Do you want to find out how to start a blog in Nigeria?
But first, why on earth is blogging in Nigeria a big business? Is that how you see it?
Well, I don’t just see blogging in Nigeria as a big business but a savior to many youths and lives that by now which perhaps would have been roaming around the streets hunting for jobs that are not available, wasted or God knows where the now successful bloggers would have been.
I lie not, it is scary when you imagine that with the Nigerian labor force of 80.2 million, about 21.7 million Nigerians are unemployed, a figure that exceeds the population of 35 of Africa’s 54 countries.
And most hurting, among young Nigerians aged between 25 and 34, the largest bloc of the labor force, the unemployment rate currently stands even higher, at 30.7%.
Just see the stat below and feel for your country if you are from Nigeria.
With such a scary statistic, your next question would be how to be a blogger in Nigeria, right?
If that is your question, then don’t worry because I will answer all your questions.
But first, what’s in blogging if you become one now in Nigeria? Here is it.
In August 2020 alone, through Blogging, over N200,000 was generated.
In July 2020, an Australian Magazine contacted me to become a paid writer taking the role of a Senior Writer.
In August 2020, over 3 companies and course instructors combined contacted me to work with them as an affiliate marketer.
And lastly just to mention a few, as of the time of writing this article, a company contacted me to work with them which means, if I agree to work and fulfill the terms, they will take care of my online fees for the next 6 years – all for free. That is from 2020 to 2026.
See the terms below.
So, blogging can open many doors and relationships apart from income.
Seeing how things are going you might have many questions, but get this.
How Much Do Bloggers Make in Nigeria?
Question: How much do bloggers make in Nigeria?
Answer: They make a lot of money.
In fact, there are top bloggers that make N5,000,000+ a month. Hmmm.
Does that mean there is no hope for you? Nope.
The thing is, even if blogging is not your thing, those making N5M+/month today never thought they would be paid to write or “blog”.
For me, my blogging journey started with so many failures and the most demeaning – ridicule and shaming at the university.
But through the same ridicule and shaming, in the last 3 months, through blogging I’ve maxed over N300,000 – after years of failure with a minimum of 6 hours of learning, 3 times per week.
N300,000+ in the last 3 months averages N100K a month, and is a lot of money especially for a blog.
But please get the disclaimer:
Now you aren’t going to generate that much money but you can start with N5,000, N10,000 a month and as much as you can see.
And if you want to see how I started, you will see that in January, I made just N777.95
➢➢ Below is ₦200,000+ made in one day in one of my blog sites.
Behind the scene.While a lot of bloggers might claim to make money consistently (which some do), I am not saying I average ₦100K or whatsoever amount a month, please. 🙂
However 3 months ago, I made ₦800,000+ in 30 days from this same blogging business.
[You will get the case study at the end of this article]
Going on, kindly note that I’ve included some affiliate links which takes you to different blogging recommendations with a little commission when you sign up.
Thanks for supporting the hard work. 👐
As we were saying, the thing is, if you want to start blogging you have to realize that it is not a fast rich scheme, but if you are patient to implement everything you will learn from this ultimate guide, my supports, and your hard work, I can tell you that you will thank blogging as a good source of income because it’s already working for thousands of Nigerians.
Now, how will you feel when others are complaining of dollars rate at 400+ to Naira, you are exchanging at the same amount through blogging income in Naira?
You will be happy right? Yeah.
If yes, then say hello and thanks to Google AdSense and other ad networks saving many Nigerians from lack and want.
Today if you AGREE to work with me as your blogger friend, follow all the terms and conditions on this page, then, I will open the flood gates of my blogging failures of years past and show you how to start a blog and finally become a successful blogger in Nigeria.
Just before we get started on how to build your blog, let me answer these top 2 questions below.
How Do I Become a Blogger in Nigeria?
How to become a blogger in Nigeria is when you choose a blogging niche or area you want to focus on, choose a domain name for your blog, and buy a hosting service, and install blogging software like WordPress that will run and manage your blog online.
So, blogging has majorly to do with 3 things. Your domain name (blog name), web hosting (the service that will help your blog run online), and the blogging software (WordPress).
How To Become A Successful Blogger in Nigeria
From the years of experiences, how to be a successful blogger in Nigeria consists of just 4 steps.
- Choose a niche or area to blog about.
- Launch your blog
- Optimize your blog for SEO.
- Be Consistent and publish helpful content in your niche.
- Get Traffic and Make money.
If you miss #3, you might end your blogging career. This means, #4 is almost impossible unless you have the money to advertise your blog.
But not to worry, this guide is all you need to rank on the Search Engines (Google and Bing) and get free traffic to your blog for money.
All in all, understand, that if you don’t have traffic or people coming to your blog, you will make 0$.
So, the essence of this guide is not just how to start a blog but how to get people to your blog for income.
Let’s now get started so you see how to make a blog and become a money-making blogger in Nigeria.
How Much Does It Cost to Start a Blog in Nigeria?
To host your blog in Nigeria the cost can go from as low as ₦15,000 to ₦60,000. This will depend on the budget and size of your blogging site.
For instance, one of the blogging hosting services we will use costs $35 for a year to start a blog.
Since most bank card charges based on the official Bank Exchange rate at ₦435, that will amount to ₦435 X $35 = ₦15,225.
If you use the black-market rate, that will be ₦740 X $35 = ₦19,295,500
How To Start a Blog and Make Money in Nigeria
Step 1. Choose a Blogging Niche
My guess is that you already have in mind what you want to write about. If you do, then kindly jump to step 2.
