If you’re a food blogger, you’ve probably pondered how you can monetize your website effectively. Well, there are many things you could sell and ads you can put on your site. Many bloggers turn to Amazon as an easy way to find products to promote, but the commissions are so small…it’s tough to earn good revenue without a lot of traffic. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
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Now back to the topics…
You Don’t Need Big Traffic Numbers
Instead of waiting for your traffic to build, consider alternate ways to monetize your site and do use a combination of ways. And instead of depending on Amazon to build all your affiliate links, search for alternate programs that higher commission.
For example, did you know if you sign up directly for the Vitamix affiliate program, you get 15% per sale and with products at around $350 and much higher, that’s a good chunk of change? If you use an Amazon link, you’ll earn just 4% or if you sell over 3131 products in a month, you can go up to 8.5%. Clearly, doing a bit of homework before you start promoting can pay off quite well.
TIP: Even though Amazon may not always be the best place to make a link, it is a great research tool. If you want to just start browsing for kitchen products, browse the kitchen section of their website.
There are also a lot of direct sales programs related to food and as long as they allow their representatives to sell online only and don’t have any stringent sales requirements, the commissions can be quite attractive as well.
Your Own Products & Services
Or what about your own products and services. If your goal is to blog about food and turn it into a career, selling your own products and services is a must. Okay, it’s not a must, but if you don’t do it, you’re missing out tapping into a lot of revenue. Think about it. Your followers like you. They open your emails and visit your site over and over again because like your stuff. So when you have a product that YOU created, they are going to jump at the change to buy it.
Plus, when you have your own products and services, you keep the profits. That means a whole lot more in your pocket per sale than if you’re promoting through an affiliate link.
The Big List
Here’s a starter list for you and we’ll keep adding to it as ideas come up and we’d love to have you add your own ideas in the comments area. Many of these can be sold through affiliate links, but do consider other options like selling your own products and services. That way, you can take yourself from being a blogger to a full-fledged business owner.
- Accepting paid sponsors and sponsored posts
- Ad networks like Google Adsense and Chitika
- Appliances like blenders, juicers, food processors, refrigerators, stoves, freezers, rice cookers and more
- Baking classes
- Cake or cookie decorating
- Calorie and other counters
- Coffee and Tea
- Cooking classes
- Cookware like roasting pans, baking dishes, pots, pans, woks and more
- Coupon books with coupons from local vendors and restaurants
- Dehydrated food sales
- Diet programs
- Ebooks or printed books
- Food cart
- Food gifts and gift baskets
- Freezer cooking service (teach freezer cooking in the home)
- Freezer-safe storage products
- Fresh meals in a box service
- Gadgets like garlic presses, meat thermometers, food dehydrators, salt and pepper mills, mandolin slicers and more
- Gourmet food sales
- Grocery list planning
- Grocery shopping and errand services
- Herbs and spices
- Indoor herb garden kits
- [Insert Food] of the month clubs
- Kitchen cleaning products
- Kitchen decor
- Kitchen organization service
- Kitchen organization service
- Kitchen remodels
- Knives and food slicers
- Lunch and food storage containers
- Meal delivery service
- Menu planning service
- Nutrition counselling
- Pantry organization tools
- Party decorations
- Party planning
- Personal chef services
- Place settings, tablecloths, placemats, centerpieces and more
- Pre-made mixes
- Recipe books
- Recipe organization tools
- Restaurant web design
- Seed bank
- Sell advertising directly to companies and other bloggers
- Vegetable garden set up and maintenance
- Vitamins and supplements
- Wine and beer making kits or services
- Wine, Beer and other alcoholic beverages
That’s 54 ideas so far. What ideas do you have? Share them below.
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