It’s been a while I wrote about blogging here. I have been busy with studies and some other activities. Combining schooling and business could be a little tedious you know. 2016 was indeed a great year for me; I stumbled upon several systems that generated me some cool bucks.
Among all the money making systems I tried, Swisscoin produced the best result. It is a brand new cryptocurrency in which I was able to rake in over $18,000 within six months. Sometime around November 2016, I made over $5,500 in just one day. Difficult to believe right? Yeah! It did happen.
I won’t be talking about Swisscoin here. If you wish to learn more about the system, do well to check the guide where I explained all you need to know about swisscoin cryptocurrency.
A few days ago, a beginner blogger approached Facebook and me trying to get some tips that will help me build a good making money blog. He isn’t the first to put that question to me; I always get emails and messages from new bloggers who are struggling to succeed in the internet world.
As a result of the many questions I receive from newbies concerning blogging, I decided to come up with this piece where I share some blogging tips for beginners.
So you have finally made up your mind to make money with a blog? Nice decision! Of a truth; if done properly, blogging is one of the practices that can turn you into a millionaire while you relax in the comfort of your bedroom. But hey; you need to work hard and learn to do things the right way.
You can’t just wake up one morning, then setup a blog and start publishing crappy contents expecting to make money within a short time. Making money blogging is a gradual process. There are certain principles you will have to adhere to before you can start getting positive results.
Below are some of the factors you need to fulfill so as to grow your blog and make money blogging.
A lot of newbies get into blogging because they find others doing it. Thus, they tend to blog about the same topic with others. Blog about a subject you are passionate. A subject you enjoy learning.
Perhaps some folks must have told you that some niches are more profitable than the others and as a result, you decide to create your blog around the so-called profitable niches.
Now get this straight; you can make money blogging in any niche. Personally, I do not believe a niche is more profitable than the other.
Do not make the mistake of emulating others and then you start blogging on a niche where you know nothing. You may have exceptional knowledge about fashion and styles, but owing to the fact that you heard of the health niche being very profitable, you now move all your attention towards the health niche and start blogging about a topic where you do not have any expertise.
If you blog in a niche not familiar to you, creating contents becomes a big problem. You end up producing crappy contents, rewriting the works of other bloggers. This is appalling for your readers and your blog as well. I have been there; I know how it feels.
I started my first blog in the entertainment niche. I couldn’t sustain the blog for long. Creating valuable contents was a big challenge, I had to abandon that topic, and then I started writing about computers and gadgets where I knew I could produce contents without passing through all that stress.
When starting out blogging, learn to write what you know. Do not chase those competitive niches; your voice won’t be heard. I always advise newbies to go for the unpopular niches that are less competitive.
However, if your area of expertise falls among the competitive and popular niches like health, fitness, law, etc., then there is no harm in building your blog around that topic. You will succeed as long as you have ample knowledge about the topic.
What kind of blogger are you? Do you fall under the category of bloggers who write about topics they know nothing about? Do not be afraid to start afresh. Quit that blog! Yeah, you just read that correctly. Find a topic in which you have knowledge and passion for and then get back to work immediately.
Another mistake most beginner bloggers make is trying to blog about a whole lot of topics. This isn’t the right way for beginners. I know you might have come across some sites that write about multiple topics but do not try to imitate that. More than one person manages most of such sites.
Just like I have said in point #1, get a topic you are passionate about, stick to that niche, and you will be glad you did. As you can see, I am so much interested in making money online, and I bet you will never find on this blog, an article that says something else other than tips and systems that will fetch you money via the internet.
Do not be greedy by trying to write about everything. It will only do you more harm than good. Your readers will be confused as to what actually is the topic of your blog.
Your blog needs to be known for something. If you are passionate about technology, then your blog should represent that so whenever someone visits your blog, such a person won’t need anyone coming to explain what the blog idea is. The blog contents must have solved that issue already.
More so, Google tends to favour blogs with a single idea over blogs with multiple topics. I bet you would love to see your contents always appear on Google’s first page. Blogging on a single niche is one of the criteria that can help you rank your new blog on Google quickly.
If you have been blogging in multiple niches, do me a favour and get rid of other topics and stick to the topic where you possess the most knowledge. Believe me, if you can do this, you’ll find blogging appearing a lot easier than it was when you were trying to be everywhere.
According to wpvirtuoso, there are about 152 million blogs on the internet for the year 2013. It is certain that the number of blogs for 2017 will be a lot more than just 152 million. So you see how tough the competition could be? Although not all of these blogs are active till date, some of them are abandoned by the owners. Whereas, some others are not getting any exposure.
How do you ensure your new blog don’t fall among the pile of blogs that aren’t getting exposure? You have to avoid the competition. A lot of blogs have been there before you. Do not go for the popular and generic terms like health, travel, sports, technology, etc.
