VALENTINE’S TEA – The perfect gift for all tea lovers!

VALENTINE’S TEA – The perfect gift for all tea lovers!

Valentines Tea – A Special Tea For Valentines

This Valentines Day, discover two delicious tasting teas, handmade by Tea Cleanse, the perfect cuppa to celebrate the most romantic day of the year.

Created specially for Valentine’s Day – 2 fragrant and soothing romantic brews.

Valentine’s Tea – a black tea infused with cocoa nibs, rose petals and vanilla.

Lovers Tea – a herbal infusion of hibiscus and rooibos and is naturally caffeine free.

Every February 14, cards and gifts are exchanged between loved ones worldwide, all in the name of St. Valentine.

But where did these traditions come from?

Valentine’s Day in the UK began around the 17th century.

By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers to exchange small tokens of handwritten notes.
A century later ready-made cards began to replace handwritten notes due to improvements in the printing technology.

Eventually this lead to exchanging chocolates, flowers and a selection of small gifts – such as food and drink.

Not only do these teas taste great and smell divine – did you know black tea offers many health benefits?

Not only is tea is high in antioxidants, tea can contribute to a physical well-being and a stronger immune system.  There are even slimming teas!

Here are 5 Good reasons why you should drink Valentine’s Tea

1. Black Tea is high in antioxidants and helps to maintain mental alertness throughout the day
2. Rose Petals have been used in Chinese medicine to treat digestive disorders and pain from injuries. Rose Petals are low calorie too.
3. Organic Cocoa Nibs contain more flavonoids (antioxidants) than prepared chocolate.
4. Vanilla contains small traces of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron and zinc
5. Hibiscus is known to reduce joint inflammation and also improves liver function.

Let your special someone know just how much you care with a cup of this special tea.

Makes a great gift or just share a delicious pot of romantic tea together.

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Valentine’s Day is that special day of the year to express your love to the most special person in your life.

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5 Great Places To Eat Out In London

Eat Out In London: The Best Places to Dine in the Capital

Caffe Vergnano

London is a melting pot of great food, bars and restaurants. Whether you’re looking for amazing street food, a tasty brunch or a classy dinner, London will have something perfect for you.

The Holborn Dining Room Delicatessen

A bustling brasserie set in the heart of London, the Holborn Dining Room & Delicatessen is a quirky salon-style diner that serves everything from tasty brunches and freshly-baked pastries to juicy steaks and fresh deli sandwiches.

The crown prince pumpkin & spelt risotto and the pot roast lamb breast are particularity popular – and it’s easy to see why, because these dishes are some of the best-prepared in Holborn. The friendly staff, the beautiful antique furniture and the welcoming atmosphere also make this restaurant one of the most inviting and fun places to be in the capital.

The Baltic Restaurant

The Baltic Restaurant is set in a former coach-builder’s works

The Baltic Restaurant is set in a former coach-builder’s works that dates back to the 18th century. The vast wooden ceilings, stunning beams and amazing original features make dining in the Baltic a captivating experience.

Specialising in cuisine from Central Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the food served here seems truly unique, even in the cultural melting pot of London. The roast haunch of venison with honey roast pear and sour cherries, smoked salmon blinis and pork dumplings are all as delicious as they sound.

Sasa Sushi

Using only fresh fish, meat and vegetables, Sasa Sushi is one of the most popular Japanese restaurants in London – and understandably so.

Providing everything from tasty bento boxes, aromatic Japanese soups and sushi platters to authentic udon noodles, deep-fried tempura and beautiful sashimi sets, Sasa Sushi has something for all palates. Located close to the Angel tube station, it’s an equally ideal place to visit on your lunch break for some fresh sushi, or at the weekend for a sit-down meal with friends.

Caffe Vergnano 1882

Caffe Vergnano is renowned for being one the best restaurants in Central London. Ever popular, the queues can become large but they move very quickly, especially during summer months when the restaurant is particularly popular.

