17 Epic Website To Drive Traffic To Your Food Blog

Driving Traffic to your food blog may appear difficult but it isn't if you strive to engender conversation in most of the communities listed below.

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1.      Google+
Google plus is an awesome site where you can post   photos or the latest article about your recipe.


While not everyone has an audience active on Google+, the number of people who interact socially with any Google products on a monthly basis now reportedly exceeds 500 million.


One advantage of Google+ is that apart from social traffic, Google provides bloggers with  opportunity to interact with their audience through many fronts. This includes You-tube, and your blog-if you install G+.


Though authorship seems to have died, Google still offers you the opportunity to get your photos seen on search engine if you have an active G+ PAGE.


Google plus also helps build the ranking of your site if you are able to draw engagement on the platform.


2.      Google + Communities


Communities are a great way to connect and share your photos with people who have similar interest as you. To succeed, you need to engage with others in the platform. There are lots of people who just blast their post links. This doesn’t encourage engagement and you won’t be able to drive the traffic you seek. Below is a list of Google plus recipe sharing communities-some are based on food types. Others are based on localities. Do yourself a favour and join those groups that ryhmes with your niche.


https://plus.google.com/communities/109106790856005400028 Singapore and Malaysian Food Community


3.  Pinterest

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Pinterest is another awesome site where you can boost engagement. It’s reported to have a huge life span than twitter and facebook.


According to Heather, in Pinning Down Your Pinterest Strategy you need to do the following:
  • “Make it easy for your readers and users to share your posts, photos, and recipes”. To achieve this you need to get a pin share button-you can do this through WP Ultimate Recipe or a wordpress plug-in.
  • “Create boards that reflect your expertise”
  • “Keep your pinboards full”-this makes it visually appealing.


Other Pinterest Tips


-          Engage on pinterest
-          Images, images, images
-          Create lifestyle related boards
-          Create a blog board
-          Celebrate your customers by re-pinning their pins
-          Ensure your blog makes it easy to post pins
-          Make a content board
-          Use articles pins


4.        Pepper Plate



Pepper plate gives you the option of adding recipes directly from your browser. You can visit http://www.pepperplate.com/bookmarklet.aspx


5 Tasty Kitchen


As you should know, for one to get the best out of any site that has a community –it is said that it’s best to set aside time to fraternize with the community. In saying this, it is however necessary to note that there are just 24hrs in a given day. Hence, going all out to engage with the entire listed site can be overwhelming. Hence there is need to focus on few sites where you can engage and drive the most benefit.


Tasty kitchen is a vibrant community that wants to share your treasured recipes with everyone. For you to enter your recipe, simply click on the button on the right side of the page that reads (Submit a Recipe and Join the Fraternal Order of The Mitt)


When you do this you would be taken to the add a recipe page, where you can enter your recipe information.


If the recipe is from a blog post ensure you insert the specific list of the blog post and select the appropriate category.




6.         Fridgg



Unlike other food porn sites, you don’t have to be a food blogger to submit photos. The photos required are larger than the usual 250 by 250 photo formats used on other sites.


To get the best out of Fridgg;


-          Post a photo of food
-          Ensure the photos are clear and have nice styling
-          Share your photos on social media platform


7.         Delicious – How To Use Delicious To Drive Traffic


Delicious is a social bookmarking site. In order to get the best out of delicious-do the following:


  • Write great headlines that will make users click on them
  • Write great description: a great title with poor description may reduce click through rate
  • Use tag that increase the chances of your article being people are most likely going to search for articles based on tags. For example if you deal on Chinese foods. Ensure your tags include Chinese foods.
  • Make friends: building a network of friends on delicious can increase the chances of them sharing your content.
  • Install the delicious widget on your blog. So that people who use delicious as bookmarking tool can be able to share your content on the platform.


8.        How to Use Scoop.it (Use Content Curation To Drive Traffic)


Scoop.it is a content curation site and by curation- I mean a site where you can share your content and other people’s great content.


To get the best out of scoop.it you need to focus on a niche. So for those who are in the food niche, you can even drill down-like you can create a scoop.it page to curate articles from Chinese food.


Best Practices To Drive Traffic Using Scoop.it


  • Drill Your Niche-This I have mentioned earlier.
  • Use Keywords: For Food Bloggers, it could be vegetarian food, Chinese food, Japanese Food.After setting up your page-to set up your new sources.-simply enter your keywords into the search box.
  • Install the scoop.it app
  • Use the advanced option to add in various personalized new sources such as RSS feed, twitter accounts, Google blog search.


Build a Following-How?


  • Simply follow others in your niche
  • Suggest your content to those who already drive traffic to their site
  • But when you do, ensure the content is awesome. In doing this don’t be selfish. Suggest other awesome content in that niche.


For Further Reading check: Use Content Curation To Drive More Traffic


8.         My Taste: is an RSS feed site hence you can simply drive traffic by submitting your RSS Feed.


9. Youtube


Youtube is an awesome site to drive traffic, it’s a great way for you to show your personality. And it’s a way to showcase your talent and skill on a global scale.


