Welcome to Big Moccasin Hosting .com

The open enrollment for websites on our personal server is now over.This is now a by invitation signup and you will have to find out ad where ever I post it to be able to sign up. All the other plans on other servers are still there.

I am now selling domain names and more. My prices are as competitive as the the big boys. Check them out in the Buy Cheap Domains and More  link at the top of the page.

If you do not like the hosting deals below I have many more that are with other major hosting companies but you will never get the personal touch from them. I know that personally. I have Servers, VPS, Multi-site, Single sites, Cloud hosting and more available at Big Moccasin Domains .com

Welcome to Big Moccasin Hosting .com.

We will be serving the Southwest Virginia and North East Tennessee area for all of their hosting needs.

Some of the features include cPanel, Softaculous, and Solid State Drives for storage which results in faster access times for visitors all on a Virtual Private Server.

There will only be a limited number of accounts so the service will remain fast. We think this hosting is so good that we will also be hosting our websites here.

Right now we are starting with two account types – a trial account for $1 a month and a basic plan for $5 per month.

Disk Quota (MB) 100
Monthly Bandwidth (MB) 500
Max FTP Accounts 1
Max Email Accounts 1
Max Email Lists 1
Max Databases 1
Max Sub Domains 1
Max Parked Domains 1
Max Addon Domains 1
Maximum Hourly Email by Domain Relayed 100
Maximum percentage of failed or deferred messages a domain may send per hour unlimited
Open enrollment is over. If you want to try this you will need to personally contact us.
$10 Per Month By Appointment
Open enrollment is over. Accounts are now by invitation only. If you are interested please email us at chrles_osborne@hotmail.com .Or watch for our ads.
Disk Quota (MB) 1000
Litespeed High Speed Server
Litespeed cache for Wordpress Websites
Monthly Bandwidth (MB) 1000
Max FTP Accounts 2
Max Email Accounts 1
Max Email Lists 1
Max Databases unlimited
Max Sub Domains 10
Max Parked Domains 5
Max Addon Domains 5
Maximum Hourly Email by Domain Relayed 500
Maximum percentage of failed or deferred messages a domain may send per hour unlimited
*This is just the base. Account size can be increased.

Unlocking the Value of Values with Artifical Intelligence

Today, your business’s digital presence is just as important as the products or services it sells.  Provide visitors to your digital properties with a memorable, meaningful experience, and they’ll be more likely to remain engaged and ultimately purchase something from you. Fail in that endeavor, however, and your competitors will be waiting to scoop them

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Agency Spotlight Series: LaneTerralever

A key part of our business at WP Engine is the partnerships we’ve built with digital agencies. With emerging technologies and trends, increasing competitiveness, and the pressure to deliver memorable digital experiences, agencies have enough to worry about. WP Engine allows agencies to focus on creation and execution instead of worrying about performance and security.

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Foundations: Origin

Every discussion of the security architecture of the web platform should begin with the notion of an origin.  An origin is the basic unit of isolation in the web platform.  Every object in the browser is associated with an origin, which defines its security context.  When a script running in one origin tries to access an object, the browser checks whether the script’s origin has access to the object’s origin.

So what is an origin?  Simply put, an origin is the scheme, host, and port of the URL associated with the object.  (Hence the name of this blog.)  For example, if you’re viewing an article on New York Times in your browser, that article (and all of its associated objects) are in the //www.nytimes.com origin.  This blog exists in the //www.schemehostport.com origin, which means there is a security boundary between this blog and the New York Times.  Of course, there are many subtleties to that security boundary, which we’ll get to in due course.

Many folks have written about the browser’s origin-based security model, which is often referred to as the same-origin policy because, in the usual case, the browser allows one object to access another if the two objects are in “the same” origin.

If you’d like to learn more about the same-origin policy, one popular reference is Jesse Ruderman’s wiki page, but, despite origin’s central role in web security, there isn’t a specification explaining how the same-origin policy works!  To fix that, I’ve been working with the IETF’s websec working group to write a specification of the web origin concept.  There are still a handful of issues to address, but hopefully finish working through the IETF process soon.

Coming Soon: Linode Kubernetes Engine

The Linode engineering team has been working overtime to respond to the needs of our customers and the market. We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of the Linode Kubernetes Engine beta program. What to expect? Kubernetes made simpler.

Linode Kubernetes Engine (LKE) is a fully-managed container orchestration engine for deploying and managing containerized applications and workloads. LKE combines Linode’s ease of use and efficient pricing with the infrastructure efficiency of Kubernetes, so you can get your infrastructure and workloads up and running in minutes instead of days.