Reasonably priced and famous for its laid-back atmosphere, this eatery has great reviews in print and online, and has developed a fantastic reputation amongst the public. The pizzas and the pasta dishes are mouth-watering and the portions are very generous.

The Beagle London – Eat Out In London

If you’re after a fresh seafood dish, a tasty steak or a beautiful risotto, visit the Beagle by Hoxton station. A relaxing and friendly refuge from fast-paced London life, it’s very popular with locals because of its warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Famous for serving up delicious Sunday roasts, fresh fish and veggie dishes, the beagle uses?only the freshest ingredients, making it one of the most successful and well-known restaurants in London.

Finding the Best Places to Eat Out In London

Find out more about the best places to eat, drink and hang out in London by checking out this Interactive Tube Map, highlighting the best places to dine in London.

Holborn Dining Room & Delicatessen

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Bon Vivant – The Bloomsbury Bistro Set to Seduce

Bringing a little joie de vivre to Bloomsbury, Bon Vivant will open on Marchmont Street this February. To celebrate the opening, this neighbourhood French restaurant will be offering diners 50% off food from Wednesday 15th to Thursday 23rd February for lunch and dinner, by reservations only – please book by emailing info@bonvivantrestaurant.co.uk.

Bon Vivant bistro restaurant

Subtly sexy, endlessly stylish and infused with everything it means to be French, Bon Vivant will serve everything from croissants and coffee au matin to light lunches, intimate dinners and indulgent bottomless brunches.

French classics such as tartines, charcuterie plates, magret de canard will be served alongside more modern dishes and a wine collection that focuses on fine French grapes.

A decadent yet approachable space with a wrap-around terrace, Bon Vivant, with interiors by BusbyWebb, will offer diners a place to hideaway from the bustle of London life in a setting that simply exudes Parisian chic. Slip into a banquette for brunch with girlfriends, sink into a navy velvet single seat for dinner or find yourself al fresco on a classic woven bistro chair – the perfect place for a little people-watching. Throughout the space, notes of naughtiness will come in the form of provocative artworks displayed across the wallpapered walls and menus.

Bon Vivant – Bloomsbury’s naughtiest new arrival – set to seduce you in true French style.

Bon Vivant

75-77 Marchmont St, Kings Cross, London, WC1N 1AP

www.bonvivantrestaurant.co.uk

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Soft launch T&Cs

  • The offer is for 50% off food from Wednesday 15th to Thursday 23rd February for lunch and dinner only.
  • The offer is only available if you make a reservation via info@bonvivantrestaurant.co.uk.
  • Subject to availability.
  • All drinks are to be charged at full price.
  • Does not include service.
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Wine Matching 101: Best Tips To Match Food With Wine

How To Match Food With Wine – A Guide

Matching wine and food together is an art form. Wine is a delicate beverage, that when paired with the wrong food can make the taste of it seem inadequate in its glory. The problem is that many people don’t know what the best pairing options are when it comes to food and wine. For those who are looking for the perfect pairing, this expert guide will give you the best tips on how to match wine and food together. So, let’s get started.

Wine Matching Tips For Beginners

When Matching Food With Wine Look For Complimentary Flavour Profiles

1) When You Match Food With Wine Look For Complimentary Flavour Profiles

All food has flavour, yet not all flavours complement each other. This is the same when it comes to wine and food pairings. The idea of complimenting flavour profiles is to find that sweet balance between the food and wine you’re serving. When searching for complimentary flavours don’t be afraid to experiment with foods that offer a similar taste pattern to one another. Once you find a flavour profile (sweet, salty, bland, bitter etc.) then work on deciding what type of wine would be best suited to these flavours. For example:

Stone Fruit and Citrus Flavours – Stone fruit and citrus flavours such as apricot, nectarine, peach, lemon, lime, generally pair well with Chardonnay. Chardonnay, depending on where you source it from, can also have a nice buttery texture that coats the mouth. Pairing stone fruit, citrus flavours with a buttery texture together in a meal, some food dishes that come to mind are; risotto style dishes, be sure to include some sun dried tomatoes, apricot chicken or carbonara to go with that lovely texture of the wine.

