Bjork actuality blockage in for December’s “state of the blog” report. This address is absolutely advancing out a bit after than usual, as Lindsay and I accept taken best of January to footfall aback from assignment accompanying being in adjustment to alleviate and action through the accident of our son Afton.
Be abiding to analysis out Lindsay’s 10-part series that she appear to apprentice added about Candied Afton.
The aftermost ages and a bisected has been a cocktail of emotions, with anniversary day actuality a bit altered than the last. We never apperceive what the accepted bartender will be confined next. One day it’s affliction alloyed with regret. The abutting it’s beeline sadness. Some canicule it’s a almost bland aggregate of accord and reflectiveness.
But behindhand of what the affecting mixologist decides to serve us, we consistently try and mix in a little bit of our own abstruse ingredient: Gratitude.
It doesn’t consistently aftertaste appropriate with the added emotions, and we sometimes accept agitation award it, but if we attending continued and adamantine we can consistently ascertain a antecedent to autumn some from.
I’d like to point out a brace of those sources of gratitude.
The aboriginal antecedent of acknowledgment I appetite to point out is you.
The reader. Our friend. Our abroad affiliation or our abutting neighbor. You, the one that emails or Instagrams or Facebooks or sends a note. We’re beholden for you and how advised you’ve been to ability out and abutment us.
We feel the appulse of your kindness. We allocution about it with anniversary added and we allotment it with our family. We book out the comments and emails so we can authority them in our easily and feel the absoluteness of the words that you’ve shared.
We’re acutely beholden for you.
The additional antecedent of acknowledgment I appetite to point out is our team.
Some of you accept been advantageous abundant to barter an email or a bulletin with one of our aggregation members. They’re kind. They’re smart. They’re adamantine working. They’re generous.
Over these accomplished 6 weeks they’ve accustomed Lindsay and I the allowance of time. Time to be with family. Time to be together. Time to plan a funeral. Time to heal. We’re acutely beholden for our team.
And I’m aflame for this month’s address because we get to allotment some of our team’s incredibleness with you.
Here’s the accord with this month’s report:
Usually we allotment the cartage and assets numbers for Compression of Yum in these posts, but this ages we’re demography a breach from that. We’ll jump aback into the accustomed address abutting month.
For this month’s address we asked our aggregation associates to allotment article that they’ve been aflame about alive on afresh or article that ability be accessible for you, the clairvoyant of these reports.
As a quick note, this is technically December’s report. Usually we’d broadcast this in January, but we’re active a few weeks behind. We’ll broadcast January’s address a few weeks from now.
Team, booty it away!
Alana, Compression of Yum Video Specialist
Here in the video administration we are consistently attractive for baby agency to advance our videos. That agency we are consistently aggravating out new shots, styles, and texts to accumulate things beginning and to see what performs able-bodied (or doesn’t).
A big advantage of such abbreviate anatomy agreeable is that it allows for analysis and convenance with almost little risk.
Inspired by the blow cartoon apparatus on Instagram stories, our newest agreement is activated doodles! I’m talking simple little dancing curve that can both draw absorption to assertive genitalia of the video and are aloof apparent fun to watch.
Here’s an archetype from an Instagram column we afresh appear in affiliation with Lindt. You’ll apprehension the dancing affection blow afterwards about 15 seconds.
Our achievement is that this added aspect can advice draw admirers through the video back they contrarily ability accumulate scrolling through their feed. It’s a baby thing, but all those little angle can add up to some cogent reach.
I’d like to say that this was an accessible assignment to draw simple shapes and accomplish them move, but in accuracy it was arduous and time arresting at first. It appropriate acquirements Adobe Illustrator (with some advice from Jenna!) and affluence of balloon and absurdity to accomplish it work. That’s hardly to say the time spent arrive these amusing touches wasn’t account it. With every new or bigger video aspect we are alive appear aloof a few added views, likes, and shares.
Here’s the accepted action we use to actualize these doodles:
- In Adobe Illustrator, use the paintbrush apparatus to draw an image, or draw curve to outline a shape, this will be blow 1.
- Export blow 1 as a .PNG and acceptation the angel book into your alteration software (i.e. iMove or Premiere or whatever you use)
- Repeat accomplish 1 and 2 with a cartoon that is agnate but not the exact aforementioned as your blow 1. (You can about draw over your aboriginal cartoon and again annul the aboriginal to accept a additional cartoon that is actual agnate in appearance and size).
- In your Alteration Software, band your two .PNGS over the video clips at the point in the timeline you appetite the blow to appear.
- Resize and move the images as all-important so that they arise area you appetite your blow to be in the frame.
- Change the continuance of both cartoon clips to be 2 or 3 frames long.
- Duplicate and align your two clips so that they anatomy a continued arrangement (doodle 1, blow 2, blow 1, blow 2, etc) until the arrangement is as continued as you appetite your blow to be.
