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Chef Dennis Littley
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Welcome to the G+ Food Bloggers Community.
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Use this community as a resource and sounding board . Share your best practices and discuss everything related to Food Blogging.

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Laura Tobin

Community Events  - 
 
Good morning to you all. I was wondering if any of you attend/ed any Food Bloggers conferences, gatherings, seminars. Any recommendations, feedbacks? Did you benefit from it? Which one is worth going? I am based in the South of France but could travel to NY and London.
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Thank you +Malika Bowling it is helpful to have first hand experience
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Matt Kearns

Publishing & Media  - 
 
I have a question for everyone here. I am looking at creating a e-commerce website strictly built around buying and selling different types of meal plans (all kinds of dietary requirements). It would be strictly digital(PDF) and it would be a marketplace (Similar to Amazon) where others can submit their plans, and promote them. I figure I would chat with the Food Bloggers to see if it's something you think would work for some of you? There would be profiles where you can promote yourself and your blog. Let me know your thoughts everyone!
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Chris Hunnicutt (PastorChef)

Blog Tech (plugins, widgets and ads)  - 
 
Hello everyone. I'm in the process of creating a new website for my blog. A feature I want to use is a popup print window that prints only the recipe, not the images or menus. Does anyone have any experience with this? I have tried a few things but no luck thus far.
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Hi Chris. I got my domain from godaddy, too. What I meant was which platform (techies, help if this isn't the right term) will you use to build your blog site with? Most people use Wordpress.org (the free one). They have lots of hundreds of free templates to choose from, and the plug ins make it so much easier to do all the cool stuff that non-techie people like me can't do without paying someone.
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Jasmin JasminCookBook

Blog Tech (plugins, widgets and ads)  - 
 
I'm thinking adding a recipe formatting plugin to my blog, and I can't decide between easy recipes, ziplist and wp ultimate recipes plugins. Which one do you guys use?
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I use WP and I am happy with it. Every time I have a query I receive a reply practically immediately. 
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Malika Bowling

Hangouts / Events / HOA  - 
 
When you Do Facebook Live videos do you do them from you personal page or fan page? I have been doing them from my Facebook page and sharing to my personal FB page. But I've seen a bunch of people doing it only on their personal page and making that public. So, not sure which is better. Anyone have any thoughts?
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+Malika Bowling it depends where you want people to follow you. I use my brand page.
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Matt Kearns

Social Media  - 
 
Hi guys I'm looking for some help. I'm looking for a solid routine of things you guys do to get more traffic to your blog. I'm a guy that can follow lists and instructions really well! There's always so much to choose from. Help!!
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Find groups on Facebook in your niche and post there regularly. Make sure to utilize Pinterest properly too. They are my biggest referrer. Make long beautiful looking pins and pin to group boards and your own boards. I use tailwind app to pin 24/7. It make life so much easier. Yummly is a fantastic traffic source as is Stumbleupon. Also send all of your recipes to the food porn sites like foodgawker, tastespotting etc. 
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Hello everyone. I am interested to make cooking videos and looking for links and information that can help me make videos with the simplest of resources and means. I would appreciate any help and leads. Thanks.
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good video, thank you for sharing. Currently I am making how to video with photos edited with Movie Maker, so they are statics, but I am also looking to make more videos. I attended a web seminar but they were recommending an investment of $1500 min to start with. I will try your way, even if I don't have iphone. +Laurie Barrie I subscribed to your channel. If you want to check mine:
here is my shushi video:
https://youtu.be/yX-LCf7-XxM 
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Anne Hernandez (Pintesting)

Stolen Content Sites  - 
 
How do you approach a heavyweight big blog who steals your recipe? Should I get legal involved? Do I just talk to them first? I've only posted one recipe that's my own and Tip Hero just released a video without giving me any credit. Unbelievable. Here's my post (http://pintesting.com/pintesting-pineapple-upside-down-bundt-cake/). Here's Tip Hero's post (http://tiphero.com/pineapple-upside-down-bundt-cake/). I was given permission to use the original creator's photo and idea to build upon to make the recipe and post. Tip Hero did not. Now what?
This is the post that wasn’t going to be and then wrote itself. I made the cake and took some pictures, but didn’t really intend on doing a proper Pintesting – until I shared the pics. The response was mind blowing, so here’s the post complete with my first recipe. It started with this picture of …
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Melissa D' Arabian made my Ginger Honey Lemonade on her show. But then how many people make ginger honey lemonade? I don't think we can say anything, but since it looks like they used your images, they violated your copyright.
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Kitchen Shaman

