9 Reasons Why Your Website Will Never Make Money


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I have some serious concerns for website owners and I feel that they need to be much more aware of their potential disappointment.

This post may be hard for some website owners to read…but it has to be said!

Many start a website to build an extra income and the vast majority start, work hard for a short period…only to find they were disappointed with the income and eventually give up.

Then they tell everyone they meet, you cannot make money on-line.

Here Are My Top 9 Concerns

1. You believe the hype

website-incomeIf I said…in 6 months time you could be earning $50,000 a year via the internet…how much would you give me to tell you how?




Even $50,000 would be a good investment – you’ll be in profit in just over a year. For a new start up business – that is rare.

What if I said you only had to pay $47?

What would YOU think?

The thing is, perhaps you don’t, but many believe this type of hype.

These are just some of the hyped up headlines I found on the internet today:

“Who Else Wants a Step-by-Step Guide to Start Making $1000 or More Per Week Online…Without Spending Big Bucks on Another Complex Internet Marketing Product or Wasting a Single Penny on Google Ad Words”

Cost: $97

Pretty good! A $97 investment for a $1000 per week return.

“Discover The Step-By-Step, Super-Easy, Highly Profitable Secret System For Generating a Full-Time Income From Blogging…..In Just 6 Months!”

Cost: $47

Now it really depends upon what you think is a full time income.


Invest just $47 in return for $50k in 6 months. Nice!

“7 Shocking Secrets I Discovered After Starting 5 Blogs and Generating Up to $35,000 in Real Dollars”

Cost: $9.95

The best investment!

Less than $10 for a $35,000 return.

Unfortunately many website owners believe this hype, buy the products, work hard, get no return…and give up.

If the headline is too good to be true and promising unimaginable riches…believe me, it’s hype.

Best thing to do is to exit as fast as you can.

2. Nay- Sayers


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Watch out for those family and friends who love to tell you’ll never make money on-line.

In one sense, what they say is true because most website owners don’t know how to make money on-line.

But there are also many that do!

If you have the drive and knowledge to make it work…don’t listen to the nay-sayers.

When I first started my on-line business a good friend (now ex friend) of mine at the time told me I’d never be able to leave the 9-5 and start my own on-line business. That was 9 years ago and I’ve been working on-line full time for the past 6 years.

3. Forums

Most forums on internet marketing I’ve visited (and quickly left) are hyped up. If you really want to waste time with people who are promoting their own hyped up ‘scammy’ products…then go ahead. But they are not for me.

4. No Patience

Getting your first $ income on-line is hard. It can take 6 months of hard work before you do.

If you are not prepared to work 20 hours a week for 6 months for no pay…don’t start an on-line business.

5. Role Models

Most people out there telling you how to make money on-line…have not made money on-line!

There I said it. It’s true.

They hype it up.

They pretend and lie about how much money they are making…hoping you will buy their product or service.

If you are seriously looking for someone to help you / mentor you…find someone you can trust from a recommendation.

Do your research before you part with any money and never pay for more than one month in advance.

I made that mistake. When I first started out, I paid for a year’s mentoring up front. We didn’t get on and no refund was forthcoming. Big mistake!

Oh and one more thing about mentors….you want one who is going to tell you the truth and not necessarily agree with everything you say / suggest.

6. The wrong niche

Many website owners don’t make any income because they have picked the wrong niche.

I know it’s been said before…many, many times but website owners just don’t understand how important it is to get right.

Before starting…you need to do the research to ensure your chosen niche will ‘sell’ on line.

7. Tools

There are so many different tools/ themes / software on offer for the website owner… many of which may have been created by those who claim to be experts.

Too many website owners buy ‘shiny object’ after ‘shiny object’ after ‘shiny object’.

Don’t do that!

8. Boredom

The boredom factor can sometimes kick in and before you know it you give up.

Ensure you love the subject of your on-line business.

9. Design

Design is very important for a successful website business.