Narrow your blog topic and try to make it as specific as possible. If you are in the technology niche then what exactly are you passionate about in tech? Are mobile phones your passion? Then I suggest you narrow it down to the brand of phone or an operating system. Maybe Samsung phones, or even Android OS or iOS.
You can even dig in the dip to any of these products and get a more specific topic. Just try to be as explicit as possible. For instance “Best Android Action Games.” Here I am interested in android games, not just any kind of android games but action games on Android. You get the drift right?
Knowing your target audience is a vital factor to consider while building your blog. You need to know who your target audience are; they must be people who share the same passion with you, individuals who are interested in the topic you are writing.
Do not focus on just driving traffic to your blog; you need your articles to get to the right people and not just everybody. Of course, it feels good to check your site stats and see lots of visits but what is the essence of getting such page views from people who don’t give a damn about what you are writing? Believe me you will not get a good conversion with such traffic
To make your contents valuable to your readers, think of the following questions:
What do your readers like or enjoy about your niche or topic?
What do they hate about your niche?
What are the common problems or challenges your readers usually encounter?
What kind of readers usually visit your blog? What are their characters?
Compile your answers to these questions, and you will be able to produce contents that will get your readers coming back.
Study your audience, know what they are interested in and learn to offer much value with your posts. Occasionally, you can provide surveys to your readers, seeking from them; suggestions that will help you serve them better.
You can do a search on Google for some free and cheap online survey tools.
While writing a blog post, learn to speak your voice. You have unique knowledge about your blog topic, and that is the idea you are meant to unleash. Do not try to imitate other bloggers in your niche. Try to be creative.
Learn to develop your blogging voice, the way you write should be the way you speak. Although it may not be easy to master this act, consistent practice will just land you there. You have to always practice that whenever you publish a new post.
Write in a conversational tone. Leave your readers with questions which they are to answer at the end of your blog posts. This will enhance your blog engagement and readership. Always reply to the comments of your readers, it is crucial.
Responding to comments frequently, make your readers know that you are listening to them. It gives them the confidence that you are interested in proffering solutions to their problems.
Avoid the habit of putting up a blog post and then disappearing into thin air leaving your readers hanging. Whenever you put up a new piece on your blog, some of your readers may commend your effort for dropping that blog post while others may drop a few questions.
Appreciate those who must have taken their time to read and leave a comment, and then ensure your provide sufficient answers to the questions of others who may need clarification in one or two areas in which your blog post is centered.
Furthermore, be honest with your readers. Always speak the truth. When making a review about a particular product or service on your blog, do well, to tell the truth. Do not try to conceal the negative sides of a product or service simply because you want to enjoy those commissions from your advertisers.
Dishonesty stinks. It kills a blog very fast. When you recommend a bad product or service to your readers, they will lose trust in you. They will not come back anymore.
As a beginner blogger, having the interest of your readers at heart should be your paramount priority. Forget about chasing money too early. Focus on earning the trust of your readers; this will enable you to build a long lasting relationship with your audience.
As a new blogger, it is an inarguable fact that your blog will attract little or no readership within the first few weeks or even moths. You need to work on improving that; it is required of you to endeavor to reach out to more people.
Do not underestimate the power of Social Media. Blogging would have been a lot more difficult without the social media. In recent time, you can attract visitors to your blog even when your site haven’t been listed on Google.
As a newbie managing a new blog, your blog may not attract organic traffic. So utilize the social media to its fullest, encourage your readers to share your blog post. No doubt, they will always do so if you can put up great contents that they find valuable.
Position your share buttons in strategic positions where the audience will find them. Just as you can see here on my blog, I have my share buttons stick and floating while you read. You won’t have a hard time trying to share my post since my share buttons are well displayed.
It won’t be nice that after a reader finishes reading your compelling article and decides to get it shared on social media, then he or she discovers that the share buttons are nowhere to be found.
I use Social warfare plugin; it is a free WordPress plugin for social media sharing. You can quickly add it to your blog. Just search for it in your plugins area on wordpress and then get it installed and activated
If you are blogging for money, then you should make the search engine your good friend – Google most especially. Google is my favorite search engine; I don’t use any other. I don’t know about you. If you use a different search engine other than Google, then feel free to tell me about it in the comments area.
Truth be told, the highest percentage of the internet world prefer Google to any other search engine. Thus, to reach out to that large amount of people, you have to work as hard and smart as possible, to get your site on Google’s first page for your niche.
For you to make money online you need traffic, if no one is coming to your blog, you will not make a dime with such blog. This is why you need the search engine; every minute people are searching for information on Google. They are searching for excellent products and services to buy.
If you can get your blog on Google’s first page for your niche, then you are sure to make money with your blog while you sleep. I will not stress much on SEO practices as there are lots of cool articles online which teaches all you need to know so as to dominate Google’s first page for your keywords.
