How to Start a Blog in Nigeria

How to Create a Money Generating Blog The Easy Way

A how to start a blog guide shouldn’t be too technical, from building to writing.

Making one shouldn’t be hard, that is why this guide will show you how to start a blog that is perfect in less than 30 minutes.

In addition, you will be building one of the most secured and organic traffic driven blog with the capability of generating money in its first week.

 

From doing it for a passion and living a fulfilling life, blogging has shown how amazing it is.

People are having the best of their lives through article publishing.

Popular bloggers make millions of dollars sharing their loves.

You aren’t far from reaching that height, you only need to start now by not just writing about what interests you but that which will generate revenue.

 

Let us take our first dive into learning how to start a blog that makes money.

We will be running through the basics to the advanced in a very simple way even kids will understand.

Because it is a depth coverage on how to build a blog to making money blogging, we have provided a toggleable button below.

You can click it to see the different sections in this post. It let you jump to any part of interest especially if you will be bookmarking it.

 

What is Blogging?

If you already answered to include writing and making it available online, you just hit the nail perfectly.

It practically involves you writing whatever comes to your mind and making it available online.

This can be anything from what you are eating, your new handkerchief etc.

Your writing mustn’t have to make sense to be called blogging, it just needs to be online.

A typical example is a lorem ipsum post. A bunch of meaningless text.

Somebody who composes such and publishes online is also blogging.

Looking at Justin Hall, popularly referred to as the father of modern blogging, he was known for writing about his life and things of interest.

This practice remains relevant today with many bloggers publishing updates about themselves through their personal blogs.

These blogs mostly have the names of the authors as the primary domain (we’ll cover this later).

Whatever you choose to write about, you just need to hit the publish button for it to be called one.

 

What is Good Blogging?

Writing gibberish, publishing on the web and sending readers to hell, do you call that good?

Nonetheless, it is blogging despite the posts being meaningless.

Not all kinds of writings are good. So, what should be referred to as good blogging?

Any that communicates meaning.

It is as simple as that.

Your reader should be able to relate to what you are saying without his head spinning to grab the message.

It must not be a 1000-word article to be good, it just needs to communicate.

You reader should be able to understand your point without having to do an extra job asking Google for help.

Good blogging is that which do not cause a bad experience to your reader.

Most personal blogs fall within this category with straight-to-the-point articles on their lives.

 

What is Perfect Blogging?

This takes steps further from good blogging.

A blog that let you take multiple actions is termed perfect.

It could be clicking buttons to share to a friend, save it to your bookmark for quicker access etc.

This invites business opportunities for you to make money blogging.

Blogs you see adverts on from big brands and some that make money indirectly falls into this arm.

And if you have thought about it, that is exactly the category we will be focusing on.

You will learn how to build a blog that is perfect, bring people to read and make money while you sleep.

This looks difficult on the surface, but you’ll see it’s simple by showing you how to make money while hitting the publish button.

 

How to start a blog

In order to start a blog that is perfect, the following simple steps apply:

  • Choose the best blogging platform
  • Decide a blogging genre
  • Choose a perfect domain name
  • Host your blog
  • start a blog using WordPress
  • Write and publish
  • Monetize

In this in-depth guide, you will see how to do each of these activities the effective way that will result to not just a perfect blog but one that will be generating money right from the first week.

 

Choose the Best Blogging Platform

How to Start a Blog Platforms

Don’t forget this how to start a blog guide is intended at teaching you how to start a blog without writing a single line of code.

There exist so many blogging platforms but not all are a fit for perfect blogging.

So, we will run you through the blogging platforms available and advise you on the best for monetization.

So, what are the platforms you can create your blog?

We will mention a few that are popular and show that which is perfect for you to make money blogging.

Below are some of the top blogging platforms available:

 

 Blogger

One of the popular blogging platforms created from the hall of Pyra Labs in 1999.

It has been taken over by Google since 2003 with all blogs hosted on Google servers.

The platform hosts several popular blogs but logically, not the best to build a blog on.

It is limited and you can do a few things that you feel will improve your blog.

Pros

  • It is a totally free solution
  • Being hosted by Google means you enjoy free security from the largest search engine on earth
  • Very easy to use. You just need to sign up with a Google account and hits publishing
  • You get a free BlogSpot link you can share easily with your friends
  • All your digital properties are in one place if you have a Google account
  • You might benefit from Google’s AMP without doing anything. This is though achievable using third-party tools on other platforms
  • Ability to easily monetize with custom ads or that of Google

AMP: an acronym for Accelerated Mobile Pages and a project run by Google.

