Many call a blog a website, some call a website a blog.
It’s quite confusing right, but this is the the real truth,a blog is categorized under a website for the main purpose of publishing useful contents to users.
Now if you do notice, you would understand that some websites use to have a blog on thier menu, those type of websites could be a media or a professional website who has a team.
Creating a blog is more easier than creating a website especially when you are making use of blogger or WordPress CMS, don’t worry as we read along, you would understand what I am trying to say.
I would be explaining the detailed step to start a profitable blog here in Nigeria.
1. Choose a short and professional name for your blog.
This should be what you are going to do first, you need to sit down and think of a very nice name to give your blog, and you should make sure it correspond with what you might want to write about.
Some tips to consider when choosing a niche to blog about;
- Blog about something you pleasure and passion for.
2. Blog about something that would have more user engagement .
3. Choose a niche that you are an expert at or you know very well.
2. Buy a domain name and web hosting.
Your domain name is the Url that people can easily use to search for your blog on Google.
Try make it’s very short and easy to remember so your audience won’t have issues trying to remember your blog.
You also need to purchase a web hosting plan for your blog in which you can have full control and access to your blog.
When choosing an hosting plan, choose the one with more bandwidth and storage space and try make sure the hosting have a very fast server.
Although your budget may not be able to go for the highest hosting plan but that can be skipped till you have made enough money to go for the plan.
If you later notice that your hosting servers isn’t too fast, you can switch to cloudflare CDN server and it’s free.
3. Choose your blogging CMS platform.
There are different CMS(Content management system) out there that you can easily use to launch your blog or website easily e.g blogger, WordPress, wix, squarespace e.t.c.
All these CMS gives you free hosting to start your blog as soon as possible.
But blogger is more easier because it’s been provided by Google but has some limitations.
WordPress seems to be the very best because it gives you full control over your blog and it is very easy to set up.
Create & launch your blog.
Like i mentioned earlier, blogger is free to use but your blog would have a suffix attached to it name(.blogspot.com), many doesn’t like this but at the same time you could go purchase a domain and link it to your blogger blog, then you can enjoy free hosting with your custom domain name.
If you want to use WordPress, you can use it directly by subscribing for WordPress hosting plan which gives you a custom domian of your own and a year hosting.
But if you want to have full control over your blog, the best thing to do is to buy a domain name, purchase an hosting plan, then launch WordPress from your Cpanel.
If you don’t know how to do this, I would advise you visit YouTube to learn it or hire someone.
Create and Publish your first post.
After you have set up your blog,what you need to do is to start blogging, your first post could be an introduction to your blog, explain what brought you to start blogger and how you feel of owning a blog.
Creating a blog and blogging is one thing but getting people to visit and read your blog is another thing.
Getting visitors to visit your blog.
As a beginner, depending on the type of niche your blog is about, you might not get traffic from Google but there are other places you could easily get traffic from to your blog.
And that is social media platforms, you could just start sharing your post to all social media platforms for people to visit your blog.
You could also make use of forums, just post a summary of the topic you are writing about, then add a link to your blog from there.
How to start making money from your blog.
As soon as your blog have stayed for about 2 to 3 months and have started getting good amount of traffic, you can then look for a way to turn your passion to income by monetizing your blog.
There are different ways to monetize your blog or website but i would be explaining the major ways to monetize your website.
- Ads network.
There are different ads network in which you can monetize your blog but Google AdSense is the best and is owned by Google.
Google publishes advertisement on your blog then as soon as people get engaged with the the advertisement, Google pays you in return when you reach the minimum payment threshold.
Many bloggers have problems getting AdSense approval nowadays and this is due to the fact that they don’t write contents that pleases Google, so if you want approval for your blog, you would need to write quality articles.
- Affiliate Marketing.
Affliate marketing is a great method of making money from your blog especially if your traffic comes from top countries.
Affliate marketing is when you partner with different producing or shopping companies and help them promote thier goods on your website.
So when someone purchases it, you get a commission for it.
There are different affliate companies you can partner with e.g jumia, amazon.
- Sponsored post
This works well when you have a good amount of traffic on your blog, this brings other businesses and bloggers to post a sponsored post on your blogs which is an advertisement indirectly.
So it’s better you work on your blog and get as many traffic as possible
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