Every professional blogger wants to make money out of his efforts even he had started that blog for passion.
Am I right?
When a person gives most of his quality time to a particular work, asking for the returns is an obvious thing.
Because we all want to make money from our blog.
Yes! We ALL!
In the recent few years, blogging has got tremendous importance as a content marketing strategy for online businesses as well as a career opportunity for solopreneurs who want complete freedom in their work.
The surprising fact is that in March 2018, around 82.63 million posts are published worldwide. (Source)
So today having a blog is a very common thing and the most of you may already have at least one.
However, getting extremely profitable returns from blogging as a business or making solid income as a blogger needs quality time, in-depth knowledge, an experience of the subject and right promotional techniques.
Many bloggers may be working hard and still not making a significant amount of money from their blogs.
What’s going wrong with their blogs?
Let’s start with a short story…
I started my blogging journey a couple of years back in 2016.
An enthusiastic learner…. A passionate blogger…. But a complete newbie….
After three months, I got my first paycheck. That was $50 of an affiliate commission for referring the web hosting service to one of my friends.
Then, I understood that I can definitely make money from my blog.
And, the journey is extremely wonderful so far….
Today I’m making my living out of my online earning.
Where one of my blogger friends started her blog a few months earlier than me and has written more than 800 blog posts. Still, she has not earned any significant income from it.
Some people make hundreds or thousands of dollars per month while rest of people are hoping to earn their first paycheck.
Why does this happen?
Though I keep learning new things every day to improve my knowledge as well as skills, there are a few things which have helped me to get success as a blogger.
I can replicate them to make my strategies for my upcoming blogging projects.
If you are one who’s blog is not making enough money, then you are definitely doing something wrong that you should improve to make your blog a MONEY MAKING MACHINE.
Do you want to know the top 15 reasons why your blog is not making money?
Note: Read this article very carefully and you’ll find the things you are doing wrong and how you could improve or things that you must do to start making money from your blog.
Top 15 Reasons Why Your Blog Is Not Making Money
I have mentioned here the top 15 aspects that you need to focus in order to make money from your blog?
Check whether you are doing the same mistakes or not.
And, how you could start making money avoiding these mistakes.
You Don’t Have Blogging Goals
When you start money blogging, you must have definitive goals and a clear timeline to complete each and every task.
Right from the niche selection and choosing a domain name to create the contents and promoting them across various channels should be planned.
No matter whether you are publishing a single post per month or writing contents on a daily basis, you should create a tentative blogging schedule for content creation, optimization, and promotion, etc.
This point is actually very simple but overlooked in most of the cases that ultimately results in failure or less earning.
Improper Niche Selection
A successful blogging journey begins with a profitable niche selection.
Here’s the secret of successful niche selection for blogging.
If you are publishing the contents similar to that of already published or very common things, you may face fierce competition in search ranking to get loads of traffic because people might be knowing about the particular subject you are publishing.
On another hand, if you are writing about the topic which has not covered by other bloggers or commercial publications and have significant search volume, then people will eventually land on your page. It’ll be definitely winning situation for you.
But how could you find that niche?
Market research and use of professional research & analytics tools is the best way to start a profitable niche selection.
Apart from that, your passion, expertise, knowledge, and professional skills will help you to convert your niche blog into a MONEY MAKING MACHINE.
You can also refer to my previous blog post: How to select a profitable niche for your blog?
Wrong Theme Structure
The blog design plays an important role in the success of your blog. If people are not loving your blog, the theme layout might be one of the major reasons.
Organizing all blog components at right places and making users easy to navigate may influence them positively and help you to get the desired conversion. It also reduces the bounce rate so you can see great improvements in SERP ranking.
No matter whether you are using a free blogging platform like Blogger, WordPress.com, Wix, Weebly or a self-hosted blog, attractive and standardized blog design will always stand you ahead of your competition.
According to a research conducted by Northumbria University (UK), people judge the quality and trustworthiness of a particular website based mostly on its DESIGN… not CONTENT.
Surprising, isn’t it?
Yes, it’s true because the human brain gives more importance to visual image appearance rather than plain text.
So, having a great blog design can really impress the first time visitors and create a strong relationship making a huge impact on your CVR.
