Don’t Quit Just Tweak
OK, you’ve been at this make money online business for several months but you aren’t seeing revenue. You read blog posts from people who say they make 6 figures a year. Do they really?
Honestly, I have no reason to doubt them. It may feel like making a buck is not in your future and certainly not 6 figures worth. I know because I’ve been there and no I don’t make 6 figures. If it happens over time great, fantastic, bring it on!
My personal goal is to supplement.
Honestly for most people a few $100s a month extra would make a huge difference in their lives.
I have had a couple of blogs in the last 10 years and I did the unthinkable – I gave up. It seemed like a lot of work for nothing. I’ve also joined countless programs in hopes of finding the holy grail of online income – and the sad part I know a lot of other people who are in the same situation.
Instead of quitting I wish I had just made some tweaks along the way and given those blogs another chance.
My InternetBizBlog came about in an effort to supplement my retirement income. And while I have had help getting it set up – thank you Jim – I am also learning as I go. I am checking out other blogs, getting ideas for posts, checking out styles all while developing my own style.
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over again, but expecting different results.”
Back to those 6 figure earners for a moment. Some are pretty transparent and admit that it took several tries and countless hours and dollars before they finally got it right. Others you may have to dig a little into a post or an about page but it’s likely that you will find an indication that it did not happen overnight for most bloggers. In fact the average time that I have been seeing is about a year before a blog starts making money.
It takes time and consistent effort. After spending some time on other blogs, taking a few online courses like affiliate marketing and writing my own posts I know that my blog will evolve over time. It has to because the internet evolves. Will it evolve into a 6 figure income?
Doubtful. Why, I am retired and I really don’t want to spend 40 hours a week building my blog. I will do 15-20 which means that it is going to take more time.
If your blog or other efforts are not making money? Then…
If it is not happening like you want it to and you have been doing the same thing for 3 or more months without results then tweak something, anything, even if it’s wrong – just be ethical.
We are creatures of habit and we tend to do the same thing over and over so here are a few things you can do to tweak up so you don’t quit.
1. Take a break – give your brain a chance to rest and think. Your eyes and fingers too!
2. Change your headlines and/or subject lines. If they aren’t working then they aren’t working. But how do you know? If you post an ad with the same subject line for a week and get no new subscribers then tweak it.
3. Do a little brainstorming. Just open a text editor and write a list of things that come to mind. These can be single words or simple phrases. Related subjects or not. For example sunny, cluttered, hungry, money, happy, peanuts, TV, travel, hiccups, tired.
None of those things are really related except maybe hungry and peanuts. It took me about 45 seconds to come up with that list.
Once you have some ideas see if any of them would make a good headline. I’m not the best at writing headlines but when I’m working on a new ad I will try to come up with several at the same time.
I read one blog post that suggested at least 25 headlines/subject lines per campaign. I’m not that creative and I’m not going to spend that much time on the task.
Here is a tool that might help you figure out how effect your subject line might be.
4. Find a different way to advertise. I am trying to learn about Pinterest. It is taking a while and I hope it will pay off eventually. When I first started with Pinterest I logged out after only a couple of minutes. It was just way too confusing.
Then I did a search to find a tutorial on Pinterest. I read and tried it again. A little bit better this time – maybe 3 minutes. So far I have not found a really good step by step tutorial for Pinterest but I will continue to look. I know there is one out there.
And Pinterest seems to be the way to drive traffic to a blog.
I’m sure there are plenty of other ways to tweak what you are doing. Just don’t quit.