How to create a blog and make money online
One of the best way to make money online now is through Blogging
It is no longer news that people are becoming millionaires through blogging in Nigeria and all over the world. Gone are the days of doubt and disbelieve, now you can see it yourself that blogging is a serious business.
A serious blogging in Nigeria can give you over N5m monthly but there is difference between just having a BLOG and BLOGGING the right way.
However, beginner bloggers often do not get what it takes to start a blog and make it successful. Some think it’s about publishing a few posts on their blog and seating back for the money to roll in.
Others think it’s all about copying other
people’s posts or articles and posting them on their blogs. But, neither of these strategy works, no wonder the mortality rate of blogs is very high.
How to Start a Blog (How to Start blogging)
A guide on how to start blog and be a good blogger
Step 1: Choose what to Blog about (Identify The Right Blogging Niche)
One of the first decisions you make after deciding you want to start a blog is to figure out what you will blog about. Some new bloggers fall into the trap of writing about everything that comes to mind.
Yes, blogging is about sharing your thoughts, research and experience, but if you are interested in professional blogging that thought must be targeted at a clearly defined audience.
Remember that one of the goals of professional bloggers is to build a reputation. Certainly, you cannot build a reputation on everything. You need to build a reputation on something. This is why before you start a blog, you have to give a long hard thought on what you want to be blogging about.
Your blog should be about your interest and passion. It should be about a topic you are happy discussing. It should be about something you are passionate about. Passion is very important in blogging because it takes time and energy to build a reputation and make money from blogs and without passion you will certainly give up.
To discover your passion and interests you need to brainstorm. Ask yourself the following questions:
What topics do you regularly discuss about with your friends?
What are your hobbies?
The type of movies do you watch
What do you spend your money on?
The types of books and magazines you read?
What types of websites do you regularly visit?
When picking what to write about, it is very important to choose a niche with a sizable audience. Do not choose a niche that is so unique that you are virtually the only person interested in it.
Identify The Right Blogging Niche
Problem – If you are not blogging on the right niche, you can blog for 100 years without seeing a dime. I see plenty bloggers just following other successful bloggers and trying to recreate what they are doing with the hope of making it just like them. That is not how to blog.
A successful blogger is the one who is able to create a profitable niche for himself (probably different from what others are doing) and take it to the next level.
Solution – You must find out the right way to blog. I have explained step by step how to identify profitable niche that makes million. How to know if a niche is good for you or not.
Step 2: Choose a Blog Platform
A blog platform is an online software that enables you create and maintain a blog. A blogging platform offers you an easy to use interface for posting content to your blog. You can write, format, and edit your posts, as well as add photos and videos to your posts via your blogging platform.
The blog platform also creates an easy interface for customising the look and feel of your blogs. They also offer plug-ins and widgets for extending the functionality of your blog and making it more useful to your readers.
Although, you can switch your platform at anytime, getting it right the first time is very important. Switching blogging
platforms may require some technical skills. So, you should take your choice of a blog platform serious
Note that there are two types of WordPress: WordPress.com and WordPress.org. I am recommending WordPress.org, the self-hosted version.
WordPress.com is similar to Blogger and share some of its limitations.l You can also choose other blogging platforms like Blogger.com , Tumblr , and
Step 3: Develop A Professional Responsive Blog
I see a lot of blogs out there that may never grow beyond where they are currently. The reason is because those blogs are badly put together, they are neither professional nor responsive. Such blogs are just making up numbers of total blogs on the internet with no hope of making it big. Blog is liken to a building, a good building will have to be solid from foundation up if it hope to stand the test of time. When your blog is not solid from foundation, you risk wasting valuable times and resources for nothing.
Professional responsive blog is much more than just a blog. You need to understanding what make a pro blog. Get the full checklists of what and what must be in your blog in other to make it professional and profitable.
Step 4: Choose a Domain Name
The domain name of your blog is its central address on the internet, for example the domain name of this blog is
A domain name is another little detail you need to get settled before you start a blog. Here are some tips on how to choose a domain name for your blog:
Choose short memorable domain names – Some of the best domains are short and memorable.
Add your keyword to your domain – If it is possible, add your major keyword to your domain name.
Consider future expansions – When choosing your domain name you need to consider the future expansion for your blog.
Use a popular TLD – Top Level Domains TLDs are letters that end a domain name eg. .com, .org, .net. .com is the most popular top level domain and should be your first choice. You can also try .org and .net in that order.
