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At the beginning of September, I decided to make a small investment in myself. I’d had the link for Food Blogger Pro bookmarked for over a year, but wasn’t 100% sure if I should join. I was worried I wouldn’t have enough time and wouldn’t learn anything new. I’ve been blogging since the end of 2008 and have taken many online courses plus attended several blogging conferences.
What made me change my mind was my decision to improve and grow my current skill set. I knew they had photography courses on Food Blogger Pro so that was my main reason initially to join with a one-year membership.
After being a member for two months and watching many of the course videos, I feel like I’m growing and changing for the better. I’ve learned a ton about how to shoot food, but I’ve also expanded my knowledge in other areas like SEO, photo editing and even social media.
Food Blogger Pro has been one of the most valuable investments I’ve made in my blog! And remember, I’ve already done quite a bit.
I was always planning to write a post about Food Blogger Pro, but I had to push up my timeframe once I found out they are closing membership on November 19th! They are also capping enrolment at 2,000 members so they can focus on the current members. Now’s the time to join if you think it could benefit you and your blog. The next time they will be opening up enrolment will be in the Spring of 2016.
I wanted to point out that you don’t have to be a 100% food blogger to benefit. I’m not! I think if you offer recipe content on your blog then you can benefit too. The blogging tips can be applied to any genre.
I’ve compiled a list of 11 reasons you should join Food Blogger Pro. If some or all of these points apply to you, it is worth serious consideration!
1. You want to improve your food photography. The food photography courses have been invaluable. Learn all about how to shoot in natural light, artificial light, composing a shot, props and lots more. Visual learners will love to watch the tips and techniques demonstrated on the videos. It’s easier for me to learn when I can watch someone else do it.
2. You don’t have time to shoot during the day and your photos at night never turn out. The daylight hours are getting shorter by the day which limits the time you have to shoot in natural light. The course on Artificial lighting gives recommendations on good lights to buy. She even shows you how to make your own lighting source if you want to save $$$. I’ve been using Lindsay’s tips for the last month with great success.
3. You want to learn how to work with reflectors, diffusers and props. Before I was using only a reflector and even then, I wasn’t using it to its fullest potential. Now, I’m working with all three and can tell when my photos need a little help from these tools.
4. You want to learn how to edit your photos in Lightroom (or Photoshop). I had NO clue about using either one. Now, I’m editing all my photos in Lightroom and am adjusting to the learning curve. I watched the videos on Lightroom and have a better understanding on how I can make my photos look their best.
5. You wonder why Foodgawker and Tastespotting always reject your photos. Both were enigmas to me. You think you have a great photo and submit it. Then the rejection comes. One of the videos I watched shares how to edit your photos so you are more likely to be accepted. And yes, both sites are VERY different.
6. You know SEO is important, but don’t know where to start. The course on SEO teaches the basics and offers solid advice on how you can start improving your SEO today. I’m slowly working on mine.
7. You wish you knew more about Instagram and Pinterest. For most food bloggers, Pinterest is the top traffic driver. It’s also #1 on my site which is why I’m so active on the platform. It was interesting to learn how other bloggers use Pinterest. The Instagram course was helpful as it’s something I’m still learning about. I’m more mindful now of what I share on Instagram.
8. You feel lost when you look at Google Webmaster Tools. I know where it is and check it randomly to see if there’s any alerts, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. This course has given me a few new projects to tackle to improve my site’s SEO.
9. You have the Yoast plugin, but aren’t sure if you’ve got it set up properly to maximize its benefits. I had no idea if mine was configured right. They have an entire video course on Yoast that is a must-watch!
10. You want to learn how you can make more money with your blog. Money is always good! It pays the bills, allows you to invest in yourself and your blog and for many people, can be a full-time income!
11. You’ve always wanted to write an eBook, but don’t know where to start. The eBook course shares tips on planning, writing and selling your eBook. It’s on my to-do list!
Sound interesting? Learn more by visiting Food Blogger Pro. If you end up joining, let me know and I’ll see you in the forums!