Why Food Bloggers Should Be on Urbanspoon

Urbanspoon is most people’s go-to website when they’re trying to figure out what restaurant to visit in their neighborhood or city. The site has  thousands of critic, diner, and blogger reviews that lead people in the right direction on where to eat based on price and location.

Basically, Urbanspoon is your one-stop online for food recommendations and reviews. So what better community to join for food bloggers?

There are a few reasons why you should join Urbanspoon if you’re a food blogger.

1. Urbanspoon is another spot on the web that will link back to your own blog.

When you write a restaurant review on your blog, all you have to do is embed Urbanspoon’s code on your post for it to link back to your blog. After a few days, your review will be included under the blogger reviews tab and be promoted on that restaurant’s page. Ultimately, linking back to your own blog is just another way to get more people to read and know about your blog–something that helps if you are trying to make money from your blog or just increase traffic.

2. Urbanspoon increases traffic.

When you add your reviews to Urbanspoon, you are essentially promoting your blog to thousands of people in your area. New readers and people who don’t normally frequent food blogs visit Urbanspoon to read restaurant reviews before they spend a lot of money on a night out. You will be surprised by how many clicks and visits you get from reviews, especially for the “talk to the town” restaurants in your area that a lot of people are curious to read about.

3. Urbanspoon connects you to food bloggers in your community.

There are dozens of blogger reviews from your city on Urbanspoon and it’s a great way to learn about new bloggers and connect with them. Urbanspoon can help you decide what local blogs to include in your blog roll and even give you the boost you need to set up a local bloggers dinner. Link exchanges from local bloggers help increase traffic and local awareness of your blog, so don’t be afraid to reach out.

Are you a local food blogger? Are you on Urbanspoon? How has it helped your blog? We’d love to hear about it in the comments.

PS – If your food blog focuses on a specific city, town or neighborhood – please submit your blog to the blog map here.

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  • http://www.eveats.com East Village Eats

    I use Urbanspoon for every new restaurant that I review & I can honestly say that it has increased traffic to my blog. It’s also a great tool for networking.

  • http://www.leniandmimi.com Leni

    It has helped drastically with our blog. Love Urbanspoon, love how it enables you to share your site worldwide.

  • Molly

    Thanks for the feedback. I have a personal food blog and have seen how much Urbanspoon has helped, so I knew I had to share it on BlogLocal!

    -Molly 🙂

  • http://www.merchantpages.com Sean

    Urbanspoon is a great place to find out about new restaurants. Menupix.com is my go to place for menus though.

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  • http://www.ChileUnderground.com Dr. Mitchell R. White

    I’ve used Urbanspoon, and I review fairly regularly for them. I’ve used them quite a while to find new eateries, and I have loaded their app on my smart phone. Oh yeah, I use Urbanspoon. The folks at Urbanspoon I’ve chatted with are very nice and quite professional.

    Has it helped my blog? Certainly. More traffic, more discussions. Which has caused me to write more reviews; a positive feedback loop that I think a lot of food reviewers get into, once they catch the Urbanspoon bug…

    • Lindsay

      Thanks for the comment. Love your blog and we hope you will submit more food blogs from Texas and beyond. Glad to hear you have had a good experience with Urbanspoon!

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  • http://www.Fussy-Foodie.com Fussy Foodie

    Thank you so much for the info

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  • http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/MIdtown-Houston-Restaurant-and-Entertainment-Guide/103569543058603 writeonbro

    Getting the word out about all the fantastic sandwiches in Houston or any type of food in a big city can be a daunting task. Reviews and blogs go hand and hand to pump up the volume about good eats.

  • Paul @ TheCityLane.com

    This article is very true. I’m a food blogger and, since linking up Urbanspoon I’ve really noticed that my reviews are reaching a much larger audience.

  • Stefanie Rosenfield

    I started the food blog 24 Dollar Burger (www.24dollarburger.com) and I love posting my reviews on Urbanspoon. It’s a great site and we’ve gotten a ton of traffic from there. I’ve also starting posting my blogs onto Foodio54.