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This article is sectioned in our career categories for our African brothers. Jump to step #1. if you are not a Nigerian.
Just like it did not occur to you that how top start a blog in Nigeria is just about a 4 step process, just yesterday I was dumbfounded when I realized that one can actually go to the hospital – dentist department and get his/her whole 32 teeth cleaned up using a machine – a new sparking teeth (a solution to those that detest the brown teeth of their partners, just saying sha – it costs ₦15,000 in case you want to try out).
Hmmm, well, someone else might be hating brown teeth but to you, it might be that you are you tired of seeing mediocre bloggers in Nigeria, hellooooo?
Do you ask “why can’t I simply take over this blogging stuff and stamp authority”? Or do you even consider how to monetize your blog in Nigeria? While I will answer all those, truth is, there is more.
I mean, do you want to know how to start a blog that will not just make money for you like a side business ideas, but also stamp an authority?
If yes, then this total guide on how to start a blog in Nigeria will help you create a blog business that will make money, as in, not yahoo yahoo, Lol.
You see, a lot of people think that starting a blog is all about passion. Yes, it is, but not totally true.
Personally, I love writing (with improvements daily) and I loved the idea of starting a blog that will make money but yet I hated/hate monetization with ads.
Before we start, I want to tell you my little journey to the blogging environment. Feel free to skip to the #1 step on how to start a blog in Nigeria as a side business.
When I created my first blog back then, I never thought of making money first, like, it was not the first thing on my mind. I never wanted to place ads because all I needed was the comments (a true value measurement) that I was adding value to others.
Although I was happy making money in affiliate marketing (embedding my referral links in articles; by pointing people to a product or company), ads were just a NO for me.
In fact, after I created that blog, it took me several months before I considered putting Google AdSense to make some money.
Even after applying for AdSense monetization, I placed the ads on only two places, before and after each post (using 720 X 90 ads).
I also placed one at the right sidebar making it 3 locations. And I tell you what, my main target of starting the blog was adding value.
One of my happiest days was coming in to see up to 93 comments waiting for approval and a reply, God, I was totally blown away because I believed that I had arrived.
My email list was growing daily
At this time, some experts were emailing me about putting up or linking my contents to theirs for backlinks (as in, my readers to go to their websites).
You just needed to see the excitements and fulfilment. All that was based on passion, I endured the no much money but I loved the flow/journey.
About some days ago, I entered into a challenge to write an article and get paid. Successfully, I wrote the article around 5am and it was approved for payment at about 2: pm the following day.
Now, I never wrote that article because I wanted to, as in, like a passion, NO, But because I was paid for.
Fact is, I would never have written anything in that area/topic – Health/Hygiene – talk less of spending the time to work on it. But because there was a reward, right? I got the pay and everybody won the company and me.
So, passion in blogging is one thing and the WHY is another (you want to help people or you want to make money fast– you decide).
One thing about passion is that it overrides everything else (your aim), in that, the article will flow. Also, you won’t lack ideas on the next big thing to write for your readers (not copying and pasting stuffs from Google).
See a typical true value I was delivering, a comment from someone…
For example, writing this article, I can list out about 10 more topics to write for NaijaSideHusters, why?
Because I want to offer a service, help, and create a lasting relationship, meaning, I can’t write a mediocre article, it has to come with total guide with pictures to make it sweet.
Be like me? Nope. You don’t have to hate ads if your main aim is making money fast, like, very fast. Relatively, all you need to do is define what you want.
Having said all that,
This NaijaSidehustler’s guide on starting a new blog as a side hustle will show you how to create a blog that is not only beautiful and functional but with authority, all these in an easy step-by-step tutorial (with related images).
Ready to start the simple step-by-step tutorial?
Your worries can be, how do I start this blogging business, or you may even ask, how do I make a money making blog when you consider the number of top Nigerian blogs and bloggers out there.
First of all. You need to realize that you are not competing with no one. I will say that again. I said you need to realize you are not competing with no one.
In Nigeria, we have over 100 million people. So, if you can carve out just 500,000 audiences you can make your money, not until you worry about getting 10,000,000 out of the 100,000,000+ Nigerians; awkward, right?
