5 Ways New Bloggers Leave Money on the Table

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There are so many new bloggers out there now. Did you know that many of them won't make it a full year? While there are so many free blogs out there, I assume the reason you are on this post is that you want yours to make money.

5 ways new bloggers leave money on the table

The honest truth is that I can understand why so many blogs don't last that long. I've seen it first hand as my blogging buddies drop from the radar after only a few months.

Writing a blog is simple, but it is far from easy.

It takes a lot of work. But the real difficulty is making sure you’re working on the right things.

You can work for hours on end and even full-time on your blog. But if you are working on the wrong things, how can your blog possibly grow that way? You know what they say, it is not practice makes perfect, but rather, Perfect practice makes perfect.

I've been blogging for 8 years now. And in this post, I plan on describing from my experience with the top 5 ways bloggers are leaving money on the table. To top it all off, I am going to highlight what they should be doing instead.

Mistake # 1: Not Monetizing Soon Enough

There is a lot of blogging pros who give blogging tips and tricks about the value of making a quality product when it comes to your blog.

They always say that you want to make sure you have quality articles and a good theme behind your blog before you even think about monetizing.

To this advice, I call bullshit. This blogger is either delusional or trying to keep all the money for themselves!

While you should have quality content on your blog, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with thinking about how you’re going to bring in money with it from day one.

Here is a scenario I have seen again and again when it comes to other bloggers.

You have a new blogger who spends a couple of years developing quality content for their blog without making a damn dime. And then when they reach a point where they can clearly monetize because they have the traffic and engagement, they don’t do it because they don’t know how or they’re afraid of disappointing their audience because they haven't been monetizing this whole time so they’re afraid that they’ll lose their audience if they do start to monetize.


Let me first start by saying that there is nothing wrong with earning a decent income with your blog.

You can simultaneously create quality content and make money at the same time and you can do a number of ways.

  1. He can make money with sponsored posts even when you don’t have a huge following.
  2. You can make money with affiliate marketing no matter the size of your audience as well.
  3. You can make money with ads. You should be putting Ads on your website from day one. You’re not gonna make a lot of money initially, but you’re gonna make something which is a whole lot better than nothing. Anyone can sign up for a Google Adsense account, no matter your blog traffic. Check it out.

Starting to monetize from day one not only sets the expectation for your audience but allows you to keep things in perspective. Making money with your blog is just as important as creating quality content for your blog. One cannot survive without the other.

You cannot continue to write great content without making any money over a long period of time. And you cannot expect to get high traffic and engagement if you are not creating quality content.

Mistake #2: Not Writing Quality Content with Affiliate Links

Remember how I said a lot of people create quality content on their blogs for a long time without even thinking about monetizing? Well, they’re also missing out on great affiliate income. If you have written a great article that is getting lots of traffic, you should have some affiliate links in it.

If you’re curious as to what I am talking about with affiliate link is, it pretty much is a link that has your special tracking code in it. When someone purchases using your link, you get paid a commission. Commissions can range from a couple dollars to 50% of the sale. And the best part about affiliate income is that you do the work one-time (when you write the article) and then you just watch the money flow in passively.

Another great thing about affiliate income is that you don’t need a lot of traffic to make good money. All you need are people who are reading your content and then clicking through to your links to buy because you did such a good job explaining why they should. Not sure what affiliate programs you should join? Check out our affiliate list for bloggers here to get an idea of some awesome programs.

Mistake #3: Not Tracking From Day One

This one is a big one for me personally with my own blog. I had my blog for a couple of years and I had never really sat down and tracked any stats. I was not tracking my social media following, my Google Analytics traffic, or how much income I was making regularly. I was just going through the motions doing busy work here and there.

So I sat down and looked at my traffic and my income I noticed that for those two years that I was working on my blog, I had not really grown. I was getting anywhere between $50-$200 a month and it varied from month to month. But to blog for two years you would expect it to actually grow and not be this roller coaster. 

So I decided to track it.

I made an excel sheet to track my social media following and my blog income and then I became a bit obsessed with it. I was updating my numbers every week and as a result, I was more interested in growing those numbers. So I spent more time asking myself how can I make my numbers grow more than they were and the week before?

Fast forward six months after I started tracking and I had my first month where I made $6,000.


I know that’s a huge jump going from years of only making $100 here and there. But it’s the truth. Tracking your numbers is so important. And it can mean the difference between your blog succeeding in a year or failing. Take a little time at least once a month to measure your numbers and see if you’re growing or declining. And let it help guide you in making decisions on what to do next.

If you are wondering about the excel sheet I used to track my stats, we include this tracking sheet for income, blog traffic, and social media growth when you sign up for our monthly membership.

