7 Best Ever Food Blogging Resources + Tools. Here is a list of our favourite free blogging resources and tools that we use for running RecipeThis.com. They are all completely free and essential.
Last Friday on the blog, I shared with you all our favourite blogging expenses that help us successfully run RecipeThis.com, but what about free products?
Not everything that is useful must be paid for and here is our 7 best ever free food blogging resources and tools:
We should all analyse our traffic more. How often do we really go in and see what is working and what isn’t?
Dominic probably checks our Google Analytics via his phone app several times a day. He wants to make sure everything is running correctly and that nothing is not working.
Every Monday, I go in and check on our traffic for the previous week to see if we have any new posts doing well, what old favourites are performing and just overall checking of things. I also do a similar thing once a month.
It is also nice, when you start a new traffic source to see how it is moving along.
I have recently been focusing on Aweber and building up our mailing list and its nice to see its progress bit by bit:
Or that Pinterest is continuing to grow and that I can view Pinterest from the start and see Pinterest results from all Pinterest readers:
You can then use the rinse and repeat model to see what works and improve on it with your Google Analytics account.
After I have gone onto Google Analytics, I head over to Google Webmaster Tools.
It is the place where everything Google SEO happens.
It is where to go to change your sitemap, to check for SEO errors, SEO crawl errors and so forth. But as well as that it’s the place to go to check your SEO positions.
There are a few things I do on Google Webmaster Tools:
- I see out of the top 1000 keywords mentioned how many are not on the first page of Google and why
- I have a glance at our top 100 keyword positions and see how they are performing since I last looked
- Every month I record my impressions, clicks and top positions
- I look at bottom of the first page positions and see how I can improve them
- I look to see what similar posts I can create based on what is already doing well
- I download my CSV file and then go through what is performing for each of my main focuses
I would say the BEST asset for your Google Webmaster Tools is the CSV file and to download and see what is doing well for your micro niches. Let’s say you’re a baking blogger. You might want to separate it into cookies, breads and cakes and to see which you excel best at in the search engines.
Just like I separate it into my kitchen gadgets. I like to see how the air fryer is performing alongside the Instant Pot, the slow cooker and the soup maker.
I have been using SEO Book for years for keyword research. It’s a fantastic free SEO tool and its so much better than the paid options.
Just think how much money people spend on SEM Rush and Aherf and the fact that you have this fantastic Plan B.
I also have an American audience and due to cultural differences, it’s a great way for me to find out what food they like compared to us.
You can also compare traffic for the US and the UK, depending on your market.
I am on the free Amy Lynn Andrews Newsletter and it is a fantastic source of what’s going on and freebies for bloggers.
It comes out every Saturday morning and my favourite part is that it includes all the new fonts that are available for free download. You can click the link and download.
She also mentions what free podcasts and free bootcamps are running that week. A great way to get the same content you would pay hundreds of dollars for in a course for FREE.
It is also in bullet points so on a Saturday you can skim through it, grab what you want and then get back to work.
If you can’t afford Microsoft Office or don’t like working with Google sheets or Google docs, then open office is a fantastic Plan B.
I used to use it a LOT, especially before Microsoft Word would transfer word documents into PDF. It was a total life saver.
It looks just like it and works just like Microsoft Office but isn’t!
There is a paid and a free version, but I think the free version is amazing.
I should mention that we pay for WP Recipe Maker and have upgraded to the paid version. BUT the free version is a fantastic starting point with being able to have recipe cards on your recipes.
I have looked around and there is NOT a recipe card plugin that has better features than WP Recipe Maker. They are always missing something out.
The features we need as food bloggers with a recipe card is:
- Ability to add affiliate links
- Ability to include metric to imperial conversions
- Ability to add nutritional info
- Ability to quickly add affiliate links to all of one product all at once
Now that last feature makes you money! I mean image if you find a good chicken company to affiliate such as US Wellness Meats and you have 500 chicken recipes on your blog. With a quick click of the mouse every mention of chicken on your ingredients list is hyperlinked and monetised.
But what bothers me most about some alternative recipe cards, is the inability to swap between imperial and metric. As someone that works on metric, if I visit a recipe blog on imperial with no conversions, I will leave the site. Imagine all those Australian and European readers you’re losing out on.