242: Social Trends – Pinterest in 2020 with Kate Ahl

An image of a phone with Pinterest pulled up on the screen and the title of the 242nd episode on the Food Blogger Pro Podcast, 'Social Trends.'

Welcome to episode 242 of The Food Blogger Pro Podcast! This week on the podcast, Bjork interviews Kate Ahl talks about using Pinterest in 2020.

Today marks Part 2 of our two-part series on social media in 2020. Last week we focused on Facebook and Instagram, and this week is all about Pinterest.

Pinterest can be a huge traffic-driver for food bloggers. In fact, it’s consistently in one of the top three spots of traffic drivers for food bloggers.

That said, Pinterest is constantly in pursuit of making the platform better for its users, so it changes quite a bit.

That’s why we’re excited to focus on the best practices for Pinterest in 2020 in today’s episode. Kate Ahl is here to give you her recommendations for finding what’s trending on Pinterest, pinning fresh content, writing awesome Pin descriptions, using promoted Pins, and more.

Keep Reading

241: Social Trends – Facebook and Instagram in 2020 with Abby Bayatpour

An image of Instagram on a phone and the title of the 241st episode on the Food Blogger Pro Podcast, 'Social Trends.'

Welcome to episode 241 of The Food Blogger Pro Podcast! This week on the podcast, Alexa interviews Social Media Manager, Abby Bayatpour, about how food bloggers can be promoting their content on Facebook and Instagram this year.

Today’s new episode marks the start of a two-part series here on the podcast, and in this series, we’re focusing on social media in 2020 – i.e. what you, as a blogger, should be focusing on when it comes to promoting your content and your brand on social media this year.

We’re going to focus on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest during this series, and in today’s episode, our incredibly talented Social Media Manager, Abby, will be speaking about Facebook and Instagram trends for food bloggers.

If you’ve ever stared at a social media platform and thought, “What do I post today?”, we think this series will help you form your social strategy for the new year.

Keep Reading

236: Themes – Performance-Focused Designs with Bill Erickson

An image of a computer screen and the title of the 236th episode on the Food Blogger Pro Podcast, 'Themes.'

Welcome to episode 236 of The Food Blogger Pro Podcast! This week on the podcast, Bjork interviews Bill Erickson about the impact your design can have on your blog.

Bill is a WordPress developer, and he’s here today to chat about the impact your site’s design can have on performance and user experience.

Bill works with food blogs quite a bit (Pinch of Yum included), so you’ll really appreciate the advice he gives from a food blogging perspective. From figuring out what fonts to use to understanding how themes and design can impact site speed, this episode is packed with easy-to-understand tips and advice about design.

It’s a really cool interview, kind of different from our norm, but we hope you enjoy it and learn something if you’re pursuing a site redesign this year.

Keep Reading

231: A Better Experience – Building Engagement, Not Just Traffic with Kingston Duffie

An image of a person using a laptop and the title of the 231st episode on the Food Blogger Pro Podcast, 'A Better Experience.'

Welcome to episode 231 of The Food Blogger Pro Podcast! This week on the podcast, Bjork interviews Kingston Duffie about increasing engagement on websites.

If you’ve been around the food blogging industry for the past few years, you’ve probably heard the word “engagement” more than any other metric. And that’s because brands, bloggers, and creators are putting a greater emphasis on engagement, even over other KPIs or metrics like pageviews or followers.

And that’s why Kingston is here today! His company, Slickstream, is aimed at increasing engagement on bloggers’ sites. And if you’ve visited our sister site, Pinch of Yum, lately, chances are you’ve seen Slickstream in action. Heck, you might have even used Slickstream without even knowing.

This is a really interesting interview focusing on ways that you can increase engagement on your own site–enjoy!

Keep Reading

229: Email Marketing – Strategies for Bloggers with Allea Grummert

An image of a computer and a camera and the title of the 229th episode on the Food Blogger Pro Podcast, 'Email Marketing.'

Welcome to episode 229 of The Food Blogger Pro Podcast! This week on the podcast, Bjork talks to Allea Grummert about how bloggers can level-up their email marketing.

What comes to mind when you hear the words, “email marketing”? Is it something you’re excited about? Or is it “yet another thing” you have to figure out?

Whatever your relationship with email is, you’ll learn so much from this episode. Allea is here to talk all about email marketing strategies for bloggers and to take you through her six-step process for implementing a successful email marketing strategy.

We’re so excited for you to check out this episode, and if you listen all the way through, you’ll find out how you can schedule a free 30-minute strategy call with Allea!

Keep Reading

225: Your Questions Answered – Bjork Answers Your Blog Monetization, Content, and Social Questions

An image of cards with questions marks on them and the title of the 225th episode on the Food Blogger Pro Podcast, 'Your Questions Answered.'

