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101 Reasons Your Blog is making 0 Dollars

This is a guest post by Moon.

Ever wonder why you aren’t generating any income from your blog?  Please only read this list if you are ready for the harsh truths:

  1. You’re blogging without a purpose
  2. You think your posts will go viral & you will run into fame & fortune
  3. You’re not expanding your e-mail list
  4. You’re not guest posting
  5. This is your very first blog
  6. You think there is a “secret” to making money through your blog
  7. You think the big bloggers are successful because they started their blogs circa 2003
  8. You think ads are the way to make money on your blog
  9. You have no business plan
  10. You don’t get the importance of an e-mail list
  11. You refuse to model the actions of successful bloggers
  12. You think okay content will get you there
  13. You think “good” content will grow your readership
  14. You think growing your blog is all about commenting on other blogs
  15. You are terrified to submit a guest post here or any other “big blog”
  16. You can’t imagine creating your own products
  17. Selling affiliate products through your blog or e-mail list sounds “dirty”
  18. You think un-targeted traffic will end in affiliate sales
  19. You won’t tell your friends or family about your blog
  20. You aren’t specific about anything
  21. You write posts the night before you publish
  22. You spend less than an hour writing a post
  23. You don’t think your posts need any editing; it’s the work of God!
  24. You think networking is for the weak
  25. You won’t participate in mastermind groups
  26. You don’t like to spend money on products that can help you greatly
  27. You think you know a lot about making money online
  28. You read too much about making money online
  29. You don’t implement and test any new ideas consistently
  30. You are distracted by Twitter & Facebook
  31. You re-tweet your own content all day long
  32. You’re using a generic theme
  33. You think spending money on branding your site isn’t “needed”
  34. You know one genius guest post at a big blog will make you into an internet superstar
  35. You keep buying the next ‘hot’ IM product, month after month
  36. You’re too afraid to believe in yourself
  37. You’re afraid of taking the leap, quitting your job and focusing on your blog & business full-time
  38. You’re too lazy to use search engine optimization to your advantage
  39. You blog when you want
  40. You can’t be bothered to “push yourself”
  41. You’re afraid to have a voice
  42. You don’t believe in your vision
  43. Your blog is a half-baked part-time effort
  44. You think viral content happens by luck
  45. The idea of creating a free ebook or report puts you to sleep
  46. You hate writing
  47. You think making money through your blog is easy
  48. You think making money through your blog will come when it’s time
  49. The idea of creating three mini-reports in one month makes you sob
  50. You think Darren is an overnight success
  51. You don’t have a unique selling proposition defined
  52. You don’t have any specific goals in mind
  53. You are unsure about what you have to offer through blogging
  54. You’re uncomfortable at the thought of leading others
  55. You think average will get you by
  56. You get to your blog in your “spare time”
  57. You only write for yourself, not your audience
  58. You think running a blog is not hard work
  59. Watching an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Supernatural always takes precedence over blogging
  60. You compare your progress to other big bloggers in your niche
  61. You think that the early 2000s was the “age” of internet income
  62. Creating services sounds like actual work…
  63. You’re in it just for the money
  64. You think that writers have no real skill
  65. You think that getting 45 tweets means your content has gone viral
  66. You don’t need pillar articles
  67. Who the hell needs to track stats through Google Analytics?
  68. You’re cheap
  69. You don’t know how to get back up after failing
  70. You got rejected from a guest post and think you suck
  71. You see much bigger competition and have given up in your mind
  72. You dread networking
  73. You like to insert affiliate links into every thing
  74. The big boys (& girls!) intimidate you
  75. You don’t understand that everyone starts with nothing
  76. You are not willing to put in hours and hours of work
  77. You have no confidence
  78. You think successful blogging is all about publishing three posts a week
  79. You won’t consult with someone who is successfully doing what you want to do
  80. You think the A-Lister bloggers belong to a club
  81. You’re not sure why you deserve other people’s money online
  82. You give up when you’re tired
  83. You’re too comfortable with the paycheck you’re earning from your 9-5
  84. You think Skype chatting with other bloggers is “work”
  85. You don’t know what Aweber is
  86. You could care less about split testing
  87. Your blog has no focus
  88. You want it all handed to you
  89. You don’t have the skill to revise your ideas
  90. You think mind mapping is useless
  91. You blog from the middle of your living room while watching tv& petting your cat
  92. You think “content is king”
  93. You have trouble investing in yourself
  94. You can’t justify spending money on useful resources
  95. You think outsourcing is all about getting the best for the cheapest
  96. You want to take all but not give much
  97. You don’t have any urgency to build income online
  98. Reading this left felt like a slap in your face
  99. You can’t break down your main goal into actionable steps
  100. You refuse to change what’s not working
  101. You’re thinking too small

The truth hurts and it sucks!  But you have a decision to make this very second: will you treat your blog like a business or keep doing whatever you’re doing?  What will you do today to help yourself make money through your blog?

