Why Your Blog Is Not Making Money

Know your blogging mistakes and start earning money

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Money making blogger pulling his hair

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.

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.

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. Shamsudeen

    2014-05-17 at 3:35 pm

    Hi Nagi, thanks for sharing your experience with Harleena’s blog community. I have one question and hope you reply back:

    In the post, you made mention of promoting in the old-school way which include Facebook, etc. I agree that to some degree, all the buzz around social media (especially Facebook)been one of the best place to drive conversion maybe a myth.

    But you didn’t further give your recommendation or alternatives to these so-called old school stuffs. Would like to know, Thanks.

    Thank you Harleena, is nice seeing you have good writers and experienced bloggers around here on Aha-Now as guest authors.

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-24 at 9:53 pm

      Thanks for asking question, Shamsudeen.

      Facebook is a great place to share content with like minded people and interacting with them to solve their queries… but we must not be dependent on only one social media site..

      So you can use sites like
      1. WPKube
      2. DOSplash
      3. Kingged
      4. BizSugar
      5. InBound
      6. Google Plus
      7. StubmbleUpon

      and there are tons of other sites like them.

  2. LeslieZ

    2014-05-17 at 8:04 am

    Kulwant, you make some great points and one hit especially close to home: not interacting with other bloggers.

    I used to think why would I want to put other bloggers on my blog? It will only send MY READERS to someone else’s blog.

    How very short sighted! Even within the last month I have learned so much from other bloggers and their blogs including you and Harleena Singh.

    And if I’m true to myself and my readers and I want to help them then I should share with them the people I am learning from.

    Thanks Kulwant from saving us from our own mistakes!

    LeslieZ

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-24 at 9:49 pm

      LeslieZ, I made exactly same mistake till one year of my blogging career. I was little egoistic saying, why should I share someone’s content? but soon I realized my mistakes and started interacting with many great bloggers.

      Harleena is everywhere. 🙂 Open any blog in blogging niche and you will find her interacting with other bloggers. She has done such an impeccable work in blogging industry that matching her is near to impossible for a blogger like me.

      Helping people is one of the best thing we do online. 🙂

      Happy to see you around.

  3. manik

    2014-05-17 at 8:00 am

    Hi Sir. Its really very informative post specially for newbies(me 2) . Its really nice to know that i m on right track now !!!! 😀 😀

    • Kulwant Nagi

      2014-05-31 at 7:28 pm

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

      Feel free to ping me anytime on Facebook if you still need any help. 🙂

  4. Franco

    2014-05-17 at 6:53 am

    Hi Kulwant,

    welcome to Harleena’s blog. This is indeed a very informative post, i know some important advice for a blogger in this article that i can use, and i will also share it with my friends. I found it is difficult to earn money using blog on network, because i don’t have patience for long time writing good article. With your advice, i will take a try for earning money again.

    Sincerely
    Franco

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-31 at 1:04 pm

      Franco, Making money with your blog is all about your mindset. If you are prepared and want to monetize you blog then for sure you will come up with an idea to monetize it in proper way.

      I think the problem with people is, they still treat blogging like a hobby and consider it a magic wand which will start giving them money automatically.. But all I understood after doing blogging for 2 years is, you cannot make money with your blog if you don’t treat it as business.

  5. Ryan Biddulph

    2014-05-17 at 4:54 am

    Hi Kulwant,

    Excellent! Trust comes when you create value and meet people, and money follows trust. As within so without, so work on your mindset with meditation and visualization, and you’ll move into prospering acts.

    Thanks for the enlightening share!

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-23 at 9:57 pm

      I loved your words, Ryan. Thanks for this nice saying.

      Mindset is the first thing before doing anything in life. You need mindset for doing job, starting business, getting married and it applies in blogging too. 😉

      So once you have clear vision what you actually want to do in your life, things will start happening automatically.

      I am very happy to see you here.

      Keep up the great work on your blog.

  6. lisa thomson

    2014-05-17 at 4:13 am

    Great topic!

