Top Photo Sharing Sites for Food Bloggers (2023)

Your blog is up and running. You have killer recipes with mouth-watering photos. Now all you need to do is spread the word and get people to come to your site. The answer? Or more accurately, one of the answers: photo sharing websites.

Photo sharing sites have been a great source of referral traffic for food bloggers throughout the years, and all of the ones listed below repeatedly account for my top referral traffic every single month. So let’s get to it, shall we?

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I should mention that beyond just creating a good amount of traffic from hungry recipe-seekers, you’ll find photo sharing sites valuable for a couple other reasons:

1) They are viewed by fellow food bloggers. Fantastic blogging relationships are often started with a simple click of a photo. They check out your post, will probably leave a comment, and then you’ll return the favor by commenting on one of their posts. Then they’ll feel inclined to revisit your site, and then you theirs. You get the picture. A friendship is born. And the more allies you have in the world of blogging, the more fun and rewarding it can be.

2) Photo sharing sites are viewed by large corporate food blogs, magazines, and companies. They’ll bookmark recipes they think they can use for a project and then refer people to your website. For instance, BuzzFeed used my recipe forSpaghetti Squash Pad Thaias part of a roundup post, which drove a great amount of traffic my way.

So what sites do I submit photos to? Good question.

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This may be, in fact, the most democratic photo sharing website we have at our disposal. There is no editor sitting behind a screen with the power to decide which of our submitted photos should be accepted or rejected. The general public is in control here, and they’ll decide what photos and recipes to share with the world.

Pinterest has quickly become the top photo-sharing website for food bloggers. While quickly viewing several blogs that share their monthly stats, along with a look at my own analytics, it is clear that Pinterest can be the quickest way to distribute your content to the masses.

How do you optimize traffic from Pinterest for your blog? I just so happen to be working on that post right now, so stay tuned 🙂

Foodgawker is often times regarded as the premier food-only photo sharing site. It’s also probably best-known as being one of the pickiest and annoying sites to get your photos published (although I think they’ve been a bit more lenient recently). I’ve gotten really good at taking rejection thanks to Foodgawker 🙂

Foodgawker is a curated gallery, meaning a team of editors comb through all the submissions and they decide which ones are deemed worthy enough for their site.

A whole lot of my overall referral traffic comes from foodgawker. It ranks #2 in my analytics for referral traffic. Yes, it might be a pain sometimes to get photos accepted (I’ll share some tips I have for getting your photos approved soon), but once you do, it serves as great exposure.

in order of overall generated referral traffic for Shared Appetite:

Recipe Newz– The good news is that all submitted recipes are posted onto their website gallery. However, the most popular of the day are featured in the prominent top positions within the gallery.

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Tastespotting– similiar to Foodgawker in their approval process, although a much smaller operation overall.

Healthy Aperture– a decent amount of traffic is generated from Healthy Aperture, especially considering I can only submit a percentage of my recipes (only the healthy ones!). With sites that have a narrowed audience with a strong community like this one, traffic can often times be really good.

Food Epix– run by blogger Jo Cooks, Food Epix is a bit more relaxed in terms of accepting photos.

Yum Sugar– this site works a bit more like Pinterest, except on a much smaller scale. Once you create an account, you can upload a photo of your recipe along with a description. When uploading your photo, you can post it to different boards (I post to Savory Sights and Kitchen Goddesses). Besides people being able to view your photos on these boards, editors typically pick select photos to be featured on the main site and their social media outlets daily. I’ve gotten some decent traffic through my recipes being featured several times.

An important note: when adding your description for an uploaded photo, you need to insert a hyperlink code so it refers to your website. For instance, at the end of your photo description, add: <a href=” http://www.thenameofyourblog.com/postname “> The Text You Want to be Displayed, like Click Here for the Recipe! </a>

Chowstalker– a paleo only submission site. The quality of the photograph doesn’t really matter, as long as you adhere to their dietary restrictions. Traffic from my approved Chowstalker photos have been very good, but is low overall on my list because I don’t post many paleo-friendly recipes.