These harsh truths are brought to you by Moon Hussain who runs her own blog, Experiments In Passive Income.  Download her ebook, To the Moon & Back (which details her mistakes with her own niche sites and EIP) and follow her on her own passive income journey as she makes great strides to achieve her dreams.

Category: blogging

60 Comments on "101 Reasons Your Blog is making 0 Dollars"

  1. Adesoji Adegbulu says:

    Very truthfully funny 🙂

    • Moon Hussain says:

      Thanks Adesoji… I like that 🙂

      • Kalen @ Learn Internet Marketing says:

        Very hard and sobering lessons bloggers must learn. But they obviously must learn them.

  2. [email protected] says:

    Nice post, some of the points mentioned apply to me and I know virtually everyone has his own share of the Points mentioned.

    • Moon Hussain says:

      Joseph, I tried to create quite the list. Glad to know the post resonated with you. Of course, it’s all fixable.

  3. Tom says:

    True. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

  4. Trung Nguyen says:

    Very very great list. I think all of reasons that a blog cann’t make money is the reason that you including above. Thanks Onibalusi, It help me and many other so much.

  5. Haru says:

    nice lists 😀
    i think some of that are

  6. Mahendra says:

    Interesting and very true points & after reading this article it really make us to change. Thank you

  7. Karan Labra says:

    Couldn’t Agree any more on these points..!

  8. GADEL says:

    Interestingly very correct! I had some few kicks from this myself 🙂


    • Moon Hussain says:

      Gadel, cool! Hopefully it’ll push you in the right direction? 🙂

  9. sokun says:

    Great post. My blog is my very first blog and that is probably a good reason it isn’t going as well as i like.

  10. Java Nature says:

    Your analysis is very interesting friends … There are some points that are very precise in my opinion … thank you for this interesting info.

  11. Kenny says:

    Haha, no. 98 is funny.

  12. Vishnu says:

    101 golden words thanks !

  13. Anil Agarwal says:

    I think we need to know how to monetize our blogs once we start getting some traffic to it. We cannot make any money from a blog with zero traffic.

  14. Edgar says:

    That’s a pretty large list and i’m sure it can go way larger than this. I personally could go all day long naming reasons why people can’t make a penny online. Still it’s a very good list.

  15. JohnD @ How To Start a Business says:

    Great list, offers some real advice. Very impressive.

  16. Mark @ TheBitBot SEM Blog says:

    I am pretty sure that I am guilty of every single one of those reasons at some point.

    That being said, I do continually dust myself off…and get back up…:)


    • Moon Hussain says:

      Same here Mark! If you can’t get back up, fix things and try again… you can’t be successful.

  17. Neeraj Rawat says:

    Hmmmm Brankica was right awesome post by you

  18. Andreas says:

    Also if one is thinking too big, blog income could be 0. When targeted keywords that are highly competitive, it is highly likely, that google will not send many visitors to your new blog.

  19. Great post. I really like the 100th i.e. You refuse to change what’s not working. Thanks for sharing this.

  20. fazal mayar says:

    thats a huge list but its very comprehensive and right.

    blogging has to be done right.

  21. Webbdesigner says:

    Wow, how did you manage to come up with 101 reasons? It must have taken a day or two 😉 I read all reasons and I can relate to about 30 of them so thanks for the heads up 🙂

  22. Samuel says:

    You’re damn right Moon! One have to keep adjusting 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing bro. Have fun 🙂

    • karan says:

      Bro:O She’s a girl:D

  23. TsarShu says:

    After reading the post those who don’t earn any money will never find any other excuses. Cool!