Here are a few design elements people may not be loving on your blog:
- A Clumsy Theme Layout (Cluttered Blog Design)
- Content Placement
- The Fonts, Font Size, and Styling
- The Navigation Bar and Placement of Menus
- Social Icons
- Theme’s Footer
- Sidebars & Widgets
- Other Design Elements
We are living in the world where people judge you within a few seconds and the same rule is applicable to your blog too.
So you should always remember the first impression is the last impression and before presenting your blog in front of your audience you must be fully satisfied with your work.
If you don’t like to see the unmanaged and cluttered blogs, then how could your readers love your blog with clumsy theme structure?
If you know how to code, it’s far easier to make the changes to improve blog conversions. Otherwise, you can choose a beautiful theme from a reputed theme club or web developer having high converting and SEO-friendly design.
Slower Website Loading Speed
You might already be knowing how website loading speed affects its conversion rate.
More the time your site is taking to load, higher will be the bounce rate which negatively affects the organic ranking and the conversion rate thus the total blog earning.
Even Brian Dean from Backlinko says that Google penalizes the slow loading sites after analyzing millions of sites worldwide.
The following infographic will clear you the importance of loading time in blogging and e-commerce industry.
You’re Not Writing Honest Product Reviews
Well researched and honest reviews of product or services related to your blog niche and promoting it to the right audience is the best way to make money from your blog.
Writing a product review is an art and you must be knowing copywriting, SEO techniques and the earning potential of the product you are going to write about.
Using the product or service on your own will help you to find the pros and cons as well as write a better review article that convinces readers to try that particular product.
Here are a couple of examples for each of the above.
- SiteGround Review: Pros and Cons of SiteGround Web Hosting
- MyThemeShop Review: The Perfect WordPress Themes In Your Budget
But when you’ll write such posts, be genuine and true to your opinion.
Don’t just write contents because advertisers have paid you or you are going to get money in the form of ad revenue, affiliate commission or sponsorships.
Always write product review by keeping you in the shoes of the buyer and just because you are helping people to choose the right product.
Think about the problem a person is facing. It may be hair loss, weight loss or excessive weight gain, etc. if you’re working in the Health Niche.
You can take other examples too, like finding a cool place to spend summer vacation or selecting the best mobile or laptop under 30K for Travel and Tech Gadgets niches respectively.
If your article itself can convince you and your close friends to buy the product you are promoting, then unknown people will also definitely convert.
Put your energy to explain each and everything about the product so your reader need not go anywhere else.
And, don’t forget to add negative points of the product if any that make the review article more convincing.
Even Darren Rowse from ProBlogger says the transparency is key to success in money blogging.
You Are Not Hearing the Audience
If you are blogging about a particular subject for many days but not addressing the problems of your audience, you should do that now.
People search the web mainly for two reasons, either for getting some information (Learning intent) or for commercial interest (Buying intent).
- Learning intent
Here, the person searching for any keyword wants to collect information about that particular subject. Still, the sales are possible for information products.
- Buying intent
When a person searches for a commercial keyword that clearly shows his buying intent, the most probably you can convert him with minimum efforts.
As a blogger, you can leverage both types of intent and make money out of your blog.
Before that, you should hear the audience means what keywords they are searching for, what problems they may be facing and what are the things they want to buy to solve their problems or fulfill their dreams.
Keyword research tools, industry trends, forums and most importantly the comment/message section of your blog or social media are a few tools you can use to find your blog topics.
Replying to the genuine comments/message/emails and calls if possible is the best way to engage with your followers.
Today Facebook live, YouTube Live, Twitter or WhatsApp chat, etc. alternative methods you can use to connect with many people at the same time.
It’ll be a parallel channel for communication as well as blog promotion if you can use it wisely.
Missing Convincing Elements & Social Proof
Without a genuine readership, your blog is similar to the millions of other blogs struggling to get their first paycheck.
Though your promotional strategies help you to get traffic to your blog, there are some elements that create an authority and trustworthiness among people and make them follow your blog.
Your Achievements and Social Proof are a couple of best convincing elements that let people love your site and visit it on regular basis.
Here is one great example of how Matthew Woodward has used the convincing elements in the header area to show blog authority.
Here are a few convincing elements you can use on your blog.
- Your Awards and Achievements
- Your Social Media Reach & Followers
- Your Guest Posts
- Your Best Posts/Popular on Blog
- Your Online Earning Proofs (Pat Flynn from SmartPassiveIncome.com)
Your Writing Style Sucks
“I’m writing two blog posts every day still my blog doesn’t give me any money”
Are you complaining like this?
