Have you heard of Yummly? Until a couple of months ago, it was just something I had seen a few times, made an account, but hadn’t really used much. It’s an innovative digital recipe sharing/ storage app, better than any I’ve used so far including the now defunct Ziplist. It’s available for both Apple and Android devices and there is also a well designed website you can use if you don’t have a tablet or smartphone. To create an account go here.
Saving a recipe is easy: all you do is click the yum button on a recipe you see in the Yummly app and it will save it for you. You can also create “collections” to organize your recipes. If you want to add a recipe to one of your collections you just click on the ‘Yum’ at the top right of your page and your latest recipes will appear at the top of the page. Click the “Yum” button on one and you will see a drop down box appear with a list of your collections. Then you can simply check the ones you want to add it to. If you want to get rid of a recipe just click on the ‘yummed’ check mark at the top and it will ask you if you want to get rid of the recipe or not. On the desktop version you simply click the drop down arrow beside the ‘yum’ icon over the recipe image and uncheck ‘yummed’.
When you open Yummly, the front page will be full of recipes that are geared towards your personal tastes. Much like Pinterest, only Yummly has better pictures, in my opinion…
If you often read food blogs you will likely find that they also have a Yum button in their social media sharing buttons, you can click that to save the recipe to your account easily. If you are on a computer I highly recommend you get the bookmarklet for your browser, it makes yumming recipes so much easier. Once you have your account you can yum my recipes directly from our Yummly Publisher Page!
If you are a blogger who posts recipes then you really need to pay attention to Yummly as it can be a major source of blog traffic. When your readers ‘yum’ one or more of your recipes the people at Yummly will set up a page that hosts all the recipes from your blog, they call it your Yummly Publisher page. You have no access to this page in terms of editing your recipes or adding to it. This page is quite separate from the optional personal account described in the first part of this post. That can seem confusing at first but its easy once you figure it out. You can claim or verify your publisher page from Yummly here so that you can add a profile picture and description. Until you do that it will simply have your blog’s name and no description or image. As an example here’s my Yummly “Cooks with Cocktails” publisher page with just our recipes on it.
If you are not sure if your blog has a Yummly publisher page yet the simplest way to find out is to create a personal account. When you have that all set up you should yum a handful of recipes from your own blog. It takes some time for Yummly to process them through their system, sometimes as long as 24 hours. If you check back in your personal account in a day or so, each recipe should now have a link to your Yummly publisher page as shown in the image below. If you click on the name of your blog under the recipe title, your blog’s publisher page will appear. The number next to the yum button shows how many times people have yummed your recipe.
Eventually you will want to ‘yum’ your entire catalog of recipes so that they are searchable on the Yummly database. Make sure you have a Yummly button added to your social media share buttons so that readers can easily add your recipes to their Yummly accounts. It’s also a good idea to yum other peoples recipes and not just your own.
And that’s it! Yum away 🙂