Perhaps I will write a different article where I will give a detailed guide on how to go about your blog SEO. In the mean time, you can check out my Interview with Atish Ranjan on SEO for beginners. Also, See Neil Patel’s Step-by-Step Guide to SEO and then Larry Frank’s best SEO practices to rank your blog. Read those articles and ensure you implement those tips on your blog.
If you encounter any problem while doing that, do well to reach me via my contact page. I am always available to help you with stuff like that.
Relationship building is another tool that will help you get traffic to your blog quickly. As a new blogger with little or no experience, ranking your blog on Google could take some time. Getting acquainted with like-minded bloggers will help you build more exposure to your blog.
How do I build a relationship with other bloggers?
Start with leaving comments on their blogs. Not just any kind of comment, but thoughtful comments that will add value to their contents. Hook them up on social media and share their posts. They will always reciprocate that act.
Offer to guest post on their blogs. Guest posting gives you more exposure and is also a means for you to rank on Google since you may get a link or two links back to your blog. A backlink is a vital factor when it comes to SEO.
While working towards attracting an audience to your blog via Google, Social media and maybe guest posting, it is pertinent to have those visitors always coming back. You can only achieve that when you get them into your email list.
When you share your post on social media, some persons will be attracted to your blog. It won’t be right for you that after they finish reading your posts, they leave your blog and never returns. You have to convert those visitors into real customers. Get your email subscription box in strategic positions of your blog.
The same thing happens when you get organic traffic (visitors from search engines). Before a reader gets to your blog from Google for the first time, such a person may never have any idea that such a blog exist.
You were just lucky to have this person come straight to your blog from Google. Now you have to make those visitors readers of your blog and have them coming back all the time. Try to save their emails to your list. Your email list is your most powerful tool as a blogger. Do not neglect that.
There are some free email servicing products out there. I use Mailer Lite. It is a nice drag and drop email marketing service. This service is free when you have not more than 1000 subscribers.
You can only start paying for the service after your number of subscribers grow above 1000. Since you are just starting, you probably wouldn’t have more than 1000 subscribers so you can rock this service for free.
Mail Chimp also offers similar service like Mailer lite. So do well to try out any of these email marketing services. They are both great and suitable for beginners.
Another great way of getting readers to opt into your email list is to promise them some cool stuff for free. Lots of bloggers use this strategy in recent times, and it works very well.
Not everybody will fall for the usual “Subscribe to my newsletter and receive updates to your email.” A lot of people are tired of getting their emails bombarded with messages all the time.
Offer them a valuable stuff for free, and you will find them on your list in no time.
Consistency is one of the traits of every successful blogger. Do not form the habit of blogging “anytime you feel like.” It wouldn’t be an excellent idea to make your readers believe that your blog has been abandoned, and this is the impression they get when you do not blog consistently.
Depending on your schedule, you can choose to publish your posts, monthly, weekly daily, or even two or three times in a week. As a new blogger, I recommend you publish posts at least twice in a week. However, there is nothing wrong with blogging just once a week. The main aim is to make sure the posts are valuable to your readers.
You should focus on quality rather than quality. So if you feel you will need up to a week to compose a beautiful and informative article, then publish your post weekly. If you can write a nice article within some hours and publish daily, that is fine as well.
However you choose to post, just make sure they are of high value to your audience. Do not blog whenever you feel like. Get a working timetable, discipline yourself and make sure you follow the time table you prepared for yourself.
Obeying your blogging calendar should be seen as an obligation. Just the way your adhere strictly to your working hours as an employee or your lecture hours as a student that is the same way you should be discipline about the hours that you dedicate to your blog.
Do not let a game or movie take that time you laid aside for your blogging activities. For your blogging calendar, you can use an Excel spreadsheet. Write the dates you are supposed to publish your posts, the title of your articles and the keywords you are to target.
After you must have fulfilled all the tips stated above, I believe you are now attracting some traffic to your blog. You can now go ahead to monetize your blog. Ensure that you have fulfilled all of the tips above before thinking of monetizing.
One mistake I see newbies make is integrating Google AdSense on their blogs very early. You have to build your readership first before placing those ads. Most beginner bloggers get their blogs littered with ads even when those ads aren’t fetching them any money.
What is the essence of distracting your readers and chasing them away with ads that do not bring you money? Build a community of loyal readers after which you can start working on monetizing. One step at a time, patience is a virtue. Making money with a blog takes some time.
Now let’s see some excellent ways of monetizing your blog.
Selling products is by far the best means of making money from a blog. You can create a product and sell to your readers. This can be a physical or digital product. Suppose you are in the Weight loss niche, you can write an ebook where you reveal some practical tips that will help your readers lose weight.
