4 Mistakes Made by Low Earning Bloggers

Today, I’m pleased to bring you a special guest post by Mr. Blogging in Paradise himself!

4 Mistakes Made by Low Earning Bloggers

If you clicked on this title you may be beyond disgusted with your blogging income.

Come in close; I have a secret to share.

You are likely making 1 – or all – of these 4 mistakes.

I know. I made most of ‘em. At one time or another during my blogging career.

It wasn’t always about sipping coconut juice on Fijian beaches, ya know?

Biddulph almost bit the blogging big one before he bounced to Bali because of financial nightmares I experienced. But I eventually faced, embraced and released some silly willy errors I was making to right my blogging ship.

If you just cannot seem to blast through an earnings wall or if goose eggs greet your frustrated eyes every month when checking your blogging revenue honestly admit your errors.

Convert your blogging pain into profitable pleasure by identifying and correcting these 4 maddening mistakes.

1: Relying Solely on Ad Revenue to Pay the Bills

This mistake floors me.

Thank the gods I avoided this error.

Struggling bloggers tend to seek out low-paying opportunities. From a place of fear-based delusion, said strugglers attempt to force a full-time income through advertising streams.

Trying to earn a full-time, robust income through ad revenue for a struggling blogger is like trying to decapitate Godzilla with a blunted butter knife. It’s like trying to slay King Kong with spitballs. It’d be like if I tried to complete my recent journey from Bangkok to NYC riding a paper airplane.

You cannot generate substantial, full-time blogging revenue through advertising until you drive thousands upon thousands of targeted visitors to your blog.

You cannot earn that sweet advertising income until thousands of folks click on your penny payout ads, over the course of a month.

Once you run a successful blog for 2 to 3 years advertising revenue may yield a lucrative income stream for you. Until then, create helpful products and services for your readers. Publish online courses. Write and self-publish eBooks for Amazon. Convert those eBooks into audiobooks. Become a consultant. Coach. Offer freelance services.

Make real money through your blog by providing something useful. Build your brand. Boost your profits.

2: Poor Response Time through Email and Social Media

Guilty as charged on this one.

During lean years I was not responsive on social media and through email. I secretly believed nobody was hiring me or buying my stuff anyway so I self-sabotaged in this regard.

Move in the opposite direction; be responsive.

No need to check your email every 5 minutes but popping in 3 to 5 times daily helps you to form bonds and grow your business.

Ditto on social media. Check Twitter and Facebook at least 2 to 3 times every day to field questions, to answer questions and to book sessions with clients.

3: Doing Zero Mindset Work

Low earning bloggers are allergic to money. Money allergies root themselves in silly limiting beliefs you cling to regarding money.

Struggling bloggers generally do zero mindset work, ignoring the root of their problems. No matter how hard you work you can’t outfox your predominant energy.

I worked myself to the bone. For years. I still struggled financially. But when I doubled down on raising my energy by meditating, visualizing, praying and affirming I allowed more money into my experience.

As within, so without.

Meditate, visualize or pray on waking. Exercise for 60 minutes daily. Engage in personal development to allow your money limiting beliefs to arise. Face, embrace and release these energies. Align yourself with profitable ideas and successful bloggers who will help to boost your blogging income.

4: Hanging with Tire Kickers Versus the High Rollers of the Blogging World

Bloggers struggling to earn a dime usually surround themselves with fellow struggling bloggers.

You can’t learn how to make money blogging by mimicking bloggers who aren’t making money with their blogs.

Feel free to form bonds with aspiring bloggers. But pick 3 to 5 prospering, successful, experienced pro bloggers to learn how to earn more money.

A guy like John Chow can teach you how to make money blogging. Comment on his blog. Share his posts on Twitter. Pop up on his radar and on his reader’s radar. Earn more income by doing as successful bloggers do and being as successful bloggers are being.

Your Turn

What other mistakes can you add to this list?

Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course.



23 thoughts on “4 Mistakes Made by Low Earning Bloggers

  1. Hi Ryan,

    There is no doubt that most of the bloggers fail in blogging for the very common reasons. Bloggers make mistake by not exploring and sticking with only one way of monetizing.

