blogging wisdom



The last seven days haven’t offered much in the way of photo ops, so I thought I’d swap out the regular pic-me-up post for a couple more blogging tips. Here we go.

{Recipe Sharing Sites}
As with all beginner blogging, the biggest challenge is always traffic. Luckily for us food bloggers, there are plenty of curated recipe galleries out there to cater to our food-porn needs. So many. We’re an obsessive bunch aren’t we?

I regularly submit my recipe posts to the sites listed below. They’re great for driving traffic and are great places to draw inspiration from. 

  • Foodgawker – Hands down the best for driving traffic. It also happens to be the most selective. My heart sinks every time I read an “Unfortunately, “XX” was not accepted” email. I need to step up my photo game. 
  • Tastespotting – Another one of the recipe-aggregator greats
  • CookieHound – Just for cookies, CookieHound is a newer recipe site. They’re great about tweeting out new additions to their page and will even include shoutouts to the authors.
  • Others: TasteologieSerious Eats, & FoodEpix

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty more options like the ones on this list here. I’ll be adding a few of these to my usual routine. 

{Wordpress Plugins}
WordPress is an incredible thing, and I am so very grateful for the crazy smart developers who make it possible. It’s thanks to their hard work that a html-clueless girl like me can operate a functional website.

I’ve added a dozen or so plugins to my dashboard. I’ll get to all of them eventually, but here are some of the standouts:

  • Akismet – New to blogging? This is the first plugin you should install. It won’t make your page pretty the way an Instagram widget will, but it’s a real lifesaver that will keep your blog clean of spam. You won’t believe the flood of junk comments you’ll have to field without it.
  • Limit Login Attempts – I picked this one up from the good people over at Pinch of Yum. As advertised, the plugin limits the number of tries that someone can take logging into your site. Better safe than sorry.
  • Optimize Data After Deleting Revisions – Every time you upload a new photo, and every time you hit the ‘Save’ or ‘Update’ buttons in WordPress, you’re creating yet another piece of internet evidence that slows down your site. This widget helps delete some of those old revisions to restore some much needed speed. It’s easy to install, customizable and works great on auto-pilot so you can keep your blog slim without lifting a finger. 

That’s it from me for now. This bit of advice focused on all things traffic and maintenance. I promise to share the prettier plugins next time around.

I hope you picked up thing or two. If you haven’t already check out last month’s blogging wisdom, you can do that here. Happy Hump Day!

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