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The Makin' Bacon Podcast

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The Makin' Bacon Podcast helps food bloggers serve their Fans, grow their income, and get the most from their blogs. Bringing in readers is only half the battle, making money is also crucial to building a sustainable blog. Listen to top experts share the secret ingredients that turned their blogs into a business. So you too can start Makin' Bacon!

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Spotlighted Podcast Episodes

  • Connect to Your Audience Using YOUR Story with Abby Rike
  • Why You Need to Stop Learning and Start Doing
  • Publishing a Cookbook with Sally Ekus, Literary Agent
  • Mental Strength and Crushing it at Conferences with Kami Kilgore - Podcast Interview

Most Recent Makin' Bacon Podcast Episodes

Jobs Across Food with Karista Bennett

Episode 26
Working in food is a shared passion for most food bloggers, but this can take many forms outside of just blogging including writing cookbooks, being a chef, working with brands and teaching classes. Today's guest is going talk about some of the jobs she's done and how you might be able to get involved in them as well.

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Harnessing Authenticity and Kindness to Grow Your Brand with Jenny Melrose

Episode 25
When it comes to growing your blog, you simply need to connect with your audience, solve their problems, and watch the money roll in. Easy, right? We all know it's not as simple as that. And today's guest is the perfect person to help us actually accomplish our goals. Today, we talk about how to position your brand to reach your biggest fans, why kindness matters in business, and how to authentically fake it until you make it.

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10X Your Traffic with Heather Johnson

Episode 24
Today, we talk with Heather Johnson how to make keyword research more manageable, how niching down can actually make you more creative, and why you shouldn't fear the algorithm.

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Create an Email Course Lead Magnet

Episode 23
Most bloggers know that lead magnets are critical to growing your email list, but most do not think about using an email course as a lead magnet. Here is how you can go about doing it.

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Updating Content and Crushing Mailing Lists with Elizabeth Falcigno Podcast Interview

Episode 22
No matter how long you have been blogging, you never have all the answers. This makes it incredibly valuable to talk to people who become successful using methods that are different from what you did. And that is one reason I'm so excited to talk to today's guest, Elizabeth Falcigno from The Clean Eating Couple.

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Quality Doesn't Matter

Episode 21
Quality doesn't matter. Too many food bloggers focus on increasing their quality and it's holding them back. I'm going to tell you why and what you should be focused on to maximize your productivity,

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Publishing a Cookbook with Sally Ekus, Literary Agent

Episode 20
There is a lot that goes into the book publishing process and my guest is Sally Ekus, a literary agent who has helped publish hundreds of cookbooks. She is here to help you figure it all out.

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Mental Strength and Crushing it at Conferences with Kami Kilgore - Podcast Interview

Episode 19
In this episode, we are going to talk with Kami Kilgore from Everything Food Conference about what you can do to get the most out of conferences, how to approach and work with brands, and the importance of critically looking at the bad to move forward with the good.

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Connect to Your Audience Using YOUR Story with Abby Rike

Episode 18
In this episode we look at how to craft your own personal story, the best way to stand out in the crowded blogging space, and how you can take advantage of times of uncertainty to push yourself.

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Create and Produce Products with Kate Hansen

Episode 17
Discover how you can invent and create your own products during this interview with Kate Hansen. Kate is the inventor of the Ergo Spout(R), a spout and handle for mason jars, which she launched on Kickstarter raising over $40,000 from over 1,000 backers. She shares her journey, tips and tricks she learned along the way, and talks about how food bloggers can do the same thing.

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Dominating Affiliate Links with Christen Evans, Brand Manager

Episode 16
Affiliate links are a great way to make money for your website and they're a good way to serve your fan's needs.  In this episode I talk to Christen Evans, who is an affiliate guru and brand manager for Apogee Agency.

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Why You Should Not Publish an eBook Only

Episode 14
When most food bloggers want to start selling a product, they think about putting out a downloadable PDF for sale but that's not the best approach. I'm going to tell you why and tell you exactly what is, so you won't make the same mistake other people do.

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Why Reuse, Reuse, Reuse is a Superpower

Episode 13
There is never enough time. But once I started implementing this one method in my blogging process, it exponentially increased my efficiency. I've gotten more done, I've gotten better quality content out there, and I'm moving my blog forward much more quickly. I'm going to show you how you can harness this superpower for yourself.

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Barbara Hobart Product Creator

Episode 12
Barbara Hobart is a television writer/producer who has also been manufacturing and developing products since 1994. (She invented and introduced the first injection-molded decorative light switch cover to the UK.) She expanded her company, HomePlates Worldwide, and now consults with companies large and small to help strengthen brand identities and awareness through custom products.

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Write Your Cookbook with Other People

Episode 12
Putting out a cookbook can be this long, lonely process where everything is on your shoulders and you have to make sure it all comes together. It can be really hard, but it doesn't have to be that way. I'm going to share with you what I do when I want to put out a great cookbook that I'm really proud of but doesn't just fall on my shoulders.

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What Are Your Cookbook Goals

Episode 11
When people sit down to create a cookbook they often make a single mistake that hurts them throughout the entire cookbook process. It's an easy mistake to make and almost everyone makes it. But once you know how to avoid it your chances of success are going to skyrocket. I'm going to share with you what it is and show you how to avoid it when you put out your next cookbook.

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Mike La Charite Event Planner Interview

Episode 10
Mike La Charite is a sous vide cook and conference planner, and he comes on the podcast to talk about how a blogger can create and host an event, how finding partners can make all the difference, and what you can use to attract sponsors to pay for the whole thing.

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How to Make Money From Blogging

Episode 9
No one gets paid to be a blogger unless you're working for a company. No one's going to pay you to put out that blog post but there are a lot of ways you can make money from your blog. I'm going to show you several of the ones that are most effective so you can start moving forward and making additional money from your blog.

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Where Are You Going?

Episode 7
In this article I wanted to talk about a few of the goals you might have as a food professional, and what is important for each one. This is because determining your goals is probably the most critical thing you can do.

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Lauren McElwain Cooking Classes and Community Building Interview

Episode 6
Lauren McElwain from Cooking as a First Language comes on to talk about how to host cooking classes, the challenges in growing and brand, and how cooking can bring communities together.

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Lori Rice Professional Photographer Interview

Episode 5
Lori Rice is a professional photographer who built up her clientele by working with brands and networking at food and blogging events. We talk about when to pivot your blog, how to price client work, tips for photographers looking to improve, and how to get the most out of conferences.

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Create the Blogging Job You WANT

Episode 4
The worst thing that could happen to you is that what you're doing could work. What type of blog are you building? What type of job are you creating for yourself? I'm going to show you where you might be going wrong. And if so, how you can correct it and start building the type of blog that you want to work on.

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Gary Logsdon Tribe Builder Interview

Episode 2
I brought Gary Logsdon from Amazing Food Made Easy on the show to talk about where he sees blogging going.

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Why You Need to Stop Learning and Start Doing

Episode 1
Stop learning. That's my message today. It's currently holding you back and I'm going to tell you why. I wanted to delve into some of the ways we hide when we don't want to put ourselves out there.

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