This is just one example of a flavour pairing that works well. Heavier or richer food that offer bigger and bolder flavours such as T-bone steak or lasagne, generally require a wine that features big tannins that can take on flavours such as this. Red wine is a great option as long as it is considered full bodied, varieties like Shiraz, Malbec, Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon wines partner perfectly.

In general, the simplest way to help narrow down your choices of wine that you should use is by the weight of the food and the wine together. A good rule of thumb is aligning light food with light wine. If the food is heavy and rich, you need a heavy and rich wine that can stand up again these flavours.

2) When Matching Food With Wine – Add A Neutralizer

Foods that are neutralizers help to reset your pallet for another refreshing sip of wine. Cheese is one such neutralizer that enhances the wine due to its soft and creamy texture. When pairing wine and cheese together you can place the cheese into four different categories. These include:

Fresh – Soft cheeses that are spreadable. They aren’t aged and can be mild or tangy in flavour.
Blue – Often the salty, pungent cheese with a blue tinge throughout the texture.
Hard – Cheeses that are hard are often stiff. They often have a salty or sharp flavour.
Bloomy – These are cheeses that are creamy and decadent with a rind that’s soft.

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As a guide, here’s some examples that may work well together.

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3) When Matching Cheese and Wine, Combine Salty Food Sparingly

Due to the texture of most wines, it’s a good idea to use salty foods sparingly as generally the pairing is very delicate. Salty items such as chips and nuts generally work well with sparkling wines. This is because sparkling wines tend to have a tingling and spritzed texture that usually helps to even out the saltiness of the food. Not all wines are suitable for salty food, so it’s important to do a small taste test before serving to guest as this will cause problems with an unbalanced meal.

4) When Matching Cheese and Wine – Taste The Wine and Experiment

When looking into new and unfamiliar wines to try, it’s a good idea to taste the wine first and really experiment. While experimenting it’s a good idea to work with one type of food category at a time such as seafood, red meat, white meat, salad etc. This will help you to learn the different types of food in this category that work best with the type of wine that you have.
If you change from one category to the next, you can lose track of which food option matches well with your wine, especially if you have a few different options that you’re trying. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Great food pairings have been made from experimenting with a number of strange and unusual food options. It’s only limited to your imagination.

best wine to drink with steak

Matching Wine and Cheese – Conclusion

Pairing food with wine is all about knowing which flavour combinations work well and how much time you have to experimenting. As said in the beginning of the article, wine pairing is an art form and takes time to master. So, are you ready to pair great food and great wine together?

Author Bio: David Wilson is a wine professional with over 20+ years of industry experience.  His love for wine has seen him travel and work in various locations throughout Australia, a four-year stint in the USA and a lot of trips to New Zealand.  He spent eight years with one of Australia’s largest retailers before working for the fourth largest wine producer globally; he is the owner of Block78 an Australia online wine company based in Australia.  If he could be a wine, it would be Shiraz!

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Visit Fitzrovia noodle bar Tang this Valentine’s Day

WILL YOU BAO MY VALENTINE?
LIMITED EDITION RED BAO BUNS THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

Fitzrovia noodle bar Tang this Valentine’s Day

Twinned hearts can rejoice over perfectly paired red baos at Fitzrovia noodle bar Tang this Valentine’s Day. In the colour of love, these free bundles of joy are sure to keep you in the good books until next year, so ditch the predictable bright red sweet treats and indulge your lover with bouncy baos- we all know the way to the heart is through food.

Located just moments away from Tottenham Court Road, Tang is a hidden gem for you and your amour to discover together. Cuddle up over a steaming bowl of broth before devouring those red bao buns, both prepared by Head Chef Chen Ng. Presented back-to-back to create a romantic heart shape, the homemade, organic and naturally gluten-free baos are dyed with beautiful beetroot before being finished with your choice of filling including fried chicken with pickled bok choi; braised beef with cucumber; or crispy tofu with salted egg yolk sauce.

