Using Hashtags on Instagram to Grow Your Food Blog’s Followers and Reach

#letstalkhashtags

These words or phrases preceded by the pound or hash sign have gotten quite popular over the past few years, and for good reason! They can be an important part of your social media strategy, they can get your content in front of more people, and they can help you reach new followers interested in your niche.

Today we’re focusing on hashtags on Instagram, and in this post, we’ll help you shape your hashtag strategy, find hashtags, and effectively use hashtags on your Instagram posts.

Let’s dive into the wonderful world of hashtags, shall we?!

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Trending Now in Food Blogging – July

It’s SUMMER! The season of sunshine and fresh foods and beaches and sand between our toes (well, maybe virtual beaches and sandy toes this year).

It’s also the time of year for some exciting (and delicious) trending searches in food blogging! (You knew I had to go there, right? 😉 ).

If you’re looking for ideas for summer-inspired content, look no further. Here’s what’s trending in July!

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The definitive list of ways to create an income from your food blog

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Many food bloggers would like to “go pro” and turn their blog into a business that can generate a full-time income. It’s possible, but it takes a lot of hard work, dedication, luck, and diversification. That last one, diversification, is a concept that people don’t often think about when they consider creating a full-time income from their blog.

People often use the phrase “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” when referring to diversification, but that phrase doesn’t really work for what I’m trying to communicate in this post. I like this phrase better:

Fill your empty egg carton.

People often use the phrase “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” when referring to diversification, but that phrase doesn’t really work for what I’m trying to communicate in this post. I like this phrase better:

Fill your empty egg carton.

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not as catchy, but the visual of the egg carton helps to communicate the point that I’m hoping to make, which is this:

If you have a blog, chances are that your egg carton is pretty close to empty. In other words, there are income streams (openings in the egg carton) that are not being filled (with eggs).

It’s really hard to create a full-income from just one income source (i.e. one egg), but when you fill all of the possible income sources (i.e. openings in the egg carton), it becomes much easier to create a full-time income from your blog.

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Trending Now in Food Blogging – June

Friends! It’s officially summer! 🎉

Well, sort of. The official first day of summer isn’t until June 20, but in my eyes, the start of June always signifies the beginning of copious amounts of summer produce, bottomless tropical cocktails, and long sunny days.

Does it get any better?!

But you know what a new month means: new trends in the food blogosphere! Here’s what is happening in June:

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Our Favorite Food Sharing Sites (2020)

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Do you submit your blog recipes to food sharing sites? These recipe aggregator sites help recipe creators drive traffic to their own blogs and get their content seen.

As a recipe creator, you can submit your recipes to these food sharing sites, and then these sites will display and feature those recipes. These food sharing sites are all a little different, but submitting your content to them can be part of an effective traffic-building strategy.

These are some of our favorite food sharing sites:

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7 Beginner Tips for Improving Your Food Photography

You know the old adage, “We eat with our eyes”? It’s true! I know that when I’m looking for a recipe to make, I’ll only consider it if the photos make me hungry.

Photography is such an important part of the food blogging game, and there are a few cheap and easy strategies and skills that you can implement as a beginner food photographer that can help you take your food photography skills from the photo on the left to the one on the right:

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Finding (and Staying True To) Your Voice

Tell me if this sounds familiar:

You make this really awesome recipe – I’m talking really yummy, and you can’t wait to share it with your readers. It’s full of fresh ingredients, the pictures are great, and it got rave reviews from your family.

You open your post editor to get started on the blog post, and…your mind goes blank. Words have lost their meaning. Your fingers freeze. Your mind starts filling with random SEO advice and desires to do keyword research.

What in the world do I write?

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Trending Now in Food Blogging – May

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Can someone please tell me how in the world it’s May already?! I feel like I was just writing about Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Resolution trends.

The coronavirus has influenced the food blogging industry in some interesting ways this year, and here’s what’s trending in food blogging in May 2020:

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How to get more traffic to your blog, lessons from The Matrix

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The Matrix holds a special place in my heart. It was the first rated R movie that I saw. I can remember it like it was yesterday…

The year was 1999. My brother was nice enough to let me go with him to his friend’s house, where a few “older kids” were hanging out for the afternoon. I was 13 at the time and my brother and his friends were 16. They were trying to decide what to do when one of the guys said, “Hey! I rented The Matrix last night, we should watch it!” He proceeded to pull the movie (a VHS rental from Movie Gallery, of course) out of his backpack.

My brother, being the good brother that he is, let the guys know that I’m not allowed to watch rated R movies. There was a collective groan from the guys and I immediately felt like a middle schooler kid in a group of high schoolers (which I was).

In an effort to gain some dignity I said; “Wait! Maybe Mom and Dad will let me watch it. I’ll call and ask them.”

Phone: Ring ring ring…

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