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Why Your Blog Is Not Making Money

Know your blogging mistakes and start earning money

- | 180 Aha! comments | Posted in category: Blogging & Making Money

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You all may agree that blogging is very demanding, and most of all, it requires your quality time. But sometimes even if you spend all your time blogging, you still don’t earn money from it.

What goes wrong? Many bloggers are not successful in earning revenue from their blogs even after trying hard and that is something very upsetting, isn’t it?

Well, don’t start pulling your hair because obviously there’s something that you’re doing wrong.

To answer this question of why your blog doesn’t make you money and what you need to do to reverse the situation, is a money making blogger from India, Kulwant Nagi.

He’s just been blogging for about three years but is fast growing as an authority on money making blogging strategies.

Today, he is going to tell us specifically the mistakes that most bloggers make and what aspects of blogging they should improve upon to make money.

So, here’s over to Kulwant. 🙂

 

We all are here for money.

Yes… we ALL.

Having a blog has become so common that people are very desperate to have one.

When I started blogging 2 years back then I was also like you… a wanderer… a learner… a passionate blogger.

But still I was not making money even after 7 months from the beginning of my blogging journey.

But I kept on learning new things and gave my best to make my first dollar online.

In this journey, I have learnt too many things… things that I can implement to get quick success in blogging…

I can replicate my strategies and make money with my upcoming blogs.

Note: Read this article very carefully because it is going to help you to find out the things that you are doing wrong on your blog and things that you must do.

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8 Major Reasons Why Your Blog Is Not Making Money

Here are 8 aspects that you need to take care of in order to make money from your blog.

Theme Structure

If people are not loving your blog, your clumsy theme might be one of the reasons.

A black blogger holding his head viewing blog on desktop

We love to see the things in an organized way – a way that can help us to go through and navigate it more easily.

I made $1000 when I changed the theme on one of my blogs, as my old theme was not convincing my readers/advertisers.

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According to a research study by Northumbria University in the UK, people just judge the site’s quality and trustworthiness based mostly on its DESIGN… not CONTENT.

So having a great design can really make huge impact on the first time visitors and make strong bonding with them by displaying clean and easy to read content.

Few of the reasons people are not loving your blog are:

  • Your clumsy theme
  • Your fonts
  • Your navigation bar
  • Your theme’s footer
  • Your sidebar
  • Other graphic elements

We observe the blogs just like we observe people, so we love the blogs that have the things that we accept like their colors, style, placement and other important things.

If you yourself don’t like the things which are unmanaged then how are your readers going to love your blog?

Convincing Elements

There are elements that make your blog more trustworthy and people love to visit your blog regularly.

One clear example is Matthew Woodward’s blog, where he places the convincing elements in the header itself.

Header of Matthew's blog

So place your element on your blog to make it an authority blog.

Elements like:

  • Your social media reach
  • Your guest posts
  • Your achievements
  • Your best posts
  • Your earning proofs (optional)

Honest Reviews

Reviewing products/services on your blog is one of the best ways to make money with your blog.

If you are writing any review on your blog then don’t just write because advertiser have paid you a big sum to write a review on your blog. Write it because you are helping people to invest their money on the right product.

Always think about solving problem of JUST ONE person.

Yes… JUST ONE.

If your article can convince your close friend to buy the digital product you are promoting, then unknown people are also going to buy.

At my blog, you can read my Genesis Framework Review and Kontent Machine Review. You will find that I put my best to explain each and everything about the products.

Special Tip: Write about negative points of the product, which you are reviewing to make it more convincing.

Your Writing Style

Your writing style sucks.

Yeah… you heard me right.

You are writing like a BOT. You are not targeting people when you are writing anything on your blog.

You are just writing because it is the demand of your blog and you want to fulfill it as soon as possible… and because of this you are writing CRAP on your blog.

Even I was a bad writer when I started blogging (I am still) but I kept on learning about writing and started reading awesome blogs like CopyBlogger, ProBlogger and Zen Habits.

People are in a big dilemma about writing every day or every alternate day on their blogs.

They have a misconception in mind that this practice will increase traffic on their blog… where in actual, there is no relation between writing daily or weekly.

If your content is worth reading and worth sharing then even once is a month is much better than writing daily.

A woman happy reading a blog

Not Interacting with Other Bloggers

I am going to reveal a top-secret strategy of successful bloggers here. It 100% depends on you – either you take action and read it now or keep striking your head against the wall.

This was the biggest blogging mistake I made (you are also making now) that I kept on sharing only my articles with the people keeping a question in my mind, “why should I promote other people’s article?”

Using Old-School Promotional Methods

This includes Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and other social media sites where people don’t believe you.

They don’t even care what you are sharing.

Note: If you are sharing your blog’s URL too many times, then their SPAM filter will catch your URL and you will not be able to share your blog’s URL in future. So take care and don’t try to pollute groups in social media sites.

If you are still relying on comments then you are doing it wrong. In 80% of the cases, your intention to make the comment is for getting a BACKLINK (I know this). So you are not putting any efforts to appreciate the work of the writer or adding any value in the article.

If you are doing this then STOP it right now.

As I told about the social media SPAM filter, in the same way WordPress has its own spam filter named Akismet.

So commenting with the same email and IP address on blogs, you and all your comments will start going in spam folder.

Tip: Start using your Facebook page URL, Google Plus page URL and more importantly URL of your Google Plus profile because it will increase your profile authority.

Don’t Have Patience

We want to do everything as quickly as possible and get the results the next day itself.

You made your niche blog and on the second day, you are checking the rank of your keywords.

Doing this you are not only wasting your precious time but also FOOLING yourself.

