I have no new recipe to post today, because I worked last night on my recipe landing pages.
My Recipe landing pages are all a mess. When I tranferred hosting, all my links on my landing pages became messed up, and I never took the time to fix my recipe ones. Of course that means that every time people click on my links, they go to a bad link. My drop-down menu was okay, so I didn’t mess with my landing pages.
I knew I had to do it though, and I wanted landing pages that had pictures. I could use Inlinkz to do it like I did my Crafts, Freezer Recipes, and Printables pages, but I wanted it a little more unique. Plus, what if something happened to Inlinkz someday or if I dropped the service?
Here is how I made my Favorite Recipe Landing Pages. I still have to do the last three categories, but I finished Desserts which has the most recipes. I know what is important in life!
- I made a white (that’s what my blog’s post background color is) rectangle design of 225 x 275 pixels. That way 3 recipes can fit across my page.
- I copied a picture from my post (it was easier than finding all the old pictures and some got deleted when I had a computer issue), and edited it in PicMonkey using the Circle Shape Cutout. I would just drag and shrink/enlarge the circle until I got it in the best place on my picture. I tried to not have any words in my pictures. From now on, I will do this when I am editing my pictures for a post, so there will be no words on my pictures when I make the picture for my landing page.
- I then saved that picture like you see above with a transparent background. You can crop it if you have a lot of dead space around the picture.
- I next “edited” the blank 225 x 275 picture I had made (above). After I uploaded the picture to PicMonkey, I clicked on Overlays (the butterfly symbol), and then I clicked on “Your Own”. As an overlay, I would bring that picture I just made a circle shape. I enlarged it until it was the right size on the top of the white picture. On the bottom, I added text for the name of the recipe. I then saved it as that recipe’s name.
- Once I got many circle shape cutouts done, I would then upload one to my blank white picture as overlay, finish all I had to do to it, save it, and then get another picture and use the same white design in PicMonkey to do my next recipe. I could delete the one picture and add the next overlay, click on the text and change it to the new title.
- The reason I started with a blank background is so that all my pictures would be exactly the same size so that they would line up nicely on my page. I clicked on “none” in the alignment when I added the picture to my page. I also tried to keep my font the same size, but sometimes that wasn’t possible.
- Then go click each picture in the visual tab of your blog and link each picture to the correct post. VERY IMPORTANT STEP!
Sometimes one picture wanted to have the link of the picture before it, and I would have to go the text view and put </a> after the picture with the link that wanted to be on both pictures. I put in no returns– just one picture after another.
- Once I got the dessert landing page done, I could copy all of the html and paste it into the html window under my desserts section of my Favorite Recipes page.
So I have a few questions for my foodie bloggers!
- Do you think I made the pictures too big? As I get more recipes will it be hard to scroll through them? Here is my main Recipes page.
- Should I categorize my Desserts page more (cookies, bars, pies, etc)?
- Should I put all my pictures on the Favorite Recipes Page as they are also on the other categories pages or should I just have links to the Category Pages?
- What do you think overall of what I am trying to do?
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I would love your feedback! Let me know how you made your landing pages.
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