3 Fundamental Reasons Why You Will Never Make Money with Your Blog.

by Alex on May 24, 2011

the truth about why you will never make money with your blog

Let’s be honest now, there is more information about how to make money blogging than there are actual opportunities to make money blogging.

Blogging for Money is the one niche where you actually make your money by showing others how to make money blogging (whether either of you are actually making any money seems irrelevant at this point) and it is this endless cycle, a cycle I like to call ‘Groundblog day‘ that drives so many to give up before they even gave themselves a chance.

The problem as I see it lies in the fact that this one niche seems to be the most ‘accessible’ and therefore anyone who is anyone jumps into the fray and says ‘hey look at me, I can teach you how to make money with a blog’ Heck, even I am indirectly doing it here, and technically this blog is about niche sites and affiliate marketing – not ‘make money blogging’ but one fact remains and that is that I DO make money from this blog.

I never set out to make money blogging as it were, in fact I often think to myself how much better off I would be if I had never started blogging in the first place -  but whether I like it or not (I like it) here I am.

But What made me successful where so many others have failed?

Becoming a successful online personality who happens to own a blog comes down to three key fundamental areas. These three areas, or pillars make up the foundation of every successful blogger who has ever come before you. I don’t care what the circumstances are, each blogger that you know who is making money doing so has built their blog up with and around these three founding pillars.

The 3 Cs of a Successful Blog.

I call them the three C’s because, well they all start with C. That’s right: C C C. And although when you hear what they are you will cry ‘Yes Yes Yes!’ in agreement, the entire Spanish speaking population is already saying it. (that’s how good these three pillars are ;) ) And they are:

  • Content
  • Community
  • Consistency

Let’s explore these further…

Content.

Successful blogging all starts with the content. Write epic shit

Content is King, and this is true on so many levels it’s not even funny. The first thing you need to to is produce ‘Pillar Content’ or ‘Killer Content’ and you need to do it all the time.

I can give you a thousand tips on how to market your post and how to build backlinks and how to engage in the community to encourage engagement on your own blog and all that blah blah blah, but honestly – nothing will bring traffic to your blog like good content. Write Epic Shit as Corbett Barr of ThinkTraffic.net would say – and he is right.

The most visited posts on my blog are those that are epic and are full of useful information. I wrote about my loss of pagerank and made sure the post was a complete guide for anyone wanting to know about Pagerank. I also made sure that the post contained something tangible and actionable for my readers. As a result this article received more retweets and shares than any of my previous posts, and I did nothing different to market it. The same thing happened when I compiled a list of free link building tools.

The lesson – write epic shit and provide some substance!

Examples?

Corbett Barr of ThinkTraffic is a great one, but another that comes to mind is Ana Hoffman. Ana has been blogging for a similar amount of time as I have but she is a lot more well known than I am (and probably makes a lot more money too). Putting all other factors aside, Ana has produced at least 1 epic post every week for the last 12 months on her TrafficGenerationCafe Blog. I have produced one a month at best (let’s be honest Alex). Nothing more needs to be said.

Another great example of consistently epic content is Tristan Higbee of BloggingBookshelf.com Tristan is all kinds of Awesome and every post he writes is epic (or at the very least funny as hell) Check out his blog for constant inspiration – and just to keep it relevant, here’s a particularly epic post: 101+ Killer Blog Post Ideas

*I have to make a special mention of Moe aka the KeywordsBlogger.com. Check out his blog and I dare you to find me a single post on his blog that is not epic. Seriously, everything Moe publishes gets bookmarked by me – everytime. That’s how epic his shit is. He’s also a fantastic resource for anyone looking to learn how to really analyse a niche prior to jumping in.

There’s a thousand more, in fact I guarantee that if you now think about all the bloggers  you know and/or follow, the reason I bet you know them is because you read some ‘epic shit’ that they wrote once.

