Using Pinterest to Build Blog Traffic and Trust

Every food blogger wants to increase the traffic to their site. And one of the strategies we are constantly told to employ is to find and promoting that elusive, "Viral Pin". You know the one. It's the Pin that's going to go global and send your blog traffic through the roof. Unfortunately, the … [Read more...]

10 Tips to Improve Your Pinterest Traffic

People email me and ask me all the time about my secrets to using Pinterest so I've finally put together my top 10 tips for using Pinterest based on what has worked for me over the past few years. Trust me when I say there is no magic formula, or quick way to getting thousands of followers. If there … [Read more...]

How to Start a Food Blog – a three-easy-step guide

How to Start a Food Blog - a three-easy-step guide to help you start your food blog. Learn how to register your domain, signup with Bluehost and install wordpress. All in three easy steps! If you're reading this, you've probably decided that it's time for you to start a food blog. You love to … [Read more...]

Should You Watermark Your Pictures

This is a topic I've been contemplating a lot and have been going back and forth before I finally made a decision I'm sticking with. I started out not wanting to spend the time to watermark all photographs, but then I realized that as my blog was becoming more and more popular that my pictures were … [Read more...]

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

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, … [Read more...]

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, … [Read more...]

What is Composition?

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 constantly. Having said that, it doesn't mean I … [Read more...]

ZipList Recipe Plugin

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 version of EasyRecipe plugin I was using was … [Read more...]

10 Simple Ways To Build Traffic To Your Blog

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 pictures, but if it has no traffic, it might discourage … [Read more...]

Food Bloggers Love Affair with Food Porn Sites

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 way. I've been holding off a bit to write about this … [Read more...]