Hey guys! So quick question: Do you want to build your own food blog? Or maybe you want to grow your food blog? You do?? Then I have some AWESOME news to share with you. Food Blogger Pro is open for enrollment!!! ????????????????
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When I first started my food blog, I went the "hosted" route, because basically I had no idea what I was doing and having everything already set up and done for me seemed to be the way to go. However, I quickly discovered, that even though everything was done for me, this left me with very little control over my blog. Even after a year, it was still more of a hobby than anything and I had very little traffic, no engagement other than a few close friends and family members, and absolutely no understanding of how to monetize my site.
Well, I did some digging, and very quickly discovered that if you want to truly become a blogger and make money off of your hard earned content, a self-hosted site is the way to go. However, I had absolutely no idea how to go about this, and quite frankly to this day still need help more frequently than I'd care to admit. At the time, I was so lost. Just so overwhelmed. I didn't know how to set up a self hosted site, what self hosting service to use, didn't know how to code (html? say what??)...It was a nightmare. Luckily, I'd already been following Lindsay and Bjork of the wildly successful Pinch of Yum food blog and quickly discovered their amazing website, Food Blogger Pro.
That's Awesome, but Exactly What is Food Blogger Pro?
Food Blogger Pro gives you everything you need to start and grow your blog. It has over 300 extremely easy, user friendly, step by step videos and tutorials, as well as a very active community forum where you can ask plethora of blogging questions, technical or not, and get responses from over 2,500 fellow food bloggers. Lindsay and Bjork even chime in!
Gotcha, But First, How Did it Help You Grow Your Blog?
I can't even begin to describe how important Food Blogger Pro has been for me, not only in the implementation of my site, but also in the continuous running of, maintenance, and success of Aberdeen's Kitchen. Lindsay, Bjork, and the wide community of food bloggers have been there with me every step of the way, through every frustration, and every curve ball the internet has thrown at me. I could not have gotten up and running so quickly and easily without this site.
What are Your Top 5 Reasons for Using Food Blogger Pro?
A couple specifics this site has taught me:
- How to set up your blog - Getting a domain name, choosing a self hosting service, and the "Wordpress Deep Dive" video tutorial on how to navigate WordPress.
- What plug-ins and tools to use to grow your blog - How to guides on specific programs like easy recipe, vault press, and akismet.
- How to optimize your blog for the all important SEO - Get your blog seen! Help it rank higher to bring traffic to your site.
- Lightroom and Photoshop Tips and Tricks - Lindsay does some great walkthroughs with photography shooting and editing to really help you get the best photos you can!
- How to monetize your blog using ads, affiliate links, and sponsored posts - Not only that, Food Blogger Pro even has a step by step guide for how to create and sell an e-book online!
That Sounds Amazing! Where Do I Sign Up?
Fantastic! Make sure you do it fast though, enrollment is only open from November 1st to November 10th! Visit this link to become a member this Fall, 2016: Sign up for Food Blogger Pro
Ah, I Missed It! I Still Want to Sign Up, What Do I Do?
Alright guys, toodles for now! If you have any other questions about resources I use for Aberdeen's Kitchen, head on over to my Resources page in the home menu or shoot me a comment below ????.