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Keto & Low Carb Bloggers Share Their Success Stories

Alicia Vikander used it to reach peak-badass for the filming of Tomb Raider. LeBron James used it to shed pounds quickly from his massive frame.

The ketogenic diet is attracting attention from those seeking to lose weight and improve their health and performance.

Keto is sometimes referred to as a low-carb diet or as a low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet. Within the wider realm of low-carb diets, advocates find (and create) overlaps with paleo, raw, vegan, Bulletproof, and other trends.

Bloggers and vloggers are in the lead, building community, attracting droves of readers — even launching their own products.

We interviewed 17 of the top keto and low-carb expert bloggers to find out why they started their blog, what has worked for them, and what they wish they’d known when they first started out.

 

 

Meet Our Panel of Blogging Experts

Each of our blogging experts has a fascinating story to tell.

It seems all of their lives improved after adopting their diet — and blogging.

 

Antya Markin, Queen Keto

Antya Markin grew up with a passion for Italian food and cooking from scratch. A self-confessed “carbo-holic” she recalls “I couldn’t even eat a salad without an entire box of breadsticks to go with it!”

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http://queenketo.com/

Due to an inherited medical condition, Antya’s cholesterol spiked to dangerous levels.

She was given a life expectancy of “mid-30s, maybe the 40s with a bit of luck” — if she took statins. The statins produced negative side effects.

Antya’s breakthrough came with her discovery of the ketogenic diet.

She was able to free herself from her cholesterol and pain issues.

Now 55 and radiating health, she uses her creativity to publish inventive recipes for those who want the benefits of keto but would like a rich variety of dishes to choose from.

 

Lezlee Parrish, The Lazy Keto

Lezlee Parrish began her exploration of a ketogenic diet back in 2013 when she was struggling with depression and other health issues.

“I desperately needed to get my life back,” she recounts.

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https://thelazyketo.com/

After losing 45 pounds, and undergoing some elective surgery, Lezlee continued with keto and began to see dramatic health improvements.

Through her blog and social media, Lezlee has become part of a vibrant keto community.

Two years ago, with encouragement from Suzanne Ryan of Keto Karma, Lezlee launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for her tasty Srirachoy sauce. (We can’t wait to try the “Spicy AF” version.) This sauce even has its own Instagram channel.

“I can honestly say that keto has given me my life back,” says Lezlee.

 

Luis Villasensor, Ketogains

Luis Villasensor is the founder of Ketogains website, Facebook group, and reddit forum.

He describes Ketogains as a “community-driven exploration into the pursuit of physical excellence via ketosis.”

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https://ketogains.com/

The site features a blog, podcast, store, and Ketogains virtual bootcamps which start every 7 weeks.

The Ketogains FAQ links to an extensive reddit wiki.

Ketogains also offers one-time or ongoing personalized keto coaching.

The site is information-rich and focuses on the science backing kept and advice from fitness and nutrition experts.

The goal of Luis’s blog and related projects is helping others to achieve optimal brain and body health and performance via knowledge and coaching.

 

Chris Bair, Keto Chow

Chris Bair adopted a ketogenic diet in order to lose weight. He was successful in shedding the pounds and became healthier overall. He’s now “77% of the man I used to be,” he quips.

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https://www.ketochow.xyz/

But he was struck by what the amount of detail required to become knowledgeable and get started successfully.

His “Keto Chow” — low carb meal replacement shakes that he sells on his website — was originally created for himself.

It was an easy and quick way to get the nutrients he needed, and sufficient electrolytes, in a tasty grab-n-go combination.

Keto Chow now has a 5-star average rating and comes in flavors like Salted Caramel and Root Beer Float.

Chris’s blog provides a guide to the basics of nutritional ketosis, recipes, getting started information, and plenty of helpful info on being successful with keto.

 

Libby Jenkinson, Ditch the Carbs

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https://www.ditchthecarbs.com/

Libby is a mother to three and a registered pharmacist in New Zealand. Her blogging goal is to teach, inspire, and support those adopting a low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet.

It’s been 5 years since she discovered LCHF. “It led me to an incredibly healthy way to eat,” she says.

“There are no processed foods,” she explains, “only wholesome, clean foods that help me to lose weight and prevent the big 4 – heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and cancer.”

Ditch the Carbs is the number 1 recipe website in New Zealand and Australia.

In addition to recipes, Libby’s site offers a How to Start section, Low-Carb FAQ, meal plans, and testimonials.