    When you say making money that isn’t necessarily ‘monetizing’ your blog? Or is that the same thing? I’ve been thinking about monetizing since my unique visits are up. I love your tips here, for example, use google plus to leave comments as well as other identity. I would love to see more sales on my site. Visits and comments I adore but I also would like to increase conversion. Any tips? I have read lots of copyblogger for ideas too. Thanks, Kulwant and Harleena!

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-23 at 9:54 pm

      Lisa, I am not able to understand your question.

      I checked your blog and it captured my attention. So congrats for the great work.

      Yeah, using Google plus as URL in comments can help you to get more followers at your Google plus profile which will ultimately boost your profile authority.

      After going through 2-3 of your article, I found that you are not asking your readers to take any action. This action can be like downloading your free book, subscribe to your list, download any course or anything. So take this into consideration and add a good looking optin box at the end of all posts.

      If you don’t know what I am saying, you can check at my blog. 🙂

      Thanks for being here.

      • Lisa thomson

        2014-05-24 at 12:25 am

        Thank you for your valuable feedback! Yes I will add the opt in at the bottom of every post and see if that increases subscribers. The opt in box isn’t very eye catching. Thanks for checking my site 🙂

  7. Christy Garrett

    2014-05-17 at 3:12 am

    Great tips and suggestions for newbies.

    I am currently trying to figure out how to get readers to buy. I took out a bunch of my old techniques and trying to make things less intrusive. It hasn’t helped me a ton.

    Don’t forget there are ways to get money from posting stories for brands. I am careful when I do this because the last thing I want to do is to trash my blog with useless crap. I always try to figure out who to turn the post into something useful and won’t take on a project that won’t be beneficial to my readers just to earn a $.

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-23 at 9:48 pm

      Christy, for getting your readers to take actions, you will have to understand their behaviors and liking.

      There are few trigger points which you can pitch to let them take quick decision and convert into buyers..

      Few triggers points like:
      1. Emotions
      2. Fear
      3. Habits
      4. Sex
      5. Scarcity

      Once you will pitch them properly, they will convert into buyers..

  8. Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    2014-05-17 at 1:15 am

    Hello Kulwant,

    Welcome to Harleena’s place! I do not use my blog for income generation but much of your advice here works well for any blogger. You’re exactly right about themes and networking. I have met so many wonderful friends through blogging that I don’t even think of it as networking. I didn’t understand the importance of networking when I first started blogging and had the same thoughts as you. Luckily, I started meeting bloggers and formed strong friendships, such as my dear friendship with Harleena!

    I’m not sure I agree with you about using your URL from your social media sites when you comment on blogs. If the blog on which you’re commenting has CommentLuv, as Harleena’s does, you would be missing a golden opportunity to drive traffic to your blog if you didn’t use your blog’s URL in the comment field.

    Thanks for this excellent article, Kulwant!

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-23 at 9:45 pm

      Finally I find the blogger who is not blogging for money. 🙂

      Blogging is such a nice platform that you don’t even know where are you going to cash your friends.. This happened with me when I went to WordCamp Baroda, India and few of my blog followers came forward to help me.

      They were always around me to make me feel comfortable and helped me with all possible means.

      So this is a nice platform to make relations and have a positive community around you.

      I support you here, Carolyn. By using social media profile link we will miss the opportunity to get links from commentluv enabled blogs..

      Happy to have you here. 🙂

  9. Corina Ramos

    2014-05-17 at 12:53 am

    Hello Kulwant,

    Welcome to Harleena’s place. Thank you so much for sharing this post. I think the one thing that prevents a blogger from making money is patience. I’ve seen folks who quit only six months after starting a blog.

    For the most part I feel I’ve got everything in place…I’m just being patient :).

    Happy Friday to you both. Have a great weekend.

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-23 at 7:58 pm

      Patience is the biggest key here, Corina.

      People start blogs by seeing their friends making money online and then quit after few months without even understanding the basics.

      Hope this article will open the eyes of such bloggers and they will start doing the suggested things to monetize their blog.

      Have a great day. 🙂

  10. Babanature

    2014-05-16 at 11:05 pm

    Hello Kulwant and welcome to Harleena’s blog 🙂

    Ahh… This is indeed a nice topic of discussion and one every new and upcoming bloggers should read.

