5 Reasons You’re NOT Making Money from your Blog

If you’re not making money from your blog, it may not be for the reasons you think.

I’m going to be completely honest with you.

Most bloggers aren't making money.

making money with your blogBut it’s not because there is something wrong with them.

It’s because they’re not doing the right things that will help them make money.

Are you making the following mistakes? If so, they may be the reason you’re not making money from your blog.

Mistake #1. You focus on yourself and aren't focused enough on your audience

I hate to break it to you, but people don’t care about you.

They care about solving their own problems. The more you help your readers with what they care about, the more they’ll stick around and recommend your blog to others.

But most bloggers don’t focus on their audience. They focus on themselves.

They write about what they had for breakfast. They write about their dog’s birthday. No one cares about that other than them. (And maybe their dog.)

Stop doing that and you’ll already be closer to making money from your blog.

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2. You aren’t getting to know your audience well enough

On a similar note, if you’re not making money from your blog, you’re probably not doing enough to get to know your audience well.

In order to write what really matters to your audience, you need to get to know them extremely well.

Here are 2 ways to get to know your readers better:

  1. If you’re a coach, listen to what your clients tell you. Write down their common struggles and use them as blog post ideas.
  2. When someone signs up for your email list, send them a welcome email asking them to share their greatest struggle with you.

I ask the “What’s your greatest struggle” question in my welcome email, and I get dozens of responses every week.

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Because of that, I have a long list of ways to help new bloggers (and I have a steady stream of people who are excited to buy from me).

Here are some of the pain points I’ve come up with from the emails I’ve received:

Bloggers…

  1. Have trouble starting a blog
  2. Don’t know what to write about
  3. Don’t know how to make money from their blog
  4. Need technical support

You’ll be astonished at how much better you get to know your readers.

Once you know what your readers struggle with, you will know what to blog about and, more importantly, what to sell to them.

3. You aren’t getting enough traffic

It’s all well and good to know what your readers care about, but if they’re not seeing your blog, they won’t be able to purchase from you.

Many bloggers think they have to become SEO experts in order to get traffic. That’s simply not the case.

I teach my clients how to use blogger outreach in order to get more high-quality visitors to their blogs, and I’m going to share 2 of the best ways with you right now.

1. Do roundup posts

Come up with a compelling question and then send it to 20 or more bloggers in your niche. Then create a post compiling all the answers you receive.

Here’s an example of a roundup post on Successful Blogging where we asked 110 Entrepreneurs to share their best social media strategy with us.

2. Write high-quality guest posts for influential bloggers in your niche

One of the best ways to get more readers is to guest post for other blogs. In fact, I suggest that when you start blogging, you guest post even more than you write on your own blog!

Once you’ve developed relationships with other bloggers by doing a couple of round up posts, the next step is to ask them if you can guest post on their blog.

Of course, you need to do your homework on their blog to know if they accept guest posts or not. If they do, most bloggers include a page on what they are looking for from guest posters.

A successful guest post can bring in hundreds of new readers (and potential buyers).

Want to learn more about how to get traffic to your blog? Read this post.

4. You don’t have a process for converting blog visitors to customers.

It’s one thing to have a popular blog, and quite another to have a blog that actually makes money.

In order to convert visitors into customers, you need to set up an effective sales pipeline.

When you join my Profitable Blogging Simplified group coaching program, you’ll learn my in-depth process for creating a sales pipeline that really works, but for now, here’s a breakdown of the process that transforms readers into buyers.

Awareness (I.e. Traffic) —> Leads (I.e. Subscribers) —> Prospects (I.e. Highly engaged subscribers) —> Sales (I.e. Customers)

To create brand awareness, you need a great plan to get more blog traffic, as I mentioned above.

The next step is creating a great lead magnet (based on your readers’ pain points) to get leads onto your email list.

Once they sign up for your list, you should be able to lead readers to a sale by writing a series of well-crafted emails that get them interested in your product. (Which is also based on what you’ve learned about your customer's struggles.)

