To Captcha Or Not To Captcha

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 about this in a bit, but for now, let me explain … [Read more...]

Photography Basics II

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 look inside to see if there are pictures and if … [Read more...]

Adding Google Analytics to Your Blog

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 it as a hobby and they do it for themselves. But … [Read more...]

Speed Up Your Blog with WordPress Super Cache

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 to handle all the requests. This is not something … [Read more...]

Themes Make Your Blog Pretty

If you're serious about food blogging, then you want to design a blog that is attractive, easy on the eyes and makes your blog easy to navigate. A theme is a collection of files that work together to produce a graphical interface to unify a design for your blog. It has become increasingly easier to … [Read more...]

Pinterest – The King of All Social Media

Pinterest has probably been a God-send to a lot of bloggers. Earlier in the beginning of the year I didn't even know what Pinterest was. I had heard of it, but I didn't get it. And then something happened. Something that probably has happened to a lot of food bloggers. I had a recipe, sex in a pan, … [Read more...]

Photography Basics

One of the biggest learning experiences I've had through this journey, is learning about photography. I had never before thought twice about how pictures turned out, or about lighting and composition. When I first started my blog I didn't even think about photography and you can probably still find … [Read more...]

WordPress Plugins for Food Bloggers – A Must

The reason wordpress is so easy to use is because there are thousands of plugins available. A plugin is a program or set of functions that add specific features to your blog therefore allowing you to create complex and interactive blogs with no programming knowledge. Plugins will make your life … [Read more...]

Monetizing Your Blog – An Introduction

So you have your blog created, you have a few posts up, you're getting decent traffic and you are ready to take it to the next level. Let's not kid ourselves. We all hope that we can create a very successful blog that will eventually bring in enough income that will enable us to retire early and … [Read more...]

SEO – Search Engine Optimization

In a previous post I talked about how to drive traffic to your food blog through food porn websites. Another major way to get traffic to your blog is google. This is probably the one you should focus on the most. Ultimately you want google to find your blog when someone searches for a recipe that … [Read more...]