If not, let’s brush it out.
When they talk of blogging niche they are simply asking you the blogging interest you have.
As in, if you have the interest to blog on Food, Animals, Sports, Health, Sciences, Breaking news, and more?
Here is a clue to your blogging niche cycle.
Gifts or Talents – Do you want to write about how to sing like a bird?
Experiences – were you burnt by a hot pot of rice? Why not, teach Nigerians how to cook Rice and not get burnt.
Career – are you an ex-banker and you’re passionate about teaching people how to become a banker?
Knowledge and skills – Do you want to teach people what you can do? As in, designs, freelancing, science subjects, or whatever?
Interests – what interests you? For me, I can write about 20 interests as far as it will bring in income – Lol.
So, if you have one then start from there.
Life Stories – were you scammed online? Write about bad investment schemes and how not be to be scammed again, forever.
In essence, where you start from is a Blogging niche.
To explain it further, a blogging niche is an area or topic you want to focus your blog content on.
Having known that, let’ see some blogging niche categories.
Top 4 Blogging Niche Categories
Blogging has many categories of niches.
We have the Super Niches, Sub-Niches, Super-Sub Niches, and Super 2 Sub-niches.
Super Niches: these are big topics and niches that are hard to rank for.
Sub-Niches: these are the junior brothers to super niches.
Super-Sub Niches: these are the junior brothers to the sub-niches. (Easy to rank for with fewer competitions.)
Super 2 Sub-niches: very easy niches and topics.
If you go for the super niches, the advantage is that you can bring a lot of traffic to your site, but the disadvantage is that you will be competing with big websites that are already established.
Examples of Blogging Niches (Topics)
Super Niche: Sports – Hardest to rank for
Sub-Niches: Football – hard to rank for
Super-Sub Niches: Chelsea – normal to rank for.
Super 2 Sub-niches: Chelsea Players Profile – simple to rank for.
Here is another example to relate to.
Super Niche: Food – Hardest to rank for
Sub-Niches: Rice and Stew – hard to rank for
Super-Sub Niches: Nigerian Rice and Stew – normal to rank for.
Super 2 Sub-niches: Akwa-Ibom Rice and Stew – simple to rank for.
Therefore, instead of going for a super niche like Sports, go for sub-niches.
And most preferably, as a beginner, start with the Super-Sub or Super 2 sub-blog niches/topics.
That is to say, instead of writing about general sports news, start writing about Chelsea football players’ profile.
But to make sure that what you want to write about is searched for by people, check out Google.
For instance, if I search for Chelsea News you will find out that it has 555,000,000 results. Meaning that people are interested in it.
Also, if I search for “Nigerian Rice and Stew”, it has 1,850,000 results searches.
We are done with step 1.
The verdict: If you don’t have what to write on, spend some time and think about what you’re passionate about and note them down.
When done, use the sites above and see if you have various questions by people about it.
Also, see if you have the results on Google.
Here is an example.
“Nigerian Rice and Stew”.
What it means is that people are searching for all the above terms (keywords) on Google.
Top Blogging Niches for Nigerian Bloggers
Here are a few niches to choose and start your blogging career in case you’re thinking of what to blog about in Nigeria.
- Personal finance
- Personal Blog
- Online business
- Real estate
- Artificial Intelligence
- Test preparation
- Sex Intelligence
- Men’s Talk
- Children’s Talk
Call to Action: very fast. Get your eyeglass and look at the above list and see what you want to blog about.
Note: if you had already had a niche to blog on, please ignore.
How to Start a Blog in Nigeria & Africa Video Steps
Step 2. Name your Blog and Get Web Hosting
Just as we said, 2 of the important things about blogging is your domain name and web hosting.
Your blog name is what is called a domain name.
For instance, Isuawealthyplace.com is my domain name.
Your domain name is your brand.
So, whatever you name your blog, when it becomes successful tomorrow that is what people will know it as.
Also we have LindaIkejiblog.com, Nairaland.com, Forbes.com, and YouTube.com.
Do you want your blog to turn to a brand fast?
If yes, here is it.
The fastest way to turn your blog to an online brand that generates six figures is by using your name as the domain name.
As in, if your name is Duke Allisson, you can name your blog as DukeAllisson.com – that way people will always remember your blog for whatever you do/write on.
Step #2a. Give your blog a name.
DON’T OVERTHINK IT – just write down what you want to name your blog and let’s move on.
>> Getting a domain name for your blog.
While a domain name costs N4,500 to N5,000 in Nigeria, you will be getting it all for FREE. Yeah. Just hang on. 😎
Before you choose a domain name here are a few things you want to consider.
- Go for a .com domain name over .org, .net and etc. For example. Forbes.com – popular and easier to remember.
- Use keywords that define what your blog is about.
(If your name is Alisson and it’s a food blog, you can go for AlissonFoods.com or something related for brand recognition.
- If possible avoid using numbers and hyphens. They can be difficult at times to remember. Examples: Food19.com, BeefingDad20.com.
- For personal brands, you can make use of your name.
Let’s now go over to get our FREE domain name.
Step #2b. Get a Web Hosting Service (free domain along)
The second part of blogging is web hosting.
Web hosting is a service that allows your blog to be accessed through the internet.
That is to say, without web hosting, your blog can’t be seen online.
Also, without a domain name, your blog won’t have an address – which can’t be accessed as well. So, the two walk/work hand-in-hand.