I recommend LeadPages for growing your email list. Click here to check it out.

5. You’re assuming that you need a huge list in order to make money from your blog.

Is it easier to make money if you have a large list? Yes, it is.

Is it impossible to make money if you don’t have a list? Absolutely not.

Even if you don’t have an email list at all, you can still make money by creating Facebook ads to your lead magnet, and then sending new leads a well-crafted email series.

You can also create a very personal Sales Invitation to a small group of readers who you know are interested in your product because they’ve been very active on your blog.

If you offer a product for $97, all you need is 10 customers to make your first 1K with your blog.

And that’s totally doable if you know what your readers want and have a process for getting them interested in your offers.

Wrapping It Up

  1. You’re writing about yourself too much
  2. You don’t know your audience well enough
  3. You aren’t getting enough traffic
  4. You don’t have an effective sales pipeline set up
  5. You’re getting in your own way by assuming that you need a huge list to make money

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What are you doing to monetize your blog? Share with me in the comments!

Comments

  1. says

    Hi Sue,
    Point #2 above is a big killer. I read about it everywhere online these days and I think bloggers are beginning to locate their real problems.

    We don’t just go on throwing contents without proper knowledge of our target market. If we narrow down further and try hard enough to know our audience (Who they are, what they want, income levels, age groups, geo location, etc), trust me your income will increase (all things being equal)

    A few days ago, I published a post on 5 ways to look deeper on your blog and discover exactly what your readers really want. I brought out critical points and from feedback, they resonate with many of my readers

    I totally agree with the other factors as well and thanks for helping your readers in the right direction. I hope you are having a wonderful week
    Enstine Muki recently posted…5 simple ideas to develop Internet of Things ApplicationsMy Profile

    • says

      Hi, Enstine,

      So true – #2 is a killer. Thanks for referring to your post – great one for my readers to check out!

      Thanks for being the first commenter this morning.
      Sue

  2. says

    Hi Sue,
    #1 Not guilty Milud!
    #2 How do I know what my reader(sic) wants? Nobody reaches out to tell me and when I ask I get no response.
    #3 See #2
    #4 This is really a no-brainer for me, with no input for #2 and #3 ?
    #5 I don’t have a huge list, I don’t have a list at all!
    In all seriousness, thank you for the post and I do take your points. However, I suspect that there are many bloggers in a similar boat to myself. I have been posting for 15 months (about 130 posts now) and, until earlier this week, had not had one worthwhile response. That response came via FaceBook (my posts automatically feed to my FB page) and I learned that earlier on, when I was trying to block the spammers, I had inadvertently blocked out ANYONE who wanted to make a comment! That is now fixed, but already I have had a spammer!
    I hop that now I will start to get more engagement with my miniscule audience and who knows, once I start getting some engagement my audience may grow! Then I will start worrying about monetisation. Until that time I will not concern myself.
    Thanks again
    Chris

    • says

      Best way to get engagement, Chris? Start commenting on other mid-size blogs in your niche! 2 a day working your way up to 5 a day. Adrienne Smith taught me this and it works, really well.

      It will change your blogging life 🙂
      Sue

    • says

      Hey Chris,
      I just want to pop in to say that you are certainly on the way to getting more engagements on your blog. First, you opened up comments to everyone that visits and now, I see you engage with some really interesting bloggers.

      Like Sue said, just be consistent on commenting on mid-size blogs in your niche. You will certainly soon start seeing exciting results 😉

      Good luck bud 😉
      Enstine Muki recently posted…Exactly How I made My first $500+ Online with ZERO skills!My Profile

  3. says

    Hi Sue Anne,

    These are certainly good reasons why a blogger is not seeing any revenue come in…especially your second point.

    We have to know our audience and what they want in order to present the right products and services.

    I love the suggestions you shared. It reminded me to go back to my welcome email to make sure I have something like that in place.

    I’ve been monetizing my blog through sponsored posts and I’ve gotten some web design projects as well. I’m currently working on a product to help newbie bloggers and hope to have that out soon. 🙂

    Thanks so much for putting this together. This is going to help new bloggers figure out what the problem might be and how to fix it.