It all starts with Content…

Further Reading

I cannot recommend highly enough the epic post from Corbett titled 21 Quick Actions You Can Do Today to Set Your Blog Up for Massive Success. This post is not only a must read for anyone serious about blogging for the long term, it is also another example of the power of killer content. EPIC POST = over 250 RT’s (Corbett’s average is well below this, only reinforcing the power of writing epic shit)

Pat Flynn of SmartPassiveIncome.com knows a thing or two about making money online, and again this can be attributed to the content that he produces. Check out this post titled: The Content Pyramid: Healthy portions of posts for your Blog because it is a fantastic infographic showing what you should write about, and in what porportions. Pat knows a thing or two about successful blogging so I strongly advise that you go take a look.

Ana Hoffman wrote a post a while back on ways to make money from your blog. She says in the post (titled: 9 untapped ways to make money blogging today)

“Making SOME money blogging is not a difficult task. The key ingredient to it is traffic and good content.”

Traffic and Good Content. There you go – again it comes down to content. (Traffic is a result of Community and Consistency – among other things)

Community.

A strong community is the key to any successful blog

They may not Tweet, but I bet they 'Stumble' all the time!

Community is important because without it you are never going to be heard, let alone noticed. George W. for example, would never have made president if he did not have corruption greed wealth all that community supporting him.

Community is also probably the most harped upon aspect of blogging because it is social proof, among other things, but the problem is that like the image above – what looks to be a beautiful thing is actually full of poo (not necessarily penguins), and really (really) noisy.

The first part of creating a solid community therefore, is getting rid of some of that noise, because honestly - you are never going to hear what your readers are saying if you are too busy shouting at them: “Come and Join my Community”

Ah the irony.

The Best way to learn how to foster an active and thriving community on your blog is to go and watch those who already do so quite successfully. Then you simply join in the conversation and become part of theirs.

 

Here are some of my favourite Community driven Blogs
Go and get involved, engage and interact – and then slowly but surely – that community will find it’s way over to your blog too.

NittyGriddy.com

Ingrid Abboud, also known as Griddy has taken the idea of community to a whole new level. Ingrid actually creates content based around what her community is looking for and asking, and her Bring IT series is a perfect example of ‘Fostering Community’ at its finest!  Get involved in the comments thread here and you will be helping your own community. (Mind you, with over 100 comments a post, you had better get in fast!)

TheSalesLion.com

Marcus Sheridan, aka the Sales Lion is all about community. In fact he recently asked his readers to help him come up with a tagline – and the fact that nearly 75 million people commented and gave their ideas spoke volumes for how well Marcus has fostered an engaging community at his blog. You can read more at his blog or more specifically, the aftermath of the ‘tagline request’: The sheer power of a blogging community, it aint just about the numbers

Live-Your-Love.com

Brankica Underwood actually teaches people how to blog (like a star I might add) but her approach is clearly all about community. Brankica is appearing everywhere online (evidence of strong community interaction) and again, her blog is a great source of conversation and inspiration. Check out her recent post where she interviewed her blogging peers for a perfect example of fostering a community with your content.

TrafficGenerationCafe.com

Ana already got a mention, but to be honest she does everything brilliantly. If you want to grow your blog and you are NOT involved the community over at Ana’s blog then you are behind the eight ball before you start. I’m not giving her any more link love though, she can get stuffed. :)

What is Community Exactly?

I want to quote Danny Brown here on the matter, a quote I stole from his post titled – ‘Why This Blog’s Community Rocks’
(Danny indirectly made this list because Ingrid – whom i love dearly does not shut about him LOL! If she is impressed, then I am too.)

I think this sums up quite nicely what community is in relation to blogging, and if you keep this in the back of your mind the whole time, you cannot possibly go wrong.

“A blog’s community can be many things.
It can be long-term subscribers; it can be first time visitors. It can be “only” readers; it can be regular commentators. It can be every day attendees; it can be folks that visit once then read every other post from a feed, never to visit the actual blog again.
One thing that every single member of a blog community has in common, though, is the connection to each other through the blog (and vice versa).”