    You know, i made my first 200+ euro the first 2 months of creating my blog without affiliate marketing but using just Google adsense. All i had then, was a free theme i got from wordpress theme arsenal, But my content brings in some good amount of traffic plus i know the keywords that brings in good cash for click 🙂

    After that, i had multiple site and my monthly payment increased 6x then my first months. My rules of method was and still is; write only what you know best, try as much to answer people’s questions from yahoo answer, and other question and answer sites at your blog then give them the url to your blog, try to add some adsense keywords that will make your earning high.

    Professionalism pays and as bloggers, we should try to be as professional as possible, right?

    Your tips are awesome and recommended. Do have a splendid weekend ahead…

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-23 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks for warm welcome, Babanature.

      Your reply gave me confidence that content is still KING. By giving great value to our readers we can not only grow our blog quickly but make money as well.

      I have personally never used Yahoo answers, so can you please let us know more about this.. Means where do you reply and how you follow all the guidelines given by Yahoo answers community?

      Thanks for your story.

  11. Ahsan

    2014-05-16 at 10:58 pm

    Hello Kulwant Nagi,

    It is a master piece article for new bloggers. I have to agree with all your points. There is great difference between past blogging & present blogging. Even SEO technique is modifying day by day. If we don’t adjust with it, we’ll certainly fail.

    I think most new bloggers before entering in blogging world think there is money & money. But when they launch there own blog, they swim in the deep ocean. So my suggestion learn gradually & need to remember in blogging patience is the key to success.

    Happy Blogging 🙂

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-22 at 9:42 pm

      Thanks for appreciating my efforts, Ahsan.

      Blogging and SEO is ever changing but one thing which will never change is – QUALITY. If you are putting great efforts to produce quality content and building quality backlinks for your blog then no one can harm you.

      Yeah, I agree with your point.. Even I keep getting too many friend request of Facebook and when I accept them, the very first question they ask is – how to make money from the blog?

      Happy to see an awesome reader like you. 🙂

  12. Jennifer Kennedy

    2014-05-16 at 10:16 pm

    I’m slowly starting to make money from my blog from client work and soon with the sale of my product. One thing that held me back was that I spent most of my time on the wrong things. I’ve spent so much time “perfecting” my website, my blog posts, my images, etc. I should have started earlier with building my client base. But, I’m learning!

    In terms of what you posted, I definitely need to start adding more convincing elements to my blog! I will need to start collecting testimonials and perhaps submitting my blog for awards.

    These are great tips and ones I need to pay close attention to! One can get easily overwhelmed with the amount of stuff that needs to be done — but to those people I say take your time and take baby steps!

    Thanks again, Harleena!

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-22 at 9:39 pm

      Jennifer, happy to hear that you are already making money from your blog and working hard on tweaking it to make it more trustworthy.

      So bravo for your efforts.

      Setting up basic things on blog is one of the prime things if you want to make your blogging persona, because people love to read article on good looking blogs.

      I checked your blog and found that you are already using nice looking above the fold image which just captured my attention quickly. Just one suggestion – Try to remove the white area at right side of the image.

      You can connect with me on Facebook if you need any help.

      Have a great day.

  13. Bishal Biswas

    2014-05-16 at 10:01 pm

    Great Write Up, Sir Kulwant Nagi.

    There’s a famous saying “Money doesn’t grow on tress”, and perhaps it’s actually true in this case. People want to make quick money, they come to blog with intention of making money online, but their bad luck they return with 0% ROI.

    This demotivates them and ultimately they quite blogging. To take some precaution of readers engagement, I’m too on to design a new theme of my blog which is soon to be published, however it’s really obvious that people are likely to comment only when they get backlinks as a gift in return of a comment.

    Either they just praise “Your article is really great, and I was looking for such articles. Thanks a lot”, yes it’s done nothing else. I do have seen when I was in Blogger with Default Commenting Widget, I was receiving less comment but when I’ve moved to WordPress, things are totally changed.

    However, I’m really thankful to you for such a great contribution. I hope to get such amazing quality articles from you in future too 🙂

    Have a great weekend ahead,
    – Bishal Biswas

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-22 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks for joining the hands here, Bishal.

