A New York Foodie has been in existance for about 4 years now, but I didn’t get really serious about it until January of 2013. At that time, I had about 90 or 95 Facebook fans. The day I reached 100, I thought it was absolutely amazing! Very soon after that, I noticed how other blogger friends of mine were growing their Facebook pages so fast. They went from 100 fans to 500 in a matter of a few days and I wanted to know what their secret was. I was informed that they were joining something called “Facebook Foodie Parties”. “What’s that”? I asked. I couldn’t possibly imagine what this was, or how it even worked. A Facebook Foodie party is when a blogger invites other bloggers to share recipes on their FB pages so the party thrower’s fans can see the other bloggers recipes. Basically it’s networking, for lack of a better word. Some bloggers will have a theme, such as “desserts, soups, Italian, etc”, others will just tell you to bring over whatever recipe you want. You share the picture of your recipe on their wall with a link back to the recipe on your website/blog. Make sure your picture is large and of good quality! Remember, people eat with their eyes first!!
When I started to attend these “parties”, I saw my fan base increase tremendously. I couldn’t believe how fast it started to grow. So now, a little over a year later, I am getting very close to 8000! The blogging community has many helpful and wonderful people in it and there is a page totally devoted to these “foodie parties” run by a couple of lovely ladies, Debi and Kathryn. Here is the link to this page where you can find out about all the different parties that are being held on that particular day. Foodie Parties
If you become a fan of their page, please tell them that Sandi from A New York Foodie sent you!
My page grew quite fast from attending the parties but I have noticed that towards the end of 2013, Facebook has changed its algorithms and our posts are not reaching the fan base like they once did. While Facebook is still my Number 1 means of traffic out of all the Social Media platforms, I had to find new ways to get my posts out there to my readers. After all, if they “Liked” my page to begin with, they certainly want to see my posts.
Another way to increase traffic is doing something called a “Share 4 Share”. That is when you share the link of another blogger’s page on your page so you can introduce your readers to them. This, however, I only like doing with bloggers that I have established a relationship with. I have had many people ask me to do this that I do not know and I decided that I won’t do it! I have also had bloggers post a request on my page where it’s not written in English. I find it quite rude for someone to post a request like that, who, a) doesn’t know me, and b) doesn’t know, if I speak their language! My advice to you is, when you decide to do “Share 4 Shares”, get to know the fellow blogger first, establish some sort of relationship with them. Lastly, and I cannot stress this enough, please make sure that they speak the same language that you do! I don’t know about you, but it totally infuriates me, if someone is posting something on my page that is not written in English, the only language that I understand!
Yet another way to increase your traffic is to do personal shares with each blogger’s recipes/pictures. You will notice that there is a “share” feature under their posts. Most of the time they will be very thankful and share something of yours as well. Give it a try!
A couple other very important points are your profile picture and cover photo. Make sure that they define who you are. You don’t have to put an actual photo of yourself, but just have something that relates to your blog. Even though I am A New York Foodie, my cover photo relates to me as it has colorful vegetables. My motto is “Eat Foods with Lots of Colors” and you will notice it on the main logo of my blog.
So that is my advice to all new bloggers out there, whether you be food bloggers or not! If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at sandi @ anewyorkfoodie dot com. I would love to hear from you, and if you have any tips for me, that would be great as well! We are all in this together! 🙂