One of my blogging mentors R. Robinson, said, One of the best career choices he ever made was to learn how to start a blog (his blog).
He said, starting a blog has helped me generate over $30,000 in passive income every month and book interviews with some of the world’s top entrepreneurs.
More than anything, my choice to start a blog has allowed me to connect with and teach more than 2 million incredible, talented, and passionate readers (like you) every single year.
I tell you what, I admire this blogging expert, not because of the money, but of his efforts since 2014 when he started his blog simply as a side business idea.
So, if you’re looking for a free, easy and step-by-step guide to follow on how to start a blog, then NaijaSideHustler will show you how to be a badass and Start a Blog & Make Money.
Have you ever heard, do not touch the ancient landmark? I mean, a lot of people believe that the status quo can’t be changed (when already it has changed).
A lot of people still believe that there is no an active way of making money in blogging. Truth is, it’s a total crab, my friend.
The Revealed truth no one wants to tell you: here is it.
Truth is, there is a short cut to success in blogging and there is a long cut, this has to do with what you want.
Note: call it the active way or fast approach. You have to be ready for branding to make it happen FAST.Skip to Start a Blog Now
Before I tell you my experience with I want to be a blogger blogs, aka. FREE BlogSpot or wordpress.com hear this from an expert.
If you’re just getting into learning how to start a blog, you might be worried about the cost of building and hosting your own blog.
Luckily, today that isn’t much of an issue. There are tons of ways you can get started blogging today (in half an hour or less) that are absolutely free.
Free blogging platforms like Medium, Tumblr and Blogger are awesome resources for testing things out.
And these options are great… if your blog is a hobby.
However, if you’re looking to build a business out of your blog or make money blogging, I would highly recommend some of the paid (yet still very affordable) options below.
If you’re on the fence about whether to use a free or paid hosting provider to get started… here’s why you should consider (an affordable) paid hosting provider:
All of this is to say that you should think about your plan and what you want from your blog before you get started.
While it’s perfectly fine (and easy) to learn how to start a blog for free, sometimes a little investment in yourself up front can go a very long way toward paving a future that’s much more lucrative.
When the adrenalin rush to make money as an affiliate market/blogger was all over me, I jumped on the free blogger.com platform and created my first website.
After the design, it looked childish. I left it for WordPress.com (also free). After the whole work of putting articles and embedding my referral links to earn some bucks for my efforts, what happened?
The website was taken down.
I got the Ha hahhh moment when they never told me what I did wrong.
I thought some bad people never wanted me not to make this money. Hmm. I hubbed in again and did the same thing. The result did not change either. My blog was down, yet again.
This time, I was enthusiastic it will work (my third time trying). I did the same and embedded my links. Booooooooooom, I was sent a breach of TOS (terms of service).
Ha, what a crazy moment that I wasn’t allowed to reap the fruit of my labor.
What am I trying to say?
Using a free product or platform to build your earning expectations won’t work. Your efforts can be taken down without you doing any pimmmmmmmmmmm.
So, if you want to make money starting a blog, please consider paying a little fee (after all you will make money).
If you want to start a successful blog in Nigeria, the question is, are you willing to be an entrepreneur, I mean a BlogPreneur? What qualifies BlogPreneurs, you may ask?
You see, to be a successful BlogPreneur you must be able to handle feedback. If you cannot handle blunt and direct feedback, it is better that you keep your daytime job.
People without strong character cannot take feedbacks. And no matter how great you or your blog grow tomorrow, your feedback will NOT ways be great, or haven’t you heard people backlashing Linda Ikeji and the rest of top Bloggers?
So, if your answer to the above is yes, then welcome to be a BlogPreneur after creating your profitable blog.
Do you want to make money? What am I saying…NO?. Do you want your blogging hustle to be a real business or a Nepa Light Business? If yes for the first question, look front and do not try to jokingly use Nigerian hosting companies.
You may ask me why, but I will summarize it with this. I have used almost the top names you know in the Nigeria Hosting industry, Whogohost first, Qserver, Similarweb, you name more, and I tell you what? All did not end well.
