(QUICK NOTE: If you are not blogging with a self-hosted WordPress powered blog, then I would recommend that you refer to my original post for ideas on how to format your recipes correctly for Google Recipe View).
I wrote a blog post about a two months ago explaining that the recipes you publish on your blog need to be formatted in a specific way in order for google to index them in their new “Recipe View”. Since then I’ve played around with various plugins that do this for you, and have come to the comclusion that the best WordPress plugin to format your recipes is…. I LOVE ZipList!! This plugin formats your recipes beautifully for your blog post, and also gives your readers the option of saving your recipes to a universal recipe box that they can access from either the ZipList.com website, or on their smartphone!
Because my words could never do the plugin justice, here are a few screenshots of ZipList in action:
Here are more of the super cool features of ZipList:
- Recipe Image Support: Add images within the plugin to appear with your recipe.
- Copy/Paste Ingredients: Simply cut a block of ingredients and paste them into one field. No need to add each ingredient one by one into separate fields. LOVE THIS FEATURE!!
- Auto-Populate Recipe Name: The recipe name is automatically replicated inside the plugin, taking the name from the post name, which further enhances SEO.
- Integrated Recipe Box and Shopping List: Turn on a feature that allows readers to save their favorite recipes to an online recipe box, and then add recipe ingredients to their shopping list with one click.
- Add Links to Ingredients or Instructions: Attach affiliate links or links to related recipes from the Ingredients, Instructions or Summary fields with ease. No other plugin enables you to do this.
- Incorporate Images into Instructions: Now you can easily add step-by-step images to your instructions (or ingredients) from within the plugin.
Now here’s where ZipList goes BEYOND being *just* a recipe plugin:
After they save it to their recipe box, the user can then view the recipe on ZipList.com
Or on their smartphone with either the iPhone app or the Android app:
Did you notice how my blog’s header is on the recipe on Ziplist.com, along with a link to my blog?
That’s because I’ve become a ZipList blog partner. When you install ZipList, and publish a recipe, you can send an email to the awesome ZipList team to request to become a partner blog. I did this and they were super speedy to provide me with a Partner Key that I simply added to the Settings for the ZipList plugin!