4 Reasons Why Your Blog Doesn’t Make At Least $1,000 Monthly

Do you make at least $1000 monthly?

You’ve seen and read countless success stories of people who make money by blogging. Yes, blogging can make you money and John Chow is a living witness.

However, generating income as a blogger seems like a day-dream to some folks. Is it really true or some sorts of hype?

Over the years, I’ve realized what it takes to earn a good living online, either as a blogger or an affiliate marketer.

It takes more than writing articles, blog posts and guest posts. It takes guts and hard work. If your blog is not earning at last $1000, see if these 4 reasons would resonate with you.

I wrote this article to help you change your focus and earn what you’re worth. Let’s go for a catch.

1.      You’ve no realistic goal

Sure, if you’ve weird expectations for your online business, you won’t go that far in achieving your goals. When I started blogging, my goal was to earn $3,000 every month. Guess what, I didn’t have a realistic plan to make it happen.

Such is a weird expectation. When you’re always thinking about making money, by any means possible, it’s a weird expectation – it’s not realistic. Stop right there!

Luckily, I earned a total of $0.00 after 2 months – Lol!

You’ve got to change your thinking. This has a lot to do with your inner being and what you propose in your heart. The right time to erase the Dollar Sign ($) in your mind is now.

Of course, a time would come when earning $3,000 becomes second nature to you, but it takes hard work, zeal and proven business model.

Find out what other people need and keep providing the right answers. Basically, don’t expect to earn so much from your blog at the initial stage. Otherwise, you may end up earning less than you expect.

2.      You don’t work hard enough

Do you still wake up by 10.00am and expect to make a lot of money from your blog? Well, for some people who have established blogs and everything run on autopilot, it’s possible.

But if you’re like me (intermediate), you’ve to spend hours writing, promoting, networking and participating with others.

I was overwhelmed to know that John Chow has been posting daily on this blog since 2008.

If he doesn’t have the time to update daily, at least he ensures his readers have new and insightful contents every time.

I’m not surprised that he’s such a success. Hard work pays off mightily.

One of my affiliate mentors, Ewen Chia is also a hardworking fellow.

He didn’t turn a Super Affiliate overnight. He works tirelessly from 11.00pm – 3.00am every day for 3 years.

A few years ago, he generated over $100K in 3 days from his product and affiliate sales. Again, hard work truly pays. Stop wishing, start working hard today.

3.      You’re using strength, instead of strategy

Are you using strength or strategy?

This is very important. A lot of bloggers think that updating their blogs everyday is a great strategy. Is it?

The truth of the matter is: there are two sides to this. If the daily content is informative and truly helpful, then it’s a great decision. But if you don’t have something cute to tell your readers on a daily basis, why post daily?

Churning articles just to meet up with 600+ words count means you’re using strength. Such action can’t yield significant results.

A blogger friend of mine had written & published over 200 guest posts, but his blog is still struggling to gain traffic and he’s broke. Whereas, I wrote my first 10 guest posts and got hired by 3 high paying clients. What’s the difference?

I used strategy, while my friend used strength. Blogging success doesn’t depend on the quantity of articles you’ve and published, but it depends 100% on the quality and marketing. Stop using strength, focus on proven strategies and you’ll win.

4.      You have neglected email marketing  

The web is primarily powered by email and social media.

So many bloggers give more attention to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. You should realize that email is the BEST marketing medium for your blog?

I know you’ve a Facebook page and Twitter handle. My question is: how much income do you earn from using these platforms?

Don’t get me wrong, social media is cute, I love to tweet and share with my fans but I give more attention to growing my email list.

“The money is in the list.”

Truth be told, the money is not actually in the list, but in the relationship you’ve built over time with your subscribers. How do you retain and engage targeted readers when they’re not on your email list?

Apart from selling to your subscribers, you could get business and product ideas from them. If you GIVE generously to your subscribers, they can promote you to the world without asking for rewards. Yes, email marketing is that powerful!

Waiting for the Sky to turn blue could be dangerous to your business. Plunge in and start building your email list today. Begin to communicate with your target audience. That’s where your long-term success lies.

What is your reason?

What other reason is stopping you from making at least $1000 every month from your blog? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. See you at the top!

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27 thoughts on “4 Reasons Why Your Blog Doesn’t Make At Least $1,000 Monthly”

  1. Abhik says:

    That was really a nice read.. 🙂

    1. DylanC says:

      Yeah, the article is very true indeed. Think strategy, not use brute strength.

  2. Rich says:

    You can’t make $1000 per month if you don’t have any traffic! Driving traffic to your blog and gaining a following is hard, it takes a lot of work.

