where to get recipes for my blog

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i'm wanting to add recipes everyday or so to my blog on my site but the copyright thing is worrying me.

i've read i can rewrite the recipes instructions but theres only so many ways to add an ingredient or heat oven to etc.

i've looked around for plr recipe books, i have a load on my harddrive ,can i copy these to the blog or do i need to rewrite these.

any advice would be great

thanks
ray
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by raylee1 View Post

    i've looked around for plr recipe books, i have a load on my harddrive ,can i copy these to the blog or do i need to rewrite these.
    That depends on the terms of the contract of sale when you bought them. PLR terms/permitted uses vary considerably, Ray.

    (But if their terms of sale allowed that, it may be that others have already done so anyway, if which case you could simply be republishing content that many other people already have on their blogs. That's not necessarily bad, though, if it's high quality content that you want to share with your readers/visitors. Google obviously won't penalize you for it, but you may not get any on-page SEO benefits either - I don't know whether that's relevant to you).
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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      If you stick to "Standard" Recipes I would not worry that much. Google something like "Chocolate Chip Cookies" and I would bet that 75% of the recipes you find would be the same, or with minor changes. So, for example, if you find a pot roast recipe, just change up the veggies or herbs and spices.

      I would not, however, take a famous chef's recipe and technique that is totally different from anything available for free on the net.

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      • Profile picture of the author Julia Russo
        You may try contacting Rick Jaworski at JoyofBaking.com -- he is pretty forthcoming about internet marketing and may (or may not) give you some tips.
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        • Profile picture of the author raylee1
          Originally Posted by Julia Russo View Post

          You may try contacting Rick Jaworski at JoyofBaking.com -- he is pretty forthcoming about internet marketing and may (or may not) give you some tips.
          thanks, i've contacted him now, i'll let you know his reply
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  • Profile picture of the author cloudchief
    One way that you could add value and make it your own is to take your own pictures. A good picture goes a long way on a recipe page.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hugh
    Ray,

    Very few recipes are correctly written. First ingredient should be listed first,
    second one second, etc. Last ingredient listed last. Makes it easy for the
    cook, helps avoid leaving out something.

    Instead of exact measurements, "Salt & pepper to taste" makes yours different.

    "Aunt Sue's Famous Meatloaf" becomes "Savory Meatloaf."

    Instead of all the ingredients at the top and all the steps at the bottom, list
    the ingredients for step one, followed by instructions.

    2 cups sugar
    i/2 Lb butter

    First, cream the sugar an butter together.

    Makes it easier to follow and makes your recipe "Uniquely Yours".

    HTH
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    • Profile picture of the author bryansgal
      As somewhat of an aspiring chef, I find this a bit funny. It does not make it easier You need to know what to have out on hand, what you can prepare and have ready before-hand, etc...

      You should always have all the ingredients and amounts to start with. Taking it a one-at-a-time approach - well, you get to the 7th one and OMG "I don't have any of that!"

      You need a checklist of ingredients first. Well, unless you're rich and have a kitchen that holds everything or someone on your beck-n-call to run out and get it.

      Just imo.


      Originally Posted by Hugh View Post

      Ray,

      Very few recipes are correctly written. First ingredient should be listed first,
      second one second, etc. Last ingredient listed last. Makes it easy for the
      cook, helps avoid leaving out something.

      Instead of exact measurements, "Salt & pepper to taste" makes yours different.

      "Aunt Sue's Famous Meatloaf" becomes "Savory Meatloaf."

      Instead of all the ingredients at the top and all the steps at the bottom, list
      the ingredients for step one, followed by instructions.

      2 cups sugar
      i/2 Lb butter

      First, cream the sugar an butter together.

      Makes it easier to follow and makes your recipe "Uniquely Yours".

      HTH
      Hugh
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  • Profile picture of the author raylee1
    thanks for the advice hugh, i'll take that on board
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  • Profile picture of the author Marian
    ..or you can search for recipe PLR so you'll get usually no-restriction rights.

    Marian
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  • Profile picture of the author john01a
    Originally Posted by raylee1 View Post

    ...i've looked around for plr recipe books, i have a load on my harddrive ,can i copy these to the blog or do i need to rewrite these...
    If you already have Recipe related PLR content, you should have received a PLR license with it (a document stating the terms of the PLR license that applies to that content).