Check yours is not:

  • Too hyped up
  • Full of ads
  • Too cluttered
  • Hard to navigate around
  • Just a load of text

Don’t get me wrong, there are some website owners who make a good living (and a few more that make millions of dollars) out there.

However, the vast majority don’t.

Don’t fall into the camp that never makes it.

What mistakes have you made in your website business journey?

Please share your views in the comments below.

100 Responses to 9 Reasons Why Your Website Will Never Make Money

  1. Simon Lee January 8, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

    HI Andrew, thanks for sharing, personally, i strongly agreed on your point 4. I have started my online business since March 2013, but have yet see significant result yet. Will never stop until i achieve my goal!

    Simon Lee

    • Andrew January 9, 2014 at 4:58 am #


      As long as you learn from your mistakes and change your approach when things don’t work out.

      You been working on the same website/niche for almost a year? No point in ‘flogging a dead horse’.


      • Simon Lee January 9, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

        Hi Andrew,
        Thanks for your reply.

        Yes, been working on a single website for about 1 year now, it is on tourism, particularly on travel guide, holiday packages, hotel booking and transportation arrangement. I am also a licensed travel agent based in Malaysia.

        Any comment on my approach?


        • Andrew January 11, 2014 at 1:17 am #


          It’s too hard to commnet on such an approach without a full analysis but if it is not working after a year – something is not right.


    • Sameer Bille March 6, 2014 at 1:48 am #

      I am sure that if there is unique and real time contents in a blog or website then no need to fear failing to make money online ! However my personal notion is that TOOL is the most important factor for bloggers and webmasters.

  2. Naomi January 9, 2014 at 3:52 am #

    Hi Andrew,

    I can definitely relate to believing the hype.

    In 2009 when I started researching making money online I brought a few hyped up products that promised fast wealth for a small investment. Although I was able to take some valuable information away, I never came close to achieving the results which were promised. Also after your purchase you’re added to their email list and heavily spammed for other products. I felt like I’d been added to a ‘Suckers’ list!

    The reality is although there is big differences between starting a small business online and offline – the amount of hard work involved is very similar. There are no easy route when starting a long-term successful business and if the hyped up products were legit wouldn’t we all be millionaires by now?

    Good reality check !


    • Andrew January 9, 2014 at 5:04 am #


      Sounds like you have been through a similar experience as me. I also purchased some products in my early on-line days. I honestly thought I was going to be lying on a beach with a million pounds in the bank…within weeks.

      How wrong was i?

      But starting my own on-line business meant I could leave the 9-5.


  3. Anne January 9, 2014 at 8:01 am #

    Oh, this is a really sore topic for me, Andrew. I started years ago, but still can’t say I make a living online. It’s only recently that I’ve been able to earn a decent amount of money, and this is only because I’m doing editing and writing. It has little to do with my blogs.

    • Andrew January 11, 2014 at 1:18 am #


      How do you monitize your blogs? That’s one of the crucial steps. Get that wrong and money will not come in.


  4. Debbie January 9, 2014 at 8:36 am #

    Yes, Andrew there are many people that are ready and waiting for a new blogger to buy there crap. You hit the nail on the head when you said if it sounds to good to be true it most likely is and you need to close that tap very quickly.
    Blogging is like opening a a store on the street. You can sit there all day long, but if no one comes throw your doors you are just taking up space.
    There are many things to learn about blogging and you just have to find the right people to help.
    I have learned if they say it is easy, I run.
    This is a post all bloggers do need to read and take heed.
    Thanks Andrew for all your good and honest help.

    • Andrew January 11, 2014 at 1:21 am #


      I agree – many things to learn about blogging (and more importantly…making money on-line).

      Knowing the approach and what to do is crucial. Without that…it’s a waste of time.


  5. Corinne Edwards January 9, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

    Dear Andrew –

    I don’t do “launches.” so most of the incredible deals that guarantee you will be sitting on a beach, wealthy and secure forever.