It is geared towards delivering pages that fit perfectly on users’ mobile screens especially those clicking through from Google searches and products.

 

Cons:

  • Limited access to themes you can use to customise the look of the blog to your taste
  • Security is also limited considering that all your files are on Google. The day Google shut down the service, you will lose access to your articles and blog

Linda Ikeji, a popular blogger got her blog suspended in 2015 for alleged plagiarism. That is one of the things you suffer using this blogging platform

  • You have access to a few tools that will help you increase your blog revenue
  • Google is too busy with many products hence, the platform receives fewer regular updates which is not good for you

 

 Medium

Another popular blogging platform good for just publishing posts.

Famous for its clap feature and a kind of social network for content discovery or what is called social journalism.

This platform despite its features is not a good fit for anyone wanting to build a blog that is perfect.

Pros:

  • Another easy platform for starters
  • This is purely for writing posts. Hence, good if you just want to get articles out
  • You don’t need to be tech-savvy to use it, your email is what is required
  • It consists of a community of contents lovers so, you can get your articles viewed by a connected population
  • Through its premium membership, you can make money from your articles through locking

 

Cons:

  • You are limited to only publishing
  • The provider can choose to display ads on your article distorting the views of your readers
  • To make money blogging on this platform, you must be a premium member that cost $5 per month
  • You can’t connect third-party ad scripts to improve your revenue
  • You can’t improve the functionality of your blog other than that provided by its owner

 

 WordPress Dependent

This is popularly called WordPress.com. Invented in 2005 and owned and lies on the servers of Automatic Inc.

Most likely third in three of the most popular blogging platforms in existence after WordPress self-hosted solution and Blogger.

The platform works akin to Blogger but with more features compared.

It runs on a modified WordPress and available to anyone who wants to start a blog but can’t handle the self-hosted version.

It is a good solution but not an ideal candidate for someone serious about making money blogging.

 

Pros:

  • It is free to use at basic
  • Very learner-friendly and not one you need to be technically equipped to use
  • You get a free blog address you can share with your friends
  • Have access to ample of free to premium themes you can use to change the interface of your blog
  • Ability to monetise through own-ads or add more when you switch to premium plan
  • Access to WordPress short URLs great for social network shares

 

Cons:

  • You have access to limited functionalities required for serious business
  • Your blog is entirely on Automatic servers, they can decide to suspend your account for ‘unserious’ reason
  • There exist few themes to enhance the look of your blog
  • The platform allows few custom edits hence, some ads will not work on this limiting your blog’s revenue potential

 

 Joomla

A lovely solution and one of the popular open source blogging platforms.

You can practically build anything from a blog, website, ecommerce to any kind of interface you want with it.

Considering community, despite being large, you might get a few answers when you encounter an issue.

Because this how to start a blog and make money guide is looking at making you an entrepreneur by blogging, we do not advice you go for it for the long-term sake.

Despite that, it is a nice option to use.

Pros:

  • Ability to customize to your taste
  • Available of free, freemium to premium themes for a lovely interface blog
  • Several plugins available to enhance your blog’s functionalities
  • You are in full control of your blog hence, you can do whatever you want with it

Cons:

  • Limited to a dwindling community of users
  • Not a free solution since you need a hosting account to install
  • Limited plugins for the improvement of your site’s visibility and monetisation
  • Quite difficult to get someone to support you when you have an issue and can be costly hiring an expert
  • They are a few hosting companies that fancy Joomla. The reason is they want to minimize expenses by not hiring a Joomla support person unless if such is multi-skilled with other content management systems
  • You need a good technical knowledge to set up one

 

 WordPress Self Hosted

This is another open source blogging platform and an independent version of WordPress.com.

If you want to walk around this solution, you can download it to your computer and build your blog smartly.

Well, we could have thought you how to do that, but it will be a lot stressful and we will be using something easier that you will love.

This solution is widely known for its huge community and several supports from hosting companies.

And with our site built on this platform, you don’t need to guess this how to start a blog and make money guide will be based on using WordPress self-hosted.

