Food Bloggers: Add BigOven features to Your Site!

Are you a food blogger?  Put the “Save Recipe” button on your recipes, right on your blog!  This does a few great things for your readers and your recipe’s visibility:

  • It lets your readers add your recipe to their mobile grocery list
  • It lets readers save the recipe if they want, remembering the recipe, including a full link back to your blog.  This gets them coming back to your site when they do recipe searches in their personal recipe collection
  • It adds Recipe Search Engine Optimizations (“rich snippets” markup)
  • It adds a handy Recipe Management interface for your WordPress site, letting you instantly find, update and reference your full recipe library.

If you’re using WordPress, it’s easy.  Just add the BigOven recipe plugin.  Watch a demo video below:

Example

We’ve installed the free BigOven plugin to this blog that you’re reading.  (Our blog is powered by WordPress.  We simply went to our WordPress dashboard, and installed the “BigOven” plugin, and typed in a recipe)  Here’s an example of how a recipe is displayed:

Pumpkin Pie

Classic pumpkin pie

The classic pumpkin pie recipe.

Looking for a Ziplist Alternative?

On December 10th, Ziplist will close its doors. Cooks will need to transfer their recipes and grocery list from the Ziplist platform before this date.

(Are you a food blogger? Read about our new plugin for WordPress here!)

BigOven’s mission is to help home cooks get inspired and organized, in the kitchen and on-the-go.  We provide the same features as Ziplist, plus a host of other useful tools for the home cook on our website and top-rated mobile apps, all for free. See the short video below to learn more.

So, how does BigOven stack up? Like Ziplist, BigOven has a grocery list with mobile syncing, a recipe clipper and mobile apps.  You can add an unlimited number of grocery items to your grocery list via the clipper.

In addition, BigOven helps you get inspired with 350,000+ recipes reviewed by other home cooks and curated recipe collections and menus. Store your recipes on BigOven – type them in, clip from your favorite sites, or take pictures and we’ll transcribe them for you. Membership to our site and mobile apps is FREE.

We’ve provided a handy feature comparison chart below.

BigOven-Ziplist Comparison

Free membership allows you to add an unlimited number of grocery items, and save up to 50 recipes (we’ve just moved it up!)  Do you have special dietary needs or a large recipe collection? BigOven Pro, our paid membership program, may be of interest. Learn more and try it out free for two weeks here.

Screencast Walkthrough of BigOven’s Grocery List

Questions about BigOven as a Ziplist alternative? Get in touch here.

Our Pledge to Food Bloggers

At BigOven, we are nearing completion of a WordPress recipe SEO plugin that will let food bloggers enhance their search-engine visibility (making SEO friendly recipes), organize recipes in their own WordPress library, keep content of their own in a handy way, and enable optional features that let their readers save the recipe, add it to their mobile grocery list, and more.  More on that effort in the next few weeks — please follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or blog.bigoven.com to hear the latest.

In the meantime, I thought it was timely to lay out our guiding principles with respect to third-party recipe content.

Our Pledge to Food Bloggers

1)  Your content is, and always will be, your own.

BigOven is a partner with, not competitor to you as a food blogger.  BigOven is not a food blog. We aim to surface some of the best content on the web — including those recipes already contributed to BigOven — as part of our job.  But our main goal is to provide consumers and the larger cooking-at-home ecosystem with tools that they can use to make their lives easier.  We see ourselves as a productivity tool — a mobile and web-based platform that’s used in the daily cooking life-cycle of the home cook, from ideation and discovery through (optional) planning, shopping, preparation and sharing.

2)  BigOven is a software platform with a mission of making the lives of home cooks easier.

Our goal is to be the most-used, best-loved tool for home cooks.  We make apps, a website, and an optional Kitchen Cloud API that all work together.

We put our emphasis on the software tools that help ease the cooking life-cycle.  Food blogs are where a lot of the best ideas, photos and fresh perspectives come from in the food world.  BigOven’s heritage and focus is making great software, specifically platform software — and our competitive lens is to take a look at the world of the home cook (and by extension those who help the home cook) and then ask the question “what can we do with mobile, the cloud and the web to make their lives easier, more fun, more healthy?”

At BigOven, we are also home cooks ourselves.

3)  BigOven offers optional ways for bloggers to promote their content.  When we do so, we give full credit and traffic to the author(s) and originating site.

Two examples of this can be seen in the Recipe Clipper and the curated Recipe Collections.  Recipe Clipper is our tool that lets cooks snip a copy of a recipe and keep it in their own collection — it includes the recipe title, ingredients and hero photo, and carries with it a full link back to the original source for the instructions and method.  It helps integrate your content and your material into the life-cycle of the home cook.

Recipe Collections are designed to showcase some of the best seasonal recipes found on the web as well as in the BigOven archive.  When one of our editors finds a great, seasonal recipe to feature in a Recipe Collection, we provide links back to original source with full “link juice” to credit the author for their work.  We do not believe in framing other content.  We do highlight what we discover, but will always endeavor to send the reader to the original source for the complete recipe. The BigOven platform includes the BigOven website and the API, and we require third parties to link back to your site, too.

For instance, our editor is highlighting Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa in the “Grilled Main Dishes” collection.  On the BigOven website, a hero photo and ingredients are there, but there is a full-link-juice link to visit Confections of a Foodie Bride for the instructions as to how to make the recipe.  We highlight this recipe as a recommended recipe in the “Grilled Main Dishes” collection on the BigOven app and BigOven sites.  (Food bloggers, we’re always looking for ways to improve — if you have suggestions that work even better for you, please let us know.  Thanks!)

4)  BigOven will never knowingly steal content, nor do we condone the theft of original material.  We recognize your content is your own, that you have commercial interests in protecting that content and presenting it in the best possible light as the original source.

Food bloggers make people happy, are a source of inspiration for many, and bring people together.  They make our lives as cooks easier and more successful, and as a food blogger, you rightly, fully own the content that you create.

We love food bloggers, consider them allies in the effort to get more cooks making more successful meals more often.  As a food blogger, your content is and will always be your own, and belongs permanently to you.

Backing up this pledge — we warn cooks adding recipes to the archive not to post third-party content, and we have an easy DMCA takedown process (see the “Alert Editor” link on every recipe page) that is always acted upon within one business day of receipt.  We also review all photos submitted to the site to help minimize the re-transmission of copyrighted material.  Now, we cannot guarantee that content copying never happens, because despite our strong suggestions to cooks, sometimes some get through — but we act immediately if an original author contacts us through the “Alert Editor” button.

5)  We’re listening.

We have a comments form, and our development team reads every single suggestion that comes in.