How to Start a Food Blog: A Series on Things I Wish I’d Known from the Beginning
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This is the second in a series of posts about things I wish I'd known when I first started my food blog. My hope is to help other bloggers avoid some of the pitfalls and mistakes I've encountered along the way. In case you missed the first post in the series be sure to check it out here.
This one is HUGE! While I was definitely Pinning when I first started blogging, it was kind of sporadic and unplanned. I’d pin each post to my blog board after I published it, and then maybe pin it to a few of my other boards. I didn’t belong to any group boards, and I only pinned a few times a week. Then I heard other bloggers talking about how Pinterest was their number one traffic source and knew I was doing something wrong - it was like #10 for me at the time. So I joined a bunch of group boards and made the investment in Tailwind. Now I Pin about 20-30 times a day and Pinterest is one of my top 3 traffic sources.
While it's difficult to track traffic from Instagram, this is one platform that I wish I'd started on sooner and where I'd highly recommend investing some time. It's easy to build a nice following is you have high-quality images, and by placing links to your blog posts in your Instagram profile you can drive some direct traffic. Brands are becoming more and more interested in bloggers with high-quality Instagram feeds, so you never know where this investment may lead. Joining a group dedicated to Instagram really helps with likes and comments, and don't forget your hashtags!
SEO & Keywords
Networking with Other Bloggers
If you are new to blogging drop me a note with your blog in the comments - I'd love to come check out your content!!