Pros:

  • A huge community of users
  • A lot of plugins that will wow your imagination at improving functionalities
  • Availability of numerous free to premium themes for great twisting to improve the interface
  • You are the boss of your own using this solution
  • Many add-ons that will enable you to make money blogging about your interest
  • One click installs by most hosts means you don’t need to be technically savvy to use it

Cons:

  • You need to pay to use this solution. (we will show you how to save about 42% later using this)
  • Everything is on you especially backups and other security updates
  • It might take a little time to understand how to fully utilize the platform but worth it

 

Decide a Blogging Genre

This is decided based on the type of contents you want to be writing about.

It can be anything from what you already have knowledge about or a broader choice that fits what you want to achieve with your blog.

Here below are the categories of blogging in existence:

 

Niche Based

This basically involves you writing on a selected content type. Example of niche-focused blogs could be any of:

  • Reviews: portals that review related products and services usually fall into this category. An instance is a technology products review website.

 

  • Affiliate eCommerce Shop: a blog operating in the form of an ecommerce store. This kind of blog mostly targets related products and optimize their content well to drive sales to a partnering business.

 

A good example is a dropshipping business model.

 

  • Personal Blog: contents here are mostly personal updates or experiences of its Author. This usually has the name of the Author as the identity of the blog.

 

  • Single-topic News/Service Blogs: a kind of news website only dedicated to a topic or that which are related. An example is a cryptocurrency news portal.

 

Pros:

  • The best choice if you want to focus on a field you are good at
  • It will help you develop your skills in a field
  • This kind of blog allows you to create an expert authority that will make you a known expert about a subject
  • Usually, it is the best for authorship and could be an avenue for making money selling your own eBooks, products and/or services
  • Since you focus on a single subject, it is less demanding
  • Businesses in the subject area you cover will be more attracted to advertise on your blog

 

Cons:

  • Topics in this kind of blog are usually in-depth and might require you to sit for hours crafting the best
  •  Your audience is just limited to the field you cover
  •  It is important knowing search engine optimisation in this type

 

Generic

The kind of blogs that falls into this covers more than one topic. Contents are grouped into unrelated categories.

Examples include:

  • Vertical News Blog: a news portal covering a lot of topics categorised into different arms for easy access
  • Broad Topic Blogs: a kind of blog with different categories. A good example is Meedul with categories including shopping, finance, travels and more.

 

Most entertainment and gossip websites fall into this arm.

 

Pros:

  • Operating a vertical news blog, copy and pasting makes it a choice since the same stories are found everywhere. Though to avoid plagiarism which is punishable by Google, change wordings if you want to operate this model
  • Generic blogs are easily monetizable by serving advertisements from ad networks.
  • There is more opportunity to make more revenue operating this model
  • This kind of blog seems busier with a wide variety of contents
  • With a wider coverage of different topics, you serve more audience

 

Cons:

  • You will need to write more or else, hire the services of content writers
  • If you employ just copying and pasting without changing text, it will affect your organic traffic negatively
  • You might need to have a little technical knowledge as your traffic grows to avoid slow page loading due to much contents and attachments

 

Either of the two you chose, it should be secured and monetizable which is the focus of this how to start a blog guide.

 

Choose a Perfect Domain Name

A domain name is your address on the web. An example is www.example.com.

There are conventions for naming them and it is important you understand what a top-level domain (TLD) is.

In a simple term, TLD is the last part of a domain name proceeding immediately after the name of your website (second level domain). In www.example.com, the .com is the TLD.

This can be generic or country-specific like ‘.com.ng’.

It is a very important aspect of your blogging journey as a poorly chosen one could halt your growth online.

While choosing a domain name for your blog, bear in mind the following:

  • Form a domain name that will easily be understood when you pronounce it
  • It should not be too long to spell
  • It must not necessarily be your full (brand) name, it can be an acronym of your name or business

If you want to learn more, we have written a guide that will help you in choosing a perfect domain name for your blog.

Though this will cost you about $14 if you are to buy, we will show you how to get one later for free.

After all, this how to start a blog guide has promised to help you save money on your way to blogging fame.

 

Host your Blog

You shouldn’t feel bored because some terms are sounding so technical.

Hosting simply means erecting your house on the web.

So, a hosting account gives you a space to build a house (blog, website etc.) online

All your files (contents, images and other documents) resides on a hosting platform which serves them to your visitors once they type the address.

There exist several hosting providers you can create your blog on but for speed and reliability, we will be using the best that is beginner friendly.

From the next section, you will be building your blog without stress and in all, it will take less than 30 minutes.

 

 

start a blog Using WordPress

To this end, we have the knowledge that is required to create and manage a blog.

This section will be fully dedicated to launching your blog using WordPress and at the end of this, you will have a fully functioning blog.

