How To Start a Successful Blog In Nigeria
Have you been thinking of how to start a successful blog in Nigeria but don’t know how or where to begin? Don’t worry you are in the right place. In this article I will detail how to create your own blog, no technical knowledge or experience required.
Why Start A Blog?
There obviously many reasons to consider about starting a blog. Here are a few reasons.
It makes you a better thinker
Blogging have a way of making you think deep, it helps open your mind to see ideas from everyday activities around you. In simple terms blogging shapes your mind positively.
It makes you a better writer
When you think better, you write better. From experience I have come to realize that when you start a blog, as you write consistently you will discover that your writing is becoming better. You will discover how to fine tune your words and communicate properly to your audience.
It will make you some money
Money this is one factor on the minds of most people when the think about blogging. Well there are numerous ways you can make money by blogging, either through ad revenue, selling e-books even offering tutorials or other services.
You could inspire others
The part of blogging inspiring others is what interests me the most. As I hope to inspire some people by writing and publishing. I have also been inspired by quite a number of blogs I have read online.
How To Start a Successful Blog In Nigeria
1. Decide On What Niche To Blog About
I have written a comprehensive post on how to find the perfect niche for you blog. If you are an individual you have more flexibility when choosing a topic. But for the sake of this post, here is a recap.
- Your blog niche simply refers to what topic or topics you will be writing about on your blog.
- Something you really enjoy not something that will bore you in less than 3 months.
- Something with plenty of room ad resources to blog about.
- You could decide to blog about health, about technology, or you could even decide to blog about entrepreneurship and lifestyle just as we do on EntLif.
2. Choose A Blogging Platform
If you want to play basketball, you need a basketball court. If you want to blog you definitely need a blogging platform.
There are numerous blogging platforms to choose from. WordPress, Blogger, Wix and Squarespace. WordPress and Blogger are the most popular.
I have heard stories of newbie bloggers choosing the blogger platform because they think that Google will give them special consideration for using the platform.
Some others feel that WordPress platform is quite difficult because they will have tto tweak and modify themes to suit there style.
Well none of these really matters provided you can chun out quality and unique contents.
Personally I use and recommend WordPress.
3. Get A Domain Name And Host
Domain name is simply your website address. For example www.entlif.com. In choosing a domain name, try to use something that is short and memorable that can be easily remembered.
Web hosting this is everything about you blog is stored. A server. There are lots of foreign and local companies where you can buy domain name and host it. I am using a local host from Ghana known as Speedyconnect and since I have been using them I have not experienced any down time, plus their package is unlimited. If you want to start a successful blog in Nigeria then your choice of web hosting is really important.
If you decided to use a WordPress platform, you have two options. Hosted or self-hosted.
- Hosted wordpress Blog: this kind of blogs are free and oftern called wordpress.com blog. An example would be “Yourblogname.wordpress.com”.
- Self-hosted wordpress blog: Also known as wordpress.org blogs. Cost a little money, gives you much control and increase you earning potentials. Because you will be taken seriously by your visitors.
4. Design Your WordPress Blog Or Get A Web Designer
This is the fun part. Because it is at this point that you give your blog that awesome look that you want it to have. To change the default theme, head to appearance, click on themes and install a free wordpress theme.
Alternatively, you can can buy a premium theme from a premium theme website like Themeforest and buy a theme for $40.
It is advisable to choose something that looks professional, related to your niche and easy to customize.
If this whole thing about design seem complex to you, you could hire a web designer with a proven track record and the designer will do the job and give that taste you have been longing for. Because in order to maintain good reader and ship and also make money you ought to have a website that is user and search engine friendly.
5. Start Writing Useful and Valuable Contents
As the saying goes “content is king”. In writing ensure that you are filling a gap. Let your articles be solving a need, provide solutions to possible problems. You could write about existing topics all you need to do is add a new angle to it.
If you cannot research and produce useful contents then I am sorry you have no business with blogging because that is the basis for having a successful Blog in Nigeria.
6. Promotion Is Key
The bitter truth is that nobody will visit your new blog if you don’t promote it. Promoting your blog can be done via facebook, twitter, pininterest, whatsaap, nairaland and so many other forums. The good thing about promoting your blog is that it sends signal to search engines that a new blog is in town.
That way search engines visit your site via those links you used in promoting your blog on other websites.
7. Learn About Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
To Start a Successful Blog In Nigeria, Search engine optimization is a must know. As the name applies it is the process of making your contents and even web page search engine friendly. So that search engines can easily find your site, index it and even give you a good ranking position on Google. I know you will like to appear in Googles first page.
I use Yoast SEO plugin to help optimize my posts and I have also read and understood the concept of keyword research in writing contents.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much would it cost to start a blog?
Assuming you already have a laptop and a smart phone. Depending on the hosting company you decide to choose, starting up a blog will cost about N20,000 data subscription for a few month inclusive.
Is Blogging Still Important?
Yes, Blogging continues to grow daily. In 2018 blogging is obviously one of the most popular medium that people use to spread information online. Blogging will help you connect with people and make good friends who share your values online.
How Do You make Money From A Blog?
You make money from blogging in various. It’s not a secret there are numerous information online and people with proven track record. One of the most popular ways to make money on your blog is through Google Adsense.
Can A Blog Be Started For Free?
Yes, there are so many free blogs online today. Blogger.com happens to be the most popular. I also had a blog on blogger some time ago. I do not recommend a free blog platform if you know you want to monetize your blog. It is best to look professional.
Starting a successful blog in Nigeria is not rocket science. Do your research, don’t be in haste, make sure you have all the right variables in place. Note blogging is a long time investment and with time you will begin to see your return on investment and hours spent writing contents.
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