I thought that I would create a resources page that will outline some of the products I use to run Fresh Menu Planner. If you are interested in creating your own food blog, then some of these items will be of great use to you. I hope this page is helpful!
Just as an FYI – Some of the links below are affiliate links. If you click on them and purchase any of the products or services, I will receive a commission. Some of these products I use personally and recommend, others I know other food bloggers use and recommend on their sites.
Hosting Your Food Blog
Bluehost – The hosting that I actually use is from my friend Thorsten’s company called Divinely Designed Web Services. He actually gives me a great deal. However, I read through a lot of food bloggers resources page to see what they use too. One of my favorite blogs is Pinch Of Yum and Bjork and Lindsay really like Bluehost. They offer free domain name registration, and is really affordable when you are first starting out as a food blogger. They offer 24/7 support and they offer a lot of help to get your Wordpress account set up.
The current theme that I use for my WordPress blog is the Akita Responsive WordPress Theme, and I love it. What is a responsive theme you ask? Basically it is a theme that is programmed to readjust for different browser sizes. This especially comes in handy when people access Fresh Menu Planner on a mobile device. over 60% of people that come to my blog access my pages through their smartphones, so I want it to be mobile friendly. Theme Forest is a great company that offers a lot of responsive WordPress templates and their technical support is great!
Mail Chimp – Building a subscriber list is very important when starting a food blog. Building large lists can help with building traffic, and potentially selling or recommending products or services. Their Entrepreneur level allows you to send 12000 emails to up to 2000 subscribers for free every month! They also offer premium plans for when your website explodes and you get thousands of subscribers. They are great and have 5 million members and growing everyday!
Easy Recipe – I love this plugin. It’s a really simple plug-in that allows you to enter in all of your recipe data to showcase your recipes on your blog posts. It allows viewers to rate the recipe, and it really helps with SEO.
All In One SEO – This is a great plug-in that also helps with SEO. You can optimize your blog posts for certain keywords, and allow the search engines to find and rank your pages faster. It’s very easy to use.
Better WordPress Google XML Sitemaps – Builds a sitemap for your blog so that search engine “crawlers” have an easier time navigating through your blog and ranking pages. Again great for SEO.
GARD Pro (Google AdSense for Responsive Design) – A fantastic plugin if you are looking to monetize your blog. All you have to do is enter in a little bit of simple code on your blog post, and this plugin will create AdSense ads that are responsive. That way your ads will fit the size of screen your viewers are searching your blog on.
I will add more in the future. I hope these help with your food blog!