Available for one day only to couples dining in, tables will be in high demand so be sure to get there early. Bao to find your one true love…

Tang

111 Great Russell Street,
London, WC1B 3NQ
W: www.tanglondon.co.uk
E: hello@tanglondon.co.uk
T:0207 300 3324
F: /TangNoodleBar T: @tanglondon I: @tanglondon

Two complimentary baos per couple when purchasing a main course each, subject to availability. Served at manager’s discretion on 14th February 2017 only. Walk-ins only. Not valid on takeaway.

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Ayam Zaman Syrian Restaurant in Shepherds Bush

Syrian Restaurant, London

ayam restaurant london

Ayam Zaman opened its doors to customers back in 2013 with the aim of serving the best of authentic Syrian and Lebanese cuisine to the local community. The chefs are originally from Damascus with many years of experience in gastronomy.

With great emphasis on the interior design and the atmosphere the aim of the restaurant is to create an experience that would make customers feel as if they were in the heart of Damascus.

The Middle Eastern decor lends a warm and welcoming atmosphere to the interior that our customers enjoy a lot. We receive reviews from customers saying that even though they are not of arabic origin they very much enjoy the vibe of our restaurant and they do not feel out of place at all, on the contrary they feel they can embrace the Middle Eastern experience in London.

Customers can make online reservations and even order food online. Ayam Zaman often caters for large parties, events and weddings and always go the extra mile to make it memorable for their customers.

On Saturdays and Sundays customers can enjoy a breakfast buffet that starts at 10 o’clock serving a wide variety of Syrian and Lebanese dishes. This is very popular.

Serving the Best Syrian and Middle Eastern Dishes in London

Ayam Zaman

Cuisine: Syrian , Middle Eastern
Address: 258 Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, London, W12 7JA
Telephone: 02087406816
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The Best London Street Food Stalls for Breakfast and Lunch

London’s street food scene is so varied and colourful that it will make you put away even your best pans for your glass top stove and hit the streets looking for something new to eat.

While traditional British cuisine is alive and well, there’s been a boom in popularity when it comes to other culture’s cuisines.

Particularly in the London street food scene.

What is Street Food?

…prepared or cooked food sold by vendors in a street or other public location for immediate consumption.

Strictly speaking that is so, but many street food vendors have moved on to fully fledged restaurants or cafes.

Don’t worry if you don’t know where to start. That’s what this list is for.

London Street Food – Eat My Pies

Eat My Pies

When it comes to British street food, it doesn’t get more traditional than pies, which have been sold through the city for centuries.

Eat my Pies knows this and celebrate great British food by creating high quality and great tasting pies; Scotch eggs, pork pies and even custard tart are just some of Eat my Pies most popular dishes but you’ll be able to find pasties, sandwiches, quiches and else, making this the perfect place to eat at during breakfast, lunch and even dinner.

You’ll be able to find them Thursdays and Fridays at White Cross Market and at Broadway Market during the Saturdays, but if you can’t wait don’t worry, they do caterings.

London Street Food – Zardosht

A staple at Broadway Market, Zardosht is a Persian oasis in the otherwise chaotic atmosphere of the market. Sisters Soli and Sanaz own this place and their fresh and delicious take on their traditional food is something you just have to taste.

Their saffron and orange chicken is particularly delicious and a must eat when you’re looking for a pick-me-up before resuming your busy day around the city.

Due to their popularity, they have a permanent spot as a sit-down restaurant at Daltson’s Café OTO, but you can find them at Broadway Market every Saturday until 5 pm.

Waffle On

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There’s something about street food that invites people to experiment with all kinds of whacky combinations and ways of cooking. Perhaps it’s the change of scenery, the need to stand out from similar vendors or simply the fact that food truck owners tend to be very creative.

Waffle On is an excellent example of this, as they’ve turned what’s a traditional breakfast food in an experience in flavors.