Tasteologie– yet another photo sharing site that has a similiar approval process to Foodgawker.

Finding Vegan– vegan only, in case you couldn’t tell. But like Chowstalker and Healthy Aperture, it can produce a lot of traffic from the community the site serves.

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Recipe Chart– you don’t actually have to submit content to Recipe Chart. Once you add your blog to their database, photos will be included automatically.

Foodie Portal– very similiar (identical in design, actually), to Food Epix. Possibly run by same people?

Photograzing– the photo sharing site for the popular food blog, Serious Eats. It has a similar approval process as Foodgawker, although I don’t really see a lot of traffic from it overall.

YumGoggle– yet another photo sharing site.

Dessert Stalking– a sweets only site, whether it be dessert or a sweet cocktail.

Punk Domestics– for canning, cheese-making, foraging, and other DIY type food projects. I just stumbled upon Punk Domestics, so I’m not too sure how referral traffic will be.

Dishfolio–My first ever accepted photo was at Dishfolio. They are very lenient with the photos they accept and aren’t a huge draw of traffic, but it’s a great introductory way to get your photos published. Dishfolio also has a blog component to the site, and they are always looking for people to do a guest post.

Kitchen Artistry– note that Kitchen Artistry actually doesn’t use the square thumbnails (rebels!), but rather a landscape-oriented photo.

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Whole Yum– I just discovered Whole Yum, so it’s too early to tell what kind of traffic it will bring.

As you can imagine, posting to all these sites can become quite time consuming. Frankly, it can be a huge pain in the butt. But here is the most efficient method I have found to post to all the sites, which should aid in keeping your sanity at bay.

1) I first only submit my photo to foodgawker. If it’s accepted, I know 99% of the time, it will be accepted by all the other sites.

2) When ready to submit to all the other food photo sharing sites, open them all up in different tabs within the same window.

3) Copy and paste each line of information in each tab. For instance, copy and paste the link to your post in each tab, then go back and copy and paste the tags, then the description, etc.

Doing this will make the process go pretty darn quick. I can get a recipe post submitted to all these sites within 10 minutes easily using this method.

Food blogger friends: am I missing any valuable photo sharing sites? Let us know in the comments below 🙂

FAQs

Where can I post my food pictures? ›

Foodgawker. Foodgawker is one of several niche sites that is dedicated solely to food photography. The site sets itself apart by being entirely curated. You can submit photos to be featured on the site, and a team of editors reviews the submissions and chooses which ones to showcase.

What is the best photo sharing website? ›

The best photo storage and sharing sites today
  1. Flickr. The best photo storage service overall. ...
  2. 500px. Photo storage for pro photographers. ...
  3. Google Photos. The best photo storage option for backing up photos from your smartphone. ...
  4. Amazon Prime Photos. ...
  5. Apple iCloud. ...
  6. Adobe Portfolio. ...
  7. ImageShack. ...
  8. Photobucket.
6 days ago

Where do people get photos for their blogs? ›

15 Best Sites to Find Free Images for Your Blog
  • FreeImages.
  • Unsplash.
  • Pixabay.
  • PicJumbo.
  • Gratisography.
  • Pexels.
  • PhotoPin.
  • StockSnap.io.
6 Aug 2020

How do bloggers get images? ›

A great source for blog post images is Unsplash. The images on here are gorgeous, the website is easy to navigate and the licensing is very clear. All photos published on Unsplash, are free to be used for commercial and non-commercial use. You can even alter the images without needing to give the photographer credit.

