A “recipe roundup” is the official name (in the biz) of a collection of recipes that a food blogger might put together to celebrate a special occasion or season.
There are various reasons why you might want to compile a roundup:
#1 to reach out to, and connect with, other bloggers;
#2 because you don’t have time to write your own recipe this week/month;
#3 because you want to put a bigger focus on an occasion or season, e.g. pancake day, romantic dinners, Christmas cupcakes;
#4 because you don’t have any recipes on your website that fit the brief of the time of year.
Here’s how to go about it the right way.
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Assemble your recipes
The first thing you need to do is to reach out to other food bloggers and ask if they would like to be included in your roundup. You can either do this by directly contacting bloggers that you know, or put a request out in a Facebook sharing group such as this one.
It’s usual to say something like:
“submissions wanted for a recipe roundup on easy desserts, for name of your blog, to include good quality, bright portrait/landscape photographs (depending on the format of your blog). By granting me permission to use your recipe, you also give me permission to use your photographs on social media and possibly in a cover collage. Deadline is date and proper links back to you will, of course, be provided.”
Then, hopefully, you will be inundated with recipes and will have the glorious job of visiting all those blogs and choosing from them!
What’s in it for the participants?
Firstly, traffic. The participants have the opportunity for their work to get in front of a new audience (yours), which might convert to new readers for their own blogs.
Secondly, if you’re a blogger who already has a recipe live on your website, then it really only takes two clicks and you can post your link as a response to a Facebook request easily.
Two clicks, more traffic. Sounds good to me.
How to do it the right way
Firstly, NEVER pass off someone’s recipe as your own. Full credit where it’s due, always.
That said, for neatness’ sake, you can simply write the name of their blog and then link it (rather than writing the whole website address), e.g.:
Recipe from The Food Brood.
I also like to include one of two thoughtful comments about each of the recipes I use; it shows that you’ve actually bothered to do your research and take a look at the lovely recipes that others have kindly let you use. Or, go one further, and ask your contributors if there’s anything in particular they would like you to say about their recipe.
Here’s an example of a roundup I did:
A word of warning
Recipe roundups are NOT a quick way to fill a gap on your website; they are a lot of work because not only do you have to check out all the recipe submissions yourself, but you also have to make sure that you give the proper credit to the other bloggers. Roundups are harder than most people think, but they’re also a really great way to branch out your blogging style.
Heres are some links to full roundups:
Have you ever written a recipe roundup?