 

If your country’s financial authority doesn’t allow your local cards on foreign sites, consider using a credit card option.

For residents in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and some other parts of Africa, we recommend the use of BarterCard.

This card allows you to pay for foreign products and services right from your country.

It is a virtual credit card that enables you to make purchases on international websites.

It must be funded from your local bank account before you can make use of it.

 

Creating a Barter Card

To create a Barter Card:

  • Click here to visit the Barter Website
  • Register by filling in the required information
  • Fund the wallet with your local currency equivalence of at least $60
  • (Barter provides their conversion rate per dollar on your dashboard, you can get the value to fund by multiplying the rate of a dollar to your local currency and then multiply it by 60)
  • Create a new card worth the whole $60 (you can always delete the card and transfer the remaining money back to your account)

 

Once your card is ready, you can proceed to finally create your blog, right on your PC. Won’t that be amazing?

 

 

Creating your Blog

For this, we will be using a platform called Bluehost.

Bluehost is a hosting provider and one of the oldest and recommended companies by WordPress.org.

The platform interface is very simple and will give you the best flexibility even if you have zero technical knowledge.

Another reason you need them is that you will have to pay nothing for a domain name.

You will enjoy a free domain name that would have cost you about $14.

Another thing you will enjoy for free is SSL certificate which is a vital tool for you to conquer online.

SSL certificate gives your blog an added level of security and search engines will treat it special as a secured location for visitors.

To get started, click the link below to register.

 

Once you click the link, the homepage will look like the below.

How to Start a Blog Bluehost Home

Click the ‘Get Started’ button to proceed to the next stage.

Then, you will need to select the appropriate plan.

For a starter, you should go with the basic plan. This is fine to handle a start-up blog.

You can always upgrade as your blog grows.

Once you have selected your chosen plan, click next to proceed to free domain redemption page.

Enter your preferred domain and click the next button to continue.

How to Start a Blog Domain Selection

Note: if your domain is not available, it means someone has bought it. You will need to provide an available domain name.

Once you are fine with your domain name, click the next button to continue to profiling page.

There, you will be required to provide your information.

There is a section for package selection.

You can decide whether you want to pay for one year or more. Depending on your choice, there is an applicable discount.

If you are low on budget, the one year should be fine but looking at the future, the two-year option will save you some money.

Once you have supplied the necessary information and decided on the best package, you will then need to enter your payment information.

If you have created a Barter Card from an earlier part of this post, you will use the card information to make this payment.

If you haven’t but has either a PayPal account or an electronic card enabled for international payments, you can use also.

Provide the information, accept the terms and click the submit button to create your account.

Once you click the submit button, your account will be created, and an email will be sent to your provided email address regarding:

  • Payment information
  • Account information (login details, FTP)

 

You should visit your email and use provided information to change your account password.

Make sure to use a very strong password.

Once you are logged in, your interface will be like the below.

How to Start a Blog Bluehost Dashboard

Bluehost is made for seamless use. Once your account is created, WordPress will be installed one-click.

Click the login to WordPress to access your dashboard.

How to Start a Blog Dashboard
Sample WordPress Dashboard

 

The dashboard is where you will be spending most of your time publishing and managing your blog.

Now, you now have a blog set up by yourself.

You should really be proud because you are a testimony that you can start a blog without hiring the service of anyone.

Once this is done, you will need to do a couple of things before you publish your first post.

 

Enabling Better Security

The first thing you will need to do is building security that will put you in a secured state.

Every website is prone to damage or hacks and it will be painful if that happens when you have built a large audience.

To avoid this, we will be setting up protection from day one, right before your first post goes live.

SSL

This is an acronym for Secure Sockets Layer.

It ensures every information transmitted between the server and the browser is encrypted, preventing potential harm to the user or customer.

It prevents any harmful modifications by criminals and a very important aspect for accepting payments online and better ranking on search engine result pages.

Luckily, your hosting on Bluehost comes with a free SSL certificate.

To activate the certificate, follow the steps below:

  • From your ‘My Sites’ section, click ‘Manage Site’
  • Once you are on the page, continue to security and switch on the ‘Free SSL Certificate’ button

 

Once you have enabled this button, your website address should have ‘https://’ in it within 24 hours.

This SSL certificate is very important for security and SEO (search engine optimisation).

 

Child Theme

A theme gives your website its beauty.

Every WordPress installation comes with a default look(theme) but you can change that to what you want.