“Patience is the key.”

Your blog is like a small tree, which just started growing, and needs care and proper nurturing. If you will start expecting fruits in just 3-4 months then we all know what we are going to get.

Keep patience and believe on your efforts.

If you want to try something on your blog then ask about it in the groups or your buddy bloggers. Because one wrong step in starting days of your blog can ruin your blog and it will take time to get back in action.

You are Obsessed with Tools

Tools can be really a great way to get quick results. If you are thinking that tools can help you to get quick results without doing anything then you are going in the wrong direction.

You keep looking for the cracked tools in various black hat sites and other freebies sites because you have heard/read success stories about those tools.

You think that such tools are a magic wand, which will start making money for you once you will buy them.

According to my experience – If you have any working strategy that is giving you results then you can try various tools, which can automate that strategy and give you fast results.

Before buying any tool, try to get a demo version of the tool for 30 days (or whatever days the vendor is offering) and use that as if you have bought it. If that tool in not giving results in 30 days then it’s not worth to buy it.

Wrapping Up

In the end, I would just like to say that you are the creator of your destiny.

It’s how you deal with the things and put your efforts to make them much better. Don’t worry if your blog is still not making money because it is going to make HUGE SUMS once you will start putting more efforts and treat it like a channel, which is helping people all across the globe.

If you are facing any issue in your blogging career then you are free to ask questions. I would love to reply to each and every comment so that I can do my duty to help you make your blog a MONEY MAKING MACHINE.

Over to You –

Is your blog making money? What is your money making strategy in blogging and what things do you do at your blog for it? Share in the comments.

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  1. charmin

    May 31, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Hi Kulwant Sir,

    Nice Post … Such a informative post.

    You had described all key points in the article. I totaly agree with you on “Patience is the key.”

    On my blog Sam had described 21 blogging mistakes which will help to newbies. 🙂

    regards,
    Charmin

    • Kulwant Nagi

      May 31, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Hello Charmin,

      Yeah, It needs a lot of patience, so people with great stamina taste the success here. 😉

      I am heading over to your article to see those 21 mistakes.

      Thanks for being here and adding value in the article. (Y)

    • Harleena Singh

      May 31, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Welcome to my blog Charmin,

      I agree that Kulwant has nicely and accurately assessed and presented the strategy that every blogger should use to make money from their blogs.

      I’m sorry I couldn’t allow you the hyperlink, but your link is visible in text to whosoever is interested to read your post. You could’ve also put that post link in the CommentLuv link.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  2. Adam

    May 27, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I run two blogs. One on my business site and one for a hobby I enjoy. The business blog is purely about building credibility for the brand. There’s no wonky tricks, no ads, no commenting. I am just building personal authority. On my hobby site I don’t take things too seriously and I have a few ads up just to catch a few cents here and there. They are out of the way so they don’t clutter up the content. I sometimes contemplate doing more to monetize both blogs but I don’t want to cheapen either blog. All that is to say that whether you are making money relies on getting people to visit your page and these same rules apply whether you have monetized the blog or not.

    • Kulwant

      May 29, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      Adam, happy to hear that you have differentiated your hobby and business blogs and managing them very well too.

      If you have already decided to make your business blog advertising free then it’s a very good move because using that blog you can build your online identity and people will start following you.

      Making money with your blog is all about your plans and mentality.. If you have any working idea then you can monetize in various different ways.

    • Harleena Singh

      May 31, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      Welcome to my blog, Adam!

      I agree with Kulwant and I think it’s good that you keep your official blog ads free. And of course, whether you plan to monetize or not, you need to bring people to your blogs, and for that you need to promote your blogs over the social media and social book marking sites. Blog commenting too is very helpful, and you can still comment on your official blog related blogs, even if you don’t have the comments enabled on your own.

      Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you around! 🙂

  3. Ravi Kumar

    May 27, 2014 at 12:11 am

    A great article kulwant.

    Most of the bloggers are not making money because they are not doing keyword research properly and thus getting low traffic. As we all know, it’s almost impossible to make money without traffic.

    Most of the bloggers are dependent upon Google adsense for making money online. They should try other money making methods like Affiliate Marketing, Membership sites, offering their own services etc.

    In your first point, you suggested to show earning proof. These days many bloggers are showing fake earning reports as well…

    I loved your point where you said Bloggers don’t have patience. I think it’s a major reason of failure because they want to earn millions in just one night which is impossible.

    Overall, it was a great article kulwant. I really loved it. You have explained all points quite beautifully. Thanks for this and have a great day.

    Regards
    Ravi

    • Kulwant

      May 29, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      Hello Ravi,

      I agree with your keyword research point here. This is the very first step in internet marketing, if you do in wrong then all the next steps start going to wrong direction.

      With great keyword research you can target proper audience on your blog and make money online very easily.

      I agree with your second point as well, as I have seen people showing fake income proof on various social media sites and forums.

      yes, patience is the biggest key here. 🙂

      Thanks for being here and sharing your views with us.

    • Harleena Singh

      May 31, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Welcome to my blog, Ravi!

      Well, while I agree with you and Kulwant that keyword research is important, and the organic traffic really helps you, but it’s not the only reason why your blog not makes money.

      I’ve seen many people like me who generate great traffic through direct, referral, and social means. I do completely agree with you that you should not at all depend on Google Adsense if you’ve low traffic on your site. In that case, the options that you’ve suggested are the best, which is most bloggers don’t do, and not make money too.

      Ah.. fake income reports are bad. In that case, the bloggers need to be cautious and use their common sense to an extent to judge others.