Further Reading:

How do you REALLY Build a Blog Community? A Love Story. by Mark Schaefer

9 Bloggers who teach the value of a strong blog community. by A Web Guy. – a great analysis of what a Blog Community actually is, as well as a list of 9 great bloggers for you to learn from.

The One Great Key to Building a Blogging Community and Changing Lives – by Marcus Sheridan.

 

Consistency.

The right consistency is key to a good cake and a good blog

A Blog is a like a cake. You need to get the consistency right or it will never rise up!

Blogging consistently does NOT mean posting to a regular schedule. In fact, one of  the definitions of insanity is ‘doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result‘  Just something to think about ;)

This is the one aspect of blogging that gets most of you because it is the area that no matter what your process, or how good your ingredients are – there is always one factor that you cannot avoid.

TIME.

Yes it is important to be consistent with the type of content you produce, the general message behind that content, and the method you use to deliver that message, but overriding all of this is the fact that you need to do it over and over and over again. This is where most fall down.

Part of the power of social media and community is the social proof that comes with that. Part of social proof is time as well. If I was to come here now and say this and that about building backlinks and what not, chances are you would believe what I was saying to be true. If I had tried to say the same thing 12 months ago then chances are you would not have taken my word for it. The only thing then that stood between you not listening to me and you listening, agreeing and maybe even sharing was: TIME.

Time Heals All Wounds Pays All Bills

Summary:

Here’s the formula for growing a successful blog:

Write epic shit, meet new people – then do it all again tomorrow.

{ 60 comments… read them below or add one }

Brankica May 24, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Hey Alex, this is awesome. I have to say I love your 3 C. And I love how you mention my blog, you make me feel like a real blogger :)

I want to add to this story about creating blogs about making money online. I completely agree with you.

People will read a few blogs about that topic and think, wow, this is easy. Then they will start a blog and teach others how to do it. Well, if you are not walking the walk, how can you teach anyone?

I mean I am subscribed to all sorts of newsletters and I get an e-mail like “How to make 2.500$ this weekend” from a person I know has no means of making that money any time soon. It just sucks.

I try not to make my blog about making money online although I do make it. The reason is that most of my readers are bloggers using wordpress and they don’t want to build “serious” sites, with which I make the most money. Same like you here. You teach people how to do niche stuff but I see people commenting that are never going to do it. Talk about commenting for links only.

Sure everything can be spun and applied to blogs and what ever they are doing, but I think there is one big misconception in many heads we see around blogosphere. You don’t just put up a WP blog, post 10 posts about making money online, 2 about SEO and 1 about customizing your Thesis theme and expect to make a living online.

I can not even count the numbers I spent on my pet site to get to the first dollar it made me. Even to this day I can not resist to log into my Adsense account every single day and see the numbers.

I don’t make $10.000 a month. And I know that most of the people that say they do are – lying. Cause we all know what it takes to make 10.000 a month online.

Anyway, that is what I had to add to your “make money online blogs” story cause I can’t stress it enough. In case you think I strayed, I promise I read the post and I am not making a non related comment, LOL.

Awesome work as always, you always inspire me to comment like crazy :)

PS off to check the Keyword blogger

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Alex May 24, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Great comment Brankica. See I knew I linked to you in the community section of the post for a reason :)

Funny thing, of all the awesome value you added, all I remember as I type this is ‘Checking my adsense daily even though I should not’
LOL how much can I relate to that, although for me its that and like 10 CPA and affiliate networks too LOL
SUch a bad habit. I KNOW!

Take care Brankica, you ARE a blogging star.

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Daca May 24, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Hi Alex,
I must say I have a little problem with this second C.
Since I have blog about family woman topics, I just can’t do this community and conversation part right. It’s much more harder to start a conversation with this kind of blog. But, I will have to find the way to make it better.

I believe you can add this post to your list of epic ones. I like it so much.

