If you’re trying to build a successful blog then you know how hard it can be.
You spend countless hours writing, sacrificing time with your friends and family, giving up the things you love, and for what? The satisfaction of sharing your thoughts and ideas?
That might be the reason you started blogging, but at some point you have to wonder, is this thing ever going to make money?
You know there are blogs out there making money, a lot of money. But why not yours?
Unfortunately, I know exactly how it feels. The frustration and disappointment? I get it. Countless times I thought I was on the brink of making money with my blog only to get knocked down again. What was I doing wrong?
Maybe you doubt the process and you may even doubt yourself — this just isn’t for me.
You might think successful bloggers are just lucky or know something you don’t?
The truth is, your dream of making money as a blogger is within reach. In fact, it may be closer than you think.
Why Most Blogs Don’t Make Money
Most blogs fail to make money because it’s hard and there are few bloggers know how to do it.
They may know how it’s done but is that the same as knowing how to do it?
I don’t think so. I mean, knowing how a piano is played doesn’t mean you can play it, right?
The same is true for blogging.
There are countless courses that teach the basics — how to build a website and so on. A lot of them are good courses.
What they’re usually not good at though, is teaching you why people spend money. And, for you to make money, someone else has to spend it.
This is why many bloggers can’t figure out what they’re doing wrong. If you’re feeling that way too, you’re not alone.
The good news is that it’s nothing you can’t fix.
Not Enough Traffic Is Not The Problem
A common belief among new bloggers is that they could make money if they only had more people reading their blog.
That’s what I believed when I started too.
To prove I was wrong another blogger convinced me to buy Ads on Bing so that my “money-making” pages would get traffic.
Guess what happened?
I had a lot of traffic. As much as I was willing to pay for, but just as my friend predicted, my blog did not make money.
As it turned out, traffic wasn’t my problem and it’s probably not your problem either.
Of course, you can always test it like I did. Spend a little money and send some traffic to your money pages. If it works, problems solved.
If it doesn’t work, keep reading…
Blogging For Money Is Like Driving Uber
Having your own platform where you can share your thoughts, ideas and opinions is great.
If you’re visually creative , you can spend time choosing a website theme, designing a logo and finding the right colours to match your personality.
Your blog is like a digital home on the internet. A place where visitors can stop by for tea and coffee, admire the decor and hang out for awhile.
Unless you want to make money. In that case your blog is more like Uber and less like a home.
Let me explain…
Pretend for a moment that you’re an Uber driver and a complete stranger is paying money to get into your car. Why would a stranger do that?
It’s not because they like your car and they want to check it out. They’re also not there to visit or listen to your ideas and opinions. They are in your car because they need to get from one point to another and you’re going to take them there.
It doesn’t matter if your car is fancy or that you make them laugh. What they really want is to get from point A to point B in the fastest and safest way possible.
In other words, they have a problem that needs solving and you and your car are the solution.
Your blog audience is no different. They’re coming to your website for a reason which is not to hang out and admire the curtains. They are trying to get from point A to point B. From problem to solution.
You are the driver (or in this case, writer) and your blog is the vehicle that’s going to take them there.
And here’s the most important part. Your job is to get them where they want to go, NOT where you want them to go.
A lot of bloggers try to convince their readers to click on this link or that link which is a lot like trying to get an Uber passenger to go somewhere they don’t want to go.
It would be a massive waste of time and energy, and if it doesn’t work with Uber it’s not going to work for your blog either.
Do You Really Know Your Audience?
I know what you’re thinking, “I know my niche. I know my audience and I know what they want.”
But if that were true, your blog would be making money and you wouldn’t be reading this. Sometimes we think we know what our audience wants because it’s what we want, but that’s not always true.
Let me give you an example. I’ll use the the make-money-online niche since blogging for money is all about making money online.
You can take two different groups within the make-money-online niche — one searching for a work-at-home job and the other a side hustle. On the surface, they may seem like similar groups of people but dig a little deeper and you’ll find that they’re very different.
In most cases they probably want the same things. More freedom and independence, to quit the rat race and do what they love.
How different could they be?
As it turns out, they are completely opposite.
Generally speaking, those who would like to work at home want more time. More time with their family maybe, or more time for themselves. They want less stress and a simpler life.
They’ll even take a pay cut to get it.
Those looking for a side hustle though, want the exact opposite. At least for the moment.
They’re willing to add more stress to their life and work more hours, not less. Instead of a pay cut, they want an increase and they’re willing to give up time with their family to get it.
So, while beaches and more time with loved ones may be appealing, it’s not what the side hustler wants today.
And the opposite is true. The Mom who would take a pay cut to work at home and be with her children is not motivated by more. At least not more than she needs to stay at home.
She might want a life of luxury and an exotic car, but it’s not what she wants today.
This is why it’s important to know your audience. The only way you can help them is to understand their motivations and speak their language. And it’s not always obvious what that language is.
You’ll need to do some research.
Making Money With Your Blog Gets Easier When You Know This...
Let’s jump back into your Uber car for a moment.
Something magical happens when you drop your passenger off exactly where they want to be dropped off. You get paid!
How much easier is to do that than to convince them they should go somewhere else? By comparison, it’s effortless.
Now image how much easier it will be to make money with your blog when you apply the same principle.
When you get it right they’ll be searching for the buy button even if it’s not there.
With this knowledge you can see how one person can scale their blog up to six figures or more while another bangs their head against the wall and earns zilch.
You’ve heard this before — that you must know your audience. But knowing your audience is not something you should do, it’s the ONE THING you must do.
If you don’t, your blog will not make money.
Your dream of being a successful blogger is closer than you think and all those hours you’ve put in are not for nothing.
In fact, you may be just a few small changes away from having your sacrifice pay off. No more frustration and no more disappointment.
Offline and online businesses are making boatloads of money everyday and the one thing they all have in common is they know their customer.
Home Depot doesn’t try to sell you lumber. They sell it to people who need it.
A Quick-Lube Shop doesn’t sell oil changes to people without a car and a vegan restaurant doesn’t advertise in hunting magazines.
These may be extreme examples, but the truth is, if you’re wondering why your blog traffic is not doing what you want them to do it’s because they don’t want to do it.
You just need to figure out what it is they do want.
You can keep struggling to swim upstream or you can go with the flow and turn your blog into a machine that takes your reader from where they are to where they want to be… kind of like Uber.