10 Common Mistakes New Bloggers Make That Stop Them From Making Money With Their Blogs

Make Money BloggingBlogging is one of the fastest and most reliable ways of making money online. But there are several common mistakes new bloggers make that stop them from making money online with their blogs. While those who are already used to the tricks of making money with their blogs are smiling to the banks with their daily earning, some others are busy complaining that there is no money in blogging.

Those who make nothing simply believe there have too much hypes about the possibility of making money with their blogs; they just cannot fathom how to make customers squeeze out dollars from their pockets just by visiting and reading their blog contents. To them, it is as difficult as trying to make a dog lay an egg (LOL).

There are rules to making money with blogging that new bloggers don’t seem to understand, and this is costing dollars on daily basis. Until you follow the sequential ways of building your blog from scratch to finish, with revenue in mind, and then adding content, to finally monetizing the blog, making money would be an illusion.

If you ask those who have made six figures with their blogs about their secrets, they will tell you that making money with blogging is never by accident. It is intelligently planned. I know you are beginning to get interested in this whole thing now. Aren’t you? If you are not, it is better to hit your back button and look for some other interesting topics to read. I know you would only do that if you already excess money in your account that you don’t any additional income. But if you are serious to make money with your blog this year and have been finding it difficult to do so, please read this to the end. It is going to help you, especially if you are newbie blogger.

10 Common Mistakes New Bloggers Make


So we shall be taking a look at some of those common mistakes new bloggers make that stop them from making money with their blogs. If you are a newbie and find yourself making these mistakes, please share your experience with us at the end of this post. If you are also a problogger who has passed through these mistakes too, you should tell us how you were able to overcome them to start earning real money with your blog. Some the mistakes include, but are not limited to the following:

Writing without keyword research:

A lot of new bloggers make the mistake of not researching their keyword before writing their blog post. They write whatever comes to their minds. They just believe that so long as the topic sounds appealing, a lot of people would read it. So, as far as they concerned, sweet titles equal good traffic.

Why do newbies write without keyword research?


No new blogger wants to fail online. The reason most people take to blogging is for them to make a career out of it and also succeed in their chosen niches. Success here simply means pulling great traffic and at the same time making some cool cash. Unfortunately, however, this sometimes doesn’t happen. Newbies fail to make keyword research for the following reasons:


They simply do not know what keyword research is. They don’t know whether keywords are directly involved in getting them organic traffic.

No experience:

This is slightly different from the first point mentioned above. Now the person is aware there should be keyword research before writing articles. But the problem is ‘What tool should I use for the research?’ He doesn’t know how to do the research and the tools to use. He is simply stuck. So he decides to use his instincts as a guide.

Time factor:

Everyone seems to be in a haste in this jet age. New bloggers are especially out to make it fast. So they don’t have the time to find out what basic things should be done first in order to have a solid foundation.


No SEO in Mind:

A lot of new bloggers jump into blogging without having Search Engines Optimization (SEO) in mind. They do not have an idea how SEO affects their blogging. They therefore don’t attention to the use of the h1, h2, h3, h4, h5 and h6 tags while writing. Attention is not paid to site navigation, colours, post titles, etc.

No focus:

Take the time to check on most of the new blogs springing up here and there and you will find one in common to them all – No niche focus. Everybody is coming up with multi-niche blog just because they want to make money fast. Most of the owners of those sites had a single niche in mind while starting out; but the moment they wrote a few posts and money didn’t start rolling immediately, they decided to add another niche in order to widen the revenue earning chances. Did this ever happen to you?

Neglecting interactivity:

Some people want money but they fail to take care of that which would bring them money – customers. They write blog posts but fail to respond to comments from their blog readers. After being lonely and getting no attention from the blog owners, the readers take their leave for good and never return.


Inexperience has lead some of the new bloggers out there into believing that one of the best ways of making money with their blogs is to duplicate their content and paste it into several sites so that they can get back links and more traffic. This only puts them into trouble with Google duplicate policy. Some join forums and make worthless comments and append their site URL as their signature. What happens to them? They get banned from such forums as soon as they enter. Eventually, their efforts are in vain because some get banned by Google for spamming and their sites are closed down.


Posting without maintaining regularity has also been one of the common mistakes new bloggers make that stop them from making money with their blogs. New blogs are supposed to be updated regular. Posting should be done at least on specific days or time to make it easier to predict. Unfortunately, as soon as some of the blogs begin to gather traffic, they are abandoned. The owners erroneously believe they have arrived and that people would keep coming. But after a little while, the traffic gradually dries up because the visitors don’t find new things to read. They just fail to consolidate on their traffic surge.