      I think the quote you shared is said by an Indian Robot.. You know what I means.. LOL

      Yes, most of them start blogging just to make money and consider it a simple game, but soon they know the reality and decide to quit. I have seen such 20+ people in my blogging journey. I am continuously seeing too many of your updates on Facebook and all I can say is – you are putting great efforts to achieve success in blogging.

      My best wishes are with you..

      Have a great day.

  14. ambarish

    2014-05-16 at 9:56 pm

    The only reason I see in making money from blog so late is that I had never really given quality time to my blog. Now, when anyone research for hours before publishing any article and spending another day to spread it across social media, he will surely see some money but in gradual. It’s going to be dry for few initial months (in case you are not a big name).

    Giving time don’t just include research on the topic but covers all the awesome points mentioned above.

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-22 at 9:28 pm

      Ambarish, this is a problem of everyone. Even when I started 2 years back, I was not able to write quality content.. because being a non-English speaker it was quite tough for me to write in English.

      But I learn the things slowly and here I am today. 🙂

      Thanks for sharing your awesome points.

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-05-31 at 7:16 pm

      Welcome to my blog Ambarish,

      It’s for the same reason that I started to monetize my blog – so that I could give it quality time. I’d say you need to change your entire strategy and I’d suggest you read the points raised by Yaro in his interview post on this blog.

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

  15. Nirmal Anandh

    2014-05-16 at 9:30 pm

    Hi Kulwant,

    Nice and interesting write up. Commenting on other blogs, sharing others post on social network, good write up, posting site links in the blogs and blogging community having good page rank, proper usage of keywords in the post, these are some of the ways to get our blog popular and make money easily i think.

    Almost you have covered all the points to make money from online. It’s very happy to see your post on Harleena mam’s blog. Thanks for sharing this Kulwant. Have a happy weekend.

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-22 at 9:15 pm

      Thanks for being here, Nirmal.

      You talked about few very important aspects of blogging here. Blogging is all about learning from people, doing experiments, getting results and then sharing it in your own words..

      If anyone is following this approach then success is guaranteed.

  16. Ayan

    2014-05-16 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Kulwant,

    Thanks for sharing this post. I have read many blogging-tips article but I really liked your article. You have written the reality which newbie bloggers face during the initial phase. I also faced many difficulties during my early days as I am just 7 months old in blogging world. Though, many of the things you wrote, I am familiar with it. But there were some key points that I learnt.

    Also, I am confused about the concept of Blog promotion on social websites. Someone suggested me that I should not share posts on social groups which you have also mentioned. But I think it is a good source of visitors. Also, I got the link of this article through a social group only. I am a bit confused about this. So, I would like if you could suggest me over this. Thanks

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-19 at 3:06 pm

      Ayan, I was able to write this because I faced it.. 🙂

      Starting a blog is damn easy.. just buy one domain, a cheap hosting, install WordPress and you are ok to go. But if we talk about getting traffic and making identity then it’s the most difficult part.

      By following this guide any newbie can make his/her blog very attractive and attention grabbing.. By adding the elements I discussed in the article, anyone can earn the trustworthiness..

      Even I am going to add them soon on my blog, as this month I am going to appear on many big blogs. 🙂

      Sharing is OK, but excess sharing is BAD… so keep a good proportion in your sharing..

      • Ayan

        2014-05-19 at 9:47 pm

        Thanks Kulwant for your kind reply and guidance. I really admire it. I learned some new tips from you. You were really helpful. Not always everyone helps a newbie blogger, like you did. Thanks again 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-06-01 at 8:43 am

      Hi Ayan,

      I’d written a guest post on blog social promotion on Jane’s blog. You can find the link in my blog’s “About” page. I hope that will help you. I believe you should use social promotion to the max, but just be careful with excessive link submitting on Facebook. Enjoy your Sunday! 🙂

  17. Sarah Arrow

    2014-05-16 at 8:48 pm

    Hi Kulwant, what a great read.

