BFP Podcast 24: How NOT Making Income Claims Increases Your Blogging Success

July 28, 2017
The Pearl, Doha, Qatar


I noticed something weird that may be a huge difference maker with your blogging campaign.


NOT making income claims has accelerated my blogging success like you wouldn’t believe.


Listen to today’s super short podcast (2 minutes) to see why:



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  1. Good deal Anwaar. Mixing the passion with opening profitable streams creates a harmonious 1-2 combo. The passion is the driver for me.

  2. Anwaar Awan Says:


    Never thought about following passion this way. I like the idea of being able to work in the field Iā€™m passionate about but at the same time, I want it to make a decent amount of money.

    Thanks for this article

  3. Will do Khairul. Thanks much for listening šŸ™‚

  4. Thanks for this podcast blog post. Learn new things. Carry on buddy.

  5. Jas you are on the right track buddy.

  6. Jas Says:

    I’m pretty new into blogging, and seeing all these bloggers with huge income reports was somewhat intimidating! It seems like everyone is in a hurry to make money from day 1. Some people have achieved it though, but it’s not possible for everyone. Now I only focus on making quality content and my blog is growing steadily. You gave some really good insight. It was great listening to you.

  7. Thanks for this short informative podcast Ryan

  8. Nomar that’s great to hear.

  9. Nomar Says:

    I am doing those.. I like to share it and document my progress..

  10. Thumbs up Patrick. Thanks much šŸ™‚

  11. Patrick Says:

    Very quick and to the point podcast Ryan. Thanks for sharing! I’m glad that I’m not the only one worried about making the perfect blog post every time.

  12. Good points all around Adeel. Focus your energies on giving and all else falls into place nicely.

  13. Adeel Sami Says:

    Hey, Ryan!

    I so agree with that!

    To NOT claim the income claims.

    We are here to help. And showcasing the incomes every now and then will actually ruin the minds of the readers.

    And doing the income claims with that format of helping to blog (not with the income but finding the clarity) will make a lot of difference.

    We guys are not the money-making tips givers then why we show the income claims for?

    We HELP, and we should only SELL our help but not showcase how much we earned against the HELP we gave to the people.

    John Chow and Pat Flynn are truly the money-making buddies, and they have the right for it to showcase how and what they are earning every month because they help to let us earn money.

  14. I try not to allow it to matter too much Ali šŸ˜‰

  15. Ali Murtaza Says:

    well… blogging is a really good way to earn online but if you are a freelancer then you can earn more money then blogging. And of course it matters how much money you earn per day !!!

  16. I do hear you Simon. I see how income reports can be helpful. Like Pat Flynn’s reports, where he breaks down his income and how he made it. These reviews can be super beneficial. Thanks for the rocking comment!

  17. Simon Zaku Says:

    Awesome listen here.

    I’d say I’m in between.

    I wouldn’t advise Income reports because it is exactly what ‘draws’ 90% of new bloggers/entrepreneurs and because of that, they go into it and fail. Make lots of mistakes and then they learn from it. Get back & crush it.

    When I first decided to start this online thing, it was because I had seen the ‘income claim’ of someone. The one big thing I’ve learnt is “the reason you start a business determines how far you go.

    Start a biz solely to make money, prepare to crash. Start one to change someone’s life, you scale through.

    But I believe when we (new entrepreneurs) make those mistakes (of starting because of the money), we learn that it doesn’t work that way. Besides mistakes are the big part of success.

    So income claims can cause a turning point in someone’s life where he or she decides to change his/her life.

    On the other hand, as you said ” when you’re clear about your ideal reader, you will find your tribe grows fast”.

    Nice talk, Ryan! šŸ™‚

  18. I dig the approach of sharing the knowledge Shantanu. Like focusing all of my attention and energy on serving, versus sharing income claims or reports. Working A-OK for me so far šŸ™‚

  19. You got that right Manish. This question is on many blogger’s minds. I say, teach folks how to prosper and the rewards will flow in.

  20. Manish Kumar Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Not making income while blogging is asked by every newbie and struggling blogger and there is a large no. of them.

    Your articles provide valuable tips about how to make blogging successful and that’s the secret behind your success.

    Your podcast gives valuable information.

    I will tweet your post.

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

  21. Hello Ryan,

    We are up here for a passion, we are passionate about writing and helping and connecting people here.
    Income reports is something good, those are making big numbers and are here to sell their products. One of the good strategy to engage more people. But there are also some of the potential bloggers who keep on working hard and hard and keep helping out their audiences.

    In fact they took are making a good money but they focus all on the welfare through their skills they have

    Thanks for the share šŸ™‚

    Have a great Weekend ahead.


  22. Exactly Christine. Same deal here. I recall buying an eBook bundle from Steve Scott a while back. I did so because I followed him and loved his insights into writing and self-publishing.

  23. Hi Ryan,

    Great point! I know when I’m looking to buy a service from someone, I don’t ever go looking for their income stats. I look for credentials and examples of their work. šŸ™‚

    Have an awesome day!

  24. Good points Brian. I see how most successful bloggers don’t do income claims and heck, readers just want value and quality content above all else. Plus quality communication as you note.

  25. I hear you Anthony. My friend Donna Merrill just made this same point on Facebook. People want your advice, your insight. So give them that and everything takes care of itself. For having pretty decent online exposure folks rarely ask me to make income claims; I align with good matches, or folks realize I ain’t making the claims LOL.

  26. Anthony Jury Says:

    To me income has always been somewhat of a sensitive issue, whether it is what ai earn from my job or my blog (very little). Personally I don’t do it and that is just my point of view.
    On my blog I want to give travel advice and so I find it pointless why anyone would be interested anyway.
    Great listening Ryan, as always love your work.

  27. Brian Says:

    I’m sure that income reports can help for people that are doing really well, but they are a ton of work and most successful bloggers and influencers don’t use them. They certainly aren’t required and the most important thing is to show value through the quality of your content and communications.

  28. I left a thought.