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RecipeYum FAQ

What is RecipeYum?
How much am I paid?
How do I request payment?
How do I change my name?
How do I make text bold or italicised?
Recipe Style Conventions
How do I publish a recipe?
How do I include a link?
How can I take good pictures?
How do I include an image?
How long does it take for a recipe to be published?
Is there a standard format?
What are Supporters?
What are Ingredient Articles?
What are Supplier Recipes?
What about copyright?
How do I become an Editor?

What is RecipeYum?

RecipeYum is a place where food lovers can share their favourite recipes.
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How much am I paid?

Payment is in proportion to the number of people who read your articles.

Each article receives a CPM value on publication, determined by the editors score.

The CPM value is the amount you will receive for every 1000 readers. You do not have to wait for an article to receive 1000 readers to be paid, it's just how the CPM value is expressed. Your account is adjusted each time someone reads one of your articles.

A typical CPM value for an article will be around $10, or 1 cent per reader.

We also offer awards of $1, $5, and $10 for good recipes which are well written with good photos.

You can view your account balance on by clicking on "My Account".
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How do I request payment?

To request payment first enter your payment information on your settings page.

Payments are made using PayPal, however Australian residents can also opt to be paid by bank transfer.

On the first of each month if your balance is over $50 (or 50 GBP) an account is created and placed on your Accounts page.

To request payment of a monthly account click on the "details" link, and then "submit invoice".

Payment is then made on the 1st of the following month as long as the invoice is submitted on or before the 10th. This delay is to allow for the time it takes to receive payments from advertisers.

For instance your January account would be created and placed on your accounts page on the 1st of February. If you submitted an invoice before the 10th of Feb payment would be made on the 1st of March. If the invoice was submitted after the 10th of Feb, payment would be made on the 1st of April.

If your balance is less than $50 on the 1st of the month, then it will be carried over to the following month.

Writers with a WeekendNotes.com account can also transfer their balances there.

The minumum amount for transfer is $20. The transfer link is on your accounts page.
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How do I change my name?

To change your name click on the 'My Cookbook' link and then click on settings.

You can then change your name or create a pen name.
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How do I make text bold or italicised?

TravelSix does not use regular HTLM formatting.

To make text bold add ** either side of the word or phrase you would like bold.

i.e. The **horse** is brown.
The word horse will appear in bold.

To write in italics ass %% either side of the word or phrase.

i.e. The beach is the %%perfect%% place to spend your Summer.
The word perfect will be italicised.
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Recipe Style Conventions

Make the titles short and to the point where possible.

Do not simply describe a meal, explain how to make it.

Make sure your images are in focus.

All words in a title except joining words like 'and' and 'in' are to be capitalised.
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How do I publish a recipe?

To publish a recipe login and then click on the "Share Recipe" link.

Once you've completed your recipe click on the "Notify Editor / Submit Article" link to let the editor know that it's ready.
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How do I include a link?

To include a link in the text of your article use the following format:

[LINK www.thelinkurl.com The Link Text]

"The Link Text" will become the link that points to www.thelinkurl.com.
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How can I take good pictures?

Making food look good is an important part of writing recipes. If you're going to include a picture, you want it to look appetising.

There are some great tutorials available online, but there are a few simple things that can help:

* Good lighting. Don't use a flash, and try and use natural light. Try and take your pictures by a window, or even outside. Or use take them in a room that has good lighting in the first place.

* Keep your pictures clean. Try and keep other clutter out of the shot, and try and keep a clean background. Chopping boards and backdrops with too much going on can have a negative impact on your images.

* Cover the steps. Rather than just including one image, take pictures that detail the different steps of the recipe. You don't have to have them all, but step-by-step images are very helpful.

You're not expected to become an expert photographer, but getting a good shot (especially for the main thumbnail) is very important.
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How do I include an image?

Every recipe needs at least one image. Adding them into your recipe is a simple process.

First you need to upload the images. Click on the 'Add Images' link, you can then add up to 4 images at one time. Make sure you update any changes made to your recipe before clicking the link.

Select the images from your harddrive using the Choose File button.

You can then also add any keywords for your image.

Once you have added all the files, click submit.

To use an image copy and paste the [IMAGEX] tag into the text. Replace X with the image number.

If I wanted to place my first image into the recipe, I would write [IMAGE1]. Make sure there isn't a space between IMAGE and the number.

If you want to add a caption, you just need to include it inside the tag like so: [IMAGEX My caption goes here.]
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How long does it take for a recipe to be published?

Allow 1 working day for your recipe to be published.
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Is there a standard format?

Most recipes follow the format laid out in the default template.
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What are Supporters?

Supporters are websites which have linked to a recipe page on RecipeYum.

To thank them they're promoted at the top of the recipe.

Here is an example where WeekendNotes is supporting a pesto burger recipe.

Writers are paid to organise supporters for their (or other) recipes.

Payments range from $10 up to $50 depending on the website that is linking to RecipeYum. Half is paid upfront, and the other half in 6 months if the link is still in place.

$10 - Any website on its own domain name.

$20 - High quality reputable websites with good content and related somehow to recipes, cooking, or food.