      Patience and perseverance is an essential quality that all bloggers need to have. Thank you for visiting and sharing your blogging tips and hope to see you around! 🙂

  4. Andrew M. Warner

    May 24, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Great post. I agree with alot of the stuff here … especially # 5 & 6. But I think the reason alot of people AREN’T making money from their blogs is because they just believe that writing blog posts alone will make them money. They believe that’s ALL they have to do. But a blog is a catalyst for other opportunities to make money whether consulting, membership sites, selling products, etc.

    It’s possible to make money from blogging but I think you get the most success when you start making money because of your blogging. Just my opinion.

    • Kulwant

      May 29, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      Hello Andrew.. welcome on my guest post.

      This article is written by me as guest author on aha-now, so I am going to reply. 🙂

      Yeah, people are not aware about what they are writing and who are their targeted audience. They are just writing because many bloggers have suggested them to write atleast one article on daily basis.

      A proper mindset in your blogging business can open many doors if you really want to treat it as business and want to make money online.

    • Harleena Singh

      May 31, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Welcome to my blog, Andrew!

      I agree with you and many newbie bloggers really have this misconception that blogging is all about writing blog posts. Of course, the blog is not the end in itself, but only a means to other money making opportunities as you’ve mentioned.

      Thanks for visiting and its good to see you here. Hope to see you around more! Have a great weekend. 🙂

  5. Ankit Bansal

    May 23, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    You might laugh on my views. I’ve seen many bloggers who blogs for their writing passion and they don’t thing about money but there are lots of opportunities waiting for them to make money. On the other hand, I saw many many blogger just started blogging to make money, but very few succeed. “if you run behind money it will go farther from you, if you don’t care about money the money will run behind you”. 🙂

    To become a successful blogger you should have passion to write, patience and the main thing is well disciplined.

    To maintain my discipline, and fulfill my passions without any disturbance, I have rented a small office where I can work at my ease but in a professional way.

    I’ve seen many bloggers starting same niche blogs and repeated post in many blogs shared by bloggers on their own language. This is will not work, you need to first find out your interest and share what ever comes on your mind. You will notice that people have started reading your posts and discussing about it with your and you are ready to answer all the queries. 🙂

    The themes designing and seo is another part but I believe for the 1st year try to focus on only sharing original and unique contents.

    Nice article mate 🙂

    I found this post shared on kingged.com and posted this comment.

    • Kulwant

      May 29, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Ankit, I loved your article because you enlightened the things which are truly present in our blogging society.

      Even I have seen few bloggers who write just because of their passion and there are tons of opened doors for them where on the other hand there are people who are spending sleepless night to make money online but still not getting success.

      So it’s all about your destiny. 🙂

      It’s good if you have already managed yourself and putting efforts to generate income with your blogs.

      Thanks for being here and starting the discussion.

    • Harleena Singh

      May 31, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      Welcome to my blog Ankit!

      I’m one of the bloggers who started out to just showcase my writing as a freelance writer, and I had no aim to make money from the blog. However, eventually my blog and I gained popularity and as you say, the doors to blog monetization opened for me.

      You’re right – it’s the same case with happiness, which is like a butterfly, the more you try to catch it, the further it flies!

      You’ve enumerated some real good points and qualities of a successful blogger. I think taking up an office was a smart move, however, you need to also make sure you can pay for the rent through your blog, which shouldn’t be difficult.

      I’m impressed by your ideas of good blogging. I’m sure you’ll become a successful blogger if you follow your ideals of blogging, and then the monetized butterfly will sit on your shoulder without you making much efforts. 🙂

      Thanks for visiting and hope to see you around!

  6. Chery Schmidt

    May 23, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Hello Harleena,

    Oh Yes Blogging is very demanding, it takes time to write, to share and share and share in order to create your destiny. LOL! It always amazes me when I help someone get set up with their blog then a few months go by and they quit, Oh Yes Blogging does take patience that’s a fact.

    I do have a question Harleena, Does a paid theme really make a big difference in making money with your blog or not? I am curious about this..

    Awesome article as always, Thanks for sharing.. Chery :))
    P.S. I did land here today Via Kingged..

    • Kulwant

      May 23, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Absolutely true, Chery.

      Blogging needs too much patience and plannings to make a successful blog. When I started then one thing was clear in my mind, which was to make my blog very successful in next 1 year, and I DID it.

      Chery. there is no relation with making money from a blog and using paid or free theme, but the point to be noted here is – paid themes have more flexibility and you can have more freedom to customize them as compared to free theme.

      So a good theme can help you to make your identity much easier.

      Thanks for being here. 🙂

      • Chery Schmidt

        May 23, 2014 at 10:46 pm

        Hello Kulwant and thanks for taking the time to answer my question. I guess I already knew this LOL Have a Great Holiday Weekend Ahead.. Chery :))

    • Harleena Singh

      June 1, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Hi Chery,

      Sorry I missed your comment.

      My suggestion is not to go for free themes because they may not be coded properly. Always go for premium themes. Now, you’ve the choice to go for the costly ones or the economic ones like I use. Anything works.

      Since a premium theme gives you less trouble and is search engine friendly, you may get more traffic, so its good to use them for your money making pursuits.

      Of course, as Kulwant suggested, the paid themes have more flexibility and the ability to customize.

      Hope this helps and wish you enjoy your Sunday! 🙂

  7. Barb Brady

    May 23, 2014 at 4:18 am

    Hi Harleena and Kulwant

    I think Kulwant made some good points. But . . . I am pausing on one in particular. I have NEVER heard this one, so it is getting my attention.