Constantly convalescent agreeable agency consistently convalescent ourselves as agreeable creators: acquirements new tools, demography on altered perspectives and not clearing on acceptable enough!
Jenna, Compression of Yum Appointment Manager
A new activity Compression of Yum is adventure this year is afterlight every compound column to ensure it’s SEO-friendly. This includes authoritative abiding angel sizes are correct, meta descriptions are optimized in Yoast, keywords are in the post, and more.
Here’s a quick sample of what we’re blockage for during this project:
- Descriptive and keyword-friendly titles and alt tags
- Correct angel sizes on earlier posts so they’re full-width
- Optimize meta description application Yoast
- Link to added accompanying posts or websites back possible
- Make abiding all sponsored or associate links are nofollow
- Submitting optimized posts to Google to re-crawl and index
To start, we created an absolute column log of Compression of Yum agreeable in a spreadsheet – recording the broadcast date, column title, URL, category, and whether it was sponsored or editorial. This is the starting point that we’re alive from, and now, we’re implementing the account we created to ensure all these posts are as optimized as accessible for search.
Believe it or not, Compression of Yum has over 750 recipes on the blog, so we’re breaking them bottomward day-by-day, accomplishing a little at a time until they’re all set to go. It’s activity to booty months to complete, but will be added than account it activity advanced to accumulate recipes accordant and searchable on Compression of Yum.
Alexa, Aliment Blogger Pro Association and Accident Specialist
One affair the FBP aggregation is arrest this year is stronger chump interactions. How abounding times accept you gotten an acknowledgment from a aggregation and affectionate of acquainted like you bare a bit added direction? 🙋
At Aliment Blogger Pro, we’re aggravating to breach that mold. We use an app alleged Intercom to administer best of our chump interactions, and I use TextExpander to save some of my responses to accepted questions to save time and break consistent. One of my responsibilities afresh has been all about architecture out my TextExpander responses to accommodate activity items in our Intercom responses.
For example, if addition comes to FBP allurement back acceptance will accessible again, they’ll accept my answer, and they will additionally get means they can break in the bend and booty activity on their blogs while they wait:
Here’s what our acknowledgment looked like before:
We’ll accept a clandestine acceptance aeon for those on our cat-and-mouse account at the end of February. Otherwise, our abutting accessible acceptance will apparently be ancient backward spring/early summer.
And here’s what our acknowledgment looks like now:
We’ll accept a clandestine acceptance aeon for those on our cat-and-mouse account at the end of February. Otherwise, our abutting accessible acceptance will apparently be ancient backward spring/early summer. You can pay for a Aliment Blogger Pro associates either account ($29/month) or annual ($279/year).
There are a few things you can do while you wait:
- Check out our podcast. You can download anniversary of our podcast episodes off of iTunes and the Google Comedy Store, or you can accept to them anon on our blog.
- Download our chargeless ebook, 16 Means to Monetize Your Aliment Blog,”: In this book, you’ll apprentice about the means that you can accomplish money through your aliment blog.
- Hop on our cat-and-mouse account to be notified of our acceptance periods at www.foodbloggerpro.com.
Let me apperceive if you accept any added questions. Accept a abundant day!
By giving these barter bright and absolute activity items, we’re giving them added than aloof one touchpoint with Aliment Blogger Pro content. Downloading things like ebooks additionally abode them on assertive commitment lists area they’ll accept advice about blogging and enrollment. And on top of all of that, they’re acquirements tips and tricks that will advice them succeed. It’s a appealing abundant system, and we’re absolutely aflame about it!
P.S. If you’re absorbed in acquirements added about some of the means that you can monetize a aliment blog, we animate you to download that chargeless ebook I was talking about, “16 Means to Monetize Your Aliment Blog!”
Jasmine, Aliment Blogger Pro Associate Affairs Manager
I am generally bamboozlement several tasks at once. I assignment for Aliment Blogger Pro — managing the associate program and clear architecture for the podcast and blog. In accession to this, I run a design and business business with my partner. All of this is accumulated on top of blogging and managing my amusing media channels. Yikes!
I’m abiding abounding of you account this can relate. Actuality a blogger agency actuality pulled in a bulk directions. The allurement is to multitask, but multitasking doesn’t assignment for everyone.
I’ve chock-full multitasking and started application time blocking to administer my workday. As a result, I feel added organized, added advantageous and added airy about my assignment days.
I use the Pomodoro address to break on task. This is how it works…
You set a timer for 25 minutes. While the alarm is ticking, you focus alone on the assignment at hand. If you get distracted, you accept to alpha the alarm again. Afterwards the 25 account is over, you booty a 5 minute break. Then, you alpha the alarm again. It is abominable how abundant you can get done back you accumulate a atypical focus.
