Tasty Food Photography – Pinch of Yum offers this eBook written by Lindsey, that helps food bloggers with taking perfect photos, preps to use, lightning, and so much more. It was a big help to me and I’ve have learned so much from reading this eBook. It can be very beneficial not just for new bloggers like me but to anyone. There are always things to improve to have best photos on your blog.
GoDaddy – we use to host our website/domain name. They have excellent customer service, and they are very cheap too!
Vaultpress – the company we use to backup Valya’s Taste of Home WordPress account. It’s like having a house or a car insurance. It would be pretty bad if something happened where our site was wiped out and we lost everything. Vaultpress ensures that if that something like that did happen we’d be able to recover everything from a backup.
WordPress Free Themes – has tons of free themes available if you’re not ready for purchasing a “premium” theme right away. I started with one of the free themes without spending a lot of money. Check the theme you pick for rating before downloading and install it onto your blog. Get the theme that has four to five star rating.
Word Press Plugins – plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you want with you website. The Plugins that we use to run our blog are: Akismet , Google XML Sitemaps, WP Super Cache, Easy Recipe, Pin It Button, Contact 7 form, WP to Twitter, WordPress SEO, Google Analytics, Link Manager.
Driving Traffic to Your Site: this is a list of the food photo submission sites that I use. It takes some time to enter that picture, but the traffic you gain from getting a submission accepted can be great! It’s not uncommon to see increase in visits to your blog in a day after you get it submitted and accepted. FoodGawker, TasteSpotting, Healthy Apperture
MailChimp: MailChimp is the email marketing software I use to send the Valya’s Taste of Home newsletter via email.
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