tasty Pins!
Our powerful WordPress plugin allows you to easily optimize your food photography images for Pinterest, which can help increase your presence on the platform and boost the number of readers you have.
With Tasty Pins, you can add Pinterest-specific descriptions, titles, and hidden Pinterest images to your blog posts, ensuring that your images are optimized for maximum Pinterest exposure.
This means that when people share your images on Pinterest, they will be more likely to click through to your website, boosting your traffic. 🚗
Our No. 1 food photography tip? Take your Pinterest game to the next level and bring more visitors to your cooking blog with Tasty Pins!
8. Give your readers hands-free cooking
You can make it easier for your readers to cook up your delicious recipes with Cook Mode. 🙌
Cook Mode provides your readers with a hands-free cooking experience, allowing them to follow your recipes step-by-step without having to touch their devices.
By simply clicking the “Cook Mode” button on your recipe, your readers can see your recipe instructions in a clean, distraction-free layout that's perfect for cooking.
With the Tasty Recipes plugin, adding Cook Mode to your recipes is super easy. Simply install the plugin, create a recipe or edit an existing one, and enable Cook Mode with just a click of a button. Your readers will thank you for making their cooking experience even more enjoyable!
9. Enable comments on your blog
In order to engage with your readers and build a community around your blog, start by enabling comments on your WordPress blog. By allowing your readers to share their thoughts and opinions, you can create a conversation around your content and get valuable feedback from your audience.
If you want to enable or disable comments on your WordPress blog, you can do it in a couple of different ways:
To enable or disable comments on all future posts, head to Settings → Discussion and toggle the option for “Allow people to post comments on new articles” on or off under “Default Post Settings.”
On a Post or Page
To enable or disable comments on a specific post you've already published:
1. Go to the Posts or Pages section in your dashboard and click on the title of the post or page. 2. Open the Discussion tab in the settings sidebar on the right.
3. Select or deselect the option to “Allow Comments” depending on your preference.
10. Get a quality form builder (for free)
As a food blogger, it's super important to have an easy way for your readers to get in touch with you. And that's where Formidable Forms comes in!
By using Formidable Forms, you can:
- Customize your contact forms to match your website's design
- Keep your inbox secure with built-in spam protection
- Streamline your email marketing efforts
Plus, it can do more than just contact forms – you can use it for restaurant menus, payment forms, and even WooCommerse forms!
And the best part? There's a free version to get you started.
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Growing your food blog's traffic, audience, and income can be quite a challenge and often requires a lot of time and effort.
That’s why we offer easy-to-use plugins and solutions that save you time and money – to help you achieve your goals of successful food blogging!
See our post on the 8 Best WordPress SEO Plugins for Bloggers for easy ways to boost your blog's rankings and visitors.
And if you're searching for a bit of inspiration ✨ – check out our blog on the 10 Best WordPress Food Blogs to Watch in 2023 and the 25 Best WordPress Food Blog Themes.