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Dishing with Delishes: This once a week podcast from host Elaine Benoit features successful food bloggers who share their stories of success and failure and their advice to others on how best grow their food blog into a thriving business. Elaine also interviews experts in this competitive field to help bloggers fine-tune their websites, grow their audiences and uncover ways to take their food blogs to the next level. Elaine is dedicated to inspire, educate and help bloggers realize their dreams of owning a successful online business.

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Dishing with Delishes: This once a week podcast from host Elaine Benoit features successful food bloggers who share their stories of success and failure and their advice to others on how best grow their food blog into a thriving business. Elaine also interviews experts in this competitive field to help bloggers fine-tune their websites, grow their audiences and uncover ways to take their food blogs to the next level. Elaine is dedicated to inspire, educate and help bloggers realize their dreams of owning a successful online business.

    Hiatus Announcement | Elaine Benoit

    Hiatus Announcement | Elaine Benoit

    I wanted to publish this episode to let you all know that, after long and careful consideration, I have decided to take an extended hiatus from the podcast.
    Here are my reasons:
    This has been a passion project for me and, although I thought I might someday make money from it, I realize now that probably won’t happen. So, it’s time for me to focus my attention on my true money maker, which is my Dishes Delish food blog.
    Dishes Delish has grown leaps and bounds since I started this podcast. I attribute that growth to a few things.
    The first was my audit in June of 2018 with Casey Markee. That was the catalyst. I had interviewed Casey before that but at the time I decided to move forward with my audit, the blog had only five thousand sessions a month. Mind you, I had been blogging for almost 3 years.
    Casey helped focus me. He taught me to not pick keywords like “dark chocolate caramel marshmallow cashew butter cups” Yes, I actually used those keywords in a post. As you can imagine, it gets 0 monthly searches. But I’m the reigning champ of that keyword. I am in the carousal and #1 in Google search results. And that’s only one of my really long keywords.
    Casey also got me to write for my readers and help solve problems. That was a game changer for sure.
    Another game changer was the viral moment I had in September of 2018. The HBO show Camping mentioned a jelly donut shot in one of its episodes and at that time, the monthly viewfor those keywords was only 330. But here’s why I had that viral moment. My Jelly Donut shot was already #1 in search results, so everyone and their brother who watched that episode of Camping clicked through to my website.
    That shot is still #1 and now has a monthly search volume of 4400. That shows you how something can grow just by having exposure.
    And that exposure was also a growth catalyst because, as with all such exposure, having people look at my jelly donut shot brought them back to the site to see other content, which gave me even more sessions.
    By October of 2018 – and remember: in June of the same year, I had only 5k sessions a month – I qualified for Mediavine and in November their ads went live on my site.
    Fast forward 6 months, when I was lucky to have another viral moment. My pistachio cookie recipe became my top post, toppling my Cadillac Margarita from 1st place. The popularity of this cookie post allowed me to apply for (and join) AdThrive. Now remember, to join MediaVine, you need 25k monthly sessions. AdThrive requires 100k pageviews.
    Now, I tell you all this for two reasons, first to explain why I’m placing the podcast on hiatus. I need to focus on the blog to make it even more successful by adding various income streams.
    Secondly, I am hoping to inspire you by letting you know that you can do it too. Don’t get me wrong, it takes a lot of work and sometimes a little luck. But you don’t have to have a viral moment to succeed. Many of my guests didn’t have one, and yet they are successful; it just takes years and hard work.
    So, keep at it and don’t give up. Write for your readers, help them solve a problem and create quality content.
    I also want to say that it is not always necessary to pick keywords that have a high monthly search volume. Some of my more popular posts have under 1000 monthly searches on Google but they do really well on Pinterest.
    So I would have missed out on this if I’d listened to the experts and neglected to follow my gut. Experts are great and can be a big help but you also can rely on yourself by doing what you think is best.
    You can also help yourself by joining Facebook groups like Food Bloggers Central. Ask questions, learn from other bloggers mistakes and if you’re wanting some inspiration, visit Dishing with Delishes and re-listen to interviews with food bloggers who forged their way before us. You can also lis

    • 6 min
    Marye Audet-White | Restless Chipotle

    Marye Audet-White | Restless Chipotle

    Marye Audet-White is a long-time food writer whose work and expertise are featured in cookbooks, websites, magazines, TV programs and her food blog, Restless Chipotle.
    With a 40 year focus on the importance of family and a passion for southern comfort food, Marye Audet-White has become an expert in melding the two together effortlessly. She's a NY Times Bestselling author with 10 cookbooks under her belt and her recipes have been featured in Good Housekeeping, Country Living, Today, House Beautiful, Texas Living, Food & Wine, and many more.
    Marye also works to help other women learn the craft of blogging through courses, coaching, and mentorship programs.  Her ultimate goal is for women to be able to provide for themselves and their families while being able to work from home.