Later this year, we’ll be opening our beta program for Linode Kubernetes Engine. If you have a workload you are ready to deploy on Kubernetes, sign up to be the first in line when we open the doors for testing.

For information on LKE, sign up for alerts. As we get closer to the opening of our LKE beta program and beyond, you’ll be the first to know. You can also register here to join the beta.

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5 Kubernetes Shell Tricks

Hi! Andrew here—developer at Linode. In the process of building a managed Kubernetes solution, I’ve discovered and created several tricks that I use to make daily tasks with Kubernetes easier. I wanted to share these five here with you and I hope you find them as helpful as I have.

1. The Meta-Shell Trick

I first saw this trick in Olive Power’s talk on CKA Preparation at this year’s KubeCon Europe.

kubectl <command> --help | grep kubectl

Every kubectl command contains a number of examples in its help output, and this is a quick way to see them all at once. These examples can give you ideas about how to combine parameters and flags in useful ways that might not be obvious just from reading the documentation.

Currently, the kubectl run command renders the highest number of examples: 18. However, the command that I use most often is kubectl get. Let’s take a look at one of its examples:

kubectl get pod test-pod -o custom-columns=CONTAINER:.spec.containers[0].name,IMAGE:.spec.containers[0].image

This command transforms the kubectl get output, giving you just the container version deployed for this pod. With some slight changes, you can make the output much more useful. Notice that it’s requesting the name and image for just the first container (containers[0]). Using the JSONPath syntax supported by kubectl, you can list all versions of all containers in all pods.

kubectl get pod -o custom-columns=CONTAINER:.spec.containers[*].name,IMAGE:.spec.containers[*].image -A

This trick can save you from poking around individual pod resources to find a canary image or version skew in your cluster. With an alias of kgi (and the namespace selector -A removed), you can use find the version of the kube-apiserver running in your cluster. See below:

$ kgi -n kube-system -l component=component=kube-apiserver
kube-apiserver   k8s.gcr.io/kube-apiserver:v1.14.5
kube-apiserver   k8s.gcr.io/kube-apiserver:v1.14.5
kube-apiserver   k8s.gcr.io/kube-apiserver:v1.14.5

The following command will print out an up-to-date list of all built-in examples. Pick one with some flags you’ve never seen before and experiment!

for c in $(kubectl --help | egrep "^s+([a-z-]+)" -o); do echo -e "$(kubectl $c --help | egrep '^s+kubectl')"; done

2. Get Memory Usage Per Namespace

Some of us know that awk is so much more than awk print $1 . Recently, I dug deeper and learned the basics of this incredibly powerful language which came to us from some of the titans of Unix history. Here’s an example of a very useful awk program that’s still short enough to alias as a one-liner. It sums and prints the number of MiB of memory used by all pods in each namespace, and uses awk’s printf for clean output, even when your cluster contains long namespace names. Consider using awk when you need an aggregate view of kubectl output.

kubectl top pod -A --no-headers=true | awk 'a[$1] += $4 END for (c in a) printf "%-35s %sn", c, a[c]'

3. View Secrets in Plain Text

When you’re developing an app that relies on secrets, it can be a chore to find a way to pipe the kubectl output to base64. Maybe you’ve written a shell pipeline or a small script to decode them. I’ve seen a few different options with various drawbacks: not supporting multi-line output, adding or dropping newlines along the way, or losing the context of the field names. With Ashley Schuett’s secret decode plugin for kubectl, you can view secrets in a readable form within the kubectl get output and avoid all of these issues.

The project documentation recommends using curl to grab the binary from GitHub and add it to our path. Since this touches a variety of sensitive data, I would encourage you to compile it from source, and review the source first. Luckily, this plugin consists of a single well-formatted source file:

git clone git@github.com:ashleyschuett/kubernetes-secret-decode.git
cd kubernetes-secret-decode
GO111MODULE=off go build -o $GOPATH/bin/kubectl-ksd

The name of the binary built into the last step must begin with kubectl- for it to be recognized as a plugin. Make sure that $GOPATH/bin is on your $PATH, and then you can use it like this:

k ksd get secret -n <namespace-name> <secret-name> -o yaml

4. Recent and Previous Logs

If you have a service that can reach weeks or months of uptime, the container logs can grow to a size that make typical kubectl log commands produce a ridiculous amount of output. You might feel like you’re testing the limits of your terminal’s ability to paint text, or amazed by the amount of network traffic incurred by what’s supposed to be human-readable. In these cases, there are multiple ways to cut down the output and get to the messages you want to see.