    I find the networking hard, because I love blogging as I can work on my own schedule and to my own deadlines, but when you start networking and you’re supportive to others you have less time to do what you want, you have to factor in what’s been asked of you and how it fits with your content creation schedule.

    That said, I still manage to get buy and earn some money so it isn’t all bad 🙂

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-19 at 2:56 pm

      Sarah, I agree with your point here.. For networking we need time as well as efforts.. So if you are trying to follow anyone then you need to check his/her updates and be active there to get the quick attention.

      Even I found it very difficult.. but now things are on track and I am making my identity..

      As per the money part is concerned, this is just by-product. 🙂

  18. Mi Muba

    2014-05-16 at 8:35 pm

    Hi Kulwant Nagi,

    Thanks for writing such a wonderful post and thanks a lot Harleena Singh for sharing it with us.

    Exactly on first look we see the design of the blog and then on second look we come to know how contents of a blog are. It shows the importance of an impressive design that must have the power to hold the readers to convince it to stay more, search more, read more and then convert into a subscriber or customer. Actually design actually works as front desk manager to invite a guest to visit the sales or marketing department to buy your products and services.

    It is also seen that many people take theme simply a combination of few colors and few graphic elements. It is beyond the ambit of simply colors and shapes. It shows the overall picture of image of your blog. How is its header, how is its sidebar, its fonts, its layout and its presentation. This complete package makes an impressive design of a blog.

    It is not so rewarding to tell your readers who you are. The main thing is what you are which means what you have done so far, what you have achieved so far in your niche and what are your future goals and what are your priorities in life. It makes people trust you. Otherwise many bloggers simply tell who they are, where they are from, how long they have been blogging and that’s all. It is incomplete element to convince. Just tell your achievements and impress them to follow you, to trust you and believe in you.

    Exactly without making honestly impartial reviews of products and services on our blog we will not be able to convince our readers that we want their benefit first then want to sell the product or services. Our review must clearly declare that its objective is to serve a specific need of our readers and then our second motive is to earn money by selling a product or service to them.

    While writing our contents we must keep in our mind we are talking to our each reader individually. We are talking with full confidence and with the aim to benefit him and he is just look and starring at us while receiving our message very clearly and keep nodding to show his trust and believe in us. If we get philosophical or bookish while writing our message it will be evaporated on its way and will never hit the right target audience nor will convert the readers into our customers.

    Gone are the days when one could have sold alone without interacting with others. Now this is an age of associations, networking and groupings. In every field professionals have made their groups to raise their voice collectively. They interact just to perform well. They believe nobody is perfect that is why one with a stronger point offset the other one’s some weaknesses. Same rule works in blogging where pro bloggers support the newbies and beginners follow pro bloggers and subscribe their offerings and products to learn more from them.

    The age of selling has gone. This is the era of marketing where you have to build relationship first then to sell and that too keeping full view of your audience needs. You first stimulate the demand of your readers with regard to a product or service then you convince them that your offering will best serve their purpose then you sell them.

    Haste is the un-holiest thing in blogging. It is rightly said if you don’t have patience to earn money with blogging, just go to any shopping mall and sell candies and sweets to shoppers’ kids. In blogging you need to do everything in long term. A long term plan, a long term strategy and a long term struggle to make you rich, richer and then an affluent person. Not kidding just take the examples of Steve Pavellina, John Chow, Jon Marrow, Darren Rowse and Jermy Shomoney. You keep naming from their lengthy list.

    In money blogigng everything can’t be techie. Wisdom, rationale and intelligence do have their own significance in every money making venture. That is why in money blogging just relying on tools and plug-ins will never make you earn huge money.

    Once again thanks a lot you both awesome bloggers for making us – the readers – to learn a lot from this awesome post. Have a wonderful blogging journey

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-19 at 1:30 pm

      To be frank I was totally amazed after seeing such a long comment. The very first question came in mind was – How am I going to reply this.. 🙂

      But finally I am here.

      Mi Muba, the study conducted in Northumbria University clearly shows that design is a very important factor if you want to please your readers.. This little change will help you to gain more readers in future and more returning visitors.

      As you said people select color combination on their blog without understanding the meaning of color. Here are the color combinations suggested on CopyBlogger..