    I get sun poisoning. Beaches are not for me.

    If they promised me mountains, I might bite.

    Naw – never mind. It is just not my thing,

    I hope lots of people will read this and just writ interesting posts. Srories are the best for comments. People love a good story.

    Then, I link to one of m books. Sometimes, I make money – sometimes more than expected. But is it passive income. They are up on Amazon forever.

    • Andrew January 11, 2014 at 1:23 am #


      Stories are excellent at pulling in the visitors and comments and if they like your story…you can sell!

      Great approach.


  6. Raymond Chua January 9, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    Most people fail to make money online because they do not have a good mentor and as you said, most fall for the concept of making money quickly and easily.

    Vast majority of so called guru sell dreams instead of methodology.

    • Andrew January 11, 2014 at 1:24 am #


      Your first sentence is so correct. It’s a shame so many website owners go down that route.


  7. Beat Schindler January 10, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    Great post from an authoritative source, from a man who sees large numbers of blogs first hand.

    From personal experience I’d add clarity and belief – the lack of – as major reasons for ending up disappointed. They are kind of embedded in post’s 9 items. If unclear about exactly how you’re going to make money, and how not to, you’ll only end up with a multitude of hype, gurus, programs, offerings and endless distractions. And if you don’t believe 100% in what you’re doing, actually 110% given the nay-sayers … I love this question: “If you KNEW there was gold, would you keep digging?” Come rain or shine, versus waiting for the rain to stop :-]

    Anyhoo, even though a little late: best wishes for 2014.

    • Andrew January 11, 2014 at 1:28 am #


      You are right – many website ownners don;t do the research. They think of a subject before thinking how they monetize the site. Start creating the site, spend months blogging and all for nothing.

      Really…what is the point?

      Oh and another thing – perhaps I should have added point number 10…monitizing your site with affiliate banners. Only a few small percentage of websites make decent money this way. And when I say small percentage…I mean less than 1%.


  8. Joel January 10, 2014 at 11:01 am #

    As always great advice Andrew. We both started full time online around the same time, and like you there were nay-sayers and those who promised the world for $1,000.

    Ignore the hype. Take solid advice (like yours). Find a mentor. Work hard. Be patient. Enjoy yourself.

    Thanks, as always, for being a voice of reason.

    • Andrew January 11, 2014 at 1:29 am #

      I like that Joel – “Ignore the hype. Take solid advice (like yours). Find a mentor. Work hard. Be patient. Enjoy yourself.”

      Going to steal that!


  9. Deborah Harper January 10, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    Good timing Andrew!! Couldn’t be better for me, lost interest big time in my job, love the work I have done in building my website, learn’t not to get distracted – hard though – and biggest one to overcome. Ready to finally monetorise site – started website 2011 – slow starter – still interested though – I haven’t quit yet – 2014 is full time blogging for me will get back to you end of this year. Finally my ancestors were gold miners!! What luck eh! I think I would do this even if it didn’t make money because I really want to share what I know anyway. If by the end of this year after monetorising it’s not bringing in the bacon.
    I can sell it! But along the way I can guarantee you I have learn’t heaps!!! and met some awesome people, thanks Joel for the post. Happy new year everyone and have a blogging great 2014.

    • Andrew January 11, 2014 at 1:31 am #


      Thanks for visiting (and commenting).

      One thing that jumps out in your comment for me…”I think I would do this even if it didn’t make money because I really want to share what I know anyway”.

      That’s a way to pick a subject to build a website around (as long as they is demand and it sells!).

      Good luck for 2014.


  10. Sherri January 11, 2014 at 1:01 am #


    I’ve learned the most important thing is stop doing training courses, unless I specifically need that information. I was fortunately too broke to buy all the shiny stuff dangled in front of me.

    I need to spend my time writing posts and publishish good content regularly. Blogging isn’t much different from academic publish or perish — fortunately, there is no peer-review.

