Now that you’ve created a cookbook for your friends and family, I bet you’re wondering, “Now what?”
Get your creation online. You could start up a web page or a blog to keep all the recipients of your creative work updated with new ideas or recipes you’ve been working so hard to develop. They can print out the updates or save them on their computers.
Blogger.com (the source you’re reading my blog on) is FREE!!! It is so easy and simple to use with easy instructions to get you going within minutes.
Of course you can always create a website, but be aware that services offering to have your site on their servers for free will usually bombard the site with an incredible array of ads, pop-ups, and all sorts of solicitations to those looking to surf your site. In all fairness, this makes absolute business sense. They are giving you a free service but still need to make money to be able to provide you with that service and create an income for themselves.
You could pay a web hosting service that will assure you of not having any ads. That is of course unless you want to acquire the ads yourself to show on your site. This is called affiliate marketing where you make a percentage of any sales made from direct advertisement off of your website. There’s nothing wrong with making a little money. After all, you are spending to have your website and to create your wonderful recipes. You needed a decent camera to take pictures of your creations, and all those books and magazines you’ve purchased for research, well, you see my point.
But you could do all of this on blogger.com. The site is free to join and there are so many things you can do with your blog.
* You can communicate with a whole group of people at the same time.
* You can update your recipes or stories for them and then get responses or comments back that everyone can enjoy.
* You can make announcements.
* You can add pictures.
* And yes, you can add advertisers with items you know the people looking at your blog will want to explore.
There’s a wonderful program I joined for a nominal fee ($49.00). It’s called Web Colleagues (click here!). At first glance, the program appears to be overwhelming because of all the valuable information that your membership fee has paid for. Not only does it direct you to blogger.com to get you started, but it also describes a multitude of ways to make money online. Granted, this isn’t some silly point and click scam, you actually have to do some work. But who cares? Believe me, once you get started, you just don’t want to stop.
If you have a problem with writing, Web Colleagues will teach you how to write. If you don’t know how to get advertisers on your blog, well, they’ve got tutorials for that too. They literally take you from point A to point B.
So if you’re feeling adventurous, take that first step and join. Devote some time to reading the information they provide. Digest it and read it again and then follow the instructions. How simple is that? With a small investment and some time dedicated to the program you will eventually start making some money.
If you’re thinking along the lines of eventually publishing your cookbook, developing a website might be the best way to go. But I strongly suggest starting out with a blog just to get your feet wet and get the old creative juices flowing.
If you already have a blog and are now considering the publishing route, check out my next blog posting and I’ll share my experiences in getting my cookbook out in print. Til then, my daughter (who just transferred back to UTEP from UTSA for her sophomore year) has asked me to make a Nacho dinner. So I’ll say goodbye for now, but check back in a few days and we’ll discuss the wonderful world of publishing. Hasta luego.