Blogging for Money Only? You’re Screwed!

by Taylor Thompson · 41 comments

This is a guest post by Taylor Thompson who is a blogger and currently writes at 91 Day Challenge. Read in this post, how blogging about something you’re not passionate about can cause your blog to miserably fail. Also, Learn the benefits of blogging about topics you are passionate about.

If you’re blogging for a living, there may be a good amount of pressure on you to develop a blog that makes enough money to provide a decent income for you and your family.

Maybe you’re looking to make $1,000 a month or maybe you’re looking to make $5,000 a month.

Whatever the case may be, if blogging is stressing you out, then you have already failed.

Why did you start blogging?

  1. To make money?
  2. To help others and discuss your passion.

If you’re constantly frustrated with with your job as a Blogger, there’s a good chance that you’re only doing it for the money, right?

On the other hand, if you’re discussing your passion, you should be enjoying your work.

Blogging should be something that you WANT to do!

From the very beginning, all of the Pro Bloggers tell you not to make the number 1 blogging mistake: Blogging for money and money only.

There’s a good chance that you have spent time writing about topics that you know nothing about. You could really careless about these topics, but maybe you noticed that the market for these topics was good.

Instead of writing 1 blog about something you’re passionate about, you decide that if you can make 10 different blogs that each earn $5.00 a day, then you will be making $50.00 a day.

$50.00 a day is great and everything, but the more time you spend discussing topics you don’t enjoy, the more likely you will be to give up.

How do I know all of this?

From 3 years of personal experience.

When I first started blogging, I started for all of the right reasons. Blogging for the right reasons paid me off in a good, passive way.

  • My first blog ever (before I knew anything about SEO or anything else) began making $5.00 a day after only 6 months of being live.
  • My second blog began making $10 – $20 a day after being live for about a year.
  • Both blogs continue to make a decent amount of money, even with no upkeep.
  • Since my first 2 blogs, ALL other 20+ blogs that I have created over the past 2 years have failed.

Don’t I know more about blogging now then I ever did when I first began? If so, how come I am not making more money? How come all of my new blogs are failing? Maybe you feel the same way about your blogs? 

As soon as I started blogging for the money and covering topics that I could careless about, I was failing.

I have built 20+ different blogs over the past 2 years. All of these blogs were built for the sole purpose of making money. The market was great and the SEO plan was golden, but guess what?

All of these blogs failed.

Out of the 20+ blogs that I have built, the very first 2 blogs that I ever created were the only blogs to succeed.


You guessed it…

The 2 succeeding blogs covered topics I was passionate about. In fact, with no upkeep, they still generate $200.00 – $300.00 a month.

Why were my first 2 blogs successful? I am passionate about the topics that they covered.

You need to blog about something that you’re passionate about to become successful. I know that you have read this same tip a million times before.

Now you’re reading this tip from someone who wasted 2 years of their life going down the wrong path; Blogging about meaningless topics in an attempt to get rich.

If you’re not blogging about your passion, then you may as well have a regular job.

The whole point of blogging is to make money doing something you love, right? If you’re not covering topics that you love covering, you may as well go out and get a real job that you hate just as much… (At least a real job pays more, right?) 

I know you have heard this tip a million times before, but this is coming from someone who has gone down the wrong road. I wasted 2 years. Don’t let this happen to you.

Now that I am blogging about something that I am passionate about, I am seeing a bunch of different benefits that I haven’t seen since creating my first 2 blogs.

  1. I am passionate about my writing again.
  2. People are contacting me for advice.
  3. People are liking me on Facebook.
  4. People are subscribing to my newsletter.
  5. … All of this feels like it’s happening automatically.

Every time I wake up in the morning, I am excited to do my job. Knowing that I can make money writing about something that I am passionate about, while also helping others is an amazing feeling.

You’re probably wondering, “Is your new blog making any money?”

Currently, my new blog is only 2 months old, and it is not making money. But guess what? I’m not trying to make any money. My first step is to provide quality content and capture subscribers.

I am focusing on building a list which is something that I have never done in all of my 3 years of blogging. Building a list means less money now, but more money later. This process takes real patience, but is well worth it in the long run.

How do you know if you’re blogging about something your passionate about?

  1. Do you enjoy writing on your blog?
  2. Are people contacting you for advice?
  3. Are people liking or friending you on Facebook?
  4. Are people subscribing to your newsletter?
  5. Does blogging feel effortless?

If you answered YES to all of the questions above, then you’re on the right track to making great profit with your blog. If you answered NO to the questions above (especially question #1), then you’re likely spinning your wheels for nothing.

Please take this advice seriously.

Just because you find an open niche, it doesn’t mean that you should pursue that niche.

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These are all bloggers that blog about Internet Marketing. They all love the internet marketing niche. When you read their web pages, you enjoy what they are talking about because you know that they enjoyed talking about it.

If you have been blogging about topics that you dislike, STOP now. Don’t waste anymore of your time.

Start blogging about something that you are passionate about. If you’re passionate about a topic, there’s a good chance that other people are also passionate about the same topic.

Eventually, people will see you as an authority, and when this happens, you will begin to make good money online.

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About Taylor Thompson

My name is Taylor Thompson, and I have been blogging for 3 years. Currently, I'm teaching people how to build muscle at my website: 91 Day Challenge. If you're interested in packing on 15 to 20 pounds of muscle in 91 days, be sure to download my free eBook.

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reeha September 14, 2011 at 3:52 am

blogging only for money never takes you to success. because only money makes you selfish and you wants to search more short cuts in this way. A quality contents and quality information is very important to deliver to your readers as they come to read you and gain from you.

Steve@Earn Money Online September 15, 2011 at 10:49 pm


You make some good points. A blog needs to focus on quality and passion first and foremost before it ever achieves success. This is nearly impossible to do if you do not have a lot of passion for your topics.

I would also say that the money made directly from a blog is not also an incredible amount. A blog is a chance to strut your stuff and show your chops in a field. ONce you have done this (and it takes time and effort) the real success comes from using your blog as a -platform0 for other things like your own products, services, email marketing and on and on.

First thing, though, is basic: killer content and passion

Mat@Samsung Tablet September 23, 2011 at 9:43 am

Yes, I fully agree that as soon as you lose the focus of providing relevant contents and start thinking about money, you loose the traffic and especially your loyal visitors who visit your site for contents. You must have passion for the subject to succeed in the business.

Michelle Sterling October 14, 2011 at 10:24 pm

A lot of people nowadays are looking for different ways to earn extra income and blogging has been one of the most popular choices. Now, to begin with most people enter blogging to earn money and most people fall into the trap of treating this as some sort of a business. Blogging is all about sharing ideas, passion, interests, etc. People are smart and usually they can sense if the blog is all about the blogger trying to make money. Sure, a lot of people actually did get rich by blogging but it didn’t at all start that way. It all started with passion to SHARE IDEAS, to tell people about them.

Noel Addison October 26, 2011 at 11:17 am

Passion is always a great source of motivation to succeed in blogging compared to money. When you are passionate about the topic you are writing you will never lose great ideas for writing in your blog.

Paresh November 3, 2011 at 11:58 am

Agree with you. As soon as you loss your concentrate on writing relevant stuffs for the particular topic, your blog gets low traffic slowly and gradually. Even for the same reason i have hosted my blog and put advertisement on the same.

Anyway, thanks for the informative article 🙂

Michael November 29, 2011 at 7:21 am

I’ve seen lots of people who find themselves interested in blogging because they think that it is the most easiest way to earn money online. However, commitment must come first before anything else in order to maximize its own benefits.

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