Are you a food blogger, or interested in starting your own food blog? I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that food bloggers can use to see the products and services that I use with my blog. The list will continue to evolve as I find different resources that are worth mentioning, so be sure to check back often!
STARTING A FOOD BLOG
TSOHost – TSOHost has been my hosting company ever since I started my blog in January 2015, and I believe they are the best UK hosting company when it comes to pricing and customer support. You even get a free domain when your choose the Professional plan for £4.99 a month!
Bluchic – Bluchic has the most beautiful, feminine themes for your blog. These are not free themes, but they are professional, fully customisable, responsive, and SEO friendly. Bluchic also has a Documentation and Support page to help you set up your theme just like the demos. This is where I purchased my current theme, Naomi.
Restored 316 – Another site where you can purchase beautiful and feminine premium themes for your blog. This is where I purchased my first ever premium theme, Delightful Pro.
WordPress Themes – If you are not ready to purchase a premium theme just yet, why not browse the free WordPress themes here!
Social Warfare – My social sharing buttons that appear on my blog posts. These buttons are fully customisable, and you can make them suit your blog design perfectly!
Meal Planner Pro – I use Meal Planner Pro to create beautiful recipe cards that suits my blog design.
EasyIndex Pro – I used this plugin to create my Recipe Index. This plugin lets you create beautiful indexes to suit your style.
Canon EOS 1200D Digital SLR Camera – This is the first and only DSLR camera that I’ve ever purchased, and is what I’m currently using for my blog. I used the lens that came with the kit up until December 2015. I highly recommend this camera to any beginner interested in taking food photography more seriously. It’s an excellent, inexpensive option for beginners!
Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens – This is the lens I use on my blog as of January 2016, and is the first and only camera lens that I’ve ever purchased (besides the one that came with the kit). This is great quality lens for the price, and I highly recommend it as a first lens for food photographers.
The Food Photography Book – My food photography bible by Nagi from RecipeTinEats. It is a MUST, and I highly recommend it if you want to take your food photography to the next level!
Adobe Lightroom 4 – I use Lightroom 4 to edit my photos before posting them onto my blog.
Photoshop – I use Photoshop to create my long pins for Pinterest. I used this tuturial to get started!
BUILDING SITE TRAFFIC
MailChimp – MailChimp is the email marketing software I currently use to send out recipe post updates via email to my subscribers. With their free option, it allows you to store up to 2,000 subscribers, and send up to 12,000 emails per month! They even have beautiful, fully customisable email templates, too.
Tailwind – Pinterest scheduling tool. I use Tailwind to schedule my own pins as well as other bloggers’ pins, too. Tailwind gives you unlimited pin scheduling, best times to pin, a powerful analytics of your pins’ performances, and profile and board metrics. If you’re looking to get serious about growing your Pinterest following, Tailwind is your best friend. Tailwind is also an official Pinterest Marketing Developer Partner for Content Publishing!
BoardBooster – Another great Pinterest scheduling tool I use. You can create Campaigns or Schedulers to automatically grab a random pin from your desired board(s) and pin to all your selected group and personal boards every day. You can even make them pin 3 times a day, every two days, or even once a week. Which ever option suits you!
Meet Edgar – I use Meet Edgar to schedule my Facebook and Twitter posts. Instead of publishing your social media updates just once and throwing them away, Meet Edgar catalogues them in a library that you build up over time. Your library is organized into categories you create, and your schedule is built around the types of things you want to post. Once you define your categories and schedule, Edgar makes sure your queue is never empty. When it’s published everything from a category, Edgar re-shares the older updates. How awesome is that? Meet Edgar is a “set it and forget it” scheduling tool, and I love it!
FOOD SUBMISSION SITES
Here is a list of the food photo submission sites that I use to drive more traffic to my blog.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED LIST:
- TSOHost (my current hosting company)
- Canon 1200D (my current camera)
- Canon 50mm f/1.8 II (my current lens)
- Adobe Lightroom 4 (my photo editing software)
- Adobe Lightroom 4 Tutorial
- Photoshop (where I create my long pins for Pinterest)
- Photoshop: How to Create a Long Pin Tuturial
- The Food Photography Book by Nagi @ RecipeTin Eats
- The Complete SEO Guide for Food Bloggers by Hurry The Food Up
- Bluchic Themes
- Restored316Design Themes
- Social Warfare (my social sharing buttons plugin)
- Meal Planner Pro (my recipe card plugin)
- EasyIndex Pro (how I created my Recipe Index page)
- MailChimp (email marketing software)
- Tailwind (Pinterest scheduling tool)
- BoardBooster (Pinterest scheduling tool)
- Meet Edgar (Facebook and Twitter scheduling tool)
Some of the links above are affiliate links, which pays me a small commission for my referral at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products that I actually use and love. Thank you for supporting Marsha’s Baking Addiction!