    Have a great day!

    Cori

    • says

      I’m so glad it helped, Cori!

      I love when you stop by and read and comment 🙂
      Sue

  4. says

    Love the humor, Sue! I think a dog’s Birthday is a great reason to have a party!

    • says

      Winnie had a birthday party with a dog cake at the dog park with his friends this year!

      Sue

  5. Zarayna says

    Hello Sue,
    Just had to wish you a happy St Patrick’s Day (I celebrate everything) and to thank you for this post.
    Although all of pointers may not apply to me simply because of my change in direction, the first two points do in general – me! me! me!
    Always glad to read your posts in the hope of absorbing your clarity of thought – thank you.
    Kindest

    • says

      I love talking about me 🙂 Thanks for making my day!

      Happy St. Patty’s Day, Zara!
      Sue

  6. says

    Excellent advice as usual Sue Anne!

    Isn’t it funny, how so many bloggers, but especially newbie
    bloggers, comment mistake # one, over and over,
    yet they can’t seem to figure out, why their audience
    continually ignores them and their offers!LOL!

    It would be a comedy, if it wasn’t so tragic!

    I suspect if you wanted to Sue, this could very easily have been a five to seven part series and or free lead magnet giveaway, entitled, Th Top 100 Reasons Why Your Blog
    Doesn’t Make Any Money!”LOL!

    And sadly, you would have barely scratched the surface!Thanks for sharing, another excellent post!
    Mark recently posted…How To Consistently Generate Up To 300% Better Results From Some Of Your Best Lead Magnets!My Profile

    • says

      Keep working on building up your blogger outreach thru commenting and guest posting, Ebson.

      Thanks for commenting!
      Sue

  7. says

    Hi Sue Anne,

    These 5 points are right on target. When it comes to traffic one needs to get out there and read and comment on other blogs. Commenting is key and those people will usually reciprocate. Bonds will be made with each other and before you know it you will have traffic like crazy.

    My favorite point here is #4 because we all want conversion. Each of us are unique and have different things to offer. It is a “must do” to know your readers and what they need. Having something for them to opt into is where it all begins.

    Oh yes..We don’t need a huge list to start. It will grow eventually just like traffic will.

    I’ll pass it on.

    -Donna

    • says

      I quote you and Adrienne Smith all the time about how you should comment and read other niche-related blogs!

      I always enjoy when you come and read, comment and share my posts. I’m so appreciative.

      Thanks,
      Sue

  8. says

    I recently did my first roundup post. I had always heard how beneficial they can be, but I never took the plunge to do one myself (I’m not sure why). Now that I’ve finally written a roundup post, I definitely see the benefits that can arise from doing so. I’m actually planning my next roundup now!
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    • says

      Yeah!! Good for you. Keep it up and traffic (and subscribers) will soar, Tiffany.

      Sue

    • says

      Good idea. I think it is funny how that type of post has changed from being called blog carnival to roundup. It makes sense to me – the new name is better.

      Doing them well is a good way to gain traffic. It also takes a fair amount of effort (to do it well – find great and interesting content that fits the theme).
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  9. says

    thanks for sharing this I have the same problem. now hope I will cover these

  10. says

    Great article! I always struggle with finding the right balance for mistake 1 (my wife and I blog about fitness and diabetes so to some extent we are selling our own story and need to write about ourselves). Asking questions in a welcome email or sending out surveys is a great idea!

  11. says

    Hi Sue,

    Well stated… I love your last point…. Many bloggers think that they need huge list to make huge amount which is not true… if you’ve a huge list or amount of readers, but don’t know how to convert them into customers, then you’re losing a lot.

    I also agree with the point of not getting to know your audience… However, the only way to get to know your audience is by engaging them, trying to know what they’ll appreciate. most bloggers do make the wrong audience for their business and at the end of the day, they end up making less penny.

    I really love appreciate the share… Thanks 🙂

    • says

      True about engagement, it is just a fine line between serving them or serving yourself, right?