I additionally use a Productivity Planner to advice me plan and clue my assignment week. It is about a circadian assignment account that incorporates the Pomodoro technique. I acquisition it accessible to see aggregate accounting down, it helps me feel a faculty of ability at the end of the day.
I animate you to accord time blocking a try!
Raquel, Aliment Blogger Pro Content Crafter & Association Champion
If you’re new to blogging, you ability be apprehensive why you charge a plugin to broadcast your recipes – can’t you aloof blazon them out into your post?
While you can absolutely do this, it leaves a lot to be desired. Compound plugins do a cardinal of things to advice you out, like accouterment a nice attending to your compound with little effort, reminding you to ample out assertive types of advice that your readers ability be absorbed in, and cogent Google what your compound is all about.
Yup, you apprehend that right! Your compound plugin communicates with Google (and added chase engines) application article alleged structured abstracts to advice Google accept what your compound is – what the capacity are, how continued it takes, and what bodies anticipate about it.
Having this structured abstracts in your posts is absolutely important for your site’s SEO – or Chase Agent Optimization. A armpit with acceptable SEO has a greater adventitious of assuming up in chase after-effects (think Google, Bing, Pinterest…). The added advice Google and added chase engines accept about your post, the bigger your SEO, and the bigger your adventitious for assuming up in those results.
We created Tasty Recipes so that we can be abiding that the bloggers who use it are able to clasp every aftermost bit of SEO abstract out of their recipes. We additionally capital to accomplish a plugin that was absolutely powerful, but still failing (read: doesn’t apathetic your website down). We’re absolutely aflame about it, and appreciative of how it has angry out! If you’re absorbed in application the plugin, arch on over and check it out.
Easy Agenda Downloads, GitHub, KickoffLabs & Added Tools
To get this compound plugin built, we had to await on a cardinal of accoutrement to handle the versioning, sales, and advance collection.
GitHub: GitHub is a website that helps you clue changes fabricated to your cipher projects. While you ability not anticipate this applies to you, anticipate again! If you anytime accept a website advised for you, appeal to accept it tracked with a adaptation ascendancy arrangement in article like GitHub or BitBucket. These websites acquiesce you to see changes that action and, added importantly, acquiesce you to backslide those changes if article goes wrong.
Easy Agenda Downloads: This is the sales software we’re application on the WP Appetizing site. It runs on top of WordPress and it allows you to handle the accomplished sales aspect from appropriate aural WordPress. It’s abundant for affairs any blazon of agenda product, from ebooks to banal photos to WordPress plugins.
KickoffLabs: We’re application KickoffLabs to aggregate emails for the waitlist. It’s a appealing chic account that allows you to bury a popup on your armpit and aggregate those leads.
Zapier: Zapier is apparently my admired geeky-for-non-geeks apparatus out there. Basically, it connects accomplishments on the internet. So if I do article over here, Zapier sees it and does article over there. We’re application it to affix KickoffLabs with our chump abutment solution, Intercom.
Intercom: This is how we break in acquaintance with our customers. It allows us to babble with bodies on the website, email our leads and our customers, and actualize abutment documentation. We use it for all the FBP brands – FBP, Nutrifox, and WP Tasty.
Working on this activity has been all sorts of fun for me. What I’m best aflame about, though, is seeing how it helps bloggers advance their websites. To apprentice added about Appetizing Recipes, analysis out our cool alarming website here.
Krista, Compression of Yum Video Shoot Assistant
In accession to prepping compound capacity and affable in advanced of the camera, I’ve additionally been acceptable Lindsay with compound testing for some of her earlier posts.
The ambition is to accomplish any bare tweaks to the compound and strengthen the column by abacus advantageous content. Appropriate now, I’ve been active baking assorted batches of the Best Bendable Amber Dent Cookies. Back this is a absolutely accepted compound on the blog, we’re demography our time to fine-tune additive amounts and instructions so readers can absolutely accomplish the best accessible cookie!
Then, we’re demography the action a footfall further, testing variations of the compound to acquisition out what happens if too abundant abrade is used, for example, or if the egg is baffled for too long. Ultimately, we’ll be creating a beheld adviser to affectation the after-effects of anniversary cookie analysis to advice readers accept the tweaks they could accomplish back baking to ensure their accolade appear out as advised with hardly brittle edges and a bendable and adhesive middle!
What questions do you have?
Bjork actuality again.
How ’bout a big annular of acclaim for the POY and FBP team? 👏 Absolutely top notch! 💯
Let us apperceive if you accept any questions in the comments below. We’ll try our best to jump in and acknowledgment them.
Grateful for you,
PS: We’re hiring! Aliment Blogger Pro is attractive to add an accomplished Beheld Designer. If you accept a deep adulation and acknowledgment for acknowledging web architecture and appetite to be allotment of an awesome team, check out the posting and administer today!