How do you Instagram a food picture? ›

Here are a few simple tips that will immediately improve your Instagram food photos.
  1. Focus on the Food. nytcooking. ...
  2. Compose the Photo. melinahammer. ...
  3. Fill the Frame. Instagram. ...
  4. Shoot in Natural Light. nytcooking. ...
  5. Use Your Friends' Phones, Too. ...
  6. Try a Different Angle. ...
  7. Don't Be Afraid to Move the Plate Around. ...
  8. Shoot With a Camera.
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Is Foodiesfeed free? ›

All photos published on Foodiesfeed are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CCO) license which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes. The CC0 license was released by the non-profit organization Creative Commons (CC).

What is the best free photo-sharing website? ›

10 Best free image hosting sites:
  • Imgur.
  • Flickr.
  • 500px.
  • ImgBox.
  • Dropbox.
  • Free Image Sharing.
  • PostImage.
  • ImageShack.
20 Oct 2020

How can I promote my photos? ›

11 Ways to Promote Your Portrait Photography Business
  1. Maintain a Flawless Online Portfolio. ...
  2. Start a Portrait Photography Blog. ...
  3. Attend Portrait Photography Conferences. ...
  4. Volunteer Your Time And Photography Skills. ...
  5. Offer Special Deals. ...
  6. Get Listed in Photographer Directories. ...
  7. Enter Portrait Photography Contests.
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Can I use Google images for my blog? ›

You can add photos, videos, and other images to your blog posts. When you add images to your blog, they're stored in a Google Album Archive. According to Blogger's copyright policy, you're not allowed to add: Content that's hosted by someone else without their consent.

Can I use screenshots in my blog? ›

Yes, you can take screenshots and use them on your blog. This almost always falls under Fair Use. It comes down to intent, how, and how much you use of the other person's content. 99.9% of the time you don't have to ask for permission.

What pictures am I allowed to use on my blog? ›

While you could use non-commercial licensed Creative Commons images if you're blogging as a hobby, it's safest to use only images that have been licensed for commercial use. This way, if you monetise your blog in the future you won't have to worry about whether it's still okay to use all of your images.

How many pictures should a blog have? ›

How many pictures should you include in a blog post? A good baseline rule for a blog post is to use one photo for every 150-300 words; you can go up to 500 words, but breaking it up more is better for your reader. Doing this lets you break up large copy blocks and makes it easier to read.

Where can I download free food photos? ›

Food images & pictures

Unsplash captures that beauty, and lets you choose from a curated selection of the finest food images on the web (and always free).

How do you insert an image into HTML? ›

The HTML <img> tag is used to embed an image in a web page. Images are not technically inserted into a web page; images are linked to web pages. The <img> tag creates a holding space for the referenced image. The <img> tag is empty, it contains attributes only, and does not have a closing tag.

What is a photo sharing website? ›

A website used to store and share photos. Users upload their pictures to the site, which are stored on the server and made available to friends and family via personal Web pages. Prints and other accessories can be ordered, which is the motivation for publishing the site.

Where can I post my pictures? ›

Top photo-sharing platforms for photographers for this year
  1. Flickr.
  2. Behance.
  3. Smugmug.
  4. Zenfolio.
  5. Pixpa.
  6. Fhotomerchant.

Is Instagram growing or dying? ›

Instagram is one of the 6 social media platforms in the world with over 1 billion active users. This number is only expected to grow in 2021 with over 50 million new users coming onto the social app. More businesses than ever before are using the platform to advertise.

What's next after Instagram? ›

Replacement #1: TikTok

The first app that comes to mind as Instagram's replacement has to be the reigning champion of social media, TikTok. The app's so popular that you can't scroll through other social media platforms (Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, etc.) without viewing videos from this app.

What can I replace social media with? ›

Here are new things to try and learn instead of scrolling through social media:
  • Make a new recipe. ...
  • Listen to music and/or make a music playlist.
  • Listen to a podcast. ...
  • Write in a journal. ...
  • Create goals for yourself. ...
  • Plan a trip with friends or family. ...
  • Have fun with a coloring book. ...
  • Go to a museum.