Readers can purchase her 4 low-carb books. And they can browse the “Free Stuff” section which also includes discount deals.

Libby’s blogging opened the door to write for Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Diet Doctor.

 

Lisa MarcAurele, Low Carb Yum

After having her thyroid irradiated for Graves disease, Lisa turned to a low carb diet to help her manage her weight and health.

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https://lowcarbyum.com/

Lisa was working as a full-time engineer, had kids at home, and wanted to build up a collection of easy, quick recipes.

“I started this blog in July 2010 as a way to save low carb recipes and share my low carb diet recipes with others,” she explains.

Lisa shed the pounds and her overall health improved markedly. “My cholesterol levels and blood pressure are always better when I keep my carbs in check,” she says. “I also rarely get sick so I believe staying away from sugar has boosted my immune system.”

Her site offers low-carb, gluten-free recipes; meal plans, a free e-book — Low Carb Tricks and Tips, and a link to her Amazon Low Carb Yum shop.

The nicely organized shop features products she uses, including kitchen tools, low-carb baking staples, and nuts and seeds.

Lisa also provides how-to steps for those interested in creating a food blog.

 

Kim, Low Carb Maven

Kim, a “die-hard steak lover,” offers low-carb, ketogenic recipes with a “gourmet vibe.”

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https://www.lowcarbmaven.com/

Attracting over a million unique visitors a month, Low Carb Maven also features product reviews, giveaways, and a Facebook support group.

Kim’s “savvy readership” includes individuals interested in “losing weight, mitigating diabetes, or pursuing a healthy lifestyle.”

She provides that audience with valuable content like The Beginner’s Guide to Keto Meal Planning, a newsletter, and a convenient U.S.-to-metric baking chart.

Kim partners with brands that produce products she likes and uses. Previous partnerships include Bob’s Red Mill, Butcher Box, and Finlandia Cheese.

 

Elizabeth McDowell, Meat Free Keto

Elizabeth is a certified holistic nutrition specialist who has previously worked with Whole Foods Market.

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http://meatfreeketo.com/

Her blog teaches readers “How to thrive on a vegan ketogenic or low carb diet.”

Meat Free Keto is a beginner-friendly site with sections dedicated to Vegan Keto Diet Basics and a Vegan Keto Quick Start Meal Plan.

Her recipes and articles cover popular topics like fat bombs, paleo, nut-free recipes, low-FODMAP recipes, and holiday recipes. Also on offer: meal plans and how to do vegan keto on a budget.

Keep an eye out for Elizabeth’s new book, which will be released October 2018: Vegan Keto: 60+ High-Fat Plant-Based Recipes to Nourish Your Mind & Body

 

Kyndra Holley, Peace, Love and Low Carb

Kyndra is a 15-year veteran of the restaurant industry and a born foodie. It was her own successful weight loss that inspired her blog.

“I set out on a mission to recreate all my favorite carb-laden, comfort foods into low carb versions,” she explains. “I started taking pictures of  these cooking adventures and thus the birth of my blog in July 2011.”

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https://peaceloveandlowcarb.com/

In addition to recipes, Kendra’s site provides helpful resources like “Low-carb, Keto 101” information, weekly meal plans, and product reviews.

Her popular books include 30-Minute Ketogenic Cooking, Craveable Keto, and The Primal Low-Carb Kitchen. She even offers low-carb craft cocktails in her Keto Happy Hour book.

She also has a Peace Love and Low Carb shop – which is an Amazon storefront.

 

Megan Ellam, Mad Creations

Megan Ellam became interested in low-carb cooking after being diagnosed in 2017 with insulin resistance.

“I cannot put into words how much better I feel since changing to the low carb lifestyle,” she says.

Her site is bristling with creativity.

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https://www.madcreationshub.com/

There you’ll find a shop, with over a dozen books, including #KetoEggFast, Keto for Beginners, and specialty cookbooks like Keto Crackers and Cookies.  Plus: gorgeous cutting boards hand-crafted from pine and Tasmanian oak by partner Dave.

And of course, loads of tantalizing recipes that are easy to prepare. (We love the “Dude Food” section.)

Megan also offers memberships — which include weekly meal plans, 13-week challenges, live Q+A, over 200 recipes, community opportunities, discounts, shopping lists, and more.

This Australian-based blogpreneur has combined her passions — food, photography, and her partner Dave — into a thriving business.

 

Dr. Adam Nally, DocMuscles

Dr. Adam Nally, a/k/a Doc Muscles, is on a mission. His goal? To help you adopt the ketogenic lifestyle, get in shape, and feel “amazing.”