    I’ve been fortunate to have you and Yaro as my mentors, and y’all under promise and over deliver!

    I’m extremely fortunate to have Corinne Edwards as my yes-sayer. She keeps me going when a lot of others tell me to quit wasting my time and get a real job. I guess writing isn’t a real job to them, but that’s their opinion.

    I make a little money each month through advertising and affiliate sales. It’s not a living, but it’s something.

    Happy 2014 Andrew!

    • Andrew January 11, 2014 at 1:35 am #


      It sounds like you have surrounded yourself with some great people 😉

      The hardest step in making money on-line is making the first few dollars. Very often once you start making an income…the momentum starts to build.


      • Sherri January 12, 2014 at 2:46 pm #


        I made my first dollar online doing the 2007 Thirty Day Challenge with Ed Dale and Dan Raine. It was free and it’s still free.

        I had to work 40 hours a week in my spare time to do everything they teach in 30 days, but I managed. It’s a great training course and teaches the most important lesson: it takes hard work.

        The lather-rinse-repeat part is what didn’t work for me. I didn’t want to keep finding new niches and setting up blogs, then keep all of them up. That’s the only way to keep making money with their model.

        That’s when I took Yaro’s Blog Mastermind course and met y’all directly or through my course-mates.

        There were months when I made a few hundred dollars. My online income has fallen off because I’m not putting effort into it.

        I have to pick a direction. I have 3 sites I definitely want to keep, and maybe 2 others. I have 12. I need to sell some old niche sites that others could do justice. I liked them, but they’re not for me long-term.

        I think my tutoring site is where I should spend some quality effort. I could add a membership section and start doing virtual tutoring over Skype to supplement my offline business.

        I want to keep my BTC blog b/c I’ve kept it up since 2007, and it’s the blog I love most.

        Any advice on selling niche blog sites that haven’t made money in awhile? The URLs are well aged.


        • Andrew January 16, 2014 at 2:02 am #


          When I first started I went down the route of having numerous blogs and niches. It didn’t for me either – far too much work and nothing in return.

          So I stopped them all except this one.

          Now I tell my prospective customers and clients to concentrate on one website/blog/niche. So much easier.

          Re: selling.

          I’ve never sold any sites but I understand flippa.com is a good place to start.


  11. AnneV January 11, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Good post Andrew,

    I have yet to make money but also recognize I do not put in enough time.

    What I have gained is more knowledge and confidence that I use in my job.
    My long range goal is to make money through my website within 3 yrs of starting,
    didn’t make that! But I realize I am on the slow road, and I am ok with that.

    The suggestions I have gotten from you and other contributors have helped me to look at my goals differently and try different things.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge.


    • Andrew January 16, 2014 at 2:05 am #


      The best way to make the money via your own website is via creating your own products and offering personal services.

      Have you tried that approach?


  12. Claude Skye January 12, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    These are really interesting points you shared here. Indeed it’s usually the hype that gets anyone to think that its true. Even I fallen for one of those hypes one time and I regretted it. Thanks for sharing this article here, Andrew.

    • Andrew January 16, 2014 at 2:06 am #


      I think we all have fallen for the hype…it’s no shame…as long as we don’t keep doing it!


  13. James Frost January 13, 2014 at 4:36 am #

    People believe that it is very easy to earn online and I used to be one of them.I also got trapped in such hypes in the past and lost a good amount of cash believing that I will earn three times more than I paid for it.In your post you mentioned about the nay sayers. Sometimes I think why I didn’t take their advice in the past.That would have saved me some money which I could have used for the dry days :D.But the past is past.I didn’t have any knowledge about it in the past but now at this moment of time I won’t listen to the nay sayers again as now I know better than before.
    But the post will help those who have no aim in this sector and they should pack up and go home before loosing their moneys

    • Andrew January 16, 2014 at 2:08 am #


      Thanks for sharing your experience.

      As we have said…we all get sucked into the hype at some stage.


