Raise your hand if you have a phone with apps on it!
Almost all of us do, and yet almost no food bloggers have apps out for them.
These apps can take many forms. I've released recipe apps, apps with tools to help my readers cook, apps with cheat sheets and regularly needed information, and apps to help find high quality cuts of meat and effectively store vegetables. The options really are limitless, and finding something that works in your niche, that your readers need, is a great way to capitalize on smartphones.
I've found the most effective apps are ones that provide information or tools that your Fans need time and time again. Packaging it in a manner that makes it easily accessible to them is a great way to serve their needs and bring in money.
I was highly involved in creating apps about 5 to 8 years ago and have become less active in it as my niche got more and more saturated, but it's still a viable option for many niches and something we are considering diving back into again.
There are many ways to create apps, and several are designed for people who do not have programming experience. It definitely helps if you are a little nerdy like me, but apps are a great way to differentiate yourself from the other bloggers.
Most apps are priced between $1 and $5, and moderately popular apps can have several hundred downloads a month. Our best-selling apps brought in $500 to $1,000 a month, though we had several that only sold a handful every month for a total of only $5 to $10.
If you haven't considered creating iPhone and Android apps for your food blog, it can be a great way to serve your Fans and grow your income.
Have you considered creating a smartphone app? Let me know in the comments below.