How to get more traffic to your blog, lessons from The Matrix

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The Matrix holds a special place in my heart. It was the first rated R movie that I saw. I can remember it like it was yesterday…

The year was 1999. My brother was nice enough to let me go with him to his friend’s house, where a few “older kids” were hanging out for the afternoon. I was 13 at the time and my brother and his friends were 16. They were trying to decide what to do when one of the guys said, “Hey! I rented The Matrix last night, we should watch it!” He proceeded to pull the movie (a VHS rental from Movie Gallery, of course) out of his backpack.

My brother, being the good brother that he is, let the guys know that I’m not allowed to watch rated R movies. There was a collective groan from the guys and I immediately felt like a middle schooler kid in a group of high schoolers (which I was).

In an effort to gain some dignity I said; “Wait! Maybe Mom and Dad will let me watch it. I’ll call and ask them.”

Phone: Ring ring ring…

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Have you ever Googled one of your recipes and been disappointed with how the result is displayed in Google (if it even displays at all)? This happens for one of two reasons:

  1. Google has decided to show your post that way.
  2. You haven’t set things up correctly on your blog.

You can’t do much about #1. Even if your blog is perfectly formatted Google might still decide that they’re going to leave out certain information from a search result. Google does as Google pleases. There’s not much you can do about it except make sure that you’re not falling victim to #2.

There is something that you can do about #2, as there are multiple components that factor into the ideal, rich search result for food bloggers. None of them are complicated, but they do require some time to set them up properly.

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One of the most important plugins for a food blogger is a recipe plugin. Recipes are at the core of most food blogs, so as a food blogger, you’ll want to make sure you’re publishing your recipes in a way that’s helpful for your readers and for search engines to understand.

And a good recipe plugin will do both!

We’re going to cover a few different things in this article to help you choose the best recipe plugin for your blog:

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When you want to start a food blog, one of the most important first decisions you need to make is which platform you’re going to use to build your blog.

If you think of your food blog like your cell phone, your blogging platform acts like an operating system (iOS, Android, etc.). You need a place for your content – your posts, your images, your pages – to live. And that place is your blogging platform (also called a Content Management System or CMS).

There are a bunch of different options available to bloggers these days, but we prefer WordPress. It’s what we use for our food blog, Pinch of Yum, and it’s actually the platform we use to run this membership site.

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Are you creating videos for your blog posts? If so, you probably want to share them on social media.

Videos can be shared on pretty much every social media platform, which is great for getting the most out of the videos you’re producing.

But it can also be a bit confusing because there are different recommendations for each platform. Between the videos you share on Instagram Stories and on the Facebook Feed, the recommended dimensions can vary quite a bit.

Luckily, we have your back. 😊 This post will be constantly updated with new recommendations so you can be confident you’re sharing the right kind of video to each social platform.

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Hello! Team FBP! Back with another brand new food blogging course we know you’re going to love.

One of the biggest trends in food blogging these past few months is republishing old content, i.e. taking previously published posts and making them stronger and more optimized so that they rank higher in search results and are more helpful for your readers.

That’s why we’re excited to announce the release of our new course, Republishing Content!

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Hello, friends! Happy [almost] March! ☘️

March is an interesting month for search trends. It seems like there really is no rhyme or reason for some of the recipes readers are searching for in March, but with a little creativity, you can serve your readers some mouthwatering eats that are perfect for this time of year.

Ready? Let’s dive in.

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