Lately, I’ve had a lot of questions from food bloggers about our new recipe search engine. Some of them found out about our site from us, others saw Feastie as a referral in their traffic logs, others may have noticed it through Google Alerts, others may have heard about it from other bloggers.
I’ve received a full spectrum of reactions! Some bloggers have linked back to us or have written blog posts about how happy they are to be included. Some bloggers have sent emails and asked to be added to the index. Others have emailed me with questions about how the site works and why we didn’t ask permission. And some have expressed their displeasure publicly.
I guess it’s no surprise that we’ve had such a wide variety of reactions. Anytime something totally new appears out of the clear blue sky, it’s natural to wonder “Are you a Good Witch, or a Bad Witch?”
If you recently noticed that your site was indexed in Feastie, and were pleasantly surprised, I’m happy that you’re happy! Let me know in the comments. Be sure to take a look at the Goodies page to find cool recipe tools for your blog. If you aren’t in the index, and would like to be, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you recently noticed that your site was indexed in Feastie, and the surprise was not so pleasant, then I apologize. I want you to know that my intention is to create a site that benefits food blogs by making them searchable, driving traffic, and adding interactivity for your readers. I understand how hard you work on your food blog (we write one too). I also know how much recipe sites have been targeted for copying. I understand how some of you are on high alert for sites that are scraping and republishing the content that you worked so hard to create.
I want to assure you that Feastie is not one of those sites.
So let me answer some of the most frequently asked questions I’ve been hearing.