First is the --tail=N flag, which begins printing the most recent N lines of the file.

kubectl logs --tail=10 -f -n kube-system -l component=kube-apiserver

There is also --since=time which accepts intervals of time such as 30s, 1h, or 5m to refer to a number of seconds, hours, or minutes respectively.

kubectl logs --since=5m -f -n kube-system -l component=kube-apiserver

Another log flag that I’ve come to rely on is -p. This prints the logs of the previous run of the container; the logs of a container that has exited. This would have made my first few days with Kubernetes much easier, as I attempted to restart pods and “catch” their logs, with some quick mouse and keyboard action, before they crashed again.

kubectl logs -p -n kube-system -l component=etcd

5. Save Time While You Wait

Whenever you’re tempted to write a loop with a sleep command, there’s usually a better way to do it. No matter what interval you choose, you’re likely to waste one or more seconds. This can add up if it’s an automated process. This is where the kubectl wait command and its associated apimachinery package is for. This command allows you to pause your scripts for the specific amount of time needed for the condition to be met in your cluster. You can also use it to post air horns in Slack the moment a new release hits the cluster. Have fun with it.

Here are some examples:

k wait --for=condition=Available deployment/metrics-server
k wait --for=condition=Initialized pod/csi-linode-controller-0

The conditions available vary based on the resource type and can be discovered using kubectl describe under the “Conditions:”. A given resource may have many different conditions at the same time.

Bonus Tricks!

Sometimes you look at output and wish that some additional networking or other info was displayed, right? To help, add -owide to the command. This works for almost every resource type, and the columns displayed can be customized for Custom Resource Definitions (CRDs). Examples:

kubectl get pods -A -owide
kubectl get services -A -owide

Last but not least, if you haven’t noticed by now, -A was added as an alias for the flag --all-namespaces. I’d guess that feature alone has saved the world millions of keystrokes since it was introduced.

This post mostly touched on built-in kubectl features. For even greater depth, there is the open source kubectl book, readable online. It focuses on the use of Kustomize, a built-in tool which allows you to organize and compose your Kubernetes resources. I highly recommend it, especially if you’ve been looking for Kubernetes project frameworks with a minimally vulnerable surface area. For a collection of other useful commands, check out Krew, the official package manager for kubectl plugins.

Thanks for reading. I’m Andrew Sauber, one of the developers responsible for pioneering Linode’s managed Kubernetes offering, LKE. Our beta will be opening soon, and I’d like to invite you to help us test it! If you aren’t ready to try the beta, but want to stay up-to-date with LKE, you can sign up for notifications.

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WP Engine Announces Availability of Compute-Optimized Instances for its DXP in the UK and Western Europe

After rolling out access to Google’s Compute-Optimized Virtual Machines (VM) (C2) on WP Engine’s Digital Experience Platform in August, we are now offering the new hardware to customers in both the UK and Western Europe. Existing customers on WP Engine’s platform served out of GCP’s London data center will be converted over at no charge,

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HostedSimply – KVM Plans on sale for Limited time, Los Angeles Datacenter!

HostedSimply sent in a great deal on some KVM Plans offers in Los Angeles. These looked pretty good to us, so we are passing them on to LEB readers. They have a 1GB, 2GB and 4GB plan on sale for a limited time, details of these plans are below.

You can find their ToS/Legal Docs here. They accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Bitcoin and Alipay as payment methods.
They have been featured on LEB before and received a moderate amount of positive feedback. As always, we encourage our readers to share their thoughts below in the comments section.

Here’s what they had to say: 

“At HostedSimply, we bring together a variety of hosting solutions to make sure our customers are never short of the flexibility they would need for their businesses. Our pricing is geared towards being market competitive offering an edge through extra features and prompt support.

We are pleased to present the following Pure SSD VPS offer for the first time ever, exclusive for the LowEndBox community! These are available for deployment in either our Los Angeles or New York data center locations. This is our best deal yet!”

