Do you submit your blog recipes to food sharing sites? These recipe aggregator sites help recipe creators drive traffic to their own blogs and get their content seen.
As a recipe creator, you can submit your recipes to these food sharing sites, and then these sites will display and feature those recipes. These food sharing sites are all a little different, but submitting your content to them can be part of an effective traffic-building strategy.
These are some of our favorite food sharing sites:
When you think of food sharing sites, Foodgawker probably first comes to mind. It’s one of many “gawker” websites (Stylegawker, Weddinggawker, and Craftgawker are other post aggregate sites!), but Foodgawker is where you’ll want to submit your recipes.
Foodgawker needs to accept your recipe, and they review each photo to make sure that they’re appealing, that the white balance is natural, and the composition is tempting. You can read more about Foodgawker’s criteria and submission guidelines here.
We like Foodgawker because content creators submit links to their recipes, rather than the full recipes themselves. This means that if a Foodgawker user wants your recipe, they’ll need to go to your site to get it.
Pro Tip: When you submit your recipes to Foodgawker, make sure you include an enticing description to help encourage clicks through to your site! Your description will be shown directly under your photo on Foodgawker’s feed.
Fun fact: Tasty Kitchen is actually owned by Ree Drummond, aka. The Pioneer Woman! It’s essentially a social network for food bloggers, meaning you can make some connections with other food bloggers through this site.
One especially cool thing about Tasty Kitchen is that if they really like the recipe you submit, they’ll feature it for a day on their homepage alongside your name and photo. Then, if a reader clicks on your post, they’ll find your recipe and a link back to your blog.
Unlike Foodgawker, Tasty Kitchen requires you to add your entire recipe and instructions when submitting your recipe. That means that your full recipe will live both on your blog and on Tasty Kitchen.
When you’re first starting out with your blog and with food sharing sites, it can be helpful to submit your recipes through Tasty Kitchen; it’s another place to get your name and your content out and in front of readers. That said, it’s possible that the content you submit to Tasty Kitchen will outrank the recipes on your own site, which is something to consider as your traffic grows.
If you create healthier recipes, you may be interested in submitting your recipes to Healthy Aperture! It works very similarly to Foodgawker, as you submit your photos and recipe titles, and readers will need to click through to your own site to actually get the recipe.
Healthy Aperture has a pretty effective filtering system, making it easier for readers to find recipes based on their dietary preferences. If you publish recipes for specific diets, Healthy Aperture is a great place to help get your posts in front the right readers.
Do you publish vegan content? If so, Finding Vegan is a food sharing site that’s not to be missed! It’s a food sharing site created by Kathy Patalsky from healthyhappylife.com, and as you can probably imagine, Finding Vegan is an awesome place for finding and sharing vegan recipes.
Finding Vegan works in the same way that Healthy Aperture and Foodgawker do, so readers will need to click through Finding Vegan to your site to find your recipe. You don’t need to exclusively be a vegan blogger to submit your recipes; if you have a one-off recipe on your blog that’s vegan or “accidentally vegan,” you can submit it on Finding Vegan!
Yummly is a unique food sharing site-meets-personalized recipe aggregator. They have meal planning functionality, the ability to save recipes, and more, so it’s essentially a recipe collection app for readers.
You can add your recipes to Yummly by adding a Yum button to your site (more details here), so if your readers are already using Yummly, it could be a really great way to get your content on the platform.
An important note…
All food sharing sites have different sizing and editing recommendations that you should consider before you submit your recipes to each site.
Luckily, we have a course on Food Blogger Pro about food sharing sites that covers best practices to increase your chances of getting your photos accepted, caption tips, and tagging guidelines! Food Blogger Pro members can check it out here: https://www.foodbloggerpro.com/courses/building-traffic/food-sharing-sites/
Question: Do you have a favorite food sharing site? Let us know in the comments!