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Not Making Money Online? Its Not You, Its Them

Not Making Money Online? Its Not You, Its Them

After last weeks Friday Funnies I thought it best to get serious for this post, and what is more serious than talking about why you’re failing in your efforts to make money online. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s not you, it’s them! Well it could be you if you’re not doing all the right things. Let’s face it, in order to make money online there are certain things that you should be doing that will help you to bring in a dollar. Thing’s like hosting your own blog and using a professional theme. Let’s not forget that you should also be providing great content and making sure you utilise the right SEO in order to get the right targeted traffic!

So, let’s say you are doing all the right things and despite all the hard work you’re putting into your online business the money just isn’t finding it’s way into your PayPal, Moneybookers or perhaps even your Neteller account. Have you ever thought that maybe it’s not you at all, that maybe it’s everybody else’s fault? Let’s have a look at exactly whose fault it is shall we.

  1. Habitual Link Clickers: I get a lot of these. They are the casual surfers who can’tclick on link help themselves but to click on a link, that is of course except for those links that actually pay you when people click on them, like Adsense links for example. It’s like these turkeys have a sixth sense or something, as if they know which links will make you money and which won’t and they always click on the ones that don’t. Perverse bastards, getting a kick out of leading bloggers like us down the garden path shouldn’t be allowed. :tongue_laugh_ee:
  2. Window Shoppers: There may be those rare occasions when a window shopper turns into an actual customer but this only happens when they resulted from target traffic and they’re actually in buying mode. Otherwise they’re just casual clickers who may be interested in the link reference but not in actually buying what is being sold.
  3. Poor Landing Pages: Think about it for a second. All your great SEO has lead to the targeted traffic which generated the clicks that has taken them to those sales pages and that’s where it ends. So you see, it’s not your fault at all. You got them there they just weren’t good enough to convert.

Truth be told, when running an online business there are a hell of a lot of boxes that have to ticked for a sale to eventuate. Getting those boxes ticked isn’t an easy task either. Most of it has to do with getting the right traffic to your site and then hope that whoever it is that clicks on the link has to be in the market to actually buy and isn’t just ‘looking’. Not an easy task at all, let me tell you. What helps is having the right niche and that’s why I started TheGiftsGuru. Speaking of which I’ve just put together a Facebook Fanpage to promote that blog and I’m looking for people to Like it. To achieve that end I’m only accepting comments from people who have liked my The Gifts Guru Fanpage. I will be checking all comments and deleting any who haven’t liked the page. While you’re there you may want to check my first app. A bit harsh you reckon? Heck, that’s marketing for you.  :drunk_tb:

OH, and if you want to get your readers attention my making your links wobble, shake or whatever, all you need is the SoreThumb plugin.


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  1. Twitter:
    lol, yea, can you believe the nerve of us people? How dare we come here to read your blog post and not have the common courtesy investigate whether any of your ads might interest us. :-)

    Along those lines, I’d actually been meaning to sign up for fiverr, so when I saw a link in one of your ad blocks I went over and registered.

    Note though, if it wasn’t something I was planning to take action on once I got to the advertiser’s site, I wouldn’t have been doing you any favors by clicking on you adsense … in fact, it would probably hurt your earning if too many people click just to “have a look” :-)
    Todd recently posted…Vacuuming AccidentMy Profile

    1. Hey Todd, first off let me thank you for liking my Fanpage, it is much appreciated.

      I didn’t know Fiverr used Adsense. Learn’t something new and how lucky was I that the ad appeared just while you were in the buying mood? :wink:

      I actually have a plugin that would take care of click bombing. I would activate it if I thought it would be a problem. So far it doesn’t seem necessary :ponder_tb:
      Sire recently posted…Blonde Jokes Galore For Friday Funnies #51My Profile

  2. Twitter:
    Now that’s an interesting thing Sire, deciding to delete comments of anyone who hasn’t liked your FB page. I’m not so sure that’s wise because nothing spreads faster than hearing about someone who deletes comments on FB. That could be a potential buyer long term, though I know what you’re thinking about.
    Mitch Mitchell recently posted…5 Random Thoughts About Blogging After A Local Blogging Get TogetherMy Profile

    1. I’m not deleting comments on FB Mitch just on this post. And if they read the post through and don’t want to like my page then they won’t leave a comment. If they do leave a comment and haven’t liked the page then I know they didn’t read the post which in itself, I’m sure you agree, is an offence that deserves deletion. :guns_tb: :wink_ee:
      Sire recently posted…A Plugin That Increases Click Through RatesMy Profile

        1. Exactly, or the ones that say they’re going to join something or buy something but are just full of hot air. This way I can accurately track each comment to see if they did what they said they’d do.
          Sire recently posted…Are You A Doer Or A Doubter?My Profile

  3. Twitter:
    Hi Sire, This blog post hit’s very close to home for me. I have been blogging since 2006 and I have spent years trying to figure out how to unlock all that blogging money..

    I actually do make thousands every month online and a big part of that is because of my blog(s)…

    To start with, you first need to really look at what action you want a person to take on your blog.. To many options and your reader will opt to take no action at all…


    Decide if your gonna treat your blogging like a hobby or business.. That’s very important because if you treat your blogging like a hobby most hobbies don’t make anyone a lot of money.. However you will love what you do and sometimes that enough.


    I use to think getting tons and tons of comments would help me make more money…

    ..I make more money from my blogs that get a few comments than I do from my blog post that have lots of comments..

    I blog for money, not a social hangout.. While I do love comments and I do love getting feedback from people.. I want to get paid, so I focus more on sales message than to stimulate conversation.

    I believe i prefer internet network marketing over affiliate marketing because it’s more work to keep getting new sales then it is to keep a customer paying..

    One disconnect I see with some bloggers is they don’t understand the relationship between list building and blogging..

    I love your blog sire and because I am on your list I am able to follow you, I have learned many lessons by watching you blog.

    Final Thought: If you want to make money blogging you need to have a sales funnel that works, you need to know who your unique market is.

    What I mean by this, is to many people blog about things they don’t really know about. Also instead of talking directly to the person reading their blog, they talk around them.. Always engage your readers head on like you are talking to them face to face..

    One of my martial arts sayings, Or I should say one of the principles I follow is

    “The Quickest way from point A to point B is a straight line”

    Know what exactly you want and then don’t let anything get in your way stay laser focused. Have Clarity Of Purpose…

    And when ever you can evoke emotions in your words…
    Larry Rivera recently posted…Making $3000 In One Sale Possible yes Do ThisMy Profile

    1. Hey Larry, long time no see. How have you been.

      It’s good to see that you’re finally making money on the net and I’m so happy that I had a small part to play in that. You’ve been a loyal subscriber and I hope I continue to put out good posts so it stays that way.
      Sire recently posted…Why I Love WP Zon BuilderMy Profile

  4. Wow, I got to be the lucky 9th liker of The Gifts Guru fanpage!

    As to that most expensive perfume for men, I’d prefer its cash equivalent than the perfume itself. :)

    1. Yeah, that wasn’t hard at all was it James? It’s my first ever Fanpage and I didn’t realize it would be so hard to get people to like it. I’ve been asked by heaps of people to like their page and I was always happy to do so. Yet very few of the people I asked via Facebook were willing to make the effort, ergo this post.

      Still, asking people to like it to get their comment accepted has been a great way to filter out all the losers who comment without reading the post. :devil_tb:
      Sire recently posted…Using Images To Make Your Posts Stand OutMy Profile

      1. I wouldn’t be surprised if one day I’d be reading a post here about a newly proven technique to both increase number of likes to a facebook fanpage, and to cull away auto-commenters.

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