There are a lot of top web hosting companies to choose from. Some of them are priced from $3-$500 a month.
But as a new blogger, you don’t need a costly web hosting services.
The recommended and cheap web hosting services to use are Hostinger, Fastcomet, or Hostgator.
But I highly recommend Hostinger. Therefore, let’s start with it so you see valid points and your benefits thereof.
Starting a WordPress Blog with Hostinger in Nigeria
Based on experience, one of the most reputable web hosting services you can start your blog with as a beginner has to be Hostinger.
- As a blogger, you get the benefit of using a simple and popular web hosting service.
- They’re unsurprisingly fast around the world.
- You’re using a high-Performing server to manage your blog
- Fantastic security features to gain customers’ and visitors’ trust.
- Instant Customer Support chat to help you out, and more.
- You get free Weekly Backups of your content.
- Easily create versions of your site in case you want to deploy them for future use.
- Use the intuitive Manager to manage your hosting account in case you want some setting tweaks.
HEAR ME. The last thing you want to see if receiving an email from your readers that your site is down: my nightmare with many popular Nigerian hosting services some years back.
The thing with Hostinger and web hosting in general is, if you consider blogging as a business, invest in it. As in, use a good hosting platform.
Even if you are not privileged to pay for a 3-year Hostinger plan and save up to 78% discount, you can pay for 1 year and see the robust performance of your blog.
Most importantly, as a Nigerian, you know how difficult it is to purchase online. With Hostinger, you have multiple hosting payment options with Crypto inclusive (BTC, USDT, ETH), etc. Amazing.
And if you want to move from another local web hosting service, you get FREE migration on Hostinger.
Lastly, always look for a web hosting provider that can perform WordPress installation for you. A hosting company like Hostinger offers a quick and easy installation method using an Auto Installer. More on this as we go on.
Other benefits of Hostinger as a web hosting platform include:
- Easy-to-use, customized cPanel.
- Dozens of site tool add-ons.
- Technology to support fast page load times.
- Free Cloudflare integration (speeds your site loading)
- Free usage monitoring and statistics
- Free SSL Certificate.
- Free Site Builders.
- Free Domain-Specific Email Addresses.
- 24/7/365 Chat and Email Service
- Free blog Migration from another hosting company
As I said, if you consider blogging as a business, then you want to invest in it by going with an industry trust hosting platform.
Let’s see how to get started with Hostinger.
Step 1. To get build your blog with Hostinger, click here to go to Hostinger.
Step 2. See the Menu Bar and go to “Hosting” and choose “Web Hosting”.
Step 3. Scroll down and Choose Your Hosting Plan.
- First Plan – Single Shared Hosting: The least plan is cost-effective and okay for a start. It can take approximately 10,000 blog visitors and readers a month.
With this plan, you DO NOT GET AFREE DOMAIN NAME, but you will SAVE UP TO 70% in costs.
- Second Plan –Premium Shared Hosting [RECOMMENDED]: This is the perfect plan for personal websites/bloggers.
The package can take up to 25, 000 blog visitors and readers a month which will make enough money to maintain your blogging business and the hosting fees.
Additionally, you will get a FREE DOMAIN name for your blog, and ultimately SAVE UP TO 75% in costs.
Step 4. Click on Add to Cart & Choose Preferred Months.
Under Single Shared Hosting Cost
- 1 year cost will be – $35.88
- 2 years will be – $59.76
- 4 years cost will be – $95
Comment – if you have the funds, I recommend you get the 4 years hosting package at once which amounts to $1.99 USD / month and saving up to $384.00.
Premium Shared Hosting [RECOMMENDED]:
- 1 year cost will be – $35.88 (SAVE $114.00)
- 2 years will be – $71.76 (SAVE $228.00)
- 4 years cost will be – $143.52
Comment – if you have the funds, I recommend you get the 4 years hosting package at once and when you max out at 25,000 visits a month, you add a little fee for a higher plan (Cost-effective for you). Plus you save up to $456.00
The official Bank Exchange rate is ₦435. So, if you are using card, multiply that with the hosting plan you want.
For instance, if a 2 year plan on the Premium Shared Hosting. That will be ₦435 X $71.76 = ₦31,215.6
And if 4 Years, that is ₦435 X $143.52 = ₦62,313.75
Step 5. Select your payment option.
You can pay for your hosting service with a Credit/Debit or ATM card, Google Pay, Alipay Crypto – Coingate, and PayPal) and make payment.
P.S – if you want to pay with Crypto, Use Binance.com or CoinGate.com for easy pay. And if you need any help on this, contact me here – yours at ya service.
Also, if your bank card does not work, then try paying with any Bank Dollar Card or the free UBA Dollar Prepaid Card for all Nigerians.
Having seen how to get started with Hostinger, if you want to go with HostGator please click the arrow knob symbol below – >> – to open the slide for the steps.
💡 Call to Action: Click here to get started with HostGator at $2.75/mo only.
#a. Click the link above to choose your web hosting service.
#b. Choose your domain.
#c. Choose your yearly plan.
#d. Check out and make payment for the web hosting service.
We are done with selecting and paying for a domain and hosting service. Let’s go on to install WordPress and start blogging.
Step 3. Install WordPress
To manage and operate your blog, you need a software that will help you do that.
The best and recommended blogging software also known as content management system (CMS) is WordPress.
WordPress is easy for everyone and it is the most widely used Blogging software. Relate to the infographic below.
The big question is, are you paying for the WordPress Blogging software? No.