    It’s this one: “So commenting with the same email and IP address on blogs, you and all your comments will start going in spam folder.”

    Harleena, what do you think? I use my website address. Now I am thinking . . . should I?

    He follows up with “Start using your Facebook page URL, Google Plus page URL and more importantly URL of your Google Plus profile because it will increase your profile authority.”

    I am conflicted with this tip. One one side I thought we were to share who we are and to point people to our website. But he is saying something completely different: we should point them to where we are on Google or Facebook.

    I am also going to question why the Facebook URL. Just a month or two ago there was a big discussion over at Adrienne’s website where bloggers were considering leaving their Facebook Page because of all the changes at Facebook.

    Now, I could be swayed to really consider leaving my Google profile URL. But then how would CommentLuv work?

    I hope people jump in to this point and share ideas.

    Barb
    P.S. I read this on kingged.com

    • Kulwant

      May 23, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      Hello Barb.

      Happy to hear that you were curious to understand this point in more details.

      I am going to explain this with example.

      Suppose you have a blog and want to get many backlinks for your main URL. So the easiest thing which you can do is do blog comments on various blogs. If you are a newbie then the very first mistake you can do is to do as many comments as you can do in a single day and repeat the process for next 10-15 days without knowing the functionality of Akismet.

      Akismet is a default plugin in WordPress (you might have installed it on your blog) which almost all bloggers are using to reduce spams on their blogs. So Akismet will start considering your process (commenting) as automated because you are doing it on regular basis and put your email ID or IP address in spam filter because they don’t know how are you doing it. This will ultimately lead to put all your comments in spam comment section of all blogs where you will comment.

      Secondly, you asked about social links.. the reason is again same, using same url with associated email ID (your personal ID) will make a unique combination and Akismet will start considering it as spam. Using your social profiles links will not only help you to get more follower but your will avoid to be considered as spammer.

      Google profile is a single which is telling Google that this is a reputed profile so you must consider this person’s link more seriously than any other guys..

      Let’s understand this again with one example.

      Suppose you are a writer and you are struggling to publish your first book in the market.. What you will do is, start looking for the publisher and request them to publish your first book.. Chances are there that no one knows you in the industry and they are going to ignore you as compared to one guy who has already published 3-4 books in the market. So here comes the authority.

      If we talk about Google then how are they going to measure people’s authority online? The answer is – Google plus profile. So using Google plus link will increase your authority and you will start getting better ranking.

      Hope this reply will answer all your queries.

    • Harleena Singh

      May 31, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Welcome to my blog, Barb!

      Although I’m bit late, but I hope you’re satisfied with the answer that Kulwant gave you. His logic makes sense, however, that’s only for those bloggers who make plenty of comments daily. I’d say if you’re making only 5-10 comments per day, then you should be able to carry out commenting using your same email and IP and you should not be considered as spam by Akismet.

      I personally haven’t started using the Google+ profile link while commenting, so I can’t suggest you to do that. What I think is that Google will check your author rank and the +1s you get rather than the number of G+ profile links you used in the comments to judge your authority.

      Oh yes, I remember the discussion over at Adrienne’s place and well I’d say it’s a personal decision that bloggers need to make, and I still see many keeping their Pages. Having said that, there are bound to be many more changes on Facebook pages. As for me, I’m keeping my FB page.

      I hope your doubts have cleared now. Thanks for visiting and hope to see you around. Have a great weekend as well! 🙂

  8. Kharim Tomlinson

    May 22, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I totally agree with all the points that you have mentioned here. When it comes to monetizing a blog then one should make sure that their blog is attractive.

    This will help to turn on-lookers into customers.

    Advertisers for one thing want to put their ad on a blog that is attractive. So installing a theme that beautifies your blog is a must.

    Great post!

    • Kulwant

      May 23, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      Kharim, I think you are also a beauty lover. 😉

      Having an attractive theme can give you many benefits as compared to cluttered and bad colors theme.

      A good theme attract more advertisers which ultimately bring more money in your pocket. 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      May 31, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Welcome to my blog, Kharim!

      You’re right in that an attractive blog does make a difference, but I believe that it’s the content that’s the most important aspect of a blog and the basis of its success.

      Thanks for visiting and hope to see you around. 🙂

  9. Sam Adeyinka

    May 21, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Hey Queen Harleena, I trust you are having a fantastic time yonder? I know it’s been a while I come here and I always come and go. Well, hopefully I will begin to stay around just soon as I have just gotten my laptop. You might congratulate and wish me success in the days to come.

    Like seriously, I so like and resonate with the topic discussed here and I’m kinda ecstatic to have stumbled upon it in my wanderings across Kingged dot com where you shared it.

    BTw, I should say hi to Sir Kulwant himself. hello sir, trust you’re doing pretty fine.

    So you shared pretty nice tips on ways to turning ones blog to a money making machine. And I must say this are the surest ways to be a successful blogger thereby earning some good living from it, that is your blog.

    I should share my little story with you or what do you think, Kulwant?

    Okay, some couple of months back when I started my blog, that was September 6th 2013. It was a really cool experience. I had learned all that I needed to know about blogging, I knew if I was truly gonna achieve success I must not worry too much about making money.

    I did my blogging chores with passion and was getting result from the traffic to engagement and engagement to comment and comment to getting mentions across the web.

    I was doing with passion but I wasn’t making money…..what was my mistake?

    I was clouded by the belief that content is the KING…..of course it’s indisputable that content is the king but if content is the king, then design is the Warlord.

    I can’t imagine a blogger who seriously wants success in the blogosphere subjecting his/herself to freemium templates. I am not against free things but those free stuffs can bring you that enormous success you’ve always dream of, it’s just so impossible.