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https://www.docmuscles.com/

Adam is a board-certified Family Physician and Obesity Medicine Specialist with almost 20 years of clinical experience.

His experience was forged in a quest to overcome his own health crisis.

“I was on the same road my father traveled down before he died at 58 years old,” he explains.

Adam is the author of The Keto Cure and the host of KetoTalk with Jimmy & the Doc.

One of Dr. Nally’s unique offerings is a membership that provides comprehensive onboarding to the keto lifestyle, including online courses, and (optional) personal medical care that focuses on prevention and wellbeing.

Adam is social media savvy too, live-streaming on Facebook, Instagram, and Periscope.

 

Cristina Curp, The Castaway Kitchen

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https://thecastawaykitchen.com/

She’s been called “a forward thinker, a master tinkerer, and a flavor profile genius.”

Cristina Curp is a former restaurant chef who overcame chronic illness by changing her diet.

A self-described “auto-immune warrior,” Cristina uses her blog to help others define and adopt the “nutritional path” that’s right for them.

Cristina distilled what she learned from her personal journey into a best-selling book Made Whole. The book provides a compilation of 145 anti-inflammatory keto/paleo recipes and a resource guide to help readers develop their own nutritional plan based on their unique needs.

Made Whole has an average 5-star rating from Amazon readers.

Cristina’s been featured in Shape magazine, Mens’ Health magazine, and New York Minute among other venues.

Visitors will find articles challenging our assumptions about wellness and food and plenty of resources for the journey to vibrant health.

 

Ryan Lowery, Ketogenic

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https://ketogenic.com/

Ryan Lowery’s deep interest in exercise science became a lifelong ambition after his grandmother died at the early age of 61.

Ryan set out to discover and transform the best research into practical tools individuals can use to live optimal lives.

He earned a Masters degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science and a Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance.

Visitors to Ryan’s site will find the WTF (What the Fat) podcast, recipes, a shop, and upcoming educational opportunities like Keto Club and Keto Mentorship.

Ryan co-authored The Ketogenic Bible: the Authoritative Guide to Ketosis.

He also co-founded the Applied Science and Performance Institute (ASPI), a massive waterfront facility overlooking Old Tampa Bay. ASPI houses research programs, 10 labs, pro athlete testing programs, and a cutting-edge training gym.

 

Vivica Menegaz, The Nourished Caveman

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https://thenourishedcaveman.com/

Vivica Menegaz is a clinical nutritionist born and raised in Italy and the creator of the “The Healing Foods Method.”

She’s devoted her life to helping others develop an individualized approach nutrition that draws from the benefits of the keto and paleo approaches.

“This way of eating has been the solution for many of the serious metabolic issues I saw in my patients, and myself” she explains, “and it has been the most valuable tool not just for weight loss, but also for healing. ”

She adds: “One of the biggest mistakes of most weight-loss diets is that they completely ignore health in the quest to shed pounds.”

Visitors to Vivica’s site will find a Weight Loss Bootcamp, meal plans, a welcoming Keto 101, recipes, and much more.

Vivica’s books include The Keto Paleo Kitchen and The Everything BIG Book of Fat Bombs.

 

Elviira Krebber, Low Carb, So Simple

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http://www.lowcarbsosimple.com/

Elviira Krebber is a music scientist, computational linguist, and digital marketer based in Finland.

Like so many others we interviewed Elviira suffered from a range of ailments until a health crisis drove her to take the reins.

“[A]fter I got seriously ill — having BMI only 12.7 and suffering from agonizing abdominal pain with no doctor being able to help — I had to take responsibility of my own health and study what would help me and first of all keep me alive,” she explains.

“After extensive studying, I found out that the really healthful food is something completely different what the official guidelines let us know.”

On her blog Evliira offers “gluten-free, sugar-free ketogenic recipes with 5 ingredients or less.”

Visitors will also find meal plans, recipes, and recommended books.

My pantry” is a helpful list of staples that Eliviira uses.

Elvira’s books include: Low Sugar, So SimpleHealthy Drink Recipes, and Low Carb, So Simple

 

Stacey Crawford, Beauty and the Foodie

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https://beautyandthefoodie.com/

Stacey majored in nutrition in college but is also a licensed cosmetologist, certified colorist, and a color correction specialist.

She believes that “beauty starts on the inside, and it’s never too late to be, who you want to be.”