This software is open and free for everyone to use.
On Hostinger, WordPress is already installed for you. All you’ve got to do is get it ready for use.
Go ahead and click on “Auto-installer” and install WordPress to start blogging. But let me show you a simpler and a few steps methjod.
I like using Softaculous Apps Installer for most of my WordPress-hosted blogs.
Let’s do it together.
- Log in to your web hosting account and access your cPanel account.
- Head to Softaculous Apps Installer and click WordPress.
- Locate and click the WordPress Install Now button.
- Make sure to fill in your Site Name, Site Description, Admin Username, Password, Email, and choose your preferred language.
This form also provides additional options to help get your WordPress site started:
- There is a Select Plugin(s) option, including the Limit Login Attempts, Classic Editor, and Install LiteSpeed Cache plugins.
- Here, you should also select a WordPress theme for your site. Click on Show All Themes to search for it in the directory.
- To get all of your installation details, fill out the Email installation details to the field.
Once you finish filling out the form, click Install.
To access the installed WordPress Admin, click on the WP Admin icon under Current Installations.
Below is an installation video guide for you.
All you need to do is (after you’ve ordered for hosting from (HostGator.com), you will click on Install and from there you are set to start blogging.
#1. Log in to your HostGator account.
You will land on your Dashboard.
#2. On your HostGator dashboard, go to Software, and check out a logo that’s called ‘QuickInstall’.
#3. Select “WordPress” and click Continue to install your blogging software.
Behold your new blog.
That is your new blog.
Now let’s go on to log in to your main blog site.
You will access this by going to yourdomain.com/wp-admin.
When on the page, enter your blog details (username and password) and you’re in.
When logged in you will see your new dashboard.
Of course, if you’re new to WordPress, you might find it a bit tricky, but the truth is, it is very simple.
In a matter of time, you would have mastered all the sections available on your dashboard.
Let’s go to install WordPress plugins and Themes.
Step 4. Install Plugins and Themes
Installing a theme: Themes, like on your mobile phone gives the esthetics – beauty to your background.
The same thing with your blog theme, it defines the outlook of your WordPress blog.
To install a theme for your blog, hover over the “Appearance” menu in the left sidebar and click “Themes.”
WordPress comes with the current year themes as default.
If you don’t want the default theme, go ahead and click on “Add New Theme” to select another.
Go ahead and choose any you like.
Note: don’t spend forever time in searching for the best themes.
As you are new, a theme does not really matter as compared to the content you put out.
Therefore, just select any that looks exciting and move on.
By recommendation, you can use a mobile-friendly WordPress theme like Colormag – the first I used for my Blog.
Going for pro WordPress themes. If you need something unique (premium themes) then you can get them from sites such as MyThemeShop, Themeforest, StudioPress and etc.
Alternatively, if you feel you need something more adorable you can check these awesome themes from MyThemeShop.
When done, activate your Blog theme and move on.
Installing WordPress Plugins
WordPress plugins are like mobile phone applications. They help you achieve a task easily without coding skills.
If you recall, during the time to choose web hosting, I recommended you untick some options.
Yes. That is right because you have many WordPress plugins that will do the same job for you free of charge.
Just to mention a few – based on what you want, here are the basic and must-have WordPress plugins.
- RankMath – Rank Math is a revolutionary SEO product that combines the features of many SEO tools and lets you multiply your traffic in the easiest way possible.
- Elementor – The most advanced frontend drag & drop page builder. Create high-end, pixel perfect websites at record speeds. Any theme, any page, any design.
- WPS Hide Login – Protect your website by changing the login URL and preventing access to wp-login.php page and wp-admin directory while not logged-in.
- WordFence – The Wordfence WordPress security plugin provides free enterprise-class WordPress security, protecting your website from hacks and malware.
- LuckyWP Table of Contents – Creates a table of contents for your posts/pages. Works automatically or manually (via shortcode, Gutenberg block or widget).
- Two Factor – Extra Two-Factor Authentication using time-based one-time passwords, Universal 2nd Factor (FIDO U2F), email and backup verification codes.
- Akismet Anti-Spam – Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam. It keeps your site protected even while you sleep. To get started: install and activate the Akismet plugin and then go to your Akismet Settings page to set up your API key.
- Hustle – Hustle is another WordPress plugin you want to download and install is Hustle. With Hustle you can start collecting email addresses and quickly grow your mailing list with big bold pop-ups, slide-ins, widgets, or in post opt-in forms.
Installing RankMath Plugin for SEO
(Use the same steps and install other WordPress plugins on the list).
- At your left-hand side, check out Plugin.
- Click on “Add new”.
- Enter the name of the plugin “RankMath”.
- Click on “Install” > Click on Activate to make it active.
That is how to install all other plugins on WordPress.
To see all your plugins, click on “Installed Plugins”.
We are done here. Let’s go on to set up your blog before you share it with the world.
Step 5. Set up your Blog for Launch
Just before you get started, there are important steps you want to take.
#1. Set up your Blog Permalinks
Permalinks help your blog with SEO by defining your URL – blog link.
Here are 2 examples to relate with.
Now if you write a blog post on “how to cook white rice”.
Which do you think is friendlier and will be ranked by Google?
The one that has the keyword in the link (URL), right?
If you said yes, then that is right.
So, you need to change your blog Permalinks for ranking.
Quickly, look at your left dashboard and go to Settings > Permalinks.
Select the permalink that says “Post Name”. That is the best permalinks for blogs.
And if your blog will be a news blog then go with “Day and name” or “Month and name”.