Can I use pictures of celebrities on my blog? ›

You must respect the photographer's copyright. You can't simply grab and post any photo you find on the Internet. This is particularly challenging for bloggers who refer to celebrities or other public figures. It's not as if you can run out to snap your own photo of such a person.

Can I use Pinterest photos on my blog? ›

Except in unusual cases, Pinterest is not the copyright holder in the images that users pin on the site. Where necessary, you should get permission to use an image from its copyright owner.

Are screenshots copyright free? ›

Are screenshots copyrighted? In most instances, no. Fair use is extremely favorable to most that use and create screenshots. They fall under the 'transformative use' category.

Is it illegal to share screenshots? ›

The sharing – public or not – of the extract of a private conversation cannot in principle be done without the consent of the interlocutor or interlocutors. If one of the parties has not consented, there may be a breach of the privacy of that person. There is then a risk of being sued and having to pay reparations.

Can I use other peoples photos on my website? ›

No. Even when you've paid a royalty (or licence) fee for an image that you want to use on your website, the copyright still lies with the original creator (unless the copyright period has expired, the owner has given up their rights to it, or the image is a work in the public domain).

Can you put other peoples photos on your website? ›

All you have to do is contact the original creator and get permission. Whether the copyright owner provides 'free' use of the image, charges a fee, or draws up special limitations varies from person to person.

How often should a blogger post? ›

Most experts agree that blogging two to four times per week is the best way to see increased traction from your content. This equates to somewhere around eleven to sixteen posts a month, depending on how set you are on the actual times per week you post new content.

Is Shutterstock free to use? ›

Yes! You can use Shutterstock images on websites without any restrictions on the number of viewers or hits on the website. Under the Standard License, images can also be used in web video without regard to audience size, provided that the production budget is less than $10,000 USD.

Where can I find high quality photos? ›

  • StockSnap.io. Every week, hundreds of high-resolution photos are added to StockSnap.io. ...
  • Pixabay. Pixabay has more than 530,000 photos, illustrations, and vectors. ...
  • Pexels. ...
  • Unsplash. ...
  • Unrestricted Stock. ...
  • Superfamous. ...
  • Travel Coffee Book. ...
  • Burst.
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Is unsplash safe? ›

The more they back the legal safety of their images with indemnification, the safer the pictures are. Unsplash does not provide any indemnification for photographers in contrary to other services. If you don't want to take advantage of photographers' work, make sure you do not use photos from Unsplash.

Do blogs need images? ›

Blog Images Conclusion

It's crucial not only to include images but also to include the right images to help you craft and tell that story. Imagery should be an integral part of all blog posts. You should think of images the same way you think of your introduction or title: Your blog just won't work without them.

What is blog example? ›

For example, the blog of a local hardware store, or the blog of an independent jeweler. Niche blogs tend to be about a specific industry or topic and support the business's brand — here, let's explore a few of them, as well as takeaways you can provide to your own marketing strategy.

Is Canva good for blogging? ›

Canva is a fantastic graphic design tool for pretty much anyone who needs to create digital content. However, Canva is especially useful for bloggers!

Can I use Canva photos on my blog? ›

All free photos, music and video files on Canva can be used for free for commercial and noncommercial use. If a photo, music or video file contains an identifiable person, place, logo or trademark, please ensure you check the image source or contact us if you're unsure.

Which phone is best for food photography? ›

If you're concerned about being able to use a Huawei phone, there are some links that give some guidance.
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro.
  • Oppo Find X2 Pro.
  • Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max.
  • Google Pixel 4.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.
  • OnePlus 8 Pro.
  • Realme X2 Pro.

How do people take pictures of food on social media? ›

Natural light (Window Light): Natural light is always one of the most popular options for a photo, especially on Instagram, for good reason. Natural light near a window can also help with depth of field since you'll want to blur out the background and keep the focus on the food itself.

What is the best way to click to take pictures of food? ›

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