Her blog is about “Real food and natural beauty.”

Visitors will find a broad range of recipes in categories like keto, low carb, and primal paleo.

Diet help is also on the menu, along with DIY skin care and natural remedies.

Stacey offers readers a free e-book of low-carb, gluten-free bread recipes. Her paleo English muffin recipe video is one of her most popular videos. Also on offer: Her Easy Low Carb Snack Recipe Book. 

If you’re thinking of launching a food blog, you’ll want to check out Stacey’s tips on using your smartphone to make recipe videos.

 

Kalyn Denny, Kalyn’s Kitchen

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https://kalynskitchen.com/

After Kalyn Denny lost over 40 pounds on the South Beach diet she started getting requests from friends for her recipes. Keeping up with all those emails was a struggle.

That’s when her brother said “Maybe you should just put your recipes on a blog.”

Kalyn’s launched her blog in 2005 and it quickly expanded to cover a number of diet types: low-carb, Whole 30, meatless, vegan, gluten-free, low-glycemic, keto, and dairy-free.

Thirteen years later, Kalyn has left her salaried job and is now a full-time food blogger.

Kalyn’s Kitchen is nicely organized. Visitors can search recipes by diet type, or via helpful categories like “Can Freeze,” “Kid Friendly,” “Spiralizer,” “Air Fryer,” “Slow Cooker” and “Easy to Cook.”

It’s been quite a journey from “accidentally” becoming a food blogger (as Kalyn likes to put it), to speaking at conferences like SXSW Interactive and Blogher, and appearing in the Salt Lake Tribune, Womens’ World, and Reader’s Digest.

 

Q&A With the Keto Blogging Experts

We asked these blogging experts the same five questions.

There’s nothing like learning from experience, and their willingness to share theirs provides a unique opportunity to learn what makes for a successful blog.

 
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Why did you start blogging?

Antya Markin, Queen Keto

My home-made keto recipes seemed to be a hit with everyone and over time I was encouraged to share them with the world.

Vivica Menegaz, The Nourished Caveman

I needed to create a resource for recipes that I could send to the patients of the nutrition practice I was working for.

As I could not find the right recipes I decided to start creating my own.

Lezlee Parrish, The Lazy Keto

I had been doing Keto for about 6 months and was compiling a lot of recipes and thought it might be helpful to share them with others doing keto!

So I started an Instagram page and then later I created my website.

Luis Villasensor, Ketogains

Having a resource to inform people on how to do a proper keto diet for body recomposition.

Chris Bair, Keto Chow

Mostly I was just looking for a way to share my experience trying out nutritionally complete “future foods” – that later morphed into documenting my experience with a ketogenic diet.

Libby, Ditch the Carbs

It began purely as a hobby so I could collect all my low-carb family recipes in one place.

I then started writing articles to summarize the research I had done into why low-carb was such an effective way to prevent the big 3 – obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Elizabeth McDowell, Meat Free Keto

In 2012, there were very few other people eating the way I was eating (veg keto) and so I wanted to share my recipes and experiences.

Kyndra Holley, Peace, Love and Low Carb

It first started as a hobby, born out of a need to lose weight. I started recreating all of my favorite dishes into low carb versions and documenting it. From there, it sort of took on a life of its own and turned into a passion-driven career.

Lisa MarcAurele, Low Carb Yum

I was looking to lose weight with a low carb diet and wanted a way to keep track of recipes I was making as well as my progress.

Kim, Low Carb Maven

There weren’t many recipes available when I started my low carb lifestyle, so I did a lot of experimenting.

I wanted to share the low carb recipes I was developing at home for my family — finding ways to reinvent old favorites and creating new ones.

We were enjoying the food and I hoped others would, too.

Megan Ellam, Mad Creations

I have always had a passion for recipe developing and missed working in an environment that allowed me to do that.

So I started blogging and sharing my recipes with as many as people as I can

Dr. Adam Nally, DocMuscles

Enjoyment of writing; need to provide a space for people to find answers to medical questions.

Cristina Curp, The Castaway Kitchen

A need to create food art and share it with others.

Stacey Crawford, Beauty and the Foodie

I started blogging on the suggestion of my 7-year-old son as a way to share my recipes online for people that also have a restrictive diet or food allergies like I do.

Ryan Lowery, Ketogenic

Our goal was to provide information and tools for people to live a ketogenic lifestyle.

We saw there was a desperate need to get more of this information out to the world and we wanted a great platform to share it on.