#2. Set up your Blog for SEO – Traffic from Search Engines
Optimizing or setting up your blog for Search Engine Traffic is the process of making your blog found in search engines for particular keywords and phrases.
While SEO is a topic on its own, but to get the immediate result, you want to use and install a free WordPress plugin called RankMath (the one we installed above)
The plugin makes it super simple to optimize the technical aspects of your blog to be found on Google and other Search Engines.
An alternative and more popular SEO plugin is Yoast.
For me, RanthMath is versatile than Yoast, so, you want to install it for SEO.
#3. Create Categories
Categories help segment and arrange your posts the way it should be. And this helps in SEO as well.
For instance, if you have an African food blog. Your categories can be:
- Nigerian Delicacies.
- Zimbabwean Delicacies.
- Malawian Delicacies.
- Namibian Delicacies.
- Angolan Delicacies.
That way, Search Engines know how to rank your food blog posts for the search terms of random readers.
- To create categories,
- Check your top right and go to post.
- Under “Post” go to Category
- Give a Name to your Category
- Write a description.
- Select the parent folder – use none. (None means it will be a standalone category on).
Click on “Add New Category”.
How to optimize your Category for SEO – to be found online
- Select the Newly created Category
- Scroll down and fill in the Meta Description – great for SEO.
- Add image to it (optional) – but great for SEO.
- Scroll down and click on “Update”.
Here is a sample of Categories.
How to stop your Categories from being shown online – on Search Engines
Perhaps you have a Category you don’t want anyone to see.
To stop search engines from ranking it, click the “Advanced Button Below”.
Go ahead and De-select or untick “Index”. Or, click on “No Index”.
- Save the settings and move on.
And just before we go.
How to Create a Sub-Category for your Blog
If you want any section of the category to be a sub-category, all you have to do is select the Parent Category (Beans Cuisines) you want the sub-category (Beans and Yam) to be under.
When done, Scroll down and click on “Add New Category”.
We are almost done. But the most important part
Step 6. Structure and Publish your first Blog Post
If you’re here already, then Wow and Congratulations.
Now that your blog is set up, it’s time to publish your first content.
What’s in your mind? You can tell me in the comment section.
For now, I will go ahead and show you how to properly write a blog post that ranks on Search Engines – Google and Bing.
Here’s a Real-time Case Study
Let’s say your blog post topic is “How to Cook Rice with Stew in 2020”
Now, your keyword here is “Cook Rice with Stew”
Cook Rice with Stew – is the keywords or topic you want to focus and rank for.
What to do is include the keyword at the beginning of your article, the middle, and the summary.
At least 3 times is okay.
With that, the Search Engines would know what your blog topic is all about and also that you want to rank for “Cook Rice with Stew”.
Here is how to do it.
How to Structure your Blog Posts for SEO Ranking
H1- Heading 1 – for main Topic headings
H2 & H3 – Heading 2 and 3: for sub-headings
H4 – FAQs and Summaries
Blog Post Title: “How to Cook Rice with Stew in 2020”
Intro – include Cook Rice with Stew
(Talk about your experience with cooking Rice with Stew and how you encountered it and what you hope to share with your audiences).
Body – H1: “6 Steps to Cook Rice with Stew in 2020” – use Heading 1
(Discuss how to Cook Rice with Stew – all the steps.
Step 1. Wash the rice and cook – use Heading 2 or 3
Step 2. Prepare the Tomatoes – use Heading 2 or 3
Step 3. Prepare the Stew– use Heading 2 or 3
Step 4. Put it off the Cooking Pot. – use Heading 2 or 3).
FAQs about Cooking Rice and Stew – use Heading 3 or 4
(Answer the frequently asked questions about cooking rice and stew).
Summary – use Heading 4.
(Summarize your topic and close.
If you were promoting a product. Tell them here to click and get the product with your affiliate link
And lastly, encourage them to comment on your blog).
Note: this is how to rank your articles on Search Engine, so, you want to download the FULL infographic below and keep for references.
Click below to download the full copy from Body to Summary with the correct heading syntaxes.
How To Optimize and Publish Your First Blog Post – Inside the Writing Editor
Now that you know how to write an SEO friendly article, go ahead and publish your first post.
To write your first post,
- Check your top left corner and go to Post.
- Go ahead and click on “Add New”.
#2. Add content
- Add your Topic.
- Enter your main text.
- Look at your right and select the category you want your article to be under or placed/categorized.
- Look at your downright and insert your blog post image.
- Set up the blog post SEO properties (Keywords inside RankMath | Meta Description | Image.
How to optimize your Blog Post for SEO using RankMath Plugin
To optimize your content, enter your main keyword into the RankMath SEO plugin.
Our keyword from the above article: Cook Rice and Stew.
Enter the same and click on edit for advanced optimization.
- Enter Permalink – permalink defines your blog post URL. For example, yourdomain.com/cook-rice-and-stew
Enter your preferred permalink – but the recommended is using something similar or related to your main keyword.
- Enter Meta Description – enter your post description so Search Engines know what your article is all about.
It is recommended you write words related to your keyword.
When done, click on the “Laptop and Mobile icons” to see what it will look like online –when viewed.
Now that you know how to structure and optimize your article, let’s go on to see how to drive traffic to your blog.
But why drive traffic? Here is it.
Without traffic to your blog – you are not a blogger nor are you going to make a dime.
In essence, traffic is everything. Just as no business would survive with no customers, the same is with traffic as a blog owner.