According to Kissmetrics-Youtube is the second largest search engine after Google with a staggering 4 billion videos viewed every single day. This goes to show that you-tube is an important platform. To get the best out of Youtube, do the following:


i.                    Optimize your video meta data


  • To do this: Title your video correctly
  • Make use of your video description. Insert your url in the video and aim for a 250 word description.
  • Add tags to your videos. Ensure the keywords tags are relevant to your video.


ii.                  Organize Your Videos into Playlist


Ensure you also do a detailed description of the playlist. With 5000 words to play with you have a chance to wow


iii.                Make Use of Annotation


Annotation allows you to add comments or to insert a call to action.


For Further Reading: Create a You Tube Traffic Jam with These 4 Simple Optimization Tip


iv.                 Brand The Page


v.                   Use This Intro
“Hi my name is (your name) and in this video you will learn. (What you will teach them)
According to Scott Bradley, once you hook them with this phase if they are really interested in what they will learn, they will stay to the end.


vi.                 Create Transcript


For Further reading




10. Food Gawker:

Getting your picture accepted on Food Gawker can be damn hard but not impossible. One of the ways for you to become successful is that you must be ready to deal with rejection, but getting your photos accepted is good as the traffic windfall can be awesome. If you have the challenge getting your photo on the site; the following articles could help solve the problem by half.
  • How To Submit Photos Food Gawker and Tasty Spotting
  • Learning to love food Gawker


Below are highlights of the tips:


  • Ensure there is plenty of light in the room-shoot the food during the day-keep your food in a shade
  •  Ensure the camera is focused on the main part of the dish.
  • Stand some distance from the food
  • Ensure the composition is not too busy
  • Take many picture from different angles
  • Make sure the white balance is correct
  • Ensure your webpage is properly formatted-this is because site admins check out your website before approving
  • Crop the images


11.       Tastespotting:


Tastespotting is another tough site to get your images listed on. If your photos are however listed on Foodgawker they are most likely going to be accepted.


12.       Reddit


Driving traffic from reddit can be tricky, it requires tact or you can get banned. Hence you need to follow some important reddit rules.


A few include:
  • Know your audience: the typical Redditor

  • Present the article with an interesting title & photo

  • Post in the correct subreddit!

  • Be an active member of Reddit



Further Reading:


-  Below are a List of Food Sub reddit You Can Post Your Recipes or Post




13.   Group Boards on Pinterest:



Group boards are a great way to share your pins with a larger audience.


What Are Pinterest’s Group Boards?


Pinterset group board though similar to your personal group board is different in that other people alongside the board creator  are allowed to pin content. Its just like the Google community.


By participating in this board you can drive traffic to your site especially if you properly engage with other food blogger.


To drive traffic through the board you need to do the following:
Collaborate with others-share others pin, and they will likely share your pin in return.
Focus on relevant niches-joining boards that are not in your niche will bring you little or no traffic, reason being that people are most likely not interested in what you have to pin.


Want to learn how to create a group board read: How To Use Pinterest’s Group Boards To Get More Exposure For Your Business
To find group boards on food, visit pingroupie.com and put in the keyword food in the description tab
14. Facebook


You can share your food post on your facebook wall. Or also create a Page. However to drive traffic to your page you must likely need to do facebook ads. As post that are boosted receive more traffic as a result of greater visibility to the post.


15. Facebook Groups


Facebook groups is similar to Google plus communities and Pinterest board. Below are list of facebook groups. To get a more detailed list check out:




Though traffic on facebook has fallen engagement, networking and collaboration is key to success.


16.  Twitter


Twitter is another place that it is easy to gain a large following and post quickly.
To get the best out of twitter ensure you follow people who are in your niche. You can find their handle when you read the post of other bloggers. Add them, engage with them and they will likely add you. Don’t forget to promote your post using justretweet as  a platform to get your tweets into twitter stream.


Also don’t forget to include your twitter handle in your tweets so that others can easily reach out to you. You can easily reschedule your tweets using Buffer or Hootsuite.
To get the most out of twitter photos read:








–teaches you how to add tags that makes your images from your blog display properly on facebook and twitter


17.  Stumble Upon



Stumble Upon can drive a great amount of traffic to your site. To get the best out of it, ensure you stumble other peoples post, include a stumbleupon share bar on your site, follow others-these way others will follow you, classify your post into interest,and Try StumbleUpon Paid Discovery, Share Content with Su.pr on Other Networks.


Looking out for food recipe site to collaborate with on stumble upon read: http://www.stumbleupon.com/lists/253001669969992848/food


For Further Reading check out:


 


Joining a group that can discover your post on Stumble Upon and share with followers can create a lot of new traffic.  For us newer bloggers, that can be significant exposure.


Conclusion


Driving traffic to your food blog requires dedication, perseverance and building connection. You don’t have to utilize all the above strategy. Just pick a few and run with it.


What other ways have you used to drive traffic to your food blog?


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