Looking for freebies:

One other big mistake common to newbie bloggers is the scramble for freebies online. They hardly want to spend money to develop their blogs and get the best out of them; instead they chase after freebies. They end getting products that are hardly worth it. For a blog to succeed, you need to invest both time and money.

No mailing list:

Blogging without a mailing list is an indirect way of throwing away money. You have often heard it said that “The money is in the list”. You need to reach your readers sometimes with latest information, contest, products suggestion, etc. but whereby there is no existing list, it is difficult this through feedburner. You need an autoresponder account to build a mailing list for both now and the future.

Why new bloggers are not making money with their blogs


Making money is difficult for new bloggers for the two reasons I am going to list below:

Monetizing too early:

The quest to make some dollars fast has actually led some bloggers into monetizing their blogs when they were not yet ripe for that. They enrolled for Google Adsense account and even got into some other affiliate programmes. What happens? They litter their sites with ads so much so that visitors easily figure out they are out to make money. What do the visitors do? They tactically avoid clicking those ads. With time the blog owner concludes it is impossible to make money with blogs.

Monetizing too late:

When you monetize your blog too late, you lose substantial amount of money in the process. But at what stage should one monetize one’s blog? This should be when you are fully satisfied with the traffic of your site. At least when you hit 1000 visitors daily, you know your blog is popular and fully ripe for monetization.

Not monetizing at all:

I added this as a bonus point. This is the worst that could happen to any blogger. You keep adding content and your traffic has increased tremendously but you refuse to monetize for fear of losing your customers. If you don’t monetize at all, money would never come. At best your blog would be a charitable organization.



New bloggers are constantly making several common mistakes that stop them from making money with their blogs. Just avoid the above listed mistakes and you will see money rolling into your bank account.

It is now time for you to share your experiences with us. Did you ever make those mistakes before you became a great blogger earning a lot of money? If you are a newbie, are you currently making those mistakes listed above? Are there areas you do not agree with me on this post? Please be free to air your views; we want to hear from you.

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Efoghor Joseph

Efoghor Joseph Ezie is a registered nurse turned small business manager. He loves talking about small business, blogging, affiliate marketing, SEO and social media marketing. Efoghor is the owner of http://www.bizsuccessguide.com You may visit his site for more business tips.

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46 Responses

  1. anis says:

    Cool post Thanks for sharing

    I have found this article useful You gived us 10 common mistakes that blogger make It would be great if you gave us solutions and tips to prevent these mistake

    Btw cool writing style and awesome post !

    • Anis, thanks for reading this post, and especially for your comment/observation. I will get down to work immediately to write on the solutions. I always love to make my writing interactive; I always think of ways to satisfy my readers. So expect my follow up to this in the next few days.

  2. Also some people blog on topic which they are not interested which will make them quit blogging after some months.
    I enjoyed reading this post and agree with all your points. Gonna visit your blog for more awesome posts.

    Thank You

    • You are right, Thejas. Passion plays a significant role in success. It is the driving force that would keep you going when things are difficult. To make it big in blogging, you need to be passionate about what you write.

  3. Srikanth says:

    Hi Efoghor Joseph,
    Post was really helpful i would like to add a point you have mentioned their are many tools for finding keywords but you havn’t mentioned them can you please add them.coming to the post will be really new blogger as it was intended too.Thanks For Sharing!!

  4. Enstine Muki says:

    Hey bro,
    Good to see you here man

    You know why starters fail initially? Because they are starters without a mentor. Any newbie without a mentor surely will not commit these errors.

    Hope you are having a nice weekend

    • Enstine,
      That’s true. When you work without a mentor, it takes a longer time to get to your destination. Lots of mistakes would be made along the line because there is nonody to guide you.

  5. Jennifer Cunningham says:

    Enjoyed the post. Trying to stay away from ignorance. Working on email list now.

    • Jennifer,
      I wish you the best. Building an email list would really help you in the long run. There is this saying that “The money is in the list”. You need the list for follow up, sales, affiliate marketing, etc.

  6. Pavan Somu says:

    I agree proper way of monetizing is an prominent factor to earn money online with blogs.

  7. Bashir Ahmed says:

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for your awesome post on my blog. I hope my blog readers will enjoy your post and give you 5 stars for this post. I admit that I’m doing one mistake. I’m not using autoresponder email service but soon I’ll use it for my blog. Thanks for bringing it in attention.

    Thanks once again for great post.

    • Bashir,
      Thanks for giving me the opportunity to guest post on your blog. I have no doubt your readers would enjoy this post. I pray it should help those who had in the past made some of the mistakes listed here, to correct their mistake and move on with their blogging career.

  8. paras says:

    awsome article .your writing style is unique.and this article of mistakes by newbies always on my mind.