I was battling them every single day. For instance, see the image below to see just ONE DAY trouble and fights.
Like a repeat action,
I got my website set up some days ago, using one of the above. Same day, I got a downtime for 3 times which lasted for more than 30 minutes. I mean, the website was down for more than 30 minutes, the same day.
The Big Question,
How many visitors came to the website and how many articles did I write?
I wrote JUST one article and I was yet to share the website link for others to see (zero visitors), so, why was the site down? I don’t know, my friend.
Yes, you might, just as Nepa light can be dependable at times, Orrrrrrrrrr.
Do you think I was unlucky to have all these bad experiences? I thought as much, so, I said to myself, if this particular Nigerian hosting company has failed me, then the next won’t (the joke of the century).
Surprise, surprise. They flock together. Same birds.
But I won’t blame them (50%), maybe, some of them are resellers to other mediocre foreign hosting companies.
However, my question is, if you are a reselling Nigerian hosting company, why can’t you resell for top hosting companies like Kinsta, FlyWheel, Siteground, Bluehost, and other tops ones. Instead, what do they do? Only God knows where they resell from.
The same events (not once) events…. that happened to me using these Nigerian Hosting Companies happened to me at NameCheap.
In fact, I tried Namecheap for two times in two years to see if the fault was from me.
The worst of it all with NameCheap is that they have one of the poorest Tech teams (not customer care pick up time). In fact, Nigerian SimilarWeb’s Tech Team is better than NameCheap’s, unless things have changed because I moved my blog hustle to another web hosting company.
If you want to buy a domain name with Namecheap, fine, but they are not even the cheapest.
Hello to Nigerian Hosting Companies? You decide what you want; Solar light Blogging Business or Nepa light Blogging business.
Truth is, all the above will always have their customers because bloggers come and go; moving from one mediocre hosting companies to another or a better one.
So, for instance, if you or, I’m hosting my website there (for now), they can count their blessings as I am one of their clients, right? Funny, very funny because it won’t last long. Get the idea?
I even forgot to tell you, what?
All of the above Nigerian Hosting Companies have the same design and customer’s dashboard. I sense they are reselling for the SAME mediocre hosting company.
If you ever heard the words, blog, and Weblog, they are relatively the same thing.
In short, as the blogstarter would say it. 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 as you’ll see in this guide, you can start a successful blog on just about any topic imaginable.
Bloggers often write from a personal perspective that allows them to connect directly with their readers. In addition, most blogs also have a “comments” section where readers can correspond with the blogger.
Interacting with your readers in the comments section helps to further the connection between the blogger and the reader.
This direct connection to the reader is one of the main benefits of starting a blog. This connection allows you to interact and share ideas with other like-minded people.
It also allows you to build trust with your readers. Having the trust and loyalty of your readers also opens up the door to making money from your blog, which is something I discuss later in this guide.
You can rank on Google if you want and you can also rank on other search engines if you also want. Funny right? Hell no, cause I will show you why I am over serious about it.
If you want to rank.
#1. Make your blog post SEO friendly.
#2. Share the post to at least 100-1000 persons to see (depending on the blog authority).
A lot of people –business bloggers – are selling SEO packages. Well, I don’t really know what they are selling or IF was just lucky? Hear me first.
For instance, I created a new blog, wrote JUST one article that was about 1,000 words, tweaked and worked the article to be SEO friendly (having learned for many years now), tweaked my Google Webmasters account, and lastly shared the link to less than 90 people which about 60 or thereabout read it, the shock or my lucky break?
I ranked that article for the keyword – “Hiwap Investment Program” on Google 3rd page SAME DAY after less than 6 hours. That is (not demeaning no one), but even though there were other established websites before me that wrote on that topic, with domain authority in place.
The most exciting thing was seeing that post ranked above the same articles that were there ever since. Like, how do you measure the post you published 11 hours ago overtaking those that were already there with just about 60-70 people reading it?
Imagine if I had shared the post to 500 or 1000 people? It will make the 1st page on Google (top 4 or 6).