  14. Syed Qasim January 15, 2014 at 12:29 am #

    We need wait and watch out website. Atleast for 4-6 months forget about your money. 🙂

    • Andrew January 16, 2014 at 2:09 am #


      Forget about the money – good approach for the first 6 months.

      If by then, it’s not working…try different approaches.


  15. carolm January 16, 2014 at 4:49 am #

    Hi Andrew, I agree with everything you say. My own website has finally started to make money – but the truth is I have only recently got into Affiliate Marketing after spending 18 months building traffic and a big email list.

    My best tip is to find a few successful bloggers in your niche that you admire/respect who have similar style to your own. Then study everything they do and how they do it. Then apply that knowledge on your own website.

    This includes website design, products they promote, their writing style, the information they provide in their articles. It’s not difficult, but you need to work hard and not give up.

    For a Content based site, I would say 6 months of hard work is optimistic – my website has taken me 18 months to establish, but now it has started to be self-sustaining – it more or less ‘runs itself’ with little intervention from me – I’m taking time out to study so I haven’t done anything to it for 3 months, and yet it is still making money (a bit) and my visitor numbers have plateaued, but that’s ok – they haven’t plummeted. .

    • Andrew January 17, 2014 at 1:24 am #


      Sounds like you have the perfect approach and lots of patience/drive…exactly what you need.

      And your ‘best tip’ is great. Even better (if you can) if find a recommended mentor who has been successful on-line. That can speed things up.

      What are you studying?


      • carolm January 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

        Hi Andrew, I’m studying Counseling and Psychotherapy – 2 years full time but so far it’s only online. There will be lots of face-to-face content during the course to learn the practical part.

        It will give me many (well paid) options: private, online, skype….I could even get a proper job :)…as a last resort of course! Online coaching in groups/courses is also a possibility.

        My online mates (like you) would get special mates rates!

        • Andrew January 20, 2014 at 4:22 am #


          I have many clients who offer Counseling and Psychotherapy type servies. Most do really well!

          Hope it all goes well for you.


          • carolm January 21, 2014 at 3:32 am #

            Thanks, and it is even quite interesting.

  16. Nitin Srivastava January 16, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    Thank you Andrew,
    Quick money earning is not a easy task, smart work
    is better than hard work, and may increase your traffic.

    • Andrew January 17, 2014 at 1:25 am #


      Tell me…what’s your definition of ‘smart work’?


  17. Ann-Elizabeth Wittke January 17, 2014 at 6:32 am #

    What a great and truthful article. Many people do fall for the hype of making quick money and unfortunately that leads to scams. I think the difference is that you need to pursue an internet business with something that you’re passionate about. This is exactly the approach that I’m taking with my own blog and it makes all the hard work so much easier and even fun to do!

    • Andrew January 20, 2014 at 4:23 am #

      I understand exactly what you mean, Ann-Elizabeth.

      Working hard on a subject you are passionate about..is not really hard work!


  18. George January 19, 2014 at 1:16 am #

    Great post Andrew
    I launched my blog few months ago and succeeded in bringing steady traffic every day, however my earnings are not what i think they should have been. It’s true that you say to not believe all the hype around. Every blog/website is different and there is not one size fits all when it come to making money from a blog/website. One must to experiment what monetization methods are best for his/hers blog.

    • Andrew January 20, 2014 at 4:25 am #

      Agreed, George.

      You do have to experiement. When things are not working…try a different approach.


  19. Gautham January 21, 2014 at 2:36 am #

    Awesome Revelations Andrew,

    All the existing hype on money generation figure is huge, which leads to lack of patience on seeing the actual figures in reality.

    • Andrew January 23, 2014 at 2:40 am #


      …and that leads people to give up their website business.

      No wonder 80%+ of websites are left dormant after a few months. They believe the hype and don’t have enough drive and patience to carry on.


