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5 tips to better your blog this year

With the new year in full swing, we’re starting off with five easy-to-follow steps that could improve your blog and take you to the next level in 2016.

5. Create a Content Calendar
Without a posting plan it’s easy to get in the rut of just creating posts just to have new content to post on your blog. By creating a simple content calendar, you focus on creating fresh content on a consistent basis – which is great for increasing your SEO rankings and your readership. Use our Food Planning Calendar to get you started.

4. Try a New Layout
Whether you decide to go all out with a complete rebrand, or just switch up the way you lay out your posts, giving your blog a fresh, new look is sure to invite new readers to take a peek. Try modifying your posts by breaking up large sections of text with great imagery – you may find visitors are reading a lot more, and hanging around your site to view other content. And don’t neglect mobile! If you don’t have a mobile version of your site, get one today – then incorporate our mobile ad tags for an added revenue boost.

3. Survey Your Readers
A great way to revive your blog is to check the pulse of your current reader base. Are you covering the topics they’re most like to read? Has the reader base you once had completely shifted? WordPress users can set up basic polls and surveys very easily with plugins like YOP Poll, Polldaddy Polls and Ratings, and Opinion Stage. A simple 10-question survey can guide you on the right path to creating content that gets great results!

2. Build Your Network
When you have a network of like-minded bloggers and site owners you create opportunities to have your content shared outside of your site – which equals great exposure for you and your blog! Mentioning other blogs and bloggers on your site goes a long way (only when it’s warranted); and be sure to let them know you’ve mentioned them – it’ll grow your audience and theirs, and score you lots of good will along the way.

1. Be Newsworthy
Looking out for trends and being among the first to write about them is a great way to grow your audience and increase engagement all at once. Is #poke the new trending topic in food? Jump on it! Don’t forget to share your hot new posts and get a bump in views from your social media exposure.

Recipe Roundup: Valentine’s Day edition

If you’re stuck on what to cook your sweetie this Valentine’s Day, look no further. We’ve compiled of our favorite Gourmet Ads Publisher recipes that are sure to heat up your kitchen this Valentine’s Day and beyond:

Hors d’Oeuvres

“Olive Love” from Nevermore Lane

“Praline and Brie Puff Pastry Bites” from A Sue Chef

The Main Course

“Spinach and Bacon Souffle'” from A Calculated Whisk

“Grilled Smoked Pork Chops with Balsamic Onions” from Back to My Roots

Sultry Sides

“Sriracha Buffalo Cauliflower with Avocado Ranch” – from Wife Mama Foodie

“Leek, Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni” from Petit Gourmet

Sweet Treats

“Chunky Monkey Ice Cream”  from When I Ate

“5 Ingredient Vegan Turtle Truffles” from Veganosity

“Strawberry Chocolate Ganache Layer Cake” from A Savory Feast

Lovely Libations

“The Belvedere” from A History of Drinking

“Blue Spice Basil and Key Lime Mojito” from Black Girl Chef’s Whites

Bonus

“10 Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas” from The Perfect Storm

Dining out in NYC from The Gotham Palate

Want to be featured on our next Recipe Roundup? Email us!

Food blogger conferences

So many conferences, so little time. With food blogging on the rise, the resources and tools available to help bloggers learn the latest trends and technique are ever-increasing. We’ve curated a few of our favorites to help you select the best conference for you this year.

  1. TECHmunch

About it: BakeSpace.com’s TECHmunch is the traveling conference that helps food and lifestyle bloggers learn the skills they need to succeed and take their blogs to the next level. Launched in March 2010 by BakeSpace.com, the day-long conference is a must-attend event for anyone serious about culinary content (e.g., food bloggers, recipe writers, traditional content developers, cookbook authors, PR/marketing reps) and brands that want to work with culinary content creators.

When & where: TECHmunch is held in multiple cities each year (e.g. NYC, Austin, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Minneapolis, Tampa and Las Vegas). Check out the schedule for event dates and locations.

2. Eat, Write, Retreat

About it: Eat, Write, Retreat is an intensive, hands-on learning weekend, full of opportunity, friendship and fun at a great value. Attendees will experience workshops on food blogging, photography, branding and hands-on cooking demonstrations.

When & where: April 22-24, 2016,  Los Angeles, California.

3. International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC)

About it: Organized by Foodista.com and Zephyr Adventures, IFBC was the first-ever conference for food bloggers, first held in May of 2009. The series focuses on three themes: Food,Writing, and Technology. This event features high-quality educational sessions, and personal networking opportunities.

When & where: July 29-31, 2016,  Sacramento, California. View the entire schedule.

4. Everything Food Conference

About it: The Everything Food Conference is for food bloggers who want to grow their blogging business while enjoying engaging, hands-on experiences with other talented and seasoned food bloggers… and, of course, indulge in some crazy-good food.

When & where: May 19-21, 2016, Salt Lake City, Utah.  View the entire schedule.

5. Food Blogger Connect

About it: Food Blogger Connect (FBC), founded in 2009, is the world’s leading international food blogging conference bringing together award-winning, high-profile, guest speakers and attracting bloggers and industry folk from all over the world, making it unique in its international scope.

When & where: Usually takes place in September in London. Stay tuned for entire schedule.

Have conferences you’d like us to add? Let us know in the comments below!

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