Step 7. Drive Traffic & Promote your Blog
What is traffic and why is it important?
Traffic is a process where readers come to your blog to read your content.
- With traffic, if you monetize your site via ads your readers will click on it and you make money.
- And if you monetize via affiliate marketing, readers will also buy the products you recommend and you’ll be paid for it.
- Also, if you are offering freelance services, it is from the people coming into your blog that your services will be appreciated.
What to do?
Go out there and blow the trumpet that you’ve started a blog and why the world needs to hear about it.
Let’s see a few routes you want to take as a new blogger in town.
Here are a few free traffic sources you can take advantage, and bring in visitors to your new blog.
- Try Forum Posting
As you’re a Nigerian, the most popular forum in Nigeria and Africa is Nairaland, so, that is where you want to start from.
Go ahead and create an account, create helpful posts, and drive the initial traffic to your blog site.
- Drive Traffic using Facebook Groups
Another route to free traffic is making use of Facebook groups in your niche. And how do you find Facebook groups in your niche?
- Just go to Facebook and enter your niche in the search bar and click on Enter.
- Wait for it to bring out the available groups.
- Join them and start contributing.
- Drop your links when relevant to your content
- Drive Traffic via Guest Posting
Guest posting means you are a guest that posts content on another blog. Here is how it works.
As your blog is new, no one knows about you.
With that in mind, one of the best ways to get known is leveraging on the audiences of blog sites like you.
Here is what to do.
- Check out blogs like yours on Google. (Food blogs in Nigeria, Business Blog in Nigeria, DIY Blogs in Nigeria, etc.).
- Check out if they have opportunities to accept guest posting – contact even if they don’t have.
- Contact them that you want to write a guest post on their blog – please be nice to the blog owner.
- Write your guest post-draft and send it to them for vetting.
- Get your guest post published.
- Get visits to your blog and a free backlink to help your site rank better on the search engines.
(Backlinks – these are links that point back to your blog – they help in SEO).
- Drive Traffic via Blog Commenting
Blog commenting is about going out of your space to contribute to another site like yours.
- For instance, if your blog is on “African cuisines”, you can enter “how to Cook Nigerian cuisines” on Google.
- When the result is out, click to check out the posts.
- When you’re done going through it, leave valuable comments.
- Include the link to your blog – this is called backlinks (the link that comes back to your blog, it helps with SEO/ranking).
- Do that on many other blogs as you can – this is important as a new blogger.
See where to add your comments below.
- Drive Traffic via Pinterest
Another great place to start getting free traffic is on Pinterest. But it is not as simple as it sounds.
- To get traffic on Pinterest, you need to create pins – for free on com
- Join relevant Pinterest group boards.
- Pin your articles.
The advantage of pinning your post in the group boards is, while the boards are shown to thousands of other Pinterest readers, some will click on your Pin and land on your site.
- Drive Traffic via Quora
Quora was my main free traffic sources back in 2016-2018.
The thing with Quora traffic is, it is not quality at times, and most especially if you monetize your blog with affiliate marketing only.
But if there are ads or freelance services on your site, then Quora traffic is a good source of traffic.
What to do.
- Create a Quora account and verify it.
- Join your niche (food, sports, and life stories as related to your area of blogging).
- Start answering questions
- Leave a link back to your blog when relevant.
With over 400,000 answer views on Quora and a top writer in one of the top niches, I can say that I have had a bit of success on Quora.
And yes, I have had my answer sent to Quora users email blasts so I pretty know how to help you with it.
With the guide, you will see where to get answers and answer Quora questions and drive traffic back to your site.
If you want to get a free guide on it to drive insane traffic to your blog – first, start your blog with the recommended web hosting company – Bluehost – first choice.
When done, click here to connect with me for the full Blueprint.
- Drive Traffic by Boosting posts on your Facebook Page
This means of driving traffic is simple but not free.
What it means to boost your blog post on Facebook is actually spending money to put the post in front of Facebook users.
Don’t worry you can start boosting your articles with N1,000 per post, and when you start making money you increase to N3,000+ per post.
- To get started, you will need to create a Facebook page.
- Post some content.
- Get a few page likes. Invite friends to like your page.
- Boost your post.
The above will get you started, but you might want to start with Forum, Quora, and commenting.
And if you can write guest posts, then better as it is the best in the long run.
Having said the above, it only makes sense to get rewarded for your efforts, so, how will you get paid as a Nigerian blogger?
Let’s see a few ways to make money on your blog.
Step 8. Monetize your Blog
Before we see how to monetize your blog in Nigeria.
One thing is, don’t let the “monetize word” scare you.
What it means is to make money off your blog by making it money-able. Lol. As in, monetization.
There are various ways to make money off your blog and here are a few you want to start with as a beginner.
- Monetize your blog with Affiliate Marketing
- Monetize your blog with Display Advertisements Networks
- Monetize your blog with Service offers
How to Monetize your blog with Affiliate Marketing in Nigeria
First off, what is Affiliate Marketing? Very simple.
Affiliate marketing is getting commissions to recommend products to your audiences.
Just as I recommend you create your blog on HostGator – that is affiliate marketing.
As you clicked the link and paid for your web hosting service where you got a free domain name, I will earn a little commission.
That commission is what is known as affiliate income.
And that is one form of monetizing your blog with affiliate marketing.
Because I promoted the service, I am called an Affiliate.
As in, an affiliate of or with HostGator.
