What you will learn from the free course:
- Recap on domain name and hosting plan.
- Website layout/ theme (the look of your blog)
- How to create your homepage
- How to create your first post – remove dates from the url for SEO
- How to launch your site
Here’s a recap if you have not purchased your domain name or hosting plan yet.
- Choose your domain name here:
Try to keep it simple, original, and catchy. Don’t use any unnecessary symbols like underscores or dashes. Your domain name is your brand and it should be easy for your followers to type onto search engines.
2. Choose your Bluehost hosting plan here:
Shared hosting is the least expensive and will get you started. However if you’re planning on having a lot of traffic right away you might want to choose a VPS for optimum speed and performance. Shared hosting worked okay for me my first year of blogging but I did make less ad revenue.Choose a theme and a logo!
Your website theme is your layout. There are hundreds of free options available as depicted in the video.
Furthermore making your own logo can be done for free! It’s quite simple just follow my instructions in the video. I recommend the Adobe Spark Post app.
3. Create Your Main Pages:
The difference between a page and a post is that pages are meant to be stagnant and descriptive about your site. The main pages you will need include:
- Homepage- think of your homepage like the cover of your book. You want this page to be engaging while sharing a bit about how you are. Similarly you want the homepage to describe your recipe food blog to your audience. Describe the types of dishes you blog about including your favorite types of recipes.
- Contact Page – The contact page is meant to remind your readers you’re a real person! You want it to be easy and convenient for visitors to contact you via email and social media. This is very important when it domes to collaborations with other bloggers and potential sponsors. You should also embed a sign up form on your contact page.
4. Create Your First Post
Posts are your main entertainment content. You should create at least one new post per week especially in the beginning. These will be your recipes or food related content. They should be at least 300 words of content not including the recipe itself for Google optimization.
5. Plugins, two plugins I highly recommend include WP Recipe Maker. This free plugin allows you to input all the information needed to display your recipe for your readers with photos, ingredients, directions, and even a tab for your readers to easily print it from their computers. Using this plugin also helps indicate to Google that your post is in fact a recipe.
- Once you have all your pages and 10 to 20 posts it’s time to Launch Your Site!
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