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How to make money from recipes

Updated on July 21, 2011
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I have been a chef for the last 10 years but I enjoy writing as a hobby. I really enjoy writing for Hubpages because it is fun


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Make money from your recipes

If you are reading this Hubpage then you probably wish to know how you can make money from your recipes. Well you have come to the right place. If you have loads of recipes that you have created then you can turn them into a good source of income. Maybe you have a great recipe for Cottage pie or a different way of making a bacon sandwich maybe you know a different way of boiling an egg. There are several ways of turning your recipes into a monthly income.

One of the most popular ways of earning money from your recipes is to gather a group of them together and publish them as a cook book. The internet has made self publishing a lot easier and much more effective. The main problem with self publishing is that you will be responsible for promoting the book yourself and getting it sold. The other big problem is that there is some stiff competition out there on the internet since self publishing is a lot easier now a days. To have a better chance of making regular sales from your own cookbook is to attempt to publish something unique, group together a load of recipes that run along a niche theme. Instead of just writing a cookbook write something like 100 Christmas recipes or maybe a recipe book dedicated to recipes that use bacon. If your book is in a niche it will be in a less competitive market meaning that making sales will be much easier. If you are going to choose this path you must make a decision as to whether you will publish a hard copy book or an ebook. If you publish it yourself it will be easier to publish it as an ebook and in some cases it may not even cost you any money to publish your recipes as an ebook. Publishing your cookbook as a hard copy may cost you money due to printing cost and such but it means that you have a physical copy of your cookbook and can sell it offline as well as online.

Another way of making money from your recipes is to make use of sites like and You write out your recipes and turn them into Hubpages and Squidoo lenses. This method will allow you to earn a passive income. Everyday millions of people search the internet and it is really easy to search engine optimize any recipe pages thus meaning that there is a good chance of getting your recipe articles onto the first page of Google, thus gaining you lots of targeted organic traffic. Each recipe that you publish with the aforementioned sites will contain Google Adsense ads and the potential for ad clicks that will earn you a share of the sites ad revenue.

You can also make money from your recipes in a slightly different way by using Squidoo. With Squidoo there is a feature that allows you to transfer a Squidoo lens to another user. People use this feature to buy and sell Squidoo lenses. If you write a load of recipe lenses you could then sell them to other Squidoo users. There is quite a market for recipe lenses so you can make money from them in this way, but you have to be able to find buyers and this can sometimes be quite tricky. I have sold several of my recipe lenses in the past and found that it can be quite profitable.

One other way of making money from your recipes is to create a recipe blog and place Adsense ads within the blog as well as affiliate links to products and services that would be related to those recipes. For example you could create a blog about pancake recipes and you could place within it links to the best frying pans to use for making your pancakes.

I hope this Hubpage has been useful and informative. Please feel free to leave a comment and also feel free to check out my Hubpage profile to see my other articles.


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