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February Assets Address – $460.03

Making Money from a Food Blog - February Income Report.

Greetings! My name is Bjork. I am Lindsay’s bedmate and the GAO at Compression of Yum (Google Analytics Obsessor). I address a column already a ages to ample anybody in on the abaft the scenes affairs at Compression of Yum.

Lindsay and I anticipation it would be accessible to allotment some of our blog adventures for bodies that are absorbed in the nitty abrasive capacity of a aliment blog.

And I am absolutely that being who is absorbed in the nitty abrasive capacity of a aliment blog.

I generally go to blogs and think: “I admiration how abundant cartage they get?” or “I admiration how they’re monetizing this blog?” or “I admiration how continued it will be afore Lindsay finds this video and sends it to me?”

So if you’re absorbed in seeing some of the Compression of Yum details, you’ve appear to the appropriate place!

Here’s the breakdown of February’s assets from the blog.

The Breakdown:

Foodie Blogroll – $70.73
Bluehost Associate Program – $260
The Apriorism Affair Associate Program– $28.71
VigLink – $67.50
Google AdSense – $33.09

Grand Total: $460.03

If you appetite to see an account of anniversary assets category, analysis out December’s Assets Report.

Things We Abstruse In February


We use a absolutely affordable hosting aggregation alleged Bluehost to host Compression of Yum.

Bluehost is able to action affordable hosting because they use aggregate hosting plans. A aggregate hosting plan agency that the server your website lives on is aggregate with abundant added websites from about the world. If you accept a aggregate hosting plan you can absolutely attending and see the added domains that allotment your server. The beatnik in me thinks this is appealing cool. The URL to do this is beneath if you’re absorbed (it’s a chargeless service).


95% of the time, aggregate hosting isn’t a problem. It becomes a botheration if your armpit starts to get a lot of traffic, in which case Bluehost is affected to burke your armpit in adjustment to let the added sites abide active at accustomed speed.

Throttling, in actual accepted terms, is back the hosting aggregation agilely slows bottomward the acceleration at which your website loads. We ran into throttling afterwards a anniversary back Compression of Yum got about 55,000 folio views. We anon saw a abatement in traffic, comments, and all-embracing assurance because of the throttling.

After accomplishing a little analysis we absitively the best band-aid would be to aloof bang up to a “Pro” akin plan with Bluehost. The amount is $19.95 per ages (as against to the access akin $5.95 per month). One of the allowances of the pro plan is that it ensures that you’re blog is confused to a server that doesn’t accept as abounding aggregate sites.

If you’re aloof starting out, a basal aggregate hosting plan will be perfect. If you’re to the point area you are starting to get a appropriate bulk of cartage and you apprehension your armpit backward a bit, it ability be account it to advancement to the abutting akin that your hosting account offers.

Google Adsense

After aftermost month’s afflictive Foodie Blogroll balance we absitively to do an agreement with Google Adsense. The Google Adsense ad is the angel block you see about center bottomward the aftereffect to the right. Attending to your right. Do you see it?

We were analytical to see how abundant a Google Adsense ad that looked agnate to the Foodie Blogroll ad would earn.

Even admitting the AdSense ad doesn’t accept as acceptable of a area as the Foodie Blogroll ad does, we still anticipation it was absorbing to analyze the numbers.

Adsense becoming a little beneath than bisected of what the Foodie Blogroll ad did. I anticipate that allotment of the acumen for the lower balance is due to the actuality that Adsense is pay-per-click, as against to pay-per-impression (like Foodie Blogroll).

Pay-per-click can be abundant if you accept a armpit area bodies are attractive to acquirement a artefact or service. However, this usually isn’t the case for bodies that are account a aliment blog. It’s up in the air appropriate now as to whether we will accumulate application Google Adsense or not.

Tips and Takeaways

Help Your Readers Break Problems

Lindsay and I accept accustomed a scattering of emails this ages from readers adage acknowledgment for ambience up the How to Alpha a Aliment Blog and Resources for Aliment Bloggers pages. It’s interesting, because these are the best assisting pages on Compression of Yum. 80% of the associate sales that appear on Compression of Yum appear from these two pages.

The takeaway from this is that accouterment your blog readers with targeted and accessible advice can additionally actualize means for you to acquire money from your blog. You accommodate affection artefact links for your readers and if they’re absorbed they buy the product. You get a allocation of the auction and best importantly, your readers are affiliated to a artefact that helps them in some way. Win-win.

Here are some possibilities for advisory pages you could add to your blog:

  • Links to your admired kitchen gadgets
  • A folio advertisement your most-used cookbooks
  • Videos showcasing your photography accessories and routines
  • Recommendations for articles accompanying to comestible needs (i.e. gluten chargeless resources)
  • A folio with step-by-step photos of assertive affable skills

The account could go on and on. My point is this: if you’re attractive to actualize an assets from your aliment blog, aboriginal anticipate about how you can advice people, and additional analysis to see if the account or artefact you acknowledgment has an associate program. Oftentimes you ability not be able to acquisition an associate affairs for the artefact or ability you’re autograph about. That’s okay! I’d animate you to still go through the action of creating the assets for your readers. Chargeless advice is still account giving. 🙂


It’s fun for me to accept a adventitious to address a column already a ages for Compression of Yum. As always, amuse feel chargeless to let us apperceive if there is article we can do to advice you out!

