Why My Blog Isn’t Making Money | Confessions of A New Blogger

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Updated 3/2021...end of the first quarter of 2021.

This quarter has been challenging, and finally my meditation journal is no longer on global distribution.

You may still see the journal in a few places with the old price of $27.99, since it may take a bit for those retailers to get rid of the current stock.

My goal is to be able to sell outside of Amazon, but until then. You can purchase The Body Love Mindset: A 365 Day Meditation Journal, my journal, for $19.99.

I'm learning as a new author it is so important research all of the options for publishing and promoting your books!

We will be discussing more about this going forward 🙂

Below are my stats for the first quarter...

The well is so dry.

The dread of writing another blog where the statistics / income reports / earnings reports are pitiful!

There are holes in my income producing marketing plan.

How do I know? I haven’t made over $50 in my blog since the official launch in November.

Income sources:

  • Journal -global distribution
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Patron 
  • Google Adsense

Soooo are you confused yet?


3 Mistakes That Is Causing My Blog To Be Unprofitable (Don't Let It Happen To You)

  1. Managing Too Many Products
  2. Unattractive Tripwire 
  3. Limited Marketing 

1️⃣  Managing Too Many Products - 

Being a Jack of all trades doesn’t get the bills paid!

This blog started out with all the things!

When you have too many offers, it can be confusing and you don’t know what to try first. 

It’s like being at an international buffet. Which dish would you choose first?

It is also so exhausting because you have to build an optin or offer around each product. If you use a conversion tracker like Build Redirects, even though it’s easy to switch out the offer links, you are still having to mange different products if you have multiple offers. 

Managing too many products affects your google analytics. Your numbers are not as consistent or easy to track because there’s so much to monitor.

If you are trying to keep your cost low, as most new bloggers are, try to keep everything as simple as possible. 

Here's a look at my Google Analytics for 1st Quarter 2021 - yes it's through 3/25 - 6 days early - it's ok:)

Surprisingly, I get a lot of direct search traffic so I will give myself some credit - however, this is a learning process and I'm not giving up!

Solution - affiliate marketing is great but it needs to be specially connected or related to my main product offering. If it is not- it’s time to put that affiliate product on hold just until you are consistently making money from your main offering.

Affiliate Marketing Reject

Ok, so glad that you are still here.

The income from all of my affiliates that are currently promoted on my blog, Godaddy, Namecheap, Office Depot & OfficeMax, Vitamix, and Amazon. is $0. Let's get free...it's got to change!

2️⃣ Unattractive Tripwire -  

The secret sauce that one item whether it’s an ebook, checklist, swipe file, or list builder. 

That optin should entice your website visitors to become your subscribers.

That hasn’t happened on this blog!

It’s sad...

and I accept the emotion but I’m not staying in that place.

Why wouldn’t someone want an ebook copy of my internationally bast selling co authored book, a mindset hacks checklist, and my audio version of my guided meditation.

Dang did you get all of that? 

Maybe it’s too darn much! I mean what tha?

The relationship has just begun and I’m moving a little too fast.

Yes it’s free but too much can overwhelm your peeps!

Or maybe it doesn’t fit with what people are looking for. 

How do you know? 

One way to find out is to look at your analytics. Analytics are everything!

My husband had a program that he just mentioned that may provide even more data than google analytics so I will keep you posted.


How I monetized using free ads

Let’s look at Google Adsense.

You can have multiple websites under one account. Let's of course focus on this website. Only $.03 for 1st quarter! Ok...so the moral of the story is - need more traffic!

  3️⃣ Limited Marketing

It’s possible to run a successful blog without tons of social media advertising and marketing - it just may take more than 6 months.

A friend and Pinterest enthusiast told me to post like 20 to 40 times a day I think....I still have a long way to go.

I did hire my daughter to help with Pinterest management and creation.  

How are you doing with Pinterest? 

I’m still less than a year in but have scaled back.

When I was posting at least 10 times my numbers rose up to 180k monthly views then started dropping. 

I felt at the time maybe there’s something else I needed to be doing.

Sometimes free resources don’t give you the results that you need.

Maybe it’s time to try some paid marketing strategies. This area requires some research. 

My journal is solely selling on Amazon now.

Below is the last of the income from lulu's global distribution. 

Also, I have retired by book from there and it's now just on Amazon. Now I get to at lest make a few dollars instead of pocket change for each book!

Also I lowered the price - get your copy

 You can support my future printing company efforts by joining my patreon here

I, Hicunni, am being super transparent here.

In a previous state of mind, I would have been very embarrassed to show this data.

It’s great to see how we are starting out and what we are learning through the process.

So what’s the next move?

If you are not making money with your blog:

✅ Don’t give up! Learn how to turn your fear of failure into freedom check out my podcast on how to do that in detail here

✅ Focus on the main product first until you are making a consistent income

✅ Keep an eye on what your audience wants so your tripwire leads them to be subscribers 

✅ Re-evaluate your marketing strategy and add paid strategies if needed

Let this blog encourage you to get focused on a plan to have the successful blog that you’ve always wanted.

A goal without a plan is just a dream. You’ve got this! We are in it to be the change and create the life that we want!

Until next time! 

Posting content without doing prior research is dumb.

Keyword research is a must...

Unless you want to get crickets instead of

Customers!

Shout out to https://straycurls.com/blog/ for recommending this book ➡️ ➡️ ➡️ 

My analytics are getting better...just saying 🙂

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Keyword research is a must...Unless you want to get crickets instead of customers! - Hicunni Chandler


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