by Nicole Dean

Around the world people everywhere are discovering that blogging is a great way to make money online. The reason? Blogs can usually be set up at a low cost and started with a minimum of experience. Two very popular tools for blogging are Google Blogger (blogger.com) or the easy to use WordPress (WordPress.org). Both make it easy to set up a blog. But what kind of blog should you start?

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 casserole” disaster, having a way to connect with other people who share your interest is a great way to turn your stories into profits.

The skills needed to start blogging about cooking are simple. You need a talent or love of cooking. You don’t need to know all the fancy gourmet cooking terms; you just need to know how to put a dish together that tastes good. You also need to be able to write your recipes in an organized, concise, and easy-to-follow format. You may want to be able to use a digital camera, or find someone who can, in order to take pictures of your food, or you could use publicly licensed photos of food that you find on the internet. Of course, you’ll need patience. Every blog has a unproductive period at first, so don’t get discouraged. It will take time for your blog to build and for people to find you.

How do you turn your blog from a hobby into an income-producing business? These are a few methods that recipe bloggers are using with great success. Read through these ideas and you can either choose one or a mix of ideas from several.

Make Money by Selling Products: A person who loves to cook, often loves all the kitchen paraphernalia that comes along with it. If you have gadgets and cookbooks available to purchase on your blog, you can reap the rewards that the retail markets are enjoying. You can share your recipes, cooking tips, opinions, and sell products all at the same time. Nice little income producing idea.

Make Money by Selling Advertising: Once your blog gets noticed, and traffic starts coming your way, you’ll find advertising on your blog to be a nice, profitable 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 starts being noticed by search engines, you have become a successful blogger, for sure! Now you can consider selling your blogs to other people to turn your blog into a money-maker. There are others who create blogs just to sell them to others, which is another idea to think about.

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.

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