Have you been asking yourself about blogging, what blogging is all about , why people are always talking about blogs and blogging on almost all social media platforms and then finally you make up your mind to start your own blog. If you are that kind of person, then this blog post is meant for you. This article is for bloggers who want to know how to start a blog in Nigeria and succeed.
As a Nigerian or as an African, there a whole lot of things that you can decide to blog or write about and you would surely get readers for it, this is because Africa or Nigeria is a very populous country and continent full of people with different tastes and likes and that means whatever you decide to blog about, as far as it is meaningful there would always be readers for it.
In this post, i would show you all the basic steps and processes you should take and apply in order to get your blog running right away. And you do not need to be a professional web designer or programmer to be able to design your blog or website, that is because platforms like WordPress owned by automatic and blogger owned by google has made it very easy for people like you and me to be able to create our website and publish our contents very easily without much technical know-how. All you have to do is change a few settings and you are done.
When i initially started blogging with my first website which is chuksli.wordpress.com, that was back in 2015, i applied 7 basic steps and this steps really worked great for me. And these are the basic steps am going to be given you.
- Prepare yourself
- Know your niche
- Choose a blogging platform
- Get a secure domain such on Name-cheap
- Configure your setups
- Design your blog
- Start writing great contents, posting and sharing it.
Blogging is not what anybody would just wake up one morning and decide to do. Check your self very well and see if you have capabilities to be a blogger. Check if you can be able to write very well, and post great contents every week at least, because content is key to successful blogging. Once you check your self very well, and you see that you are capable then head to the next step.
Know your niche
This simply means as a blogger knowing what topics, what kind of posts you will be posting to your blog. There are different kind of niches(topics) that you can decide to write or base on, for example you can go for niches like sports, technology, social marketing, etc. There are just a lot which you can choose from.
Choosing your niche or knowing niche before starting to create a blog is very important because it would help you to choose a domain name suitable for what your blog would be known for, which are your contents.
When i began this blog techmanny.com, i already knew that it would be a blogging/Technology blog, and that helped me to choose this domain name.
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Choose a blogging platform
Choosing a blogging platform is very important because it is where your blog or website and its contents would be on. There are mainly two highly rated blogging platforms and they are WordPress and blogger.
I currently run this website (techmanny.com) on WordPress and it is simply amazing. I would recommend you choose WordPress, because it has tons of features that would make your blog look more professional and it offers a lot of features which you cannot find on blogger.
Choose a domain
What will make people to recognize your blog is your domain name. Domain name simply means the name of a website, like mine is techmanny.com.
Choosing a domain is a step where you have to be very considerate, because you have to choose a domain that describes your niche.
For example if you are on the soccer niche, you cannot choose a domain name like healthguard.com, choose names that defines your niche.
For Nigerians or anybody reading this post, i recommend you get your domain and hosting at Name-cheap.com, because the prices are much cheaper there.
Configure your setups
If you got your domain and hosting on name-cheap, then configuring the setup would not be a problem,because you can begin a live chat with them and they would give you every step by step guide on setting up the blog , and also you can go to YouTube and search for videos that would help you set the blog up successfully.
Design your blog
In this step, all you have to do is install a theme, design the layouts and make everything look how you want it to look like and save all your setting.
To simply do this, i advice you to go to YouTube and search for videos on how to set up and design a WordPress blog.
Start writing great contents, posting and sharing it.
Your main aim of blogging is that you want to write and post great contents and share it to the world and maybe get people to hear and know you through your blog posts. To succeed in this step, you have to make proper research before you write, so as to make sure your posts are authentic and comprehensive.
Then make sure to share it, because traffic would not come to you automatically, you are the one that would generate it, by sharing your articles, and the more you write the more the traffic that will continue coming, because content is key to any successful blogging.