    Most of the bloggers fail to run successful blogging business, just because they are too focused on making money online and choose the niche not by interest but by money factor.

    When a blogger chooses a niche in which he does not have interest, then he can never be a creatve writer.

    Blogging is the passion. How can someone become successful in something, where he just feel bored.

    Gaurav Kumar

    1. Hi Gaurav,

      Words of wisdom, my friend. It’s true many will fail especially if they jump right in thinking they are going to make millions. You, I, and Ryan know it just doesn’t work that way. 🙂

      I appreciate you stopping by to share on Ryan’s post.


  2. Hi Ryan & Bren, thanks a lot for this terrific post. If one can learn from these mistakes, it will be a game changer. Not responding on time has always been a problem for me, but thanks a lot I’ve overnight able to put that into perspective.

    Also the fact that struggling blogger tend to create bonds and align themselves with other struggling bloggers and sort of learning or mimicking what they do is truthfully sad because they only end up making no money at the end of the day. Creating a relationship with seasoned bloggers who Know the best practices, and learning from them is definitely the best way to go.

    Once again, thanks for posting.

    1. Hi Moss,

      I’m glad you enjoyed Ryan’s post! He truly is one to stalk on the web, right? I don’t always get to my blog comments in a timely fashion anymore, simply because I swamped with work. However, like now, I do eventually get around to it because I love engaging with my readers.

      It sounds like you have great blogging practices! Keep up the good work!


  3. Hey, Ryan! Hey, Bren!

    Oh! Wow!

    Great to have your content reading on Bren’s place, Ryan! 🙂

    And gosh!

    Too great mistakes you mentioned here, buddy!

    I so agree with the fact that the low earning bloggers do the things all around their online career that ultimately earn them very low.

    And that they don’t even notice that they are earning low.

    As long as their expenses are being paid, it is not a matter for them.

    And earning from the ad. is the stupidest idea… I never involved in that thing ever.

    I did not care of earning as well.

    I blogged for years without earning a single thing.

    And the first earning I made was in 2017. And thank goodness, the trend is continued and earning sources are adding up the time to time. 🙂

    Yes, I am still bad at the mind set as I have to catch up a good morning routine to start fresh and focused.

    So, I will work on that in coming days. 🙂

    Thanks for the awesome post as always, buddy!

    ~ Adeel

    1. Hi Adeel! Great see you!

      I, too, starting out blogging with no intentions on earning an income. However, after a few years, that changed and got bit in the booty by the money bug. Most of mine was sponsored content and affiliates back then. Now, it my services and affiliates. I think we all learn what works and what doesn’t. As long as we are learning and accomplishing our dreams, that is awesome!

      Ryan is definitely one to stalk on social media and get to know on a personal level. His techniques are spot on!

      Thanks for adding to the conversation, Adeel. Have a blessed day!


    1. Hi Yogesh,

      Oh yeah! Welcome to the realm of blogging! I hope you are enjoying it so far. Yes, engaging via our blogs and social media is definitely key. Also, leaving comments on other blogs is sure to gain some attention as well.

      Good luck!


  4. Hello there Nice Post you got up here!
    I totally agree with the #4.

    When you a struggling blogger tend to mix up with other struggling bloggers, it means you intend to remain where you are but when you take the next step to build relationship with aspiring bloggers then you are 1 step closer to replicating them.

    Great Post once more.

    1. Hi Prosper,

      Great to see you here! There is no one better to learn about blogging than Ryan. He is such an inspiration to all of us. Building relationships and a community of like-minded people is essential.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us.


  5. Hey Ryan!

    So glad to see you’re still on tour! Thanks for sharing these tips. When I was a newbie I made a couple of these mistakes myself. The worst one was hanging out with tire kickers – I’m so glad the light bulb went on before it was too late.

    I also thought ad revenue was THE way to make money – that’s what I learned from the tire kickers. I think they were ok with splashing ads on their site and just sit back to see what happens. I wanted to help people so money never has been a motivator.

    As always you rocked it here! I hope you both have a great weekend!


  6. Hey Ryan and Bren,

    You’re definitely right about not relying on ads to pay the bills. I don’t use ads on my blog because then you’re so focused on getting those page views. The more page views you get then the more you have to make.