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Alex May 24, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Are you kidding?!
I hope I do not come across as sexist here, but a blog on family and woman’s topics and you are saying you are going to struggle with conversation?!?
Can I laugh or, no that would be sexist :)

Honestly, no matter what the niche, there are always a lot of people who want to talk about it. In fact I’d hazard a guess that the more ‘taboo’ a topic, the more popular it will be in an online community.

Don’t think of it as starting the conversation, think of it as finding the conversation so that it comes back to you.

THanks for the comment Daca, glad you liked the post. Thanks for the ‘epic’ kudos. Woo Hoo! :)

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Diana Simon May 24, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Hi Alex,

This is a pillar content in my opinion. I have plans to launch a hobby blog that I have and will take these points into account. I have some content that have written in the past that I need to revised based on what I have learned in my 2 months of blogging.

My main focus is building a community and will read the resources you have provided here on this. In terms of consistency, I have created an editorial calendar so my readers will know I won’t be blogging 7 days a week but at least 2 posts a week.

Thanks for sharing this!

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Alex May 24, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Thanks Diana ;)

Sounds like you have a great plan and a good idea on how to get there. Right on!
A hobby blog sounds great because the hobby niche is always a great one – with enthusiasts spending stupid amounts of money on seemingly pointless things relating to whatever it is they are into.
Good luck and thanks for stopping by today Diana, glad you are able to get so much value from the post :)

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Paul Wolfe May 24, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Here’s a phrase I loved and wished I’d written:

“Groundblog Day”

I also liked: Write Epic Shit and Meet New People. Then do it all again tomorrow.

That’s a great message and one that few people really get. Focus on that, add in some promotion, and your blog WILL be successful. Corbett and Pat are two great examples. Also Ana, though I don’t visit her site as often as I should.

Have a great day.

Paul

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Alex May 24, 2011 at 9:46 PM

LOL Hey Paul, thanks mate – yeah I was going to write a post about the nature of blogging and call it GroundBlog day but to be honest, the post ended up so negative and just trashed things even I do that I threw it out.

You are a man after my own heart because although I wrote the post and am therefore bias, I still really liked those two particular phrases the most.
I actually thought after writing that last sentence that that would have sufficed as the post LOL Not quite epic though.
I love the way you translated and added to it too btw. Exactly right!

Thanks again for taking the time to comment and reaffirm for me why I like that last line so much.

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Mark Aaron Murnahan May 24, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Nice job here, Alex. On the three “C” concept, there is another “C” to avoid.

“Crap” is a big catch, because so many people think they have the C’s down to a science, they commonly crash into a crap trap. Crap is where common people are convinced that the other “C” of consistency will conceal their crash. They hear they should blog circadian, so they focus on constantly creating over consistently crafting content for their community. When the big “C” of crap compels copywriters, it becomes completely counter to creating the crescendo that customers want to copulate with.

If you google for good reasons to blog, I customarily crown the list, but that crest is a calculated consequence of consistent creativity and courting my community, as you conveyed.

There is one more “C” that matters … when you find that your community constantly congratulates you for communicating concepts that compliment their common sense and circumvents their cynicism, you get “conversation”. That is when you can crow that you carved a niche and carried your course to consummation.

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Alex May 24, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Mark.

Brilliant Brother. Bloody Brilliant. a belated bravo even.

Before I even begin to explore the alliteration that you so brilliantly brought to the table here, allow me to reflect on the awesome comment itself.
I love that fourth C, and although you wrapped the explanation in a symbiotic yet chaotic mash of eloquence I still managed to unravel an explanation from it, and from what I did unwrap – I agreed with :)

ALthough, if you repeat the same crap for long enough … oh, but I think you already said that?

Thanks for stopping by, and for writing that post I linked to in the first place. I think I found it via Danny Brown. Not sure now though LOL

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Mark Aaron Murnahan May 25, 2011 at 12:24 PM

I should consume carbonated cold ones more customarily. Can you concur? ;-)

Thank you for your work, and for passing along the list of 9 bloggers. They are a great group.