      Blue: loyalty, stability, tranquility
      Yellow: happiness, optimism, youth
      Green: healing, success, hope
      Black: power, mystery, professionalism
      White: purity, cleanliness, innocence
      Red: passion, sexuality, intensity
      Purple: royalty, spirituality, luxury
      Orange: energy, fun, warmth

      Great color tone can make your blog very impressive with little tweaks.

      Yeah, confidence is one of the keys to get success in online business. People these days are so smart that they can judge your skills and expertise with your tone.. like we used to do when we were kids and new teacher joins the class.

      I agree 100% with you – Networking is MUST to do activity.

      Blogging is totally changing.. where 4-5 years it was damn easy to start a blog, feed average content, promote it little and then taste the success, but now things are totally opposite..

      So getting success you will have to follow many approaches in parallel.

      Thanks a ton for this HUGE comment.. 🙂

      • Arup

        2014-05-24 at 10:36 pm

        Wow, I have never thought that color combination of a design can play an important role in developing special feelings about a website.

        • Harleena Singh

          2014-05-31 at 2:16 pm

          Welcome to my blog, Arup!

          The study of psychology of colors will greatly help bloggers. All industries use it to design their products. I hope you’ll take Kulwant’s suggestions and try the color experiments on your blog!

          Thanks for visiting and hope to see you around. 🙂

          • Arup Ghosh

            2014-05-31 at 4:35 pm

            I have done some experiments and found that blue color is the best for my websites and since I’ve chosen blue as the primary color a boost observed.

  19. Lisa

    2014-05-16 at 8:32 pm

    Kulwant – Thanks for sharing these tips with us.

    I haven’t been lately -making money from my blog. I haven’t spent as much time as I used to with it due to offline circumstances. But the mention of theme caught my eye, do you really prefer Genesis? I was thinking of changing to Thesis and wondered the differences. I am hoping to change mine by years end and you really gave me more food for thought on it.

    • K Nagi

      2014-05-16 at 8:51 pm

      Lisa, if you were already making money with your blog then it’s not very difficult for you to come back in action again. 🙂

      I believe on genesis more than anything. 🙂

      It’s very easy to manage, they are highly responsive, light weight, fully customizable and tons of other things which make them one of the best themes in the world.

      Don’t go for thesis because they haven’t launched any updates since last 1 year..

      If you want to know more about genesis then you can ping me personally..

    • Carolyn Nicander Mohr

      2014-05-17 at 12:45 am

      Hi Lisa,

      Thesis is kind of a hot mess right now. Thesis used to be great but had to change their theme dramatically last year. In the fall they came out with Thesis 2.0 which has been complex even for developers. The former, user-friendly version of Thesis won’t be updated any further so it’s only a matter of time before it breaks with a WordPress update (which are coming with increasing frequency).

      I haven’t tried Genesis because it doesn’t have the ease of use as the old Thesis had. I’m holding out for a new theme that is as user-friendly for non-coders as the old Thesis!

  20. Reginald

    2014-05-16 at 8:21 pm

    Kulwant,

    Excellent write. For me, if you’re not getting enough traffic, it has to do with your writing. Or at least, a huge portion of it.

    If you want to make money blogging, give your readers what they want. Bribe them and you’ll profit much later on.

    Seriously!

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-17 at 10:04 pm

      Exactly Reginald.

      Writing can make such a huge impact on your readers that they would love to visit your blog again and again. Sometimes they might have intention to learn something new where sometimes they just want to learn your writing style and tone (I do this a lot on CopyBlogger.com).

      Giving them what they want is the quick way to make strong bonding with your readers.

  21. Shehrzad

    2014-05-16 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Kulwant,

    A great article there.Very helpful indeed.I blog because I like it.Money or PR stuff has value for me but not strictly in monetry terms.Making money through blog is,for me, a confirmation that my words have weight and people value it so much that even brands are investing in my blog.Its a sort of a validation. However,I have tried and still doing all the things you mentioned but I am not getting more exposure. People tell me I write well.Readers get in touch with me a lot. But after 2 years of blogging I don’t think my blog is where i would like to see it.Any help from you in this regard is highly appreciated.Do visit my blog too. I would be highly grateful
    Regards

    • Kulwant Nagi

      2014-05-31 at 7:25 pm

      Shehrzad, you are man.. For me blogging without thinking about money was like growing the tree without even thinking to eat the fruits..

