Welcome to THE FOODIE BLOGROLL FAQ!

Here are the most frequently asked questions regarding the inner workings of The Foodie Blogroll!

Why Should I join The Foodie Blogroll? What’s in it for me?

The Foodie Blogroll is the first of its kind and is one of the fastest growing online communities for foodies. With over 1000 members spanning the globe in less than a year, there is a reason for its popularity. It is the first blogroll created just for foodies like you. When I started my food blog, I went looking for a blogroll for food and cooking related websites and there were none to be found. So I decided to create my own! This is all about building the best community online for foodies! Imagine what having over 1000 websites linking to you can do for your blogs traffic and Google or Technorati ranking.

A great benefit for joining is a forum for members (and other foodies alike) to hang out with each other and get to know each other and talk about our favorite subject – FOOD. There are also contests and your blog could also be featured as part of my Finest Foodies Friday – where I feature the best blogs from the Foodie Blogroll! If you are not a member, you can’t be featured.

Who manages The Foodie Blogroll and The Foodie Blogroll Forum?

I, Jenn, The Leftover Queen am humbly at your service for this one! This is truly a labor of love. Roberto and I working together have found ways to make this process easier as the blogroll has grown, but it is still a cottage industry and much of the process is done manually by me. So please be patient with me. I usually spend several hours a day managing this great foodie community! But if I am not at my computer, everything is on hold until I can get back to it.

What are the requirements for joining?

1) You must display the blogroll on your blog’s sidebar where I can easily find it. Once a month I will try to go through the blogroll and delete the blogs from the blogroll that aren’t displaying it. The reason for this requirement is that to meet our goal of promoting food related blogs on the Internet we need to link to each other. It drives up your Google rank (your blog could potentially be on the first or second page of Google’s search results when someone is searching for information that is contained on your blog) and your Technorati rank.

2) You must have a food related blog (at least 80 % of posts are food related)

3) The blog must be at least 1 month old with at least 5 posts.

Why do I have to display the entire code on my sidebar? Can’t I just put the icon?

See #1 of the above question.

My request to join The Foodie Blogroll was rejected – however, my blog fits all the requirements. Why didn’t you send me the code?

Most Foodie Blogroll Request Rejections happen because information you typed into the registration form was incorrect. Most often URLS are misspelled and therefore cannot be verified as a foodie blog. If you feel you fit all the requirements to join and you received this rejection in error, please go back to the registration form and fill out another request.

Other times requests are rejected because you have less than 5 posts (that are food related) or less than 80% of your blog is food related. If this is the problem, feel free to re-register once you have fulfilled these requirements.

I have a WordPress.com / Vox blog and I cannot see the list of blogs when I implement the code. What is wrong?

WordPress.com (not wordpress) and vox blog templates do not allow the entire code to appear. All you will see if you have a WordPress.com or Vox Blog is the Foodie Blogroll Icon and the “click here to join” link. This is fine. However, you still need to add the entire code as it is to the sidebar template for this to work. Hopefully soon you will be able to display the whole code, but we do not want to exclude a huge portion of the food blogger community because of this technicality.

I have a Blogger/ Blogspot blog, how do I implement the code?

If you have a Blogger/Blogspot Blog and do not know how to enter the code – go to your Blogger Dashboard. Choose the “add a page element” option – (do not use the “add a widget option”), click the “HTML/Javascript” option and then copy and paste the entire code into the template. You should be all set!

I have iWeb. How can I install the code?

If you have iWeb, please click this link to find out how to install the code.

When I implement the code on my blog, only the icon and “click here to join” link show and I have a blogger/ Blogspot or non-worpress.com/vox blog – why is that?

If you are only seeing the icon and the “click here to join” link that means that you have not implemeted the whole code. If you look at the email that I sent you, that contains the code and you see the Foodie Blogroll Icon – that means that your email software is displaying part of the HTML. In this case, you need to save the code and then open it in Word or notepad, then copy and paste the whole code into your sidebar template.

When I add the Foodie Blogroll to my blog, the loading time on my page slows down. Why? What can I do about it?

The Foodie Blogroll has over 1000 members, so the list is getting long! These days bloggers have a lot of widgets, badges and codes on their blogs – this slows everything down if your computer does not have a lot of memory. If you have less than 2 gigabytes of memory on your computer, this is likely the problem. Short of purchasing more memory, here are 2 easy options to try first:

1) Use this tool to create a drop down menu for the list of blogs

2) Change the sequence of how your blog columns load so that the column that contains the Foodie Blogroll Code, loads last.
If you are still having problems and need to get more memory, you can check out www.crucial.com and they can help you figure out what type of memory your computer takes.

I put the code up on my blog weeks ago and you still have not added me to the Blogroll. What’s the deal?

Did you remember to email me to tell me that? Unless, I receive an email from you letting me know you put the code up, I won’t know to add you to the blogroll. There are over 200 blogs pending acceptance (meaning I have sent them the code) at any given time and I am not able to go through them all to see who has the code up and who doesn’t. Also when emailing me any correspondence regarding The Foodie Blogroll, please be sure to include your name, your blog title and your blog’s URL.

Note: If you have recieved a reminder email from me in the past, but still have not implemented the code, you have likely been deleted from the system. Therefore, if you want to be added to The Blogroll, please re-register.

ALSO WE DO HAVE A FOODIE BLOGROLL FORUM - IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS AND THIS FAQ IS NOT ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS, IT IS LIKELY ONE OF THOSE KIND PEOPLE HAVE HAD SIMILAR ISSUES- AND IF YOU POST A QUESTION ON THIS SECTION OF THE FORUM I AM SURE YOU CAN GET SOME HELP. FOODIES ARE SOME OF THE NICEST PEOPLE EVER! :)

Happy Blogging Everyone!