Stop Trying to Get Rich Blogging

Facing the Brutal Facts About Your Blog

Stop-trying-to-get-richYou’re working so hard to turn your blog into a business, but as of yet, you aren’t seeing a profit from all your efforts. You read other blogs and it seems like they are killing it.

They’ve got corporate sponsors, a gazillion retweets, enough comments to write a novel, and they even have a cool “featured on” page showing all the places they’ve been featured.

You’re asking yourself, “How are those other bloggers getting rich off their blogs, and why can’t I do it too?”

Here is the surprising answer to that question.

Most bloggers are not getting rich off their blogs.

In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that most bloggers aren’t even making enough money to pay for the laptop they type them on.

So how do you take your dream of turning your blog into a money making machine and turn it into a reality?


In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins says that…

if you want to build a business that will not only succeed, but that will go from average to phenomenal (good to great) you have to be willing to confront the brutal facts.

And as hard as that is to do, I want to help you confront the brutal facts about blogging and your business.  I want you to succeed.

So I’m willing to stick my neck out and help you confront the brutal facts, then help you move forward and build the business of your dreams.

5 Brutal Facts About Your Blog

1.  Your Blog is Not a Business

It might feel like a business because you are working so hard to make it a success.

But a business generates an income, it provides some degree of financial freedom, and it typically solves a problem or meets a need.

If you have a blog that is a platform, and not a business, read this on how to build a business with a blog.


2.  You won’t make a living off of your ad space

Banner ads don't workThe facts are in.  Ads don’t work.  Of course, that is a broad generality, and yes, some blogs can make a few (and I seriously mean “a few”) dollars off of google ads, sidebar ads, and banners.

But there is such a lack of respect as it relates to ads being a source of income generation that those in the marketing industry are now writing comedy about it!

What happens to all those ads when a reader uses a mobile device? Poof. Gone.  Sidebar ads are a short lived dinosaur of a certain time period online.

In short, ads don’t work.

Let this sink in-

You are more likely to complete NAVY SEAL training than click a banner ad.

You are more likely to climb Mount Everest than click a display ad.

The average person is served over 1,700 banner ads per month. Can’t remember any, can you?

3.  You aren’t weird enough

There are over 450,000 English speaking blogs on the Internet.

Unless your personal life is a train wreck or you’re Brad Pitt’s nanny, you are going to have to work really, really hard to stand out in a sea of other bloggers.

You have to identify your audience, find your niche, and then within that niche you’re going to have to be unique.

4.  You don’t have solutions

Businesses solve problems.  They provide goods or services that help people in some way.

These goods or services are something that people will pay for to solve their problems or to meet their needs.

Does your blog solve a problem or meet a need that people would pay for?

5.  You don’t have a plan

A business requires a business plan.  A well thought out plan for how the business will be started and how it will generate an income.

It’s okay if you started your blog because you love to write, but if you’re waiting on your blog to make you rich, it won’t.

Because it’s a blog and not a business.

Sometimes I think we just need permission to do the things we love without having to make a living at it.  So I’m giving you permission.  I’m telling you it’s fine for you to have a blog that gives you an outlet for your creativity, allows you to talk about things that are important to you and lets you stay connected to friends and family. You don’t have to try to monetize your joy.

And when (and if) you’re ready to start building your business, (even a business that uses your blog as its platform) then I’ll be ready to help you do that too.


Facing the brutal facts is . . . well . . . brutal.

Tell me, what was the hardest thing you read today?

Did I push your buttons..

make you think…

or give you permission to just enjoy writing?

Sources: Banner Ad research above here, Blog income survey here, Technorati

  • Una Opiyo

    The hardest thing is reading that ‘it’s not a business’. I know it’s not, but I’m working towards making it one. But even as hard as it is to swallow, I’ve realized that I need to box that B word & have fun. :)
    Oh, how I’d love to be weird!

  • Alli Worthington

    If you are making your blog a business now then you are on your way, Una! :)

  • Monika


    My “fault” is that I’m not weird enough. Each time I go to a niche segment I immediately want to break out of it too. I like flitting from one topic to another like a butterfly! :-)

  • Alli Worthington

    I have that same problem, Monika!

    I get bored. :)

  • Janel Messenger

    I’m not sure how I missed this one… I <3 you Alli! I've always felt that way, but never wanted to say it out loud for someone to eat me alive… Thanks. {hugs}

  • Alli Worthington

    Ha, Janel! 99% of people loved it but the 1% was furious. I’ve developed a thick skin through the years. Glad you liked it! xo

  • Donna Ross O’Shaughnessy

    :)…yep. Needed to HEAR this…maybe even print it up…or STAPLE it to my head!!! Thanks.

  • Tex

    Great article!

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  • Beth Landi

    I just found your site & have spent the past 2 hrs reading a lot of it. I find it very refreshingly truthful! However after reading your write up about not getting rich from blogging. I admit I was then confused to see so many areas of sign ups for “free tips for a successful online biz”. Maybe I assumed you grouped blogs & websites together in that post? I truly do love your writing/site/style/etc. and maybe I am being sensitive being a start up blogger myself, about being a mid life woman who is starting her life over in every area of life. Including changing careers at the age of 52 to blogging ;) – but I felt you left a big gap of information out of that post. Beth :)

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  • kalynbrooke

    I certainly agree with you that blogger’s don’t make money…right away. I have the privilege of personally knowing bloggers who work and make a full-time income, so much so that the husbands have been able to quite their jobs to stay home with the kids. For myself, I make currently a nice part time income right now, and am well on my way to full-time by the end of the year. And those ads you speak of? They are my highest income source above anything else.

  • jyatt7

    Totally weak article. Don’t believe this BS. You work hard you can make great money on the Web blogging.

  • Alli Worthington

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  • Alli Worthington

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