When you are not making money

So, you have written some cool posts on your blog. You have advertised a lot using commenting, guest posts and various social bookmarking techniques. You have setup your blog nicely and setup an advertising page highlighting your stats and everything. And now its over a month and you have not even received a single penny worth of your efforts. What do now in cases like these when you are not making money? Don’t sit idle is the technique here to be followed. Follow some steps mentioned below to get out of this mess:

  1. Switch to AdNetworks as an alternative. Just Keeping Private ads won’t make money for everybody. You may be receiving 300-500 uniques daily but still without money. Then don’t wait for private advertising to kick off, start with some public adnetworks like Adbrite and Adsense.
  2. Sponsor some contests. Blogosphere is filled with lots of contests. Sponsor some contests offering ad spaces at your blog. Though this won’t make you money but gives your sites good exposure resulting in few ad sales too afterwards.
  3. Put Some Affiliate Banners. Unless you get some good private ads, you can put some default Ad banners from the affiliate programs where you are taking part. This will make you money too apart from keeping your ad spots giving a filled look too.
  4. Exchange Banners Now this is something I have not seen but this idea came up in my mind. Why not exchange banners with your friends? Its definitely better than exchanging links. Try this and both of you get benefitted.
  5. Highlight your best posts You can even use your empty banners to highlight your best content on blog. Get a good banner designed for one of your best posts, link it up and put it in the empty ad spot. It will ensure that your best post too receives good traffic.
  6. Try some cool widgets Ok..some people can go overdrive especially those blogspot blogs. But having a cool widget can also take up the ugly space being used by empty adspaces. Try Skribit for instance. It will even allow you to get feedback on your blog.
  7. Put up a Chipin.com Widget Ok this may sound stupid but this came to my mind from a recent example. One of my friend has taken the tedious task of hosting Kaspersky AV’s Offline updates. And he is constantly updating them. Imagine the server load…he needs over 150GB bandwidth per month which no shared or VPS hosting is able to bear at the moment. And his current ads are not helping much. So I asked him to use this widget to ask for donations to help support him. This may work for him, though its too early to say as its not even 1 day since widget is live. And if you also want to download KAV Offline updates head to ChotoCheeta.com And do support him if you appreciate his efforts.

Hope you like some of my ideas to use when you are not making money.


  1. That points may seem to be obviouse but many people while starting such sort of business can’t set up money flow by the reason of the lack of technical knoweledges.

  2. Hi Greg,

    Thanks for the offer, and I am interested if you please let me know how do you plan the execution of the job ?


  3. Thanks, i do make money online

  4. Sorry to be off topic and potentially hijacking here, but I’d be interested in possibly hosting the Kaspersky offline updates if you’re interested in having someone else pick up where you left off?

  5. Hi,

    woah !! Good to see Navjot mentioning ChotoCheeta.com, so thank to him for mentioning me

    But sorry to report few facts..

    The hard truth for me is, when you are not making money, the stop spending money :(…

    Paypal donate option didnt work for me. I only asked for USD 20 where as in 5 days I had 0 donation.

    The blog is eating 35-45 GB a day which certainly is impossible to afford with my present Adsense revenue, it turns out that, I am the only source in the world offering Kaspersky off-line updates !!!

    Hence the only option left is to stop delivering the Kaspesky update, and today I have done so.


    1. Well I do understand your problem. Its good to see that you made a wise decision. I know how hard is to support such a mammoth task from your own pocket. Well hoping that your users will understand you.

  6. Couldn’t agree more. I’d really want to try point 4 – exchanging banners.

  7. Adsense.. Adbrite clicksor & infolinks (inline) are the main source of income so far.

    But cant find time to reach 1k mark pm :/ btw I was testing the new method to rank my proxy site and well,you caught me 😛 (This isnt a clickable smiley 😀 )

  8. For me the contextual advertisements works the best 🙂 and I have been making a healthy revenue so far

    1. Which type of ads? Can you share with us?

  9. Thanks for the tips, i will put some of these into practice and will report back in a couple of weeks with how i have gone with them.

    Cheers Mate.

    1. Thanks…I will wait for your response. Hope my ideas will make you some money.

  10. Good Ideas,
    I use 3, I put affiliate ads in as place holders and give a link to the advertising page in hopes that some one will want to advertise at my site.

    1. BTW your current blog seems to have a empty ad space too apart from the fact that your blog’s theme is not even edited.

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