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Pinch of Yum
March 28, 2014
11:21 pm
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smugington
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Meows: 32
Snarking Since:
June 30, 2012

POY is totally a SOMI for me because I like how forthcoming they are about blogging and finances. But did anyone else get a weird vibe from the two posts about the resorts in Arizona? Lindsay distinctly gives a shout out thank you to the resort (with links) and gushes ad naseum but doesn't come straight out to say that they were sponsored. I think getting complimentary accommodation at five star resorts doesn't quite fit with their image of golly gee we are just a couple of hard working mid western types so I can get why they wouldn't want to divulge the specifics of their stay. But I guess it just rubbed me the wrong way a little because they are pretty upfront about other things.

June 2, 2014
5:17 pm
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benson_martina
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Meows: 47
Snarking Since:
June 2, 2014

These people seem cool and I don't really have much issue with them. Except that I've tried a few of the recipes and have not had good results…weird combos/ratios and not tasty at all. The creamy chicken caesar lasagna is downright disgusting. Also, it kinda seems like she repeats the same pasta/lasagna or southwestern dish over and over again, but just gives it a different name. The photography is impressive though and at least the food looks appealing. 

June 2, 2014
6:40 pm
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Listy Mcf**kingListerson
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Meows: 54
Snarking Since:
April 21, 2014

Quote function isn't working for me today, but…I've lived in Minnesota my entire life and never, ever have met anyone, male or female, named Bjork.

That said, I've got no beef with these two. Their transparency about their blog $$$ is great.

June 2, 2014
8:22 pm
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Cereal Noper
Expert Hamcat
Meows: 270
Snarking Since:
January 11, 2012

Listy McF**kingListerson said
Quote function isn't working for me today, but…I've lived in Minnesota my entire life and never, ever have met anyone, male or female, named Bjork.

That said, I've got no beef with these two. Their transparency about their blog $$$ is great.

I used to be 100% on board with POY, but lately I've noticed that there are a LOT of affiliate links they don't disclose. Like on their income pages, when they list their expenses and link to companies they pay, they stuff a TON of affiliate links in there: Amazon, Amazon S3, Media Temple, LeadPages, Adobe Creative Cloud, Time Doctor, and EJunkie. [And that's not counting all the affiliate links in the "income" section, like Blue Host, Genesis, and Elegant Themes.] I've looked but haven't noticed a disclosure anywhere.

They also never disclose any income from those sneaky affiliate links, like LeadPages or Time Doctor, so either they're not earning money from them, or they're not providing a full picture.

I still read their income reports, but with more of a skeptical eye now. How hard is it to include a line somewhere saying, "By the way, most of these links are affiliates"? They do it on their "how to start a food blog" page, they should do it on EVERY page.

Also, I have never made her recipes, because *yawn.* But I agree her pictures are nice and I think she has a friendly writing voice. 

June 3, 2014
8:22 am
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Senior Hamcat
Meows: 705
Snarking Since:
February 21, 2012

She quit teaching to become a FT blogger and Bjork is joining her.  I can't say I blame them since they're reeling 22k plus a month, but I kind of liked that she was teacher.

June 3, 2014
9:32 am
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chickychickyparmparm
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Meows: 79
Snarking Since:
July 18, 2013

I also have been wondering about the affiliate links…it seems like they are not very forthcoming about them, and my understanding is that you have to be VERY transparent with those links now according to the new guidlines by the FTC. I'm not sure how they are justifying that. It does make me trust them less, which is a shame, because I actually really love their blog. 

June 3, 2014
4:44 pm
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Cereal Noper
Expert Hamcat
Meows: 270
Snarking Since:
January 11, 2012

chickychickyparmparm said
I also have been wondering about the affiliate links…it seems like they are not very forthcoming about them, and my understanding is that you have to be VERY transparent with those links now according to the new guidlines by the FTC. I'm not sure how they are justifying that. It does make me trust them less, which is a shame, because I actually really love their blog. 

It's funny, I notice a lot of big blogs don't bother including disclosures (Joy the Baker is another one that comes to mind) while a lot of "little" blogs I read are very scrupulous about disclosing affiliate links and sponsorships…you'd think it'd be the other way around, since these big blogs probably rake in $$$ through their links. Either they don't know they should be doing it (verrrrry unlikely) or they just don't care and think it doesn't apply to them. LAME. 

