1. How does myTaste.co.uk work?
myTaste.co.uk adds recipes from major food sites in the UK and Ireland, as well as recipes from food bloggers who choose to sign up and add their recipes to our index, which we retrieve through RSS feeds. A visitor to myTaste.co.uk searches for the recipe they are looking for and are able to find results from major food sites as well as blogs in the search results. They then click through to the food site or blog to read the complete recipe. In other words, myTaste.co.uk is a specialised search engine for recipes.
2. Why should I join myTaste.co.uk with my food blog?
myTaste.co.uk is one more way for you to receive relevant traffic to your blog. Many of our users go straight to myTaste.co.uk to browse recipes from food sites and blogs. We deliver thousands of visitors each day to food bloggers and sites.
3. If I add my blog, will you use my content?
Yes, to some degree we have to. To be able to properly show your relevant recipes in the search results, we use parts of your recipe title, a small part of the main content and the first image you have used to accompany it. All this information we get from your blog's RSS feed and we then link directly to your post with the recipe. We never use your full content and in order to read your full recipe the user has to visit your blog.
4. How can I add my recipes to myTaste?
The recipes featured on myTaste are linked directly from different blogs and sites. You should be the admin or owner of the recipe site or blog as you are required to add a piece of code to enable our system to automatically add all the recipes through the RSS/feed of your blog. If you have a recipe blog and want to join mytaste, please go to http://www.mytaste.co.uk/add-your-food-blog. If you have a recipe site and want to join us here in myTaste, kindly reach us at email@example.com so we could assist you further.
5. What is this widget that you want me to add to my blog?
The member widget contains html which makes it possible for us to measure your blog's traffic for our food blog top. It's not a requirement that you add the widget for us to index your recipes. However, it needs to be added if you want your blog to show on the blog top list. The widget also contains a link to myTaste.co.uk, so that your visitors can find the origin of the widget.
6. Why can’t I see all my recipes on your site?
We can only index those recipes that are listed in your RSS feed. If you want us to index more of your posts, you need to change the configuration to your feed so that it contains more content. Once this is done, we can start indexing more, or all, of your recipes. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any further assistance.
7. How to change the Number of Feed Items In my blog's setting?
If you are using Wordpress, the default number of feed item on your settings is 10. This affects the number of recipes that can be indexed on myTaste. You can configure this on your account settings. First, go to Setting, then click Reading page in your WordPress menu. Next, you need to change the value next to ‘Syndication feeds show the most recent’ option. Simply enter the number of posts you want to be shown in the RSS feed. If you are using other domain, please contact the customer support of myTaste at email@example.com to assist you further.
8. There is a code showing right beside the widget, how can I fix this?
The issue is more likely to occur if you are using Wordpress. To fix this, check the code of our widget and remove the text of the widget code that starts and finishes "script". Copy the remaining text and then follow the steps on how to add the widget. If you are using other platform and you have this problem, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll further assist you.
9. What are the guidelines in joining more than one country?
Joining different countries can be cool. However, please consider these two important guidelines. 1. You can join different countries as long as your blog is written in the same language of the site. 2. In placing widget, you are allowed to pick only ONE widget among the countries you are joining to be added on your blog, your blog will appear on the top food blog list to the country from where you picked the widget.
10. How many widgets is allowed on my blog if I want to join more than one myTaste country?
You are allowed to pick only ONE widget among the countries you are joining to be added on your blog. It is strictly prohibited to add multiple widgets on your blog.
11. Can I join to more than one myTaste's country?
Yes, you can join multiple countries in mytaste. However, please make sure that you have read the guidelines in joining more than one myTaste's country.
12. Why are the photos of my recipes not showing or not properly indexed on the site?
Our system indexes your recipes to our site through the rss/feed of your blog taking the title and the first image of every post you have on your blog. If the photos are not displayed correctly for some reason, you can contact us at email@example.com and we’ll further assist.
13. What should I do if the top food blog list shows incorrect number of my traffic / visits?
By placing our widget on your blog, our system will be able to count the right amount of your website or blog traffic. If you see an incorrect number of visits, this may be due to one of the following issues: 1. The widget you put on your blog has incorrect code. You can double check if your code is correct by going to http://www.mytaste.co.uk/update-your-food-blog. 2. The widget is placed on other part of your blog such as “about page” or “contact page”. The widget should be placed on you homepage.
14. If I notice that my blog recipes are on your site without my consent, what should I do?
If you notice that your recipes are on our site and you never wanted this to happen, please send us an email and we will remove your recipes as soon as we have confirmed that you are the owner.
15. If I join myTaste.co.uk with my food blog, can I choose to leave the site later?
Yes, of course. All you have to do is email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know that you no longer wish to have your recipes in our index.
16. Do you use so called no-follow links to the blogs and sites?
Yes, we do, just like many other sites that link out to a lot of external websites (Wikipedia, Google, Youtube etc.). The reason why we use this attribute is that we do not want to affect the bloggers' possibilities to rank in search engines, in any way. This is a common standard for larger sites and search engines that link out a lot to other websites. You can read more about no-follow links here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nofollow.
17. How will the no-follow links affect my blog ranking in search engines?
The idea with using no-follow links is to not affect ranking whatsoever. Your blog will not get better rankings in search engines because of the links from myTaste.co.uk and it will not get worse rankings either. This is why sites like Wikipedia, Youtube and Google, to name a few, use the no-follow attribute, to make sure that their links will not be up for debate on causing websites to rank good or bad in search engines.