Recipes - How well do they work here?

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  1. CyberFreak profile image74
    CyberFreakposted 11 years ago

    I write mostly technology hubs, but I do have other interests as well, for example crafting, electronics and cooking.
    Lately I started writing some of the recipes I have from family, I have some which are totally mine too, results of constant experimenting with ingredients and techniques, most of which aren't good but some were extremely tasty... anyway what I want to ask, is how well do recipes work here?
    Those of you who write recipes, have you seen some good incoming traffic or it doesn't seem worth the time? I want to know before I start sharing my recipes.
    The two recipes I have uploaded so far don't seem having much success, but truth is it's too early.

    Care to help with your experience?

    1. Simone Smith profile image87
      Simone Smithposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Important considerations:
      1. Recipes are a highly competitive subject
      2. It is difficult to share a recipe that has not already been shared hundreds (if not thousands) of times online
      3. You *can* give your recipe Hubs an advantage by properly using our Recipe Capsules (they enable the Hub to show additional features in search results and be found via advanced filters in recipe searches)
      4. To write recipes that succeed, extensive competitive research must be done, and you must also write something detailed, helpful, and bolstered with attractive, original images showing step-by-step shots of the process

      For good inspiration, I recommend checking out Gordon Hamilton's work.

      Hope that helps! big_smile

      1. CyberFreak profile image74
        CyberFreakposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, that indeed helps, thank you Simone.
        So in order to boost the hub's success I would have to cook and photograph every step too. Sounds reasonable.

        1. Cardisa profile image88
          Cardisaposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          My recipes are very successful as well. I have one recipe hub that has been viewed over 33,000 times and I get an average of 100+ views per day.

          Recipe hubs that do well are those which, as Simone mentioned, not already shared a million times, but those which are also extensively searched. I suggest you do some research on the recipe before sharing it if you need to make money from your recipes here.

          I have the advantage of sharing recipes from my country which have not been covered widely on the net.

          I just took a look at your recipe hubs and the titles seem a bit long. You need to do some keyword research on the type of recipe and make a shorter more "to the point" title.

      2. renegadetory profile image61
        renegadetoryposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for the info.  I have been playing around with the idea of trying out some recipe hubs, this is good to know.  Thanks!

    2. Georgie Lowery profile image90
      Georgie Loweryposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I have two recipe Hubs and they are fairly new but I have gotten a fair amount of traffic to one of them, and I think it's because of a specific, unusual ingredient. Both are heavy on photos but I know I screwed up on the recipe capsules. I may go back in at some point and edit.

      1. CyberFreak profile image74
        CyberFreakposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah seems a well-written recipe hub should include step-by-step photos.
        It isn't always easy especially if no-one else is near to take them.
        I tend to cause a mess in kitchen when I cook, so a camera amidst all the mess isn't safe smile

    3. VVanNess profile image75
      VVanNessposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I have tons of great recipes that I publish every week and they seem to be doing great. However, they are original, I take pictures of my work (not of the process though), and do extensive research on what's already published on the Web first.

      I say have fun and go for it! I love writing recipes!

  2. yupperclub profile image61
    yupperclubposted 11 years ago

    Since your recipe collection is probably terrifically unique to the market and is a collection, try putting them all together and making a book.  That would also probably be your best marketing route.  Check out an amazon site called  Createspace.  I have some books there myself when my thinking and expression goes beyond an article length.  They print, publish, copyright, isbn, market and take care of all of that for you.  It's also free.  You can use a word processor or make the book into a pdf and upload it.  They will review it and put the rest of it together for you.  They are wonderful!  Then they even market your books on amazon (TONS of prospective buyers!)  You don't even have to invest any further funds into advertising.  Really, think about putting together a recipe book collection.  Oh, it's FUN, too.

    Good luck however you decide to pursue this project.


    1. CyberFreak profile image74
      CyberFreakposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I delayed to reply to you because I checked it around a bit.
      Seems fascinating...thing is if it costs you nothing, what is in it for them?
      Do they have commission on the possible sales?

      1. Barbara Kay profile image73
        Barbara Kayposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Amazon gets a commission everytime they sell your book. That is why they offer it for free.

  3. baja2013 profile image62
    baja2013posted 11 years ago

    I made one recipe and it was really nice fun for me. I will make two or three more, sometimes later.
    It's interesting and requires experience and research at the same time. When I said experience I mean on knowledge in food/cooking.
    For me it's only possible to write about something I experienced by myself. Not general and known things. So, if you will write a recipe, make it from your own experience. How you did it and what was taste for you.

  4. lovebuglena profile image87
    lovebuglenaposted 11 years ago

    My best hub in terms of total views is a recipe hub and it's about how to make miso soup. When I created this hub I never thought that it would get over 10,000 views but it has and the views just keep increasing. I don't have any other published recipe hubs that have as many views as the miso one but they do get plenty of traffic, Some have thousands of views, some have hundreds, and some have less than a hundred but they all get traffic. If you enjoy cooking I'd post recipes on here. It's fun. Plus readers will  leave their comments and may even try your recipes out, which is always exciting. smile

  5. janshares profile image93
    jansharesposted 11 years ago

    I say ditto to lovebuglena. My best performing hub is a recipe hub, over 15,000 views, average about 100 views a day, more on the weekends. Initially I didn't understand why. It was my second or third hub with no clue or intent that it would do this well. I've done more recipe hubs that do okay with steady traffic but not nearly as well. These more recent hubs are way better so I didn't understand why they aren't getting as many views.

    Well, like Cardisa and Simone said, it's about what's being searched, how much it's searched, and whether or not there is competition. The hub that's doing well is an oxtail recipe. I had no idea that so many people are searching for this.

    So the fact that I've done better recipe hubs using different capsules, more text, more research, my own images, and better titles is irrelevant. Why? Because there are thousands of recipes on salmon, shrimp, pork chops, and chicken. But not very many on oxtails. The bottom line is that it really is about traffic and what people are searching for.

    I hope this was helpful. Good luck.

    1. CyberFreak profile image74
      CyberFreakposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Yup it was. Thanks!

  6. yupperclub profile image61
    yupperclubposted 11 years ago

    I think unique recipes should be prepared for inclusion in a book...they offer it for free in some cases to HELP PROMOTE the book...the more people that read it can recommend the book then sales could probably TAKE OFF at a much faster pace.  Like getting a preview of a movie that then breaks box office records.  Amazon does not make commission off something that if FREE...don't you think that is kind of rediculous??????  They are helping you promote probably more efficiently than you would ever be able to do yourself (and they do that for FREE, too.)

  7. habee profile image92
    habeeposted 11 years ago

    Some of my recipe hubs do very well here!

  8. profile image53
    koko12345posted 11 years ago


    Sir, Iam unable to open a space for my writing article please help me in this regard.

  9. Writer Fox profile image32
    Writer Foxposted 11 years ago

    Hey, YupperClub:  I'm waiting to read your Hub about publishing with Createspace.  When will you write it?

  10. W1totalk profile image46
    W1totalkposted 11 years ago

    There is nothing like taking a peek into a kitchen. Recipes with the right about of description, just enough to get a nose sniffing, have to work. I can't wait to see what you have.

  11. vocalcoach profile image93
    vocalcoachposted 11 years ago

    I haven't done too many recipe hubs but the one that brings me consistent traffic uses the recipe capsule and I feature photos that I took myself with step-by-step instruction.

    Before starting my hub I did a search to see what the top recipes were like and then made sure mine offered something more and different.

    This got me top ranking.  And when traffic slows down I go back in and add more information, unique from other recipe hubs.  Works every time smile


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