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Why You Should Format Your Recipes With ZipList

(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:

The ZipList Recipe Plugin icon is located next to the other "Upload/Insert" media icons.

It's easy to enter the basic information for your recipes: both the ingredients, and the instructions for preparing the recipe can be copy and pasted.

And if you want to add even more information about your recipe, such as your rating of the recipe, or the serving size, all you have to do is click the "More Options" link, and you can!

Once you click the "Add Recipe" button, a placeholder image will be inserted into your post where your recipe will go.

Once you preview or publish the post, your recipe will be there with all your microformats... without any extra work from you!

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:

ZipList is also a shopping list and recipe box that can be accessed on the internet at:  http://ziplist.com/  .  This means that if someone likes your recipe, they can click the “Save recipe” link above the recipe in your post, then a ZipList window will pop up prompting them to either add the recipe ingredients to a shopping list or to save you recipe to a recipe box:

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!

Have you tried ZipList yet?

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  • Emma
    October 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I love the Ziplist app and use it for my grocery list every week! I haven’t so much used the recipe part, though. I’ll have to try it out!

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    October 24, 2011 at 10:18 am

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  • Tiffany
    October 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I agree – ZipList is SO great!

  • Jenn of PersonalFitCoach.com
    October 25, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I had never heard of Ziplist so thanks for sharing. I’ll have to check it out.

  • Caroline
    November 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I just started my recipe blog and wanted to know more about ziplist, so glad I found this info, thanks for posting this.

  • Coach Calorie
    December 2, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Very cool plugin. I think I’ll use it to redo my recipes. What do you mean when you talk about Google indexing it in their recipe view? I’ve never heard of that.

    • Janice
      December 2, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      Hi Coach! Thanks for your comment. Google indexes all websites and now has a recipe search page: http://www.google.com/landing/recipes/.If you format your recipes properly (perhaps by using the ZipList plugin) google will index your recipes and include them in their search results.

  • Cat
    December 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    I LOVE ziplist. It makes everything so damn readable. It’s really, really great.

  • Anna
    December 7, 2011 at 7:06 am

    It seems like a great plugin. Funny, I was actually thinking of putting all my hand-written recipes to electronic format during the holiday season, I’ll definitely check this! Thank you for the share!

  • ZipList
    December 7, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Thank you so much for writing about the plugin…again!
    We are hear to help if anyone has any new ideas for optimizing the plugin anymore, or questions about styling and formatting.

  • April M.
    February 9, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Hello, is ziplist just for wordpress or can I use it on Blogger too??? Thanks for your help!!

  • 268993503217410
    November 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Helpful review – thank you.

  • 268993503217410
    November 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Helpful review – thank you.

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