    So I realized first of all that I needed to up my site’s design.

    Another thing you mentioned was social proof. Yes presenting your social proof to readers make them trust you. It increase you reputation and to them they feel you’re somesort of an expert. It’s what all this big guns does, even you and it has worked for you guys. That’s the next big thing I’m planning for my blog. 😀

    Writing honest review is another form of increasing your chances of making money. People, that is, your site readers and visitors would like to do business with you if you are the type that put up on a daily basis good and not just good but honest review on your site.

    You know why they will do business with you? That’s because you’ve succeeded in proving to them your worth, that they can trust you and that they can do business with you.

    Let’s come back a little bit to content being the king. Content is the king don’t ever forget that fams! Without good cotent you cannot truly make money via your blogging efforts.

    Writing useless and crappy contents might have worked decades ago but not anymore. Comon wake up! We are in the 21st century. People knows how to feed themselves. Once they notice you can’t satisfy their necessities, all they have to do is move on. (there millions of blogs out there, hope you know).

    I thought you weren’t gonna mention the part of relationship. I would have just get off the blog and moved on to something else. (just kidding).

    But to be candid, if you truly want to make some cool cash from blogging, if you want to turn your blog to a money making machine, then you will need to know and understand that you need quality network to do that, and that involves having the best relationships.

    If you would ask any serious and of course great bloggers your caliber, they will tell you that relationship is what has brought them to level they are.

    You know what I have found out? It’s quite simple. “Relationship is a need and must be met”. No human being can never achieve success in life’s endeavour without relationship being involved. Even Jesus was strongly connected with HIS twelve disciples. That goes to show how important and critical relationship is. trust you got my point there, Kulwant?

    It’s crazy to write and craft a great post, publish and cross your leg to wait for traffic and engagements. Isn’t it?

    The best post or ebooks are not determined by the quality of the write up but by the high level of promotion put into it.

    I say success in blogging also involves around branding and marketing and you’ve got to go all out to market yourself, whether paid or free if truly you wish to turn your blog to a money generating machine.

    I love this part of patience. I can’t recollect how many bloggers, most are newbie though, that has asked me how they can quickly increase their backlinks and what have you….you know all those quick schemes and what have you.I am no experts but I have learned to tell them simple, that to succeed in blogging takes patience. You will never succeed overnight. It’s not just possible.

    Now, speaking about the obsession for tools. Like you said in the post, it’s actually good to make use of tools as they can cause quick virility and all those juices but too much of is bad.

    Plus I think some people either become to reliant on it, which is bad and some people just misuse it.

    Mr. Kulwant, all in all, I think or let me say I believe you really have done justice to this post. Thanks for the share!

    I have a question though. Here:

    I am no experts, don’t let this long comment deceive you, it just a skill I learned from Harleena and her friends.

    So, I blog over at Blogging Whiz – a blog that’s focus on guest blogging. It’s a multi-niche blog. An idea I caught from studying comluv.com

    My question is, How do I run that blog, make it successful and of course turn it to a money making machine for me and also my readers. Cause I’d like my readers to make money from my blog kind of.

    I know you’re an expert in this regards and I’d wait and anticipate your great lessons. Thanks!

    Sam

    • Kulwant

      May 30, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      First of all congratulation for your new laptop, Sam.

      I am doing awesome, hope you are also enjoying blogging.

      Before proceeding further I would like to congrats you for coming into blogging just because of your passion and having no intention to make money. You truly deserve huge round of applause on that decision.

      I would not recommend to use premium theme of you are totally newbie in this field, but if you have big vision and strong enough to touch the heights in blogging then having a professional theme is one of the must have elements for your blog. So it all depends on your vision, if you have big vision and confidence then it doesn’t depend either you are newbie or expert in your field, you just start using any premium theme and share your knowledge.

      Social proof is such a big action driving force that you can reach more audience very easily.. you must be agree with my point that people are more likely to like a page with 5000 fans as compared to just 500 Fans page.. So showing them on your blog can really boost the conversion and ultimately increase your trust.

      Gone are the days when people used to rank with creepy content. If you want to survive then writing quality content is the only remedy.

      We are human species so we love to live in same crowd, where we ask help from people and in return help them. This is the life cycle. If we apply this cycle in blogging then sharing other people’s stuff is the best way to make relations with them and have strong presence in the community.

      Sam, I am such a guy who use too many tools to boost my business but it happened with small small time intervals.. I kept on adding many tools in my arsenals and finally I have worth $2200 tools installed on my laptop.. Tools are never bad, it’s how you use them for your business.

      This was the longest comment I have ever got on any of my posts so it got me one week to collect the courage. Many times I decided to reply this comment but mentally I was not prepare to convey my message in this way..

      Harleena is making blogging competition too much difficult.. ha ha.. just joking..

      The way she write comments on other blogs is truly appreciable.. I think she is kind of only blogger in the world who writes such huge comments.. So my special respect for mam. 🙂

      Stay tuned for joining my webinar tomorrow where I am going to talk about make money online tips.

      This was such a HUGGGEEEEEE comments… I am saying thank to god, as finally I replied it today.. 🙂

  10. Rohan Bhardwaj

    May 21, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Blogging is considered as business now-a-days. It should be a passion first, this way the love for the blog never fades out. One needs to keep in mind that earning is not a one blog post magic. It requires multiple things to be in place. Convincing an advertiser requires great stats and that can be achieved with good ranking. One needs to make sure they do all the white hat tricks to grow their blog. Every black hat technique will ruin the reputation and can make the blog go in black spam list. It is the true dedication and with right approach, one starts earning money. Great article, i found this on kingged.

