5 Reasons Why You Can Not Make Money With Your Blog

By: | April 16, 2019 | Tags: , | 28 comments

Ryan Biddulph

Blogging profits seem like the most elusive thing in the world to most bloggers.

I had a terrible time making any coin through my blog for at least 3-5 years. Success flowed in slowly, and steadily for a bit, followed by long, difficult income droughts.


I dissected why I struggled to make coin through my blog.

Peep these 5 reasons why you cannot make money with your blog.

How to Turn Your Blogs into Profitable Blogs

1: You Cling to Deep Fears Related to Money

I was raised with the idea that money is scarce.

I later learned we live in abundance.

Poverty is of the mind. The truth? No shortage of money exists.

But no matter how hard, long or intelligently you work, if you hold money-related fears you cannot make money blogging.

Face, feel and release uncomfortable feeling money fears. Do you feel like you just spent an hour at the proctologist after paying a $10 hosting bill? You have some mindset work to do, my young Blogging Padawan.

Release money freely. Let it go. Be more attractive to money by facing, feeling and releasing deep money fears.

2: You Never Learned How to Blog from Top Pros

I learned many valuable lessons from Zac Johnson. He is a pioneer in the blogging niche, having made millions and mentored a huge army of successful bloggers.

I enjoyed lunch with Zac in our native New Jersey when I was back home from my world travels a few years ago. At the time, he published 14 guest posts weekly to build quality relationships with bloggers and to build powerful backlinks too.

Bingo! I began guest posting with an eye on making blogging buddies and building my domain authority, versus just trying to get more traffic and profits through each guest post. Of course I made more money blogging after learning from pros like Zac to be patient, generous and persistent.

Follow top blogging tips pros. Study their approach. Follow their lead. Prosper.

3: Invest in Your Blogging Education

New or struggling bloggers do something bizarre; they follow their own blogging advice. How do you know how to blog? You never blogged before. Is it any wonder why you cannot make money with your blog?

Struggling bloggers ignore successful blogger advice to follow their own struggling blogger advice. Strange.

Invest money in your blogging education. Buy online courses, eBooks and audiobooks from established pro bloggers. Learn from blogging big dawgs how to make money blogging in the proper format. Don’t just read blog posts. Buy premium offerings to make learning easier as you pick up lessons more quickly in the proper environment.

4: Move Up in Blogging Circles

I shake my head observing page view and ad click threads on various Facebook Groups. Blogging basement stuff, my Young Blogging Padawans. How in the heck do you expect to move into the blogging penthouse if you’re doing fear-based, blog-damaging, failing stuff like joining manipulative ad click aka ad fraud threads and worthless page view threads?

Boost your blogging income by moving higher in blogging circles. Comment genuinely on top blogs. Promote top bloggers on your blog and through your social media. Contributors from Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fox News and Virgin featured me only because I patiently and persistently moved up in blogging circles by generously assisting top bloggers.

Lower blogging circles are filled with tire kickers, fraidy cats and cheapies. Moving up in blogging circles introduces you to serious, focused, fun-loving, generous, abundant bloggers and readers investing money freely on your blogging products and services.

5: You Believe Income Streams Themselves Make Money

Visualize a hammer. Visualize a carpenter.

Can the hammer drive a nail into a wall, solo? Nope. Skilled carpenters who study and practice their craft make the hammer sing.

Why do bloggers believe an income stream can actually *make money online* without putting in any time, effort or study toward improving their skills? New bloggers often publish 3 posts, plaster a lame ad on their sidebar and complain after making 4 cents over 6 months. Why would ANYBODY click on your ads? You have 3 freaking posts! You have no skills. You haven’t spent thousands of hours practicing your writing, creating helpful content and building connections generously.

Anytime someone buys 1 – or all, as a few souls have – of my 126 eBooks it ain’t because I wrote an eBook. It’s because I know what I am talking about. My generosity, patience, persistence and skills sell the eBooks. Ditto for all of my courses, audio books, paperbacks and various services.