Avoid using other people’s brand names and registered names – Avoid using business brand names in your domain or registered brand names. This will ensure you do not run into legal trouble tomorrow.
In the same vein, your blog name should be as short as possible, memorable, and avoid using other people’s brand names or registered names.
You have chosen a domain name for your blog, but the domain name does not become yours until you actually register it. Besides the domain you have chosen may have been bought by another person. So, you need to check for availability first.
To register a domain name, you require the services of a domain name registrar. At the website of the domain name registrar you can check for the availability of the domain name you desire and if the domain name is available, you can buy it.
You may also decide to buy your domain name from your hosting company, which I will discuss in the next step. Similarly, you can also decide to host your blog with the domain name registrar.
There are a number of good domain name registrars out there. I use GoDaddy.com and Namecheap.com for all my domain name registration.
5 Your Blog Content
Nobody wants to know your thoughts on how tech companies can tackle unemployment — ain’t nobody got time for that. Feed your.subscribers with more exciting micro-posts like which Nigerian celeb just got a boob job, how many dollar bills Davido can show off at a go, or photos of the new pair of shoes Wizkid bought in Dubai this morning. Don’tbforget that they don’t want too much story. Spoil them with photos and other freebies.
Speaking of photos, how you tag these
photographs is very essential. It doesn’t
matter if the celebrity posed for the photo or if you got it from Google Images, just make sure you tag the post “SPOTTED” (yes, in full caps). This is the unwritten code in the Nigerian blogger circle. Don’t say you didn’t get the memo.
If you don’t have ads yet, start creating space for them in faith. You want the space for ads to be no less than 50% of the entire span of your blog page. That’s 25% from the far left and 25% from the far right. That’s right, nobody gives half a sh*t about your content.
Your readers love nothing more than to
throw frequent glances at your engaging ads, for every line of actual blog content they read. More ads space also attracts more ad interests. Your money will start trickling in soon trust me
How to make money from blogging
What it takes to make money from Blogging When you decide to start a blog, it is usually about making money. However, for a blog to make money, two ingredients are required. The first is reputation and the second is blog traffic.
To start a blog and make it successful, you need to know how to build your blogging reputation.
You cannot build your blogging reputation by copying other peoples’ work, neither can you build reputation if you are blogging about everything. Your blog must be known for something.
This is why you must take my recommendation in step 1 about how niche blogging is the best way to start a blog seriously. It is easier to build a blogging reputation if you focus in a niche.
Can you define the purpose of your blog in one sentence? If you can’t, then your readers will find it hard categorising it. Building your blogging reputation simply means making it easy for your customers to associate your blog with your content.
So that whenever they think about your niche they think about your blog. For example, if you are blogging about shoes or fashion, having a good reputation means that people looking for shoes or fashion ideas will have your blog on top of their mind as well as recommend it to friends.
The truth is that it takes time and hard work to build a blog reputation. So you need to be passionate about your niche to pull through. It will also take time to make money.
To build a reputation you need to offer unique, relevant, keyword rich, and quality content. You should post something new on your blog every day (or three posts per week), to keep it fresh.
Differentiate yourself from other blogs in your niche. In addition, open social media pages (including Google+) for your blogs and engage with your fans actively.
Make it easy for your readers to engage with you by providing feed subscriptions, social networking shares buttons and like buttons. Building a blogging reputation takes time and hard work, but gradually one day at a time your blog will eventually get there.
As for the second part, which is building traffic, it goes simultaneously with building a blogging reputation. Good content is the greatest asset to invest in when you start a blog. Having unique, well researched, and well written content on your blog will keep readers coming back for more.
Search engines should be top on your traffic building strategy when you start a blog. This is because most people use search engines when looking for information on the internet. So, you need to learn latest SEO strategies and implement them on your blogs. Do not also forget other traffic sources like social media, feeds, blog directories, email lists, etc.
Once you have a reasonable traffic and reputation for your blogs making money becomes easy. You can place your ads on your blogs, sell directly to your visitors, or use advertising networks like Adsense and you will see good results.
So, for beginner bloggers planning to start a blog, my recommendations are simple. Learn how to build reputation and traffic first and keep making money for later. Even if you place
1 million ads on a blog with little traffic, it will make nothing or very little. So, now you know the secret of how to start a blog and make money.