      Thanks so much for your comment, Anyikwa!
      Sue

  12. says

    Hi Sue

    subscribed to your blog a while back but i think this is actually the first time am commenting on your posts. Though i always read them and the are amazing.

    By the way great article today.

    Really touched on issues i have been having with my blog. Felt like God’s hand on my head as i read the article.

    All the points in the article make sense and they really resonated with me.

    Otherwise great article as always. Hoping to address these mistakes on my own blog.
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    • says

      Your comment really touched me, Okiria.

      Thanks so much! Glad it helped you.
      Sue

  13. says

    Wonderful post, Sue! There are so many bits & pieces bloggers need to keep track of so this list is a great checklist 🙂

  14. says

    Hi Sue,

    You are a wonderful writer and are awesome at what you do…the first visit on your site has got me impressed (I came here referred by one of your raving fans).

    Back then when I used to blog professionally and sell products, I was lucky to understand the challenges of my audience and brilliantly articulated them – and like you, it brought me huge success 🙂

    Today, however, I’m more into affiliate marketing and PPC. This works excellently with the instrumentality of a well structured SEO plan – which I am also an expert in…Monetization wise, that’s how I ‘flow’ now.

    I would love to read more of your entries and will be coming back periodically for more.

    Also, from what I have seen here, I can also recommend your work to my friends, especially beginners…it’s clearly awesome!

    Do make the day great!

    Always,
    Akaahan Terungwa

    P.S.

    I formally run what I can an Information Portal now 🙂
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    • says

      Love the “information portal” name, Akaahan!

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment.
      Sue

  15. says

    Hi Sue,

    These are harsh truths but this is very much true. We are writing for audience and not for us. If we are writing for ourselves, then results are not going to be significantly improved because as you mentioned, people care about themselves and not others.

    Greatly written post!

  16. says

    Hello Sue Anne

    You are also right. when it come toward blogging or any other field ..people start claiming we are not earning, traffic is too low.. visitor engagement is near equal to 0.. all these problems according to me is due to lack of skills and know-how of about their readers choice.

    and yah count me in in your blog regular reader from now as i am the one who love to visits blog who have loyal Founders..
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  17. says

    Hi Sue,

    Wow is #1 important. Because people buy our stuff or hire us. And if we connect with people, people buy in. Simple process but some bloggers miss on the empathy or compassion points which cut the connect and also, which makes readers feel they aren’t being spoken to.

    I am HUGE on stressing my foibles, and also, picturing me talking to my readers before I write posts. Builds that nice, tight bond well.

    Thanks for the power tips Sue!

    Ryan
    Ryan Biddulph recently posted…How to Live Your Blogging Dreams if *People* See You As Normal or AverageMy Profile

    • says

      You are so welcome, Ryan! I always like when you stop by.

      Have a great weekend!
      Sue

  18. says

    Hi Sue

    All good points.

    For me, it’s all about getting close to our audience. I like to talk to people on the phone or Skype. It gives me a golden opportunity to peel back the layers and find out what’s really going on. So many opportunities flow from these chats. Knowing what pains people and what turns them on, is the basis for all good marketing.

    Thanks again

    Kim
    Kim Willis recently posted…How to Demolish Engagement Blockages in Your Blogging BusinessMy Profile

    • says

      Excellent plan, Kim! You are getting 1) closer to your readers and 2) conducting priceless research.

      Nice work 🙂
      Sue

  19. says

    Hi Sue. I think #1 and #2 go hand in hand when you are new to blogging. You’ve read so much stuff about everything that you have to do just right so that when you finally get up the nerve to write that first post, your forget all about your audience and write about who you know, yourself. I think it takes time to figure out who your audience is and as you do, you can shift your attention away from yourself and actually figure out how to have that conversation with your audience. At that point blogging becomes a whole lot more fun. Once you know who your audience is, then the rest of your points can be addressed more easily, because without knowing who your audience is, your traffic, list and funnel are mostly worthless. Thanks for sharing another great post.
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    • says

      You are spot-on, Ben! Nervous, beginning bloggers think “they want to know about my life”. In fact, I rarely ever talk about me – I have to force myself to do it more. It’s all about the Successful Blogging Team (what I call my readers and clients).