Income streams are entirely passive in and of themselves. Your skills make ‘em sing. See income streams as receiving channels for all the generous service you rendered by practicing writing, creating helpful content and building friendships with blogging big dawgs. Blogging provides the utterly wonderful opportunity for you to boost your passive income streams. But only if you figure out a way to stand out from the masses and create high-level content on a consistent basis. 

You can and will profit through your blog after you own these common money making mistakes.

Own your errors.

Move in the opposite direction.

I’ll see you in paradise.

Author bio:

Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, LifeHack, John Chow Dot Com, and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog at Blogging From Paradise.

Readers, please share so bloggers learn how to have profitable blogs from pro blogger Ryan Biddulph.

I welcome your views in the comment section. Do you have any tips for how bloggers can turn their blogs into profitable blogs?

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  1. Ntokozo at 4:23 am

    I love the facts* mentioned under point four and five. Most new bloggers expect to make massive income in just a few months into blogging. Which often leads them to take part in these ‘exchange pageviews and clicks’ threads.

    I wrote a similar or related piece about 5 silly mistakes new bloggers normally make, here: https://knowelite.com/2019/04/15/5-silly-mistakes-you-should-avoid-when-you-start-blogging/

    Otherwise, thank you for sharing this informative content with us.

  2. PurpleSlob at 6:56 am

    Wow, Ryan, speaking of hammers, you bring it down in #1!! I probably have money related fears.
    Ok, I know I do.
    Thanks for all 5 tips. I know Janice is one of the movers and shakers, so glad she is my BBFFJ!
    PurpleSlob recently posted…Clipper ClaimMy Profile

  3. Mark Newsome at 4:41 pm

    So spot on Coach!

    I absolutely love and practice as often
    as I possibly can your totally awesome advice here!

    And also love your blogging success analogy, of going
    from the basement to the penthouse!LOL!

    I am definitely going to start quoting you.It’s absolutely a brilliant
    and incredibly insightful way, to illustrate your point.

    Thank you Janice, for featuring Ryan. Because he
    always drops it like it’s hot!LOL!

  4. Tanyi Melvis Bechemnyo at 11:41 pm

    I think money related fears is the most reason why bloggers don’t make Money. While growing up, we were told that having too much money is a bad thing because it’ll lead you to sin… Lol I laughe at this statement now but it’s a serious problem.
    Thanks Ryan for always telling the truth.

    • Janice Wald at 9:50 am

      Hi Tanyi,
      Thanks for commenting on Ryan’s guest post. It sounds like you’re familiar with his writing. Many people here are commenting on his observation about money-related fears.
      I never fear having money. I fear not having money, LOL! My parents didn’t tell me money brings sin growing up. I am learning about others by reading your comments, so thanks again for coming by.
      Janice Wald recently posted…Instagram Automation: What You Need to Know about InstazoodMy Profile

  5. Moss Clement at 1:14 am

    Hi Ryan & Janice,

    Your article is a valuable response for bloggers since it will help you figure out how to start making money. However, I also want to add that, not knowing your target audience is a draw-back that prevents you from making money from your blog. You need to identify who you’re selling to and not randomly dishing out offers. When you find your target buyer, you will be able to better serve them your offerings. What is more, you need to pinpoint useful products to create that will educate and upgrade to your buyer persona, which will serve as an added value on what you are teaching them through your blogs.
    Good job, Ryan!

  6. Vernon Layne at 3:53 am

    Hi Ryan,

    If we want what you have to offer, we must be willing to do what you do.

    I appreciate you sharing your experience.

    As I ponder on fear of money, there also can be other fears stopping us from making money blogging.

    For instance, fearing we can’t do it although we see it working for others.

    How about fear of success or fear of being rejected?

    Honestly, I never thought about making money blogging when I first started.

    Because I knew I wasn’t willing to put in the work.

    This post is making me ask myself, am I willing to put in the work today?

    Thanks, buddy!
    Vernon Layne recently posted…Self Reflection On The HeartMy Profile

  7. Yeasin Arafat at 3:32 pm

    Hi Dear,
    I like your writings. It is very helpful and informative especially for me who aspires to be a blogger.
    I also love your printable templates in organizing. Keep rocking sweet Momma!

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