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Boston's Hidden Restaurants

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Good afternoon, all. An interesting page on the importance of viewability when it comes to Google ads. -Marc http://think.storage.googleapis.com/docs/5-factors-of-viewability_infographics.pdf
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Nupur Mehra (The Veggie Indian)

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Hi All *Urgent help required* 
My site on WP is not getting opened since yesterday and I am getting “pageok” error msg. Has anyone faced this one before? What do I need to do? 

Forums say that this is Godaddy’s error and I need to call them to sort it out. Is there any other way you out as well? 

Thanks
Nupur 
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I have been using namecheap.com for my hosting for 5+ years. The only major issue I had with them was when I started the SlavicCooking (addon domain) blog as a SSL protected site even though my main hosted domain isn't. Seems there is more involved which I wasn't prepared for. With SSL I needed to have a dedicated IP address and they did all the changes with a short downtime to my other websites.

I needed to give their tech support, who was a WordPress support tech, admin privileges so they can do all the coding in my WordPress configurations. They had already did all the other work to my other non-WordPress attached domains behind the scenes. I just create a user with temp admin privileges and within an hr I was able to complete my startup and get online when the site was ready. They were also so helpful when I changed my main hosting domain from one I was retiring to a different one.

I'm glad your issues were quickly resolved and you are back.
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Gourmet Getaways

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I have a question about Foodgawker.  Not so long ago if I had an image published on food gawker I would get tones of traffic.  Now I am lucky to get a handful of referred readers.  Has anyone else noticed a decline in traffic from this site?
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Yep, that's my thought too.
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Nupur Mehra (The Veggie Indian)

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Hey all 

I want to work with Amazon affiliates, but it seems all very complicated to me. I have registered my site as a publisher and all but I don’t understand it just by looking at their dashboard. Has anyone contacted their support? And can suggest how good they are? 

If somebody has found out any guide regarding the FQs, that would be really helpful. 

Thanks
Nupur 
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Thank you +Tom Davis and +Meggan Hill . I will come up with more specific questions so you could help. Many thanks again :) 
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Mother Rimmy

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Has anyone worked with LinkVehicle? It's an ad group that looks interesting. https://www.linkvehicle.com/faq
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Mother Rimmy

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I've been seeing hashtags like #huffposttaste, #buzzfeedfood, #foodgawker, #tastespotting, etc. I've spent some time investigating the appropriate use for these types of hashtags, but didn't come up with anything useful. Do you use them? If so, why?
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I love using hashtags to search. People screw up the process by overtagging everything, sometimes even if it's barely or even not at all relevant, just for the views.
For instance, using the hashtag "foodgawker" on an IG image that is NOT actually on foodgawker. This messes the idea, and makes the poster look bad/needy (in my opinion).
Well placed and appropriate tags are great though. It's 1 tap search that isn't based off of a computer alogrythm nor subject to Google's crawler finding and indexing it.
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Kitchen Shaman

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Hi everyone, I updated my theme inside wordpress yesterday, and it lost one of my major customizations. I'm wondering if anyone knows a good web developer who is reasonable who could read the code my last developer left and fix my mistake? I could really use some help. Thanks!
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+Jerry Russell​, I have the same problem . my blog is www.cozinhatudo.com.br
Can you take a look and quote?
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Kitchen Shaman

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I have a marketing question: Have you developed calendars for sale, or for crowd funding? If so, what template did you use? Did you include recipes, or just use food porn? I'll be working on a 2016 calendar, and am curious about other blogger's successes. Thanks for the input!
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I think making the calendar is an easy process. It's the decision making of what to include. Since no one has commented, I believe we will just stay with the food porn, but I'll keep you informed on how the process goes!
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Nupur Mehra (The Veggie Indian)

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Hello All, I have a question regarding “foodie Pro” theme.  I installed “AddThis” plugin for social media icons and share and it asked me to paste an HTML code in the body of my site. Since its HTML, I am assuming I cant paste it in the functions.php file of the theme. Where do I need to paste it then? I am so confused! Please help… 

Thanks
Nupur 
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Thank you +Elena Tomasi it worked :) 
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* Please Help * : I just saw today that none of my pins are opening on pinterest, all of them say "Blocked". (I was able to pin & open pins till yesterday)....Did anyone face similar issues? - Thanks
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Thanks +Ritu Ahuja - It got resolved.  I can breathe again ;)
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Boston's Hidden Restaurants

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Following up on Google AdSense ads, I've been reading some very discouraging posts of late about how people who have switched to responsive ad units (ones that adjust according to whether it's seen on a computer, tablet, or phone) have seen their earnings collapse, and some believe it's because advertisers aren't interested in bidding on this type of ad right now. But if you use an ad that bidders love (such as a 728x90), it tends to make people's pages mobile-unfriendly, which knocks down the rank in searches.
Any thoughts on this? If it's true, do you think it's better to be mobile-friendly with low ad numbers or mobile-unfriendly with potentially higher ad numbers?   -Marc
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I have no amswer except to say I don't use too many adsense ads at all. I find they don't pay anything really worth worrying about and I get more than 5 times the revenue from my craftsy ads.
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Chef Mireille

