Caution! This list of our clients’ best food blogs is definitely going to make you hungry! Check them out and then share your favorite recipe with us in the comments below!
We believe it takes more than good recipes to make a food blog great and this list showcases some food bloggers that are clearly putting a lot of effort into creating the best food blogs they can.
Since we knew that we had a pretty savvy group of food bloggers right in our own backyard, we put out a “call for content” to our Facebook group. We rounded up their food blogs and their tips on how to publish a great food blog in 2021.
This article also shares tips and links to some terrific resources to help you create the best food blog that you can as well!
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So, we asked our members to post a link to their food blog and tell us what makes it special! Boy, did we get a terrific response … and we were truly impressed with the quality of these sites.
Here is a list of our clients’ best food blogs as well as some insider tips to help new food bloggers learn what it truly takes to create a “best” food blog in 2021.
Here’s a hint: It is more than just knowing how to cook.
We noticed immediately that our food bloggers had chosen great themes, so our first blogging tip is to choose a great theme!
Thinking about starting a food blog? Be sure to read our blog post “How to Set Up a New WordPress Blog (The Right Way)” for lots of great tips.
Nicky’s Kitchen Sanctuary was started by Nicky – recipe creator, chocolate devourer, wife and mum – 4.5 years ago. Husband Chris joined her full-time 18 months ago and shoots all of the videos as well as manages the technical and business sides of the business.
This scrumptious-looking Vegan Lemon Drizzle Cake should make it easy to see that your ability to photograph your food in a way that makes the viewer’s mouth water is probably even more important than how the food actually tastes. Presentation and learning the art of food photography are essential requirements for being included on any list of best food blogs.
Blogging Tip: Great Photography Is Key
Whether you are blogging about food or another subject, the quality of your photographs can make all the difference in the success of your blog. Take a photography course, hire a photographer, or choose the highest quality stock photos possible … do whatever it takes to showcase your food in creative and appetizing ways.
One of the tricks for taking great pictures of your food is to shoot them in soft, diffused natural light. You should even try photographing your food outside, but not in direct sunlight. Overcast days or shooting in front of a window are ideal. If the sun is shining brightly through the window, try a semi-transparent white curtain to diffuse the light.
Click here for lots of great tips on photographing food for your blog.
The Laughing Spatula is a mother-daughter blogging team (Kathi and Rachel) that loves to prepare foods made with fresh ingredients that your whole family will love!
Editor’s Note: We are definitely planning to try these Chili Lime Chicken Burgers w/ Avocado Salsa. 🥑 #avocado #avocadolove #avocadolife
We asked Rachel how she decides which social buttons to offer her visitors. She said that they only use social buttons that their readers engage with and they chose Social Warfare because it encourages their users to pin the right images from their site, especially for Whole30, which is a huge influence for their food blog.
Blogging Tip: Stay True To Your Niche
Finding a niche and staying true to it is another essential ingredient to the success of your food blog as allowing your blog to become a hodgepodge goes against building an authoritative site and would be a detriment to your SEO efforts.
Robert Nissenbaum of TSO Media advises bloggers to stick to just a few categories. “If your content falls outside of those, rather than create a new category, consider if the content even belongs on your site,” said Robert. He has similar thoughts about tags and recommends against using a tag if there is only a mention of the tag. They should be used when the concept is discussed.
Editor’s Note: If you are a new food blogger trying to understand what it takes to make your food blog successful, this article is a must-read.
Simmer to Slimmer
Anu lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters aged 4 and 10. As a busy wife and mom who doesn’t claim to be an expert cook, Anu wanted to create a food blog with easy to make, healthy recipes which can be made with just a few basic ingredients. She is Asian Indian by origin so you can find quite a few Indian recipes on her blog, Simmer to Slimmer, like these 20-Minute Indian Inspired Chicken Lettuce Wraps.