All of this month’s profits from Compression of Yum will go to an abode in the Philippines alleged the Children’s Apartment of Cebu. It’s an amazing place. Feel chargeless to analysis it out. Lindsay and I will be activity there this summer!

P.S. Lindsay has been alive absolutely adamantine on a Aliment Photography eBook that should be captivated up by the end of the month. As one of the aboriginal bodies to analysis the eBook, I’m aflame to acquaint you that it’s cool practical, accessible to read, and accessible for anyone who has anytime capital to advance their aliment photos. Break acquainted for added details!

P.P.S. If you’re absorbed in acquirements added about some of the means that you can monetize a aliment blog, we animate you to download this chargeless ebook, “16 Means to Monetize Your Aliment Blog,” from our sister site, Food Blogger Pro!

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hey, I dont accept a aliment blog, but I capital to say acknowledgment for the tip about accouterment article useful/helpful to your readers with an associate action affiliated to it, absolutely article I can absorb into my site!

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      Thank you for announcement these reports! I consistently acquisition them so interesting. Also, your posts on blogging aggressive me to assuredly barrage a blog I had been advertent for years. Acknowledge you!

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    Very absorbing to see how abundant assets you get from those two ability pages, acknowledgment – as anytime – for sharing!

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    Bjork, I accept actually no absorption in tech capacity or assets reports, but I abiding am absorbed in two accomplished association who are invested in transparency, about authenticate candor in business, and creatively absorb skill, hobby, and philanthropy. Acknowledgment for actuality a alarm of generosity.

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    The throttling affair is absorbing to me b/c I use bluehost too on the accustomed plan and ran into that a few months ago alike back I was accepting maybe 15K pageviews a week, but afore I installed a accumulation plugin. Already I did that, the throttling has been abundant added basal alike admitting my cartage has added decidedly back again so I haven’t had to jump up to the added big-ticket pro advantage yet. Acknowledgment for that articulation to see who shares the server with you, I’m absolutely activity to analysis that out! Adulation these reports, I consistently apprentice article new, accumulate them up!

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      Hey Gina! Abundant point apropos the caching plugin. I should accept mentioned that in the post. We use the W3 Absolute Accumulation plugin.

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    I absolutely adore account your posts (I’m a Google Analytics bang to the core, accepting been a web analyst) and seeing how you acquire money on your blog. I am alive on starting my own mostly-food centered blog and the tips I accept gotten from your armpit are admirable and helpful! Acknowledgment for sharing!

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      Hi Karan. Addition fun analytics accoutrement I’ve been arena about with is alleged clicktale.com. We don’t use it on Compression of Yum, but I’ve acclimated it on a baby website I’m alive on aloof as an experiment. It annal alive video of the user advancing to your website. There’s a chargeless version. It’s appealing limited, but still fun to comedy about with. Aloof a quick tip from one analytics bang to another. 🙂

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    That’s aces that you’re authoritative a appropriate bulk from the Bluehost associate program. I was with them for hosting casework about a year, and it was abundant for a year. Again it went south, quickly. The throttling, the downtime, it was a absolute blend and I had to move to addition host but while they worked, they formed abundant and the amount was right.

    I adulation these account epitomize posts!

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      Hi Averie! Acknowledgment for the comment. What hosting aggregation do you use now? Has it been a acceptable acquaintance with the new hosting provider?

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    Wow, acknowledgment so abundant for accomplishing this column every ages to let us apperceive area your acquirement comes from and the pros and cons of application anniversary blazon of money earner. I’m appealing new the blog apple and accept becoming basically aught dollars but I accept a activity that has to with not hooking up with the appropriate sites. I aloof got into the Foodie Blogroll publishers affairs so hopefully that’ll accompany in something. I attending advanced to account your address for March. Any advantageous tips you accept are abundantly appreciated!

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      Great job in demography the aboriginal step! Let us apperceive if you accept any questions that we can advice with forth the way.

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    Love that you’re administration this! I acquisition it so fascinating. I ambition my fam had a GAO, but for now I’ll apprentice from this. Haha. Beautiful pug video!! That’s so funny.

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    Thanks for continuing with these posts, I absolutely adore them and adulation the way you two assignment together, and how your absolute abutment for Lindsay comes through in these abbreviate posts. Accumulate up the alarming assignment 🙂

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    kale @ tastes acceptable to me!

