Whether or not you actually like to cook, you can make a great deal of money by revamping recipes and cookbooks you can freely access from the public domain. There are several ways you can do this. We’ll go over a few of them here.

Ingredients are Free

That is, Ingredients are free from copyright in the first place so whether or not they are in the public domain, you don’t have to worry about copyright infringement by using the same set of ingredients that someone else uses. But let’s say you do procure an old cookbook that is in the public domain. You probably will have to change the ingredients somewhat, especially if brand names that are no longer in existence are used. Also, pay attention to the processes that are used and update them accordingly. Think about which, if any, appliances, mixer, blender, microwave oven, etc, might need to be used that weren’t mentioned in the original recipe. Also pay attention to the verbiage used in the ingredients. For example, if the recipe calls for lard, you might substitute vegetable oil or olive oil.

Make it Yours

Even if the cookbook or recipe is a part of the public domain, infuse your own personality into it by recreating the list of instructions. You can revamp a recipe in no time like this and add it to a blog or create an ebook around a certain type of food or a certain way to cook. You can then add affiliate links and promote products that go along with the recipes, which gives you a virtually limitless list of products to promote.

Add Photographs

The cookbook or recipes you get from the public domain may or may not come with photographs but you can certainly add your own. If you really get into the whole cooking and marketing bit, you can test the recipes yourself, take pictures, and post them all on your blog or website. If you’re just trying to make a quick buck, you can certainly repackage old cookbooks but you probably won’t do as well without adding the personal touch.

Recipes for Health

You don’t have to have a cooking or recipe blog or website to make great use of recipes you get from the public domain. Many health and fitness blogs and websites could be greatly enhanced with recipes that are good for certain diseases and conditions. Diabetes, for example, is a condition that is blogged about and written about a lot online and if you have such a site, you could certainly enhance it with recipes you get from the public domain, even if they aren’t exactly diabetic to begin with. During the revamping process, you can reinvent them to where they would be healthy for diabetics. You can try this with a variety of health and fitness topics. Remember, the closer you are to your subject, the better you are going to come across to your site visitors because they are going to be able to tell that you are passionate about your subject. That doesn’t mean that you have to have diabetes or another condition to promote healthful recipes but do take into consideration your personal interests before starting such a project. Even if the love of your life is chocolate, you can do this type of project and do it well so there is something here for virtually everyone.


Every blogger knows that in order to keep readers coming back you have to update your blog regularly with fresh content. This can be a real challenge, especially if you have several blogs that you need to keep up with. And even though you will need to edit your public domain content in order to make it your own and to make it relevant to your blog, you will still save a lot of time and you will probably come up with some topics you had not previously thought of.

Timeless Topics

Look for public domain material on topics that stand the test of time. Sure, there will be the need to update the content but you will still have a head start by starting with the free material you can cull from the public domain. Think about topics that were popular decades ago that are still popular today. Things like finance, health, jobs, relationships, you get the idea. The truth is that the people who wrote the content that is available in the public domain had many of the same issues and problems we face today and many books and articles were written to address those issues.

Use Free Photos and Images on Your Blog

Don’t forget the power of pictures and images when you are optimizing your blog. Don’t make the mistake of assuming, though, that every free image database contains public domain images and pictures because there may be a huge difference. Images in the public domain are not only free for you to use, but they are free in the sense that you can edit them and do whatever you like with them. That is quite a difference from image databases that let you use an image exactly the way it is providing you give credit to the author of the image. That means that you can’t edit it and there may be specific terms and conditions you must abide by in order to use it at all. On the other hand, there is no one to answer to when you use public domain images and photographs.

Public Domain and AdSense

At first thought, you might think that the writings of so many years ago would have no relevance to the tons of ads on the Internet today but you would be wrong. Creating a blog around a niche subject that you find public domain information on with the idea of earning revenue from clicks is a cost effective way to use your Internet marketing skills. That doesn’t mean you’ll get right overnight but neither will you get rich overnight if you write all your own content and create your own images to put on your blog.

Remember, you are going to be updating the public domain content you put on your blog so by the time it actually appears on your blog, there will be plenty of relevant ads to appear alongside it. Once you find the public domain content you want to use, be sure and do a keyword search so that you can optimize the content with the most relevant keywords. Yes, you’ll still do some writing but you will have an edge by starting with an entire book on your niche subject. For example, there are gardening websites that have made beautiful use of public domain images and tweaked content that was found in decades old gardening books to make it new and fresh. You can do the same thing whether your blog is about gardening or a host of different subjects.