5 Signs You Will Never Make Money Blogging

You had a spring to your steps when you started online. 

Why, in just a few months, you were bound to make everything different in your life!

You are not alone.

Almost everyone who starts a blog does so with high aspirations for the future.

Sadly, those dreams remain dreams for many, and before long the majority even stop dreaming, give up their blogs and go on to ‘more sensible’ ways of occupying their time.

Is that bound to be your fate?

It may well likely be if all you are doing is thoughtlessly pass through the motions of your notion of what blogging means.

While I cannot guarantee success, I can promise you that if your blog has some of the signs listed here, you will have a long wait before you can make money blogging, if any at all.

1. Your Blog Sucks – You Just Don’t Know It

Some pathetic comedians find themselves in front of an audience and they just get busy laughing at their own jokes – alone.

Are you the only one who finds your posts interesting?

How would you know if that were the case?

Simply look down to your comments section and count the comments you have there. Take your eyes to the social buttons and add up the number of shares, likes and tweets your posts are getting.

If others are not interacting with your content, then it means your content is either uninteresting or your blog is very new. For your sake, I hope it is the later since that will mean things are in fact looking up.

What can I do?: Aim higher!  Instead of writing clinical analysis, try to let your personality reflect more in your blog posts.

2. You’re Just in it for the Money

When your heart is not in the blog posts you write, it shows.

You would even find it easy to make a post about Justin Bieber dull and uninteresting, because you are not concentrating on the words but on the money.

If you are doing a niche blog just to stand in the way of traffic, passionless blogging may succeed, but when you want to establish an authority blog, you need passion every inch of the way.

Blogging on a topic you have no passion for wears you down, but blogging on a topic you love refreshes you.

It is the love that sustains you through the early days of your blog until you begin to turn in a profit.

What can I do?: Choose a topic you love for your blog. If you are already running a blog in a topic you don’t care about, why not turn it into a niche site and focus on building your blog in a topic you love?

 3. The Focus of your Blog is Unfocused

If you cannot tell what your blog’s topic area is in one sentence, you are in trouble.

You need to know your audience and their expectations of your blog. If your audience does not know what to expect of your blog, why would they come back?

Maybe that is the root of your traffic problem.

Writing about everything under the sun will not bring everybody under the sun to your doorstep.

The evolution of blogging has gone beyond the stage of grabbing at anything you can get a hold of to catch your fall.

If your blog cannot be specific, then no real community can form around it because real people are not interested in everything. They are interested in something.

What can I do?: Pick a pen and paper and write a one paragraph description of your blog. When you are satisfied, summarize it into one sentence that is catchy and specific.

4. You are Ashamed of Asking for Money

That you are not in it for money does not mean you should make yourself into a martyr.

It is not a sin to monetize your blog (Unless your self-esteem or writing ability is so low you cannot believe you could possibly write what someone would want to pay for).

If you are not making money on your blog right now, you are losing money. Period!

Some ways to monetize your blog include:

  1. Sell Advertising – Offer ad units for sale on your blog.
  2. Promote Affiliates – look for affiliate offers that are relevant to your audience.
  3. Sell Products – Create your own products for sale.
  4. Sell your services – Offer your services for sale. For instance, I offer my writing service for sale at my blog.

What can I do?: Decide on what you are going to sell on your blog and take steps to implement the decision immediately.

 5. You Think SEO is for the Professionals

Some bloggers just pick a random topic for their blog post without the benefit of keyword research.

To them, blogging is writing and you write what you like, and leave SEO for SEOs.

Big mistake!

Without an understanding of SEO, any success you achieve will only be accidental and difficult to sustain.

Quite true, building backlinks is time-consuming, but the importance it plays in your ranking makes it top priority for your business.

What can I do?: Take time out to learn SEO basics. Start a backlinks acquisition campaign for your blog.

Wrapping it Up

After giving your blog the microscope view, what do you think? ;)

Are you here to stay, or just a fly by night blogger?

Taking steps to implement the suggestions given in this post can make the difference between whether you succeed as a blogger or fail.

No you are aware of the lapses, self-knowledge is the greatest knowledge.

Put it to use an uproot all those

I wrote this post to help you take notice of any destined-for-failure mistakes that you’re probably making right now.

Are there any signs I missed? Do you agree that these traits can impact on how much money you make blogging?

 photo: Philip Taylor PT

About Yeremi Akpan

Yeremi Akpan is the founder of Pro Blogger Tips. Connect with him on Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook. You can also hire him to provide content marketing services for your business.

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  1. Hi Yeremi,

    What an insightful post!

    I think many people start a blog without really having a future plan in place – I know I didn’t when I first started mine!

    But a blog can definitely be a great engine to drive traffic in so that you can make money from your efforts.

    As you mentioned, it’s looking at it creatively and not being afraid to ask for money!

    Thanks and have a great week!

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  2. Nice post, Yeremi.

    The overall theme I see here is blogging without a plan. Not having a clear focus in your writing or an idea of how to generate revenue is asking for failure.

    Just thinking about who your audience is and what they really need will tell you what to write, how to write it and the types of products and ads that will bring the money home.
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  3. Yeremi Akpan says:

    Hi Caimin,

    Blogging without a plan is like building a house without one. Just depending on a general idea of where you want to go with your blog is a recipe for disaster.