      Thanks for the great ideas.
      Sue

  20. says

    Great insight Sue, #1 & 2 is mind blowing,, just working on my blog and with this knowledge been imparted by you,I must say that its a good start.

    Thanks so much

    • says

      It does take research, a good plan and hard work, Imtiaj. But it can and will happen.

      Thanks for your comment.
      Sue

  21. says

    Hello Sue,
    I’ll say you hit it hard here, the whole 5 points are surely true, I was once a victim of the first point, until I found that my audience needed that little attention then I had to change my style of blogging.
    Thanks for sharing and do have a wonderful day ahead. Cheers!

    • says

      I think we all were, Larry! That’s my mission for running this blog.

      Thanks for your comment today.
      Sue

  22. says

    Hi Sue,
    I just discover your blog and started to reading all the blog post. I really love the way you write.
    Thanks brain drain because of him I found you.

  23. says

    Hi Sue,
    I am very happy to read this post as it changed my style of thinking.
    Lets rock, I am gonna make sure that I avoid these mistakes in the near future 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.
    ~ Ahmad

  24. says

    Very enlightening post, Sue. I never realised I was making the same mistakes till last year, but following and commenting on a few other blogs in my niche brought me back on track. I have since started to roll out tips and helpful related to freelance writing and publishing, and am happy with the way things are shaping up. I have a really small number of subscribers and clients right now, but I’m sure they’re set to improve. Thank you for your very informative site. I visit it regularly but this is the first time I commented 🙂

    ~Cynthia

    • says

      Great to hear, Cynthia! And now you are part of the commenters – the Successful Blogging Team – keep it up 🙂

      I so appreciate hearing your story and how you got back on track. That is what makes a winner in the business – getting up and trying again.

      Thanks,
      Sue

  25. says

    These are all so great. By the way, you are SO generous with this robust content. I love that you don’t hold things back trying to get people to buy something.

    #4 is so true … having a pipeline for a visitor is so important. People focus on “building a list” but have no plan for the people once they come onto the list. Not only are they leaving tons of money on the table, they also aren’t focusing on the right thing … the potential client or customer. Trying to chase someone down later, hoping they open an email when you “launch” something isn’t too effective, because of open rates.

    Thank you for the great post!
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    • says

      I so appreciate you stopping by to read and to comment, Beth!

      I totally agree about having a selling pipeline – and it can be whatever works best for you and your personality. Beth has a cool tool called the Alignment Grid – I’m a Conversational Guru/Star.

      Thanks, Beth.
      Sue

  26. says

    In the beginning of blogging you could attract visitor with just writing about your daily live, because it was all new. But today, it’s harder to attract traffic for that, so, as you’ve said, it’s time to get to know your audience and write somehow directed to them. Because if you do that, then you are going to keep your audience close.

    And about how to make money on your blog, most of the times people approach me on writing some piece on my personal blog, so my blog worked out well in time. 🙂
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  27. says

    i like your post,it,s really helpful thank you for sharing………….

  28. says

    Hi Sue
    This article is really helpful for me i am also a blogger. Now i am using all things you said. Thanks for sharing this post.
    Regards
    Swati

  29. says

    Hi Sue,
    This is a wonderful write-up, you nailed it, the number 3 point “not getting enough traffic” is a big problem for most bloggers, especially newbies but I love the solution you gave towards solving the problem. Creating a roundup post and guest posting on popular blogs is a great way of gaining traffic, and I think bloggers having problem with traffic should consider consider the above method. Thanks for sharing this info.
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    • says

      Great point, Sakshi! A good strategic plan is so important.