Elviira Krebber, Low Carb, So Simple

When I found help from a gluten-free, sugar-free low-carb lifestyle, I didn’t find simple enough recipes so I had to develop everything from scratch.

I’m a very impatient person so reading long ingredient lists and making complex recipes was painful.

At some point, my husband suggested I could start blogging so that other people would also benefit from my recipes.

In 2012, I started my Low-Carb, So Simple blog where I have been sharing recipes with 5 ingredients or less. I love challenges and keeping the recipes simple but delicious is challenging but very rewarding.

Kalyn Denny, Kalyn’s Kitchen

I started blogging when I had lost over 40 pounds and people were asking for my recipes.

It soon became a pain to send them by e-mail, and then one day my brother said, “You should just put those recipes on a blog!”

 

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Is 50 the new 30? Vivica Menegaz, (left) one year shy of 50, and Antya Markin, photographed in 2016 at 53. Both make a natural appeal for their food philosophies, blogs, and books.

 

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What’s your secret to staying motivated & inspired long term?

Kyndra Holley, Peace, Love and Low Carb

I started in 2011 and I just never gave up. I took a giant leap of faith and quit my job in 2011 to do it full time.

I definitely wasn’t ready financially or emotionally, but I just knew that I had to keep going.

It took literal blood, sweat, and tears to get Peace, Love, and Low Carb where it is today. I just refused to give up, no matter how hard things got.

It turned out to be the best decision I have ever made.

Stacey Crawford, Beauty and the Foodie

I enjoyed blogging as a creative hobby at first and never expected to make an income from it.

I found that I loved it even more than my day job and just kept learning as much as I could about every aspect of it.

To motivate myself, I told myself that once I could consistently earn more on my blog than my day job income, I would quit my day job. I retired from my day job last year.

I stay motivated by continuing to learn new skills and hone older skills. The job is always changing and never gets boring.

Ryan Lowery, Ketogenic

It boils down to the community.

Developing content isn’t easy. We spend hours and hours creating infographics, writing articles, and creating video content each week.

However, every story we hear and all of the feedback we get back from people on how this information has helped change their life — that what makes us keep going.

Vivica Menegaz, The Nourished Caveman

My nutrition practice and the needs of my patients.

Luis Villasensor, Ketogains

The results from our clients and members.

Libby, Ditch the Carbs

I receive emails every single day from readers who have transformed their life through low-carb nutrition.

I have helped more people in the last 4 years regain their health via my website than in the last 25 years as a pharmacist dispensing their medication.

I am inspired each and every day by the people in my free support group who completely turn their life around.

There are even two babies who were born to women who were told they were infertile because of hormonal issues, which were resolved when they addressed their insulin resistance (caused by a high-carb diet).

Antya Markin, Queen Keto

The keto lifestyle can be simple. Think meat, fish, cheese, eggs, fibrous veggies, some fruit.

But most people miss the delicious, albeit terrible, foods they used to eat, so I set about recreating classic dishes that have been healthified and low-carbified, such as pasta, gnocchi, pizza, cakes, biscuits, etc.

I have an Italian heritage, so many of my re-inventions are based on high-end patisserie and real Italian traditional foods.

There are many keto recipe bloggers out there, but I guess I bring a different keto experience to discerning readers who want more than the usual bacon poppers or zoodles with marinara sauce.

Lisa MarcAurele, Low Carb Yum

I actually stopped blogging a couple years after I started the sugarfreelowcarbrecipes.com website (which is what Low Carb Yum started out as).

Then, a couple years later, I realized that my posts were being shared and helping a lot of people make it through a low carb lifestyle.

So what motivates me to keep it going is the feedback from the audience on how they have improved their health with the help of my blog.

Kalyn Denny, Kalyn’s Kitchen

One of the things that inspires me most is the frequent comments and e-mails I get from readers who tell me they are losing weight using my recipes.

That kind of communication always makes my day and inspires me to keep going!

Elizabeth McDowell, Meat Free Keto

The veg keto community is absolutely amazing. Every kind email, comment, direct message or random shout-out made me realize how many people are actually using these recipes and really keeps me motivated and inspired.

Plus, it’s food and health, which are two of my favorite subjects.

Megan Ellam, Mad Creations

I am very passionate about the ketogenic lifestyle and really it is my followers that help keep me motivated.

Without their support and feedback, it would be a lot harder

Kim, Low Carb Maven

I find motivation in my love to cook and create in the kitchen, but I have to do it spontaneously or it isn’t fun.

