How to Start a Cooking Blog – The Complete Guide

Cooking is something many people enjoy doing, everyone eats! If you'd like to learn how to start a cooking blog this guide will walk you step-by-step through the process. In about an hour you'll have your own blog ready to go. No frustration, confusion, or coding required!
How To Start A Cooking Blog

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Choosing Your Niche and Domain Name

What Niche?

The very first decision you’ll need to make is what niche in cooking are you going to focus on. Websites that focus on one small topic tend to do better than broad topics as they get to be known as the experts in that niche.

What kind of cooking interests you most? Here are some ideas for popular cooking niches:

  • Bread making
  • Desserts
  • Palio or Keto
  • Quick meals
  • Cooking for one
  • Asian cuisine
  • Crockpot or Instapot
  • Air frying
  • Grilling
  • Pizza
  • Cooking on a budget
  • Organic cooking

Finding a Domain Name

After you’ve picked your cooking niche the next step is to pick a domain name. Your domain is how people will remember your site and hopefully share it with their friends and family.

Here’s some domain name tips:

  • You want it to be short and memorable
  • Try to find a .com name as that is the most common extension
  • Avoid dashes and numbers as these can be confusing
  • Don’t miss-spell words
  • Don’t use trademarked names
You can check availability of domains using namecheap.com. If you are following this guide we’ll show you how to register your domain for free in the next step.
 
If it seems like all the good domains are gone try using LeanDomainSearch.com
Simply type in a word you would like in your domain name and Lean Domain Search will show you a list of .com domains that it believes are available. Not all will be good but you should be able to find one or two that you like.

Once you’ve found a domain you’d like for your cooking blog the next step is to get web site hosting and get that domain for free.

Setting Up Web Hosting

Free vs. Paid Hosting?

I often get asked if free web hosting is okay to start on. The answer I’m afraid is no. Like most things in life, you get what you pay for in web hosting.

Free hosting services are often slower because they pack more sites onto each server, which is the death nail of many blogs. There is also often an up-charge for things like using a domain or securing your website with SSL, so “free” often isn’t really free.

It’s also common for free hosts to limit the ways you can monetize you blog which means less options for you to be able to make money from your content.

Things To Look For In Paid Hosting

There are some things you need to consider when looking for web hosting for your cooking blog.

  • Do they have fast web servers?
  • Do they have web servers located near the majority of your visitors?
  • Do they offer free SSL Certificates? (Secure your site)
  • Do they offer a free domain name with new accounts?
  • Do they have free setup, or do they charge a fee on new accounts?

Why GreenGeeks Hosting?

GreenGeeks is the only web host I use for all my projects and my client projects. They not only check all the boxes above but they are also ecologically friendly by using solar power and giving back to ecological projects.

They use only SSD servers which are super fast and reliable. They have a 99.9% server uptime guarantee. I’ve never had an issue with my sites being down.

GreenGeeks also has excellent customer service with 24/7 chat available. I’ve had issues resolved by their chat technicians in 10 minutes while I was working at 2am on a hard deadline.

If you sign up for a year or longer you’ll get three benefits:

  1. Free registration of your domain name ($18 savings)
  2. No setup fee ($15 savings)
  3. The best rate (as low as $2.49 a month)

Sign Up For Hosting

Follow along with these steps and you’ll have your own blog up and running quickly.

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