Food Blogger Pro: Why I Joined and You Should Too

If you’re a Chocolate & Zucchini reader, there’s actually a high chance that you have a blog of your own, or are thinking about starting one.

And whether you’re just in this for the fun of it, or have ambitions to turn your talents into an occupation that pays the rent, I’m sure your number one goal is to grow your food blog: blogging is such an engrossing, time-consuming activity that it’s natural to want the greatest number of eyes on the fabulous content you strive to create.

This means working really hard to hone your craft and put out content you’re excited to share (if you lie sleepless because you can’t wait to hit publish in the morning, you’re doing it right) but it also means staying in the game in terms of social media and, for those with professional goals, monetization.

But when it’s just you and your computer, these considerations can easily throw you into overwhelm mode. There are dozens of avenues you could explore and research and experiment with, but you only have so much time in your day (or your nights and weekends, if you have, you know, a regular job) and these strategies take time to put in place and evaluate, so it can all feel very spin-your-wheels frustrating and discouraging. Analysis paralysis, anyone?

I know. I’ve been there. Multiple times. Twelve years of food blogging certainly don’t mean I have everything figured out, so I try my best to devote time and resources to the site’s growth. And I’ve recently found something that has made the process considerably easier, more efficient, and more fun.

Food Blogger Pro in Review

Food Photography Course on Food Blogger Pro

It’s a membership site called Food Blogger Pro that is run by Lindsay and Bjork Ostrom, the couple behind the crazy successful blog Pinch of Yum. They have always been generous with their advice and (quite amazingly) transparent about their process, going so far as to publish monthly income reports for others to learn and draw inspiration from.

But Food Blogger Pro takes this coaching to another level, providing members with a whole slew of video courses that take you through everything from getting your blog set up and building traffic, to improving your food photography and editing your photos, to playing the social media game, generating income, and publishing your own ebooks.

The videos are well produced, fast-paced so you don’t waste any time, and really fun to watch — Lindsay is such a friendly and approachable teacher (she actually taught 4th grade in her former life). They include transcripts as well, if English isn’t your first language or you’re more of a written text learner.

Food Blogger Pro also offers community forums where you can get together with like-minded bloggers, ask questions, share struggles, and get support. There’s monthly live chats with Lindsay and Bjork, a Nutrition Label generator, and even a deals page to get lower rates on recommended tools and plugins.

Why I love it

Video Courses on Food Blogger Pro

Video Courses on Food Blogger Pro

What’s fantastic about Food Blogger Pro is that you feel in really good hands. Because the courses are so comprehensive, you can build up your skills from wherever you currently stand. And in this ever-changing online world, being part of a community such as this one means you benefit from Lindsay and Bjork’s advanced research and experiments without doing all the legwork yourself, and you’re sure to be in the know when new usages and tools pop up (I’m looking at you, Snapchat!).

And in this ever-changing online world, being part of a community such as this one means you benefit from others’ research and experiments without doing all the legwork yourself.

Membership to Food Blogger Pro is $29 per month or $279 for a full year (that is the subscription I chose) with a 60-day money-back guarantee.

I realize this is an investment, and I have personally felt like it’s been worth my money, but if you’re not sure this is right for you, I recommend you listen to the fantastic (and free) Food Blogger Pro Podcast, of which every single episode has taught me something valuable. This will give you a sense of the tone and mindset of the site, to see if you would get value out of it.

Enrollment to Food Blogger Pro is currently closed, but it will reopen in the spring of 2016, and you can sign up to be added to the waiting list: you’ll be notified before anyone else when the doors reopen! In the meantime, you can also download these two helpful ebooks for free: 10 Mistakes that Bloggers Make and The Number One Thing that top bloggers are focusing on right now.

Tell me what you think!

Are you an aspiring pro blogger? Do you feel you would benefit from a resource like this one? What other resources have you been using to develop your skill set? And if you have questions about my own experience with Food Blogger Pro, I’m more than happy to share.

This page contains affiliate links, which means I receive a commission — at no extra cost to you — if you decide to sign up for Food Blogger Pro. All opinions are my own.

  • Thanks so much for writing this review, Clotilde! We really appreciate it!

    • You’re welcome! I’ve been so happy to be a part of this I want to spread the word.

  • Thanks for this enlightening article, Clotilde! I’ve been meaning to look into FBP since you mentioned their podcast – which I haven’t listened to yet. I’d love to take my food blog up a notch – or several! I often get frustrated with all the technicalities involved in running a blog. I wish I could just write, write, write, but I know it’s not how it works! They seem to be doing a great job at FBP. I really appreciate the fact they publish income reports for one.

    I have a technical question about C&Z. Whenever I click on an extranet link, it doesn’t open onto a new page. I therefore lose the C&Z page I was on and get frustrated with that because I really wanted to have both pages on my screen. Am I the one having a problem with that?!

    • Thanks Anne-Liesse, I’m glad the article was of interest to you. I know what you mean about wanting to devote your energy to the core activities and not worry about the rest! I do enjoy the social media aspects to the extent that it creates wonderful interactions with readers and other bloggers, but even for those things to happen and for them not to take up your entire day, you have to “do it right”.

      For outbound links to open in a new tab, all you need to do is press the “Command” key on your keyboard as you click a link. If you want it to open in a new window, press the “Shift” key on your keyboard. This is the norm across all platforms and browsers.

  • This is actually the ONLY thing on my Christmas list this year! Can’t wait to start!! Thanks for the great article, I am not even more excited than ever to begin!!

    • That is such a good gift idea, Jenni, I love it! I hope you’ll let me know how you like it. Do make sure you sign up before Nov 19, though, as by Christmas time enrollment will be closed.

  • Madonna Ganier-Yancey

    Thanks for the information on Food Blogger Pro, Clotilde. I just signed up. I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a long time. The actual writing part doesn’t cause me any worry. I worked as a freelancer for many years. It’s all the other things that go into it that seem to be blocking my start, especially photography. I consider the membership an investment in my new career, since retirement from my current career isn’t too far off. Thanks again.

    • That’s great Madonna, I’ll look forward to seeing you on the member forums!

  • Thanks for this great review! I had been following Pinch of Yum since they were based in the Philippines and really appreciated all their blogging tips and being so transparent and generous with their information (also their sweet posts during their time here). So happy to see them making a full go at it! Even more excited to learn more from them! I’ll be signing up for sure!

    Just wanted to also add…I’ve had my food blog for 10 years now and you were one of the two blogs that inspired me to start my own :)

  • Ah, nice that you’re on there too Clotilde! I joined at the start of this month and have been active on the forums.

  • Linda Vaughan

    Hello, I’ve been trying to sign up before tonight’s deadline but none of the links (including yours) work. Is anyone else having this problem? I did email Bjork but haven’t heard back as yet. Thanks.

    • Thanks for letting me know, Linda, I’ll try to help! I was able to get to the signup page: Can you give me more detail about what happens after that? In what way does it not work?

      • Linda Vaughan

        I heard back from Bjork and its all fixed. I think it was a server issue but no matter. It’s fine now. Thanks so much for your quick reply. Love your blog.

        • Great to hear Linda, and I look forward to connecting with you on FBP!

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