Mistake #4: Not Signing Up For Various Social Media Accounts and Influencer Networks

I’m hoping that before you bought a domain for your blog you already did your research to make sure that that name is available on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and I Pinterest. This is so important because your social media accounts are like your little army getting traffic for your blog.

Not only do they help with search engine optimization (SEO), but they are great for making sure that your website has links on reputable sites.

This is also called backlinking and it’s a pretty significant strategy when it comes to SEO. While you don’t get a whole lot of points for being on a website like Facebook, it does make your blog a more legitimate in Googles eyes.

One place where I find bloggers miss a great opportunity is by not creating profiles on various sponsored post websites. For every sponsored post website you have a profile on, that is another link going back to your website. Now while these sites are not as strong as say having a link on another website like Buzzfeed or the Huffington Post, but you still get the benefit of having a variety of different links going to your blog.

As long as the sites are legitimate and have a decent Alexa rating (meaning a score lower than your own) then you’re all good to post the link from your blog there.

If you’re not sure which sponsored sites are reputable, I highly recommend you join the Blogging Money Update. The Blogging Money Update is an email newsletter that sends the best-sponsored post opportunities to bloggers 3 times a week. Opportunities range from $50-$5,000 each and we only post legitimate sponsored post sites. You do have to have an account on a variety of sponsored post websites in order to apply. But after a couple of emails, you will find that you can sign up for a lot of profiles fairly quickly. Sign up for the Bogging Money Update here.

Mistake #5: Not Collecting Email Addresses

Bloggers who collect email addresses make money.

It is that simple.

Why on earth would you start a blog and not collect peoples email addresses? The reason is that most people don’t know how to make money from that email list. 

There are a lot of ways you can make money with your email list.  Because of the size of many bloggers' email lists, they are able to get more traffic to their blog posts, get more eyes on their affiliate links, and make more money because they have people they can sell to.

If you don’t have an email list or are you are struggling to grow your email list I highly recommend you signed up for the Free Beyond Basic Blogging email challenge to get your first 1000 email subscribers.

Even if you have more than 1000 email subscribers I promise you will get something out of this challenge. We give tips from collecting emails to your board post to creating the best freebies to get subscribers. And the best part is it’s free! You’ve got nothing to lose.

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Bonus Tip: Not asking for help!!!!

I know I said I would do 5 great tips here, but there’s one that is just nagging at me that I felt I just had to share. And that is not her asking for help.

I can tell you exactly how many bloggers have had success with a blog all by themselves.

Are you ready for it?

The answer is zero.

Every blogger that is doing big things has had help at one point in time or another.

Some bloggers have had blog coaches. Some bloggers have joined mastermind groups. Other bloggers have taken courses that show you step-by-step what you should do.

ANYONE who has had success has also had help. 

So my advice is to get some help. Find other bloggers who have been there and done that. There is no reason to reinvent the wheel with your blog. Take a shortcut by getting some help.

That is why we developed the Blogs That Click course. There are some bloggers that have got it going on. They write content that engages their audience, makes them click, and ultimately, makes them buy. If you want to create content that does these things, you need the course.

You can expect to get:

  • A complete editorial calendar
  • Our secret to writing more content quickly
  • A full-proof guide to writing click-worthy titles
  • A content brainstorming exercise sheet
  • Our Avatar Discovery workbook to find your target audience
  • The map to outlining blog posts
  • Guidelines on writing a great post for your blog

And we took the time to learn what the most successful bloggers are doing and how to replicate it. You get signed up for the Course below.

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Good luck, and I wish you much success on your blog!

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Alli Smith

I’ve been blogging for six years and when I first started I didn’t have any of this great information. This is a great help for new and seasoned bloggers.

    Kamika Smith

    I felt the same way when I started blogging. Glad you found the post helpful!

Fiona Cambouropoulos

A really handy guide. I am guilty of 1 to 3 but in my defense by blog was never designed to make money, rather to bring awareness to out holidays. Hopefully that excuses me!

    Kamika Smith

    There are ways to monetize almost any type of blog. Let us know if you have any questions about making money with your site!

Lavern Moore

This is an informative read that I have learned so much from. I intend to put these suggestions to good use right away to monetize!

    Kamika Smith

    Glad you learned a lot. Thanks for reading!


These are definitely great tips. I know when I first started my blog I left a lot of money on the table. I’m doing much better now but it definitely has pitfalls when you don’t know what you’re doing.

    Kamika Smith

    This is so true. Let us know if you have any questions!

