Makin' Bacon: Serve Your Fans. Grow Your Income.

Makin' Bacon: Serve Your Fans. Grow Your Income.
Makin’ Bacon 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!

Becoming a Professional Photographer with Christina Peters
Aug 3 • 65 min
Today we are talking about how to set the tone with your fans, ways bloggers can get their foot in the door, and how remote shoots can help during the pandemic. One of the ways many bloggers can make money, or even start a career, is by providing…
Giving Back and Moving Your Blog Forward with Annelies Zijderveld
Jul 27 • 54 min
Today, we talk with Annelies Zijderveld about the hardest part of writing cookbooks, how to pitch brands you love, and why giving back can help you, and your community.
Podcasting for Bloggers with Nicole Schwegman
Jul 13 • 64 min
Today we talk about how a podcast works, whether or not you are ready for one, and how to use a podcast to grow your brand. As bloggers we always hear that you need to be everywhere. So we write on our blog, post on Facebook and Instagram, share images on…
Jobs Across Food with Karista Bennett
Jun 15 • 53 min
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. Karista Bennet is going talk about some of the jobs…
Harnessing Authenticity and Kindness to Grow Your Brand with Jenny Melrose
Jun 1 • 50 min
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.
10X Your Traffic with Heather Johnson
May 25 • 47 min
Traffic is the life blood of blogging, and we are in a constant struggle to get more of it. There are so many different ways to approach it though, that it can quickly get confusing. Today’s guest is going to help us cut through the noise and find what is…
Using an Email Course as a Lead Magnet
May 11 • 6 min
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.
Updating Content and Crushing Mailing Lists with Elizabeth Falcigno
May 4 • 56 min
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…
Quality Doesn’t Matter
Apr 27 • 6 min
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.
Publishing a Cookbook with Sally Ekus, Literary Agent
Apr 20 • 44 min
Publishing cookbooks is a natural extension of what food bloggers do. We already know how to write recipes, photograph dishes, and teach our craft. But the book publishing process can be a big, scary unknown for a lot of people. I’ve published 14…
Mental Strength and Crushing it at Conferences with Kami Kilgore
Mar 30 • 56 min
In this episode, we are going to talk 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. Kami Kilgore from Everything Food…
Connect to Your Audience Using YOUR Story with Abby Rike
Mar 20 • 44 min
During the current times of uncertainty, Abby Rike and I talked about how to stay creative, how to move forward, and how to still serve your audience.
Create and Produce Products with Kate Hansen
Mar 16 • 42 min
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.…
Dominating Affiliate Links with Christen Evans, Brand Manager
Mar 9 • 63 min
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. She’s an affiliate brand manager for…
Why You Should Not Publish an eBook Only
Feb 24 • 3 min
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.
Why Reuse Reuse Reuse is a Superpower
Feb 17 • 10 min
There is never enough time. 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…
Barbara Hobart Product Creator
Feb 16 • 41 min
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…
Write Your Cookbook with Other People
Feb 10 • 8 min
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…
What Are Your Cookbook Goals
Feb 3 • 10 min
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…
Mike La Charite Conference Planner
Jan 27 • 54 min
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…
How to Make Money from Blogging
Jan 20 • 5 min
Possibly the most important question you need to ask yourself is “how do you make money?” You don’t get paid to be a food blogger or create content, unless you’re getting paid by a company. So I think it’s important to ask yourself, where is this money…
Lennis Perez Wellness Consultant Interview
Jan 13 • 51 min
Lennis Perez is an engineer turned food blogger turned wellness consultant who understands the mental and physical demands that can be placed on bloggers. We will talk about how a blog can lead to a consulting business, tips to getting a better night…
Different Paths to Becoming a Successful Food Blogger
Jan 6 • 28 min
In this podcast 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. If you don’t know where you are…
Lauren McElwain Cooking Classes and Community Building
Dec 23, 2019 • 23 min
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.
Lori Rice Professional Photographer Interview
Dec 16, 2019 • 43 min
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…
Create the Blogging Job You WANT
Dec 7, 2019 • 4 min
Have you ever thought about what would happen if you were successful at growing your blog through all the things you don’t like but still spend your time on? You’d just end up creating a job you HATE! But there’s a better way, listen to discover the best…
Barb Logsdon Virtual Assistant Interview
Dec 7, 2019 • 9 min
Barb Logsdon is a virtual assistant who helps Amazing Food Made Easy with their social media work, proofing, article posting, and other recurring tasks.
Gary Logsdon Tribe Builder Interview
Dec 7, 2019 • 13 min
I brought Gary Logsdon from Amazing Food Made Easy on the show to talk about where he sees blogging going.
Why You Need to Stop Learning and Start Doing
Dec 7, 2019 • 8 min
There is only so much you can learn from courses, books, and articles…sometimes you need to actually start DOING it.