    • Harleena Singh

      May 31, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      Welcome to my blog, Rohan!

      I totally agree with the points that you’ve made. Blogging works in this order – passion, content, attitude, strategy, and then monetization. A blog is not your business, but a means to do business.

      However, as you point out, if you’re not passionate about blogging and your blog, then nothing is going to work out, because you’ll be burnt out soon, and probably quit it midway!

      True dedication and the right approach is the key. Thanks for visiting and share your great thoughts. Hope to see you around and have a great weekend! 🙂

  11. Nanda Rahmanius

    May 21, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Hi Kulwant,

    Glad to see you in Harleena’s blog 🙂

    These are some great points to be discussed. Honestly, I am glad to read this article because I want to make my blog as a money machine. I think, if the blogger does not make a lot of money from their blogs, the blogging journey seems incomplete.

    Honestly, I want to make my blog can get the money, but I haven’t had the confidence to monetize my blog. How do you see this, Kulwant?

    I found a lot of ways to monetize a blog, and sometimes it makes confused, what should I do? what is the proper way to monetize a blog? Such questions continue to arise in my mind.

    Thank you for sharing this article, Kulwant. It’s awesome post. I hope I can learn a lot from you 🙂

    Nanda

    • Kulwant

      May 28, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      Nanda, I think we are in the same vehicle. 😉

      Here I would like to tell you that there are tons of people who don’t blog for money.. these are people who have already achieved something very big in their life and getting connected with people using their blogs.

      If you are newbie then confidence might be one of the obstacles because this is such a stage where we actually don’t know what to do. But soon you will figure out the ways to monetize your blog and take it to new level.

      I will suggest to become master of one method and try second only after getting success with first one. I had the same issue when I started as I didn’t know what to try and where to go so I kept on trying various money making methods.

      Never guess the quality of any tool or course just because they have written a compelling sale copy. Most of the marketers are so smart that they write their sale copies in very convincing manner and we end up buying their products.

      So don’t jump from one method to other… because all are working if you decide to use only one method.

      So stick to one methods and become master of that.

      Feel free to ask if you still have any query.

  12. Suresh

    May 21, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Hi Harleena,
    I heard about you so many times over the net, and first ever to have a conversation with you. By reading the article, you have mentioned nice things that will improve any blog.

    Theme is the one to get attracted towards audience, engaging with other bloggers that will bring much exposure.

    I stared my blog for making money from adsense, but once Google algorithms changed rankings has been dropped and not interested to do blogging anymore few months back.

    I never interacted with other bloggers, because I don’t know this thing at all before joining kingged, now learn’t a lot of things here.

    I had question what do you say about PR? does new bloggers are going to make money without a PR?
    Patience is always require, but from last year Google is doing fun against bloggers.

    First ever to have a chat with you from kingged.com

    • Harleena Singh

      May 31, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Welcome to my blog Suresh!

      I’m glad you visited my blog. However, this is a guest post by Kulwant on my blog. He has really mentioned great points for all bloggers to improve their blogs.

      It’s good that you now realize the importance of interaction and making relationships in blogging.

      I don’t think the PR of the blog has anything to do with making money. A high PR does attract commenters for backlinking purposes, and thus you get traffic, but if you’ve good content and have developed a community, then nobody looks at the PR of your blog.

      I think Google is on the right track, cleaning the web and making it better for the sincere and serious bloggers. So, I’d suggest to just follow the Google’s rules, take up Kulwant’s suggestions and go ahead to create a successful blog.

      Thanks for your visit and hope to see you around. 🙂

  13. metz

    May 21, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Hi Kulwant,

    I couldn’t agree more. You have spotted important reasons why your blog is not making money. To focus on your blogging goal is not wrong, in fact, it is significant. Hitches like theme structure, wrong voice, no engagement, using old school schemes, and having no patience are some huge things to mull over.

    If you’ll try something new or overhaul your blog might result something fresh and good.

    I found this post shared on Kingged.com, the Internet marketing social networking site, and I “kingged” it and left this comment.

    • Kulwant Nagi

      May 31, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Metz, these were some real life problems which I faced in my blogging journey and improve them with time.

      I started my journey with free themes but once I understood the importance I shifted to genesis framework. Believe me this was one of the best investments I did in my blogging career. People started showing more interest to read my content and I started getting more results.

      I am not saying that this happened by changing the theme only.. I learnt more things with time and implemented them on my blog to get better results.

      We must try new things in our blogging journey because one working methods can make your millionaire.

      Glad to have you here. 🙂

  14. Philip Varghese Ariel

    May 21, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Hi Kulwant and Harleena,

    Thanks a lot for this wonderful alert and revealing the top secrets of not getting enough income from our blogs. I appreciate you for bringing in Kulwant Nag’s post here. The tips Kulwant brought out here is worth noting and worth following diligently, surely it will produce the desired fruit or result at the appropriate time. As you said its like a tree, nurture it well it then in the stipulated time it will produce sweet and well ripened fruits to our satisfaction.

    Of course one needs to have enough patience in blogging. It is not at all a quick money making machine LOL one need to have lot of patience and hard work to get the desired results. Yes, here the key is the patience, let us have it to achieve our goals. Thanks a lot Kulwant for revealing the top secrets, which many in the blogging field simple neglect or forget. One need to be more alert in interacting with fellow bloggers and share their contents with others, we most of the time is more selfish in this area and we do it for ourselves. That is not a good trend, thanks for reminding this.