Melissa Chapman

I am not a new blogger but can always learn and improve. I think asking for help is always a smart idea and finding friends and networking is a great tool.

    Kamika Smith

    Networking is a great way to find blogger friends. Bouncing ideas off of each other will help you learn so much.

Amber Myers

These are some good reminders. I’m doing most of them, but there are some I need to be sure to do. I know I need to ask for help more often!

    Kamika Smith

    It can be really difficult to reach to others for help. Once you see the benefits, it will become a bit easier.

Cristina Petrini

I’ve tried some of these things, but objectively it’s not easy at all … I think the problem is to start, to understand how to make everything work!


I’ve been a blogger for over 5 years and I still found things to learn here. Thanks for the great ideas. I’ve pinned this to my Blogging 911 board.


YES YES YES my friend keep it going for sure- def learning to make money as you can and monetize your blog like you said is HUGE so you dont waste time and money!

Jenn @ EngineerMommy

These are all good tips for sure. I wish I started monetizing my blog earlier. I definitely left some money on the table.


I couldn’t agree with you more! I made all of this mistakes and oh I wish I didn’t/ your post is super useful!

Krysten Quiles

These are all great tips! I’ve never heard of blogging money update but I’m signing up, thanks!

Tara Pittman

This is great info. I do so many of these but I wish I had done many of them way sooner.

Sarah Bailey

These are some great tips for new bloggers, I have to admit I’m still not sure I am doing it completely right!


I really enjoyed reading this post. This is great information to know and apply as a blogger.

Sondra Barker

I really wish I could have read this when I first started blogging! Great tips and super helpful!

Jessica Joachim

I love that you mention not monetizing early enough. SO many people think they need to wait but NO! Start monetizing right away!


I struggled with doing an email list for a long time after I first started blogging. I should have focused on that much sooner.


Such a good article. I need to start treating my blog more like a business and ensure I track numbers and start collecting email addresses.

Ruth I

It is sad to hear that not everyone can make it until the end. I agree, blogging is 100% hard work and knowing what’s your market. Reading this is such an essential and it could be a key to success also.

Jeni Hawkins

There are so many good things that I can see and absorb in this post. As you’ve mentioned, asking for help is going to help a lot as well. I hope we all make it and prosper together.

Alvern @ Success Unscrambled

I have to agree with you on all points and it is true that the most important one of all for me is tracking your statistics including setting up goals in Google Analytics.


Having a group of bloggers who can help a beginner is a great thing. Analytics is also important to gauge the improvement.


This is a great post! I completely agree with you on all these too. I think they are all important for bloggers to know. I’m sure when I started out, I wasn’t doing all these either.


I started using affiliate links before but didn’t continue. I also started collecting email addresses but didn’t continue. Thanks for the tips and reminders. Need to work on them.


I don’t care to see affiliate links in blog posts but I do totally agree that bloggers need to use every social media channel available to them! especially Pinterest!

Ceci Rey

Very informative. You gave some great suggestions…monetizing is so important!


This is a great post! I have some friends who just started a blog and these ideas could totally help them.

Alisha Anglin-Pagan

I think this is great information for new bloggers.

Terri Steffes

I totally agree with you on the emails. Those emails you collect are yours and no one can mess with them. Unlike social media, where they can change how they do business at any time!


I wish I focused on my email list a lot sooner as well! This is a great list and new bloggers will really benefit!!!

Esther Irish

I’ve been monetizing my blog for about nine years now and I’m still not doing all of these things! Thanks for the new ideas and reminding me about some old ones. I love blogging and that I can make money from home.

Debra Schroeder

These are nice tips for newbies and reminders for people who’ve been blogging for awhile. Collecting email addresses is key and so many bloggers skip that part.

Elizabeth Keene

Trying to monetize without losing the quality of your page has been a fear of mine for a while. Thanks for the reassurance!


Very useful tips! I’ve been blogging for 7 years, not always easy but fun!

Yeah Lifestyle

These are such great tips for both new bloggers and old bloggers as well to remind them that they can make money from their blog.

Pati Robins

i dont really make money from blogging as i just enjoy writing the blog so that gives me more joy but those are great tips


I love this post! I have been blogging for 11 years and I can attest that it is A LOT of hard work and dedication. Sometimes I make some good money and other times I make hardly anything. You really do get out of it what you put in.

Alexandra Cook

Penny pinching adds up. Keep track of the money! It is for good reason!

Myrah Duque

I committed some of these mistakes when I started. It’s not easy when you start out.


Such great tips! I know I started Monetizing Late in the game. I wish I would have done it earlier.

Shannon Gurnee

This is some great information on getting into blogging and making money. I’ve been blogging for 11 years and love what I do!


