How to Start a Food Blog – a three-easy-step guide

How to Start a Food Blog – a three-easy-step guide to help you start your food blog. Learn how to register your domain, signup with Bluehost and install wordpress. All in three easy steps!

how-to-start-a-food-blog2

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably decided that it’s time for you to start a food blog. You love to cook, you love to photograph what you cook and you love to rave about it. You are ready. Well you’ve come to the right place.

All in three easy steps. It’s that easy! All you need is 15 minutes!

I have previously shown you how to register with Dreamhost, but in this three-easy-step guide, I will show you how to register your domain, sign up with Bluehost, and install wordpress. [Continue reading]

Should You Watermark Your Pictures

fattoush-salad-with-chicken10

This is a topic I’ve been contemplating a lot and have been going back and forth before I finally made a decision I’m sticking with. I started out not wanting to spend the time to watermark all photographs, but then I realized that as my blog was becoming more and more popular that my pictures were being stolen more and more. So I started watermarking them. Then I realized that it’s pretty much pointless because unless you watermark across the entire picture, people will always find a way to crop out the watermark and steal your pictures. Let me tell you now, you cannot win.

I have come to the realization that once I upload something to the internet, whether it’s a recipe, a photograph or any type of content, it’s out there for everyone to steal. I know it’s probably not what you wanted to hear, but it’s the ugly truth. [Continue reading]

Adding Google Authorship To Your Food Blog And Why Google Authorship Is Important

Google Authorship

Why is Google Authorship Important? Recently you may have noticed when doing searches in google that sometimes you see the author's picture next to the search result so hopefully you've already caught on to the importance of Google Authorship. … [Continue reading]

A Look Back at 2012 and Lessons Learned for JoCooks.com

sex-in-a-pan-1-of-1

Happy 2013 everyone! I thought it'd be appropriate to write this article about the lessons learned during 2012 for jocooks.com and some statistics. 2012 was indeed a good year for jocooks.com. It was its 2nd year and the blog blossomed and brought … [Continue reading]

What is Composition?

pad-thai-1

Composition is the bane of my existence when it comes to photography. It's the one thing I struggle over and over when taking pictures. I've mentioned this before over and over that I'm not an artistic person at all, and I struggle with composition … [Continue reading]

ZipList Recipe Plugin

chicken eggrolls-1

If you're a food blogger you will probably want to use a recipe plugin. There are a few good recipe plugins around, such as EasyRecipe or ZipList Recipe. They are both great, I have used them both but I ended up choosing ZipList only because the … [Continue reading]

10 Simple Ways To Build Traffic To Your Blog

turkey-bites-31

Once you have a blog and you have a few posts on it, you're going to want to bring lots of traffic to it. This is probably the biggest challenge any blogger will have. You could have the best looking blog out there, with the most gorgeous food … [Continue reading]

Food Bloggers Love Affair with Food Porn Sites

italian meatballs with marinara sauce

Is it love or is it hate? I think it's a little bit of both. We love them when our pictures get accepted and we hate them when our pictures get rejected. They can be your best friend or they can be your enemy. Or at least it feels that … [Continue reading]

To Captcha Or Not To Captcha

african donuts-1-4

I say ditch the Captcha! And I'll tell you why. Up until a few days ago, literally a few days ago, I was using Captcha on my blogs. Even with Captcha some spam comments would get through and I'd have to delete them. I'll get into a bit more detail … [Continue reading]

Photography Basics II

bacon and cream cheese stuffed mushrooms

I am not a photographer. Nor do I pretend to be one. Before my food blog I hardly ever took any pictures. But with food blogging I realized that the two go hand in hand. I need to take pictures of my food, because when I buy a cookbook myself I … [Continue reading]