    Keep writing
    Best Regards
    ~ Philip
    Harleena, I read this post at Kingged.com and i posted this comment there in the syndicate column. Thanks

    • Kulwant

      May 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      Hello Mr. Philip.

      Thanks for this encouraging comment.

      Yeah, blogging (or anything) in life is just like a tree, so we cannot taste the fruits without nurturing it well. Blogging is such a filed which is still in growing phase and people are trying various methods to generate income.

      When I started blogging then the very first motto was obviously to make money online but the second was a vision where I will start teaching people in next 5 years. Blogging is going to touch new level in few coming years, so we (first comers) are going to get huge benefits.

      Yeah, there is nothing without patience.

      PS: I didn’t know that Kingged work in such a great way as I am getting many people redirected from there. Hope I will start using it soon.

  15. Preeti Kaur

    May 20, 2014 at 4:43 am

    Hi Kulwant, great article…. I couldnt make a lot of money in the early days of blogging because of various reasons. Now I have gotten on the bandwagon and am very pleased with my growth…

    Your article covers every point in the simplest and most straight forward way possible. I am going to treat this as a checklist in my strategy.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Kulwant

      May 20, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      Preeti, it happens with all of us.. when I started this journey, there was no one who could help me and show me the right path to make money online.. but I kept learning the things and soon I started getting the results.

      In my 2.5 years of journey I saw a first Punjabi lady blogger, so it’s a proud moment for me to see one nice blogger around me.

      Happy to hear that this article was able to deliver my message.

      Thanks for being here.

  16. Collin Krawll

    May 20, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Kulwant has put together a great summary here!

    I might add that making your blog personal helps you to engage your readers. Share something about you and let the readers get to know you. Many first time bloggers are tentative to share their personal experiences, feelings and life with their readers but that is what makes your blog interesting to read and not just a technical writeup.

    Collin Krawll

    • Kulwant

      May 20, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks a lot, Collin.

      I got something from this comment. 🙂

      After reading your comment I realized that I don’t have any personal identity on the home page of my blog which can make my blog more trustworthy and let people revisit my blog.

      I always suggest to add little personal touch in the article because people want to feel the message while reading it.. So if you win in creating a touchy article, you win the heart of your readers..

    • Harleena Singh

      May 31, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Welcome to my blog Collin,

      I’m glad you like this guest post by Kulwant. You’ve shared a great point and I’ve seen many bloggers do that. I always try to personalize my posts with my own experiences.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. Hope to see you around and have a great weekend! 🙂

  17. Aysh

    May 20, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Fantastic article Kulwant but ofcourse, I don’t agree with ‘we are all in it for money’.

    I have been blogging for eleven years but got really serious just this year. For eleven years, I have had a readership that was 60,000 a day to 60,000 a month to 60 people a month to even 6 people a month. My experience says that it is all because Google keeps changing so many times. What works once didn’t work again and just when you practice working at what you discovered works, it changes again. Some say SEO is the thing today but there are many who say SEO is dead too. Yes, quality counts but you know what my personal experience says now… your niche counts too. When you blog about technology or blogging or social media, it gets you readers, money and followers. I’ve tested this. When I write about photography or blogging, my readership goes really good and google is sending me so many visitors but when I blog about parenting or crochet or some extinct art like macrame or tatting… I have to go ‘fetch’ my readers. My point: you can make money off some topics not all.
    No doubt content is king but the look and feel of things are queen.

    Anyway, this was a good read. Thanks for showcasing Kulwant, Harleena. It’s my first time on your blog and I must say I am really happy to find Indian bloggers and readers here. It’s been a long time since I found quality blogs by Indians. Keep up the good work.

    • Kulwant

      May 20, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Aysh, I am surprised to read that you are blogging since last 11 years.. Such a long period..

      You were not there for money (I guess).. But you were still loving to add content in your websites.. but here I can guarantee that you must be making little money with your blogs as well.. If not that time, then you MUST be doing blogging now again to make MONEY..

      So this way or that way, the action we (bloggers, internet marketers) so online are connected with money..

      Let’s take one example…

      You are not doing this for MONEY… So what you will get after doing blogging for 5 years is FAME.. Once you will be famous, one big company will hire you or make your their brand ambassador… and ultimately money will start flowing..

      So the final outcome is MONEY..

      Hope you understand what I want to say here..

      As you said about content quality and niche selection, I totally agree with that.. 🙂

      Thanks for being here and igniting me to reply your comment.

    • Harleena Singh

      May 31, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      Welcome to my blog Aysh!

      I agree with your first line and this is what I wrote in my introductory comment on this guest post by Kulwant. Not all blog for money, or at least, start blogging with the aim of making money. For instance, my blogging aim was to just create a portfolio of my articles, and money was nowhere near the scene.

      However, eventually, when I realized that blogging is taking up bulk of my time such that I’ve to sacrifice my freelance writing tasks, I started looking for options to monetize my blog, so that I can devote more quality time to it.

      I guess you’ve had similar reasons, and if you’re running your blog for the last 11 years, then you surely have a great content resource, and you should try to leverage that to get your time’s worth in terms of money.

      I’ll tell you what I understand – SEO will exist as far as the search engines do. It’s just the ways of SEO changes. So what’s gone is the way keywords,linking, and anchor texts were used. I’m sure you can repurpose your entire blog content sorting out the keyword stuffing if there’s any, use semantic keywords, eliminate bad links, and a few other things, and your blog will get its traffic back.

      Of course, your niche counts too. Having said that, I’ve a multi niche blog, but it’s still working. So, your relationships matter too, as I’ve a community here that reciprocates and is always supporting. Even though I’m running a self-development blog, I’ve been able to get it to near 20,000 Alexa. But you’re right in that technology and blogging niches are hot and will churn you out instant and more money.