      Thanks for your comment.
      Sue

  30. says

    This is another Wonderful post from you, Sue! This list is a great checklist for every new and also old bloggers and thanks for sharing this 🙂

  31. says

    In the end, what the audience wants is to be given more priority than what we feel they will like or what we decide to write on. The thought of getting to know my audience never crossed my mind, the closest i’ve been was just to respond to their comments and enquiries. Getting in contact as you’ve stated above by sending welcome emails is something i’ve never tried out. Think this i’ll be doing this to see how effective it’ll be. Thanks for the steps outlined in this post, twas a good read.

  32. says

    It is a very good advice, according to your points, I never write about myself, I write things to help my readers, you are right I do not know them well and I dont have a sales pipeline. I have received 1152 good comment but no one has signed up to give their email. Do not know why.

    • says

      Are you offering a free Lead Magnet in exchange for their email address? With a great headline? That will make a big difference!

      Thanks for commenting.
      Sue

  33. says

    Hey Sue,

    Everyone who blogs thinks they’re going to earn enough money so they can quit their day jobs and retire in style. It’s a nice thought. Realistically very few people make hundreds of thousands of dollars blogging each year.

    If we’re only earning a portion of revenue or traffic bonuses, we’re not going to earn much money, especially if it’s a new blog. Eventually, thanks for sharing best ideology regarding this subject.

    With best regards,

    Amar kumar

    • says

      Excellent point, Amar! I just read the ConvertKit survey and that’s exactly what they said.

      Thanks for your insight.
      Sue

  34. says

    Hello Sue,

    There is so much information out there telling people they can make money blogging and it’s easy but the truth is it’s more complicated than that. Realistically, it takes a lot of hard work and the right formula

    Getting your blog to a point where it actually becomes profitable requires time. Thanks for providing the wonderful advice and your perspective on this subject.

    Thanks,
    Mike

  35. says

    Hi Sue!
    Really an informative post!
    It is true that lot’s of bloggers are not making money from their blog and the reasons you listed here why!

    Know your audience demand and provide them what they want! In this case most bloggers fail! A big reason i think!

    Anyway, thanks a lot for this awesome post!

    happy blogging!
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  36. says

    Hi Sue!
    Definitely a great post indeed!
    Yes, you are right! You do not need a big e-mail list in order to make money! As we all know money is in the list! But we need targeted audience to convert them into cash! Even a small list can make this happen!

    Anyway, mind blowing post, sue!

    Happy blogging
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  37. says

    Hi Sue,

    Fabulous post.

    I love #1. Because even though I write to have fun – for me – I also write to help. I write to spread the love, to share my experience, to make it easy for folks to get the help they need through:

    * my new posts
    * my old posts
    * my coaching services
    * my eBooks and audio books
    * my courses

    The money flows in when readers clearly see you are helping them, through your free and premium content, and when you are doing things from a place of love and not fear wow does it get easy to have fun and to write with your readers in mind.

    Thanks much for sharing.

    Ryan
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  38. says

    Hi Sue,

    You have a great post here. Waiting for a huge email list has been stopping so many bloggers from making money from their blog. Sometimes it shocks me how newbie absorbs information without questioning. There’s money in email list, yes, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from making money from their blog. Like you’d mentioned, every blogger interested in making online should be able to define their audience so that they don’t end up writing posts that never gets read.

    There’s no how you talk to the right audience with the right content and they won’t buy. It’s impossible.
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  39. says

    Hey Sue,
    Every body want to make money with their blog, so this is a great guide for all bloggers.
    Writing guest posts and writing experts roundups is a great start to get awesome traffic.
    SO I just wanna say thanks to you this great post 🙂
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  40. says

    Well said.. I love that point…. if you’ve a huge list or amount of readers, but don’t know how to convert them into customers, then you’re losing a lot. I also agree with the point of not getting to know your audience… However, the only way to get to know your audience is by engaging them, trying to know what they’ll appreciate.
    Thanks! BTW very nice post…

  41. says

    Oh boy, i used to be intimately familiar with #4.
    Many people have a blog and a healthy mailing list, but dont necessarily know how to transition from giving useful tips to making a sales pitch. Moreover, it’s easy to avoid selling in fear of backlash and rejection. And then, even if they DO make a sale, it’s quite common to severely underprice your product due to that same fear.

