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Increase Your Traffic With Recipes

Mary loves cooking from scratch using natural ingredients. Here she shares some of her favorite recipes and products.

Home baking

Home baking

Why You Need to Publish Online Recipes

If you've already published recipes online 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 and eat everyday.

People use 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 to Make Money From a Recipe

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.

Besides putting links to products related to your article, you will also be getting paid for views to your article if you are on a revenue sharing site such as this site.

Sliced bread

Sliced bread

Which Type of Recipes Get Views?

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 articles 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 articles that have done just that.

How many do you have?

How To Keep It Interesting

Sometimes, recipe pages can be boring! There, I've 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.


Tips For Photographing Food

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. 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.

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.

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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.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Mary Wickison

I Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Abby Slutsky from America on July 25, 2020:

I liked your photography tips. Thanks for sharing.

Oluwatoyin from Nigeria on July 25, 2020:

Thank you for sharing this tip.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on July 02, 2020:

Hi Abby,

My husband was a professional photographer and gave me advice. Making food look appetizing in a photo, needs careful planning.

Abby Slutsky from America on July 02, 2020:

Terrific aricle. We have a shared love of baking. I appreciated your photo tips.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on June 17, 2019:

Hi Diana,

I don't know if you follow Carb Diva, but she writes about food and recipes. We all have to eat and I believe more and more people seek out recipes online.

Diana Grant from United Kingdom on June 17, 2019:

What good ideas. I enjoy cooking, photographing the process and then producing foodie web pages, some very popular, others not so much. I agree that it's good to write pages that people will bookmark and return to remind themselves.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on June 24, 2014:

You are right short videos are a great addition to a recipe hub.

Thanks for stopping by.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on June 29, 2012:

Thank you for your wonderful comment. I have written some hubs about juicing and linked those together. It is a great way to keep readers, and/or potential customers on your pages. Also if you write on other sites, as I do, it is a good way of getting people to visit those pages as well.

Thanks for stopping by.

LetitiaFT from Paris via California on June 29, 2012:

What a great article. I love to cook but didn't think to write a food hub until Hub Pages launched the Cookbook Contest. I had so much fun participating and found that it could actually be more creative than the more research intensive writing I've done on or off the web. Taking photos is a blast and your tips are terrific (I'll link to this in one I did on food photo flops). I hadn't really thought about the evergreen aspect or the potential gain, but this certainly adds to the appeal of writing them. Thanks for providing the additional motivation!

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on May 03, 2012:

Hi Thundermama,

You should write one. Hubpages are going to be running a contest for this very thing beginning in June. I can't wait to see what you cook up!

Catherine Taylor from Canada on May 03, 2012:

I never thought about writing a recipe hub until reading this hub. I prefer more creative writing, but after reading your suggestion about anecdotes and history I'm going to give it a try.

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on April 20, 2012:

Hello Rajan Jolly,

This is definitely something you should try. If you take for example, a review of a laptop, the model will become passé in a relatively short time and visitors will decline. A recipe on the other hand will get bookmarked and people will return time and time again.

Thank you for your comment.

Kristen Haynie from Scotia, CA on April 19, 2012:

This is great advice. You're right about the recipe hubs, I don't know why I haven't noticed that myself!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 19, 2012:

Very interesting, informational and useful hub. You have tackled all the essential points so well, it makes me want to go for the recipe hubs as well!

Voted up and across.

janikon on April 19, 2012:

That is very true, I also like to believe walking while eating a cupcake doesn't count as eating sweets because I am 'exercising'

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on April 19, 2012:

Hi everyone,

Thanks for the comments. One of my most visited sites is for mango jam. But don't forget recipes for drinks as well both alcoholic and non-alcoholic these always draw visitors.

Janikon, you can eat both the cupcakes and the veg. I find if I do that I don't feel guilty about eating the cupcakes, it sort of balances it all out.

janikon on April 18, 2012:

Voted Up! You have written such an attractive and easy to read hub. I love the photos and suddenly crave both cupcakes and cooked vegetables. Useful and Awesome.

Chris Montgomery from Irvine, CA on April 18, 2012:

Great hub idea. What you say is true. My recipe hubs get steady, consistent traffic and there are definitely great money making opportunities. Voted up!

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on April 18, 2012:

I seriously need to figure out how to be a better cook so I can post recipes on HubPages. This makes a lot of sense. Thanks for sharing this info and helpful tips. Voted up!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 06, 2011:

This is good information to know. I have authored some recipe hubs and just recently a good number of homemade cookie hubs. I have no idea if they earn that much money, but they certainly do get the comments. Evergreen subjects are important as those of us attending a HubCamp in Houston found out. Up and useful votes!

Mary Wickison (author) from USA on December 05, 2011:

Thank you for your comments, I am glad you've found the information helpful. Although writing more hubs is our aim, promotion and linking of our own pages is equally as important. I find that when I have writer's block, I link, promote and tweak existing hubs. This keeps them fresh and keeps me active in writing until inspiration for a new hub arrives.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 04, 2011:

Thank you for sharing this great information!

Voting you UP and useful!

C E Clark from North Texas on December 04, 2011:

Thank you for bringing this subject to my attention.

Voting you UP and useful!

Cindi from Morgantown on December 04, 2011:

Informative hub. Thanks for the advice. Always looking for ways to improve traffic and hubs.

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on December 04, 2011:

First of all, this is such an attractive, easy-to-read hub. Secondly, this is interesting, because I have never made any earning off of recipe hubs, so I had wondered if they weren't that great to do. It's good to hear that you have had success with them! Voted all the ups but funny!

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