    1. faisal says:

      WELL TRAFFIC is everything.

      1. Whitney says:

        Very true, but it’s also about how well you convert that traffic into your desired goal. 🙂

    2. It’s not about the traffic, but how you utilize the traffic. I’ve several niche blogs – two are the best money makers. The first attracts over 300 daily traffic from Google, and highest sales per day is 3.

      While the other site attracts below 20 targeted traffic from Google, and I convert over 7 sales a day. It’s not about traffic, but how targeted it is.

  3. SELaplana says:

    Before I was hit by the penguin updates of Google, I managed to earn more than 1,000$ per month.

    1. Good story, Google penguin is truly a slap. But you can get back and start earning decently. Don’t over-optimize. Vary your anchor texts and you’d win. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

  4. Markus Allen says:

    I find the big reason our blogs don’t make the big bucks is because we listened to a lot of the wrong advice.

    For example, everyone raved about AdSense. And it was okay back in 2010. But nowadays, AdSense is paying pennies on the dollar… and as John reported, a lot of honest bloggers got banned in March.

    These days, I’m putting a full-time effort into offering private ads. Just like John is doing here.

    Private ads rock because it cuts out the middle man. Even better, we get paid upfront before a single ad displays. And the best part is Google can’t slap us or ban us.

    I wrote an 8,000+ word blog post about my life after AdSense here:

    Bottom line: Your blog can pay you a full-time income. John does it. I do it. And there’s no reason you can’t do it, too.

    1. Hmm, great summation of the whole money making thing. Offering private ads is cute and I need to experiment it. Thank you Allen for letting us know about the potentials.

  5. Shalu Sharma says:

    I think you sum up all the points why many bloggers don’t make money they should be making. Frequently posting posts makes a huge difference.

    1. Thank you Shalu for stopping by to read and contribute.

  6. Most bloggers earn less and less on their blogs, I follow several major bloggers and they present less and less income. Maybe it’s because readers do not click as much anymore or have readers discovered that most of what bloggers are trying to sell very bad products.

    1. No, some bloggers are making real money underground, but they don’t declare it. Sure, some people sell craps as products, but there are great bloggers who care about their readers. I happen to be a part of the later. Seriously!

  7. 2veggies says:

    Great tips there! Is some content more successful than others? We have just started a food blog and I’d love to know if food blogs could be as popular as tech blogs etc?


    Check it out, thanks!

    2 veggies

  8. Chris @ NPI says:

    Hi Michael, great points.
    IMHO we should use both – strenght and strategy. And of course email marketing is very important.
    BR, Chris

    1. You’re very welcome Chris. Hmm, there is a place for quantity. But I think quality would always win.

  9. Tp Valdez says:

    Can anyone here suggest on how to drive more traffic to my new blog..? Many thanks!

    1. There are several ways to get traffic to new blog. But you don’t need traffic, you need “targeted” traffic. Why not start guest posting and build up your twitter following – stay focus and your new blog will grow beyond the teething phase.

  10. Dean Saliba says:

    I suffer from bipolar which means I have lots of moments where I think “what’s the point?” and give up for the day. If I could cut this down to once a week I’d make twice as much money as I do right now, I make $600 a month now.

    1. Hey Dean, good to know that you’re earning $600 already from your blog. Well, you could scale that through and increase your earnings. Work smarter!

  11. Vien Chinh says:

    Make $1000+/month
    This is my dream
    I had start my blog since 4 day

    1. No matter the goal you’ve for yourself, ensure you’re passionate about your chosen niche and don’t give up. Serve the people and they would keep coming back for more. That’s how you can make money on the basic tripod.

  12. josé neto says:

    Eu estou trabalhando com blogs a 1 ano e até agora não consegui lucrar um bom dinheiro suficiente para trabalhar somente nele e o pior de tudo é que o Google Adsense não está colaborando pois o valor por clique está muito baixo.
    Agora é trabalhar mais ainda para tentar ganhar uma grana extra

  13. Awesome post. I have such a hard time getting people to sign up to my email list. I know you have to give stuff away, offer incentive, etc. Still, no one signs up. What gives?


  14. Hi Michael,

    You are absolutely right, Bloggers must focus on growing their email list instead of wasting a lot of their time on Facebook and Twitter etc.
    Thanks for the awesome post.

  15. Patrick says:

    Do you think that a badminton blog which just started 7 days ago can get about 500 visitors per day in a month? I just started and I have about 140 visitors per day. Do you think it`s possible?

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