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I get asked all the time about the tools I use to create this little blog of mine. I figured it might be helpful to pull together all my favorite blogging resources in one spot. I’ve used all these items and can vouch for their awesomeness!
Note: Many of the links below are affiliate links, meaning if you purchase a product after clicking an affiliate link, I receive a small percentage of the sale for referring you, at no extra cost to you. I trust all of these products and companies, so I can recommend them with confidence.
Freshbooks—For a long time, my accounting system was one, giant spreadsheet. Now, I’ve switched over to cloud accounting in Freshbooks, and I can’t believe I waited so long! It’s a breeze to use and makes tax time easy peasy. They have a free 30 day trial, so you can test it out before you commit.
Canon 50mm f/1.8 Lens—My main lens for food photography is this fixed lens—meaning it doesn’t zoom in, but it is excellent for beautiful pictures of food. It’s a nice, affordable lens to get you started. I shoot 95% of all my food photography with this lens.
The number one question I get related to blogging is how do I increase my traffic? I wish there was some magic button to suddenly give you a million visitors a month, but the truth is, traffic increases over time. Just keep slogging away and posting consistently good content, and the traffic will come. That being said, there are some resources that can help make sure your awesome content gets to more eyeballs. Here’s some of my favorites.
Food Submission Sites
These sites are kinda like Pinterest, but just for food (and they were around way before Pinterest was). Most require high-quality photography to be accepted, but having good quality content is just as important. Even if you don’t get a traffic boost from these sites directly, a lot of big name PR firms, magazines, and companies flip through these sites to find new talent—I’ve gotten numerous emails that start off with “I saw your recipe on Foodgawker, can we work together?” Here are a list of the ones that I consistently submit to, but there are way more than this out there.
Pinterest Group Boards
If you want to get your recipe to a lot of eyeballs quickly, using Pinterest group boards is a great place to start. These boards are owned and curated by one Pinterest user, who sets the theme and rules for the board (like, say, healthy recipes, and you can only pin three times per day). You then ask to be invited, and once you’re in, you can pin your own content. Some of the biggest group boards have hundreds of thousands of followers! That’s a whole lot of eyeballs checking out your content. Just make sure you follow the rules for each board, and, um, don’t be a jerk. Don’t spam people. Don’t post crappy content. This directory is a great place to start finding group boards you can join. Also ask around to your other blogging friends for recommendations of boards you can join.
There are so many people to learn from out there about how to do this blogging thing right. Here are a few of my favorite experts. Give ’em a visit!
- Food Blogger Pro—This is an awesome website put together by the blogging team behind the powerhouse food blog, Pinch of Yum. It’s a community full of awesome tutorials, videos, and support forums to help you build your food blog both content-wise and financially.
- Pro Blog School— This is a blog written by the business manager for the mega food blog, 100 Days of Real Food. There is a ton of useful information here!
- The Beginnger’s Guide to Successful Blogging—This is a really well-written guide to almost every aspect of blogging. It’s also designed in a really fun way, making it a blast to read. Oh, and it’s free!
- Smart Passive Income—Pat from SPI is the father of how to make money blogging online. He consistently logs (wait for it) $70,000 per month or more from his online business using his techniques. There is an absolute TON of worthwhile information on his site.
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