Adding Google Authorship To Your Food Blog And Why Google Authorship Is Important

Google Authorship

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Why is Google Authorship Important?

Recently you may have noticed when doing searches in google that sometimes you see the author’s picture next to the search result so hopefully you’ve already caught on to the importance of Google Authorship. Google is constantly improving their search algorithms, and with their latest Panda and Penguin updates google is making talented writers more important. Google is trying to reward good content writers instead of rewarding websites with weak content and unnatural link building. The important thing to remember is that it all boils down to bringing more traffic to your blog. It is believed that a person is more likely to click on a link on the search results page if the author’s picture is displayed. [Continue reading]

A Look Back at 2012 and Lessons Learned for JoCooks.com

Happy 2013 everyone! I thought it’d be appropriate to write this article about the lessons learned during 2012 for jocooks.com and some statistics.

2012 was indeed a good year for jocooks.com. It was its 2nd year and the blog blossomed and brought in a decent income. The traffic was amazing, mostly due to Pinterest and to my sex in a pan recipe which went viral beyond belief. Here’s a comparison of jocooks.com for year 2011 vs 2012. [Continue reading]

What is Composition?

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Composition is the bane of my existence when it comes to photography. It's the one thing I struggle over and over when taking pictures. I've mentioned this before over and over that I'm not an artistic person at all, and I struggle with composition … [Continue reading]

ZipList Recipe Plugin

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If you're a food blogger you will probably want to use a recipe plugin. There are a few good recipe plugins around, such as EasyRecipe or ZipList Recipe. They are both great, I have used them both but I ended up choosing ZipList only because the … [Continue reading]

10 Simple Ways To Build Traffic To Your Blog

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Once you have a blog and you have a few posts on it, you're going to want to bring lots of traffic to it. This is probably the biggest challenge any blogger will have. You could have the best looking blog out there, with the most gorgeous food … [Continue reading]

Food Bloggers Love Affair with Food Porn Sites

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Is it love or is it hate? I think it's a little bit of both. We love them when our pictures get accepted and we hate them when our pictures get rejected. They can be your best friend or they can be your enemy. Or at least it feels that … [Continue reading]

To Captcha Or Not To Captcha

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I say ditch the Captcha! And I'll tell you why. Up until a few days ago, literally a few days ago, I was using Captcha on my blogs. Even with Captcha some spam comments would get through and I'd have to delete them. I'll get into a bit more detail … [Continue reading]

Photography Basics II

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I am not a photographer. Nor do I pretend to be one. Before my food blog I hardly ever took any pictures. But with food blogging I realized that the two go hand in hand. I need to take pictures of my food, because when I buy a cookbook myself I … [Continue reading]

Adding Google Analytics to Your Blog

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Here I talked about the importance of using a tool such as Google Analytics. If you don't have an analytics tool, how would you ever know how your blog is performing. So if you don't care about your blog's performance that's fine, some people just do … [Continue reading]

Speed Up Your Blog with WordPress Super Cache

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Before I had installed this plugin on www.jocooks.com and when it started having a lot of visitors, that's when the blog started to crash often. By crashing I mean someone goes to visit your blog they get an error pages because the server is too busy … [Continue reading]