Not Making Money? 7 Things to Do When Your Online Income Is Down
Are there days when you don’t make any money at all from your online business? You might be thinking that this is going to be some type of online income motivational post where I tell you to go read something that inspires you or make a Vision Board.
But today, I actually have some real, practical advice for you that will actually help you to start making money online.
Since you’re reading this post, you’ve already probably wasted several hours thinking about why there’s no cash (or not enough cash) coming in. So without further ado, here are 7 things to do when your online income is down.
1. Write New Blog Posts
If you’re not posting to your blog today because you’re fed up with your low earnings, you’re making a big mistake. You already understand that the more blog posts you write, the more visitors you will attract to your website.
Don’t let not earning any money keep you from posting when you know you should have created some new content. The money will come. The time to post is now!
2. Find New Ways to Earn Passive Income
Ok, so whatever you’re currently doing isn’t working so well. Why not take this opportunity to find some new ways to earn passive income online?
Just click the links below to read my blog posts about each suggestion:
- Take surveys
- Search for new affiliate products to promote
- Use other methods to monetize your website
3. Search for New Traffic Sources
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I highly recommend that you set aside a day just to search for new traffic sources. That will give you something to do when you have one of these days when you feel down about not making money.
The easiest way to search for new traffic sources is to simply type some keyword ideas for getting traffic into Google and start reading reviews and tutorials. Once you have something that sounds like a viable idea for getting traffic, write it down, and set a date to test it out.
4. Start Using Paid Traffic
The other thing that you can also do is start a paid traffic campaign. You might have been considering a paid traffic source for a while but haven’t really gotten around to it. Even if you don’t have the funds yet to start the paid traffic campaign (because you didn’t make money today), take all of the steps required to set up the campaign.
You can apply for a new account with the paid traffic source, set up your account and payment method, and write your ad copies or design your banners. That way, once you have some money coming in again, you can just click a button to turn on the campaign.
5. Check Your Links (Seriously…)
We’ve all been there. You’re wondering why you aren’t getting any conversions on that affiliate program you joined three months ago only to find out that the affiliate link on your website is broken!
If you don’t have a plugin installed on your website that will search for broken links, get one ASAP! Checking for broken links regularly is literally the difference between making money and losing it to a competitor.
Even if all of your links are working, you must also make sure that there have been no changes on the affiliate company’s end either. Most affiliate campaigns are regularly updated with new links for affiliates to use and if you are still using the old ones then you’re not going to make any sales.
6. Check ALL of You Income Sources
It’s easy to become overly fixated on that program that was supposed to be making you $1000 per week, but what about all of those programs you signed up for to get paid $30 on a sale or 10% of every referral’s earnings? Check those programs right now!
To your surprise, you might have some money waiting for you. It’s easy to forget about all of the programs that you signed up for if you don’t make a point of bookmarking your earnings page in each program.
So from now on, every time you sign up for a new affiliate or money-making program, set a aside a folder in your bookmarks with the links to all of those earnings pages so that you can reference them at any time.
7. Take Care of Some Routine Tasks
Staring at the computer screen for hours isn’t going to make money magically show up (unless you have super powers!). Instead of wasting hours feeling like you’re being punished, take care of some routine tasks instead.
Here are some things that you probably still haven’t done today:
- Laundry / cleaning the house
- Grocery shopping
- Give your website an SEO audit
- Search for low competition keywords to target
- Make a list of tasks that you should be doing at times like these
- Create a weekly schedule for working on your business
- Go to the gym
- Fix something that’s broken (like your website)
- Schedule your doctor’s appointment
- Go over your business/personal expenses and get rid of the unnecessary stuff or switch providers
- Look for a business mastermind group in your area on meetup.com
Above all, you need to stay motivated! A few days without any online earnings doesn’t mean that your business is failing.
By doing these things instead of simply wasting time griping about being low on funds, you’ll be positioning your online business to bring in even more money. We’ve all been there and at the end of the day, procrastination doesn’t make problems go away, it simply makes them worse!
So stop worrying and get focused. What things do you like to do to grow your online earnings when you’re not making money?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!