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Two Years Blogging and No Real Income! 8 Reasons Why
You just don’t know how many times I have heard this statement. Two years blogging and no real income! It sucks and I was sadly reminded of this problem today when I received an email from a person asking for help after blogging for 5 years without income. This sucks and I would love to personally help everyone who has this problem but it is really up to this person to take the right actions.
I am not for hire, unlike other bloggers, but I have helped out about a dozen or so people for free, that’s as far as I go. The thing is, sometimes I am wasting my time, as the person I am teaching is just never going to get it. Or if they do get it, they just don’t do anything about it. This is a disappointing feeling for me as I like to see other people have success too.
But I have to tell you now, I do not know anyone, not one person, who earns money the way I do. I only know other successful bloggers on-line. It is a funny world for me. Just remember, I am in Australia, living about 1.5 hrs. north of Brisbane.
Most people in Australia have no idea this money making method exists so my chances of meeting another blogger that makes money online is greatly reduced. If I lived in the US, I guess I would have loads of blogging friends.
Anyway lets just say I personally know 5,000 people (I know a lot of people). Of all of those people, not one earns money like I do, so what are your chances? Do you have to be lucky? Do you have to be business minded? Do you have to be technically skilled?
No, you do not need any of these things. You just have to want it bad enough. That’s it! Those people who DID GET it and didn’t succeed did not want it bad enough. And those who just didn’t understand it, didn’t get it because they didn’t want it bad enough. (might have confused myself here?)
So if You Want It Bad Why Isn’t it Working?
People email me and say ” Hey Mitz can you look at my site and tell me why my blog is not making money.” I take a look and sometimes I could make a 10 page list and other times, seriously I cannot see a reason why. That’s when it gets complicated and too deep to analyze with the time I have.
Anyway here are 8 possible reasons why some bloggers never make any money. Of course I do not have time to mention the other 542 reasons here.
#1. You’re too busy learning and not taking action
Many new bloggers get stuck in the learning stage and never get out. Do you really need more learning when you know what to do? You should be writing content, publishing it, and then promoting it any way you can. While you are trying to learn how to become a successful blogger you are actually neglecting your blog. Funny isn’t it?
#2. You waste time trying to learn things you don’t need to know
You start to learn HTML and PHP and other fancy codes when you can build a website without knowing any of these. Granted you will need the very basics in HTML to form a link, however that is about it.
Another thing people try to take on is web design. Why bother when your intention is to build a website or blog in order to earn income. Learning web design is only necessary if you actually want to become a web designer.
#3. You spend too much time on your website layout
Stop fiddling with your website layout and design. Haven’t you heard of keeping things simple? Why over complicate your blog and make it too fancy? Of course having a nice web design is important but you can install a suitable WordPress Theme in minutes and then get on with creating your blog.
Make sure you have fantastic content and an easy way for your website visitors to find it. That’s how simple it is.
#4. You are too busy reading about other people’s success
Who really cares what others are doing? Of course it is nice to have a mentor but how many do you need? Choose a few successful bloggers to follow and cut the rest out. Make sure you don’t cut me out though!
#5. You’re not performing the right actions
You are cruising around from blog to blog commenting and that is as far as your actions go. The real actions are publishing content and promoting it, so why are you over doing it in the commenting area?
The right action is to post amazing content on your blog, create links to it, share it, and talk about it. Posting content on a regular basis and following up with promotion is the best way to build website traffic.
Here are two more posts about promoting your stuff and generating traffic:
#6. You do not understand your audience
You are trying to sell rice to the Chinese (and they already have rice) or you are trying to sell rice to Italians (but they like pasta). Find your audience and understand who they are and the money will come.
Are you guilty of having a hosting banner on your website when your site has nothing to do with building websites or hosting? Sure you are hosting your “dog training site” on a hosting server, but your audience is interested in dogs..
#7. You do not know how to monetize your content effectively
You just don’t know how to monetize a website and stick links and banners all over your website, then wonder why you do not earn any real income! Even worse you have totally unrelated advertising on your blog. Sidebar Etiquette went out the window when you added your fourth banner to your page footer.
Or maybe you are giving them too many choices. Look at the picture with all the lollies… ??? Too many choices there make for a difficult choice and the more difficult the more likely they are to give up and not buy a thing!
#8. You say you are doing what I am doing but you’re not!
Your idea of hard work and my idea are completely different things. You hear the word guest posting and say you are doing this, but when I investigate, I find you have only published one. I do two or three guest posts a week for each website!!! This is just an example.
So if you have been blogging for 2 years and had no real income, stop and think what could be causing this?