  9. Siegfried says:

    monetizatino of blog is not very easy topic – it is hard to determine when should it happen. implementing ads correctly is not easy as well

    • Siegfried,
      Yes, you are right. But somehow, if we are patient enough, we can avoid the rush to make money which usually pushes us into monetizing too early. Observing your traffic, the mood of your readers, taking a look at some offers made to us, etc should be part of things to do before monetization.

  10. Corey Will says:

    You pretty much said it how it is: If you are making these mistakes then your blog will fail.

    There is definitely a learning curve and then once you know what to do, you have to stay motivated!

    • Corey, you just said it all. There are times to make these mistake, but the moment you navigate your way out, things become pretty easier. I only pray one does not make the mistakes for too long.

  11. Thank you for this post. Im a newbie trying to get on the grind just don’t know the ins and outs yet so this helped a lot

  12. Jessie B says:

    We can improve our mistakes only if we know about it. Thanks for this guiding and informative post about the mistakes done by bloggers. I’ll check my blogging pattern once again and if there will be need to make some changes i’ll do accordingly.

  13. @Scarlet,I believe this post would help you identify common areas where these mistakes are made.I would also advise you get a mentor who can put you true

  14. Efogher Joseph,This was a very useful post packed with solid advice. I have been neglecting my title tags. Thank you for the reminder.Angela

  15. Angela, you are welcome.
    Always remember to optimize your post before publishing. This would help you get maximum benefit from both human and search engines

  16. Osei Fortune says:

    Well there are quite a few mentioned mistakes im making but learning something new everyday so recently i started to use seo and do a little keyword research .. by the way can you recommend any website or tool i can use to do my research for me its adwords

    • Osei, please check the following links:

  17. Osei, You really need change some practices in order to catch up with recent trends.As for the research tools, here are a few ones you can make use of:

    You can send me a mail so I can attach others. Comment box is refusing to accept more URLs

    • Bashir Ahmed says:

      Joe, only 3 links are allowed in comment box. if you want to add more links please remove the “http://www.”! from link.

      like: mydomain.com

      Thank you!

  18. Osei says:

    Thank you will try them each out and see how they work :)

  19. Rajeev. R says:

    Awesome article. I enjoyed reading this article and agree with all your points

  20. Ashish says:

    Well SEO is something which should be took seriously. Many bloggers made this mistake and they still facing trouble. It can drive lots of organic traffic to your blog which is very good for making money online. Adsense loves the organic traffic :)

  21. Ashish, I agree with you that SEO is still relevant for organic traffic. But the problem now is that a lot of bloggers are busy chasing after building backlinks at the expense of providing quality content for their readers. If you build the backlinks and there are no contents for the referred traffic, your efforts are wasted.

  22. Beth Hewitt says:

    Great post, I would add that they haven’y figured out their niche properly. Bloggers often blog about everything or nothing. They really need to be building up a solid following of people who are interested in what they have to say. Also I make most of my money as a by-product of my blog. I am not just a blogger, but I make a lot of connections, clients and sales from people who have read the kind of stuff I do. And finally many fail to realise that Blogging is a long term strategy and they give up before they really got started.

    • Beth, You are absolutely right. To make an impact, one needs to identify one’s niche. Knowing your niche makes it easier to administer to a target group. But when you blog without a target niche, anyone comes to your site and also gets out without finding satisfaction.

      Persistence is one key virtue of everyone who wants to succeed as a blogger. Even if you don’t get tangible result right now, there is need to be patient because sooner or later you start getting encouraging results.

  23. oh this is really interesting and every beginnner blogger face these problems at first thanks for the share

  24. Antoni says:

    Nicely stated. I was a victim but i came to realise my mistake and i killed them with my bare hands

    • Antoni, great to hear your testimony. One is bound to make some of these mistakes at the outset, but being able to identify them and rise above them is certainly a huge achievement on your part. keep it up.

  25. Beth, Thanks for this wonderful contribution. Discovering one’s niche is very important. It enables you deliver to a target audience. It is difficult to make a headway if we keep blogging just about anything.

  26. Akhilesh says:

    hey ! really very nice post and it also have interesting stuffs for all new bloggers like me but i want to ask you, is it compulsory to check our site title before writing each post.

    • Akhilesh, Good to know you found this post helpful. It is not compulsory to first check your site title before writing each post. It is necessary to check your site title before writing post title in order to be sure your title conforms with the theme of the blog, if you are a visitor and you are writing your first article there.

      However, if you are the owner of the blog, you do not need to follow this ritual since you know everything about your blog – its concepts, categories, target audience, etc.

  27. ataur rahman says:

    Thanks this site for your helping post. I am a new blogger. So this tutorial will help me very much. I will follow all the steps on my blog to about money making by blogging. I agree with you.

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