    I have a 1 month and 3 months plan for my blog and I am working myself out to make sure I meet those goals.
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    • Sonny says:

      You have hit the nail on the head. Its very important to have a plan. I got all my plans and direction luckily form a blogging system that trains people how to make money blogging. Its awesome, so just wanted to say thanks for being real with people about the whole blogging deal. One not I might add is if you would like to get the video for free where I got mine about the blogging platform that teaches how to make over $10,000 a month check out http://admasters.ws it has done wonders for the 40,000 people who have been paid out over 10 million dollars in the past 8 months.

  4. Hi Yeremi,

    All great signs for sure. I think #3 And #4 are probably the top reasons. Lack of focus can be a killer. I think that was my issue with my first blog. But hey, you learn. ;-)

    And being afraid to ask for the money is another big issue for many site owners. People don’t normally buy unless a request (with a great list of benefits and results) is made. I’ve come to think of it as if you DON’T make an offer you are short-changing the other person from having some sort of transformation in their business (and life).

    Great article. Loved it!
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  5. Matt Southern says:

    Great post, Yeremi. I can’t count the number of blogs I see in a week that struggle from at least one, if not all of these issues. I would also add to the first point that a blog sucks if it does not answer questions or solve reader problems. Basically a blog sucks if it provides no value to anyone. If you want your blog to be anything more than just a hobby it has to be useful to people.

    • Yeremi Akpan says:

      Well said, Matt!

      I like to think of my blog as solutions powerhouse. That’s why I give attention to the comments and responses of my audience. On many occasions I have had ideas for full length posts from comments left on my posts by readers.

      In answering those questions as posts, I provide far more value than I would have provided if I had just posted a three sentence comment.
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  6. Bhushan says:

    Yeremi, you have done very good job here.I think that blogging can never make money as every one think about this then it got frustrated at last because it is the platform where we do some different and great valuable which we can not learn from anywhere like this type.I think and openly say that it can not become only for making money.
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  7. Felicia says:

    Hi Yeremi,
    This was really a great post that I feel I was able to learn a lot from. I think number three is the one that I need to work on the most. I’m always afraid to ask people for money because I feel as if they’re going to turn me down automatically. I guess you never know unless you try though, right? I’ve also been slacking a bit with number five, but I’ve been steadily been working to improve my blog’s SEO. Thank you for the tips, these will come in handy!
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  8. Great post, Yeremi, I agree, blogging without a plan is like the well know saying ‘fail to plan is a plan to fail’ You need to know what it is that you have set out to do and stick to it otherwise it will all get messy.
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  9. Norbert says:

    Nice information buddy. It’s true Some people are normally in it just for the money. Most of them fail because they only focus on the money and forget about providing real value to visitors and readers.

    It’s simple..If you’ve nothing of value to offer then you should forget about making money blogging.

    Thanks for writing this
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  10. Laura Summers says:

    Hi :)

    Glad I came across this post. I have literally just
    Published something the compliments this topic perfectly. I struggled to keep it concise as I found that when I started writing I was on a roll with it!

    In my experience of working with bloggers it’s most absolutely a confidence issue and to do with breaking the taboo.

    Posts like this will definitely help.

    Nice to ‘meet’ you.


  11. Simmeon says:

    Morning Yeremi,

    It’s always one extreme or another, Insane amount of ads or none at all. It’s striking the right balance between the two that is needed. This post made me remember to set-up some ad space on the navigation, meaning to do it since yesterday.
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  12. Janmejaya says:

    Yes i agree with your points because if someone starting blogging for money then he can’t stand upon in blogging world. Also for creating yourself an professional blogger is not an easy work. Also we are started blogging not for money only for sharing knowledge.
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  13. Segun says:

    Yes, I agree with you brother, thanks for sharing these wonderful tips.
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  14. Hey Yeremi,

    Wow.. I like the sub head “The Focus of your Blog is Unfocused”

    I think #3 and #4 makes the difference when it comes to making money online.

    If anyone wants to make money from their blogs,
    They must know their potential readers
    They should be testing all the things
    They should not sell EVERYTHING (every product under the sun)
    They should build a vibrant community
    They should NEVER (ever) give up

    Thanks for the share pal :)
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  15. John Banks says:


    I think it can also be what scale you want your blog to get to. If you are purely in it for the money then there are far easier ways to make money online (my blog is by no means my biggest online income) – so this is not a great idea. But – what about passion, interest and using your blog as a hobby?

    My blog is probably really only 3 months old – and I do not claim to be up in the clouds with the blog gurus but I am proud of what I have done. Here is the difference. I am a father of two very young children, and I work for a living still full time and I am studying an Engineering degree. If im lucky I may get one hour per day of ‘blogging’. But I love it – its like my new hobby, I dont expect to get to $30,000 a month or whatever it is the big guys earn – but it certainly helps with the little extras for the family. Who knows where it will lead one day?

    A failed blog literally depends on what you want out of it. I think its important to set your own goals and not compare to others.

    Just my two cents.
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  16. Ravi Moosad says:

    Thanks for the post man. I will definitely make a clear plan for my blog. BTW, I tried to subscribe to your list and download the eBook. It’s throwing out an error. It says the mailing list is not active.
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  17. Michael Belk says:

    Great post Yeremi, I especially have been working on id’ ng my site in one sentence. That takes a little time, but I think I am getting it.
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