How to Develop Original Recipes

If you write a food blog, chances are you’ve developed countless recipes over the years. Whether an idea for a recipe has come to you in the middle of the night, during a dinner at your favorite restaurant, or from another recipe, you know that this is just the beginning of developing the recipe to be uniquely yours.

With this process can come many different questions. When is a recipe completely your own? What if you run-out of recipe inspiration? What is considered plagiarism? How do you come up with a brand new recipe? Can recipes be copyrighted? Where do you even begin?!

Let’s start with the basics.

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User Controlled Analytics: The 3 Most Important Types of Analytics in Your First Year of Blogging

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Analytics: The discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in data.

Google Analytics is a funny thing. On one hand, it’s a powerful (free!) tool that offers you seemingly limitless data about your blog. On the other hand, it has the potential to be a huge distraction and an emotional roller coaster, as your mood directly reflects the ups and downs of your blog’s traffic.

If you’re new to blogging I recommend that one of the first things you do is install Google Analytics so it can start collecting data right away. After that, however, I’d do whatever you can to check it as little as possible for the first year of blogging.

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How to Use the Yoast FAQ Block

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Yoast SEO is one of the most powerful SEO plugins in the wonderful world of WordPress sites, and an incredibly powerful (and likely underutilized!) feature of the plugin is their FAQ block.

This WordPress block allows you to easily add FAQs (or questions and answers) to your blog posts and pages.

We’ve gotten a lot of questions about the FAQ block on the Food Blogger Pro forums over these past few months, so this blog post will serve as a handy-dandy deep-dive into the ins and outs of using this helpful feature.

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7 Ways to Write Better Recipes as a Food Blogger

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As food bloggers, we’ve honestly got one of the coolest jobs in the world. Because how rewarding is it to create a delicious recipe from scratch and then see others recreate it and enjoy it?

That being said, I know writing recipes can be difficult. While you can have an amazing idea in your head, it’s tricky to get all those thoughts onto paper and communicate them in an effective way to your readers.

Luckily, there are a few easy ways that you can write better recipes as a food blogger. Let’s get into them!

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3 Ways to See Long-Term Success as a Food Blogger

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If you’ve been blogging for any period of time, you’ve probably realized by now that your to-do list is always growing.

Even right now you may be thinking that you need to…

  • Figure out how Pinterest works
  • Learn about shooting recipe videos
  • Find a theme for your blog
  • Create a logo
  • Start sharing content on Instagram and Facebook
  • Learn about food photography
  • Understand SEO and email marketing
  • Establish your brand

… and feel like you should have had ALL of that done rightthisverysecond.

And that’s all on top of creating valuable, helpful, awesome blog content! 🤪

But I have some good news about your to-do list –– you have permission to choose what you do. This is your blog, after all. Just because someone has a podcast, works with brands, and posts 47 times a day on Instagram doesn’t mean that you have to, too.

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5 Tips for Growing a Blog While Working Full-Time

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When you’re first starting out with your blog, chances are you’re juggling a lot of responsibilities at once. And the vast majority of you are growing your blogs while working a separate full-time job!

And let’s be real—blogging takes a lot of time and energy.

It can sometimes feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, but it can feel so rewarding to put the work in and watch your blog grow over time.

If you’re in the phase of juggling your blog with a full-time job, these tips might help you learn how to manage it all just a bit more effectively.

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5 Places to Find Popular and Trending Recipes

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Sometimes inspiration hits. Other times the creative tank is running on E.

Either way the show must go on. A recipe needs to be made and a post needs to be published to your blog.

So where you do go when you’re fresh out of ideas?

Here are five places you can look to find inspiration for popular and trending recipes. Not only will these recipes give you inscription and ideas for creating your own adaptations, but they’ll also give you an idea of recipes that are currently popular or trending.

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6 Essential WordPress Plugins for Food Blogs

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There are currently over 58,000 plugins available that bloggers can use to enhance their WordPress sites (and that’s counting only the free ones).

Whoa. That’s a lot of plugins.

Enough to bring many people into a state that I call analysis paralysis. This is when someone constantly analyzes and researches but never makes a decision.

I’ve fallen victim to it many times.

If someone doesn’t get stuck in analysis paralysis then they’ll probably get stuck in customization craziness. This is the stage after you install the plugin and are presented with a settings or preferences page. Oftentimes victims of customization craziness do Google searches and (sort of) read through tutorials, then make changes that have:

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Top 5 Tips for Food Bloggers on YouTube

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Confession: I am definitely not an expert when it comes to YouTube. 

So, naturally, here I am writing a post about advice on creating food content on YouTube. 🙂

I know it seems a wee bit cray-zee, but I’m a huge believer in the idea of expert enough. As a matter of fact, I’ll go so far as to say that sometimes not being the ultimate expert can actually make you a better teacher (see the above link for reasons why).

So if this isn’t The Expert’s Guide to YouTube, then what is it?

I think a better way to describe this post would be A Look into My Notebook: My Personal Top 5 Tips for Food Bloggers on YouTube

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