What Is A Blog?
A blog is a type of website that focuses mainly on written content, also known as blog posts. In popular culture we most often hear about news blogs or celebrity blog sites, but you can start a successful blog on just about any topic imaginable.
Who is a Blogger and What is Blogging?
This is the first question every person asks who is new to Blogging World. This post is worth exploring for those people who are new to Blogging world and doesn’t know what it really means. Let me explain you what actually blogging is.
Actually Blogging is a very Creative thing to do. It’s totally different and awesome thing which makes you feel better. Many people do it as a Passion and many others do Blogging to make money from their blogs. Lets go In Details, Blogging is a Term Derived from word “Blog“.
What Is A Blog?
A Blog is an abbreviated word used for term “Weblog“, This is a word used to describe different type of Websites and Portals which share information on specific topics or wider categories. It usually includes Features like Blog Posts, Videos, Comments, Links to other websites, Widgets, etc.
What Is Blogging?
Each and every skill you need to run and manage a Blog is called blogging. Blogging includes Skills Like Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Writing, Editing and Publishing Posts, Designing and Maintaining the Design of your Website, etc.
You need to learn every skill to be a Blogger like You should be a good writer to write lot of Unique and Quality content for your website. You should be a good Search Engine Optimizer to Optimize your blog according to rules and regulations set by Search engines.
You Need to be a Social Media Marketer and Optimizer to influence your websites or blogs with social media Power which is very strong these days. It is true that you can hire Experts or freelancers for each job but you will need a lot of money for doing that, so rely on yourself and learn each and every skill slowly so that you could become a Good Blogger.
On What Topic Blogs Are Made?
Blogs can be created on any topic in which you are expert. Let’s suppose you are expert in coffee-making you should start a Coffee blog. Or if you are expert in Search Engine Optimization you should start an SEO blog where you will share tips for better Search Engine Optimization to help people to do Better SEO of their websites or Blogs.
Blogs are often made on topics like Political News and Political Topics, Sports, Web design, Blogging Tips, Technology Gadgets, etc. I’ll recommend you to make a Blog on topic you are expert in.
Is Investment Needed To Make A Blog?
In my opinion here, I think you need to invest money if you want your Blog to start making money for you, But if you want to start a blog just for fun and enjoyment you can do it free by using WordPress.com or Blogger.com (I Will Explain this later).
Things You Need For A Blog:
you will need two thingss for making a Blog and these are:
1. Domain Name
2. Web Hosting
Domain name is a name people use to reach your website or Blog just like kellymarketingcpa.com.ng is a Domain name and you reach Blogging game by entering that URL in your browser’s Web Address Bar
You can register a Domain name by going to any Domain name registrar’s website and choosing a domain name and yes you if that name is already registered you have to choose another one.
After registering a Domain name you have to change its DNS settings according to your Web Host Server’s DNS setting, after DNS setting will take effect you will be able to work on your website.
You need a web hosting or you can say that server to store all of your website’s data so that people could see it. You will store your all data in some Web hosting company’s server.
There are many Popular and reliable Web Hosting companies But we recommend Ask For Host for your website because We found it most reliable company for website hosting services.
You have to Buy a Hosting account with good package from here(Recommended) and Check out its Name servers and redirect your domain name to those Name-servers from Domain name Provider’s CPanel.
It takes almost 24-48 Hours for DNS settings to take effect and you will be able to install any CMS (we are going to explain this later) and Start working on your Blog
Done with making your blog. So what next?
Don’t worry if you have started your blog just as a hobby. May be this hobby become a bread earner for you in future. It all depends on your efforts to lead your blog from non earning to money making blog.
There are thousands of ways to monetize your blog from google Adsense to direct ads.
Keep one thing in mind, google plays an important role for success of an every blogger in early days. It can be SEO or Adsense. Later on when your blog become a authority for your readers then you will surely find other ways to monetize your blog
1) Google Adsense:
Google AdSense is program owned by Google that allows website’s owner or webmaster to earn money by showing advertisement on their websites. These ads are displayed according to the niche of the website.
It is a very easy to use program and you can start start earning right away once you get traffic on your website. You don’t have to deal with advertisers or worry about collecting money. Google administers and maintain relationships with the advertisers.
Google pays you via Paypal or wire transfers. You will see all the options once you sign up for Adsense.
AdSense offers cost-per-click ads (CPC) which means that you earn money every time a user clicks on the ad on your website. The amount received per click varies based on multiple factors. But keep one thing in mind to always publish quality content as it is appreciated by google as well your readers will love it.
So, what are you waiting for join Goolge Adsense and start earning.
2) Affiliate Marketing:
Affiliate marketing is a system with which a web-master and bloggers earn money by recommending services to threir readers. Actually it is done by adding affiliate links to your website and redirect potential buyers to advertiser’s website. If the visitor make a purchase then you get commission for that sale.
Let’s take an example, if your blog niche is about technology and you write about latest technology such as new mobiles, TV’s and online things. Then you can join affiliate programs of various E-commerce websites such as Jumia, Konga and Amazon etc.
Jumia, Konga and Amazon are the top 3 top E-commerce websites in Nigeria that sells everything from electronics to beauty products, laptops, house hols item and everything other item that you want to buy online.
So, if you have any niche that doesn’t matter much as you can just add there attractive banners on your website and earn commission for your referrals. All the E-commerce affiliate program works on pay per sale program. So, you get paid for every sale that is done through you.
You can join any or all the three affiliate program and recommend their products on your website. They provide commission on every sale that is made when the visitors has clicked your affiliate link and purchase the product from their website.
DomainKing.NG Affiliate Program:
I want to inform you that they also a affiliate program that provide best Commssion rates in Nigeria for hosting referrals. We offer upto 30% of cost of hosting plan if some one buy’s a hosting from your affiliate link or banner. You can place our banner on your website & when someone will click your link/banner on your website & buy hosting from us then you will get paid upto 30% commision.
We pay our affiliates once they reach N1000 in affiliate balance & we offer N500 signup balance, so when you join our affiliate program then you will have N500 signup balance.
You can join their affiliates program to earn a commission.
3. Direct Advertisements:
Direct Ads can earn you a huge gains if your blog has a huge targeted traffic. But it comes with times when your blog becomes a little old and you get a comparable audience in a niche. You will actually sell your Advertising space to the Advertisers.
You can show ads on Website sidebar of 300 x 250 and that’s it. But for that, you should concentrate on increasing your traffic, because advertisers don’t want a blog with few visitors. Think of this avenue when you have reached atleast 10k visitors per month.
4. Sponsored Post:
A sponsored post can help you make money in a single shot. All you have to do is increase traffic of you blog and you have a good number of readers then you can reach possible advertisers in your niche.
It is far now the best way to make money from your blog. If your blog is about “Technology” then can reach a party that might be interested in buying a review on your. This works exactly the same way as direct advertising for finding the potential advertisers.
You can always look of new players in the market as they are more likely shed a few more dollars as they need to penetrate the market. But, if your blog is well established then you will get sponsored post on its own or you can reach old player as well. They will surely do business with you.
Few things to keep in mind:
a). Always post reviews that are related to niche of your website as only then advertisers will become ready to pay you. As no one want to pay if he is not gonna get anything from review.
b). Post review of only good products, because if you post review of bad products then your audience may not like it. So, always keep in mind that your readers are at stake.
This was all about earning money while you are just starting your website. Once you have grown your website and you have alot of traffic then you will get more exposure. You can contact potential advertisers on your niche for direct ads.