      People love to read valuable stuff, stuff which can solve their problem and make them feel more secure and confident after going through article.

      I visited your blog and found it very compelling from the user prospective.

      I think all you missing is proper guidance.. Find a mentor who can help you to understand your audience and tell you ways to monetize your blog.

      Feel free to ask if you still have any doubts.

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-05-31 at 7:29 pm

      Welcome to my blog Shehrzad,

      What I did was to make relationships and develop a community. That made a huge difference to my blog. Also, I was very strong on blog commenting, which really made my popular. The popularity and engagement brought me traffic, and now here I am.

      I’d suggest some design changes to your blog, incorporation of SEO, a personal domain name if possible, etc. You should also use some SEO tools to assess your blog fares in SEO, social and other aspects.

      I’m sure you can make you blog more professional by either switching to a better blogger template or to WordPress. These are my personal opinion, however, you may choose to do what suits you and what you think is best for you.

      Do let me know if you’ve any questions and you can always mail me too.

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

  22. Nathaniel Kidd

    2014-05-16 at 7:44 pm

    Hello Kulwant,

    This was a very informative post and one that all should read. As a newbie blogger I see so many key points in this article that I can use. For one I never thought about using my google + or other social media url’s when making blog comments.

    As far as the theme I agree with you and Harleena that a good theme is imperative and can bring better results. Is there any theme in particular either of you suggest? Fonts as well? Any particular standard font or font size that works best for the readers?

    I also like your views on interacting with bloggers and sharing their content. Even in this short amount of time I have been blogging I have recently seen results by doing this. I owe that to Harleena! Great post and thanks for sharing.

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-17 at 10:00 pm

      Nathaniel, Yeah, people are not using any links other than their blog’s URL when they are commenting on any blogs, so this article can give them direction to use many other links.

      Theme as well as fonts are the main attracting point of your blog. So if you can grab the attention first time then you can make the long bonding with people very easily.

      Here are some Google fonts combinations..
      1. Roboto Slab and Roboto
      2. Raleway and Merriweather
      3. Lustria and Lato
      4. Ubuntu and Lora
      5. Quattrocento and Quattrocento Sans

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-06-01 at 8:25 am

      Hi Nathaniel,

      I’d suggest never to go for any free themes, as they’re generally not well coded. My blog runs on ThemeForest, which is not as costly as Genesis, but it works for me.

      Kulwant has already suggested you the fonts and its combinations. I’m glad my suggestions have been of help to you.

      Thanks for your visit and have a great weekend ahead! 🙂

  23. Jodi

    2014-05-16 at 7:21 pm

    I make a ton from my counseling business, and will make more when I have my products online. Now I am still building my tribe. I hope you’ll be an affiliate, Harleena, when I do launch my program sometime this fall. This would be a great way for you to make money!

    Love,
    Jodi

    • Kulwant

      2014-05-17 at 9:55 pm

      Jodi, what is this and how are you thinking to promote it? Have you made any blueprint for promotion?

      Would love to hear so that I can help you.

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-06-01 at 8:32 am

      Congratulations on your successful counseling business! I’m sure your products will be great. Let me know when you launch it and I’d love to help you. Enjoy your Sunday! 🙂

  24. Sourya Kharb

    2014-05-16 at 5:57 pm

    Awesome article Kulwant Sir
    Actually this article is for guys like me..
    I not not able to earn a single penny from my blog and my blog is 1 year old now 🙁
    I will follow your steps and hope that it will help me to earn some money 😀

    • K Nagi

      2014-05-16 at 8:35 pm

      Sourya, this article is for all those people who are struggling to make money with their blogs. 🙂

      Hope you will understand the point I listed here and take quick action to get the results.

