New Recipe Post Checklist For Food Bloggers
For most of us food blogging is a passion. We all start off with lots of energy and good intentions but soon discover what a minefield the food blogging world is. After the initial website setup, one of the biggest challenge faced by a new food blogger can be time management and work-flow. Many feel daunted and discouraged by their inconsistency to post and lack of traffic. I know this because I am one of them and I have found this last year such an interesting yet challenging time. Everything I’ve learnt so far has been from other food bloggers’ online resources. I mean, a year ago, I didn’t even know what a plug-in was!
I’ve often read posts on Facebook groups from new bloggers asking the question: “Where to start?” or “How to organize your ideas and thoughts?”. I had the same problem and so I created myself a “New Recipe Post Checklist“. I’m a big list person, and most of all I LOVE crossing items off the list, to the point where, if I accomplish an extra task, I’ll write it on the list just so I get the satisfaction of crossing it out! Come one I bet you do too, don’t you?
Just like all of you, I have a lot to juggle in any average day. Sometime it’s all a bit overwhelming to say the least. On those days I find it helps to take a few minutes jotting down a “To Do List”, I then star at least 3 items that I must absolutely do that day or morning. This helped enormously. Once I have a list, I have a plan, and I’ve immediately regained control! I recently realised I need to apply this strategy to my blogging world too.
New Recipe Post Checklist
I developed this new recipe post checklist to help keep myself on track and organised with each new recipe I post. As you well know, it’s not just about creating content, you then need to make sure all your hard earned work gets read!
No doubt this will be an ever growing list, non exhaustive and ever changing. I have listed each step of the process, from creating a recipe post, to actually generating traffic to the post. Since creating and following this new recipe post checklist I’ve managed to stay on track and have, finally, started to see some increased traffic to my site. Very encouraging to say the least! I’m now going through all my older posts and making sure I’ve ticked all the boxes for them too. After-all, all that effort, time and passion that goes into creating each recipe deserves some reward!
If you are a new blogger you may find this New Recipe Post Checklist helpful. I’ve listed the steps below, but if you like you can also download the file and edit it to suit your own needs.
Do you use something similar?
How do you keep track of your work flow?
And is there anything you would add to this list?
Please make a comment below if you find this list useful or if you have some other great tips that you think should be included.
New Recipe Post Checklist For Food Bloggers
- Research, develop and test recipe.
- Take photos.
- Write post.
- Check SEO & Writing (Yoast).
- Upload photos to computer and edit (I use Lightroom to file & edit).
- Quick edit by marking all best photos with 5 star rating.
- Edit the five star rated photos if required.
- Add a few of the edited five star to the Social Share Mobile folder for sharing on social platforms directly from your phone.
- Export all 5* edited photos to a new folder on your computer, eg: dropbox/folder name/Imported recipe images/recipe name (optimised for WordPress and with watermark).
- Upload your chosen blog photos to your wordpress media file and drop into your post.
- From Lightroom choose a couple of the best recipe photos and edit specifically for recipe share sites and export to a different folder without watermark.
- Create a Long Pin image (735x1100px) by using a template from LR. Select your chosen two photos and click Print. From here select the Long Pin template (I found instruction on google on how to create the long pin template) and “Print to File” and save in separate folder, eg: dropbox/folder name/For Canva Upload
- Upload the Long Pin into Photoshop or other photo editing programme (I use CANVA because it’s easy!) and add your titles and text.
- Download and save to: dropbox/folder name/Canva Created Images
- Upload Long Pin to your recipe post. I put mine at the end and ask people to “Use this image to save to Pinterest”.
- Set featured image
- Preview post, edit, Publish!
SEO / Marketing:
- Pin Long Pin to your relevant Pinterest boards & to all other relevant boards and relevant group boards (create a list of your group boards)
- Add to your Pinterest scheduler (Tailwind or boardbooster)
- Share post link to your linked FaceBook page
- From your FB page share the post to other relevant FB groups (create a list of these groups)
- Post to Instagram using high quality image from LR social share folder (can auto link to Twitter and Tumbler)
- Stumble your recipe
- YUM your recipe
- MY TASTE add to your taste (like yum but UK based)
- Foodies100.co.uk (you can register and share if you are from UK)
- Recipe Chart – one off sign up.
- Share your best images with Recipe Share sites: Check out this great articles on recipe sharing sites by Charlottes Lively Kitchen.
- Create quality links by contributing to linkies, eg: Foodie100 Recipe Wall
- Comment on other bloggers posts
- Be active in FB groups ie: FBC Social Sharing; CookBlogShare; etc.
You can download my “New Recipe Post Checklist” here:
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What tips and trick have worked for you?
If you found this post useful or if you think extra steps can be added please leave a comment below – would love to hear your views.