Many bloggers have their editorial calendars planned months in advance. I find planning stifles me. I need to wing-it or it feels like a job.

I’m inspired by regional cuisine, my mother’s recipes, and my taste buds.

Cristina Curp, The Castaway Kitchen

I truly stand behind what I do. Cooking, recipe writing they are my hobbies, but helping people is my passion.

Finding my voice and really connecting with others and inspiring them is what has kept me going.

Lezlee Parrish, The Lazy Keto

Honestly, it’s the community that keeps me going. Everyone is so supportive of one another and it’s just so inspiring to me.

Elviira Krebber, Low Carb, So Simple

I think the simple answer is that I just love blogging so much!

I love to develop recipes, write text and shoot photos & videos. It also makes me happy and inspired that people like my recipes so much.

Dr. Adam Nally, DocMuscles

Engagement with audience

Chris Bair, Keto Chow

Dunno, I just keep posting whatever new and interesting comes along!

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Hot! Seven of Chris’s Keto Chow flavors are sold out. Bookmark our free Blogger’s Guide to Selling Online to get information on how to sell your own products online.

 

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What do you think had the biggest impact on making your blog a success?

Lezlee Parrish, The Lazy Keto

Probably the simplicity of my recipes.

I hate finding a good meal idea online only to find it requires 10+ ingredients and some you may have never even heard of! So I strive to make my recipes as simple as possible. Hence, The Lazy Keto!

Keto doesn’t have to be difficult to be a success.

Luis Villasensor, Ketogains

Keeping it evidence and science-based.

Chris Bair, Keto Chow

Well, it was pretty small until I started using my blog to document product development of Keto Chow. It’s something I’m passionate about so it just kinda happened organically.

Kim, Low Carb Maven

I can’t attribute my success to any one thing. I think that persistence (publishing regularly), continuing to improve (photography, styling, writing, SEO), and befriending bloggers in my niche have all contributed greatly.

Antya Markin, Queen Keto

Number 1: PASSION!. Number 2: TIME!

A lot of time was needed to start the blog site from scratch, especially as I had no prior web knowledge or help from anyone.

Nowadays most of my time is devoted to my recipe development, sourcing new low-carb products, testing, etc. etc.

I work totally on my own and do absolutely everything, including site maintenance and photography.

It can be overwhelming at times. I couldn’t do any of it if I had a ‘day’ job. My keto-husband has got used to it – he loves being my initial tester.

Kyndra Holley, Peace, Love and Low Carb

Being authentic and genuine with my readers. I believe that transparency is the key to connection.

Instead of only sharing the highlight reel of my life and weight loss journey, I shared the good, the bad, and the ugly, in an attempt to help people feel less alone.

Being candid and staying true to my integrity, mission, vision, and values, has been key.

Libby, Ditch the Carbs

Integrity. I refuse sponsored posts so I can remain independent and trusted.

This was a difficult financial decision to make, but I believe my reputation is key to my amazing readers placing their trust in me.

Megan Ellam, Mad Creations

Consistency and determination. I plan each week with everything from marketing, recipes, social media and track my conversions to see what works well and what doesn’t.

Lisa MarcAurele, Low Carb Yum

The popularity of the keto diet in recent years has certainly had the biggest impact on the success of Low Carb Yum. And, all the success stories of my readers in their weight loss journeys has certainly kept the momentum of the site going.

Elizabeth McDowell, Meat Free Keto

I think perseverance is the main thing. I’ve been blogging for over 6 years now but it definitely took some time to get going.

Dr. Adam Nally, DocMuscles

Consistency providing answers.

Cristina Curp, The Castaway Kitchen

Connecting with like-minded bloggers and brands. It’s really hard to grow your audience without the help of friends.

Fostering authentic relationships with brands and bloggers, supporting each other. Teamwork makes the dream work.

Stacey Crawford, Beauty and the Foodie

I think that continually learning and not being afraid to fail at new projects, and being willing to fail at something until you get better at it has been the key to success.

Ryan Lowery, Ketogenic

Being authentic and transparent. Our goal is to protect and help this community as much as possible.

We haven’t sold anything in three years. Our goal is to help foster this conversation and bring people together.

The ketogenic community has always been supportive and the Ketogenic.com team feeds off of that energy

Vivica Menegaz, The Nourished Caveman

Networking with other bloggers in my niche, bloggers are amazingly talented and resourceful people.

Elviira Krebber, Low Carb, So Simple

Decidation. Taking the trouble. Walking the walk.