Here are the offers: 

1GB KVM Flash Sale

  • 1 CPU
  • 1024MB RAM
  • 16GB SSD Space
  • 2TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Port
  • KVM
  • Los Angeles Datacenter
  • $45/yr
  • [ORDER]

2GB KVM Flash Sale

  • 2 CPUs
  • 2048MB RAM
  • 20GB SSD Space
  • 3TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Port
  • KVM
  • Los Angeles datacenter
  • $68/yr
  • [ORDER]

4GB KVM Flash Sale

  • 4 CPUs
  • 4096MB RAM
  • 80GB SSD Space
  • 5TB Bandwidth
  • 1Gbps Port
  • KVM
  • Los Angeles datacenter
  • $120/yr
  • [ORDER]


Los Angeles, California, USA (Redundant Network Blend of GTT and Zayo)

Test IPv4:

Test file: //lg.la.colocrossing.com/100MB.test

Host Node Specifications:

KVM Nodes:

– 2x Intel Xeon E5-2620v2 CPU

– 256GB RAM

– 8x 4TB HDD’s

– LSI Hardware RAID-10

– 1Gbps Uplink

Please let us know if you have any questions/comments and enjoy!

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Bigfoot Servers – VPS Resource Pools out of Los Angeles or Dallas!

BigFootServers sent in some new deals on VPS pools that they wanted to share with the community. They are offering discounted packages on VPS resource pools, 2GB and 3GB pools.
With these VPS pools, they’re giving customers the ability to create VPS’s on-demand, in Los Angeles or Dallas!

You can find their ToS/Legal Docs here. They accept PayPal, Credit Cards and Bitcoin as payment methods.

Here’s what they had to say: 

“BigFootServers was founded when we saw a need for a simpler solution for small businesses to get started online. Our service-first business model sets us apart from the rest. At BigFootServers, we treat you with the utmost respect that you deserve, as our valued customer.

We provide a wide variety of different web hosting services to fit everyone’s budget. The solutions we provide are unique (in a good way), because they put you in control over your resources and environment, unlike conventional hosting solutions. These are unlike your traditional & conventional hosting solutions, because the services we’re providing here put you in control.”

Here are the offers: 

2 VPS Instance Pool

  • Storage: 40GB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Bandwidth: 2000GB
  • IPv4 Addresses: 2
  • Maximum VPS Instances: 2
  • Datacenter: Los Angeles & Dallas
  • $72/year

3 VPS Instance Pool

  • Storage: 60GB
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Bandwidth: 3000GB
  • IPv4 Addresses: 3
  • Maximum VPS Instances: 3
  • Datacenter: Los Angeles & Dallas
  • $108/year

Product Description: Create, manage, resize or delete servers on demand within a few clicks! We provide you with a resource pool, and you determine how they are used! Please be sure to check out these screenshots of our easy to use and intuitive VPS Pools Interface here!


ColoCrossing – Los Angeles, CA, USA

Test IPv4:

Test file: //

ColoCrossing – Dallas, TX, USA

Test IPv4:

Test file: //

– Intel Xeon E3 Processors

– 32GB to 64GB RAM

– 4x 2TB HDDs

– Hardware RAID10 with Caching

– 1Gbps uplink

Please let us know if you have any questions/comments and enjoy!

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Update on 2015 Security Incident

We recently received new information regarding our 2015 security incident which is relevant to Linode customers who activated their account before 2016.

As detailed in our January 2016 blog post, we reset passwords for all users at that time after investigating unauthorized access to some customer accounts. This new information confirms the scope of database access included customer contact information, email addresses, Linode metadata, and, for about 200 Managed customers, encrypted credentials. We’ll be notifying affected Managed customers directly. 

We want to remind everyone to maintain best password practices; use a password manager, create strong passwords, do not reuse them across services, and secure your accounts with two-factor authentication.

It is also important to be diligent against phishing emails. Linode will never ask customers to submit any personal information over unsecured channels, such as online messengers, social media, or other third-party platforms. If you receive an email that appears to be from Linode and looks suspicious, you can forward it to security@linode.com or contact Customer Support to verify its authenticity.

How to Start Your Own Food Blog: An Expert Guide

Admit it — you know your way around the kitchen.

Whether you’re wielding a whisk, perfecting paella, or creating the next culinary chef-d’oeuvre, it’s clear: Food is your gift, talent, and passion. And if you’re ready to take your compliments-to-the-chef recipes online, it’s time to set up your own blog. But where to start?

Don’t get your garlic in a knot. We’ve got you covered.

In this handy food blogging guide, we provide all the technical know-how you need to get your own food blog up and running, plus first-class advice from experts in the blogging biz. What’s more, we’ll share the best website builder tools for WordPress and all kinds of resources, so you can start showcasing your culinary chops and drool-worthy photography to bring in some dough. You provide the ingredients, and we’ll make your food blog restaurant-ready.