  20. Mike Howg January 22, 2014 at 8:01 am #

    Great article. I love your first point about not believing the hype. There are TONS of offers just like that on the Internet and it’s all a load of crap. If you really want your blog to make money then you need to start selling your own magical secrets of making a million dollars a day on the Internet.

    • Andrew January 23, 2014 at 2:38 am #


      Not sure if your comment is ‘tongue in cheek’?

      But I would guess no one makes or could tell you how to make a million dollars a day on the Internet.


  21. mickel marketer January 24, 2014 at 1:59 am #

    Good article man.

    i used to invest some money without getting anything back.
    but at least i learnd the lesson.
    and i colleceted some informations to start making money the right way.

    • Andrew February 11, 2014 at 5:05 am #


      What information did you collect…to start making money the right way?

      Share with us!


      • mickel marketer February 11, 2014 at 7:56 am #

        there are many ways to make money online.
        The 2 biggest ones are: Adsense and clickbank
        Adsense: you should have a good website with at least 10000 visitors per month.
        Clickbank: you should promote products with any way you like, but biggest marketers promote products to there lists.
        The money is in the list.
        The biggest you list is, the more money you can make.

  22. James January 24, 2014 at 2:05 am #

    Great article thanks, I used to believe a lot of these things back when I was just starting out. Thankfully I realized otherwise fairly quickly and now I’m content with my traffic and side earnings I make from blogging the proper way.

    • Andrew February 11, 2014 at 5:06 am #


      Does ‘content’ mean you don’t have future higher targets?


  23. Thea January 25, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    You seem to the use the word “hype” a LOT! Hahaha! Other than that I really enjoyed the post, and I have to agree on many of the things you’ve said 🙂

    • Andrew January 27, 2014 at 9:16 am #

      That’s becasue there is a lot of hype around, Thea!


  24. Bob January 28, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    Thank you for your post.
    I have just realize why I did no money with my websites.
    I will try to correct it.

    • Andrew February 11, 2014 at 5:07 am #


      Not sure I like the word ‘try’!

      Just say “I will correct it”.


      • Bob February 11, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

        It’s ok.
        I will correct it !

  25. Kayla Seah January 29, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    From my limited experience in blogging and trying to monetize, I can confirm exactly what you’ve alluded to over and over again: Don’t believe the hype! It takes a lot of quality research and trial and error to find the perfect balance in building a blog that attracts both dedicated readers and $$$. Thanks for your insight!

    • Andrew February 11, 2014 at 5:09 am #


      Have you found the ‘perfect balance in building a blog that attracts both dedicated readers and $$$’ ?

      What made the difference?



  26. Marysia February 2, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    Ok, ok. After reading on yet another article in past few weeks that I need a niche I start to think I really have to! But how to get it right? That is a question!

  27. Suzanne February 3, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

    Well Andrew, your post is right on the money and seems to have hit a nerve with many people. There is absolutely a lot of hype out there and so many long sales pages with content designed to sell info products and the like. Your points are well taken. Many people don’t have patience. We live in a “gotta have it now” world and that’s why the hyped programs sell, because people want a short cut and don’t want to do the work. I agree most strongly with point #9. Design is really important. I just completed a 10 month redesign on my site. It took 3 months just to get the design right and another 7 months to implement. If a site is not pleasant in its design, and not well laid out, people will hit the back button very quickly.
    Nice post!

    • Andrew February 11, 2014 at 5:12 am #


      Unfortunately there is no ‘quick win’ or ‘silver bullet’ to making it on-line.

      Wow – 10 months?

      Why did it take so long?


  28. Rajan February 3, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

    In the early days of blogging, it was Design and Wrong niche selection that did not let me earn single penny from my blog for months. Had I come across any post like that, would not have wasted my time. Anyways, better late than never. Thanks for these incredible tips 🙂

    • Andrew February 11, 2014 at 5:12 am #


      It sounds like you have learned from your mistakes and are now making an income from your blog.

      Would I be right?