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any one want a super easy way to design a custom FB and Twitter cover page and you're not graphically design inclined. I just did this - super easy just click and drag your own logo and/or photos
Canva makes design simple for everyone. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more.
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Thanks +Chef Mireille for sharing this link :) 
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Georgina Ribas

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Hi Everyone, in my blog pinterest count/shares  goes up to a number for a particular post and then after some time back to zero. Do you have the same problem? Does anyone know why this is happening and how to resolve the issue? Thanks so much for your help!
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I've had this happen randomly with Shareaholic.
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Mother Rimmy

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I've got the day off and I'm working on monetization, so I hope you'll forgive two questions in one day. Question #2 is whether anyone uses Pinterest's Promoted Pins. I have a recipe that is doing very well right now that I'd like to promote, but I'm hesitant to spend the money as my last adventure on Facebook was costly and not useful.
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Good to know +Layla Atik - that's what I thought, and was concerned about the cost. +Slavic Cooking I have the same experience with Facebook. Truthfully, I post to my FB fan page, but don't spend any time there. Even when I promoted a post on FB, it didn't get much reach. Thank you both!
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Kitchen Shaman

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I'm looking for recipe testers for my next e-cookbook. Does any one have  suggestions as to where I can find some quality testers? The biggest issue is that I cannot pay right now, but I can offer a couple free books. Any input would be awesome.
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I have done 3 recipes testing from Books. Feel free to send it to me. :) 
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Nazim Beltran

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Hi everyone. Is this worth looking at for expanding your content reach?
Thanks in advance for the feedback.
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Yes. I noticed the price range and also backed off. Thank you for the feedback +Mother Rimmy 
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Slavic Cooking

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Hey groupies. I am dipping my hands and want to attempt to make a nice (maybe a NY style or Eastern European) rye bread using a brand new (5 days old) rye sourdough starter.

I have about 2 cups (started small) of the starter made from a combination of light rye and dark whole grain rye flours. The starter is ready as it is full of bubbly webbed pockets, has that sour, fermented scent and looks pure and free from mold.

I'm fairly new at bread making and a virgin when it comes to using a yeast starter. Last week I made a loaf of a traditional method using active dry yeast and buttermilk. The crust turned out way too hard versus flaky and crispy but below the crust, the bread itself was soft and fluffy. The taste was 'so-so'. I also had to use Bread Pans even though the recipe said the dough would rise and be baked free-form. The dough was firm when kneaded but really needed the bread pans. or the loaves would have been very wide and flat.

I have the rye flours (dark whole grain and also light), molasses (if needed), store-bought cultured butter milk (if also needed) and the other basic bread ingredients. I also have a Kitchen-aid 600 Pro 6 qt. mixer ready to get working.

I have made many different white and white sweet breads and rolls but not rye nor sourdough. I would love if someone has a nice recipe in print or (YouTube) video to share with me along with suggestions and hints that I can use to get me to that next step - especially if it's an Eastern European (Slavic) based recipe.

If you don't want to post publicly feel free to email me but I would really love and appreciate a lot of needed advice, help in developing my bread-making skills and anything else anyone would offer.

Thank you in advance!!!!
- John
#breadrecipes #RyeBread #Sourdough  
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Fearless Dining

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  Who here is a food blogger? *raises hand and jumps up and down Who here loves pretty photos of their food? *maniacally thrusts arm in the air and screams “ME!” Well, I’ve learned that food photography is half of what drives a blog to success. The other half is all about the brand, the …
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Thanks for sharing +Fearless Dining. I'm a Lightroom user and always find something new in posts like this.
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Samantha Merritt

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Does anyone have any suggestions of things they did that really helped them see a significant and lasting increase in blog traffic?  I do all social media, pinterest, foodgawker/tastespotting etc. and occasionally I'll see a rise if I get some publicity but then traffic dips right back down.  Just wondering if anyone had some tips because I feel like I'm too stagnant.
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Thank you everyone for the helpful comments! :)
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Orna Purkin (OrnaBakes)

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Ever since WordPress changed to automatically paste as plain text, I’m finding my info all over the place. I create most posts in Evernote, so now I have to paste as unformatted text into Word before pasting in Wordpress. And then I find myself editing the word document, so not sure what or where to save anything. Big mess! Any great ideas for a better, cleaner workflow? TIA!
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+Johan Johansen​, I'm not at my PC right now but when I do I will check that out. I don't remember having a 2nd edit bar. That would surely save me a step when I cut & paste from a Web source. 👍
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