Unlike the years when pro bloggers like John Chow and Darren Rowse came on the blogging scene, making money from blogging is comparatively easier now mainly due to:
- a lot of exposure
- timely guidance
Earning a decent $1000 within the first few months of blogging is not tough these days.
Still, there are a lot of newbie and intermediate bloggers out there who find it difficult to earn a substantial income from their blog/s.
1) You have no Writing Skills
I don’t understand why bloggers tend to ignore this fact. You need to possess writing skills for creating a decent piece of blog.
True, no one is a born writer and second, you cannot afford to hire a writer when you are struggling to even pay the blog hosting fees, learning to be a better writer makes sense, doesn’t it?
All the technical details like PR, PA and DA does matter but just because your blog has PR 3 won’t make advertisers beeline with advertorials.
Where is the quality? Advertisers want quality. Think about it.
2) You are only depending on AdSense
Move over AdSense, right NOW!
If you are creating a blog just to earn money from AdSense, you’re making a big mistake. Don’t get fooled by those online AdSense reports. The bloggers who earn thousands of $$$ with AdSense probably have more than 50 blogs running AdSense.
…and did you honestly think you can achieve the same amount of success with just one blog? Really?
Don’t create blogs for AdSense. Even Google doesn’t want that.
Even if you want to make it the main earning model, start with at least 20 blogs at once. Do you have the manpower or money for this? No? Then don’t be a cry baby!
3) You are not a Marketing Ninja
Okay, not everyone has clever marketing skills. I don’t have but I still make a decent amount every month, so I must be doing something ‘right’.
What are you doing to market blog posts?
Just some Facebook and Twitter shares will give momentary traffic spike but they don’t work in the long haul.
Think – is your content worth marketing?
Be truthful and honest to yourself. If the answer is a resounding “NO”, then first learn to create marketing-worthy content and then reach out to advertisers.
Check out Joe Pulizzi’s Content Marketing Institute for awesome resources.
4) Your Niche is NOT Profitable
If the chosen niche doesn’t have any takers, who can you blame for not earning anything?
The first step towards making money from blogging is to choose a profitable niche. Blogging is a medium to connect with a particular segment of viewers. However, the topic of your blogging medium needs to be in demand as well.
For proper keyword research and to find profitable niches, I would recommend Spencer Haws LongTailPro Keyword research tool.
View my LongTailPro review here. You cannot be a blogger and not have this tool.
Niche matters a lot when you want to earn from affiliate marketing, which is definitely not easy. Most bloggers and marketers fail. For inspiration, you should not miss reading about Brad Campbell who is making a cool 6-figure a year in the affiliate marketing sphere.
5) You are not Networking
Business means networking. You cannot ever have a profitable business if you don’t know how to network with others.
Sign up on any of the popular social networking sites to start connecting with fellow bloggers. Facebook would be a good first option. You can join blogging groups, talk to experienced bloggers and learn from them.
- Mix with the crowd.
- Help others.
- Become popular.
The idea is to make others recognize your blog. Not only will it send referral traffic, you will find other bloggers eager to advertise on your blog. In this context, you need to read this – 7 actionable ways to earn money from every blog post.
Making money from blogging is not tough.
Start using that grey matter (brain!) evolution has given you.