Why This Website Is Not Making Money Now

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Banana Monkey

There are 1000’s of websites about making money online. But only a thimble full make more then a few dollars a day. The rest make pennies and dimes – this website is one of them.

There is a good reason why there are hoards of websites about making money. People learn about making money online from make money online websites. Their eyes twirl as they read about how easy it is to make a website, how easy it is to make money, how great life is online.

Without taking a deep breath, without stepping back and thinking, they create a website. And what better topic then the one they are currently excited and passionate about – how to make money online. This is exactly what happened to me.

Monkeys learn how to use sticks by watching other monkeys use sticks. I like bananas. I discovered making money online from a make money online website. So what did I do after I finished my banana? I made a website about making money online.

2 years later and I have not made enough money to buy a year pass at the zoo. This website has netted a profit of $98.

It is absurd – after 2 years of attempting and failing, I am still at it.

Why do I continue this charade of teaching people how to be like me. Who would want to be like me? Who would want to follow in my footsteps? After visiting this website why would anybody want to listen to what I say or buy what I sell. This website is a sham – it attempts to teach what it does not know.

How successful can a math teacher be if they can’t factor a quadratic? Can an obese man sell a diet program? How successful can a website about making money be if it is not making any money?

I should admit it. I made a mistake. I got excited and jumped without looking. Make a website about making money without making a money with a website – absolutely ridiculous.

I must of fallen off the tree and hit my head. Why do I persist dolling out information about a topic I obviously know nothing about? What motivates me to continue?

Stubbornness. I know I am not making any money. I know that people should ignore me. I know that the whole concept is absurd.

But I keep going.

I cannot quit now. I have put in too much work and I have learnt too much. There is no way I am going to throw it all away. Stubbornness makes this website possible.

How This Website Will Make Money Later

On my wall, tacked beside the monitor is a piece of paper which reminds me in big letters:

  • Don’t rush
  • Real people are reading what you are writing
  • Become an expert

This website does not make any money now. Obviously. It is not plastered with advertisements. And I am not pushing products. How could it make money.

I am not trying to make money now. I am creating a website that will make money in the future. Right now the focus is content. There is no way for a website to start making money out of the gate. First you need to build something, and then you can start making money. Now I am building.

Once it is built the focus will shift to making money.

First build the store, stock it with goods, attract customers, and then and only then make sales. Right now I am writing content and attracting customers. Making sales is the last step, the one that I have not started yet.

When this website finally does start making money the true value of this website will be revealed. It will show how you cannot make money without content. It will show the process that one must go through to make money. It will show the hard times, the long struggle, the uphill climb, the truth.

People will ask. How do websites make money? This website will be ready and waiting with the answer years in the making. This is when dimes will turn to dollars.

If you are reading this blog you are probably not making too much money either.  You want to know how.  The answer:  Be stubborn and keep  building – the money comes later.

  1. Q
    November 2nd, 2010 at 22:37 | #1

    ‘If you are going through hell, keep going.’ Winston Churchill

  2. November 28th, 2010 at 04:01 | #2

    Hey Roman,

    You are not alone! I started 2 blogs last year to try out what is blogging like and since then they are not making any money either.

    Well, it could be that I do not promote them actively or the content is not appealing enough? Anyway, it’s a great learning experience and the 2 blogs help me to test the water first before I’ll finally decide what to do.

    So don’t be discouraged, I believe after your post get published in problogger.com, you should get tons of traffic. Now, you should think of a way how to monetize this traffic.

    Good luck!

  3. roman
    November 28th, 2010 at 08:41 | #3

    Hello Lynn,

    You are right about the tonnes of traffic from problogger.

    The post went live on November 26, 2010. It is now the third day. This website received around 600 visitors from that guest post. And also surprising is that they did not just come and bounce out – problogger visitors stayed for an average of 3 minutes.

    The post also contained a link to my other website http://www.pragueczechtravel.com. Around 600 problogger readers visited this website. So in total the guest post sent me 1200 visitors. By far the best performing referal link I have ever had. And the post was published during Thanksgiving weekend in the US – when most Americans are eating turkey and not passing time reading blogs.