We asked Anu what she liked about Social Warfare and she said she likes “the fact that it allows my content to be easily shared” and that she liked the ability to have floating buttons and to customize her content via the advanced Pinterest settings so that she can control how her visitors are sharing her content.
Blogging Tip: Optimize For Social AND Search
With more than one-third of the world’s population using social media, and 3.5 billion searches processed every day on Google, the savviest food bloggers are the ones that realize that it takes optimizing for both social AND search to maximize the amount of traffic driven to their site.
What they may not know is that optimizing your blog posts for Pinterest is a great way to optimize for the search engines as well — kind of like killing two birds with one stone.
A Day in Candiland
Candi finished culinary school a few years ago and has been baking and blogging ever since. Her blog, “A Day in
We asked Candi for her tips on how to create a successful blog. She suggested that you provide value to your subscribers by anticipating their questions and then answering them in your post. She pictures an avatar of her ideal subscriber and writes for them with the intent of trying to make them her #1 fan.
If you are a busy mom who wants homecooked meals for her family but doesn’t have a lot of time to cook, this might be the best food blog for you. Check out the 5 Ingredient or
Instant Pot Chef
Aimee Geroux is a food-loving blogger, located in the Greater Toronto Area, who knows that getting delicious, healthy meals on the table can be a struggle for many busy families. She turned to the Instant Pot so she could cook healthy meals for her family without slaving in the kitchen all day, and Instant Pot Chef was born.
You might also want to check out Aimee’s website, Extreme Couponing Mom that has been helping Canadian families save money since 2011.
Blogging Tip: Disclose Your Affiliate Links And Sponsored Content
We were very pleased to see that our food bloggers disclosed their affiliate links and sponsored content. This is a non-negotiable in 2021.
The blogging community ShoutMeLoud has a terrific guide about affiliate disclosure for bloggers, that we recommend reading.
Easy Peasy Foodie
Eb is a professional blogger, busy mum, and passionate foodie whose mission in life is to make cooking EASIER and MORE DELICIOUS! She believes her blog, Easy Peasy Foodie, is special because it shows that you can make great tasting food without lots of effort and time, like this Sticky Chicken Traybake.
Her blog focuses on easy midweek meals that are packed with flavor, and easy entertaining recipes that look incredible but are secretly really easy. She also shares meal planning tips to help busy people eat better, waste less and save money!
We asked Eb what she thinks makes a successful food blog and she said, “Get to grips with SEO – I think it would be very hard to have a truly successful food blog without a good understanding of SEO and putting that knowledge into practice.”
Editor’s Note: Have you conducted an SEO Audit on your site lately? Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a necessary part of blogging and can make all the difference when it comes to whether or not your blog will be found via Search. Use our beginner’s guide to SEO to audit your site.
Eb also recommended that you have a clear call to action. Ask yourself what you want your reader to do after they have read your post and make it very clear, don’t just rely on them to know. For example, do you want them to share your post? Suggest that they ‘pin it for later’ or share to Yummly, a popular food-inspired search engine (think Pinterest but with a lot more food porn).
If you are a new food blogger, be sure to choose the Yummly button, available with Social Warfare – Pro, so that your readers can easily save your recipe to their recipe box.
In fact, a lot of food bloggers use Social Warfare – Pro as their social sharing plugin of choice, specifically to upload a custom image and customize their pin descriptions so that when someone clicks the pin button the right image and description will get shared.
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Best Food Blog 2021
So did we learn from these food blogs and what can they teach us about what it takes to create a successful food blog in 2021? Here’s the recipe:
- Choose a great theme.
- Great photography is key.
- It’s important to stay true to your niche.
- Focus on building your email list (be sure to sign up for ours to download our BONUS content!).
- Optimize your posts for both search AND social.
- Disclose your affiliate links and sponsored content.
- Control how your content is shared is important.
Surprisingly, bacon 🥓 doesn’t seem to be a necessary ingredient in 2021, but, a little bit couldn’t hurt! #baconbaconbacon #yummy #nomnomnom
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