12 Tips for Blogging as a Mom

For a mom with small children to be a blogger is a true blessing. I know it firsthand because I am and have been one for 3.5 years now. I left my last full-time employment when my kids were 6 and 2. Honestly, I was miserable – I hated what I was doing, missed my kids like crazy and was constantly tired. How I really started iFOODreal is a story for another time. I really do not have a teary eyed story that I started posting recipes, people followed…
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10 SEO Tips for Food Bloggers

Seeing how you guys, food bloggers, enjoyed behind the scenes of iFOODreal’s recipe writing in September Income Report, I decided not to wait till October and share more. I thought you would appreciate it. If you are a food blogger and this is your first time visiting iFOODreal, welcome and check out my Blogger’s Resources page and other Blogging Tips. Not everyone, prior to starting a food blog worked in online marketing field. I did it for years just before starting iFOODreal and the last job I had was…
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Linky Party. Does It Help to Grow Your Blog?

You will either love or hate me after this post. I have been itching to write about Linky Party for a very long time. As always, time is my biggest enemy. But here it is, tadah…:) I just want to share this valuable info with you because I feel there is a lack of information about Linky Parties. No, I’m wrong. There is actually a lot of wonderfully marketed Linky Parties (hats off, very creative) but very few bloggers understand what goes on behind-the-scenes of these blog posts…
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How to Start a Food Blog

Many of you love to cook and would like to start your own food blog. In 2014, it’s quite simple. I often get asked “What’s the difference between a free blog and self-hosted?”, “What hosting do you recommend?” and “Can I place ads on my blog?” etc. I say, start self-hosted blog from the beginning, that’s what I did. You will have your own domain name (without wordpress.com at the end), can make it as pretty as you wish and be able to monetize your blog (if you…
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Blogging Resources

Hey, guys. I decided to put together “The Tools of the Trade” list I use to run iFOODreal. Why? Just in case you are wondering what it takes to create a blog like this one. It’s very simple and an initial investment is around $70. Me and Alex always do a thorough research on any product we use at iFOODreal. Therefore, the blogging resources below have been thoroughly checked and approved by a diligent web designer a.k.a programmer a.k.a my husband a.k.a Alex. I update this page regularly as…
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Fast Web Hosting for WordPress

I moved, I moved, I moved…Finally! I found fast, cheap and reliable web hosting for WordPress and moved iFOODreal.com. And the winner is…InMotion hosting! So far my blog is flying and is not going up and down. For the last couple of months it was a nightmare to run this blog on FatCow web hosting. The website would be down for a period of anywhere between 5-40 minutes. Can you imagine?! I would go on my website and it’s dead. And the same thing would happen to other…
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Choosing a Domain Name-Keywords & .com Dilemma

Oh boy, this one is not easy. I mean not easy for me to write this post, but good news is, it’s quite easy to choose a good domain name. Once you have decided you want to start a blog, it is time to choose a domain name. Domain name tells readers what your blog is all about. Let’s take my blog’s domain name, iFOODreal.com, as an example. The name with 3 www’s in front of it is a domain name. And a cute green apple is called favicon. Just another…
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I Want to Start a Blog. Where Do I Begin?

So, if one morning you woke up with a thought “I want to start a blog”, here are a few recommendations from my personal experience… 1. Take Your Time & Think About Your Blog Before I started this blog, I did a lot of thinking. Probably about a year. And that’s OK. See, when you have a young family – time is precious. I just wanted to make sure that every minute invested in my blog is worthwhile! What does it mean? I spend every free minute working on…
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