I just told you that in case you think that you can never rank on Google to be seen (for free traffic).
You will. It may only take some time (even shorter if you make SEO tweaking your friend).
About more than 10 of my articles on my first money blog ranked on Google first pages.
The disadvantage was that my website broke more than ONCE because the traffic from Google and Bing was bigger than my hosting package.
Mediodically, I used a Nigerian host (one of the above) who saw a newbie to charge almost ₦16,000 monthly as hosting fee. Ridiculous or What the hell?
₦16,000 monthly for hosting fee just for a website that was receiving 800-900+ visitor every day? Mainnnnnnnn, don’t joke around with Nigerian Hosting companies to start a business or money making blog, mbok, please. 🙄
Not sure of what to write about?
Here are some possible Niche topic ideas. The list doesn’t end here either. Choose one, all, or some.
If you’re not still sure of what to blog about, there are a few ways to find a good blog topic. First of all, tell them about your Hobbies & passions. Make it engaging for them to care.
Hobbies or other interests you are passionate about are a great place to start. Cooking, travel, fashion, sports, and cars are all classic examples.
One of my clients asked me to give him a design template of a website he can use for his side hustle. What he basically does is writing term papers, projects and other papers for those in need. Because I knew what to do, 6 hours never passed before the sample of the site was sent to him.
So, if your intention is to make a side hustle via writing term papers and other papers, this can be your own way of projecting and commanding authority in your niche
Romance Niche? Got dammn it. Just try it and have more than 5,000 visitors in your first month.
By the way, everyone has lessons they have learned through life experiences. Sharing this knowledge can be incredibly helpful to others in similar situations.
So, do you think someone out there can learn from it if shared? If yes, why not.
A personal blog is a blog all about you and your interests. There is one out there, crackclap.com
Your personal blog will include a variety of topics, from things you do on a daily basis, to random thoughts and musings. This is a great way to share your thoughts/aspirations with the world without having to stick to just one topic.
This is the simplest blog ever to start in human history. In fact, this is a FAST money making blog as you can copy and paste the blueprints if you know what you are doing for money, money and money (without being penalized by Google).
If you need this type of blog, email me let me give you the mini mini mana guide.
Disclosure: Truth is, if you sign up for Bluehost using my affiliate link and at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission which will keep the website running for more value.
Your support helps and I genuinely appreciate it. If you don’t want to use it, it;s okay as you can use a non-affiliate link to BlueHost.
Either way I truly believe Bluehost will run your website faster/smoother as top Bloggers in the industry use it as well.
#a. You will get a Free international .com Domain from Bluehost.com which is worth almost $12.0. (Just free).
#1. Choose your blog name (aka, domain name): you can pick something unique and at the same time, it does not matter, just choose what you want.
#2. Build your blog online: register your blog and get hosting.
#3. Customize your blog. Choose a free template and tweak it.
#4. Write & publish your first post. The most exciting part of the game.
Want to see a live performance, why not. Shall we…
What is a domain name? An example of a blog (domain) name is naijasidehustler.com.
So, the first thing we want to do now is picking a domain name for your blog, then after we select the blogging platform and hosting you’ll be using and in order to get your blog live and online.
The domain name & hosting I recommend is WordPress blog hosted by Bluehost.
You will get a FREE domain name by Bluehost (meaning you are not paying for that, totally FREE)
Bluehost is one of the top recommended hosting companies by WordPress since 2005, so, if you are making a choice of a hosting provider, it has to be reliable for your business.
By the way, over 2 Million Websites/blogs Worldwide are being hosted/managed by Bluehost.
Bluehost offers a free, simple installation of the WordPress blogging software (we will see how to in this guide).
Again, when you use Bluehost, you will get a 65% off discount if you sign up using the links in this post.
The good thing about Bluehost is that there’s a money-back guarantee in case things don’t go as planned. Lastly, they have helpful 24/7 customer service via phone or web chat.
Click on the “Get Started Now” button.
If you are a new blogger, I advise you to start with the Basic plan.
However, if you want to be pro-active and make an upfront payment without thinking about it again, select the Choice Plan.
