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The Endless Meal’s September Profits:

Total blog income:  $253.07 So … if you've been following this Cooking Up an Income Report series you'll see that from last month there was a fairly substantial drop in income, despite the traffic numbers holding even. There were 2 reasons for this:

  1. The “other blog income” includes a small writing gig that I have that I took a 1 month break from in September
  2. Buy Sell Ads was considerably slower in September

The way Buy Sells Ads work is that it provides you (the blogger) with a platform to connect with companies wanting to buy ad space on your site. In September, I didn't get many requests to place ads on The Endless Meal. This is something that I will have to monitor over a longer term than just one month to determine if this is still a positive platform for earning income.

 Blog Traffic Overview:

Top 10 Traffic Sources in September:

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Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement

I was going to share with you some of the funny things people typed into Google before they ended up on the blog. But … I found one person who had typed in a short recipe. When I searched for the same thing in Google I found my recipe for Soy Ginger Noodles AND another website that had stolen an image and copied the recipe word for word. And not even a mention of where they got it from! (Can you tell I was mad?)

So while I had intentions of sharing this post with you last night, what I actually ended up doing was searching the web for similar situations and sending emails and Facebook messages to a dozen or so people.

I like to think that most people are good, kind, caring people who wouldn't steal from another person. Maybe I'm just naive. But none the less I'm still telling myself that all the people who took the images and copied the recipes from the blog did so cause maybe they're just not quite bright enough to realize that their actions were wrong. I guess I'd rather think of them as being a little stupid rather than a little mean. 🙂

Anyway … If you'd like to do the same, here's what I did:

  1. Copy a small section of one of your recipes. Don't copy the whole recipe as it overwhelms Google. 2-3 lines works best.
  2. Paste this into your search bar and press enter.
  3. Cross your fingers that no one has stolen your recipes.
  4. If you do find that someone has used your recipes without permission send them a polite but firm email asking them to take it down immediately. Alternatively, ask them to take down part of the recipe and then link to the original for the remainder.

Of the dozen or so messages I sent out last night I have already heard back from about half and they have agreed to take down the recipe and image. #RestoringMyFaithInHumanity Thank you so much for sticking it through to the end of another Cooking Up an Income Report! As always, let me know if you have any questions at all.

xx Kristen