It always pays to know your competition, regardless of your niche market. Before you get too far into designing your own food blog, you should take a second to look at your fellow bloggers.
Learn By Example
Do a quick search online for your main keywords and you will see who your direct competition is. You can look at these top sites and see what they are doing that is helping them attract so many visitors. Make a list of what you like and don’t like about their blogs.
The Top Food Bloggers
If you want to take a look at some of the top food bloggers around, then look no further. Here are the top 5 food blogs:
I Am a Food Blog
At the top of the list is “I Am a Food Blog”. This award-winning website features a simple layout and the creator always uses gorgeous mouth-watering photographs of the food she creates.
You will notice that visitors can browse recipes or click on tags to find other recipes. The website has been kept completely minimal, with very little secondary content or advertisements.
Not Without Salt
This is another food blog that focuses on recipes. Visitors can use a checkbox set of filters to navigate through the abundant amount of recipes.
This blogger also has a journal section where she discusses food in general. Having a second section like that allows you to continue posting when you cannot think of any recipes to share. Give it a look at Not Without Salt.
Love and Lemons
The first two food blogs both have large layouts that take up the entire page and focus on the photographs of food to impress visitors. In contrast, “Love and Lemons” has a more traditional look. Each recipe contains a photograph at the top, followed by ingredients and instructions.
Older visitors may find this type of layout easier to follow and navigate. It is always important to consider your main demographic when designing your blog.
The Vanilla Bean Blog
Here we have another food blog where large photos are the main focus of the site. The blogger behind “The Vanilla Bean Blog” does a good job of keeping instructions direct and to the point, relying on photographs of the various steps used for a recipe.
When visitors go to the Recipe section of this site, they are presented with an organized grouping of the various recipes. You can browse by dessert, breakfast, dinner, and more.
In Praise of Leftovers
This is a large food blog with hundreds of recipes. Since this blog has been around longer than some of the other blogs, they do not have to rely on a flashy look. When browsing through recipes, visitors only get a long text list of recipes.
This type of website may not look as appealing, but it does offer loads of original content, which proves that quality content really does go a long way.
The point of looking at your competition is to give you a general idea of what others are doing. These are some of the top food blogs, but it is still crucial to make your food blog unique and original.
Do Not Copy
Do not copy your competition. Instead, you should be looking at these sites as a form of inspiration. Hopefully, you find this information useful.
Choose a WordPress Food Blog Theme
After looking over these food blogs, take a look at my post on choosing the Best WordPress Themes for Your Food Blog, to start creating your own attractive food blog.
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