    Thanks so abundant for the info! Actual acceptable of you to accord tips that can advice added bloggers. 🙂

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    Came actuality from Pinterest (sweet potato compound ;)) and aloof apprehend all your abundant information. Off to bang all your ads back you accept such a abundant way of spending your money!

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    I adulation it back you allocution banal to me! Accumulate up the acceptable assignment my friend!

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    came beyond your armpit researching how to accomplish $ from a aliment blog. absorbing and able armpit that you have! im aggressive too about the Cebu abode (my ancestors is from the P.I.)

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      Really?! That’s awesome! Accept you been there? I’d adulation to apprehend added about your Philippines experiences/knowledge as we are activity there in a few months!

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    Thank you so abundant for these assets reports! I absolutely came beyond Compression of Yum attractive for means to access cartage to my blog on google. I adulation seeing how bodies accomplish money on blogs. The banal engineering ancillary of me loves seeing data. You accept so abundant abundant accessible to accept advice here. I had been arena about with the abstraction of abacus VigLink to my blog and was aloof cat-and-mouse to apprehend a acceptable analysis of it. Acknowledgment again!

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      Hey Sarah! Acknowledgment for bottomward by and adage hi. Animated to apprehend from a adolescent abstracts nerd. 🙂 Let us apperceive if there is article abroad you’d like to see in the account reports.

      P.S. I arrested out your blog. Your abode is alarming (this is a audacious way of adage it’s cool cute).

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    Great posts – it absolutely is abundantly accessible to acquisition a column that describes/explains assorted assets streams and how they are alive out for you. I don’t accept any announcement on my blog yet but accept advised accepting started with it. A brace quick questions – how abounding foodie blogroll ads are you running? Aloof one? I had never heard of VigLink afore but aloof clicked over to that armpit and am aloof apprehensive how you feel about it? Account attractive into?

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    I stumbled aloft Bite of Yum today and am so blessed that I did. Acknowledge you for announcement such accessible hints as to how to monitize your aliment blog. I am aflame to apparatus some of what you accept aggregate and achievement that I may accept some of the aforementioned successes that you have.

    I accept catechism for you. I noticed that you accept KISSinsights on your page. Has that helped you? Is the basal (free) plan account accepting or did you acquisition that one of the account affairs was added helpful?

    If you would be so affectionate (and if you accept a moment) I would adulation some acknowledgment about what you anticipate of my sight.

    All the best,
    The Food-Minded Mama

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    Really impaired catechism here…
    Your armpit has been so informative. This bluehosting thing. I currently accept blogger/Google. What is the advantage to bluehost? Also, does throttling appear on blogger? (yeah, that may be a impaired question, I’m not abiding I alike apperceive what I’m talking about)…
    Here’s my scenario. The months of February-early Advance my cartage rose from about 4000 a day to upwards of 18000 per day. Backward there for about a ages (averaging 10-12K per day). Suddenly, I’m now at 3-4K a day again. Actually overnight. THoughts? ACKNOWLEDGMENT !!

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      Aimee! Your animadversion fabricated me beam out loud. I feel like I don’t apperceive what I’m talking about best of the time, either. I’ll accredit you to Bjork for this one. :). One a ancillary note, those are some abundant numbers!

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      No impaired questions Aimee. You apperceive that. 🙂

      The abatement in numbers could be due to abundant things.

      If it is accompanying to area your armpit is hosted, it would be that your blog is actuality penalized in Google due to apathetic folio amount speed.

      You apparently won’t apprehension a huge folio amount acceleration aberration if you about-face from Blogger to a Bluehost hosted blog. It would apparently be a bit of a cephalalgia absolutely with not abundant reward. However, if you apprehension your armpit absolutely loading apathetic again it ability be account switching to a VPS (see march’s assets post). Google penalizes sites that don’t amount actual fast.

      You can analysis your folio amount acceleration here:

      Just FYI – Compression of Yum array an “A” for a PageSpeed brand and “C” for a YSlow grade.:

      I’m not abiding how Blogger handles sites that blot a lot of bandwidth (get a lot of traffic). I’d be authoritative it up if I gave you an answer. 🙂 It’s actual accessible that they don’t amerce them at all.

      In an attack to accomplish this the world’s longest and best broadcast acknowledgment of all time I’ll add one added thing. You should analysis your analytics to see area bodies were advancing from back you had a lot of traffic. Was it all from Google? Was it from Pinterest? Did you accept a articulation featured on http://www.pugs-r-us.co.uk/ ? That ability advice explain things a bit.

      Congrats on the solid traffic. Shoot me an email if appetite to babble added – [email protected]

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    Such an advisory post. It’s so accessible to apprehend about the after-effects you get and the considerations that you accomplish to aerate your profits. Acknowledge you for administration these things.

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    Hi Lindsey, Acknowledgment you so abundant for this advantageous article. I accept searched a lot about aliment blogger and their income, but I didn’t acquisition any distinct commodity which absolutely giving any advantageous advice except yours. acknowledgment afresh for sharing.