  29. Shirish Dhungel February 4, 2014 at 2:08 am #

    I know how it feels when website do not make a single penny after so much of efforts. But with this tips, I know I can surely get out of there! Thanks!!!

  30. Joe February 5, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    Andrew, this is one of the best pieces of information a new online start up could read. I just want to say this after all the warnings. It is a hard work but a few people make a living out of it and about 1% make a killing. If you want to be one of those a few people, respect it like a business and set out your plans. If you want to be one of those 1%, be bold, different and noticeable.

    • Andrew February 11, 2014 at 5:15 am #


      Love this: “be bold, different and noticeable”.

      Be that and yes you could be in the 1% but easier said than done…don’t you think?


  31. Misheeta Malik February 7, 2014 at 1:34 am #

    i totally agree with… most of the people do not want to work hard and they expect too much to earn from internet…..at least 20 hr / week is required (min.

    • Andrew February 11, 2014 at 5:16 am #


      “at least 20 hr / week is required”

      For how long? Months/years?


  32. Kemp February 12, 2014 at 3:31 am #

    Interesting article, I think you have hit a lot of points that people miss. One big one I made was not focusing on a niche.

    I found by surrounding my self with other online entrepreneurs I was able to discuss problems face to face and run ideas by them. Some people might have tried some tactics before and would be able to tip me off on problems they faced.

    I don’t think you would get the same from a forum. My advice would be to get involved in a local group of online entrepreneurs.

    • Andrew February 12, 2014 at 9:19 am #

      Good advice, Kemp.

      You cannot get better than a group of honest entrepreneurs giving each other great feedback.


  33. Abhishek Tavasalkar February 14, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    I know the 1st and 3rd point are true. Even before I started my blog (to start making money online) I knew everything here can be and finding the perfect one can be a drag. Even before starting I knew I need to take careful steps before paying money to anyone or anything. I have done a lot of research and now know most of tricks of the trade, though I haven’t made any money since its a little more than 2 weeks I have started my blog. But I hope to make it through. I really believe before you try to make money online its more to know what not to do before you make money or even think of it. And this is the post! Thank you

    • Andrew February 17, 2014 at 1:27 am #


      You are in the ‘hineymmon’ period of starting your on-line business.

      Keep going…it will be 6 to 12 months before you see any income.


  34. Pawan Kumar Kukarwal March 5, 2014 at 3:30 am #

    Hello Andrew, this is the second guide I’m reading here and the most important one for me as I joined the blogging course, learn about content writing and WordPress management but didn’t make a penny yet. So I’ve planned to go on my own now. I seriously hate people who all say ‘Don’t do it’.

  35. Ashruf Mansur March 17, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    Nice article mr Andrew , most of people think that they will make a blog and put some articles ans they will start earnings wheel .They don’t know that this is a real work needs more efforts like the ordinary work .I think choosing the right niche is the important factor of earnings wheel and with high quality content then make good back links strategy and enjoy with first earnings from your blog

  36. Ajay March 23, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    I have seen most of the bloggers with websites which never make money due to the wrong selection of niche and lack of patience.
    In field of blogging, the patience matters a lot.

  37. Kingsley March 29, 2014 at 2:52 am #

    Very good piece, but the problem always is – will people listen and take action? They know their websites don’t make money… they know they are guilty of the points you raised in this article… they know they should do something to fix these issues… but they still don’t do anything about it all.

    That continues to astonish me why this happens.

    Anyway, thanks for a good piece. As they say – a word is enough for the wise, 🙂

    • Andrew June 25, 2014 at 5:05 am #


      What you say is so true. Action is what is needed.


  38. Conner March 31, 2014 at 1:39 am #

    Hi Andrew,

    Loved the part on the forums. I dont know how much time I wasted browsing forums wondering where all the alleged success was coming from. Boredom is inevitable unfortunately! Haha

  39. Sudipto April 12, 2014 at 5:45 am #

    Hey Andrew,
    Nice post and Yes, these are some common points which shows on those blog, which never make money. For making money, we have to keep patience and requires lots of hardwork and consistency. Design of the blog also very important factor as if design is very complex it cause to switch reader from one blog to other. Thanks for sharing this post. This post really gonna help all the newbies.

