➤ by Gerhild Fulson
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You may be asking, what is Grow.me and why are some recipes locked? There are actually a couple of reasons, but first, let's address the elephant in the room.
Ads. Yes, ads.
Not many of us like them on our own sites or on others. But they are needful if we want to provide our readers FREE material.
The cost of running a website/blog with the hosting, email services, plugins, etc., etc., etc., is in the thousands of dollars. Either I charge by having a membership site and have no ads, or I keep my content free but show ads to pay the expenses.
It's really that simple.
Those who know my story know that ALL the profits from my website, including the sale of my cookbooks, go directly to our ministry sites, Gottes Wort, God's Word for Today, and A Palavra de Deus. Those sites are totally free and don't run ads. They provide free resource materials, counselling, newsletters, and more. All free.
Google is in the stages of removing third-party cookies, which will make it more difficult to earn ad revenue. Advertisers use those cookies for machine learning for programmatic ads to figure out which ads might be most relevant to you.
Without those cookies, ads are less valuable to those advertisers, meaning much less revenue for content creators and bloggers, such as myself. Many sites are already implementing pay-as-you-use, membership, or other paid platforms.
I am partnering with Grow.me to enable me to continue to provide FREE content for you with exciting new features, functionality, and access to exclusive content.
Since Mediavine is one of the largest ad management companies, thousands of blogs and websites already have that tell-tale icon in the bottom-right corner of their sites, just like I do.
That's Grow.me and its social share buttons are a means of sharing, liking, bookmarking, and saving posts. That means all your favorite content from all your favorite sites are in one place. It also provides social sharing buttons to the most popular social media networks.
When you click that little heart, you'll save that post into your Grow.me bookmarks.
As well as providing a means to share and like the recipes, there is also a place to sign up for that free Grow.me account. With that one login, you'll have easy navigation to all your favorites, without needing to sign in again.
Grow.me is already live on thousands of blogs and websites. Depending on the other website’s design, you may find the buttons a different color or in the bottom-left corner, but you'll recognize its similarity in shape.
It is still a new platform and its features are constantly evolving. As more functionality is added, such as the new search feature, it will be an even more customer-friendly platform.
Sign up for that free Grow.me account, and you are directly helping support my website. For example, you may have come across recipes that are locked, such as this one on my German Potato Dumplings recipe.
Unlocking my recipe by signing up with Grow.me is FREE. It is free forever, and you'll have access to all the exclusive recipes on my site.
Once you've signed up with Grow, whenever you encounter a lock on any other blog, just click to unlock it. No more signing up is required. Just clicking that lock will automatically open it for you.
I've created a step-by-step post showing how to go about signing up and unlocking the recipes .... right here.
For more complete information on what Grow.me is, take a look at this blog post from MediaVine. Currently, Grow.me is available for all publishers partnered with MediaVine. However, it is currently rolling out in beta for non-MediaVine users. Contact them for an application to join this roll-out.
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