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How to Start a Restaurant Blog and Make Money
Prasad Vemulapalli | November 02, 2021

 

 

Restaurants are known for the excellent food it offers along with the special care that goes into making it. Every restaurant dons a special menu, and people throng to taste the delicious food. If you are a restaurateur and your restaurant is up and running, it’s time to take in some additional revenue.

Food blogging has taken a whole new level ever since the pandemic has struck. Consumers have started following the recipes listed on the food blogs and love experiencing them at their convenience. Blogging can help in your restaurant promotion as well. In short, it can be a powerful marketing tool that your restaurant can employ. 

What’s the Need for a Restaurant Blog?

As a restaurant owner, you are piled up with numerous tasks, and you could be wondering if you should invest time in food blogs. The blogs can help you build your brand, create a reputation, and also garner new customers. Try catching your customers’ attention by providing worthy content like recipes, health benefits, and quick-fix meals, etc.

Food blogs are in high demand and help you to make some revenue. For best results, it requires planning, follow-through, and persistence to be successful. Before you set forth on your food blog, weigh the pros and cons                   

                        Pro’s

                         Cons

You get to add more income by showcasing your food. Innovative display of food items and new recipes. 

Your blog needs to be constantly updated with new pieces of data, which will require you to make new dishes and come up with new ideas.

It is easy to get started. Hence can be maintained easily and is affordable.

You need to constantly engage in clicking photographs of your cooking process and results.

 

You start generating income through ads, affiliate programs, and sponsorships.

It can be time taking and a painstaking effort. It can take a bit longer to get the desired readership that leads to a good income.

 

Getting Started on Your Food Blog

Food blogs need to be conceptualized and not merely picking and dropping some food recipes or pictures. Blogging is a genuine business, and you need to have an understanding of legal matters such as business permits, data piracy, and self-employment taxes.

You may create blogs online yourself or hire someone to help. You can find freelance workers on worksites, like Upwork.com and Fiverr.com, who can help you set up your blog and keep engaged with regular data.

Here are 9 Tips to make your food blog successful, which can bring more traffic helping you to market your business and earn more. 

1. Decide on What Kind of Food Blog:

Before you start venturing into food blogs, identify the niche. Even when you are considering writing about food, the niches help you to draw the audience more effectively than general topics. 

The most common niches to consider are gluten, carbs or sugar-free, vegan, or frugal cooking. You can also specialize in a type of food, such as desserts or appetizers.

2. Choose a Blog Name that Relates to Your Business: 

Your blog should carry your restaurant’s identity as people would relate to your service and food list. You may put the same name of your restaurant as your domain name. Once you have shortlisted your blog name, try to be descriptive and not just limit it to the name itself. 

3. Purchase Your Domain Name and Web Hosting: 

You can create a blog for free as the internet hosts many such platforms such as Blogger or Weebly. Most of the restaurant owners start their blogging by hosting their own. This helps them manage and grow in the future. 

When you sign up to purchase the domain name, web hosting services are provided by the service provider, or else you may consider buying it separately too. WordPress is the most widely and commonly used content management platform. The ease to learn and use makes it stand out from the rest of the content management platforms.

4. Install WordPress on Your Web Hosting Account: 

WordPress needs to be hosted on your account. Learn from your host provider on how to get it done. Set the theme which works well with your restaurant. The WordPress dashboard allows you to choose from an array of customized templates that get along with your domain name. Click on the theme to install. 

For best results, choose a theme that works best on tablets and smartphones, optimize search engines, and help in easy navigation. The page that hangs in the middle of surfing is annoying and can distract the customer from your blog. The themes are freely available, but in case you opt for customization purchasing a theme would be advisable.

5. Install Plugins to Your Site: 

Once your WordPress is set, you need to install the plugins that can help your site to work seamlessly and error-free. 

Some of the best-used plugins are listed below: 

  • JetPack – It is considered a Mega- Plugin as it is a collection of various plugins that can help optimize your site’s performance.
  • WP SEO by Yoast – This Plugin helps the live website to optimize your blog for search engines.
  • Akismet – An anti-spam plugin that can block spam comments.
  • SEMrush – This plugin will help you gain the best keywords used in the food industry. These keywords can drive your blog with more traffic and help in the optimization. 

6. Set up an Email List: 

Email is known to create a unique or personalized impact when a customer receives it.  You can email your customers about the new posts that are updated on the website. Also, paste the direct landing page links on the mails for easier access to the blog.

Your email can include special offers and promotions. Give away a freebie such as recipes or cooking videos to catch your visitors’ attention and ultimately urge them to subscribe.

7. Add Recipes and Food Pictures:

 

    

 

Before you set to launch your blog, see to it that it contains enough material to read. Customers may juggle between the content, and not all would like what you have posted. Hence, having 10 to 15 different kinds of recipes and nutritional tit-bits can help.

Maintain a consistent blogging schedule as your customers will come back to your page on the set days. Add in appetizing pictures and write clear step-by-step instructions. Associate the recipes to their history. Diners enjoy learning from where the food originated and how it has existed over the years.

8. Promote Your Blog:

 

 

Once the blog is hosted, people may now visit their website. But alas, you need to drive your customers to check the website frequently. Optimizing your content for search engines alone will not bring in traffic. You need to develop a marketing plan. 

  • Engage in your social media accounts such as Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to share your recipes and new updates.
  • Upload videos on your blog, and also publish on YouTube.
  • Post articles and also include guest posts to reach a larger audience.

9. Make Profits with Your Blog: 

Blogs are an easy way to attract people to your website. The new content can increase your traffic and can help you monetize. Once the desired amount of visitors click your blog, you may add these money-making resources. Choose the option that suits your business:

  • Use the Google AdSense features
  • Promote cooking tools through Amazon's Associate's program
  • Look out sponsorships
  • Write your cookbooks

Bottom Line

The initial thought of starting a food blog can be overwhelming. But putting in a conscious effort can pay great results in your restaurant business. You may follow the approaches mentioned above to have a seamless journey in your blogging. With a consistent effort, you can bring more traffic to your site, which will help you grow your business. Starting your restaurant blog can be a great marketing strategy.

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