Frequently Asked Questions

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Photographic equipment that I usually use

Camera: Nikon 3100 DSLR
Lens: 55-200mm Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II
Post-production: Adobe Lightroom / Photoshop

How to start as a food blogger?

There are hobby bloggers and food websites that operate as any type of for-profit business would run. Which category are you in?

  1. Figure out your niche. There are approximately 300 million active food bloggers in the world today.
  2. Start engaging heavily on social media with photos and video content. Join social networking groups and communities that share like similar interests.
  3. If you are serious about becoming a food blogger here is some of the initial investment. This is assuming you have a home kitchen, a computer with substantial memory space and will be starting from scratch. All of this could be done on a budget of under $1500. Not bad for a hobby or starting your own business:
    • Domain name (your website name) registration and hosting.
    • Is your website going to be self hosted i.e. wordpress.org? Go to: wordpress.org/support/article/new-to-wordpress-where-to-start/. (WordPress.org is free, but you have to find a web hosting provider which is fairly inexpensive) Or are you using a site builder that hosts your website i.e. Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, wordpress.com? Do your research online for the pros, cons and costs. Decide what works best for you.
    • DSLR camera with a decent lens beyond the factory provided lens. Some LED lighting or a nice window box with plenty of natural light. Some experts don’t recommend cheap LED lights, but when you are starting on a budget you do what you have to and upgrade when you can. Video can be taken with a smartphone and tripod with upgraded equipment once you can afford it.
    • Photo and video editing software. We use Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Premiere.
    • When you start building your site, many of the elements that you will be using are created by developers that have free and pro versions. The paid pro versions are a necessity if you want something beyond basic. Be strategic before paying for any additional services or subscriptions.
  4. Start creating compelling content by writing, cooking and taking a lot of pictures. If possible, get out into the field and conduct interviews. Do substantial research.
  5. How much content should you have before launching your website?
    • There is no magic number. Once you have a couple dozen blog posts, start building and designing your website for launch.
  6. How do I build and design a website?
    • If you are using a site builder/hosting service, everything is built in for you to build a website even if you don’t know any code. However, there are limitations at times.
    • If you are self hosting through wordpress.org, there are many different options. They have tens of thousands of plug-ins to achieve just about anything. Some are free and others you have to pay for. There are also free and paid themes with templates to get you started. Templates usually include pre-designed pages, sections and blocks that you can easily customize. There are different page builders built on different platforms such as Elementor, Genesis, Divi, Gutenberg for WordPress and Beaver Builder.
    • Note: Make sure you initiate SSL encryption before you start building your site i.e. ” https:// ”
  7. How can I earn income through my website?
    1. Don’t start off with making money as a goal. Some food bloggers make significant income, BUT it takes time, patience and fortitude. If this is a business, like anything else in life it will take time to nurture and develop.
    2. Spend the times watching videos and reading blogs on how to organically monetize your website. Food blog websites can contain e-commerce aspects, but remember that this is ancillary. First and foremost you are a blogger.
    3. Ask yourself these two questions: What is the purpose of my food blog website? How am I intentionally developing each aspect towards a cohesive goal?
  8. Good food bloggers treat their blog as a full time job or hobby. Be ready to check your email, analytics, web site health, reviews and comments constantly. All of these areas and more need to be maintained daily.
  9. Launch your website when you are ready and keep on blogging!
Do you provide specialized services or consultation?

Currently we are mainly focused as a recipe and food journal website. We have a pretty extensive background to provide consultation services for the food industry. Please contact us if you are interested in working with us.

Can I download recipes from this blog?

Absolutely! Let us know through our contact link if you have any questions, comments or feedback.

Where to find your published recipe books?

We are working on ebooks for recipes and some side gig research. subscribe to our blog to stay updated.

Affiliate Links

Our goal is to be open and transparent about promotions and affiliate links. All of our ricemonkee content creators have full-time day jobs.

We use some affiliate links throughout our site. Affiliate links are a small means to create income for site maintenance. When visitors to our site click on these links and purchase products or services; we earn a standard commission.

We strive to promote products/services that we personally use or abide by our philosophies of quality and sustainability. Basically, they are products that we have researched and believe in.

Some third party affiliate programs require a certain amount of traffic. Unfortunately, we are not always able to promote some products that we are passionate about. However, we are always working to improve quality and user experience.

ShareASale (affiliate link) is a good starter program that is easy to use with some very established merchants. Always check reviews to see if it is a company that you really want to advertise on your site.

Please contact us if you have any questions or comments.

How to subscribe to our newsletter and emails?

Enter your information on any of our subscription blocks throughout the website. 

How to ask a question about a recipe?

Click on CONTACT and send us a message. We will respond within 24 hours.

Where to find more recipe videos?

We are still low tech, but we are working on simple cooking technique videos. Be sure to subscribe for updates and videos in future posts.

Can I submit recipes on your site?

Contact us. We strive to build community so any contributions are appreciated. For recipes we need clear and concise recipes with some high definition photos (or video) and a brief bio about yourself. Tell us anything special like a project or book that you are working on.

Can I use one of your photos on my site?

All photos and images throughout the site are proprietary. Send us a message through our contact link and we will provide direction on using our photos.

Detailed questions on products, techniques or equipment?

We see a lot of people pose specific questions out there on social media. For instance what is the best type of rice cooker to purchase? We have experts in a multitude of areas. Don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always here to help.

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