Blog More with Managed WordPress Hosting

Our automatic updates and strong security defenses take server management off your hands so you can focus on creating great content.

Why Start a Food Blog?

Food bloggers are some of the most influential people on the internet. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the stats:

  • More and more, people are ditching grandma’s recipe box and seeking food info on the web. It’s estimated that 50% of consumers now use social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to learn about food, while another 40% learn from websites, apps, or blogs.
  • A massive 89% of consumers go online for recipes; 79% trust blogs for recipes and food information.
  • Food bloggers are the cool kids on the block, boasting four times as many followers than any other niche.
  • 59% of 25- to 34-year-olds head to the kitchen with either their smartphones or tablets.
  • Consumers are not only consuming food content online — they’re sharing it. Fifty-four percent say they share info and recipes with friends, family, and strangers.

Millennials use mobile devices in the kitchen.

Food blogs have rapidly become popular, credible, and sharable ways for talented, passionate (and normal) people to share their passion for food and recipe creation — and to make big $$$. Food bloggers influence consumer food trends and social discussion and are pioneering the modern food experience. Many have even used their taste-ful content to ink cookbook deals, score cooking show hosting gigs, and amass large and loyal followings that share their content globally.

So if you’re a dish-developing foodie who wants to own a digital presence while becoming an influential voice in food conversation, there’s potential for you. It’s time to bring your kitchen online.

How to Start a Food Blog (8 Steps)

Let’s break it down. What do you even need to create a food blog, grow your traffic, and start making money with your recipes? Consult our handy guide below!

1. Determine Your Niche

When you’re ready to get busy in the kitchen, what’s your go-to creation? Do you specialize in vegan creations? Excel in gluten-free goodies? Are you the queen of 30-minute Instant Pot meals for busy moms?

Whatever you do best — and what you enjoy most — is where you want to start. Finding your niche allows you to distinguish yourself from the millions of other bloggers out there and identify a target audience — which, in turn, helps you understand how to market your content and build a following.

The Pioneer Woman food blog home page.
Ree Drummond of The Pioneer Woman discovered her niche and developed a wildly-popular blog following by appealing to down-home, comfort-food eaters.

“… blog about what you are passionate about. Don’t start your blog because you want to make money off it. Start your blog because you feel like you have something unique to share with the world. If you truly have the passion and drive, and you are constantly looking for ways to make it better, your blog will eventually succeed and hopefully, turn into a career.”

Tieghan, blogger at Half Baked Harvest

2. Create a Blog Name

Time to get those creative juices flowing. What do you want to call your blog? Take time to brainstorm ideas, keeping in mind some typical internet behavior. Your best bet is something memorable and unique, but easy to find (and type) online. It should be related to your niche or help establish your brand.

The Minimalist Baker home page.
Dana Shultz of The Minimalist Baker distinguishes herself as a food blogger by choosing a blog name that clearly identifies her target audience — cooking enthusiasts who want simple, easy-to-follow recipes.

3. Choose your CMS

A content management system, (as the name implies) manages the creation and modification of digital content, making your dream of running a food blog dream a hassle-free reality.

As far as CMS options go, we heartily recommend WordPress — and the love is mutual. At DreamHost, we wear our own WordPress-approved badge with pride. This powerhouse blogging platform fuels more than 30% of the internet and can power your blog, too.

4. Purchase your Domain Name and Hosting

Listen up. Getting a domain and choosing a web host are some of the most crucial decisions you’ll make when you start a blog.

Your domain is an essential building block of search engine optimization (SEO), and a good domain name helps you get found online. Domains should match your blog name and can be purchased through a registrar.

Or better yet: pair the purchase of your domain name with web hosting service. Your hosting plan will provide you with server space to store your files so online browsers can visit your site.

WordPress hosting plans through DreamHost combine the best of tech, tools, and service at a budget-friendly price to help make creating your food blog a snap.

DreamHost’s WordPress Hosting

Plus, DreamHost isn’t just a smart option for all the behind-the-scenes setup. Our customers get access to WP Website Builder an easy-to-use drag-and-drop site builder tool for WordPress that simplifies the process, allowing you to customize without coding and make the perfect food blog fast. *chef’s kiss*

With WP Website Builder, we include a suite of premium themes, tools, and plugins — built by our friends at BoldGrid — to help simplify the start-up process and make it easier to edit and manage your website as it grows. Rest easy because you don’t need to start from scratch. Starter content is packed into every beautiful, responsive, and customizable design.

