6 Recipes for Failure In Making Money Online

Most people are out searching for the perfect money-making system. I think it’s been about 2,000 years since anyone or anything perfect was on this earth. However, there are still some searching for this elusive holy grail opportunity. In the process, they are missing out on real bona fide opportunities. Not perfect ones mind you. But perfect doesn’t earn. Execution does.

So other than searching for the perfect thing that doesn’t exist, here are six other things that are holding most people back from succeeding online.

1 – Paradox of Choice

RecipeForFailureThe theory here is the more choices we have, the less freedom and opportunity we have resulting in massive overwhelm. What does this mean? It means that online, there are a million ways to make money. And most feel that if they choose one, and ignore another opportunity, they’ll miss out. So they try to do it all. Which results in them doing nothing.

As Yoda would say, “That’s the wrong thinking young padawan. Focus on one thing you must.”

2 – Procrastination

This is a big one. Blame is everywhere why this person isn’t taking action, except on himself. Something is holding him back. Lack of belief in himself or his system. Lack of a writtine down action plan laid out to follow. Not setting deadlines. Whatever other excuses you can come up with.

You realize that if you go to your job and don’t work, you’ll likely get fired rather quickly, right? If you don’t work your business plan online, you’re firing your dreams and you’ll never achieve those hidden things you’ve always wanted to do in your life. Keep those dreams alive. Stop procrastinating and start taking massive action.

3 – The Overnight Success Brain

This is for the people that finally take action, and about three days later, they get no results and deem themselves, or the system they are following, a failure. They were expecting success to come overnight.

A new born child requires 9 to 12 months to learn to walk. Does the child give up after the first try? No. He falls, he gets up and does it again. He’ll fall again, but he’ll learn a little more. After a while, he’s crawling on one leg. So cute. Then he falls. The child will stay at it until pretty soon he’s walking, then running around your house like a crazed sprinter.

Now it doesn’t take 9 to 12 months necessarily to succeed online. It may be much less than that, or it maybe much more. What matters is that you stick with it and don’t give up. When you fall, see what went wrong. Then get back up and try again. It works for the baby, and it will work for you.

4 – Not Thinking for Oneself

Often times people won’t ask the simple question to themselves: Does this make sense?

Does pushing a button online and making one million dollars really make sense? I hope your answer is no. Often asking yourself simple logical questions can save you many thousands and a ton of heartache.

When you begin to think for yourself, things begin to make sense. You learn to see selling online as what value you can give to someone in exchange for money. Give extreme value, get extreme money. Now that makes sense.

5 – The Professional Student

Most people are always in the learning stage their whole internet career. They become professional students and never get out into the “real world” to practice what they learn.

Think about a painter getting into business. He gets a course “How to build a painting business.” After he reads that, his next step is to try to get clients. Not to read another ten books on how to start a painting company. Now after he gets a few jobs, he realizes that the roller and brush aren’t working any more. So he get’s a spray rig to speed things up. Pretty soon he’s hiring employees, has multiple spray rigs running and is making a fortune.

Online people get confused with thinking that learning is earning. And their spending habits show this. After you learn a little bit, you should start applying what you learn. That means instead of being a professional student and taking no action, you start your blog, you get your sales funnel set up, you start testing things for yourself, etc.

I firmly believe if people would just commit to doing this, instead of trying to learn everything possible so they can get ready to get ready, they would start having big successes. You do not need to learn one more thing to start. There is always one more thing. JUST START!

6 – Not Building A List From The Beginning

My biggest blogging mistake was not starting my blog mailing list from the get go. Because John Chow dot Com was a personal blog back then with no intentions of ever making money, I never applied my normal marketing tactics to it. Had I started the Email list from day one, the list would be twice the size, and so would the income. If your blog doesn’t have an email list, you are leaving a ton of money on the table. My mailing list is the number one reason my blog makes income that it does. My recommended email service provider is Aweber.

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52 thoughts on “6 Recipes for Failure In Making Money Online”

  1. Anmol Makkar says:

    I don’t agree with 5th point, Learning is more important than, applying, If we’re learning, definitely for a purpose of applying, not everyone but me. 🙂
    Except other words are written amazing. 🙂

    1. yes i agree with you, but we must consider both.We must need to learn , if it’s not applicable for us, then don’t try it 🙂

    2. Manu says:

      Obviously, if you start off of a flawed mindset, your actions are gonna steer you away from your goals. But that’s not the point.

      The point he’s trying to make (and I completely agree with it, because it’s TRUE) is as simple as after reading John’s free blueprint (or any other successful marketer for that end) you can actually start applying it and learning from experience as you go. OK you can read TWO different reports/blueprints to have a different perspective, but You don’t need to buy three $500 course in order to start seeing results.

    3. I believe that John is right. Many people are professional learners and buy or download a new product or an ebook all the time without taking any action. The key to success is to take action.

      Of course learning is essential to one’s success but if you do not take action and apply what you have learned to your business you are not going to do well in any business be it online or offline.



