There are so many bloggers in Nigeria and a good number of them are making reasonable profit off it. If you are interested in blogging and you want to kick start a career in it without knowing how, I will be sharing 6 easy steps you can follow;
⦁ Choose your niche: this is the first and most important thing to do. Your niche is simply what you want to blog about. There are many niches but the top ones in Nigeria are news and entertainment.
In choosing a niche, it is advisable to go for something you have passion about. If you choose a niche because of its profitability, you should take some time to learn about the niche so you serve your visitors with legit information.
⦁ Choose your platform: there are two main blogging platforms Nigerian bloggers use and they are WordPress.org and Blogger.com. Blogger offers free hosting while you will purchase hosting in order to use WordPress.
The best among the two is undoubtedly WordPress as it is more easy to operate and customize via plugins. However, you can go for blogger if you do not have much funds or if your blog is a personal one.
⦁ Choose your hosting provider: if you choose blogger, this does not apply to you. You would need to purchase hosting to use WordPress and it is advisable you go for reputable hosting companies.
Mind you, your host is where everything you post on your blog is stored so if anything happens to it, your blog is gone. Top hosting companies you can patronize include Namecheap, Bluehost, and Domainking among others.
⦁ Choose your domain: as they say, your domain is your identity, it is your brand and it is what will be known. You need to take your time to choose one that matches with your blogs’ niche.
Though not mandatory, It is advisable that you choose a domain name that includes a part of your major keyword. For example, if your chosen niche is sports, a domain like www.sports247.com will be ideal.
⦁ Set up the blog: setting up your blog involves you choosing your theme and setting up the blog parts the way you want. As a beginner, this can be done easily on both Blogger and WordPress as there are ready made themes you can easily install with a click. However, WordPress wins here as it has more themes and plugins for easy customization.
In some cases, you would need to purchase a pro theme or hire a web designer to help you design a theme.
⦁ Start blogging: once you have picked your niche, chosen your blogging platform, purchased hosting, purchased a domain and set up the blog, then you should start blogging.
As a blogger, your target should be to post good content and grow your audience so you can have more traffic and develop a good online presence. Normally, this takes time but if you follow due process, you will get there.
Beginning a blog is easy, it can be done in less than 30 minutes, what might be difficult is keeping up with the blog. There are some things you can do to ensure that your blog gets noticed but for now, the steps listed above will help you start.