How do I get more visitors to my site?
I think this is the #1 question out there, and rightly so. You put in a lot of hard work cooking, photographing, writing and, (clear throat) eating and it’s nice to be able to share that with people.
Improving your food photography is the #1 thing you can do to increase the number of visitors to your site. Visit the page 10 Photography Tips for New Food Bloggers or consider buying Pinch of Yum’s Tasty Food Photography; it's a great e-book that will definitely help you out.
Once you've honed in on your photography skills, you'll want to share them with the world!
Food Photo Sharing Sites
Potluck – For all you delicious vegetarian recipes
Chowstalker – For all your paleo inspired recipes
Finding Vegan – For all your tasty vegan eats.
Cookie Hound – For all your cookies.
Healthy Aperture – For the healthy food you make.
Dessert Stalking – For the yummy treats you make.
Food Porn Daily – Have a photo that makes you want to lick your computer screen? Submit it here.
Liqurious – This is an excellent site for submitting your posts about cocktails
Jalapeño Mania – For all your recipes that include peppers.
Sign up for Pinterest
If you don't have a Pinterest account, move this to the top of your to-do list. Pinterest drives more traffic to The Endless Meal than any other source, aside from Google search.
Once you open an account, you'll want to sign up for a Pinterest Business Account so you can link your blog to your Pinterest page. It will help bring more readers to your blog.
Start a Facebook Page
This is different than your personal Facebook page. You'll want a specific page where you can connect with your readers and share recipes and other blog related posts with them, without sharing every little thing that's going on in your life. Since most people are very comfortable with Facebook, it can be a valuable tool for building a community and trust in your readers.
Instagram has become one of my favourite ways to connect with readers and other food bloggers. I love how visual it is while remaining personal. Don't expect to get floods of traffic from Instagram; think about it as a tool for connecting, building trust and keeping your blog in your readers minds.
Open a Twitter Account
While Twitter remains my least used social media account, it is so important to have one. A large number of people use Twitter almost religiously, and you need to make sure they can find you on there. Tweet your newest posts (including a picture!), retweet recipes or other tweets you like, and comment when you have something to say. Take a few minutes, at least a couple times a week, to build this community.
Be a Team Player
Connect with other bloggers by commenting on their posts, following them on social media or mentioning them in your blog posts. The more connections we make, the more successful we will be.