Even though recommended by Bluehost, the advantage of Choice Plain is that your blog will have more space, depth, and free Domain Privacy and Codeguard (tools that fight against intruders, spammers, and hacker), amongst other things.
Beginners – select the Basic plan.
Old, Big, and Viral Websites – select the Choice Plan.
If you are an old user or you already own a domain name and want to use it for your blog, type your existing domain in the right box and then click “next”.
Note: only use the right box (entering your domain name) if you have previously paid to register a domain!
Based on our chosen Domain name, xsuperroot.com. This domain name is available.
Let’ say it a not available, all I would do is try another domain name, hope you get the idea.
Choose the number of years you want to pay for. You can choose the best-discounted plan for $2.75 only.
Good thing is that there is a 30 day money back guarantee in case you change your mind.
If you already own a domain name and want to use it for your blog, type your existing domain in the right box and then click “next”. Only use the right box if you have previously paid to register a domain!
Now go ahead and enter your billing information, check/tick the box that you agree to Bluehost’s Terms of Service and then hit the green “Submit” button!
You are 50% through. Shall we make it 100%? Let’s go there.
Follow the on-screen instructions to create a password and other related details.
Once the install is complete click on “Start Building” to be logged in to your blog.
At this time, monitor your email as you should receive an email with your blog log-in details.
Observation: The login details for your blog will quite be different than for your Bluehost account.
#1. Create a Password for your account.
#2. Choose a basic design template.
Choose a basic design template for your blog (you can easily change this later if you want).
#3. Wait for complete Installation of the WordPress software
#4. The next screen will ask if you are building your website for Personal or Business reasons. You can choose what you want (I would use Personal) as it will Bluehost provide you with accurate recommendations to help on your website building journal.
Congratulations. You are 70% through…let’s make it 100%.
#1. Get your account login detail.
Check your email and you will find all your details, your login URL will look like this – https://www.yourblog.com/wp-admin. Click it and you will be redirected to your WordPress Blog.
https://yourwebsite.com – your website link
#2. Enter your Username and Password to get started.
A theme of your blog gives it the ecstatic view. Think of a theme like your mobile phone wallpaper.
You can choose any theme you want, but my favorite blog theme is Colormag. Colormag is free to use, at least as a beginner. You can also check out Viral.
For more insights on your choice of theme, check out the following guide,
#1. Click your admin Link and Login to your WordPress account.
#2. On your dashboard, go to Appearance > Themes > Add New.
#3. Select (by clicking ADD NEW) the Theme of choice and Click Install.
#4. You can also search for Themes of your choice.
That is all.
So, what happened? Someone just said you should create a WordPress blog and now what? One of the best ways to maximize all the potentials of our blog is using Plugins.
The use of WordPress Plugins here is just like installing many APPs in your android phone so you can have variety and tweak some things. Same with WordPress Plugins, installing them will help you work effectively.
For example, your website can be hacked but when you install a security tool like Wordfence or Succuri, your website will be super secure. Let’s get started.
#1. TinyMCE Advanced
Enables advanced features and plugins in TinyMCE, the visual editor in WordPress.
#2. W3 Total Cache
The highest rated and most complete WordPress performance plugin. Dramatically improve the speed and user experience of your site. Add browser, page, object and database caching as well as minify and content delivery network (CDN) to WordPress.
#3. Wordfence Security
Wordfence Security – Anti-virus, Firewall and Malware Scan
#4. Lazy Load by WP Rocket
The tiny Lazy Load script for WordPress without jQuery or other libraries.
There is a new version of Lazy Load by WP Rocket available. View version 2.1.4 details or update now.
#5. Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO helps you see how your posts will be shown on Google.com. Read more about it.
#6. reSmush.it Image Optimizer
Image Optimization API. Provides image size optimization
#7 Jetpack by WordPress.com
Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.
#8. AdSense Integration WP QUADS
Insert Google AdSense and other ad formats fully automatic into your website. This is a plugin that helps you place ads so you can make some money.
#9. 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: activate the Akismet plugin and then go to your Akismet Settings page to set up your API key.