      Have a great day. 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      2014-05-31 at 7:38 pm

      Welcome to my blog Sourya,

      Don’t worry if you haven’t made any money in your one year of blogging. Most bloggers usually don’t make much in this period. The real time for you starts now, and I’m sure you’ll start implementing Kulwant’s suggestions and tips from other probloggers on your blog.

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

  25. Ravi Chahar

    2014-05-16 at 5:40 pm

    Hi Kulwant,

    This is such an informative post.

    We all know that in the starting phase of blogging newbies try to be so serious about their work but after some they feel like making money from their blog is the only thing they had settled their blog. All these money-minded people face problems in making money because they fail to make human bonds and follow the path which can be resulted in Google penalty.

    Bloggers don’t remain focused at their blog. Theme design, blog load time, backlinks matter a lot for a blog. Making money is not the only thing to do with a blog. The points you have mentioned are great to think about.

    Thanks for sharing this post with us.
    Have a great day. 🙂

    ~Ravi

    • K Nagi

      2014-05-16 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks for being here, Ravi.

      I agree with your point that first 3-4 months are just for learning. But the problem is – people start looking for the money making methods rather than learning the basics of blogging.

      Although my first intention was to make money with my blog when I started, but I knew that I couldn’t make it without leaning the ABC of blogging.

      So I invested maximum time on learning.

      I pay full attention to theme design, loading time, backlinks and other important factors on my blog. I don’t care much about the SEO but who would hate having FREE traffic from search engines. 😉

      Thanks for being here and sharing your thoughts.

  26. Harleena Singh

    2014-05-16 at 5:28 pm

    Hi Kulwant,

    Welcome to my blog as a guest blogger! You know that you’ve become an idol and inspiration to many newbie bloggers from India. You always come up with many ways of earning money from blogging and don’t fail to inspire and motivate other blogger by sharing your experiences and the knowledge of blogging you’ve attained.

    Though I don’t necessarily agree that ALL bloggers blog to make money, but yes, coming to think of it, I do agree that if you want to be a serious and regular blogger serving quality to help others, you need to find ways to make money from your blog. So, directly or indirectly, we all have to make money from our blog to sustain our expenses and get the value of our time.

    I totally agree with the kind of mistakes that many bloggers make, which makes them unsuccessful in creating revenue from their blogs. While some of your tips are no-brainer for experienced bloggers, most novice bloggers don’t really have a clue how to go about, and will certainly find them all very useful.

    I do agree that the theme design besides the quality content is all important to make your blog successful. Visitors to my blog increased too when I changed the theme to the present one. However, one thing is for sure, you need to be honest, helpful, and hardworking if you want to harvest good crop off your blog!

    Writing, interacting, promoting… you need to go on doing this and as you say, have patience because there’ll be some time before you actually see the results and get money pouring in through your blog.

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips, which I’m sure will be very helpful to the newbie bloggers who’ll treat them as lessons in making money from their blogs. So, go ahead and take the center stage as its you and the visitors of my blog now – I’m sure they all will have questions for you and I’ll be joining in off and on to welcome the newcomers on Aha!NOW.

    Hope you’ve a great time and all the best! 🙂

    • K Nagi

      2014-05-16 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks a lot for giving me an opportunity to interact with your awesome readers. I always wanted to be here but because of my busy schedule I was not getting time to write such an informational post.

      But Finally I am here. 🙂

      Harleena, I always believe in sharing the best, because this is something which will help us to make a loving writer and people love to follow our advises.

      I observed that most of the people doing online activities have only one big intention which is obviously money. But still there are people who are doing blogging just for the interaction with people. But point to be noted here – these people are already very successful people in their fields so they are not looking any options to make money online.

      On example is – Mr. Amitabh Bachhan.. He is doing blogging just to interact with his fans.

      I have seen people making many mistakes on their blogs which ultimately make them less trustworthy and people start to avoid such bloggers after some time. I have seen bloggers who boast about having huge traffic, making huge money but when you interact with them personally then you know the reality.

      If we talk about theme, I am big fan of cleanliness. 🙂

      So I love good looking blogs with attractive elements.

      I am very happy to be here and very excited too, because I know I am going get many LONNNGGGG comments here.. 😉

      Thanks again.






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