If yes, then most probably your writing style sucks.
Yeah…. You heard me right.
Not getting any benefits after writing a couple of article on daily basis clearly means you’re writing like an Article Spinner or a BOT.
You are just rewriting the existing contents by changing some context without adding any value and without targeting the right audience.
If you are updating your blog with CRAP, just because your blogging schedule demands some contents and you want to fulfill it as soon as possible, you’re shooting yourself in a foot.
I have never seen any pro blogger writing such crap on their blogs even they can write a ton of blog posts or hire a bunch of freelancers to work for them.
They just write a few authority articles and provide insane value throughout each piece of content so that people can find some value and solve their problems.
I was a bad writer in the initial days of my blogging (I’m still) but I kept learning new things about copywriting, SEO and content optimization. Even today, I follow some awesome publications like CopyBlogger, ProBlogger, etc. and try to implement a few hacks myself.
There is a big misconception in people that publishing a blog daily will increase traffic on their blog which is not 100% true.
Practicing daily will surely improve your writing or make to research some important aspects of the particular article you are writing.
But unless you have followed the right path, you won’t achieve satisfactory results, no matter you are writing daily or weekly.
If your blog post is worth reading, then even once is a month is much better than writing daily and people will definitely share it with their peers.
You Are Not Investing in Yourself
You must be knowing that Blogging is pure business when you want to make money from your blog.
And, to achieve great results and positive ROI, you should invest in yourself much more than anything else.
The success of depends on contents, readers but more than that on the squad behind it.
So, you need to know everything right from how to pick a niche, how to create contents, SEO, and promotion as well as monetization strategies.
However, a newbie blogger may not be that expert to handle all of these tasks and he/she need the guidance of an experienced pro blogger who has already achieved some great results.
If you are think investing in learning is wasting money, then most probably you are pushing success miles away from yourself.
I was making the same mistake but when I realized it, I started learning new things, connecting with influencers and giving time to update my blogging skills and still I’m doing that regularly.
Because learning is never ending process.
If you want to become a pro blogger and earn a ton of money, then you can try following courses to update your blogging knowledge and skills.
- Social Media
- Improve Blog Traffic
- Blog Monetization
You are Not Using Blogging Tools
Using blogging tools could be really a great way to get quick and fruitful results.
Doing a lot of manual work just because of saving a few bucks is not a good idea. You should use some useful tools to improve your productivity as well as to automate all possible tasks so that you can scale your blogging business to the next level.
Here are a couple of examples of how blogging tools can save your time and give you a better ROI.
- Using Keyword Research Tools to find profitable keywords
When you plan a new blog post, you need to pick a focused keyword and a few LSI keywords to target.
If you try to find these keywords manually using Google Autocomplete or Related Search feature, you may need to invest much more time in analyzing the results and picking your keywords.
Or, you can use any free or premium keyword research tool to find those keywords in a minute.
- Using Email Autoresponder
Email Autoresponder tools are quite popular these days. Sending personalized emails, analyzing open rates, CTR & CVR, segmentation and lead nurturing, etc. tasks can be automated at a very little price instead of doing that all manually.
Not having your own list may cost you a very big in blog revenue.
Here’s an article: How to Build a Targeted Email Marketing List That Converts Into Buyers?
You may ask. “But what is about the cost of these tools and performance, especially for newbie bloggers?”
The price can’t be an issue.
Most of the blogging tools have free trials where you can test their performance for a week or month and decide whether a particular tool is working for your or not.
The reviews from some authority blogs will also help you choose the right products and services.
You are Obsessed with the Blogging Tools
Contrary to the previous point.
“How could be this possible?”
If you are thinking that the blogging tools alone can get you quick success without doing anything, then you are following in the wrong direction.
You must have a working strategy that already makes money from your blog. You can use tools to automate and scale your work to earn more.
The blogging tools are not a magic wand that starts making money one you buy them.
Many bloggers start looking for Blackhat techniques after reading the success stories of others and want to achieve similar results using the same tricks and cracked tools which may help for a short term only or in the worst case, it can ruin your blogging career completely.
There are some great tools in the market which definitely saves time and efforts, but being obsessed with tools and relying completely on them is not a good idea.
Remember, there is no better tool than a human brain and you must keep it active so it can produce great ideas and give better results.
