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    1. You are so welcome! The thing is that I think more bloggers go through this than we realize. Everyone only ever talks about the positive. We need the negative to help us know that we are not alone – and so that we see the real, raw side of blogging.

      I hope that things get better for you! And, maybe what you are going through now is just your new beginning and you’ll be on your way to realizing much success!

      Keep me posted on your journey — I definitely want to continue to support anyone who is going through this.

  1. We too had the same exact thing happen. We were “coupon/deal bloggers” when we started in late 2009. We were doing well, with some months making 5 figures. We thought we had it in the bag and my husband quit his job to help full-time. It was like overnight our income dropped by more than 50% because of the same exact reasons. Out of curiosity, was one of yours the photo deals that dropped affiliate commissions dramatically? For us, this was one of them. We were making a killing on those photo deals. About the same time, many similar sources dropped too.

    My husband went back to work and I wanted to quit entirely because I was working so hard and now working just as hard and income dropped so dramatically. But after a year or so, I finally decided it did not need to be this way. We changed our approach and our site even grew massively. Thank you for the encouraging story and to keep going!!

    Cassie

    1. Wow! Your situation was even tougher than mine! My husband was getting ready to quit his job and I had told him that we had to have a bit longer time to watch the trends. Then the bottom fell out and we were both very grateful that he had not quit.

      For me, it was actually Amazon saying we were making too much and they changed our fee structure. That was actually the big one for my site.

      It is so encouraging to see you both back at and turning things around. I hope you keep growing and have great success!!

  2. Hi Tracie, such a good story to read about, not many people are brave enough to talk about their failures! Thanks for sharing! Sean

    1. Thanks Sean. It is very scary to admit failure. However, if it helps inspire or help one person, then it is totally worth it!

  3. I can’t imagine the stress of that, you’re a real fighter for getting through that. The idea of having your own online blog/biz sounds great in theory, but the responsibility of providing an income for not only yourself, but for the other people you employ is such a tremendous pressure.

    Hats off to you for pulling through, you must be proud.

    1. Thanks so much! It was not a good time, for sure. Lots of stress! LOL!!! I hope that my story lets others know that they are not alone and that they don’t need to quit when things like this happen. They too can persevere!

  4. Thank you for sharing this. I had no idea you went though this. I like your point about emulating others. Sometimes I’m beating my head against the wall over something blog-related and then I’m like “Stop trying to invent the wheel.” If someone is already doing it, telling you how they do it and they are successful – heed their advice.

    1. It is so easy not to want to do what someone else says or does. We all get a little set in our ways and can be difficult to embrace a new idea or concept. But, when you do?! Oh my – it leads to amazing things!!!

      1. Thank you for writing this. I hey do nervous about failing that I don’t think of it as a lesson. This helped take some stress off of failing.

        1. You are so welcome! No one seems to ever share how things didn’t work for them. And it leads you to think that if you do, it is somehow something you are doing wrong that they never did. The more honest you can be with those you try to help, the better and more your readers will love you.

  5. Hi Tracie

    You;’ve always been one of my favorite people online with a wealth of information and the best part is you share with others. I thought it was beginner bloggers like fail but it was an eye-opener to read that even a successful blog can fail too. I agree totally with you on changing your approach. I launch my old blog a few months back but after 6 months of battling with blog traffic shut it down. Then I observed few successful blogs, did introspect, put my mission & visions in place and launch a new blog. This time things are totally different and I credit it to my positive mind, planning, and research. So for me too, failing was a stepping stone.

    1. First of all, thank you for your kind words. And I love how call it a stepping stone! Sometimes we step back and then we get to take a giant leap forward! I can’t wait to hear how things go for you this time around. Best of luck to you!

  6. Thank you for this encouraging post. I am a new blogger, trying to figure things out, I am spending money while making practically none.
    I am hanging in there, working hard to break through.
    Thank you.

    1. We all need to support one another. There are many posts about successes online, but I think that when you can read that someone else failed before they found that, it can help encourage you.

      Keep on keepin’ on!!!

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