    • 30 min
    Dennis Littley | Ask Chef Dennis

    Dennis Littley | Ask Chef Dennis

    Dennis Littley is a retired chef, live stream show host and producer, social media consultant, and speaker who can be found at his food and travel blog, Ask Chef Dennis.
    Dennis is a retired chef and culinary instructor who enjoys life by traveling and eating his way around the world, sharing his recipes and adventures along the way. A native Texan who spent most of his life in greater Philadelphia, Chef Dennis now resides in Kissimmee, Florida with his wife Lisa.
    During the newest phase of his culinary journey as a food and travel blogger, Chef Dennis has amassed an impressive following, including 950K+ social media followers and 80+ million impressions monthly.

    • 31 min
    Suzy Karadsheh | The Mediterranean Dish

    Suzy Karadsheh | The Mediterranean Dish

    Suzy Karadsheh (ka-RAH-chee) is a true daughter of the Mediterranean. She was born and raised only two blocks from the Mediterranean shore in Port Said, Egypt; a quick boat ride from places like Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, and Italy.
    Proximity to the sea’s riches, combined with her family’s fondness for big gatherings, turned Suzy into a passionate cook who lives by the values of the Mediterranean diet. She is all about easy, wholesome recipes with big Mediterranean flavors!
    To fully leverage her delicious heritage and big Mediterranean personality, Suzy established The Mediterranean Dish, a leading food blog and online resource dedicated to Mediterranean recipes, diet and lifestyle.
    What started as a hobby in 2014, has become a multi-faceted business including an e-commerce site that offers quality Greek olive oils, all-natural and organic spices, and more!
    For people seeking a healthier lifestyle and a taste of the Mediterranean, there is no better place than The Mediterranean Dish.

    • 30 min
    Melissa Riker | The Happier Homemaker

    Melissa Riker | The Happier Homemaker

    Melissa Riker is founder, recipe developer, and photographer behind The Happier Homemaker, a lifestyle blog focused on everyday recipes and home management for busy families.
     
    Melissa is a former cancer researcher who left her career in the laboratory after having the first of three sons. She started her first blog in 2007 to keep in touch with family as a military spouse living far from home. The blog evolved to DIY and decorating as she and her husband undertook projects in the houses they bought, rented or built each time they relocated.
    Melissa absolutely knows the stress that comes from managing a home: school, lunches, jobs, spouse, children. She founded The Happier Homemaker in 2011 with the hope of inspiring families to find joy in their homes again. Over the years, Melissa has grown her food blog into a six-figure business while moving four times in eight years, including a year spent abroad in the United Kingdom.
    She and her husband Randy launched Riker Media, a lifestyle media company, in early 2019 and recently purchased a second, established food blog, Shaken Together Life, to add to their portfolio of websites.
    When not behind the camera or laptop, Melissa travels extensively. She also enjoys her pets, gardening, bird watching and time behind her easel, painting.

    • 27 min
    Aneesha Gupta | Spice Cravings

    Aneesha Gupta | Spice Cravings

    Aneesha Gupta is a lifetime cook and author of the Spice Cravings food blog, where she shares fast, easy recipes that produce consistent results, even for new cooks.
    Aneesh is a foodie by birth and the mind, body and soul behind Spice Cravings. She shares quick, easy and healthy global recipes that are LOW in effort and BIG on taste or, what she calls, "Everyday Gourmet"!
    Aneesha's recipes are inspired by her love for spices, her north Indian roots, her global travels and most importantly, her life as a working mom. A recipe doesn't make it to the blog until it is tested multiple times and rates a thumbs-up from her taster-in-chief husband and her teen-chef twin girls!

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

AJMadventures ,

Excellent Podcast

Super informative!! Elaine asks wonderfully probative questions! So enjoyable to listen to!

follow that fig ,

Best Podcast about Food Blogging

I am so happy I stumbled across this podcast. I’m about to launch my blog and hearing how others are doing it is valuable. I love that you end with a set list of questions that you ask every guest and find that I look forward to hearing everyone’s answers.

slackboy ,

Every episode I walk away with a valuable lesson or take-away

I love Elaine’s ‘Dishing with Delishes’ podcast…she asks all of the questions that new food bloggers WANT to ask but don’t know WHO to ask (or are afraid to ask). The shows are short and filled with tips and inspiration and I’ll binge-listen to two or three at a time. Every episode I walk away with a valuable lesson or take-away that I can use in real life on my own blog. I look forward to every episode.

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