Disclosure: I am NOT being paid to share this info with you, but I am sharing because I have received tons of blog traffic from Yummly and thought others could benefit too. Plus, I want you to Yum my recipes because more yums = more traffic.
Once you have written your out of this world fantastic food blog post and edited your award worthy photos that you know everyone would love if they just knew about it ... the tricky part comes. How do you get it in front of an audience, preferably a food loving audience? Of course you plaster your link all over social media, maybe put it on some blog link ups, but how do you get serious traffic? There are actually lots of places to share your food blog posts, but how do you know which ones will bring the most traffic for a small investment of your time? I have been posting to several food sites for a couple of months and hands down, yummly has brought the most traffic. Plus it is really easy to add your recipe posts to yummly.
It is no secret that bloggers want more blog traffic. After all a blog is a lot of work and it's nice to get paid for all of that work through advertising revenues, affiliate links, and sponsored posts. The tricky part is getting people to come to your site and see your amazing brownie recipe because there are about a gazillion other amazing brownie recipes on the web. How do you compete, especially if you are a newer food blogger?
Of course you have to write interesting and reliable posts. Your recipes must be tried and true recipes and you should include a back story to connect with your readers. You don't just want unique views, you want returning views too.
Another important element is great photographs. Study food photos on Foodgawker and Tastespotting. Once your photos are good enough, consider submitting to these sites, but know that they are both really really picky. Don't feel bad if your photos are rejected. Many of them will be. Read the feedback given for each rejected photo and learn from it. Read books and blog posts about improving your food photography. I have to recommend Tasty Food Photography. It is a resource written by a hugely successful food blogger that has helped improve my photography skills by leaps and bounds. (affiliate link)
So what is yummly anyway?
I created a publisher page on yummly and added a yum button to my blog. It is so easy to yum a recipe using the yum button. Simply click on the yum button at the bottom of my recipe posts and you can yum my recipes too. There is also a yum button in my sidebar, but make sure you are on a recipe page and not the homepage when you hit the yum button. My old recipes don't have the yum button yet and I am very particular with what I yum. I want my publisher page to showcase the best of Home Ec @ Home.
It is easy to create an account and if you are a food blogger, set up a publisher page. I noticed a huge increase in blog traffic within a week of using yummly. It is fun to see the yum number increase for each recipe when others yum them too. It's always nice to see that others appreciate your work and the increased traffic is an added blessing.
So if you are looking to bring more traffic to your food blog, remember content is King, work on your food photography skills, and create a yummly publisher page and yum your recipes. And to all of my amazing and wonderful readers, yum my recipes (pretty please) because more yums = more traffic.
Yummly puts every recipe in the world in your pocket. The most powerful recipe search, the recipe sites you love, your digital recipe box, recipe recommendations just for you, and a smart shopping list - all with you wherever you go. Yummly has the #1 iPhone, iPad and Android apps in addition to millions of website visitors. As recipes get more Yums, they get exposed more often throughout all of our platforms and features.
Linking up at Friendship Friday, Share the Wealth, Oh My Heartsie Girl, Raising Samuels Homeschool, The Mommy Club, Dream Create Inspire, Family Joy , Create with Joy
It has similarities to Pinterest, but I am getting 10 times as much traffic from Yummly as I am from Pinterest. I am mostly using it to drive traffic so far, but will try it for organizing recipes (other than my own) and recipe ideas eventually. So glad you stopped by. I love your videos. I haven't ventured into vlogging yet, but hope to someday.
6/12/2015 03:20:19 am
Hi, Faith and thanks for linking up with Social Butterfly Sunday this week! I have never heard of this before so I will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing :)
6/24/2015 12:50:43 am
I am a new food blogger and I am so glad that I came across your post on the link up party today. I know I will for sure be checking out Yummly this week! Thanks for sharing the info with me. :)
6/24/2015 01:29:29 am
I am glad to share. Yummly is currently my top referring site this month!
6/28/2015 10:41:43 pm
6/29/2015 02:02:33 pm
Glad to share. Your friend could get a lot of traffic from yummly. It's funny some of my old posts are getting a lot of traffic now too, just because they are yummed a lot.
5/8/2017 05:57:09 pm
I love using Yummly! It has definitely brought traffic to my blog. My only problem is sometimes it only pulls part of an image and it's hard to tell what the picture is!
Yes...or it pulls a picture of the process instead of the final product and the picture is not the best. Most of the time it pulls a good picture, but I have had that happen too. It is annoying because I don't know how to change it. When I go back and redo an old post with updated photos, I can't re-yum it with a new better photo. I do wish we had more control as publishers, but it is still a good traffic source.
Girl, you must have been reading my mind! I'm so discouraged with pageview numbers and knew there must be something more I could do. Thanks so much for the post and Thanks for sharing it at the Family Joy Blog Link Party this week! I will be featuring your post next week at the party!
5/13/2017 02:31:22 pm
I love using Yummly too! These are some excellent tips :)
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Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned food blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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