    4. Kevin says:

      Point 3 is real for most. They loose out on it so quickly leaving patience out of the business platform. The seed of Patience and Persistence does it.

  2. Not me, I think Number Five is crucial. I know a lot of shit that ain’t shit unless I do something with it.

  3. Tony Nguyen says:

    I agree with mose of the recipes for failure you laid out in this article. My problem was that I learnt tomany strategies how to make money online until I pick one and actually apply it myself. Took me 1 year learning 🙁

    By the way, let me ask you a question, if you blog about too many topics such as affiliate marketing, health, lifestyle, which topics would you build a list on? or to build many lists at the same time?

  4. faisal says:

    I think number 6 is the most important one.

  5. jesse says:

    the money is in the list. That is a lesson I learned that changed my whole view of making money online.

  6. Learning of course is important but what John is telling us that we must take action and put the learning into practice. We must try out “something” and better yet something concrete that others have successfully followed.

    Nobody is doing PH.D in Internet especially how to make money. What we have supposedly learned so far, we should put that in practice.

  7. Good topic John,

    The biggest problem I’ve found with making money online is to understand what it is you are selling.

    Too many people are building Google Adsense sites and don’t realize they are SELLING ADS.

    ….Or they are writing ebooks and don’t realize they are selling a training product.

    Awareness of what you’re doing is the first step.

  8. Anup says:

    I’m following the most basic things mentioned in the post. More importantly, list building from the begining is what considered as most important part.

    Thnk you John for the wonderful points.


  9. Mohd Aktar says:

    This is a most impressive article and I completely agree with what you said above, Thanks.

  10. Dario Izaks says:

    Good article,What I learned is people just want to come online and make money instantly,yet in the secular world a business takes time to grow over a period of time,the online industry is no diffirent.

  11. Adrian says:

    Another great and informative post. Thanks John.

  12. Erwin says:

    Hi everyone,

    there are millions of reasons why you don’t won’t to start your online buisness, or why you don’t earn moeny online yet, you John have just given 6.
    In my situation the biggest one was procratination but I’m fighting with this and I know I will win the fight.

    All successful stories start with the first step so do it now! I’m doing it and I know the success will come.

    Thank you

  13. Kael says:

    Do you guys have any suggestions for a good wordpress pluggin that allows me to captures email accounts?

    Thank you in advance, I gotta get going with #6

    1. VKool says:

      As far as I know, there is 2 premium wordpress plugins that can effectively help you capture email addresses: Pop up domination and Wpsubscribers. Take a look at the two and see which one you like better, I personally use Wpsubscribers for my previous projects and it works brilliantly.

      1. Kael says:

        Thank you for the info, I will try and load those in tomorrow to my site and see how they work. Have a great night

  14. Greta Boris says:

    I think I’ve done (or am doing) them all! Very convicting post.

  15. Jon Mcdonald says:

    Awesome post, I think I’ve heard the saying “the money is in the list”, about a thousand times, but with good reason, email marketing is a powerful tool indeed.

  16. Sushain says:

    Very true.
    I really liked the point that we can’t get overnight success. i would like to say that today’s generation is very impatient, and this impatience may prove fatal a lot many times.
    Anyways, thanks for jotting out this article.

  17. Andre Somov says:

    The professional student… So true. It’s so easy to keep procrastinating by constantly looking what else can I learn… well, it never stops… It was a hard realization for me one day, after months of being happy learning and learning, never putting anything to test in the real world. Be aware of this mistake. Learn, but also Do! 🙂 Thanks John.

  18. Marcie says:

    This is SUPER timely, John, as I am learning how to market my forthcoming blogging book and have just listening to Smart Passive Income. I know I can do it. But like you said, patience and persistence are needed to make it all happen.

  19. “The money is in the list stupid”……This statement compliment recipe number 6 as I agree with you a thousand percent.Just started seriously implementing list into our blog and we’re seeing results already

  20. clark says:

    Yes we have to work it out No overnight success in life

  21. Robert teng says:

    I really appreciate the things you put in. It’s pretty true and I see it in myself. Thanks for the info John.

  22. Edson Hale says:

    a very relevant article with less satire and more tips for those who are still confused to make money online. Thanks for sharing

  23. I have been guilty of some of these in the past, especially the professional student one – always learning and spending tons of money on learning but never putting that knowledge into action. i’m finally over that but i am now stuck on the business plan part. i just haven’t figured that part out yet.

    1. Yasmine says:

      Hi there. Look: I don’t think that you should try to write a ‘real’ business plan. I mean, I’ve written many of those and executed them all, but for my online business that I started just a short while ago, I honestly don’t have a huge plan. The only thing I do or have is a workplan: I do articles on this day, create Web2.0 content and links and that day etc. I know what my fixed costs are (like the subscribtion of AWeber – a monthly fee that is there no matter what) and what other costs I have (ie. I buy a product, use it and make a review). Then I know about my advertising costs and I calculate my Break-Even (ie. how many sales do I have to make to earn at least this money back that I just spend to get the clicks…). As soon as you have your Break-Even, you are in the money. Just go with this for the time being and build you empire from there – at least this is what I do 🙂
      …and yeah, the never-ending Student… I know her, too 🙂

  24. Christopher McCargar says:

    BUSTED…. on six counts of failure to make money online!