The readers know that they get very carefully developed and high-quality recipes when they browse my blog.

It’s a whole experience with all those mouth-watering photos, clear instructions, text, and videos.

Kalyn Denny, Kalyn’s Kitchen

I started Kalyn’s Kitchen when I had lost weight following the South Beach Diet, and at that time there wasn’t another popular site in that same niche.

When South Beach became less popular, I quickly changed my site to focus on all types of carb-conscious eating plans, and I think the ability to sort recipes by the type of diet you’re following is one thing that has kept the blog popular all these years.

Lisa’s recipe videos are featured on YouTube and on her Low Carb Yum blog. Shot from above, these appealing videos feature upbeat music and no talking. Viewers on YouTube will find a link to the recipe placed below the video.

 

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What lesson about blogging do you wish you’d known before starting out?

Cristina Curp, The Castaway Kitchen

That you have to learn Pinterest and SEO to monetize.

I was really late in the game in optimizing those two and I’ve had to play catch up.

Ryan Lowery, Ketogenic

It took us a while to figure out the impact of video content.

We put out a ton of infographics and articles, but videos allow people to connect on a whole other level that I think we could have started earlier.

Stacey Crawford, Beauty and the Foodie

I wish I had invested in classes and learned to use my camera sooner in my blogging career.

Sometimes my being frugal does hold me back.

I just didn’t want to invest money in my blog until it was making money. But I would have benefitted from the knowledge sooner.

Megan Ellam, Mad Creations

Find your target market and cater to them. My way isn’t always right.

After looking at who I was aiming to capture the attention of and changing my style my business took off in a positive direction.

Libby, Ditch the Carbs

It’s tough! You have to be the writer, photographer, developer, email marketer, author, researcher, financial controller, social media whiz, and the coordinator of all things.

Lezlee Parrish, The Lazy Keto

Oh, my! it is definitely a full-time job!

When I started out I never wanted to be one of those blogs/accounts that doesn’t respond to anyone. So, I strive to make time to reply to messages and comments.

We’re all here to help and learn from each other, so I try my best to always be available.

Luis Villasensor, Ketogains

How to engage the audience more properly.

Chris Bair, Keto Chow

Get a scalable/performant platform, learn how to take good photos.

Kim, Low Carb Maven

Having a food blog is more than taking a picture and writing a recipe.

It’s important to make connections with your readers. I don’t have a large personality or share much about myself or family in posts, but I manage to connect with readers in comments, on Facebook, and in Newsletters.

This builds trust and repeat traffic.

Dr. Adam Nally, DocMuscles

Importance of writing regularly.

Antya Markin, Queen Keto

Firstly, I wish I had started out with an SSL certificate for the blog. Instead, I will soon have to embark on a demanding and challenging technical conversion and I’m not looking forward to it.

Secondly, I wish I had invested time to learn about photography before I dived in. I’m still rubbish at it, but I’m getting better. Some of my earlier recipe photos are cringe-worthy!

Lisa MarcAurele, Low Carb Yum

I wish I knew about search engine optimization and the importance of good quality photos when I first got started.

Elviira Krebber, Low Carb, So Simple

It takes time to get known. At some point, I was already about to throw in the towel but I’m glad I didn’t!

The success came with time and constant devotion.

Kalyn Denny, Kalyn’s Kitchen

It took me a long time to realize that you don’t have to do everything other bloggers do to be a success.

Now I give myself permission to do it my way, and I’m much happier and still plenty successful.

Elizabeth McDowell, Meat Free Keto

Don’t get caught up in metrics and start judging the success of your blog based on views/visitors/comments.

Obsessively checking your visits every two hours doesn’t really accomplish anything in the end (I’ve been there). Just keep chugging along.

Kyndra Holley, Peace, Love and Low Carb

I wish I would have started to learn more about SEO earlier on.

You leave a lot of money on the table when you are not appeasing the Google gods. I just didn’t know any better because everything I have done to build my blog has been self-taught.

Vivica Menegaz, The Nourished Caveman

How to delegate and hire the right help.

 

Libby’s blog also features YouTube video embeds. This one is her “channel trailer” – a video that introduces viewers to her blog and low-carb diets.

 

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Best advice would you give a new blogger?

Kyndra Holley, Peace, Love and Low Carb

Don’t give up!

If you really want to do this as a profession, or even as a passion project, or side hustle, you have to treat it like it is a career while it is still a hobby.

Just keep going!