Using Old-School Promotional Techniques
You might have heard 80:20 rule of blogging where average 80% of your blog revenue depends on your promotional techniques and only 20% on your contents.
Your most of the promotional activities include Facebook groups, Twitter, Google Plus communities and other social media sites and some URL submission sites.
Actually, social media is a great way to promote your content but spamming the same link again and again too many times, can be detected by SPAM filters and you will not be able to share it again on similar that particular social media website.
So, next time when you’ll think to pollute the social media groups, don’t forget what I have said.
And if you’re doing so, then STOP is right now.
Another common mistake is comment spam to get a BACKLINK (I know this) as well as the attention of the fellow blogger.
But if you are not reading that article or not taking efforts to put a personalized comment that adds value to the original content or appreciate the work of the author, then you should not expect to get your comment approved.
Almost every WordPress blog uses a spam filter. So commenting with the same email ID and IP address for too many times will start pushing your comments in the spam folder.
Instead of that find the blogs with CommentLuv WordPress plugin installed on them and start a genuine conversation and put your blog link so you can get a clickable link back to your latest blog post.
Using your Facebook page URL, Google Plus profile or Quora profile will increase your authority as well as help you diversify your link profile.
In today’s world, you should use out of box promotional techniques including Point-Blank SEO, Live Videos & Podcast, being active on less popular Social sites, content marketing as well as some paid promotion to boost your results.
Using Every Money Making Method on the Same Blog
Every blog is not the same and you can’t use similar monetization strategies for all blogs.
Some blogs can perform well with CPC/CPM Ad networks while some with affiliate programs.
In some cases, selling own products or in other words, using the blog as a marketing channel for your own business may be a good strategy.
Take a simple example.
An entertainment blog having a few thousand visitors per day can earn well with CPC ad networks like Google AdSense or Media.net. Alternatively, you can use CPM banners where you can predict your earning potential.
Failing to choose appropriate monetization method eventually lead you less earning with same efforts than using a better money making way.
Not Interacting with Fellow Bloggers
This is a top secret of successful bloggers who make thousands of dollars from their blogging business.
However, it’s not going to be an easy task to interact with other bloggers and influences in your niche. It’ll take your time as well as energy but worth doing.
There are only a couple of ways – either you take action and start interacting with people online/offline or just sit back hoping for a miracle to happen in your life.
You are free to choose any of the options mentioned above.
Not interacting with other people in my niche was one of the biggest blogging mistakes I made.
I was only thinking about myself, my blog, and my money. (You are also doing the same thing).
I was obsessed with my blogging journey so I used to share only my own contents, thinking in my mind, “Why should I promote other people’s work on my timelines?”
But I realized that I was doing wrong and started promoting quality posts from others so my audience could get a ton of useful contents.
After that, I started getting more followers as well as other people appreciating and sharing my work too.
Don’t Have Patience
When you sow a seed, it does not give fruits the next day. You need to nurture it and wait till a few years to see the outcome of your efforts.
The same rule is applicable to the blogging business. You should be putting honest efforts to grow your blog to an authoritative one and wait for some time before getting actual results.
However, some people don’t understand how blogging works and want to get the results the next day itself by doing everything as quickly as possible.
Suppose, you have created a niche blog and you’re checking the rank of your keywords on the very next morning.
It means you’re not only wasting your valuable time on unnecessary things but also FOOLING yourself.
Remember the patience is the key to the success so that believe in your efforts.
If you want to experiment with something on your blog, then ask your peers as well as some seasoned bloggers who have already tried such things.
Sometimes, you may need to wait for their reply, but suggestions from experienced bloggers really worth your patience.
Because a single wrong step in initial day of blogging can make a huge negative impact on your career and take enormous time to get back in action again.
These are the major reasons your blog is not performing well and giving significant monetary benefits.
But don’t worry!
Once you start putting efforts, improving your mistakes and treating your blog as a business that helps people to solve their problem, you are going to make HUGE SUMS every month.
Still, you are facing any problem, you are free to ask questions here or on our social handles. I’ll definitely read each and every query and try to reply to them asap.
On another hand, if your blog is making a good amount of money every month, we would appreciate your comments if you can share what money making strategies are working for you and where you have improved to get the current position.
Remember, you are the creator of your destiny so put some honest efforts to make your blog a MONEY MAKING MACHINE.
Best of luck!