So, if you are a food blogger, you join Jumia and recommend kitchen tools like a cooking pot for your audiences and when they buy through your affiliate link, you will earn a commission.
With the same process, you’ll be known as a Jumia affiliate.
Welcome to affiliate marketing.
To learn more here is how to start affiliate marketing in Nigeria.
If you’re a beginner then see affiliate marketing terms for beginners below.
Here is a great affiliate marketplace and platform for Nigerians.
Also, here is a list of over 140 affiliate Marketing programs for beginners to join and make money fast.
How to Monetize your blog with Display Advertisements Networks in Nigeria
Display Advertisements are the adverts you see on different blogs you visit.
The companies that manage or run these Display Advertisements are called Display Advertisements Networks or companies.
A few we have are Google AdSense, Medianet, Ezoic, Mediavine, and more.
I am sure you’ve heard of bloggers making money with AdSense in Nigeria, right?
Yes, they are paid by the Display Advertisements Networks they work with.
As a beginner, and a Nigerian Blogger, the best and recommended ad network to monetize your blog is Google AdSense. Why?
Because other ad networks might require you have a great number of visits per month before being accepted to their networks.
For instance, you need 10,000 visits/readers per month to monetize your blog with Ezoic Ad Company.
With Mediavine Ad Company you need 25,000 readers per month and more.
To get started with AdSense, all you need to do is apply and get approved.
Here is my approval letter/pin I got from AdSense in 2017.
Here is a guide on how to get your blog approved for AdSense.
Monetize your blog with Service offers in Nigeria
Another way to monetize your blog is by providing services.
For instance, if you’re a freelancer on Fiverr, you can create a page on your website and name it “Hire Me”.
That way, when readers come to your site, if interested in your service(s), they can hire you to work with them – remember I told you how an Australian company approached me, right?
Note: you don’t need to worry about monetizing your blog at the beginning.
You only get started when you start receiving traffic to your blog.
I recommend traffic of 500+ a month for affiliate marketing (you can start from Day 1 if you want) and 4,000+ for AdSense application.
Advanced Blog Monetization Method in Nigeria
On monetizing your blog as you are starting out, the listed 3 are the other most recommended.
But as you grow big, other routes will show up where you will monetize them as well.
For instance, if your blog is on “African Cuisines”, later on, you can create a course for the teaming youths that want to make their home a garland of sumptuous meals – a man’s way to the stomach they say is his belly or food. Whatever. 😀
As a blogger, what it means is that if they perceive you as an authority through your blog content they will sign up/enroll for your course as students and you make money.
Another route to making money off your blog when you grow big is sponsored posts.
This is where companies will contact and ask to post content on your blog and you will charge them from $50 depending on the authority of your blog.
Note: if you want to keep things clean then always disclose sponsored posts to your audiences).
Ultimately, kindly note that all the above monetization methods boil down to traffic – getting readers to your site.
- If no one reads or visits your blog, how will you make money via affiliate marketing when no one buys what you recommend?
- How will you make money via ad display when no one clicks on other adverts?
- How will you make money via providing freelance services when no one knows your service(s)?
So, your ultimate goal is to first seek traffic and all others will come later on.
Before I close, let me touch working with me for success and scaling your blog.
Scaling your blog for success in Nigeria
I won’t lie. I failed terribly when I started.
Before this blog, I have failed like 3 times with lots of lessons.
While I work with foreign citizens (offering consultations – see below), I can’t keep that away from you as well – as a Nigerian.
It will be free for you.
Therefore, to work with me, you need to first get the recommended web hosting service with HostGator.
Apart from the fact that this article took a lot and days to put together, HostGator advised me to disclose that I earn a little commission if you use my link to get web hosting from them
Therefore, after signing up, you have VIP access to my contact link in case you need help which I am more than READY TO WORK WITH YOU to find success.
(I will create time to see where you are, where you need the most correction and optimization because I have a lot of projects to work on).
Talking about scaling your blog. Here are the first 2 ways to do it.
Scale your Blog using Google Alerts.
Here is how it works.
Now Google alert is a tool from Google that will send you notification of the topic of interest you entered.
For instance, if your blog is about “African cuisines”.
All you need to do is create a Google Alert account, enter the list of African cuisines you want Google to send you alerts when new content is published on them.
What will happen is that you will get alerts when any of the African cuisines are mentioned on the internet.
That way, if a big brand food blog publishes a post on “Nigerian cuisines”, you can run and be the first to comment on the blog.
Eventually, as others come to see your comments (being the first commenter), they will also click your website link through the comment box and come to your blog.
That is bonus traffic for you. Sweet.
Scale your Blog using Email Marketing
From day 1, you want to collect the email addresses of your readers. Why is this important?
Because the money is in the email list you collect today.
Apart from the fact that you will send them emails to read your blog articles, you will make money building relationships before you launch your services or an online course.
In fact, the first course I sold was bought from one of my audiences.
Therefore, encourage them to sign up for Newsletters and updates.
To get started, use a recommended email service like Email Octopus without paying anything.
With EmailOctopus, you can manage up to 4,000 emails before you need to upgrade as a paying customer.
How To Add Your Website To Google Search Engine
Just because you have started a blog does not mean it will automatically be found on the search engine – Google. So, what you want to do is add the site to be found. Here is how to go about it.
1. Launch your blog/website
2. Login to your dashboard.
3. Go to plugins and install “Headers and Footers” – from the plugins directory.
4. Go to google search console and create an account.
5. Go to Add site and paste the URL of your website/blog
Scroll down and Copy the Meta code.