Their duck waffles are absolutely delicious, with slow-cooked, hand-shredded duck and a sweet-and-sour plum sauce that blend to perfection. If that isn’t enough, their duck waffle is topped with a deliciously cooked egg, so as you take the first bite you’ll enjoy a mix of flavors that will have you making a noise even if you’re the world’s most stoic eater.

41 Maltby Street-Ropewalk, London SE1 3PA, UK

Saturday 9AM–5PM
Sunday 11AM–5PM

Jamón Jamón

london street food

Literally translated to “ham ham”, this fantastic street food stall found at the Real Food market is easy to find, thanks to the huge paella pans they have in display and the absolutely delicious smell of cooked rice and seafood.

If you’ve never had paella then this is the time to start. Their “paella valenciana” brings all the flavors of Spain to your plate and if you’re a seafood lover you’re going to love their seafood paella.

They even have a delicious vegetarian paella for those of you who don’t appreciate meat and seafood and, for those who don’t feel adventurous enough to try a completely new food, they also offer their “fryella”, a delicious breakfast paella made with ingredients straight out of the traditional English breakfast.

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If Japanese is famous all over the world with Sushi taste,

London is also attractive with fantastic and delicious street food. Have you tried them before?

Share with us your experience about street food in London!

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12 Best Productivity Tools For Food Bloggers

Productivity Tools For Food Bloggers…

Being a Food Blogger is requires lightening fast typing, a good grasp of grammar and an ability to keep ahead of the trends.

When you’re trying to keep up with demands for content, it’s hard to keep the quality of your writing high.

Thankfully though, there are tools that can help you online.

Here’s 12 of the best tools online that will help you get the most out of your food blogging.

Productivity Tools For Food Bloggers

12 of the best tools online that will help you get the most out of your food blogging

1. Word Counter: Microsoft Word used to be the golden standard for writing, and it was easy to check your word count as you worked. Now, though, there’s all sorts of text editors available. Not all them have a word count feature. If you use one without a word count, this tool is for you. All you have to do is paste your writing into it, and it will give you an accurate word count. When you’re required to write a certain amount of words, this tool is hugely helpful.

2. Grammar Guide: Your grammar has to be perfect when you’re publishing online. Any small slip up will be instantly noticed when others read it. If you’re unlucky, it’ll get shared online and you don’t want to risk your reputation on that. If you’re worried about your grammar skills, use this easy to use Grammar Guide. It’ll help you avoid all major issues and write flawless copy every time.

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3. Buffer: Social media is essential for any blogger. It’s the place a large chunk of your readership will discover you, so you want to keep up with all the popular sites. However, updating them all individually is a drag. This tool makes the job a whole lot easier, by letting you update all your social media accounts from one dashboard. Now you won’t have to waste precious writing time on updating all your accounts.

4. Essayroo: Who has time to proofread their writing? When you’re up against your deadlines, you need to be writing, not poring over the copy you should be sending out. If you have too much work to be reading over, send it over to this writing service. They’ll proofread your writing for you, and make any edits that may be needed. Then, they’ll send it back to you ready for publication.

5. Writefull: Ever wished you could get instant feedback on your writing? This app allows you to get it, wherever you are. It can be downloaded into almost any tool you use for writing, from Microsoft Word to Gmail. As you write, you’ll be able to pull up a wealth of information at any time. You can check your grammar, or correct your spelling as you go.

productivity tools for food bloggers

6. Zen Writer: There’s so much distraction just waiting for you online as you’re trying to write. You just go to check a fact, and before you know it you’re knee deep in Wikipedia. You need something that will let you write without giving you the option to look online, but other than using a typewriter how can you do that? This tool has the answer. Download this app, and it will give you a distraction free writing screen. You can’t do anything except write, until you close the program at least.

