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 having an array of articles, including information about various cooking elements (such as spices, products, restaurant reviews, and cooking techniques), having a huge range of recipes (from Indian food to Filipino food to potato chips), encouraging writers to share their personal experiences (compared to just sharing a recipe), and more.
Are you thinking you’d like to add your knowledge and expertise to Delishably? Excellent! To write for us, authors must comply with HubPages’ editorial policy, which can be found on our HubPages’s Editorial Policy page. In addition, below you’ll find a list of things we encourage on Delishably; the more elements from the list below 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:
- Have original photos. Whenever possible, we encourage you to have original photos. Original photos are wonderful because they are a visual aid when you’re cooking the recipe, and original photos build trust because they demonstrate the author’s experience with the recipe. Can’t take photos yourself? See “Personal Experience.”
- Have high-quality photos. Avoid blurry and out-of-focus pictures. These almost never enhance the reader's experience. (However, one exception to that rule might be a vintage photograph of your grandma cooking the recipe you’re sharing or something akin to that.)
- Have 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).
Layout & Formatting:
- Make photos full-sized. Whenever possible, make your photos full-sized. Full-sized photos tend to offer a better reader experience, especially on mobile, because you don’t have a picture and text competing for the same page space.
- Ratings capsules near the top. We prefer to keep the ratings capsule near the top, as we believe the information found in the ratings capsule is very useful to an incoming reader looking to make the recipe: they want to know what others thought.
- Use the “Ingredients” and “Instructions” capsules. Even though using a “Text Capsule” to create your ingredients and instructions lists seems 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. We recommend checking out Google’s instructions about what makes an article appear as a recipe.
- Aim to keep titles under 60 characters. Being able to see your entire title is an important aspect of a reader’s experience. They want to know what the article is about. Typically, Google displays the first sixty characters or so of a title; however, this isn’t an exact science. You can use this tool to help you gauge how your title’s going to look in Google’s search results.
- Try reading your title out loud. While this may sound silly, reading your title out loud is a great way to check for many of the “do’s” and “don’ts” we’ve gone over here. 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, 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.
- Have personal experience with the product. If you have not personally used a product, it probably isn’t a good fit for your article. Readers want to see personal experience and reasons why that particular product is stellar and worth spending money on.
- Only place crucial products. If someone wants to make cookies, they likely already own a baking sheet so there is no reason to include one in your article. 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 look a little 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 a text look muddled.
- Whole Paragraphs: We recommend that you don’t have entire paragraphs bolded. That can also mean refraining from using alternative text box formattings (such as “Heading 2”) for entire paragraphs.
- Underlining looks like a hyperlink, but isn’t. Underlining things is almost never recommended because it looks like a hyperlink, but isn’t. Readers go 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. Excessive bolding, especially of potential keywords, can look like an attempt at poor SEO practices; therefore, it’s also best to avoid bolding (unless you want something to be truly emphatic—and want to use the bolding sparingly).
- 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, something Google frowns upon. For instance, “The Perfect Cake Batter - Make Perfect Cake Batter Every Time” is not only redundant, it’s a bit 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.
Here are some examples of articles on Delishably that exhibit the type of high-quality work we wish to see on the site:
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