Guys there is no excuse for the April issue of Inside My Food Story coming so late except that I procrastinated. I’m a big procrastinator and for some reason I kept putting this post off.
But here and I am, with this month’s update and an inside view into My Food Story. If you are seeing these for the first time, this is a monthly post where I attempt to share my learnings while running a food blog, in the hope that as bloggers, we can help each other grow.
Inside My Food Story is divided into two parts – Monthly Updates and a Guest Post by Cucumbertown, the blogging platform my blog is hosted on. Let’s jump into this month’s updates.
Updates from April
March was a tough month for me, purely in terms of time. I have realised that managing time effectively is a huge challenge. To be able to do everything I want to do, it’s important that I priorities things. And last month, I prioritised Pinterest. The aim was to grow my following on Pinterest which grew by more than 100%. I was at 900 followers at the beginning of March and went up to 2400 followers somewhere in the first week of April. This was possible because of consistently pinning popular content, and scheduling my content regularly. This has also helped grow my traffic from Pinterest this month by about 20%.
I’ve also been focusing on learning all throughout the month of March and April, and today I want to share a few places you can check out to learn as well. If you are a serious food blogger, these should be on your everyday list:
Levan Wee‘s facebook community page Food Blogging 101 where he regularly posts tips and tricks to growing your blog. There’s a wealth of information that you can benefit from even if you do 10% of what he says.
Food Bloggers Central is another facebook group where bloggers get together and discuss problems and help each other out. Everytime I have asked a question, I’ve always had someone help me with an answer. That’s exactly why blogging is so awesome, isn’t it?
Food Blogger Pro is a community built by Bjork Ostrom of Pinch of Yum and I have been a member for around a year now. They are not accepting new members anymore but I highly recommend getting on the waiting list. You will meet all kinds of bloggers on FBP and there are a ton of resources that Lindsay and Bjork have up there.
The Cucumbertown Magazine is another huge recommendation. This is particularly important for new bloggers who have a lot of basic questions and nobody to answer them. You will find articles about everything from photography to recipe development to monetization in a very simple format that you can learn from.
I hope that was helpful. I’ll keep updating this list so that you always have someplace you can learn 🙂
Also, here’s the March Income breakup:
- Adsense: $14.67
- Amazon: $5.69
- Gourmet Ads: $1.16
- Media.net: $3.82
- Sovrn: $10.06
- YH: $0.52
- Gumgum: $11.62
That’s all from me. Over to Cucumbertown for their updates.
Updates from Cucumbertown
It has been a real march at Cucumbertown this March. We finally released our new version of the editor, RecipeWriter V 2.0, which we had been working on for the past few months. The aim with the editor was to further simplify content creation and promotion, and we’re overwhelmed with the amount of positive reports that have been coming in post the introduction of the editor. What this does for Richa, is to create a writing experience that is seamless and easy, hence enabling her to focus more on other activities for the growth of the blog.
More about the editor here:
Besides the editor we are also working on an app layer that can be currently seen on My Food Story next to the recipe as a Kitchen View. This will soon have convenience features for readers, including unit conversions, nutritional data, calorimeter etc. At the moment there are unit conversions on the blog, soon you will see the other features too.
In terms of monetization, there was a little dip in earnings this month from ads and affiliates for My Food Story, but we are working on getting the numbers back to what they were. We are closely monitoring this and we hope to report back to you with positive findings next month.
That’s all from Team Cucumbertown this month. Have a great April!