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5 Ways You are Sabotaging Your Efforts to Earn Money Online

Updated on May 10, 2020
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Farah Young is a researcher and writer that continues to write on topical issues as they affect people.

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5 Ways You are Sabotaging Your Own Efforts to Earn Money Online

I have been trying to earn money online for a little over ten years and while I made money from some sites every month, I realized this amount was no way equivalent to the number of hours I was putting in.

Of course, I was making passive income from my books on Amazon KDP and from my writing efforts on a few other sites, but it was nothing to write home about.

I have friends who earn a lot more from so little time spent. This got me thinking on what I was doing wrong that was sabotaging my efforts to earn money online and I came up with a few results.

Before I share what these points are, I believe I should state that carrying out a search of your own might be in line as your issues could be a bit different from mine.

However, this does not in anyway mean the points I'll be mentioning won't work for you. You might discover during your brainstorming that you are facing the exact same issues as I was.

That being said, here are

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3. You Start a Project Without Referral

Between 2009- 2014, I must have worked on some sites that ended up not paying me a dime or paid just once before going belly-up.

Why did I have this negative experience? I did because I started them without first checking up if they were safe to embark on; I never researched to see the reviews on them.

The internet might be large, but the world is a global village and nothing can stay hidden for long. There are people who aren't as forgiving as I was and would write a few reviews on a negative site's experience (which this is actually good practice as it warns newbies to stay away from such sites).

A google search about a site will give you the true perspective of things and save you hours of wasted effort and time.

4. You Give Up Too Soon

A project also might not give you the amount of money you're expecting, but it likely isn't without promise.

I have a blogger friend who stated a blog a little over seven years ago. The first year saw him earning nothing from his blog and so did the next year and the one after that. Of course, most people would have advised him to close shop and seek his gold someplace else, however, this dude kept at it and struck the first gold four years after he began blogging.

Of course, during this whole time, he spent hours writing seo-optimized blog posts and creating backlinks and these must have helped him some. The domain is now aged with quite an enviable domain authority score and my friend makes a tidy living from his blog each month.

There are so many stories like my friend's. Its so easy to give up when a project isn't producing nor showing any signs it will anytime soon. However, doing so might be to your detriment as you could be just a shovel dig away from hitting the gold.

5. You Don't Promote

Lastly, you might be sabotaging your efforts to earn online by falling to promote your goods or services.

There's a popular saying that: " Falling to promote your business is like winking at a beautiful girl in the dark."

You might have such amazing content, but if you aren't putting words out there, no one will know and consequently, you won't get any traffic or sales.

There are tons of ways you can promote and create awareness for your products, service or website and these range from paid to free.

A few options you can go with include:

- Making use of Google AdWords.
- Advertising directly on sites with huge traffic.
- Making use of Facebook ads
- Using classified ads.
- Building an email list and reaching out to your subscribers.
- Making use of quora, reddit and other such large communities to create awareness.
- Guest posting on sites with a large following.
- Being active on large forums with a link to your blog or website.
- Creating fun memes with your link on them (these could go viral).
- Making use of social media websites (and using hashtags to make your posts live longer).
- Blog commenting.
- The list is exhaustive.

You can earn money online; anyone can earn a decent amount of money and regularly too. You'd just have to find out which are to your liking and set yourself up so you avoid pitfalls that are actually time and money suckers.

Choose a gig or project you are most comfortable with, have extensive knowledge on and be patient to see it produce and you will earn money with time.

5 Ways You Might be Sabotage Your Efforts to Earn Money Online

1. You Don't Carry Out Adequate Research

That a gig or project worked for your friend doesn't mean it will for you. There are projects that are better suited to your personalities and choosing to do something outside of these might see you struggling to succeed at it.

For instance, if your strong points are in designing and other things graphics related but you chose to take up a career in writing, you would spend the greater part of your writing career struggling to craft any reasonable article and consequently make way lesser money than you would otherwise.

It is quite possible to earn money online, however, to be successful at this you'd have to pick a field in line with your passion and interest and also carry out some moderate to extensive research on it.

2. You are Doing Too Much at Once

The first time I lost my job was in 2009 and that also was the year I discovered online earning.

Heck, that discovery was one of the best times of my life as I was broke, a little in debt and heavily depressed.

I saw this avenue to earn money online as a goldmine and delved into it with a mad zeal. I read up on the subject, got to find out there are tons of ways to earn this money and started on a few asap. Literarily.

I started out with paid surveys, then expanded into blogging, freelancing, youtubing and with some make-money apps. Along the line, I discovered Hubpages and also signed up. I figured if I was involved in a lot of make-money sites I stood to make more money and faster too.

I was wrong. Of curse these sites or means to earn money online are great in themselves, but I was going about the whole thing the wrong way. Signing up on so many platforms at once was stretching myself thin and I wasn't productive.

I couldn't keep up with the demands of these sites and so burned out quickly. There were even some sites I never started working on, like Hubpages (even though I registered on here a little over 11 years ago, I didn't start creating hubs until a year ago).

I wasn't making any money like I'd thought I would; I'd put too many irons in the fire and couldn't concentrate on any fully to see it produce. In the end I had to abandon them all and my desire to make money went up in smokes.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Farrah Young


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    • Isivwe Muobo profile imageAUTHOR

      Farrah Young 

      14 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Wow, you shouldn't let all that traffic go to waste. I would monetize those blogs ASAP using Adsense (which seems to be the king in publisher advertising right now), Mediavine or media dot net.

      You could earn a good amount each month and not just support your family, but also fund your dream to change locations.

    • Chardie Cat profile image

      Chardie Cat 

      14 months ago from Northern Mindanao, Philippines

      I am keeping good insights from this article, Farrah. This could save me.

      I have been blogging for many years but never thought about monetizing my hosted sites.

      Now, I am unemployed but working on a lifelong dream to migrate to another country. But the pandemic has to put it on hold and still money is my biggest problem to realize it.

      Making money is really difficult and my desire to earn is really high because I also have a family to support.

      Recently, I am thinking about writing content to earn. This insight you shared could help me.

      Thank you.

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      14 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Farah, every hubber has this experience. But the way you points them out and provide hits is helpful. Well done. Stay safe.

    • Isivwe Muobo profile imageAUTHOR

      Farrah Young 

      14 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Thanks Westwood. I appreciate the time and those kind words.

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      Liz Westwood 

      14 months ago from UK

      You make some useful points in this interesting article.

    • Isivwe Muobo profile imageAUTHOR

      Farrah Young 

      14 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Yea, that's true.

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      14 months ago from NIGERIA

      This is good. Nothing is as simple as it looks...


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