  40. Ravi Chahar April 18, 2014 at 6:38 am #

    Hi Andrew,
    For beginners the main point to think about is making money from their blog. I always think about those bloggers and start guessing why they are blogging? Are they writing posts at their blog only for making money or it is their passion? But ultimately no one can figure out about beginners. In the starting phase newbies get excited but when they don’t get good response from their blog they get demoralized and some results to quit blogging.

    As it is always mentioned that bloggers should write for readers. It is necessary to know what’s the demand of visitors? What they want to know? But for some money minded bloggers making money is the only priority.
    Thanks for the post.


  41. Wajid khan April 18, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    Great Article , i am blogging since 2 years and applied for adsense account and it was approved but since than i am earning daily just 1 to 2 $ but after reading this article i will must focus what mistakes i am doing.. and hope that i will increase my earning .. thanks for such great post..

  42. Jawad Zaib April 20, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    Most new blogger often start blogs for only money,,,if you don’t have passion for blogging then don’t expect money but if you are passionate about blogging then after a little bit of time and experience money will come to you,,,thanks for this nice article…

  43. Prakash April 21, 2014 at 5:04 am #

    It is the basic problem of all bloggers that they haven’t got patience. They want instant results from blogging and it isn’t possible. And the other reason that you have mentioned that wrong niche. If we choose the wrong niche that have too much competition so it will take too much effort and too much time.

  44. Anurag April 21, 2014 at 6:19 am #

    Hi Andrew,
    So, conclusion is that you have to have a desire to earn to make money online. And that should also be in the right direction.
    Everyone have some nay sayers to avoid and to work to prove them wrong.
    Thanks for the post!

  45. Noor Basheer April 27, 2014 at 5:46 am #

    My friend had a blog which is just 5 months old , but he have uploaded around 250 poems. Still he is not making any money, I would recommend this post for him. It will also help me make good money online through my website.

  46. Matt April 27, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    I believe that there are many many factors whether your blog will be successful or not. And I also believe that one thing will never change with all the Google algorithms. And that is posting great quality content. Google loves good content.

    And another thing which I believe will never change in the eyes of Google is consistency. If we post new content for 5 times a week, Google will notice that and will give you the credit for it.

    And if you add a little bit extra work and do some keyword research, on-page optimization and build some quality backlinks to your site, you are a winner.

    Thanks for the great post and sharing your knowledge.

  47. Rohit Singh April 30, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    Very nice tips and you must generate great quality content regularly and keep on learning new things which are happening in your niche.One should always blog about useful content which might be useful for your readers and this will gradually increase your authority in the niche or topic and increase traffic to your blog

  48. Rakesh Desai May 13, 2014 at 4:55 am #

    Thanks for sharing such a thought provoking content. This helped me identify some problem with my activities and follow up on these points on a regular basis to make more money. People must be aware of a lot of hype around these days. There is no “quick achievements” without hard work, so one must word hard to prove nay-sayers wrong.

  49. Patric May 29, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    Hi, agree on many thing you said. Don’t mind the naysayers etc. heard a lot of that. But I do think that the naysayers are not only saying nay to e-commerce they will be that way if you plan on doing any type on business idea.

    Also learned that you need a lot of patience when working on the web, but still it helps to just look at conversion rate, if you have some traffic you will at the end sell. Thats it!

    Thanks for a good post!

  50. manly tuan June 2, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    Yes, 9 reasons are right. and one thing is the most important for making money online is the patient. Sometime we could not wait until the website get enough traffic to make money, sometime we just pay attention to our website in a short time (that time is not enough and we start feel despression…)
    So, for my opinion i will do with my website until i get money from it (althought its very small money).

    Anyway, thank for your recommendation

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