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The Blogger Genius Podcast with Jillian Leslie

Mar 20, 2024

The Ever-Changing Landscape of Blogging and Online Business

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A Conversation with Kayla Burton: From Baking to Blogging

In this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kayla Burton, the creative force behind Broken Oven Baking and a food blog coach. Kayla's journey from working in clinical research to a full-time food blogger and coach is nothing short of inspiring. She started her blog as a hobby in 2020, and within a few years, she's turned her passion into a thriving business and now helps others do the same.

Show Notes:

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The Struggles and Triumphs of Food Blogging

Kayla and I delved into the common challenges food bloggers face, particularly the technical aspects like SEO and staying updated with technology. She emphasizes the importance of user experience, ensuring your site is fast, navigable, and answers your audience's questions. Kayla also shared her approach to personalizing content, making sure her readers know there's a real person behind the recipes.

SEO for Food Bloggers: A Recipe for Success

When it comes to SEO, Kayla advises focusing on user experience and providing a "warm hug" through your content. This includes FAQs, intros, and personalized touches that make your blog stand out. With the rise of AI, showcasing your humanity has become more crucial than ever.

Crafting Your Unique Vibe

Kayla's vibe is all about simplicity and ease in baking, with a personal touch that reflects her life in Chicago. She believes in sprinkling your story into your posts while still delivering valuable content to your readers.

The Strategy Behind Recipe Selection

Kayla recommends a dual approach to selecting recipes for your blog: targeting low competition keywords for easier ranking, and mixing in higher competition keywords for potential high traffic gains. She also stresses the importance of competitive analysis, looking at what's ranking on Google, and figuring out how to create content that competes effectively.

Final Thoughts

My conversation with Kayla Burton was a treasure trove of insights for food bloggers and bloggers in any niche. The key takeaway is the balance between personal touch and SEO optimization. As we navigate the blogging landscape, it's clear that adaptability, strategy, and authenticity are the ingredients for a successful online presence.

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