Blogging Tips & Questions  - 
 
Looking for how to automate a person receiving a free recipe when they purchase a kindle book from me. Any suggestions?
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Anne Hernandez (Pintesting)

Blog Tech (plugins, widgets and ads)  - 
 
My site crashed and I'm in the process of cleaning up the mess. For WP users, which SEO plugin is the best - AND WHY.  Thanks in advance!
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I actually don't use one. I have A Genesis template which has built in SEO. If you follow SEO guidelines for your posts you don't need a plugin to do it. Many people use Yoast which functions as a checklist to guide SEO practices in your post (it's basically a checklist) but again you can do it yourself.
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This Community is a place where Bloggers can come together to share ideas, discuss issues and ask questions related to all aspects of Food Blogging. Please read our Community Guidelines before posting. Violations will result in removal of your post, and may result in removal from the community* We are a discussion only community. Please do not share your blog posts, images, or recipes. All posts must be for the benefit of the community, no self promotion is allowed.

Anne Hernandez (Pintesting)

Blog Tech (plugins, widgets and ads)  - 
 
I'm updating my website and can't seem to make my desired sidebar widgets visable. HELP?!
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Roxana Begum (thedeliciouscrescent)

Blog Tech (plugins, widgets and ads)  - 
 
Hi everyone. If you wanted to use some background music for creating a recipe video, what sources do you look for royalty copyright free music. Please let me know. Thanks so much for any input.
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claudia lamascolo

Blogging Tips & Questions  - 
 
Anyone ever here of this company they keep sending me emails?
http://foodobook.com/#pre-register
The Ultimate App for Food Lovers.
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I've been getting requests use different apps as well +claudia lamascolo and I don't really see any benefit to using them as long as your website is mobile responsive.
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Lea Ann Brown

Social Media  - 
 
It appears that Tastespotting is no longer. Anyone know any info about this? 
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Roxana Begum (thedeliciouscrescent)

Blogging Tips & Questions  - 
 
This is my post from March 2016 of a recipe that I as a dietitian nutritionist developed and wrote, http://www.thedeliciouscrescent.com/light-and-delicious-german-apple-cake/

Today I came across a post by Dubravka Belogrlic on the The Cadbury Kitchen - cakes and baking community

https://plus.google.com/115979392274148264555/posts/DP7vHQDcmzD

The direct link to the recipe posted by Dubravka Belogrlic this month

http://dzolistic.blogspot.co.nz/2016/06/kolac-od-jabuka-apple-cake.html

At that link you can see that the English version is an exact word to word copy and paste of my recipe that I took time to develop and write. I have left a comment at Dubravka Belogrlic posting that this is a copyright violation.

What would you do when you find out that someone took your work and published it as their own without permission or credit??

Thanks so much for your time.




Light and Delicious German Apple cake - healthier version of a classic cake! Double the fiber & healthy fats, lower saturated fat, total fat and calories.
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Malika Bowling

Monetizing & Ad Groups  - 
 
I'm working with a huge company (you know their name but they won't allow me to post it here) to recruit FOOD BLOGGERS with at least 20,000 page views per month for an invite only ad platform that allows you to set your rates. They are partnering with my group, Association of Food Bloggers. If you are interested and meet the criteria above send me an email - info@associationoffoodbloggers.org.
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I'm very interested +Malika Bowling.
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Lea Ann Brown

Social Media  - 
 
I've had photos "pending" in Tastespotting for weeks and weeks. Anyone know what's going on with them? They don't get approved or declined. 
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Thank you so much +A Virtual Vegan and +heinstirred

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Radhika Subramanian

Blog Tech (plugins, widgets and ads)  - 
 
Which Related posts plugin are you all using? Not a big fan of jetpack and had issues with it so I had to drop it and wordpress 23 related post plugin was making my site slow. Again YARPP seems to be resource intensive. So I have installed contextual related post plugin but not hugely impressed with its look though performance wise it is fast comparatively. Which one would you recommend?
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I use Related Posts by Zemanta. I started using it when nRelate went under. I think it does a good job selecting content. You can also specifically select related content for given posts too. It also doesn't leave your site (some related content widgets leave the site before populating the related content which affects you time on site metric).
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claudia lamascolo

Blogging Tips & Questions  - 
 
Just wonder if anyone has seen a dip in their +1 on the posts in their blog. Interesting I went in march to 75 +1 to 1 or 2 tops now on each post just wondering since the traffic is up but no +1's anymore if something changed I missed on Google?
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I'm having good interaction with my collections. And I'm just new at trying it. 
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