10 Main reasons why your blog is not making any money yet

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Have you been blogging for a year and haven’t made any money yet?  

Are you getting frustrated, demotivated, and undisciplined with your blog? Are self-doubt and unbelief starting to creep in?

I feel you. 

Don’t lose hope. 

We’re gonna unpack why your blog hasn’t made a dollar yet.

Let’s dive into 10 main reasons why your blog is not making money yet.

And tips on what you can do to start making your first dollar.

This is my personal experience of why I think my blog is not making any money yet, and what I plan on doing to change that.

1. You are not consistent and disciplined 

When you blog only when you want to, you’re not going to grow. Or, at least not as fast as you’d like. The goal here is to grow and make money blogging as fast as possible. 

Learning how to discipline yourself is an invaluable skill for any human being. But more so for bloggers and business owners. You have no telling what you want to do and when to do it. If you don’t have the discipline to do what you have to do, you will never be a successful blogger.

Blogging his hard work. Monetizing your blog is damn near impossible. However, with discipline and consistency, it is possible to do and achieve anything you want.

2. You not writing killer content

Another reason why you might not be monetized yet could be because you are not writing high-quality content. Content that your audience wants to read. 

Are you writing for yourself or your audience? Do you address their pain points? Help them with their most pressing problem. It’s all about the reader and what’s in it for them.

Give them what they want and they will gladly give you what you want. You can’t go wrong with long-form content (2000+ words). Write the best content. Helpful post that will attract the right people to your blog and turn them into raving fans.

3. Not pinning enough 

Pinterest is fickle these days. We are all trying to get on Pinterest’s good side. Though that is a lot harder than it was a few years ago. But it’s still the best way to get your posts seen. Getting traffic is not as easy as it once was, but it’s still faster than any other traffic source. So taking Pinterest seriously by pinning consistently, every day will eventually bring traffic to your new blog.

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4. You focusing on too many things at once

Are you trying to do too much with your blog? Writing content, working on an email list, trying to get traffic, and writing your first eBook all at the same time? 

That is way too much for any blogger. Especially a new blogger. That is setting yourself up for failure. Immobilizing yourself.  Focus on one thing at a time. Step-by-step. 

What should you do after writing your content? Do the next thing, then build on that step.

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5. You are not being your authentic self

It’s understandable that as a beginner blogger you still need to find your authentic self. The way you write and come across to others should reflect your true personality. 

If you’re on the funny side, let it shine through. People will feel your authenticity and be drawn to you. Being yourself can only help you stand apart from your peers. Because no one is like you. And your blog will be different from everyone else.

6. You don’t have an email list

The money is in the list. Are you tired of hearing it? I am. But it’s as true as ever. Your email is where you get more personal with your audience. They get to know, like, and trust you. People don’t just buy from anyone, they buy from those they know, like, and trust. That increases your chances of making sales considerably. 

Setting up an email list doesn’t come without its challenges. It’s a huge learning curve. This is why some bloggers take so long to get started. Then there’s also the fear of actually talking to your email list. What to say is very scary for some introverts.

7. Not implementing SEO

It’s not impossible to rank on Google. We don’t even try to implement SEO. Which is a big mistake. Organic traffic is the best kind of traffic. Social media may not always bring you constant traffic. More instant traffic, not long-term sustainability.

Diversification is best when it comes to blogging. Never put all your eggs in one basket. Learn how to use and implement SEO and keyword research. Ranking on the first page of Google is hard work.  Not impossible though. 

Work on on-page and off-page SEO little by little. Taking your time with this steep learning curve. Don’t quit. Remember you are in this for the long haul. In a year or so, you’ll be glad you started today.

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8. You are using the wrong monetization method

Maybe you are trying to monetize with ads when you don’t have traffic yet. I certainly made this boo boo. 

Remove your ads. They are only slowing your website down. First work on getting traffic to your blog. In the meantime, you can add affiliate marketing as a way to make money.

It’s the best method to make money as a beginner blogger. 

You can also always add ads later when you have enough traffic to apply to media vine or another top ad network. Let’s move on to step 9 of the 10 reasons why your blog is not making money yet.

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9. You are not setting goals

Not setting goals is setting yourself up for failure. With a goal in mind, you will have the determination to work hard and not quit when blogging gets difficult. 

Where do you want to be in the next year or two? In the next 5 years? It’s not just about now. Set realistic goals and go after them with everything you got.

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10. You are simply too impatient 

Blogging for a year without making any money is not that uncommon. In fact, it can take up to 18 months without seeing a dime of income. Be more patient. Try to do the right things in the correct order. And before you know it you will be making money as a blogger. Most importantly is not to give up. You could be giving up just before you make your first sale.

Conclusion to 10 main reasons why your blog is not making money yet.

Blogging is not for the faint of heart. It is hard work and sometimes thankless. Especially in the beginning when you’re writing for yourself. Working without getting paid. 

There are many, many reasons why your blog might not be making money yet. These 10 are just some of the reasons why I think I’m struggling to monetize my blogging business.

  1. Not being as consistent and disciplined as I should be.
  2. You are not writing killer content that people can’t resist
  3. Not taking Pinterest as serious as I should
  4. Focusing on too many tasks at once
  5. Not being unique and standing out from other bloggers
  6. Having no email list
  7. Not implementing SEO
  8. Using the wrong ways to monetize my blog
  9. Not setting clear goals
  10. Being too impatient

You can probably relate to one or more of the above. Don’t worry. These are problems that can easily be fixed. All you have to do is take some time to come up with a strategy and time to work on these tasks.

When things get tough and you want to give up, remember your why. Why did you start this blog? It will motivate you to keep on blogging. 

Before you know it, you will have a monetized blog.