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Why you need to publish online recipes
If you've already published recipes here on Hubpages or elsewhere, you may have noticed they consistently receive traffic. The reason for this is, in part, they are 'evergreen'. People will refer back to them time and time again. It isn't a trendy one-hit-wonder subject, people cook everyday.
People are using the internet to look for recipes all the time. Perhaps it is for new recipes, or something they remember from years ago and need to remind themselves how to make it.
So is this the death of the cookbook as we know it? It is unlikely as some of the top chefs still put pen to paper. Okay, maybe not pen to paper but at least fingers to a keyboard to promote, and publish their latest must have cookbooks. The reason they do this is the same reason you should be doing it. Good food, great recipes and an ever increasing market.
How can I make money from a recipe?
That is a good question, I am glad you asked.
Firstly you can place ads on your recipe page, the same as on any page. This could be for cookbooks, pans, or the latest kitchen gadget. If you are writing a page, for example, on the best spaghetti sauce, you could place a link to your favorite garlic press.
Which type of recipes?
I find that dessert recipes work well for me. But it could be any type of recipe that you make. If you are a fanatic about homemade bread, write a page about it. If you have found the perfect barbecue sauce by accident, get it on here.
Whatever type of recipes you make and enjoy are ones to be made into hubs for everyone to enjoy.
If you can make diet food taste like something other than bland rabbit food, you have a gift and should share those recipes. Below you will see some successful pages that have done just that.
- Weight Watchers Chicken Recipes - 5 Pts or Less!
Delicious easy-to-follow recipes for WW-Friendly Chicken Noodle Casserole, Chicken Kiev, Buffalo Chicken Strips, Quick Chicken Teriyaki, and Gourmet Chicken Dijon
- Free Recipe Database - Fat-Free, Sugar-Free, Low-Fat
A database of free recipes that fit your lifestyle (and your diet). Updated continually, so check back often for new tasty treats and savory dishes. Requests welcome!
How many do you have?
How many recipe pages have you written?
How to keep it interesting
Sometimes, recipe pages can be boring! There, I have said it, don't let this happen to yours. Include anecdotes about the recipe where it came from, who you made it for, who has enjoyed it. Give it a history, it always makes things more interesting.
Photos are a must
Everyone loves photos. At least include the finished product and perhaps some of the steps involved. You may need to ask for help from a family member here. Try pouring, stirring and photographing at the same time and you will understand what I mean. No one likes a blurry photo and if yours is, it is better to leave it out. There are many point and shoot cameras on the market that are up to the job of photographing food and food preparation.
You are selling this product, make it look mouthwatering!
A few tricks of the trade are:
- Take the photo at a low angle and in good light.
- For fruit and vegetables, using a misting bottle, spray with water to make it look fresh.
- Also meats can be sprayed with oil to make them look juicy. We have all seen the photos of a juicy hamburger, then when it arrives it never looks like the picture. We were lured by our eyes into purchasing and that is exactly what you need to do.
- Use a tripod. Tripods are not just for professionals, they are for anyone who wants to get clean, crisp shots that are in focus.
Link to other pages
You can also link to other pages. This will make money for you if the person who followed your link to someone else's page buys something, you will get paid a percentage of their purchase.
Plus this can be a launch to your other web pages, blogs, and sites.
Here is a shameless plug for some of mine.
- How to make cream puffs
Making cream puffs is easy. This recipe, with its step by step pictures, will unlock the secrets to making this wonderful dessert or afternoon treat.
- How to make brigadeiro
One of the easiest desserts you can make is, brigadeiros. This is a favourite here in Brazil. With just 3 ingredients, you can WoW your friends and family.
- How To Make Banana And Lime Jam
Are you stuck in a rut always eating the same, boring jam? Why not try banana and lime jam. It is quick to make and it just might become one of your favorites.