6. Go to your website and paste the code from Google Search Console in the header section of the Headers and Footers plugin.
7. Click on Save.
8. Go to google search console and click on “Verify”.
Below is a video guide on it.
Conclusion on Starting a Blog that Makes Money in Nigeria
Just as we’ve seen, starting a blog is very easy.
But the real work is making it successful hence the need to put in the work now, work with me and promote your blog.
And why should you want to do that?
Because the benefits and rewards of N100,000 per month, N400k per month, companies contacting you to work with them, making money on AdSense and etc. is far better than whatever you will do to promote it or make it successful.
So, thank God that everything that you need to get started today is here.
You can get started right now by getting your free domain and web hosting at Hostinger in just minutes.
As you start your blogging business, always remember to give 100% value if possible because, for me, I give 120%. Why?
Because your audiences (blog readers) are humans with flesh and blood.
Try to be honest with them. Tell them you make money off any post if that is the case.
There might be affiliate links in the post or a sponsored article. Just reveal the disclosure. That’s honesty.
Do you know that?
Saying the truth won’t stop you from making money or being successful although some Nigerians/humans behave funny at times.
Some can consume your content yet go off to buy from another place.
But don’t just worry. That can’t stop you from succeeding because we have seen it all. You’ll be rewarded handsomely.
Finally, Going with a web hosting for your blogging business.
The advantage of Hostinger is that you will get the best performance in terms of load times since they make use of managed WordPress hosting which is a SUPER fast web hosting framework than normal web hosting.
- Easy-to-use, customized cPanel.
- Dozens of site tool add-ons.
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- Free Cloudflare integration (speeds your site loading)
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Frequently Asked Questions About Starting a WordPress Blog in Nigeria
The cost of starting a blog in Nigeria depends on #1. The type of blog you want to start, #2. The web hosting company and #3. The blogging you package go for.
While some will charge you for both domain name and web hosting service, as a beginner, you can start a successful blog in Nigeria using a credible web hosting company at $2.95 per month.
So, depending upon your blogging goals and the type of blog you want to start, your cost will be less than $40 with Hostinger + a free domain name.
Two of the most common ways bloggers in Nigeria get paid is through placing ads on their site or promoting products and services through affiliate marketing.
For ad placements, there are two popular types of ads:
CPC/PPC Ads: this is known as Cost per click ads. They are ad banners that you place in your content or sidebar. Each time a reader clicks on the ad, you are paid for that click.
CPM Ads: also known as “cost per 1,000 impressions,” are ads that pay you a fixed amount of money based on how many people the ad on your ad blog.
One of the best ways to make money fast as a new blogger is via affiliate marketing because with a traffic of 300 – 500 people that read and love your review, price comparison of product or related topics, they can click your affiliate link and purchase the purchase you recommend and you make money off it.
Yes, you can change your domain name any time you want.
Like from Jonnyjustcome.com to 2blackbirds.com
All you need to do is tell your hosting company to send the traffic of the former domain name when clicked (Jonnyjustcome.com) to the new one (2blackbirds.com) – it is called redirection.
Any of them is good and will make you money, however, the best blowing platforms remains Wweotrpress.org since you have a 100% control over your content.
Here is a list of things I wish I had known and how to correct the mistake as a beginner blogger.
- Never use a bad web hosting company – I lost it doing this.
A Nigerian hosting company threw me out of business. I have since gone out to test like 4 more. I can’t recommend those as well.
- Never write what people are not searching for.
Try to write what people are searching for and not what they are not searching for.
A comparison here would be like reading a topic for an exam that are not part of the syllables. You will fail honorably.
The same thing goes into blogging. Before you write any content, unless it is your hobby blog or life story, make sure that people are searching for them online before you start writing content around it.
Perhaps you feel like writing a post on “how to cook any soup”, check first on Google if people are searching for it.
Apart from Google Search. There are freemium tools you can get started for free.
You have SEMrush, kwFinder, LSIGraph, Soolve (free), Answerthepublic, Ubersuggest, and etc.
- Backup your content
I lost my first successful blog because I never knew much about blogging. So, for you, the case is different now.
You want to have a backup of your blog in case of any need.
A free content back plugin is Updraftplus.
- Secure your Blog
There are many ways to do this. But here are the top 3 ways.
#1. Change your blog admin login link.
Normally, your login link will be yourdomain.com/wp-admin.
You want to make sure you change it to something else. Use a free WordPress plugin like WPS Hide Login and achieve that.
#2. Don’t give out or display the same email address you use in signing up for a web hosting account and blog.
That is to say if you use Jamesbond@gmail.com to log in to your site, don’t display it on your Blog. Use another.
You can even create a custom email and make use of that.
Below you will see how to create a custom email address.
It is FastComet with of lots of Advanced Web Hosting Facilities.
The thing is, if you want to go with Fastcomet which is still my best Hostinger alternative (I recommend you see their pricing plan for all the benefits you will get – but no FREE DOMAIN NAME), here is how to do it as well.
- Click here to go to Fastcomet.com
- Click on “Start Now” to choose a hosting package.
The first plan – FastCloud – is okay to start with. It has large SSD space of 15GB for content and can take up to and above 25,000 mostly blog readers.
- Click on “get started” to select a domain name for your hosting account.
If you already a domain name, I already Have a domain. And if it is your first time, enter preferred blog domain name – domain is $10.95 with Fastcomet.
- Enter your Account Information & make payment
- Install WordPress and start Blogging.
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