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Top 10 Home Businesses You Can Start Online Cheap: Recipe Website

Updated on June 30, 2009


The massive popularity of online recipe, food and cooking websites is growing at an outrageous pace. Similar to buying a traditionally published cookbook at a bookstore, many foodies are turning to the Web to located their favorite recipes.

There are several ways that you can generate considerable revenue with this type of enterprise. Since your website will receive highly targeted traffic, your site represents a superb advertising opportunity for food, cooking, or kitchen-related products and services. Your site can sell all cookery related products directly, and you can also charge a membership fee for this kind of participation whereby only fully paid up members are able to access specific sections of the site by utilizing an user identifcation and password.

This type of website also gives you a signficant opportunity to practice the very lucrative form of sales known as permission marketing. You can ask your members and even regular website visitors if they would like to be notified when you refresh your website with new information or if they would like to receive daily or weekly newsletters and recipes via e-mail. This strategy acts to induce visitors to return to your site frequently and will also create another, parallel advertising opportunity to offer cookery-related products and services.

If you send out a periodical newsletter, you could sell advertising within it to kitchen and food-related companies anywhere in the nation. You may elect to develop your own direct niche in this market area, by launching a a low-cal cooking site, a low-carb recipe site, heart smart cookery site, or a macrobiotic diet site.


You will be offering your audience a wide variety of cookery advice and recipes, thus a thorough familiarity with the spectrum of different foods, ethnic recipes, and cooking techniques would be an asset. This knowledge will enable you to provide the keenly focused and rich content that your website visitors will demand. The more you are an experts on all aspects of the culinary arts, the more professional your website will appear to the public.


At first you will have to pay to design and develop your website (unless you have the skills to do that yourself) as well as confront all expenditures associated with this process, such as a hosting service. You can expect expenditures to range between $3,000 and $5,000 if you do not currently have a suitable PC, but as little as $1,000 if you already do.You will need a modern personal computer with appropriate software graphics and HTML editing software, a digital camera and scanner, website development, and hosting. If you intend on setting up a comprehensive mailing list system, you will also have to buy specialized mailing list software to assist you in managing and organizing your mail lists which will become an onerous task in time. Additional expenditures associated with launching this enterprise include online advertising expenditures and any offline promotion that you may require to launch.


One truly enthusiastic, professional, knowledgeable and dedicated foodie can run this type of website. You can start this venture while keeping a regular full-time job until your website’s revenues surpass your current salary.


You should make certain that the recipes that you include on your website and in your cookbook publications are fully original and have not been plagiarized from any other source: This is an serious topic where many cooking websites have run into trouble in the past. To be sure that you are not facing any copyright violation issues, you should always get written permission from the original author and cite where you have received that particular recipe. That is why it is best to rely on your own friends' and family's recipes. Not only are they unique, but they are likely far more interesting!


Additional revenue for your culinary website can be generated by marketing a database of your favorite recipes via download or on CD-ROM. The relatively low expenditures of developing a cookbook in electronic format vs. printing it as a conventional paper publication would considerably increase the overall revenue for your website.

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