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This is a descriptive guide on how to become a blogger in Nigeria and beyond.
How can I become a blogger is one of the questions I get to answer daily. Becoming a blogger is one of the best decisions you can make in this information age.
This guide shall reveal to you;
How to create a blog
How to blog and make money
How to start a blog on Instagram and Facebook
You will get answers to your questions in this blog post.
Let’s get started!
Who is a blogger?
A blogger is someone who owns a small web page (popularly called blog) where he shares information either to educate, teach or entertain for peoples’ enjoyment.
There are lots of bloggers on the internet and daily lots of people open or create a blog for personal use or business.
No matter your field of study or your interest, you can become one.
Things you need to become a blogger
Becoming a blogger is easy BUT nothing comes without a price. There are some things and qualities you must have and possess to become a blogger. The things you need to become a blogger are;
Laptop or Desktop devices (or a smartphone)
Money to do internet data subscription as often as possible (maybe every two weeks or every month).
Ability to write and you must love writing. If you don’t want to be copying and pasting other people’s works, you must know how to write and also love doing it. You don’t necessarily need to be a guru at Use of English.
Patience, Consistency and Determined: Am sure you have seen and heard of various successful bloggers, to be like one, you need to be patient, determined and consistently do that which you are good at.
Money: Be ready to take paid courses in the areas you blog about. If you do not know how to design a blog, you will need a blog designer for that. If you want to know the secrets of ranking, you will need an SEO expert for that. Don’t expect them to do it free of charge for you.
General guide to create a blog in Nigeria
You can become a blogger on whatever field or area of expertise you are in. As I have said above, take note of the things you need to take care of your blog.
Start writing and share your contents with the world
With this guide, you can become either Nurse blogger, Book review blogger, sport blogger and whichever one you want.
Before you chose your blogging platform, check out the differences between Blogspot and WordPress below.
Differences between Blogspot and WordPress
There are many Content Management System platforms where you can create websites or blog. WordPress, Blogspot/Blogger, tumblr and others are the popular platforms. But, WordPress and blogspot being the most popular.
This distinction is based on the use of self-hosted WordPress blog and Blogspot.
Ownership: Blogger is provided by google as I have said earlier. It is free and however, it is not owned by you.
With WordPress, you own your blog and only you decide when you want to shut it down.
Control: Blogspot has limited control while in WordPress, you can easily extend it to add new features with plugins.
Security: In blogspot, google takes care of your security for you but in WordPress, you will have to take care of that yourself via plugins.
Blogger/blogspot is useful when you just want to start a blog to share your thoughts. But if you are blogging for business, building authority, branding yourself, WordPress is the ideal choice.
Blogspot has limited features. Whereas, WordPress gives you the complete control over your blog and you can do anything you want with it.
The major difference between wordpress.com and blogger is that, you can monetize your blog with free blogger account with Google AdSense, but can’t use Google AdSense on WordPress free account even the upgraded one (personal).
How to become a blogger for free
Is it actually free? If you are still a student with low/no source of income and have passion for blogging, you can start and have a blog for free. Yes, you can. But do not forget you need data to keep it updated.
What you need to do is create a free blogspot account (like this sirphren.blogspot.com). DO NOT GO FOR WORDPRESS FREE ACCOUNT. With free blogspot account, if you manage it well, you can apply for AdSense or some of its alternatives. So if you make some cash from it, you can go ahead to buy your custom domain and connect it.
I have seen lots of people creating blogs on free platforms of the WordPress and Blogger (Blogspot). Back then, I started my blogs on free WordPress.com, I had to just let go of them. If you want to be a professional blogger and want people to see you as such, you must be ready for it in terms of money.
To be a professional blogger, you need;
A custom domain
Web hosting account (from a reliable company. Don’t just go ahead to buy because it is cheap) for self-hosted blog. Buy both from Namecheap
Connect your custom domain to your free blogspot account IF you can’t afford self hosted blog
Write original contents for your readers. No one wants to read what he has seen somewhere else again.
This is simple. All you need to start this is your ability to write an article that everyone will want to read. You do not need a blog before you can write for bloggers.
These are what you will do;
Work on your writing skills
Attend or take SEO courses. No blogger will resist a writer that knows much about SEO.
Contact blogs that are in the niche of your choice and offer to write for them free. Doing this will help build up your portfolio
Apply to write for bloggers that are ready to pay.
If you love writing health articles, read how to make money with health is wealth affiliate program here.
Do not forget, the more you write, the better you become.
How to become a Instagram and Facebook blogger
Have you heard about Instablog9ja if you are a Nigerian? Yes, it is a blog on Instagram with thousands of followers. Even news and entertainment bloggers use his contents on their blogs. Just imagine how popular it is.
Starting a blog on Instagram is not hard and not costly. All you need to start are;
Instagram account that is well set up with a beautiful name
Niche (area you want to be talking on) e.g News, Gossip, Health etc
Be ready to keep your followers updated by dishing out to them the latest info in whatever area you chose.
Most bloggers also have Instagram account connected with their blogs. Same is applicable when you want to start a Facebook blog.
Hi there. I am Obembe Sunday Dapo (aka SirPhren). A RN, Website Designer, Blogger and Google certified Digital Marketer. I'm a graduate of American Internet Business School, Computer Science student and the founder of this Blog Academy. I design website & Blogs for businesses at affordable rates. Learn More About me here and can also connect with me on WHATSAPP