7. Trello: If you work in a team to create a blog, it can be a nightmare keeping track of everything. In between all the emails, instant messages, and text messages you send each other, it’s incredibly easy to lose something important. Instead of struggling with all of these different methods, bring everyone together with one tool. Trello allows you all to communicate in real time, and share anything you need. Search functions allow you to find that one piece of information or link quickly, rather than scrolling through endless chat feeds. It’s just a much easier way to collaborate.

8. UK Writings: You may be great at the writing part of blogging, but not so hot at editing. You may be tempted to skip that part and publish right away, but that’s always a bad idea. Instead, rather than struggle with it send it to this writing service. They’re staffed by top writers who know what makes a great blog. They’ll make the necessary edits for you, then send it straight back.

9. Drafts: Ever been out and about when the perfect idea comes to you? This app is the best way to record that idea before it disappears into the ether. This app can be downloaded onto your phone and can even be controlled through your Apple Watch, if that’s more your style. There’s a whole range of features you can take advantage of, including Markdown editing, font and colour customisation, and tappable links for phone numbers and more. It’s one of the most comprehensive note taking apps around.

10. Blogo: This is possibly the most intuitive blogging app you’ll ever use. It makes the process of designing a blog so much easier. As you write, the blog will be formatted for you so you can just how it will look online. You can schedule and organise your posts with ease, and search through your posts to find exactly what you need. The best part is that you can download the app onto almost all of your devices. Have an idea while you’re out of the house? You’ll be able to get it down before you get it, right into your blog creator.

11. Hemingway Editor: This tool helps you proofread your writing quickly and efficiently. All you have to is paste your writing in, and it will highlight any errors you’ve made. Get them corrected and you’re ready to publish.

12. Blank Page: Looking to write more? This tool can keep you motivated. Set goals for your writing, then use their distraction free space to get typing. It looks clean and simple and will help keep you on track.

There you are…

The 12 Best Productivity Tools For Food Bloggers

If you’re struggling with your productivity, give these tools a try. You’ll see your output increase dramatically, with no reduction in quality.

Writing made simple. Write when you want, wherever you are

Mary Walton is a content writer and editor living in Santa Monica. Read her latest post “Who Invented Homework” on her blog SimpleGrad. Follow Mary on Twitter and Linkedin! 

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How To Be A Better Food Blogger

Being a successful Food Blogger or Restaurant Blogger requires traffic – lots of traffic!

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In this article Food Blogger Andrei Silva discusses some of the strategies needed for success as a food blogger.

Instead of using the latest gimmicks and tricks to make money as a food blogger, there are some fundamental principles that you need to master first, in order get more readers, followers, shoppers and consumers.

Drive More Visitors To Your Website As A Food Blogger

1) Set up Google Analytics to Watch Your Stats.

To be able to monitor your stats, the first thing you need to do is set up an account with Google Analytics. Start by obtaining your tracking code, also known as your JavaScript tracking snippet or tracking code snippet. Your tracking ID give you plenty of important information, including the following data:

  • Unique visitors
  • Amount of time spent on your site, including time spent on each page;
  • Which of your internal links were clicked by the visitor to your website;
  • Geographic location of the visitor;
  • What web browser and operating system the visitor was using;
  • Traffic sources to your website, including search engine and referral sites.
  • Once you’ve installed Analytics, you will have 24 hours before you have the first bits of data to analyze.

2) Check the Traffic of Your Website Religiously.

In order to know what areas need improvement, or what things need to be removed, you need to know your starting point, or baseline. Measure your traffic often, such as on a daily basis, taking note of the variations and fluctuations of traffic occur within the span of a single day. Do you notice any patterns?
By checking the traffic to your website, you can assess the performance of your content. You’ll notice the pages that get the most attention from your visitors. Are there pages or links that your visitors don’t click on at all? Maybe it’s time to trim the fat. Or cook with it.

3) Improve Your Current Content Marketing Strategy.

After a few days’ worth of monitoring, you’ll have an idea of how well your website is performing, and how individual pages perform in comparison with the others. If you see any weak links (see what I did there?), beef up your content.