$50 - Business or government websites. Business websites should be associated with a food and have a real world location and offices, such as a restaurant or cafe.

All links need to be on proper domains such as www.tomscafe.com, and not subdomains such as tomscafe.blogspot.com. Sites like Facebook or Twitter are also not counted.

Each business/website is only paid for once, regardless of the number of links. Each business/website can only be featured on one recipe. See further down for the full list of conditions.


How do I organise a supporter?

Many businesses/websites will be happy to link to a recipe in exchange for the free promotion at the top of the recipe page. Simply email or phone them and ask if they'd like some free publicity in exchange for a link.

Expect a success rate of around 1 in 5 for phone calls, and around 1 in 20 for emails. It usually takes 3 or 4 follow ups before a link is placed as well, so don't expect success straight away.

Often you'll have more luck if the business/website is related to the recipe in some way (though it's not necessary):

1) Perhaps they have a chef who would like to contribute a "celebrity recipe" which they can link to.

2) The business supplies an ingredient that is featured in the recipe.

3) The business is a hotel from an area for which the recipe or one of the ingredients is well known.

4) Any other inventive way you can relate the recipe to the business/website.

To request payment for a link click on "new supporter" on your accounts page.

There are a few caveats - don't worry if you don't understand the conditions, the majority of links will be fine.

1) The link must not contain a nofollow tag. To check view the source of the page and make sure there is no rel="nofollow" in the link back to RecipeYum.

2) Links should be direct, and not redirected via another page or use javascript. To check hover your mouse over the link to see where it goes - it should show a recipeyum.com.au address.

3) The links need to be on the actual website of the restaurant, not Facebook or any other site. The website should be a proper domain such as peterscafe.com rather than a subdomain such as peterscafe.blogspot.com etc.

4) The domain needs to be in Google's index. To test this search for the site on Google to see if it comes up.
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What are Ingredient Articles?

Ingredient articles profile the uses, history, background, and other details of a particular ingredient - for instance "Olive Oil".

It should also link to at least one RecipeYum recipe which uses the ingredient. For an ingredient like Olive Oil there will be many recipes, for something less common like "Pickled Herring" you may have to publish a recipe yourself.

At the end of an ingredient article there is a list of "Recommended Suppliers" (from where the reader can buy the ingredient) which can either be a national/international website or a local business which the reader can visit.

If the supplier is a local business then its location should be specified.

Each supplier should in turn link back to the RecipeYum ingredient article from their website. This can be on their homepage or on a links page.

We also have a recommended supplier award image that they can post on their website. Leave a message on the RY forum to request a full resolution copy.

In return for organising each link back to RecipeYum the writer is paid $40 for each link up to $200 (5 links), and then $20 per link up to $600 (20 links), and then $10 per link up to $800 (20 links).

Half is paid upfront, and the other half if the link is still in place in 6 months.

Suppliers should be aware that to remain listed as a supplier the link back to RecipeYum needs to remain on their website permanently.

A good strategy is to write the ingredient article, have it published, and then approach suppliers via phone (for best results) or email to see if they'd like to be a recommended supplier for that particular ingredient. Mention that RecipeYum is one of Australia's most popular recipe websites with over 50,000 readers per month.

To submit a link for payment go to your HubGarden account page and click on "New Link".

Conditions:

Each supplier website should be on it's own domain name (not blogger, tumblr, facebook, twitter etc). Each link should not contain a nofollow tag. Each link needs to be clickable and not a redirect via javascript or a link shortener like bit.ly.

Only one payment per supplier, regardless of how many ingredient articles they link to.
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What are Supplier Recipes?

Supplier recipes are another way to arrange links from a business website to RecipeYum.

First choose an ingredient from a local shop.

Then write a recipe that uses the ingredient.

At the top of the recipe insert a profile of the shop and the ingredient, and the reasons why you chose it.

Publish the recipe and then ask the shop to link to the recipe from their website. They should be happy to do so in return for the free publicity.

You may want to talk to the owner of the shop before writing the recipe to see if they'd be willing to place a link on their website.

Again emphasise that RecipeYum is a very popular Australian recipe website with over 50,000 readers every month.

Once the link is up you can submit it for payment, $50 for each link. Half upfront and half again if the link is still there in 6 months.

The same rules apply as for Ingredient Articles. Each link must be on a website with it's own domain name, one link per business etc.
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What about copyright?

Recipe copyright is a strange business, as just about every recipe is copied from somewhere else, or is a slight variation on another recipe.

Please follow these rules on RecipeYum:

Any photos uploaded must be taken by you actually making the recipe.

Ingredient lists can be copied from elsewhere. They are considered factual.

Method text cannot be copied. Always use your own words when describing method, even if the method has not changed.

RecipeYum assumes exclusive copyright of any text and images uploaded as part of a recipe.

If you would like to retain copyright leave a message for the editor on the recipes edit page. Payment will not be received for that recipe.
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How do I become an Editor?

Writers are invited to become an editor by the chief editor of a hub, usually from amongst the more established contributors.

Please note: Although editors can self-publish their own articles, they cannot give themselves awards. If you would like your article to be considered for an award, another editor must edit and publish the article for you.

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