Cheers!

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Daniel May 25, 2011 at 5:48 AM

Oi! You just made me do a mental tongue twister. Stop it.

I have to get my head on straight again after reading that.

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Alex May 25, 2011 at 10:17 AM

LMAO!

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Mark Aaron Murnahan May 25, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Yeah, I generally try to keep it a bit easier, but the compulsion was just too strong! :-D

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Lye Kuek Hin May 24, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Hi Alex,

That’s another epic shit by you. Yes people may know these 3C in mind but whether they can implement and maximize the results is another problem.

I love all the examples you have quoted and i am a big fan of the people you mentioned, Corbett Barr, Pat Flynn, Ingrid, Marcus, Tristan, Ana, Brankica and of course you brother.

Consistency is what really determines whether you can quit the full time job and become a full time blogger. You won’t want to warn $1000 this month and few hundred dollars in another month.

Some important tips and thanks for sharing.

Lye

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Alex May 24, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Hey Lye,

Thanks mate – I appreciate the awesome comment man, glad you found this one epic. Phew LOL

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Chris Somers May 24, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Alex – Have to say this blog is quite epic as well ! Extremely informational with great links and super examples ! Thank you ! You are SO right. It all comes down to three “C” s.

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Alex May 24, 2011 at 11:10 PM

Thanks Chris,

I appreciate your feedback, glad you enjoyed the post, especially seeing as I got an ‘epic’ out of you. Woo hoo LOL (I had to go for it considering what I was talking about LOL)
No pressure now…

And thanks again for taking the time to stop by and comment Chris, Have a great day.

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Alex May 24, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Thanks Meg!

Glad you enjoyed the post. Hey I got a joke for you (relates to your niche)

What do men and bathroom tiles have in common?
Lay them right the first time and you can walk over them for the rest of your life. :)

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Riya @ Couponseasy May 24, 2011 at 10:47 PM

I think it’s community which really make a successful blog. I know intially it’s very hard to create your loyal community but you can’t survive unless strong community backing you. To create you own community it’s always important that you give something different from others and of course new as well.

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Alex May 24, 2011 at 11:07 PM

Riya,

Loved the value in this comment, so true. So so true.

“you can’t survive unless strong community backing you.” Got it in one there

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Steve@Earn an Internet Income May 24, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Alex,

The way I “C” it you are spot on with your three topic titles. Many people are clued into the fact that a blog has to have some interest to the reader to keep them coming back (whooda thunk it?), but there are many good blogs that fail because they do not take the effort to build any sort of community or wait long enough to “let” themselves become successful.

Blogs are a marathon, no matter how good the shit you write, it is unlikely you will have 5-10 people traffic one day, write a kick-ass article and wake up to 10,000 visitors.

That only happens in the movies.

BTW, I want to see a Bill Murray version of Groundblog day. Make it happen!

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Alex May 24, 2011 at 11:39 PM

Damnit, I knew there was someone I forgot to link to!

Rah, I owe you some link love man.

You are one of the best bloggers/online marketers I know and not including you here… well….

I’ll get what’s coming to me, I’m sure LOL

As for the movie… brilliant. It could be like a faceoff meets Groundhog day, with Brian Clark getting shaved bald so he looks like Darren Rowse and then the two of them have to battle, over and over and over again.

We could call it Problogger and the Copyblogger.

Hang on a second!?!

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Steve@Earn an Internet Income May 26, 2011 at 1:57 AM

Alex,

Thanks for the kind words. :)

As for the movie idea. Wow! Brilliant!

I could start a whole new series of internet themed movies.

The BlogFather
The Hunt for Red .Gov Backlinks
Rambo: First Blog Part I
GoldBlogger
Indiana Jones and the Temple of SEO
Bloggocop (starring Google as man/machine cyborg patrolling the internet for duplicate content)
Sex, Lies and Youtube Videos
Blog-Hard with a Vengeance

And of course one starring the man down under….