Welcome to episode 225 of The Food Blogger Pro Podcast! This week on the podcast, Bjork answers some questions from a recent member Live Q&A.

This is an exciting podcast episode because it will give you a taste of what it’s like to be a Food Blogger Pro member!

We hold an exclusive Live Q&A with our members every single month, and during those Q&As, members can ask Bjork, Lindsay, and/or our experts any questions they have about blogging. In this episode of the podcast, Bjork takes some of the questions we didn’t get to during our most recent Live Q&A and answers them for our FBP Podcast fam. He answers some of our members’ questions about video, ads, social media, and monetization today.

Live Q&A days are always some of our favorite days of the month, and we’re so excited to be able to give you a sneak peek into how these member-only events work. Enjoy!

Keep Reading

223: Full Potential – Extracting All of the Juice from Your Content with Bjork Ostrom

An image of oranges and the title of the 223rd episode on the Food Blogger Pro Podcast, 'Full Potential.'

Welcome to episode 223 of The Food Blogger Pro Podcast! This week on the podcast, Bjork talks about the importance of a post log and how you can create one for your own blog.

As bloggers, we’re creating new content all the time. But what about your older content, the unsung heroes of your content catalog? Are you getting all of the “juice” out of them that you possibly can?

This episode focuses on juicing your older content for all that it’s worth, and one of the ways to do that is by having a post log. Pinch of Yum uses their post log to track and document specific post updates, and you’ll learn how you can make one for your own blog.

Keep Reading

221: Live – Bjork Goes Live to Answer Your Blogging Questions

An image of a computer and the title of Bjork Ostrom’s Instagram Live episode on the Food Blogger Pro Podcast, 'Live.'

Welcome to episode 221 of The Food Blogger Pro Podcast! This week on the podcast, Bjork goes live on Instagram to answer your questions about blogging.

One of our favorite things about working with a community for food bloggers is connecting with that community.

When we were thinking about ways we could connect with our podcast community, we quickly figured out that it’s difficult to connect with your podcast listeners. Podcast episodes are typically made up of two distinct “sides” — a recording happening on one side, and then the listening happening on the other. Rarely do those sides meet in the middle.

That is, of course, until today. 😉

Bjork went live on Instagram yesterday to connect with our community and answer their blogging questions, and we turned it into today’s podcast episode! He answers questions SEO, keywords, podcasting, monetization, and more, and all of the questions you’ll hear are sourced from our incredible community. Enjoy!

Keep Reading

220: Grow – Finding Your Tribe, Growing Your Social Media Reach, and Tools to Measure Growth

An image of plants growing in pots and the title of the 220 episode on the Food Blogger Pro Podcast, 'Grow.'

Welcome to episode 220 of The Food Blogger Pro Podcast! This week on the podcast, we’re focusing on growth, and you’ll learn about tribes, growing your social following, and tracking your growth with different tools.

If you have a blog, chances are you’re interested in extending your reach and growing your audience. Luckily for you, that’s exactly what this episode of the Food Blogger Pro Podcast is all about!

First, Lindsay will talk about finding the Pinch of Yum “tribe” and publishing content specifically *for* that group of people. Finding your tribe is an important part of the growth puzzle because they’re the people who are your “super fans” of you and your content.

Then, Abby, our Social Media Manager, talks about social media growth. She talks about how your growth strategies can differ from social media platform to social media platform, and she’ll walk you through some of the growth strategies that have worked for us on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

And last, Bjork talks about tracking your growth and understanding how your content is performing. It’s important to understand where you’re starting and how far you’ve come, and these tools make tracking your progress super simple.

Excited for you to dive into this episode and implement some of these growth strategies – enjoy!

Keep Reading

219: Start – Blogging Misconceptions, How to Choose a Host, and Why WordPress

An image of a starting line for a race and the title of the 219 episode on the Food Blogger Pro Podcast, 'Start.'

Welcome to episode 219 of The Food Blogger Pro Podcast! This week on the podcast, we’re focusing on things you might believe when you first start your blog, how to choose a solid host, and why we recommend WordPress for food bloggers.

We’re going back to basics today and focusing on *starting*. If you have an idea for a blog, business, series, post, or product, we hope this episode will help give you a bit of a push to actually start.

First, we’ll hear from Bjork. He covers three of the most common blogging misconceptions we hear from new bloggers and how you can switch your thought processes around them.

Next up: Andrew, our Site Speed Expert here at Food Blogger Pro. In his section, he’s talking all about hosting. For instance, did you know he recommends changing hosts every few years?!

Last, WP Tasty Lead, Raquel. She’s talking all about WordPress and why it’s the CMS we recommend for food bloggers.

We think you’ll have a lot of great takeaways from this episode, regardless of whether your blog is brand new or if you’ve been blogging for years. Enjoy!

Keep Reading