How To Start A Blog And Make Money Online In Nigeria (A Beginner’s Best Guide To Blogging)


Have you ever wondered the possibility of making money online operating a blog? Most people do not actually believe it is possible to earn a living online just running a blog not to talk of becoming a millionaire from it.
Others believe that the days are gone when starting a blog was a sure way to make money online. But the list of top 10 bloggers in the world below and how much they are earning in dollars is a clear proof that starting a blog in Nigeria or any part of the world is still a very lucrative venture.
I followed this list up closely with the best techniques to employ when starting a blog and how to make real money from it. You will love how practical they are.
Top 10 Bloggers Who Made/Are Making Money From Operating A Blog
Here is a list of ordinary people who started a blog and are currently making huge amounts of money from it. Attached to this list is how much they are earning monthly.
1. Michael Arrington - $500,000 to $800,000.
2. Pete Cashmore - $560,000 to $600,000
3. Mario Lavanderia, ‘Perez Hilton’ - $200,000 to $400,000
4. Vitaly Friedman - $150,000 to $190,000
5. Timothy Sykes - $150,000 to $180,000
6. Jake Dobki - $80,000 to $110,000
7. Collis Ta’eed - $55,000 to $120,000
8. Gina Trapani - $55,000 to $110,000
9. Matt Marshall - $50,000 to $100,000
10. Ewdison Then - $60,000 to $80,000
In Nigeria and Africa, we also have people (bloggers) who earns so much money on monthly basis by operating a blog.
Some of these top African bloggers includes Linda Ikeji (the queen of African bloggers), Bellanaija, Ifioko Ibang and so many others.
What is so special about these people and their blogs, how come they are earning so much money operating a blog? Here is what you need to know.
What You Need To Know Before Starting A Blog In Nigeria
1. Starting a blog is not the only way to make money online legitimately in Nigeria.
 There are several other ways like Dropshipping, Domaining, Domain Parking, Affiliate Marketing, Freelancing and so many others.
Most of the top bloggers I mentioned earlier often find a way to monetize their blogs with other online money making methods.
2. Blogging Niche
The blogging niche you want to go into is very important as not all niches generate money quickly. Some of the top blogging niches to go into in Nigeria includes Entertainment, Celebrity News and Gossip, Technology and so many others (see best money making niches for bloggers)
3. Content is King
One of the commonest mistake most starters in blogging often make is to spend so much time building and designing their blogs, without giving the same attention to creating quality contents that will retain visitors on their blogs.
A good designed blog or website is a beauty to behold. But if all you’ve got on your blog is good designs and not quality contents that users may be interested in reading, you are finished! (Lol)
Spend more time creating and developing quality contents for your blog. It will help you gain both the traffic and money faster.
4. Site Speed (Load Time) Matters
A site that spends so much time loading is not only boring, it is a heavy turn off for users and search engines. This is the problem with heavily designed blogs or websites. They take so much time to load!
By all means, do away with anything that slows down your site load time (including those slides and heavy images). Optimizing your blog images with a good plugin is a necessity.
5. SEO Techniques
The only way you can get your contents visible to users (pages 1-3 on Google and other search engines) without spending a dime on advertisements, is by paying close attention to simple SEO practices on your blog.
I never knew this when I started and I paid heavily for it. Organise your posts around a specific keyword and ensure every post have an attractive and clear “meta” description that is related to the keyword.
This meta description is the brief introduction people see under your post topic on search engines. A good plugin that can help you master these SEO techniques is Yoast. Download, install and use it on your blog. You will thank me later.
6. Consistency
You should not expect to make so much money from a blog if you have no plans to be consistent in updating it.
At least one post a week is a good post-plan for beginners to start with.
7. Passion and Drive
If you are not passionate about blogging, then there is no point to start it at all. Passion is what keeps you working on a blog when the money has not started flowing.
8. Domain Name
Your domain name is the name of your blog. It is the web address that people type in when visiting your blog. It is important you keep this as catchy and short as possible.