#10. Child Theme Configurator
This is a plugin that creates a duplicate of your theme in case your WordPress blog upgrades to another version. With this plugin set up, your blog won’t be affected.
#11. Classic Editor
Enables the WordPress classic editor and the old-style Edit Post screen with TinyMCE, Meta Boxes, etc. Supports the older plugins that extend this screen.
#12. Insert Headers and Footers.
This plugin will you add code snippets easily to your header or footer in case you want to verify your website using Google webmaster, or any other coding stuffs.
SumoMe not only helps you build an email list, but also helps you increase your shares and follows, analyzes users’ behavior and more.
No need to install any another social share plugin. Just use the one provided by SumoMe.
#1. Click your admin Link and Login to your WordPress account.
#2. On your dashboard, go to Plugins > Install Plugins > Add New.
#3. Select the Plugin of choice and Click Install.
That is all.
#1. Go to your Dashboard.
#2. Click on Posts > Add New. That is all.
#c. Contact page
#1. Go to your Dashboard.
#2. Click on Pages > Add New. That is all.
That is all you need to get started from beginning to finish; in order to create a side hustling with a blog.
#1. Go to your Dashboard.
#2. Click on Posts > Go down to Categories > Add your Categories and hit save. That is all.
Grammarly will help check your articles for errors and other minor/serious constructions.
This tool helps in reducing the size of your images while the quality is keep in place.
Canva takes the place of Corel draw here (as a blogger). You can get your images customize and a whole lots more.
This is my go to place for images.
This is a tool on your PC. I use it a lot to resize my images and more.
So, you have not told me how to make money in this. How can I?
1. Native Blog Advertisements (Joining Ad Networks).
Have you ever heard of Google AdSense? If yes, then this is an ad network you can join to make money. What happens is that you will be given a code to add on your website. The more the views the more the money (based on the terms of the ad type).
2. Freelancing (Selling Your Services).
You can make money if you have a service to offer in your blog.
For an example, I can get your WordPress blog set up and running on Google Search Engine.
Will you pay me for that? If yes, then I can make a little one from that.
3. Online Courses.
You can create a course (lessons) for your readers who trust you. If they buy in, then you will make money for teaching others your experiences and secrets of success (in your field).
4. Sponsored Content(s).
A company can decide to put out a content (article) on your blog. If they do, it means you will have to charge them for it. This also is a way of making money off your web blog.
5. Affiliate Programs.
Can you recommend good products to your readers to buy or signup?
If yes, you can do this and make money by using your referral link to point your readers to join a program or buy a product while you are paid commission for it.
6. Physical Products (eCommerce) and Software Tools.
You can create a shop on your blog and sell your software or that of others for a commission. All you need to create a shop is using the appropriate tools – Woo Commerce and more.
In summary about making money on your blog, once your bog becomes popular, advertisers will be emailing you for the opportunity to advertise (your money rain has begun), so, don’t worry.
You might want to ask me, but I don’t want to start a regular blog (writing and updating my website). Like, I just need a small website to showcase work, is that right? If yes, here is it.
The same process follows. All you have to do is #1. Follow the above steps and set your website Up.
#2. Choose a theme that corresponds to it (I showed you how to) and that is it.
For example, if I am a photographer and I want to make my work professional, I can set up a 1 or 3 page website to put out my pictures so my clients can have an overall stuffs I am made up of. (A measurement of value and professionalism).
Now, here is what I would do.
#1. Follow the steps above and start a website.
#.2. Choose a Photography WordPress Theme like ClickPic … and that is it.
As far as what you need to do needs a website, just follow same format and select the preferred theme – News Sites, Photography. Library, Religion, Consultation and many more of your choice.
💡 Decide what to blog about (sports, Romance, News and whatever it is).
💡 Pick your blog’s name and domain. Click here to choose now (if you did not)
💡 Find a host (Sign up for Bluehost here)
💡 Choose a theme and design your blog (you can always start with the free ones)
💡 Commit to a regular publishing schedule (you can set your schedule as well)
💡 Publish and promote your posts
💡 Start monetizing your traffic in a mutually beneficial way
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