10 Reasons Why You Can’t Make Money Online

Have you been trying to make money online but haven’t had any luck?

There is most likely a reason behind that, so let’s take a look at 10 reasons you might not be making any money over the internet.


There is so much content on the internet that it can be confusing and you might get overloaded with information on how to make money online.

Stop trying to read every single guide you come across, just take it step by step and you will eventually learn the ropes.

A good rule to live by is to only get information off of websites that have been proven to be reputable and accurate.

If you keep reading from different sources, you are bound to run into misinformation which will just lead to more confusion.

Not Enough Money for Your Business Type

A lot of people love to think big, which is great, but if you are trying to start a business that requires a lot money that you don’t have, it won’t be successful.

A good way to avoid this is to come up with a business plan that includes all of the startup costs before trying to actually run it.

Remember, there are plenty of other ways to make money over the internet that doesn’t cost anything, such as blogging.

Not Enough Traffic

This is a bump in the road that everyone runs into. If you don’t get traffic to your website, you won’t make any money.

This is a part of the learning curve that all webmasters have to go through, so don’t get discouraged when you don’t see a great number of people going to your website.

Just keep marketing and figuring out the best ways to attract your target demographic.

Don’t Know How to Search Engine Optimize

Search engine optimization, also known as SEO, is one of the most important parts about online marketing. The higher you are ranked on the major search engines, the more overall traffic you will see, which increases the chance of you getting sales.

A fast website also plays an important role in your search engine optimization so you should also consider getting your website a good host. SEO takes a lot of time to master, so don’t expect to get a #1 Google ranking right away.

Why Computer Keys

Ever feel like you just want to do the work later? Well, so do a lot of other people who never make any money online.

Procrastination is one of the biggest reasons people will never make money because they can always just do it later. To counteract this, you should set goals that have a set date.

This will also help you to track how well you are doing and how effective your efforts are.

Following Get Rich Quick Schemes

STOP IT! If you run into anything that sounds too good to be true, then it is.

So many people have been derailed by programs that claim to get them money within weeks, but really are just trying to get money themselves.

If you notice any programs that makes a 100% guarantee that you will earn money, ignore it. There is no 100% chance to make money online.

Even fully experienced webmasters have had failed online businesses, nothing can be for sure and it will definitely take more than a few days. Trying these programs will only delay you further.

Not enough Patience

Online businesses take time. If you are in a rush, you will most likely fail.

It takes a lot of time and hard work to make your website popular and profitable so don’t assume that once it is up and running you will be making money.

Don’t Know the Proper Tools to Use

Tools can be a great help when doing business online.

Knowing which ones can help you in certain situations is almost essential for a smooth running business. So do a little research on the tools that are available to you.

Are Uninterested in Your Own Business

If you started a business in an industry you hate, then you won’t even want to put in the time or work that it takes to make it profitable.

Why start an online retail store that sells purses when you are really passionate about something else? Do something you love!

Wrong Mindset

Thinking that it is impossible to make money online, not believing in yourself, and other negative mindsets will push you away from your goal.

You should be excited and proud about your business because your mindset will reflect on your overall business.
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About Jo

My name is Jo I run www.make-a-web-site.com.


  1. Hi Jo,

    I do agree with you on the points you mentioned here, you can easily make some money blogging but to make a living out of it you need to make sure of what you are doing and what are the skills you need to do it. Thanks for sharing your tips.

  2. You’ve listed the most common reasons definitely.

    Probably the worst problem you’ve listed is the fact that people are following get-rick-quick schemes. Focusing on how much you’ll earn and how fast you’ll be able to earn it isn’t the way to go. You should analyze whether the business is realistic, but if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.

    I found this post by the way, on Kingged.com, the IM content aggregator site, and left this comment there.

  3. Great and insightful article, Jo!

    I must agree, the points cited in your article are the most common reasons why one can’t make money online. Among the 10, I think numbers 9 and 10 are the common reasons for the beginners. One should have passion and an optimistic attitude in his chosen career for him to develop the eagerness to learn and to succeed.

    Thank you for sharing this post. :)

    I found this post shared on Kingged.com, the IM social networking site, and I “kingged” it and left this comment.

  4. Not enough patience!
    i absolutely agree with this point. Bloggers, especially newbie are spending too much time on blogging, they try to make money as fast as they can and so that they don’t have time to check your contents, they write like a machine and they don’t know they accidentally lost their traffics and followers. And they can be patience anymore, give up very easily.
    Thanks for your sharing.

  5. Good writing. I have to admit that when I started making money online with my blog, I was not very patient. I was eager to log into my blog every early morning and start writing about anything appeared in my mind then. I wrote a lot but rarely read what I wrote and post on my blog. As a result, not many people read my posts. However, it is ok now. I have changed my writing style and be more patient with the work.

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