    The PLR license will state whether or not you can use the content as web content. If you can use it as web content, then you can use the content as is, if you don't want to make changes to it.

    PLR licenses vary from one PLR content provider to the next, and may even vary from product to product from the same PLR content provider. So, check the PLR licenses for each recipe related PLR pack that you have.

    Some PLR content providers have a standard PLR license for all of their PLR content. If they do, then you can normally find the PLR license somewhere on their site.

    So, if you didn't receive a doc stating the PLR license terms, then check the PLR content provider's site.

    Either way, check the PLR license terms to find out if you can use it as web content.

    On a side note, if you need more recipe related PLR content, you could try YummyPLR.com
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesmci
    Oe of my favorite locations to find really GREAT recipes is allrecipes.com. These are not copyrighted recipes however if you are a bit nervous they have a comment section at the bottom that will almost always have peoplewho changed the recipe slightly to make it a little better. I have never had a problem with this site and the outcme has been amazing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lady D
    Originally Posted by Ken_Caudill View Post

    Run a contest.

    Ken, that's a great idea!
    Ray,
    It will bring you fresh content and increase your readers engagement with your blog/site!
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce99
    How much value adding can you do to the pages?

    Are you going to comment on the recipe at all, or make other suggestions for serving or pairing with wine etc? Cutting and pasting is never a good look, especially if someone does the same to you and does seo better.
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  • Profile picture of the author raylee1
    thanks for the ideas,had things on hold for the moment as im designing a new fitness/workouts blog to add to the site.
    i tried one way using a wordpress app to have 2 different blogs seperate and it didnt work like i thought, but i think i will have it sorted this week.

    im interested in the contest idea, how do you go about that.
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  • Profile picture of the author PatriciaS
    I'm a bit of a stickler for copyright issues, but recipes is one of the most forgiving areas there is. Let me do the required disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer, yadayada. But as someone who's worked with copyrighted materials most of my work life (my own or others'), I made it my business to learn a little about copyright.

    Again, recipes are the easiest to re-use for your own purposes. As someone mentioned above, if you have a very unique one, either get the originator's permission and blessing, or maybe skip it.

    But in general, a list of ingredients isn't particularly copyrightable -- especially if you mix them up just a bit -- and most instructions are simple enough and mundane enough that rewriting them slightly is a breeze.

    To be frank, there are many -- someone mentioned chocolate chip cookies -- that (other than the famous Toll House recipe) could probably be lifted wholecloth and used verbatin. I'm not personally sure I woudln't modify it somewhat, but I'm not entirely sure it would be necessary for most common and mundane items.

    But again, they're easy enough to modify.

    So, that said, as for where to get them -- the world is your oyster, so to speak.

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author KenJ
    Here is what I do.

    I have a recipe book on clickbank and a small list of 1600 who have signed up on my blog for further recipes. I send one recipe out a week. Only one in ten is a recipe I have created.
    I write to other chefs and websites and ask permission to copy their recipes and put them on my blog. In return I offer a clear link naming the source. I then tell my subscribers that this week's recipe has been posted to the blog.(The Link is Do Follow - Not that it matters IMHO)
    In six years I have only had two refusals.

    Most chefs and website owners are only too pleased to have some intelligent interaction with someone else who likes their recipes.

    KenJ
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  • Profile picture of the author teepee
    I'm from Canada and there's a library book called: "Northern Cookbook 641.59719N.

    A very interesting cookbook and it's over 40 years old.

    I hope to write an e book using it someday. Check it out.

    Tom
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  • Profile picture of the author ScottWatson
    Originally Posted by raylee1 View Post

    i've looked around for plr recipe books, i have a load on my harddrive ,can i copy these to the blog or do i need to rewrite these.
    It's very much dependent on the PLR licence that accompanied the content when you bought / downloaded it. However I would say that what you are looking for fits within most PLR licences that I have come across in the past - so yes you most likely can copy these to the blog as they are.

    However... PLR is always best when it is rewritten in your own voice, with your own take on it and perhaps your own experiences added.
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