Sue Lau wrote:
Sue Lau wrote:
Asking first before I drop a link, but is it ok to put an address to a fb group in here where bloggers and everyone else can feel free to put their photo and a link to the recipe to help publicize it?
It is mostly bloggers but I do accept photos with a link to the recipe as long as the photo belongs to the person and the recipe is linked (don't post the full recipe to one that is not yours, just the link, and x-out any photos on fb that pop up that aren't yours)
Not fishing for members--just trying to offer blogger opportunities. And also ways for nonbloggers to promote their recipes.
I'm definitley interested. I'm trying to find my motivation on the blog, so having some new people check out my recipes could help.
Sometimes I get discouraged. Taking a break can help, and spend your time cleaning up the older pages. It keeps your rank high during a hiatus because to Google, pages with revisions are sort of like new posts. They like it and call it the "freshness factor."
Serious blogging is hard work! It's quite easy to blog a recipe archive, the way we put recipes on Zaar. Quite a different animal to get paid doing it. The social media thing is insane.
Thanks for adding me to your link list. And I agree completely that blogging is hard work. Last year I decided to go for it and try to make some money off of it (after blogging since 2007!). And I did. I've done some sponsored posts and received some free product that I wanted. In fact, I just got an unsolicited email a couple of days ago about doing a sponsored review of a dog harness. They'll send me a free one for my dog to try, my choice, and let me do a giveaway for my readers. And I make a little money every month off Google ads.
But, all of the stuff that goes with promoting your blog and paying attention to SEO has got me burnt out. For the few hundrew dollars a year I make, I could make that easily if I put half of the energy into just picking up one more real estate client. So right now I'm taking the attitude that I don't care what Google wants and how regular I post. I'm not doing the printable recipe cards with the plug-in and not going nuts with promotion. And I'm only posting when I feel like it, which means my categories aren't as evenly distributed and I go weeks between posts. I'm feeling better about it since it is a hobby...and I have no desire to turn it into something that feels like a chore.
I love sharing recipes and having people I know try them and get excited about them. I love sharing pictures of my dog and my foster dogs and my travels. So for now, I'm going to just do what I feel like doing and forget the rest.
Sponsors are probably more interested in social media demographics than SEO. I don't do adsense (don't want it)
If you want a following, though, you should post something at least once a week or people will stop coming. This doesn't have to do with Google but the subscribers you already have.
Google SEO is for growth, not maintenance.
As for product offers, I am not into doing posts for product, especially when it is about unrelated things. I get offers for cook things, but I don't do a post for a testimonial and a free whisk. If they want to include product with the fee, they are welcome to do so. But I don't do posts for products I wouldn't use myself. I turned down being a brand ambassador for companies because I don't like their product. To be honest, I think they just looked at numbers, liked those, but didn't read my blog so are unaware of how ridiculous they sounded.
If I were to do blogs on diverse subjects, I would do that on a different blog to keep the subject/niche as small as possible.