5. Setup

To get started, you’ll need to select “WP Website Builder” as an option during your DreamHost purchase. Then, we’ll automatically install WordPress and website builder tools, BoldGrid’s Inspirations and Page and Post Builder, for you.  Once you’re logged into WordPress, you’ll see the Inspirations setup page.

Inspirations “Welcome” page

Three simple steps? We knew you’d like the sound of that. And it really is that simple! Click Let’s Get Started! to continue.

Designs for WordPress

At this stage, you’ll select a theme. You can narrow your options by specific industry-related categories or browse them all to find your perfect starter site. (Hint: There’s even a collection of food-tailored themes under the Restaurant category.) For this guide, we selected the “Hifidel” theme.

Hifidel Theme

Next, you’ll decide on basic pages and add the functionality you want. You can also view how this theme looks on other devices, like smartphones and tablets. The easy-to-use, drag-and-drop editing paired with design blocks (over 100 options!) helps you build faster and edit easier. It’s simple for beginners, with advanced options for seasoned professionals, making it possible to create the perfect site.

Now, you’ll click Next and enter additional details that help populate your website with social media icons and contact info.

Easily add social media icons to your site.

Then, click Finish and Install. Easy as (your famous cherry) pie, right?

Installation is now set up on your WordPress account. From your dashboard, you can continue customizing your website. You’ll want to adjust your site design and add essential elements.

Customize Your BoldGrid Theme

For increased functionality, you’ll also want to install useful plugins. We install a handful of valuable plugins, like SEO, Gallery, and Backup, but you should consider additional tools, like plugins for controlling spam or building forms. (There’s even one for recipes!) Be sure to check out our list of the most essential plugins this year.

With a form-building plugin, you can set up a simple contact form to help you turn your traffic into an email list — a powerful (and critical) way to market your blog content to readers.

6. Create Content

This step is where it gets really gets good. Time to enrich your website with your one-of-a-kind recipes, heartfelt blog posts, and gorgeous food photography. Your food blog isn’t going to do you much good if it’s empty, so prioritize high-quality content.

Set up a blogging schedule to continually outfit your blog with fresh, consistent, relevant, and yes, delicious content — and to keep yourself organized. Content is what’s going to draw readers to your site, so make it good and keep it coming. When it comes to content, you should always be cooking up a fresh post (or repurposing an oldie but goodie).

Hint: Kate of Cookie + Kate has a bunch of excellent food blogging resources here.

High-quality food photograph.

“You have to publish high-quality content every single day. Readers hitting your site for the first time should see consistently updated, fresh content, and they should know that if they come back the next day, there will be something new to read. That’s the only way to get people returning to your site several times a day, checking to see if you’ve updated yet. These can’t be throwaway posts, either; everything you publish to your site needs to be a carefully crafted, professionally-photographed piece of content that will either teach or inform. Then, the next day, you need to do it all over again, and be comfortable with pushing the previous day’s work out of the spotlight after just a brief 24 hours.”

Julie, blogger at MealHack

7. Spread the Word

Promote your blog by creating content that’s optimized for search engines. Market your content through an email list and social media, such as an Instagram account, Twitter, Facebook, and even a YouTube Channel. You can also consider pay-per-click (PPC) ads.

And don’t forget about increasing traffic through SEO improvements (we can help with this — the WordPress website builder has on-page SEO tips built right in!) There are lots of hungry people out there looking for your unique expertise — plan a marketing strategy that helps them find you.

BoldGrid’s SEO Window

SEO isn’t black magic; it’s about making your quality content findable. It’s important to understand and implement the basics. Here is Google’s SEO starter guide [PDF] and Bake Your Day’s SEO For Food Bloggers Guide.”

Kate, Cookie + Kate

8. Monetize

It’s true — your blog posts can make you money. But likely, it will take time and lots of stellar content. So keep producing. Advertising, networking, affiliate marketing programs, and pitching are all ways you can bring in $$ from your blog.

Hint: Julie of MealHack has great info on monetizing your blog.

Cutting board with fresh ingredients.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t try to make money off your blog, but don’t align yourself with a brand or project that isn’t a good fit. You are the company you keep. Focus on producing your best content and building your audience, and the opportunities will come.”

Kate, blogger at Cookie + Kate

Starting a Food Blog: The Last Course

For all you foodies looking to share your culinary talents with the world, it’s time to get blogging! We make starting a blog easy. Sign up for WordPress hosting through DreamHost and take advantage of WP Website Builder to enter the food blogging scene with an appetizing (and easy-to-whip-up) site.

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