      Finally, you got to offer what your audience likes. So, actually, it’s your audience who’s the king, and your content is the queen. 🙂

      I’m glad you like my blog and it’s a great compliment coming from you. Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you around. Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

  18. I. C. Daniel

    May 20, 2014 at 12:59 am

    It really depends who you’re on Facebook, if people know you as reputed friend they will believe your headlines and check what you share every time.

    Proofs of monthly income, high quality information, no matter what you say, already has been said somewhere with oher words, let”s face it, but you can add extra info to points which aren’t well explained and people love to know about it, case studies attract these days. Give it a try!

    • Kulwant

      May 31, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      I don’t agree with your statement, I. C. Daniel.

      In this article I am talking about blogging so there is no relation with your Facebook profile’s authority or genuineness.

      There are 2 ways to monetize your blog..
      1. Selling to known
      2. Selling to unknown

      If you are selling to known people then your image matters a lot, but if you are selling to unknown people then they don’t care who is behind the blog.

      I agree that people love to read income reports because it motivate them to do better things and they get idea to monetize their blog as well.

  19. Sunday

    May 20, 2014 at 12:22 am

    I agree with a lot of mistakes shared here. I must add that many bloggers are not making money because they are not “marketing” their blog. There is a huge difference between creating a blog and marketing the blog.

    It is the latter that will bring the money. Therefore, learning and applying the best promotional strategies that solve problems for the readers/clients/subscribers will bring in the money.

    More so, on the design and theme structure aspect, building trust with important pages like the “About US” page can improve conversion and increase sales for the blogger!

    I have left this comment in kingged.com – the content syndication and social marketing platform for Internet marketers, where this post was shared.

    Sunday – kingged.com contributor

    • Kulwant Nagi

      May 31, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      Agree with you Mr. Sunday.

      Platform like WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr have made blogging so much easy. Anyone with little knowledge of computer can now start a blog very easily. But most of the people fail when it comes to promoting.

      Without promotion your blog is like a shop without customers. You can put best stuff in the world in your shop but there is no one to buy it.

      Copywriting plays huge role for the success of any blog. I am learning it from expert and utilizing it in such guest posts.

      I agree with you on “about me” part as well. This page is the most visited page on every blog so casting is in great way build more trust in your visitors and let them convert into readers.

      I am loving your platform Kingged too much. In last 2 years I have used many platform but Kingged just amazed me.. So many awesome people are coming from there and helping this community to grow..

      Many many congrats for having such an awesome community.

  20. Adrienne

    May 20, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Hi Kulwant and welcome to Harleena’s blog.

    I think this is a topic so many people are interested in learning more about. I know so many come into this but not really knowing what to do so they do everything wrong.

    I think the title is misleading though, sorry. That’s something that gets me every time. Your blog is the tool you use to get people interested in what you have. Whether that’s affiliate products, your own products or perhaps a consulting business. Unless you have enough ads on your blog where the advertisers are paying you to have them there then your blog itself will never make you money. I’m sure there are a few people online that are doing just that but let’s face it, when we land on a blog with nothing but ads that’s a complete turn off.

    I do know though that in order to make money online and using your blog as a tool then you definitely have to have things set up and in place. Building those relationships is at the top of my list personally because those are the people who will support you down the road with whatever it is that you share.

    I did enjoy your tips though Kulwant so please don’t mistake that. Maybe I finally need to write about this myself since I think people are being mislead by that particular phrase!

    Thank you both for a great post and hope you both have a wonderful week.

    ~Adrienne

    • Kulwant Nagi

      May 27, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Thanks for sharing your views and igniting the conversation, Adrienne.

      Yes, our blog is just a marketing tool to bring new prospects in our business and then convert them into buyers. People are using this tool as per their convenience..

      People are monetizing with AdSense, Amazon products, affiliate marketing, their own products, course and there are other tons of ways to generate income online.

      But if you will observe, all are making money here. If we talk about CopyBlogger, they don’t even have any AdSense or affiliate product unit on their blog.. they are selling their own products. So they are using this tool in their own way.

      Here I discussed few basic things which can help people to take action and make their blog more convincing and money making tool.

      And things depends on the type of blog. If you are running a blog just to monetize with AdSense, Amazon then there is no need to make relations with people, because they will directly land on your blog, make the purchase with your affiliate link and then go.

      So wasting time on such blogs to build relations is not recommended.

      I would love to have discussion with you if I am still not able to answer your queries.

  21. Ilka

    May 19, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks for this informative post Kulwant!

    I think it is very important to have some strategies beyond writing when starting a blog. Especially the importance of interacting with others is often neglected. This is also sad because I think that interaction with other bloggers is one of best things about blogging. It is such a wonderful opportunity to meet fantastic people from all over the world.

    I actually did not start my blog for money. I was already working as a freelance writer. But I wanted to write about a topic that was usually not targeted by my clients, but that was – and is – dear to my heart: Science explained simple for everyone to enjoy. However, I do need the strategies you describe as well.

    Thanks again, Ilka

    • Kulwant

      May 31, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Yes Ilka, blogging needs lots of strategies and supporting things to get success… and networking is one of the parts in blogging.. if you are not appreciating other bloggers then you are missing something very big in blogging.

      Blogging is all about helping people either with your own content our content written by other awesome bloggers… so your duty is just redirect them on particular solution.

      Glad to hear that you are doing freelancing as well as running blog with no intention to make money online.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing something about you.

      Have a great day ahead. 🙂






Why Your Blog Is Not Making Money

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