Kalyn Denny, Kalyn’s Kitchen

The food blogging field is so crowded with talented people that it’s more important than ever to pick a niche you’re passionate about and stick with it.

Vivica Menegaz, The Nourished Caveman

To focus on a specific niche, being too generic does not work in blogging.

Dr. Adam Nally, DocMuscles

Just start writing about what you love and then don’t give up.

Chris Bair, Keto Chow

Find something you’re passionate about, interested in, and are going to stick with so your blog doesn’t have 15 posts and then just lay there dormant for a few years collecting dust!

Lisa MarcAurele, Low Carb Yum

Spend the time to learn all you can before jumping in.

It isn’t as easy as just writing a post a few times a week. There’s a lot of technical things that happen behind the scenes as well as learning how to promote content so that your target audience actually sees the site.

And, it’s a lot of work to get traffic to a blog so be prepared to put a lot of hours in. However, it can be very rewarding once you’ve passed that initial stage.

Lezlee Parrish, The Lazy Keto

Just to be present and put out content. Whether it’s big or small, fancy or simple. It will be helpful to someone. Even if it’s just one, it’s all worth it.

Luis Villasensor, Ketogains

Read, learn, and always stay in the loop of the latest topics of your sphere of influence.

Antya Markin, Queen Keto

Read. Learn. Practice. Ask questions. Prepare. Make time. Enjoy.

Elizabeth McDowell, Meat Free Keto

Stay passionate! It’s this fire and joy for the subject at hand that will keep your blog interesting and worth visiting.

If you find yourself becoming bored with the subject matter, then your readers will be as well. Give yourself a break and find an angle that inspires you to post about.

Megan Ellam, Mad Creations

Plan what you want to achieve in the first 12 months.

With a clear picture, focus, and monthly goals you can achieve whatever it is you want to achieve.

Kim, Low Carb Maven

Establish a supportive network of bloggers in your niche who are blogging at the same level or a little higher than you.

You can learn a lot from each other and help one another grow.

Libby, Ditch the Carbs

There is no quick answer to anything in blogging — every problem requires time or money. You just have to choose which one.

Elviira Krebber, Low Carb, So Simple

Be prepared to post to your blog consistently and for a long time before you see the success. Consistency is the key!

Appreciate your readers by providing them high-quality content consistently.

Stacey Crawford, Beauty and the Foodie

Don’t be scared to learn something new and don’t be afraid to fail.

Everyone fails and tris again until something works.

Try to invest in yourself and your blog a little (what you can afford) by taking online classes or worshops.

Cristina Curp, The Castaway Kitchen

Be authentic. The internet, social media… it’s flooded with curated content.

You can create beautiful content while still staying true, being real and connecting with people. Don’t sell out.

Ryan Lowery, Ketogenic

Find something you are passionate about and document it.

Be authentic and transparent — the world will see through you if you aren’t.

Ryan Lowery of Ketogenic interviews Cristina Curp of The Castaway Kitchen. Interviews conducted using Skype or Google Hangouts may display some visual latency, but it’s a popular format nonetheless. 

Final Notes and Resources

A big thank you to our interviewees, who persevered to accomplish more than they imagined was possible.

We encourage you to visit and become familiar with their blogs. You’ll learn so much by experiencing their work first-hand.

Key Takeaways

Our bloggers were motivated by their own personal experiences to make success on the ketogenic/low-carb path easier and more enjoyable for others.

Some of their creative ideas included:

  • Providing quick-start guides to help newbies get onboard with the diet.
  • Making it easier to maintain the diet by providing quick and delicious recipes or, in Chris’s case, grab-and-go shakes.
  • Creating a connection and two-way conversation with readers via comments, social media interaction, forums, and opportunities to share testimonials.

Regarding your own blog — no matter the topic — ask yourself: “What might make my target audience’s life easier or more enjoyable?”

Next Action Steps

Ever think of selling your own products online like our keto bloggers do?

Whether it’s a downloadable book, a shake mix, or a fabulous sauce, our free Blogger’s Guide to Selling Online can give you a jumpstart for success.

Pick up additional tips from our interviews with top food bloggerstop travel bloggers, and top craft bloggers.

Learn everything you need to know about video via the YouTube Creators’ Academy. (Guess what? It’s free.)

Let us know how you’re doing with your blog by leaving a comment.

We’re here to help and we can’t wait to see what you create.

Sherrie is a former magazine editor and marketing executive who helps small businesses identify and solve their biggest digital problems. That includes helping clients discover the power of a good blog.