    If you’re confident about your abilities, don’t be afraid to show them off and charge what you’re worth.

    Enjoy your weekend, Sue!
    Elvis
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  42. says

    Hi Sue,

    Awesome Post!

    Yes, focusing on one’s audience is essential to be a successful blogger. If readers don’t get the solution of their problems why they will read one’s blog.

    Asking the question “What’s your greatest struggle” is a nice idea. In this way we can know what problems our readers are facing than we can provide solution through our blog post.

    SEO doesn’t work instantly, it takes time. Doing roundup posts and writing guest posts helps in getting high quality visitors.

    I will tweet your post.

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

  43. says

    Hello Sue,

    These are some savage tips about blog post 🙂

    This is of great help for newbies bloggers and also who are struggling with their blogs, as they can not indulge more traffic
    to their web site.
    Tips #1 and #2 are the main mistakes done by the bloggers, I have done these in my early stages. Earlier I was always thinking
    to drive out my self from any problem rather than helping my clients. It hampered me a lot. I never get to know my clients
    what they actually looking for and what short of help they seek from me.

    Thanks for the tips to share among us.

    Shantanu.

  44. says

    Hi Sue,

    Its always a pleasure to read your blogs! Yes you are absolutely right, if you want to generate money through the blog, first think about your audience as you can not engage them with out providing some value, solving their problems or give them a fresh, new perspective about some thing. I also started blogging with the same intent and right now I am not even thinking about making money out of it, just sharing my experiences and tips that would benefit people.
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  45. says

    Hello Sue,

    The #2 option is really a major reason for bloggers who are not making money from their blog. Without understanding your audience needs, bloggers cannot be able to get success. Understanding your audience needs is really very important as it will help you to deliver right products and services to your users, which will help them to sort out their problem. Thanks for this great piece of content.

    Have a Great Day:)
    Vishwajeet
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  46. says

    Thanks for this post Sue. Totally agree with your steps. One of the most critical questions that one needs to ask is – What exactly do you want your customers to do once hey land up on your blog?
    Is it just enough to have your content (however awesome it may be) be read, shared and commented upon.
    I sometimes see websites with great content relying only on Google Adwords for revenue!
    It’s really important to have a strong Call To Action on your website (like the way you have it for Profitable Blogging). What are you selling…a course, corporate training program, a yoga workshop……you have to be selling something to get some real benefits out of monetizing your site…
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  47. says

    Hi Sue, I strongly agree with you about list.Having thousands of subscriber is good but if you have less than thousand, you can still make more money if you built strong relationship with them.One of the most difficult task in blogging is how to convert blog visitors to customers.I’m still work hard to increase my subscribers. Thanks for sharing.
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  48. says

    Amazing Post, SEO takes time.
    Asking the question “What’s your greatest struggle” is crucial.
    This is really an excellent article. Thanks for sharing with us.
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  49. says

    Hi Sue,

    You spoke like the expert you are. No. 5 was what kept me down for couple of years before I finally broke out and started monetizing my site through my social media platforms. If I had known then, I would have long started what I’m doing now.

    Large or small list? One can still make a reasonable amount of money from his blog.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers.

    Emenike
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  50. says

    Thanks for these suggestions. Putting the needs of the audience first is a big one that I need to work on. I have a lifestyle blog so I’ll need to focus more on the audience and less on what I’m interested in writing. Or at least give the audience more thought when writing those posts.

  51. says

    You hit the nail on the head with this one. I think so many bloggers become so consumed with their desire to make money that they lose sight of how to actually make money. Your tips are spot on and are tips I also share with my readers and email list.

  52. says

    Traffic! Traffic!! Traffic!!!

    That’s my biggest challenge. I’m not getting enough to hit my target. I have got all the system worked out but if more traffic can come in, we will have it done. I guess it’s time to try Adword. Facebook traffic is wicked on Adsense.

    Emmmanuel

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