- What exactly is a FoodoGuide FOG?
A FOG is an automatic link from a FoodoGuide restaurant page to your blog post. You review the restaurant on your blog, and we’ll link to your post. The link appears in a special Blogs section on each FoodoGuide restaurant page, city feed, your Food Journey, your profile page, and your followers’ feeds.
- Why would I want to use it?
Here at FoodoGuide, we prominently display blogger reviews. If you use FOGs, FoodoGuide users will see an excerpt from your review, and a link to click through to your blog. In short, you get exposure and traffic to your blog for free.
- How does it work?
Once registered, all linked posts from your blog will show up automatically in the Blog Posts section of your profile on FoodoGuide as pending blog posts. Here, you can edit your post snippet, add a rating and photo(s) for the restaurant, and tag friends before publishing it to FoodoGuide. It is advisable to edit your post snippet on FoodoGuide to reflect the content related to the restaurant, as that would encourage viewers to be directed to your blog page.
- How long will it take for my blog link to appear on FoodoGuide?
Once you add a FOG to your blog post, it will reflect on your FoodoGuide profile page under ‘Pending Posts’ within 24 hours. From here you can easily add a rating, photos, tag friends and publish your blog post on FoodoGuide. If it has been significantly longer than that, please write to us at [email protected] and we’ll investigate. It’s helpful if you can provide us with links to the blog posts in question.
- Who Are Top Bloggers and how are they different from Top Foodies?
- Top Blogger rankings are based on the number of blog posts (excerpts) that the blogger has published on FoodoGuide via FOGs. Note that only one blog post per restaurant is counted towards the Top Bloggersrankings.
- Top Foodie rankings are based on the reviews, blog posts, and photos you post on FoodoGuide. Reviews and blogposts get 25 points each, and photos get 2 points each. If you have added multiple blogpost(s) anda review for a restaurant, only one of them will be eligible for points on the Top Foodie rankings; that is, only 25 points will go towards your leaderboard ranking.
- Why was my blog post deleted from FoodoGuide?
Though we appreciate all the great blogging contributions to FoodoGuide, not all blog posts are eligible for inclusion on the site. Below are a few types of posts which fall into this category.
- Posts without specific content about the restaurant(s), such as a list of places visited on vacation, without any details about the restaurants.
- Posts about a one-time or private event that won’t be relevant to anyone beyond the date of the event itself.
- Posts not based on personal experience, such as links/summaries of newspaper articles or blog posts.
- Round-up posts that link to previous reviews, such as ‘My Top Ten of 2015’.
- Posts with excessive FOGs. Only one FOG can be added per blog post and linked back to a single restaurant page. If you have mentioned multiple restaurants in your blog post, we would encourage you to write reviews for the others.
- Why was my FOG access revoked from FoodoGuide?
We request you to claim access to food related blogs only. Our team runs a verification on all registered blogs and blogs which are irrelevant to the FoodoGuide platform i.e. non-food related, or containing objectionable content, these are revoked.
- I don’t think any of this is working, what should I do?
Here are a few things to check:
- It can take a few hoursfor your blog-posts to appear as ‘Pending Posts’ on your FoodoGuide profile page. Your posts may not appear immediately on FoodoGuide.
- Did you copy and paste the HTML code correctly? The code is specific to each restaurant, so you need to copy and paste each time.
- Does your blog’s HTML page include a <link alternate=xxx>tag? Most blog readers use this mechanism to find your feed. We use it too.
- Did you put our spoon code in the blog post? Be sure you didn’t put it in a sidebar or footer by mistake.
- The FOG should appear on your blog as an image and not as HTML code. If it doesn’t appear as an image, and you are using Blogger, click on ‘Post settings’ along the right-hand side of the post composition window. Then, click on ‘Options’, and make sure ‘Interpret typed HTML’ is selected. If you are using WordPress, be sure to select the ‘Text’ tab instead of the ‘Visual’ tab at the top of your blog’s post composition window. Then remove the FOG code from your post and copy and paste it again from FoodoGuide into your post.
- If you are using WordPress and have the ‘Jetpack’ plug-in, make sure to disable the ‘Photon’ feature. Photon interferes with our system’s ability to detect your FOGs.