I often recommend a minimum of two letters and maximum of three words when choosing a domain name.
This will help people to easily remember your blog and visit it.
9. Knowledge
What you know and how much you know before going into blogging matters. Start now to read everything you can find concerning it. From how to setup a blog to how to write a good blog post, retain users, get more traffic and rank higher on search engines.
Read everything your mind can accumulate. It will help you a lot in making real money from a blog in the long run.
10. Get A Mentor
A mentor here is simply someone who has been or is on the path you intend to tread and can easily point the way for you to follow.
This is a person from whom you can get answers to one or two questions concerning blogging and how to make money from it.
It is important that this person must own an existing blog on the internet before you can ask him to mentor you. Otherwise, how can he successfully do that?
Having read the above tips about operating a blog, let me tell you something that is not popularly known about blogging.
Three Stages Involved In Operating A Blog Every Beginner Must Know
You may not hear this from anyone, I didn’t too. But there are 3 stages involved in operating a blog successfully.
Not knowing these 3 stages is the reason many people who started a blog quit after a few months and conclude it is not worth it. It’s that painful.
So what are these 3 blogging stages every beginner must know.
1. The Budding Stage
This stage begins from the day the blog is launched to about six (6) months of its existence. Though for some people, this stage can last beyond 6 months.
It is at this stage that half or over half of the blogs that are started every year gets deleted from the internet or completely abandoned.
The reason is because at this stage, the traffic is very very low. And due to this low traffic, monetizing your blog at this stage is almost impossible.
At this stage, most affiliate programs and advertisement networks like Google Adsense will have a hard time accepting your application. But don’t get discouraged!
Every successful blogger out there passed through this stage. Do not abandon your blog or treat it with casualty at this time.
Give it all your attention and focus on creating quality contents of at least 1,000 words once or twice a week.
Learn how SEO works and use the techniques to come out of this stage faster.
2. The After-Budding Stage
At this stage, your blog is beginning to show signs of being alive. Your site is beginning to rank a bit high on search engines and little amounts of traffic has started coming in.
At this stage, you can apply for Google Adsense and get approved easily. Monetizing your blog at this stage is no longer a very difficult task as people are now beginning to know a site like yours exists on the internet.
This stage often begins from around 6 months (1 year for some blogs) and can last for up to 3 years or less for some blogs.
3. The Giant Stage
This is the stage every blogger dreams to get to. It is the stage at which some of the popular blogs you can think of are currently.
At this stage, your blog’s traffic has increased tremendously. You no longer struggle to monetize your blogs with advertisements and affiliate marketing. They will come looking for you (haha).
Sponsored posts, Google Adsense, Word Ads, Affiliate Marketing and the rest fetches money for you at this stage even while you sleep.
However, getting to this stage requires patience, hardwork, expertise, passion and drive.
How To Setup A Blog
I have been able to put together an Ebook that will help you setup a blog or website by yourself. The goodnews is, this Ebook is free!
Yes you read well, I am giving out this ebook for free. All you have to do is ask for it and drop your email address and I will send it directly to you!
Apart from this ebook, you can learn how to setup a blog or website yourself by reading this A Step By Step Guide To Setting Up A Professional Blog Or Website In Minutes.
You can as well go through the Category How To Setup A Professional Website Or Blog to find other information such as Over 15 Ways Blog And Website Owners Make Money Online and so many other blog related topics.
If after going through those posts you still feel like having someone create and design a blog or website for you, please feel free to checkout our Hire Us page.
At very affordable rates (which is one of our ways of supporting entrepreneurs), we will do just that and much more for you!
In Summary
Making money online from a blog is very possible and easy to do with the right knowledge.
I hope you find this guide helpful. If you do, please share it on social networks using the share buttons below.
Do not hesitate to drop your comments or questions in the comment section below if you have any. I will reply them as soon as I can.
Thanks for reading!

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