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What’s better than afternoon coffee? How about coffee made with Frangelico, Kahlua, and Irish cream liqueurs? It also makes a wonderful after dinner drink!
The holidays have come to an end and I’m sad to see them go. With that being said, they can be a busy time and shopping in crowded stores make for stressful days. Nothing is better than coming in from the cold and enjoying a warm drink. Personally, I prefer warm cocoa or hot coffee. But, sometimes you need a little something extra after a long day. Enter our hazelnut coffee spiked with Irish cream. It’s a simple cocktail to prepare and only takes a few minutes to put together.
Everything is pretty straight forward. Simply brew up your beverage, Starbucks coffee or Nescafe coffee varieties work well, and add the liqueurs. It’s just that simple. Stir it with a spoon and garnish the drink with whipped cream or whatever you desire. As you will see from the photos, we used whipped cream and caramel syrup to add a little sweetness to the after dinner drink. Feel free to cut down on the amounts, so things don’t get messy.
Kim only does that for the photos. Now that you have your drink in hand, how about we chat about something that bloggers discuss all the time? It may seem a little unorthodox, but since this is a small recipe, I’m going to use the rest of the post to answer some questions we see on a daily basis. So, sit back, sip on a drink, and join me in this written discussion.
Why are recipe posts so long?
Believe it or not, we hear that question a lot, I mean a whole lot. Trust me, we get it. Why do you have to sift through so much information? You came here for the food, not a life story, right? Well, the answer to that can get pretty long, but I’ll try to summarize it. In short, when you look up something on a search engine (Google, Bing, etc.) they rank people’s post from 1-??
Everyone wants to be number 1 or at the very least on page 1 of the search engine results. So, that way, you see their information (recipe, DIY post, etc.). Our Kahlua coffee is one example. Each engine has certain requirements in order for us to make it onto page one. One of those requirements happens to be post length. So, a lot of bloggers, us included, have to make sure we write enough words to meet that prerequisite. Some people use life stories, instructions with pictures, either way, we’re trying to make sure there’s enough information on the post so it get’s as close to page 1 as possible. There’s more to it than just that, but I was only summarizing a quick answer.
Why are there so many ads?
Being honest here, nothing annoys me more than trying to visit a website and being bombarded with ads. However, ads are how bloggers generate revenue or, in other words, make a living. It’s not the only way, but it’s still very lucrative. Companies will compensate bloggers for the amount of people that see their ads and that’s how the system works. For some bloggers, it’s their only source of income, so they really pack the ads onto each page.
Which, makes sense, they put work into the site, making recipes, taking pictures, and writing a post. The money from the ad revenue is how you support your favorite blogger. The best part is, it costs you nothing out of pocket. You get a free service in exchange for seeing an ad and the blogger gets paid.
It’s also important to note, the longer a post is, the more ad space a blogger has to fill with ads. These things play off of each other. Now, Kim and I try to balance our ads against user experience and site speed. Ads can annoy people and slow down your site, which is also annoying. We hope, this balance is satisfactory to everyone who visits our site. Furthermore, we want to discourage users from using apps and programs that block ads. If you happen to use those, then just keep in mind, you are taking information from a site (someone’s hard work, job, income) and not holding up your end of the bargain (fee content for you, paid for by the ads).
Why does everyone make the same thing?
Popularity pays the bills in the blogging world. If there’s a well liked recipe out there, you can bet almost every food blogger has a variation of that recipe. Take for example, our jambalaya, it’s one of the most beloved recipes. That’s a no-brainer, the vast majority of Americans adore the Cajun treat, so that means more traffic to our site and more income. That doesn’t mean we don’t try new things, like our brie and pear grilled cheese. The sandwich is one of my favorite recipes, but we don’t get much traffic on the post. Does that mean we will stop doing original posts? Absolutely not! Creativity is what drives the food industry and I refuse to stop trying. While you’ll always continue to see recipes that have gained popularity on our site, you can bet, Kim and I are in the kitchen brainstorming unique ideas to bring to the table.
Why tell me all of this?
Because, conversation and open dialogue can result in understanding. A lot of people think blogging is easy and is a joke. Maybe for some websites, it is, but I can speak for us and say, we work. Now, some days we may only work 3-5 hours. Then, other days it 10+ hours. It depends on a lot factors, time of year, hours of daylight, seasonal foods, etc. all pay a role. As far as days off go, we rarely get them. Social media doesn’t care what day of the week it is, comments come in almost every day, emails, alerts, etc. are never ending. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the hardest job in world, but it’s not as laid back as some people might think.
The Take Away:
In closing, I hope you enjoyed your drink and our little chit chat. It is my hope that I’ve answered a few of your questions. If not, feel free to ask in the comments. While I’m no expert in the field, I’ll do my best to explain or provide a better resource for you review. If you’ve paid attention to the post then probably realize that by addressing these concerns I completed two tasks: cleared up some confusion and made the post long enough meet ranking requirements. Feel free to “pass,” on this post if you didn’t care for it, that’s why we put the Jump/Print recipe buttons on our site. These tools are for you, as a courtesy, and are not recommended for maximizing profits. In spite of that, Kim and I want you to come back and if that means we lose a little revenue here and there, well, this Mom and Pop style LLC is okay with that arrangement.
Hazelnut Coffee with Irish Cream
- 4 Ounces Brewed Coffee (hot and fresh)
- 2 Ounces Irish Cream Liqueur (we used Bailey’s)
- 1 Ounce Hazelnut Liqueur (we used Frangelico)
- 1 Ounce Coffee Liqueur (we used Kahlua)
- In a coffee mug or glass mug combine hot coffee, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Frangelico, and Kahlua. Stir to combine.
- **Optional** Garnish with whipped cream, caramel syrup, chocolate syrup, chocolate shavings, or your other favorite toppings. Enjoy immediately!