Consider the goals of your website and your content. What are the areas that need improvement? Also, think about your audience and their pain points, and think about how your content can address those issues. This will help you to monetize your website.

Also, keep in mind your competition. What are other producers in your niche doing for their customers? Think about what they’re doing right, and how you can outshine them in the areas they’re struggling with.

Your content marketing strategy should have a good mix of blogging, eBooks and tutorials, relevant infographics, and informative videos such as podcasts. The content you produce should have as much information as possible.

Strategic use of SEO such as email campaigns, guest posting, and landing pages can bring more visitors to your website. It’s important to have pages that give your readers information about your company in addition to the pages process your orders.

Let your “About” page reveal something about your personality and what you stand for.
Your website must have a blog, and its headlines should make your visitors take notice. Write content that grabs and maintains their attention, keeping them interested.

4) Don’t Underestimate the Power of Internal Linking.

Create more quality content. This follows directly from your content strategy. High quality content links well with each other, and mediocre content is a dead end.

Make sure you use anchor text correctly. Your anchor text should entice your reader to click on the links you come up with. And the links should point to content that is as meaningful and interesting as your writing may suggest. Linking to useless or spammy content can undermine your efforts.

Keep your links down to less than ten (but at least more than 5) links per 1000-word article you post.

5) Perform a Content Audit to See What Works.

A content audit allows you to see which pieces of content you’ve posted are actually getting traction. It helps to expose irrelevant, outdated and useless articles, or material that you can revise for the benefit of your website.

Use a spreadsheet to categorize your entire archive of content into meaningful groups. This allows you to rank the content according to quality. Then you know which ones to improve, consolidate, remove, or simply leave alone.

  • For the content that you feel is worth keeping, or needs slight improvement, check the writing quality, formatting, images, ease of scanning, and links.
  • Content that needs more substance, material or all-around improvement, see if there’s an opportunity for consolidation. Group the related articles, and choose the one that best represents the group. Then implement a 301 redirect so you maintain the integrity of your SEO rankings.

6) Share your online content the right way, without being spammy.

Optimize your content for each platform, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and even Pinterest. Your posts and updates on these different social media platforms should all appear different and unique. Different people use different platforms to varying degrees, and you don’t want to appear lazy by simply copy/pasting from one platform to the next.

7) Create a Sharing Schedule that is Consistent…

…And make sure you can stick to it. This schedule is meant to keep you organized and not over-sharing or under-sharing your material.

According to websitesetup.org, the following table illustrates the best times to share your content:

Create a Sharing Schedule that is Consistent

8) Add Sharing Buttons to Your Website.

It’s one thing to have good content, and another to have great content that your readers would want to share. However, not every reader will want to go through a tedious process of copying and pasting just to do it. Placing social sharing buttons on your website makes it easy for your visitors to share your content automatically with their friends and colleagues, using the social media platform of choice.

Social media share buttons are available on WordPress, and many of them are free to download and use. Be sure that the sharing buttons are placed right below your articles. Test the buttons to make sure that each of them is working correctly.

9) Use Quora to Become an Industry Authority.

Simply put, Quora is a Q&A platform, where anyone can post a question, and anyone can post an answer. Credibility is key here, and answers from people with actual professional expertise and credentials are the ones that get read and gain community support. This is a good way to interact with your readers and develop a following.

Once you’ve opened up a Quora account, create your Bio and be sure to link to your website. Choose categories that are relevant to your website and its related fields. Then search for questions that new and allow you to give very informative and helpful answers.

Of course, your answers should be very strong and well written. Anecdotes and experiences resonate well with your audience on a personal level. Be sure to add links to your website to boost traffic. That’s the whole point, right?

10) Post Your Content to Reddit.

Reddit has been around for a while, but it’s never too late to get in on the action. Your content doesn’t need to hit the Reddit front page in order to generate traffic, either.

Start by searching for subreddits that are relevant to your business. For instance, if you’re selling the latest fashions online, you’ll find a number of subreddits that will do the trick. Subscribe to the ones you like the most, go over the community guidelines, and start voting and commenting on the content that’s already there.