My first year of blogging I didnt join any influncer network. I had no clue thats how people were getting campaigns but now its a must!

Hannah Marie

Reading this will make your views different about blogging. This sets you to the right mindset, market and path along the way. Very impressive.

Alexandra Cook

Great article. This is a topic I know I need to learn more about and you really helped me understand some good ways. Thank you.


Great information and tips here for bloggers! Thanks for sharing!

Terri Beavers

I’ve got to revamp my way of thinking and my way of blogging. I could really be making some money if I just implemented a few things that I’ve not been doing. I’m ready to put your tips to good use.


I think it is important to build your brand before you start monetizing – nothing puts me off more than a blog full of ads

Brittany Vantrease

I’ve been blogging for two years and haven’t been able to cash out on my Adsense or anything, yet. It’s been frustrating so I’m glad to see that you have links to check out on how to bring in more. Thanks!

Rhey | Personal Growth Blogger

you nailed it. one mistake i made was the one you mentioned where i didn’t track my views from day one. i just assumed as a new blogger people would just flock to my site without much effort other then creating the content. man was i wrong.

Jennifer Tanney

I’m a little frustrated on the money front for my blog. It’s been monetized from the beginning but I really haven’t gotten very far. It makes a little money but there’s way more flux then I’d like. I think I need to do a better job with sponsors and increasing my social reach.


I agree with tracking numbers which is also something that I am bad at doing! I also have yet to fully monetize my blog.


Thank you so much for all the tips. I have 2 months with my blog and definitely this is the next step to grow it.


I know I have made some of these mistakes in the past. LOL!

Kalyan Panja

Thanks for sharing about these interesting ideas and such attractive solutions to to make money.


This is such a great reference point for those that want to get into blogging. I would definitely say that I wish I monetized sooner.

Patricia Chamberlain

I just hit my first year of blogging and I still have so much to learn! Thank you for this guide! I am checking out blogging money update now!

Jessica Fuqua

Great article! Good information and something to help new bloggers but also remind those who have been at it for a while.


I don’t understand how tracking helps make money. I needed to read these tips to help me on my blog.


Your bonus tip is spot-on! I started seeing a lot of improvement once I get help. Granted, my help was from my husband whom I had start photographing for me. But he has a better eye for it and that’s made my posts so much better!

Julia Palfrey

Thank you for the tips!


Thanks for sharing! I am always looking for additional resources and tips!


Very helpful for new bloggers looking to really make money long term! No one should be working for free!

Natural Beauty And Makeup

This post is meant for me! I have adsense ads on my blog but I hardly earn anything from it I am going to follow all these tips, thank you so much for sharing this post ☺

Chelsea Pearl

Yes to all of this! Earning affiliate marketing is totally limitless too, what you earn is based on the quality of your work and trust of your audience, not necessarily having a mass following.


This is really great advice! I know so many people who don’t realize how soon they can monetize their blog, and they are missing out on valuable income from day 1!

Renee | The Good Hearted Woman

I’ve been blogging for almost ten years now, and it is so much easier now to get started right. I made almost every one of these mistakes when I started out. I especially with I had started monetizing sooner.

Enriqueta E Lemoine

Great tips! Wish I had these when I first started. Will be sharing with aspiring bloggers.

Stephanie Adventures in Aussieland

I honestly did even know I could monetise my blog when I first started writing. Same with tracking my stats. I still only loosely look at them but I definitely want to start being a bit better at it.


Great tips for making money from blogging. We need to recoup those hosting fees. I do most of these, but I’m not consistent. That needs to be my change as I continue blogging.


I think I have a lot to learn from this post. Asking for help and signing up for more influencer networks are the big takeaways.

    Kamika Smith

    Yes, the influencer networks are a great place to find new opportunities. Thanks for reading!

Laura Schwormstedt

These are all such great tips for making the most out of a blog whether you are just starting out or have been doing it for a while

Laura x


I always tell newbies that you don’t have to have gave a million followers to sign up for networks. They never listen though lol

Tabitha Bradley-Raines

When I first started, I wasn’t worried about making money. Now I am starting to consider it. I will definitely check these links out.


These are great tips.
I have to be honest I used to fail looking at my traffic analytics for a long time.


Thank you for sharing. Totally guilty on some of these, but working on changing those. This was a great reminder.


I totally agree with all of these!


Great tips! I am on a semi-hiatus on marketing my blog because I have a full-time job and also taking care of a sister as she visits here. I hope to resume full-time marketing at the end of August.


These are such great tips! When I started blogging (8+ years ago!), there werent a lot of resources. I know this will help out new bloggers so much!

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