Mad Alex: Beyond Bloggerdome

(BTW I think I see 3-4 good post titles in there…lol)

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Alex May 26, 2011 at 5:57 AM

LMAO!!

oh man, I’m dieing here man!
There’s so much gold here it’s not even funny. (OK it is REALLY funny)

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Peggy Baron May 26, 2011 at 6:10 AM

LMAO Steve! :D

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Alex May 25, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Hi Alex,

I’m first time in your Blog and I can see that you have great Community here. Nice. They love your work and that’s good. I like it, too. Nice. You do on your way ! Good luck !

Regards
Alex

p.s. if you have time, come to my site to leave some Comment about my work

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Alex May 28, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Thanks Alex,

Checked out your blog, but to be honest all I saw was ads flashing at me, opt in forms flying up and subscribe options bearing down on me.
I was not able to navigate to anything of value – well not easily anyway.

Just something to keep in mind.

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Jeffrey Morgan May 25, 2011 at 9:51 PM

I’m a Pro-Blogger now. I’ve been at it every single day of my life for 2 years and 2 months, as many hours as I can possibly stay awake. Nothing else. Here’s what I have learned. Blogging is HUGE!!! Most see it as their Blog and their Social Circle. I see a much larger picture.

I’m in that “Learn How To Make Money Blogging” niche. However, I have to teach one to Blog first before one can earn. This in and of itself is a huge undertaking, if done correctly.

I’ve got 5 super-hot Blogs for sale right now. No one is buying, even at $550.00. I’ve got a skunk next door who just sold 1 for $900,000.00. I think they call that marketing.

Not all Bloggers, (most in fact) seek big money from Blogging. I personally have to break-thru.
While the 3 C’s you mention are a great start, I think the operative word here is “MARKETING”.
I am totally committed to mastering them all.

Pity, I failed to “RANK” within this post. Well, after all you can’t possibly name all of the killer Blogs that you are familiar with. However, it sends a clear message that my work is never done.

Great post Alex; congratulations, you have accomplished what most Bloggers should accomplish. Provide quality content that makes the readers think ……… they had better. Blogging is one of the most competitive media environments out there. And does not suffer fools, either for money or readers.

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Alex May 28, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Jeffrey my friend.

You are always everywhere at once LOL!
If you just focused on one thing at a time you’d probably kill it!

Thanks for sharing your insight and kind words my friend – it has been a long journey.

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Adam May 26, 2011 at 12:44 AM

Alex;

Your 3 Cs are spot on mate. These are definitely the pillars of a successful blog which we can readily see in your blog as well as the awesome blogs you have mentioned (O:

Write epic shit not crap – Now, this one is a great takeaway for me as well as majority of bloggers out there. And about being consistent in my blogging endeavor, I regret not riding the momentum while I was having it – but anyways that is the thing of the past.

Thanks for always being an inspiration Alex!
You so ROCK mate!

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Alex May 28, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Hey Adam,

Thanks for your kind words and insight.
I agree that momentum is something that needs to taken advantage of, but at the same time it is something that is always and never prevelant at the same time. I think it’s something you create yourself rather than ‘ride’ per say. (to a point)

Good to see you again Adam, and I appreciate the kind words

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Peggy Baron May 26, 2011 at 6:20 AM

Funny… CCC in my world means chocolate chip cookies. Bring it! :D

Other than that, I totally agree with what you’re saying here. Mark sorta gave me a headache with “commonly crash into a crap trap” and “… customarily crown the list, but that crest is a calculated consequence of consistent creativity and courting my community, as you conveyed.”

Adam brings up a good point about riding the momentum. And that’s with the three Cs together. When you get those Cs right, it’s like being given the football with a clear path to the goal line. GO, dammit! Don’t put the ball down and tell coach you want to play a different position now.