You can buy a premium theme from a provider like MyThemeShop or try one by installing free from the repository.

Depending on where you got one, understand that you do not own the theme.

Because of this, when the owner makes an update to the theme you are using, any customization you have made will disappear.

In order to prevent this, you should always build your blog on a child theme.

A child theme is a copy of the main theme which gives you the power to customize without any fear of damage from an update from a theme owner.

It inherits properties from the main theme, but the main theme owner does not directly have access to change your child theme’s customization.

 

But how do you install a theme?

Installing a theme is not rocket science, you can do that using the steps below.

You will first have to toggle the appearance section of your dashboard and select the theme option.

From the theme’s directory page, click add new to access list of available free themes which you can see which meets your taste.

Once you have seen anyone you like, click the install option.

Once you have it installed, click the activate button to bring live on your site.

Now, you will need to go a bit further to add a child theme for your newly installed theme.

 

Creating your Child Theme

As you already know from the earlier section of this how to start a blog guide, a child theme inherits attributes of the main theme hence, no much difference between both.

It gives you more power of customization without fear of losing your custom designs after theme upgrade.

To create a child, there are two ways to do it but for non-technicalities, we will be using the plugin-aid method.

Note: a plugin serves as an aid to help you achieve an aim. There are so many plugins available on WordPress for different tasks.

For this purpose, we will be using a plugin called Child Theme Creator by Orbisius.

You will need to install it using the steps below:

  • Click plugin from your left-hand menu
  • Click the add new button at the top
  • Search for Child Theme Creator by Orbisius
  • Install and active it

 

Once activated, you will see new menu options when you toggle appearance as seen below

How to Start a Blog Orbisius CT

 

  • Click the option for Orbisius Child Theme Creator
  • You see options to switch theme and customize title, descriptions etc.
  • Select both and click the button to create your child theme

 

Once created, your blog will automatically be switched to the newly created child theme.

If you want to do any customization, you can without fear of override.

 

Other Security Tools

You already understand how to install theme and plugins.

So, there are some awesome tools you will need to install which will enable you to blog better.

Amongst those includes:

iThemes Security: it is a plugin that will enhance your security. Install it and implement the necessary security checks.

Rank Math: a search engine optimisation plugin that serves as your SEO Assistant. It tells you the best way to write that will give you the best appearance on Google. A must for organic traffic.

SEMrush: it is an important tool for content research and one you cannot do without if you are very serious about making money online. It helps you to do content analysis and see if a chosen topic is getting lots of attention from search engines. In addition to competition research, this tool does a lot necessary for your growth online.

Grammarly: a Google Chrome extension that will assist in wordings. It helps correct errors in your contents.

Another important tool is MailChimp, an email management platform. Using MailChimp, you can implement email collection from your visitors which gives you the opportunity to mail them when you have a new post.

 

Write and Publish

Now that you have successfully created and set up your blog, next will be writing and publishing posts to the world.

This activity is simple using the steps below:

  • Toggle the post option from your left-hand menu and click add new

Once the new post page opens, it will look similar to the below:

How to Start a Blog in Nigeria Post

 

Most things are easy to understand here.

  • The ‘Add title’ section is where you specify the title of the post
  • The main editor is where your post goes

 

If you installed plugins mentioned in the other security tools section, you will have added features like the SEO section for Rank Math and a Grammarly symbol indicating value of corrections needed to be made.

 

For you to become an authoritative Blogger, commit to writing a great search engine optimized content. This means you should do research before writing and always publish long content articles (usually not less 600 words).

 

Monetize

If you want to make money from your blog, you need to have the source implemented from day one.

Some of the best ways to make money from your blog include:

  • Google Adsense: serving ads from Google to your visitors. You can be paid for clicks or/and based on the number of views. To sign up, visit Adsense Home
  • Affiliate Marketing: helping companies generate sales through unique links. You get paid based on sales generated.

A popular affiliate program is that of Amazon where you can make money directing people to Amazon products.

  • Product Sales: you can also sell your own stuff through your blog. This could be anything ranging from physical products (like electronics, furniture etc.) to virtual goods like ebooks, audios etc.
  • Custom Ads: once your blog grows, brands can pay you to display their ads. This though requires a large number of an audience before you will start getting this kind of revenue source

Once you launch your blog, make sure to have these revenue streams in your plan and possibly have one or two implemented from day one.

 

That is it on how to start a blog without having to break your brain on technicalities.

Hope this helps you start your blog seamlessly.

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