June 10, 2014
6:40 pm
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Lillian Kaushtupper
Expert Hamcat
Meows: 262
Snarking Since:
October 27, 2013

If Kerf or Glutenfreegirl make this much, I'm diving head first into a box of Franzia.

June 11, 2014
2:25 pm
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OhHoneyNo
Hamcat
Meows: 116
Snarking Since:
February 8, 2014

Couch Cushion Baby said
If Kerf or Glutenfreegirl make this much, I'm diving head first into a box of Franzia.

Doubtful. Ads only make so much. If they do a ton of sponsored posts and do well affiliate-wise, maybe? But keep in mind that PoY's revenue is for two people, not just one. 

June 11, 2014
3:15 pm
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Hoon
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 753
Snarking Since:
January 20, 2014

benson_martina said
These people seem cool and I don't really have much issue with them. Except that I've tried a few of the recipes and have not had good results…weird combos/ratios and not tasty at all. The creamy chicken caesar lasagna is downright disgusting. Also, it kinda seems like she repeats the same pasta/lasagna or southwestern dish over and over again, but just gives it a different name. The photography is impressive though and at least the food looks appealing. 

I made their cinnamon roll pull apart bread a few days ago (http://pinchofyum.com/homemade-cinnamon-roll-pull-apart-bread) and the filling ran out all over the sheet pan while it was baking, leaving me with an oddly-shaped loaf of egg bread and a sheet of parchment paper coated in cinnamon sugar syrup. Total fail. I've been baking with yeast for 20+ years, so I don't believe it was due to user error.

June 11, 2014
8:03 pm
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Senior Hamcat
Meows: 705
Snarking Since:
February 21, 2012

HoneyB said

benson_martina said
These people seem cool and I don't really have much issue with them. Except that I've tried a few of the recipes and have not had good results…weird combos/ratios and not tasty at all. The creamy chicken caesar lasagna is downright disgusting. Also, it kinda seems like she repeats the same pasta/lasagna or southwestern dish over and over again, but just gives it a different name. The photography is impressive though and at least the food looks appealing. 

I made their cinnamon roll pull apart bread a few days ago (http://pinchofyum.com/homemade-cinnamon-roll-pull-apart-bread) and the filling ran out all over the sheet pan while it was baking, leaving me with an oddly-shaped loaf of egg bread and a sheet of parchment paper coated in cinnamon sugar syrup. Total fail. I've been baking with yeast for 20+ years, so I don't believe it was due to user error.

Was this there when you read the recipe?

NOTES

Sugar Overflow: The first two times I made this, I had sugar overflow. Well, I did a little bit on the third time, too, but it was just a tiny bit and I was able to easily scrape it off. To avoid the sugar bubbling out and burning on your pan (bleh), make sure your butter is very solid, not melted, when you spread it on the dough. Also, just use enough sugar to cover the dough in a thin layer. 
June 12, 2014
6:47 pm
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Hoon
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 753
Snarking Since:
January 20, 2014

It was. The butter situation, IDK. I let it sit at room temperature until it was just spreadable, but still ended up with a mess. There was basically no filling left in the bread. The flavor and texture of the dough was great, but if I ever attempted that recipe again I wouldn't slice it like that, I'd just bake it like a regular loaf of cinnamon bread. I still might try it that way.

June 14, 2014
7:15 pm
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Tricep Dips and Spinach Chips
Expert Hamcat
Meows: 218
Snarking Since:
December 20, 2013

I read the latest income report and was reading about the visibility information and that ads are at the top of the page ect ect

 

This paragraph was a bit cagey though, I know they were making an example but it sounded like "hey scroll back up the page and pause in the general area where ads are to toggle your screen" Am I over thinking this?

 

Here’s an example. If you’re reading this on your desktop computer, go back to the very top of this post and then grab the corner of the window and move it back and forth (left to right). Do you see how the content shifts and adjusts? That’s because Pinch of Yum is mobile responsive. Many sites are starting to use this type of design to allow for easy reading on multiple types of screens and devices.



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