    Thanks for the reminders, John! LOL! No, seriously… a GREAT post that found me nodding in agreement and shaking my head in disbelief at the same time!

    A NEW Day starts NOW!
    I’m off to take no more than 15 minutes for some creative visualization of what I want my online business to incorporate, then i will have written an outline planning my action steps. IAM – on my way to being single-minded in purpose to make something happen… Thanks John

  25. dan says:

    Another Thoughtful and insightful post.

    Thanks for this post John



  26. Gracias por el contenido y sigo admirando algo que has dicho y que trato de emular.
    Era algo asi como: Despues de todos estos años que tengo mi blog, al día de hoy me las arreglo para publicar tres entradas por día.
    Saludo cordial John, continuaré siguiendote..

  27. Rose says:

    I am a total newbie at blogs, IM, etc… so I spent money on courses, videos, and such. My problem is I am trying to customize my blog to really stand out from others and use a logo I’ve had.

    I got so frustrated with learning how to customize headers, backgrounds, colors that I ended up starting over! Two weeks work down the drain! I still am trying to learn how to customize menus and such.

    This post opened my eyes to what my focus should be – start blogging!

    1. Rose, It’s not down the drain if you learned from it. Just my two cents, for what it’s worth

  28. Geo says:

    I Agree and speaking for myself, I need to start blogging… (The 1st Step is Fear of the unknown) I keep trying to educate myself to a good start, as to where & how to start, considering start-up cost and continued cost… Any suggestions ???

    1. Dario Izaks says:

      Hi Geo,think of what you are passionate about,and start blogging about that.You can grab a domain name from either blue host or hostgater for less then U$10 a month, wordpress which is your blogging website is already installed at your control panel at your back office you must just install it and you are off.And there is many videos out there that would assist you how to set it up.

  29. Mirko says:

    thats a great article, good to remember this points

    thanks John

  30. Hi John, I like your post. What I especially like is your reference to Jesus the Christ in the first paragraph. I agree with all of your points, and the only one that I might take exception with is point #1.

    I belong to 4 membership sites and the reason I keep all of the subscriptions is because I get something out of each that I don’t get from the others, if that makes sense to you. I especially agree about the professional student. I say this out of experience. Book after book read/no application. Till about a year ago.

    And yes, Sometimes I would fire me!! Question in reference to the tags below the box. Is this fill in the blanks? Still learning!

  31. Pradeep says:

    Wise observations.

  32. Syed says:

    I could not agree more what John wrote.You learn all above after wasting lot of time but wise people can take benefit of above blog and proceed in better way.

  33. Nazia Shah says:

    i need taffic on my site, i made a blog and i am looking for traffic sources, can any one tell me how i can bring immediate traffic on my blog? pleas help me and i also tell me some thing about social bookmarking, is it is useful to bring traffic?

    1. Dario Izaks says:

      Nazia one of the ways is to leave comments on blogs like here on John’s blog and having a link back to your blog you also welcome to leave a comment on my blog with a link back to your blog.

  34. Paul Friar says:

    I had an email list once but I felt that it changed me and made me greedy. Even though it was only a very small email list with Aweber (who I totally recommend by the way) it still exerted a strange power over me.
    Towards the end I was only really using it to send out promotional material with less value in it than I should have been sending out.
    That was the reason I cancelled my Aweber account.
    I am much more controlled now, and if I ever do decide to setup another email list (using Aweber of course!) I know I will behave myself.
    I liked everything else you said, and there definitely is no “secret” system out there (other than hard work) because I would have found it myself by now if there was!

  35. Rachel says:

    I have also noticed in business that many people think that if they change what they are doing they are a failure. However, you must move with the times or else you will be a failure. I have change what my business does several times and I am very pleased that I did as I am continuing to make a profit, which I am sure I would not be doing, had I stuck with my original plan.

  36. Akash says:

    Yeah, I have also not started using aweber for creating email campaign. It is one of the best way to generate instant traffic towards our post. It is the best way to get it.

  37. Tarak Mehta says:

    I am also big failure in making money online, John.! I have tried to so many tachniques to earn money online but I am failed.

  38. Dario Izaks says:

    Hi Tarak we all have failed because we jump around different programme’s to much ,stick to one online money making system even if you don’t see immidiate results until you get the hang of it and see results

  39. Thansk Mr Jhon, this was really amazing and inspiring, we need such articles to have the good guidance and direction in the Internet Marketing field.

  40. mehedi hasan says:

    I have read your blog about earn. I have inspire read your blog. Really effective blog for me.

  41. Hans Rostek says:

    This is a great list! It’s important to know what not to do! Of course, the biggest thing of all is just finding a system you feel comfortable with, and then getting started!

  42. ataur says:

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