Take your blog back banner.png Written by Jason Logsdon

Case Study: Free Email Cooking Course

There are many ways to run cooking courses, and the most successful for us was an email course. We opted for a free one to drive newsletter signups, but you could easily charge $10, $25, or even $50 depending on how thorough it is.

Our course consisted of 20 emails containing about 35 lessons, making it a very big course. In fact, we turned the email course into a cookbook, getting double use out of the content!

  • Cooking course exploring bitesized emails
  • Email course callout optin monster

We used MailChimp, though ConvertKit or MailerLite would have worked as well, to set up a simple auto-responder series. Once the reader signed up, they received an email with the latest 1 or 2 lessons every 4 days.

I hosted the actual articles on my website. They were accessible to anyone (since it was a free course) but I didn't promote them much outside of the course. Though some of them have also become very popular in Google now, leading to more signups for the course.

Cooking course exploring sous vide header

During the first year of running our free email course, from November 2016 through December 2017, we had over 10,000 people sign up. And 8,000 of those people received all 20 emails that are in the course.

Email course mailchimp admin

We have sent out 185,000 emails with an open percent that starts at 71% and slowly decreases to 43% on the final email. The industry average is around 20% so we are still double that. Our click rate also starts at 41% and generally hovers around 17%, which is four times the industry average.

Do you have some traffic and fans but you're not making as much money as you would like? It's time to take back control of your blog, diversify your income stream, and start moving forward again. And this FREE food blogging video course is exactly what you need to get you there.

What content could you create and put in an email course? Let me know in the Makin Bacon Facebook Group or the comments below.

Next Articles to Read

How to Deliver Cooking Courses to Your Fans

Creating cooking courses falls right into the normal type of work that food bloggers do, but how can you easily deliver those courses to your fans?

How to Create a Cooking Course

As you blog more and more, you will become an expert at teaching people how to successfully do the type of cooking you write about. Once you get to this point, it can be really smart to start looking at creating cooking courses. These courses are a great way to repackage your content in a new form that your Fans will love.

Recommended Email Newsletter Programs for Food Bloggers

Clearly, there is no shortage of email providers to choose from. We are more familiar with three of them and feel confident suggesting that you consider researching each of them to see which one fits your needs most closely. Our favorites are the following: MailChimp, MailerLite, and ConvertKit.

Results of a Free Email Cooking Course

Two years ago we decided to set up a free online email cooking course for our Amazing Food Made Easy website. After writing the course and implementing it as an autoresponder in MailChimp (Convert Kit would work as well) we heavily marketed it through the year. Here's a little of what we found.


Jason logsdon headshot Hi, I'm Jason Logsdon! I'm an adventurous home cook and the head writer and photographer for Amazing Food Made Easy. I grew my income to 6-figures by focusing on serving my Fans by providing massive value, and I want to help you do the same.
placeholder image
jason