A post by Nicole Dean
A woman, Julie Powell, decides to dedicate a year of her life to cooking all the recipes in Julia Child’s first book while blogging about the adventure. Here are a few of my favorite lines from the movie…
Julie: I could write a blog. I have thoughts.
And, another of my favorite lines…
Julie: You’re not a writer unless someone publishes you. See, that’s what’s so great about blogs. You don’t have to be published. You can just go online, press enter and there it is, out there.
What Julie didn’t realize when she started her blog is that you can also make money blogging.
Blogging has become a world-wide phenomenon that is giving many people the opportunity to earn real money online. Blogs are popular for good reason. They are easy to set up and learn, and the cost is minimal and sometimes even free. With modern applications, you can get started blogging in less than an hour or so.
The big question now is what should I blog about?
Have you taken recipes and tweaked them just so to make them perfect? Do you enjoy testing new dishes on your family? Recipe blogs are very popular with people who are gourmet cooks as well as people who don’t know the first thing about moving around a kitchen, but would like to learn. Sharing your cooking successes, and failures, is a great way to make money online. Even if your cooking usually turns out to be stories of woe, like my “never mix cheese and cabbage” disaster, having a way to connect with other people who share your interest is a great way to turn your stories into profits.
There are some simple skills required to start blogging about cooking. Of course, you have to enjoy cooking. You don’t have to be a chef, just have an interest in food. You’ll want to be able to organize your thoughts, and get your recipes in some sort of understandable order so people can follow along. If you have a digital camera, you’ll be able to include pictures of the dishes you make, but that is not absolutely necessary. There are many publicly licensed food photos on the internet for you to use.
The main skill you’ll need is patience. You won’t see a lot of traffic to your blog at first, but don’t worry. It takes time for people to find out how great your blog is.
Of course, you want to make money with your recipe blog. By using one or more of the following methods, you’ll have a real home-based business that will start producing income for you and your family.
- Make Money by Selling Products: Some people enjoy the retail aspect of their business. Whether it’s kitchen gadgets or cookbooks, your readers will love to hear what your favorite kitchen tools are. You’ll be sharing your love for cooking, giving your opinion on products, and making money at the same time. Great idea.
- Make Money by Selling Advertising: Once traffic starts coming your way, you’ll find advertising on your blog to be a nice way to generate income. This is something to keep in mind, but you won’t really hit your stride making money with this method until you start getting readers. Just file this idea away so you can start making your plans.
- Make Money by Selling Your Blog: When your blog becomes popular, you have become a successful blogger, for sure! If you’re ready to move on to other things, you can consider selling your blog for a big profit.
By focusing your energy on your own unique style of blog, you can find a home for family recipes, regional dishes, cooking disasters and fun stories that your readers will come back to time and time again. Sharing your knowledge of cooking, your recipes, your successes and failures, all can bring in a nice income if you are ready to learn how. But, you’ve got to take that first step in order to see your dreams come true.
To learn exactly how to set up your blog and how to create a recipe blog that people love, talk about and come back to, grab the guide “How to Start a Cooking Blog“. You’ll also learn how to get traffic to your blog and make money doing something you enjoy.