When You’re Losing in the Blogging Business

When You’re Losing in the Blogging Business

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Yep, that’s me right now.  I’ve read many great blog posts, some not so great, about how to make money in the  blogging business, taken 2 courses, read at least 3 books, and am currently reading one now.  I have made a big fat ZERO in blogging. 

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You know it’s bad when Amazon kicks you off from being an affiliate because you’ve not met the required amount of conversions. TWICE!

Funny how when I first joined as an Amazon Affiliate I only had to make 1 conversion in 180 days.  I made that recently, a conversion for 28 cents, and was so stoked!! YaY! I’m IN!!

Only to get an email from Amazon stating that they had raised the bar to 3 conversions in 180 days. Third time’s a charm right?

I have this love-hate relationship with my blogging business.

One the one hand, I love the idea because I know blogging has the potential to be a partial solution to our need with the shortage in our ministry support, and a help with college for our kids.

(We’re missionaries currently living in the states-after living in Brasil for 10 years-taking short term trips internationally to serve alongside partners doing ministry in their own countries.)

On the other hand, I hate blogging because it is trouncing me.  Ok—well, that’s not completely true.  I’ve made that 28 on Amazon and $1.49 on Adsense . (Adsense only pays out after reaching the $100 threshold). 

My daughter is currently looking at me  like I’ve lost all sense of reason because of my laughing.  It’s ok to laugh at failure, right? I mean, what else can I do?

I have quit …..only to remember some frustratingly inspiring words that went something like….The only bloggers who aren’t successful are the ones that quit.  So I start up again the same day that I quit because I am stubborn, or something else. 

I’m not saying that the books I’ve read, or the courses I’ve taken weren’t worth it.  They totally were! 

But trying to make a living from a blogging business is not an easy thing.  I get frustrated…ok, I’ll admit it—jealous, when I read a blog post that makes it seem like making money blogging accidentally happened for someone.  Come on! Really??

Not that I want the easy life either.  I believe in hard work.  Successful marriage for 30 years is hard work, raising 5 kids that you like, and that like you back is hard work, ministry is hard work, loving un-lovable people is hard work…..I just didn’t realize blogging was going to be soo hard.

After reading a zillion and one articles on how people make money blogging, I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring and tell about my experience……which I imagine is what many more bloggers experience than the ones who are making real money.

There is so much to learn! I mean, especially vocabulary.  I spent a solid year learning Portuguese.  After I was done with language school, we started working with youth.  I questioned whether I had gone through language school for the right language!

That’s how I feel about the blogging lingo….SEO, keyword search, long tail search, affiliate marketing, monetizing, landing page, domain name, web host, web feet, web fingers…..I mean….is this even English?  But I learned how to speak youth Portuguese, or at least learned not to mind when I was laughed at, and I’ll learn this lingo too.

How am I going to do it? By just keep on keeping on. 

I will continue studying successful websites, tweeking my site, my posts, my affiliate partnerships, my SEO, my plug-ins; I will keep reading the books, the posts, the articles, developing products, increasing my email list, working pinterest, facebook, Instagram, twitter, and taking courses (Although not the one I just sat in on a free webinar for–$2997….for the love of….forget it!)

I will not quit.  I am going to win. And when I do, I will write that post about how I did it. 

What is your story? Share with me where you’re at in your blogging journey.  Have you made it to the other side yet? What was the key for you? 

There are two bloggers that are genuine, helpful teachers. AND they are doing what they are writing about. I’m sure there are more, but these two are the ones I’ve had interactions with and have learned a lot from.

 I know that may not sound like much since I haven’t made any money yet, but it’s because of what I’ve learned from them that has me on the right trajectory towards having a successful blogging business.

 (I have a sneaking feeling that some posts from other bloggers I’ve read that claim to be successful are in reality-hopefuls who are not yet actually doing what they are already writing about.)

I’ve read a book and more recently taken a course from Crystal at moneysavingmom.com and wish that these products had been available when I started last year.  Her course and book were super helpful in getting me on the right track.  Now for me it’s just continuing on and not quitting that will be the key.  

Here are a few of her helpful products in getting started:

5 Days To a Successful Blog Launch 

Or this one:

Here is another blogger I learned a ton from :This is Abby Lawson with Just a Girl and Her Blog. I read her first edition of Building a Framework. Now she’s come out with an updated version and courses to take. I really like her style and easy to understand explanations.  Click Here to visit her site;

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These are just two bloggers from whom I’ve taken courses, read their books, or kept up with their blogs.  I’ve certainly learned a lot more than I knew before and am excited to begin to make money blogging.

To find Crystal or Abby, follow these links:



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22 thoughts on “When You’re Losing in the Blogging Business

  1. I’ve been blogging for 6 years and think of it more as a ministry. I have only made $10 here or there. That is all. That isn’t what blogging is all about anyhow. I enjoyed hearing from someone not really making money at blogging. I enjoy reading your blog.

  2. I started two months ago. There is so much info and I am overwhelmed. I won’t give up though. You should not as well. I hope to read your article soon about how you made it big. I have lots of time now because I got laid off. lol . So I can only do free courses. I also messed up my blog registration so I can’t transfer for 60 days. I am learning and growing. Hopefully, I will make some money too 🙂 If not I will still keep at it. I love writing and creating.

  3. Great post Mendi, very relatable. Blogging is a lot of hard work, but I think you’re right when you say the only ones who lose are the ones who quit. As long as you enjoy it keep doing what you do! Happy blogging x

  4. Great article! I also can’t wait until you post your made tons of money post! I’m still in my first month, so I totally relate to learning the lingo lol.
    The Busy Budgeter is another great helpful blogger. Goodluck!

  5. Barbi says:

    Thank you for being honest about blogging but you are already where i want to be, you have a website and a blog and ideas! Where to start? Which one of your suggestions would you recommend starting with Crystal or Abby? Which is less expensive ? The lingo is killer but we have lingo and acronyms in every industry don’t we. We’ll get there with this lingo too. Can’t wait to see you post on your Big money made! Keep sharing.

    • Mendi Everett says:

      Thanks for the encouragement! Boy….which one I would recommend is tough. Each was so helpful. BUT, I did Abby’s first. She’s even updated it and I think it will be even more helpful. My suggestion would be to do that first.

  6. Thanks for sharing your experience! It is so easy to be swept away by the idea that blogging is any easy way to earn a little extra cash. I have just started blogging as an extension of a boutique I started in July. I too knew that it was going to be hard work, but boys it’s really not easy! In my mind I have these amazing products that I know everyone will just love and want. I’m slowly learning that it is not that simple! I found your article to be very encouraging! Blessings!

    • Mendi Everett says:

      I’m glad to be an encouragement. I know with dedication and hard work blogging can be an income to help contribute to our family income…..but it’s a tough gig! I hope you’re successful!

  7. The realness of the post – awesome. I feel the same way. I’ve been kicked off affiliate marketing sites and my AdSense earnongs- let’s thank God for the little that’s come in 🙂

    However, I got to a point where I’ve decided that I have set up what I can and my focus is now getting the message out there. In other words, just writing as God leads.

    I still put up links online in social media verse, but. No longer upset and worried about it. I leave it to God to take control. You will do good. You are doing good. Keep it up!

    • Mendi Everett says:

      Thanks! I appreciate it. My main purpose is to be an encouragement, but to be able to work from home to help fund our ministry is also a goal I’m praying that will happen and I can blog from anywhere in the world. 🙂

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