    However, if you have a bad month and don’t get as many page views then most likely your income will come down. I’m not knocking ads, as I know that there are several bloggers who make good money.

    Totally agree with you about following 3-5 bloggers and learn how they do things. Find out what methods they used to achieve their online success. There’s no reason to spend years trying to figure it out on your own, especially, since they’ve already paved a path that works.

    I’ve been guilty of several of these things on this list and am still guilty about taking forever to respond to social media. This is because I’ve turned off notifications while I am working so I can focus 100% on my task at hand.

    Oh and I totally agree with making time for personal development. I’ve been focused on this for a while now and feel like I am more productive online. When I get in front of the computer, I know what needs to be done and I do it.

    Then I take time off. I think taking time off is extremely important, especially, for your health. If we’re in this for the long-term, which I think most of us are, we have to take time off from our computers and give our body a break.

    Definitely need to work on improving some these things. Thanks for sharing these 4 mistakes with us.

    Have a great day 🙂


    1. I was so slow on social Susan for years, then for me, I saw it was a fear. Fear of responsibility. Fear of taking on more work. Fear of helping others. For you though, you are doing A-OK methinks. Engaging through comments and then devoting 100% of your energies to creating is certainly prospering. Thanks!


    2. Hi Susan,

      I think we could all improve in some areas. Are there really any “true” experts out there, oh, except for Ryan. 😉 Like you, I’m not super fond of adds. I have a couple but there are affiliate banners to influencer sites. I prefer to keep a Resources page full of goodies that I use and recommend. Keeps the clutter out of the content area for sure.

      The best thing about blogging for me is making those friendships with others. Networking outside of our blogs and really getting to know the person behind the blog. Those friendships can last years, as some of mine I met blogging over 5 years ago. It’s a great Community of friends and we are always there to support one another.

      I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. Have a great day!


  7. I think all bloggers are guilty of doing all four of these at some stage in their blogging journey. It’s a tough balance being authentic to your own voice and yet being open to opportunities to make money. I’ve never figured it out and seeing I don’t need to make an income from my blog, I’ve ;chosen not to go half-a**d and dabble – I think it’s all or nothing for me and atm I’m happy with nothing.

    1. Hi Leanne,

      This is a tough to embrace but true lesson that of course, I learned the hard way ;)…..you can be authentic, speak your voice voice and still make money blogging. Actually, being authentic is the BEST way to make a lot of money blogging. But sometimes we pick up some untrue limiting beliefs from folks that teach us – falsely – otherwise.


    2. Hey Leanne!

      You said it, girl! I struggle with my “tone” all the time. As a hobby blogger turned business owner, I can’t seem to find the balance between my tones. I mean, I’m sure no one on this site wants to hear about my dogs or midlife here. 🙂

      I like the fact that you are in it to share your stories and experiences. If money happens to fall into your lap, so be it. That’s just a bonus! 😉

      Great to see you here!


  8. HI Ryan and Brenda, great post! I love the images here too of Ryan.
    I just saw a new course by Jon Chow, sometime I may do if you learned from him Ryan.
    I’d say at times I’ve done #2 myself, it can be hard to respond quickly when you have many things going on in your life offline. You have to learn how to juggle many balls at once to keep on top of things.
    #4 – that’s a tough one, not sure I agree. I like to help others and those I help usually have those type of issues with their social media or blogging. But I get your point to hang out with those above to learn and grow. It’s a delicate balance act Ryan.
    I hope you both have a great new week ahead!

    1. Hey Lisa,

      I think you nailed it with the “time” issue. You and I both struggle with that one for many reasons. As you can see, I’m late to the game at responding to comments, which is generally not like me.

      Ryan has shared some very valid points here that I think even the “pros” may struggle with at times. It’s good to put these out there so all bloggers can be aware.

      Great to see you here, Lisa. Thanks for adding to the convo!


  9. Bren thanks a bunch! LOL on the picture; you picked the best one. Freaking love it. I think that was me in Phuket, Thailand. What an island. What a ham that guy is 😉


    1. Hey Ryan!

      No, thank you for writing a fantabulous post! These are spot on mistakes. Ones even I have made. 🙂 I had to dig a little for that image but when I saw it, I knew that was the one! Thank you again!


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