Peggy
P.S. I made it over here before my 48 hours were up, per your instructions! ;)

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Mark Aaron Murnahan May 26, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Gosh, I am sorry for the headache, Peggy. What is it with Peggy’s? My wife, Peggy always seems to get headaches, too. That is just how I normally talk, so I cannot apologize for that. ;-)

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Alex May 28, 2011 at 10:27 PM

LOL Chocolate Chip Cookies.
That’s hilarious.

I do like your analogy there Peggy. Gogogo indeed. ALmost looks like Google when you write it with no spaces. (just saying LOL)

Man I need some air….

Oh and lucky you made it in time. I was about to send out the hit squad to take away all your CCC’s ;)

Thanks for the chuckle Peggy, always nice to see you.

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aming May 26, 2011 at 7:37 PM

trully awesome post, now I do understand how to make money from blog…

thanks anyway

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aming May 26, 2011 at 7:41 PM

I just realize that those 3 fundamental reason are really important..
thanks for sharing

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Bit Doze May 27, 2011 at 4:56 AM

Most of the blogger including me doesn’t have the 3 C that were describe very nicely on your article. Alway you will have problems reaching the top if your content is not great and you are not well connected.
This post is great because it brings into the front what exactly is needed to be successful.

Most of the bloggers from today including me doesn’t pay to much attention to the 3 C and I can say after a year of experience that this is a mistake. Every one of this steps needs to be improved, but sometimes you can have barriers. For example: writing great content is not that easy if you don’t have the experience or you are not born with it in your blood. A lot of practice is needed to overcome this. And if your content is not great and informative it will be more hard to make friends into the community. Well at least this is what I think :)

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Alex May 28, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Hey Dragos,

You make a good point about having to overcome barriers with writing style etc, but I think this is just another obstacle that can only make you better in the long run. Many of my more powerful blogging friends are actually not native English speakers yet they have overcome the difficulties of not being able to write fluently in english etc.
I don;t know what you are talkiing about anyway man, because your posts are great.

Thanks for your comments Dragos, good to see you again mate

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Brandon@Make Money Blogging May 27, 2011 at 5:20 AM

Dude, a blog post about making money blogging and NO MENTION of ME. Should I feel hurt right now? :(

Yeah man it is a tough business if you don’t know what you’re doing. I would even argue that one of your C-points was a bit off. For example, I got busy with other ventures and became inconsistent with my blog posting schedule. At the same time, my blog steadily made money that I live off of. The thing that allowed that to happen though was my previous heavy-handed efforts in building subscribers and getting Google traffic.

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Alex May 28, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Hey man, no of course you should not be offended, even if you are ranting on over at live your love LOL.
My C’s are not off, and I even say that consistency is not about a regular posting schedule. It is about the type of content you share, the message you bring to market AND the regularity with which you post. It all ties in, and although you may have taken a break from your regular schedule, you still brought the same message to market and, as you said yourself – you had already done the work previously to allow you to have that break.

Anyways, no hard feelings hey – see you on skype (bitch)

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Brandon@Free Blackberry Apps May 27, 2011 at 5:22 AM

The trick behind making money blogging is to setup multiple blogs and use affiliate income or cpa. It adds up when you have multiple blogs making a few bucks a day. You only need $37 or so per day to reach $1k per month.

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Alex May 28, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Nice, now I have a figure to aim for per site :)

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TheInfoPreneur May 27, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Alex…
Heavy stuff. Man, my kid loves that army guys TV show (I think it’s him anyway) where he pulls out all these marine corps weapons and shoots stuff up.

Epic is a great word for it. You can’t be ordinary any more. You need a way to separate from the crowd and make things interesting. If not…dead in the water. I’d almost think about throwing a 4th “C” into this mix. I know..Yeager’s gotta go rocking the boat.

“Cause”
It’s also gotta be something you’re passionate about. Even bigger than yourself. Because it’s that passion that keeps you going during the dark times, and pushes you through to the end.
Take care,
Brandon

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Alex May 28, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Nice!

