The Worst Mistake New Bloggers Make to Not Make Money- Paul Scrivens [Part 1]

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Paul Scrivens from Dare to Conquer

You probably know the feeling of trying to make money from a blog.

Many people think it’s super hard and you’ll have to come up with a great idea to earn a cent. In fact, it doesn’t have to be this way.

This podcast with Paul Scrivens from Dare to Conquer will show you the worst mistake that new bloggers make…

And what you can do to fix it.

Scrivs and I chat about:

  • How he started working in the “online world”
  • Why one of his websites went from 0 to over 1 million page views every month (in under 2 years)
  • The 2 mindset hurdles every entrepreneur has to overcome
  • What you can do if you’re not an “expert”

This is another 2 part podcast, with more on how to start a 6-7 figure online business next week.

Paul Scrivens Background

Scrivs first job was a headhunter (aka helping other people find jobs… “recruitment consultant” if you’re from the UK).

But there was a big issue with this…

He hated working on the phone.

So doing what any normal person would do in this situation he lied to his boss…

“Hey, I can build websites for you”

He had no idea how to… so he had to figure out how to do that in a day!

This was Scrivs path into blogging.

And the rest is history as they say…

Sort of!

As you listen in to the podcast you’ll hear how Paul Scrivens:

  • Was vagabonding for a while
  • Had to get a “real job” when he met his now-wife
  • He bounced between a few random jobs but…
  • He always hated working for someone else
  • How he created a course on web design to make $20k in a weekend

But he still had no idea why certain things worked and others didn’t.

Eventually, this led to…

Thrive/Strive- From 1,800 pageviews in 3 Months to 1 Million Pageviews in One Month

Scrivs started the health and fitness website with his brother and wife.

After 20 months, Thrive/Strive was receiving 1 million pageviews each month.

But it wasn’t always that way…

The Worst Mistake From a New Blogger

There is one big mistake many online entrepreneurs make.

It is the one reason why many people fail or waste so much time:

You try to create something brand new.

Many people put off starting or fail because of this one mistake.

Everything that works (aka makes money online) has already been done.

You can copy the idea or model that someone else has done.

Obviously don’t completely copy it, you put your own spin on it.

But if you can show people how to lose weight in one month, people will pay you for the information.

Weight Loss

Is it new?


Does it work?


Mindset & Initial Steps

Scrivs explains this…

You have to understand it is a process.

You will not start making crazy money after a day… or a week… or a month.

The success stories you hear don’t always explain the struggle or failures these people had on the way.

You’re going to have to do these 2 things before you get anywhere:

  • Overcome your own self-doubt
  • Then overcome the self-doubt of your friends and family

The best way to do that is to start taking action.

How to Get Free Traffic to Your Website

The platform that opened Scrivs’ eyes to how to get free traffic quickly was of course…


It has been proven by so many successful bloggers that it’s hard to ignore the power of Pinterest to get free traffic quickly.

Related content:

Not an Expert in a Niche?

You don’t have to be.

All you need to be is one step ahead of the people reading your website.

If you really are not confident in that niche you can always consider yourself as…

Research Assistant Organise & Planning

A research assistant.

That is still super useful for people.

You find out the answer so that they don’t have to.

Full Podcast Transcript


If you want to contact Scrivs or learn more about the courses he has on offer then you can do so here:

Obstacle (blogging website)

Dare to Conquer (create a 6 figure business)

Blog Revenue Engine (make $1,000 per month within 6 months)

Paul Scrivens from Dare to Conquer Podcast Summary

So that wraps up part one for the podcast with Scrivs.

What was your main takeaway from this? Is this mistake something you can relate to, or have you seen anyone else making this mistake online before? Do you agree that this is the worst mistake new bloggers make?

Drop a comment below!

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