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How To Start A Blog And Make Money
Are you looking to venture in blogging and make money in Nigeria, but you don’t know how to go about it? Well you are the right place, I will guide you on how to start a blog and make money from it.
But there are things you need to know before your blogging journey. So shall we begin?
What is a Blog?
According to Wikipedia, the word “Blog” is derived from the short form of “weblog”, which simply means online journal. Blog is a type of website where ideas or information are presented in chronological order (that is newer posts appear before the older ones).
Why start a Blog?
A blog help you build an online presence either for you or business. It is even recommended by experts that you have a blog or website, and use it to build your reputation and your business.
A blog serves as a marketing tool for businesses, but you don’t have to own a business before you can start blogging. Blogging also offers ordinary people the opportunity to express their minds or share ideas while making money from.
Note: You don’t start a blog today and start making money from it immediately. Just like starting a business, starting and building a successful blog usually takes time to build, maintain, and nurture it. This is why it is important to know how to blog.
What do you need to start a blog?
1. Choose a niche for your blog
While starting a blog, the first thing to do is decide on what you want the blog to be known for what you will blogging about.
One of the very mistakes new bloggers make is writing about everything that comes to mind.
Yes, I know I said earlier that blogging is about sharing ideas, information or experience or research, but as a beginner, it is advisable a find a niche you can build a reputation on first, that is why you have to give a long hard thought on what you want to be blogging about.
Your blog should be about something you have interest and passion for, a topic you can are happy discussing. You need to have passion for the topic because build a successful and reputable blog that can earn you money takes time and energy which why you have to choose a topic you are passionate about.
2. Choosing the right blogging platform
A blogging platform is an online software that allows you to create and maintain a blog. There are several blogging platforms that 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 most popular ones are Blogger and WordPress. They offer widgets and plug-ins for extending the functionality of your blog and making it more useful to your readers.
3. Choose a Domain Name
The next step to start to successful blog is choosing the right domain name.
The domain name play a key role in the success of the 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.
Do your keyword research, let your domain name be related to what you intend to write about.
4. Choose a Web Hosting Company
If you are planning on building your blog on WordPress platform then you need to host your site. A web hosting company is a service that stores the files that make up your blog on servers connected to the internet in such a way that they are accessible to your readers through your domain name.
The articles on your blog as well as the images and other content are all stored for you by the web host. All you need to do is connect your domain name with the web host’s servers and you are good to go.
However, if you buy your domain name directly from your web hosting service, you will not need to connect the two as they will be connected automatically.
This blog, for example is hosted on blogspot.com by Blogger, all I do is buy a domain name and move it to Blogger.
5. Customizing and designing your blog
After you have successfully set up your domain name to Blogger or WordPress. The next step is to customize and design your blog to look exactly what you want.
If you are on Blogger, you need to get a template that fit what you want. You can get free or premium templates from website like Soratemplates etc.
If you are on WordPress, you can install free theme from WordPress theme.
However, I recommend you get a premium theme or template instead of the free ones so you can have complete access to customize and design your blog to look professional.
Remember, your blog is YOU, and the way you keep your blog is the way it looks like.
Hence, your blog must reflect your personality, what you are, and what your blog is all about.
Constantly select a topic consistent with your blog description, easy, rapid, and easy navigation.
6. Publishing your first blog post
Now that you have successfully created your blog and is it up and running. It is time to make your first blog post.
5 ways to come up with clever blog post ideas
Brainstorm topics and write them all down: Start by writing down as many ideas or keywords that you can. Aim for things you know your target audience would find valuable. What questions are they asking?
Where do you have expertise and can help fill in the blanks?
Use a keyword research tool to gather even more ideas: Use a keyword research tool like Ahrefs, Twinword Ideas, or Moz to get more ideas. These tools will show you terms and topics related to the ones you’ve already come up with, as well as how much traffic those terms are getting (to show that your audience cares about them).
Put your ideas in a spreadsheet and prioritize: Now, turn to your editorial calendar spreadsheet and include your keyword, estimated search volume, difficulty and opportunity. Looking at all these, assign a priority to each one topic, on a scale of 1-5 (or a basic High-Medium-Low).
Outline content that hits all three key needs: Take your top priorities and set deadlines for them. Look for topics that hit all three key needs: Fits your niche, are genuine needs of your readers, and have potential to drive traffic to your blog from search engines. Then write a blog post outline to solidify your main points and get started.
Step 7. Promote your blog and get readers
Now that you have published your first blog post, the next step is to promote your blog and get readers.
You can share your link to your articles with your friends and invite more readers to read your articles.
You can also promote your blog on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Reddit, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok.
Note, it’s no point to promote your blog on every social media, choose the one that best work for you and related to the niche you are talking about and stick to it.
Step 8. Monetizing and making money from your blog
This is the final step how to make money from blogging in 2022.
Making money from blogging is the dream of every blogger, but it is the last thing to do if your blog is still new.
I’d advise you to work on build good audience for your blog and getting great traffic because without traffic, you can not really make money from blogging.
How To Make Money From Blogging
One of the best way to make money from blogging in 2022 is through Ads networks, and Google Adsense is the best Ads network.
Before you can be accept to use Google Adsense, your blog have to provide value first by creating enough quality content and make sure your blog meets their requirements.
Other ways to monetize your blog and make money from your blog include the following.
- Guest Posts
- Sponsored Posts
- Affiliate Marketing
- Selling your Products
- Offering your Services
- Advertising on your Blog
- Blog and Business Promotions etc.
So, with this, you can start making money from your blog any time, any day.
I hope I am able to talk about everything that will help you become a blogger.
Now, it is time to take action and start blogging right away. Congratulations, and enjoy your new blog.