Before you start posting your original content, go over the rules. Your content should add value, with good, working and timely links.

11) Learn About and Respect the Power of Republishing.

This is one of the most underrated tricks to make money with your website. Once you’ve optimized your web content and shared it on social media for promotion, you’ll want to get your content in front of a larger audience.

To do this, you want to start by getting your content republished on large. It’s similar to guest blogging, but on a larger scale and with a far broader outreach. Some publications include Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, and Lifehacker.

12) Find Publications in Your Industry or Niche that Allow Republishing.

The thing about large publications is that they need content, and they might not always have someone to provide it all the time. This is where you come in.

Search the various large-scale publications within your industry for words such as “guest post,” “writers wanted,” and “contribute” on their various pages. This will give you clues as to whether they’ll accept your work to begin with.

13) Review Your Existing Content for Publication.

Once you’ve found the right publication, analyze the style the publication uses. Do your content pieces sound like theirs? If not, edit your content accordingly to match their style. If you don’t have a copy of their publishing guidelines just yet, you may still be able to assimilate your content for their site, earning you plus points.

14) Pitch Your Content to the Publication.

Use a strong subject line, and drop the names of your strongest references. Explain to the publisher how your content will add value to their publication and how it will benefit their readers. You will also need to add a link to the actual content.
Once you’re approved, prepare your content by matching it with the style of the publisher. Make sure that you go over their guidelines for writing style and linking. Change the title of your article as well, so as not to confuse search engines.

15) Write Guest Posts and Engage in Outreach.

Once you’ve gotten your foot in the door with republishing, continue to write two or three guest posts every month. This helps your SEO rank to improve, bringing new content to your audiences, and driving traffic to your site.
Seek out more posts from other websites and reach out to them, detailing specific content that they have published that you find helpful. Let them know what you can do for them, and send them some of your ideas.

Some of these tips can be done independently, but your best bet is to follow them in sequence.

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Christmas Tea – a special festive Tea for the season

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Oh Christmas Tea, Oh Christmas Tea – The Best Bits of this Festive Season

What does Christmas and herbal tea have in common?

They both represent a time when you’re supposed to sit down, pause, relax, and forget about all problems and worries.

A cup of this seasonal blend Christmas Tea from Tea Cleanse not only complements the green branches of your Christmas tree but goes perfectly well with a mince pie or two!

Christmas Tea – a special blend created by Tea Cleanse for the festive season.

This herbal blend is infused with warming, Christmas spices.

Rooibos leaves infused with sweet cinnamon, pungent cloves, cardamom, and tangy orange peels is a real Christmas delight.
There is always a good time for this delicious and fragrant tea – warming you on a chilly day or when relaxing by the fire.

5 good reasons to drink Christmas Tea

=> Rooibos (Redbush) leaves are packed with nutrients and antioxidants that help you maintain clear and healthy skin
=> Cranberries are loaded with fibre, Vitamin C, D and are a great antioxidant
=> It is said that star anise had anti-fungal properties, is good for coughs or an upset stomach
=> Rooibos (Redbush) is caffeine free and suitable for pregnant women and children
=> Orange has Vitamins C and P to clear the blood vessels for glowing skin

Christmas tea is:

  • Free of artificial colourings, flavourings, and preservatives
  • Caffeine Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians
  • Can be drank with milk or add a bit of brandy for a real festive treat – delicious.
  • Will get you into the holiday spirit in no time and offers the best bits of Christmas.

5 good reasons to drink Christmas Tea

For your tea-loving friend, skip the tea towel and give them what they really want – the best bits of Christmas in a cup!

To shop for their loose leaf in pouches, tins, gift boxes, and other fabulous Christmas blends, visit their website – www.teacleanse.co.uk – or check out the following sites for special offers
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Add a little (healthy) sparkle in your Christmas with Tea Cleanse!

the best bits of Christmas in a cup

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