    Writing guest posts is a lot of work, but it definitely pays off.

  4. December 9th, 2010 at 08:57 | #4

    I just started a blog too. So far no traffic…but I didn’t work on it that much. I’ll try to apply what I learned from “traffic secrets” by…don’t remember his name. Hope to make money some day…

  5. December 15th, 2010 at 23:45 | #5

    please please please please please visit my new site ilovapple.com

  6. roman
    December 16th, 2010 at 21:08 | #6

    I visited your site. Now what?

  7. Jake
    December 17th, 2010 at 06:55 | #7

    Hey Roman, you revealed in your “guest post” (or whatever it’s called) on fluffblogger (sorry, couldn’t resist) that you experienced a revelation of sorts in suddenly realizing a key ingredient that was missing from your efforts to make money online.

    Such was the importance of this key factor that it would be fair to say it was what was basically holding you back all this time.

    Don’t you think you should mention something about it here? If for nothing else but to at least bring an end (or closure if you like) to this site while you focus on your more profitable ventures.

  8. December 17th, 2010 at 07:15 | #8

    Hello Jake,

    If you check the data section of this website there is a page called ‘Hours Worked.’ There you will notice a new entry: ‘Guest post on problogger. A high page rank backlink created. ‘

    The reason I wrote the “guest post” is to get another backlink. There is no end to this website, there is no closure. There are just more and more backlinks.

  9. Nobba
    January 5th, 2011 at 07:47 | #9

    G’day Roman,
    I am in the process of reasearching exactly what you are doing – trying to make money from a website. I first had an idea for a service which would be web based that I could charge a subscription for. Now I am starting think that the service is just the content and the actual website is the revenue raiser. It’s good to come across a website that’s isn’t fake. Keep up the good work. I hope to use your efforts as a learning curve for my future site.

    Cheers.

  10. January 9th, 2011 at 23:35 | #10

    This is the most honest and as a result most useful source of information on the reality of content site economics. So what if the look can use some tweaks? I spent over three hours in the last two days going through the pages. That’s more than I did on Facebook and email combined :) Now that the blog is back up, I have a load more to read.

    200 visitors a day may not be what makes headlines, but it impresses me a whole lot. I started a blog a month ago on wordpress.com and tend to get a couple of hits a day, probably my mom and my girlfriend.

    Roman, I thank and salute you for your effort and for being brave enough to tell it like it is. I already derived great value from your work. If you had a PayPal button, I’m good for $20.
    Walter

  11. roman
    January 12th, 2011 at 13:02 | #11

    Hello Mr. Bee,

    $20 – I could use that. Unfortunately silly pride prevents me from putting up a donations paypal button. And also I am worried that if I had a donations button, I would take it personally if a visitor spent 30 minutes on the website and did not donate.

    So instead of donating money, you can send your family, friends, or even me, a postcard. Send 5 of them and this website makes $20.

    Glad you enjoy the site and good luck with yours.

  12. May 3rd, 2011 at 18:48 | #12

    Ive enjoyed reading your site, it’s a tough, saturated realm you are operating in (make money sites).

    It’s very refreshing to see an honest account of the real journey as opposed to the hype. It’s a great idea offering yourself up as a ‘guinea pig’, and Im sure in time things will come to fruition for you.

    Best of luck, and keep on fighting the good fight.

    Conzz

  13. May 20th, 2011 at 18:45 | #13

    Hi Roman,

    Your site is very frank and very different from the other make money sites we see on the net. Also, the trends you show are quite believable.

    There are certain things I have noticed on the Internet: All blogs don’t monetize well with advertisements. A product based/ technology based website does well with contextual ads. But a music based/ personal site does not.

    Affiliate links work better for entertainment/ personal websites, that too having a lot of visitors.

    I have a travel/tourist based website and I am still wondering how to monetize it – Nothing works there!! One of the things I am looking to do here is to write about popular theme parks / hotels in those tourist regions I am covering, on a per post (chargeable) basis. Hopefully that might work!

    You have a very interesting product – the post card from Prague. But try to create more value with it. For example, you could offer greeting cards as well, which people exchange more frequently. And if that comes from Prague, it might make the receiver feel special. Try that :)

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