  24. karan says:

    1. This is your very first blog (So what)

    2. You compare your progress to other big bloggers in your niche.(I compare it with the bloggers that are the same level or a bit higher than me)

    3. You think “content is king”(Is it really bad to think content is king huh)

    4. You can’t justify spending money on useful resources(this is because i am quite new to blogging so i think i can avoid spending any money with hard work)

    Well after reading all your points i find that these 4 are true for me. So do i really suck?? I don’t think so:/

    • Moon Hussain says:


      I never said you suck! If you take advice from someone who has done what you are trying to do, you’ll probably get there a lot faster 🙂

      p.s. Thanks for correcting. I am indeed a girl 😉

      • karan says:

        ahh. Maybe. But i always hear content is king and i believe it in too. Any reason why you think against that.

        Btw am karan not karen. I am a guy:D

  25. kuldeep says:

    “You think the big bloggers are successful because they started their blogs circa 2003”

    is very Good reason

    • Moon Hussain says:

      I’m sure plenty of blogs that started in 2003 failed as well 😉

  26. Jamie Northrup says:

    That’s a long list, but it really makes you think about things, thanks Moon, I’ve printed it out and pinned it on my “idea board”.

  27. Kok Siong says:

    Hi Moon! This is a nice list. However, I think maybe you need to elaborate some of points here so that the beginners can understand better. 🙂

    • Moon Hussain says:


      That would be an interesting post. Thanks for the idea 🙂

  28. steve says:

    nice words,..I also strongly agree on the email list, since I deal with it daily,..Onibalusi I also do solo email listing for those people who are interested in growing their email list, hit me up on twitter or visit the site, good luck all,…–Steve

  29. symfony says:

    More than enough explanation about it. Have you got it from your own experience?

  30. Jenni says:

    Nice lists, I like the last reason : “You’re thinking too small”, it’s all about other reasons before.

  31. googler says:

    Absolutely on the money for beginners like me. Thanks Moon for this list. I will make sure I have a post-it on all of these. But I think it is better if you can write a follow up post on this and elaborate more on other details. That would be perfect!

    • Moon Hussain says:

      Googler, great idea 🙂 I just might do that.

  32. SEO Jobs says:

    Your list is thought provoking… might want to also add – being banned from Google Adsense, apparently their a monopoly with no competition whatsoever.

  33. Benny says:

    So what happens of I am an example of all 101 things? I’ll make 0 dollars and have 0 visitors? 🙂

    Great job Moon!

  34. Amazing post! I initially found your blog a week or so ago, and I want to subscribe to your RSS feed.

  35. Great list, Moon. Very thorough and comprehensive. My favorite was number 37. Coz I just took the leap of faith a few months back.

  36. Pranay Nigotiya says:

    Hi MOON, very true and thoughtful reasons many of which we don’t realize until some1 points out to us. Thanks for sharing this and helping.

  37. Wow, that is a long read but its worth it. Earning money online is not easy and can be frustrating sometimes. But with perseverance, anyone can succeed.

  38. Sparkle says:

    Wow, what a list. This is really great because it has things that I haven’t heard and some of the things I have heard your post just proves it to be true.

  39. Adam says:

    I enjoyed this! Thanks. How do we get involved with guest posting on others’ sites and on our sites?

  40. Amazing List.Keep up with your good work.

  41. Tina @ wedding favors says:

    Thank for sharing this to us Oni. The only thing about me is I am not yet guest posting. But I hope I can work this out in the future.

  42. ngpillai says:

    Although it’s kinda funny good info is provided. Impressed with you mate.



  43. A pretty nice and huge list … Thanks for the share

  44. Lalit says:

    Hi Moon, actually I think you are right but you need to have focus and passion for blogging so that you can succeed here. Right tool and technology can take you there faster and I am sure those who work smarter can reach at the top earlier than the one who believes in hard work.

  45. Sergio Felix says:

    Geez, I don’t even know where to start… I’ve been doing everything wrong but at least I already knew it! LOL

    I’m taking this list as a check-list because it is just THAT awesome.

    Thanks Moon and Oni!

  46. Vod says:

    The listed are really interesting and very true, thanks for the great list as reference to make my blog success one day. Thanks!

  47. Mirkola says:

    Hahah…what a List… You are definetly true about evrything here.

    But Thanks To a few awesome blogs, My blog are making me money. 🙂

  48. Wow – this is quite a list! And the sad thing is I can relate to almost all of them. This is the perfect thing to have on my desk when I feel like I’m hitting a wall, I need to be reminded that all the reasons why I tell myself ‘I can’t’ are really silly!


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