You may have noticed a slight increase in the number of recipe posts on my site lately. Well, this Food Blogger Pro review explains it all.
Food Blogger Pro Review: The Short Version
Ho hum. Right?
But once you dive in – there is no turning back, my friend. No turning back.
The course consists of over 300 videos, very active forums, and discounts on tools and services for food bloggers.
You can either sign up on the monthly plan or get a slight discount for paying yearly. And you can cancel at any time in addition to a 60 day money back guarantee.
However, enrollment only opens a couple times during the year. You can click here to find out if enrollment is open or get on the waitlist if it is not.
Food Blogger Pro Review: The Long Version
I signed up for Food Blogger Pro because I wanted to learn about taking better food photos. My recipes were good but my photos were, shall we say – less than appetizing.
I also wanted to do a Food Blogger Pro review for this website.
Other than that, I didn’t think there was much more that I would get out of it.
Can I say – I was wrong. So very wrong.
So Many Great Topics
The lessons are split into 10 topics that range from setting up your blog to food photography and video to getting traffic and monetizing to creating an eBook.
And the subject matter ranges from beginner to intermediate.
I got a little bit hung up on this because I thought that I knew everything that there is to know about blogging (is there room for my ego in here?). My perception was that I just needed help with the food angle.
However, I committed myself to watching all of the videos. Right now I am about half way through.
Even though I know a lot about blogging – I still learned a lot from the beginner level videos in Food Blogger Pro.
About the Teachers
The teachers, if you will, are Bjork and Lindsay Ostrom – who created the extremely successful food blog called Pinch of Yum.
They speak from the voice of experience – which is wonderful.
Lindsay started her blog like most of us – she had a passion for food. But she did not know knowing anything about food photography. It kinda sounds like me, right now.
But over the years she has grown her website into one of the top food blogs out there.
And lucky for us, she is sharing that knowledge in Food Blogger Pro.
In the videos, Bjork goes over the technical blogging aspects and Lindsay talks about the creative side of things. Both of them are very thorough and move at a pace that is easy to follow.
My Amazing Story
So, I subscribed into Food Blogger Pro a few months ago. And I sat on it. When I signed up I browsed the videos and watched one or two.
And then I did nothing. Nothing at all with this amazing tool that I had at my fingertips.
I even considered cancelling since I wasn’t using it.
But then I thought – you know, it’s hard to get in since enrollment isn’t always open. So, let me give this thing a try.
I also wanted to post my homemade chicken tikka masala recipe – and my photos just weren’t cutting it.
Watch the Videos
The logical thing to do was to binge watch the videos. Hello? Did someone really need to hit me over the head to realize that?
As I watched, I took notes, and started tweaking my website.
Here is the kicker – I started this last Wednesday – less than 7 days ago.
Made it to foodgawker
I took what I learned, re-did the photos for my chicken tikka masala recipe, and by Thursday night I submitted one of my pictures to the infamous food sharing site – foodgawker.com
Friday I got my rejection notice.
Not to be deterred, I made a few adjustments and resubmitted.
Lo and behold! On Sunday, my submission was accepted! I had never even heard of foodgawker on Monday of that week.
So for the past few days I have been enjoying a wonderfully welcome spike in website traffic – which I know will taper off, but is welcome nonetheless.
You Win Some You Lose Some
Unfortunately, my next recipe – Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Spices and Lemon was not accepted even on resubmission. But I still have a lot to learn about lighting and food photography.
And I need a lot more practice.
The Food Blogger Pro Forums
The Food Blogger Pro forums were another surprise to me.
I really did not think I would participate much. But right off the bat I found a great Facebook group that is very supportive and active.
There are so many ideas and opportunities to connect with other food bloggers. And if you are blogger you know that you cannot blog in a vacuum – collaboration is important.
Why I Wrote This Food Blogger Pro Review
What started as a quick way to get a few food photography tips has blossomed into a true learning experience.
I really felt compelled to write this Food Blogger Pro review because I wanted to share my experience with the program.
If you are reading this, you might be on the fence as to whether to give it a try or not.
And honestly, with that 60 day money back guarantee you really can try it risk free as long as you remember to cancel.
If you do sign up, my advice is to make a commitment to the program. Watch the videos and follow the advice.
Practice your food photography as much as you can.
More than anything, force yourself to take action.
I am a theory girl myself – and I can soak up learning like a sponge. But taking that step forward and publishing photos, submitting them to food sharing sites, reaching out to other bloggers – that is equally important.
Did You Start a Food Blog?
I would love to hear about your experience. Please leave a comment below and tell me about some of the biggest things that you had to learn.