Hey there, food lovers, up-and-coming chefs, and people just looking for dinner! Welcome to Delishably, a place for unique recipes, experienced insight, and an all-around enthusiasm for all things food-related. Delishably sets itself apart from other recipe websites by covering a wide variety of topics (including spices, products, restaurant reviews, and cooking techniques), featuring a huge range of recipes (from Indian food to Filipino food to American mac and cheese), and encouraging writers to share their personal experiences with each particular dish.
Are you thinking you’d like to add your knowledge and expertise to Delishably? Excellent! To write for us, authors must comply with HubPages's editorial policy, which can be found on the HubPages editorial policy page. In addition, below you’ll find a list of things we encourage on Delishably; the more elements from this list that you’re able to incorporate in your article, the more likely it is that you’ll get published on Delishably.
What We Like to See
- Original photos: Whenever possible, we encourage you to include original photos. Original photos are wonderful because they are a visual aid when readers attempt to cook your recipe. In addition, original photos build trust because they demonstrate the author’s personal experience with the recipe. Can’t take photos yourself? See “Personal Experience,” below.
- High-quality photos: Avoid blurry and out-of-focus pictures. These almost never enhance the reader's experience. (An exception to the rule might be a vintage photograph of your grandma cooking the recipe, or something of that nature.)
- Multiple, varied photos: If you want to go above and beyond, include multiple original, unique photos in your article. Here’s an example of an article on making cupcakes with excellent original photos that are varied in content and incredibly helpful for making the recipe (not to mention their stellar quality).
- Don't forget the captions: Captions clarify the photo's content to the reader, and they can be particularly useful if you are demonstrating various steps in a recipe.
Layout & Formatting:
- Use the “Ingredients” and “Instructions” capsules: Even though using a “Text Capsule” to create your ingredients and instructions lists may seem like an efficient idea, we prefer that you use the appropriate “Ingredients” and “Instructions” capsules. Though they look similar on the surface, the HTML coding for the “Ingredients” and “Instructions” capsules are different from that of a text box. The “Ingredients” and “Instructions” capsules’ codes tell Google that your article is a recipe. (To learn more, check out Google’s instructions about what makes an article appear as a recipe.)
- Ingredients should be a bulleted list: Organizing the ingredients in a bulleted list makes it easier for readers to quickly scan. (If you use the Ingredients Capsule, your ingredients will automatically appear as a bulleted list.)
- Instructions should be a numbered list: Organizing the instructions in a numbered list makes it easier for readers to follow your directions. (If you use the Instructions Capsule, your instructions will automatically appear as a numbered list.)
- Style guidelines: Not sure whether to use “tbsp,” or “Tbsp,” or “tablespoon”? Wondering about the most effective way to write your recipe instructions? For handy tips about about recipe-specific style guidelines, check out our Recipe Style Guide for HubPages.
- Aim to keep titles under 60 characters: Being able to see your entire title is an important aspect of a reader’s experience. Typically, Google displays only the first 60 or so characters of a title; however, this isn’t an exact science. You can use this tool to help gauge how your title will look in Google’s search results.
- Try reading your title out loud: This may sound silly, but reading your title out loud is a great way to check for many title “dos” and “don’ts.” If your title is too long, you’ll likely notice when you say it out loud. If your title repeats phrases or sounds a bit awkward, chances are you’ll hear that when you read it out loud to yourself or another person.
- Share your experience: Readers love hearing about why you picked a recipe, where it came from, how you modified it, what you’d try differently next time, and about what mistakes you’ll make sure you don’t make again! Not only is this information incredibly helpful, it helps build an author’s credibility and trustworthiness—not to mention it demonstrates expertise and passion. Sharing your personal experiences is a great way to demonstrate your knowledge, passion, and expertise if you’re unable to take original photos for any reason.
- Personal experience: If you have not personally used a product, it's probably not a good fit for your article. Readers want to know about your personal experience with the product and why you are recommending it. What do you love about it? Why is it worth spending money on?
- Must be essential or unique: If someone wants to make cookies, they likely already own a baking sheet so there is no reason to include one in your article. On the other hand, if you’re making a particularly complicated recipe that is made immensely easier by having a certain tool, you might consider adding that as a product, if you add any products at all.
- Consider in-text links: If you do want to place a potentially crucial item or two in your article, you might consider text links. They generally look cleaner and still offer a generally well-received reader experience.
What to Avoid
Layout & Formatting:
- Avoid excessive bolding, italicizing, and underlining: A lot of bolding, underlining, and italicizing can make the text look messy and muddled.
- Underlining: Underlining text is almost never recommended because it looks like a hyperlink, but isn’t. Readers may try to click on the link only to find that it isn’t a link at all.
- Keywords don’t need bolding: An old SEO practice was to bold your keywords in an attempt to have your page register higher on Google. These days excessive bolding, especially of potential keywords, can look like an attempt at outdated SEO practices that are now frowned upon.
- Avoid keyword stuffing and multiples of the same word: Typically, you don’t want to have multiples of the same word in your title, as it can come across as keyword stuffing, which is something Google dislikes. For instance, “The Perfect Cake Batter - Make Perfect Cake Batter Every Time” is not only redundant, it’s keyword stuffed. Instead, you might consider a title like, “How to Create the Perfect Cake Batter Every Time.” It’s succinct, to the point, and doesn’t use repeated words or phrases.
- Avoid totally unrelated products: Avoid placing totally unrelated products in your articles. For instance, jewelry, outdoor equipment, shoes, and/or purses likely have no business in your article.
- Avoid products that you haven't personally used and loved: See discussion above under "What We Like to See."
Here are some examples of articles on Delishably that we would like to showcase. These articles exhibit the type of high-quality work we wish to see on the site:
- Achari Paratha Recipe (Pickled Indian Flatbread)
- Chocolate Fudge Brownies
- Homemade Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes
- "Light Your Fire" Habanero Hot Sauce
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