I do like that one a lot.
If you do not have a reason for doing it or a destination in mind then it’s going to be a lot harder.

Thanks for sharing Brandon, good to see you mate

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Brandon@Pizaazz.com May 27, 2011 at 12:17 PM

I have always put my best content forward. If money came, then great. It’s all about sharing your knowledge to the best of your ability.

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Alex May 28, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Looking at your last post Brandon, I definitely think you are telling the truth.

There should be more like you

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Richard May 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Hmmm, I gave a simple formula once of content +time = traffic. I like your 3 c’s formula a lot. It adds that element of community that every successful blog needs.

I think it’s safe for you to put this post into that awesome post category. :)

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Alex May 28, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Nice insight with the content+time=traffic. I do like that.
Thanks for the kudos my friend :)

Now I need to create an awesome category LOL

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Phil@yacht charter greece May 27, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Give ‘em scandal and intrigue and they’ll come back … guaranteed!

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Alex May 28, 2011 at 10:07 PM

That’s just not true Phil.

Although I heard that you are involved in some money laundering with non official US citizens across a number of private blog networks. Is this correct?
;)

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Bingo Babe May 28, 2011 at 1:09 AM

I think the biggest reason people fail with blogs is despite having content and consistency. They fail to build the traffic needed to generate meaningful income and give up.

Or they blog about stuff that doesn’t make money with no clear monetization strategy, and hope “adsense” will magically make them money.

To me, its all about creating content for the write keyphrases, then doing whatever you can to get traffic to those pages. That is the problem with blogging, most people come from a passion standpoint after starting a blog they are interested in writing about. They dont look at things from an internet marketing standpoint. And that holds many people back.

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Alex May 28, 2011 at 10:05 PM

“they blog about stuff that doesn’t make money with no clear monetization strategy”

That’s a good one.

Now, you are providing meaningful conversation here, I think it is about time you gave me a real name ;)

Thanks for your insight BB

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Ana @ list building tips May 28, 2011 at 4:13 AM

This is an excellent post, not only due to the mention, but thanks for that :-) . I’d like to add a 4th C = Conversion. You can do all the rest right, but if you don’t convert, you don’t make money.

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Alex May 28, 2011 at 10:02 PM

ah nice one Ana.

So many C’s coming up to the forefront here!
Conversion is kinda important though LOL

My pleasure for the mention Ana, it would be a crime to not have you here at least once :)

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aming May 30, 2011 at 10:17 PM

awesome article, now I’ll start to use those three fundamentals…
thanks

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Marcus Sheridan-The Sales Lion June 3, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Alex, sorry so late to the party here man. You started off by saying you don’t write enough epic stuff, but let me tell you man, and I’m not just telling you this because I’m mentioned here, but this was epic– with TONS of value for anyone trying to make this thing we call blogging work for them.

People like Corbett and Ana are truly impressive folks, and just reading their stuff alone, and truly applying the principles, is all one needs to make a LOT of money online.

Thanks again for this Alex, it was great.

Marcus

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Alex June 4, 2011 at 11:47 PM

If I get the Lions Seal of approval on ‘EPIC’ then surely that makes it official no? ;)

Thanks for stopping by Marcus, adding you here was a pleasure and only the right thing to do in this case. you’re the one that did all the hard work.
(You are the mane man of social media after all)

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Global architects June 7, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Hi Alex,You listed valid reasons as to why you won’t make money from blogging, thanks for sharing.Figure out why you want to blog. Is it to add value to your reader’s lives? This is a good place to start. Focus on the “Why” and the “What” – Money, fame, etc – comes along eventually.Thanks

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architects June 14, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Great post. I just hit the 3 month mark on my blog and am now able to apply for all the paid review programs, but I had previously applied to a few before my traffic was high enough, so I am now waiting on those. Thanks for sharing.

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