I write for Associated Content for one reason and one reason only… to make money. I do not have a love for writing like many do. I have a love for seeing money deposited into my PayPal account. Writing recipes and publishing them on AC is a quick and easy way to make money online. Here’s how I do it:
Look through recipes in your favorite cookbook or online. Pick a recipe, any recipe. Then write a short into about the recipe. You do not have to be fancy. Check out the intro I wrote for my barbeque pork for sandwiches recipe. I’ve never actually made this recipe, but it sounded good. I didn’t really know what to say, so I made suggestions as to what someone could serve with it. It’s brainless writing, but it works.
After you write your intro, make a list of ingredients. You can copy ingredients as you see them because there is no copy write on a list of ingredients. If you still feel funny about doing that, you can change it up a bit. If the ingredient list calls for a pinch of salt, you can say salt to taste instead. It’s not necessary, but it might make you feel better to change the wording.
As for the actual recipe steps, you should change that a bit to make it your own. It’s easy to change the steps. Just think of how you would say it if you were telling someone how to make it. And use keywords often. In my barbeque pork recipe, you will see the word crockpot over and over again. That helps the recipe to get found by the search engines. Just don’t get carried away and use a word so many times that it makes it hard to read.
Associated Content has a minimum word count (currently 300 words at the time I write this). Many recipes don’t come close to that word count. So you can put two or three recipes together to make a longer article. You might try putting together recipes that go together well (like a meat dish and a vegetable side dish) or you can put two recipes that use the same ingredients. I often use that method to turn short recipes into a 300 word article. You can see an example of how I do this in my coconut cream pie and sugar pie article. Both are pies so I can use the keywords “pie” and “pie crust” often.
As you look at my recipe articles, you will usually see a step by step format. You do not have to write Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, etc., on AC. The only reason I do it is because I copy recipes that I previously published on other websites that require the step by step format. Yes, you are allowed to publish your recipes on more than one site and earn more money! Just make sure the sites you write for allow it (you can ask me if you are not sure).
You should always include a photo with your recipe. But AC is very strict as to what photos you can use. You can use your own photos. But that means you would have to actually prepare each recipe before publishing it just so you can take a picture. Do NOT feel like you need to do that. Instead, you can look on stock.xchng to see if you can find a suitable photo (it’s a site approved by AC). You do not have to put an actual photo of the recipe. What I do is find a photo that goes along with the theme of the recipe. For my no bake chocolate oat bars, I put a photo of chocolate chips. For my pickled bloody mary and frozen mudslide, I put a photo of cocktail glasses. For recipes that require the use of a hand mixer, I put a picture of a hand mixer. I did that for both my mint meringue kisses and my meringue ghosts articles. When I can’t find any photo for my recipe (or if I’m too lazy to search for a photo) I use a photo of a recipe box. I did that for my easy chicken and noodles and angel hair chicken pasta article.
Some people think publishing recipes is a cop out way to earn a buck. They must not be very good business people. There is good money in publishing recipes. And writing recipes is a great way to get past writer’s block. So if you think you can’t write for AC, think again! You can publish recipes and earn money.
See some of my recipe articles!
2 Peanut Butter Recipes – Peanut Butter Popcorn and Peanut Butter Pie
2 Liqueur Recipes – Homemade Irish Cream and Homemade Creme De Menthe
3 Easy Casserole Recipes – Breakfast Casserole, Pasta Casserole, Tuna Casserole
How to Make Peanut Butter Bones for Dogs
How to Make Easy Chicken Pot Pie Using Soup