Once you can build trust with your readers, they won’t be skeptical about purchasing your product. They will buy and go as far as telling their friends about the product as long as the tips you explained in your book are efficient.
Do not forget to tell other bloggers in your niche to help you review and market your product on their blogs. If you have succeeded in building that strong relationship with them just as I have explained, they won’t hesitate to grant you that little request.
What if I cannot create a product?
If you are unable to create a product of your own, you can sell the product of other people as long as it is related to your niche. This act of selling other people’s product and earning commissions is known as affiliate marketing. I have written a post on how to make money with affiliate marketing. Do well to check it out.
Another way of making money with your blog is by selling advertising space to advertisers. This is where Google AdSense comes in. You can apply for Google AdSense and put up those ads on your blog and then make money. I also wrote an article on how to get AdSense approval quickly. Feel free to read that post.
Although you can make some money via displaying Google AdSense, the larger part of the money comes from the private selling of ads space. If you follow all the tips I stated above; you are sure to build a huge audience around your blog.
Big organizations will want to get their products and services in front of your huge number of audience. You can make real money by allowing them to display their adverts on your blog for money. This method of earning is easy since you need not write any promotional post of any kind.
‘All you need to do is collect the ads banner from your advertiser, get it fixed on your blog and continue with your day to day blogging activities. It’s as simple as that! You don’t need any additional effort.
What I do on some of my blogs is to look for those potential advertisers and email them. I tell them about my blog and the number of visitors I receive monthly and then invite them to buy ads space on my blog. This has worked for me on different occasions. You can try that on your blog as well.
Making money with your blog is very easy if you have already built a community of loyal readers around your blog. That is why I advise newbies to first and foremost, invest much of their time in building a sustainable relationship with their readers by delivering rich and valuable contents.
There is more to blogging than just putting up a blog and publishing contents frequently and then fold your arms, expecting money to pump in. Creating a blog is very easy but building a money making blog requires a bit of hard work and dedication.
If you follow the tips covered in this post, you are guaranteed of building a blog that will be able to pay your bills in the long run.
So that is it guys, if you have any questions do well to drop it in the comment box below. Do not forget to share this post and subscribe to my email list by putting your email in the box below.
The aim of every blogger is to generate income from blogging. There are a couple of ways to this, of which Pay Per Click Advertising appears to be one of them. Among all the Pay Per Click Advertising Networks available online, Google AdSense seems to be the most popular of them all.
However, Joining the Google AdSense program appears to be daunting to most newbie bloggers from Nigeria because many of such newbies fail to understand correctly and adhere to the strict guidelines of the program. I was able to get my Google AdSense account approved within two months as a Nigerian.
I started out blogging by September 2014 and joined the Google AdSense program by November 2014. I didn’t achieve that as a result of some luck or magic, NO. I embarked on a serious research and was able to dig out the secrets of getting an AdSense account application approved quickly.
Looking at Google’s guideline, a website should be at least six months old before it can qualify for AdSense. I do not pay much attention to that. As long as you can meet up with the other requirements, your application will be approved.
Below are some common questions you may have concerning Google AdSense:
Should I apply for Google AdSense right now?
Does my blog qualify for Google AdSense?
What are Google AdSense requirements?
Am I eligible to apply for Google AdSense?
How do I apply for Google AdSense?
Why did Google reject my AdSense application?
What am I supposed to do if Google AdSense rejects my application?
After going through my experience with AdSense, I believe you’ll have answers to the above questions.
In as much as I would love to reveal the secrets of getting an AdSense application approved quickly, I would also like to let you know that integrating ads on your blog too fast could be dangerous. As a blogger, satisfying your audience should be your paramount priority, you should have that in mind if ever you wish to own a successful blog.
It annoys me when I visit a blog and discover the layout littered with ads. A blogger approached me on Facebook early this year, seeking for advice on how to grow his blog. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I visited his blog. His contents were almost irrelevant.
Poorly written articles surrounded with annoying banners and pop-ups. When I asked how much he earns from all those stuff, I got an amusing reply; He was only making a few cents monthly. Now tell me; what is the essence of integrating those ads? Getting those ads on his baby blog brought him so much damage. His visitors will leave without returning.
He was supposed to focus more on providing useful and valuable contents rather than being so enthusiastic about making quick money.
Furthermore, having too many ads on your blog scares away advertisers. When your sidebar bears so many banners then there will be no room for potential advertisers, it is possible that his or her ads won’t get noticed in the midst of so many ads block. Most advertisers, seeing that you already have too many ads on your blog will simply walk away in search of a blog with enough ads space.
Now don’t get me wrong; I am not trying to say that having ads on your blog is not a cool idea, rather, I wish to warn you of the dangers such ads pose to your blog if not handled properly. Focus more on your readers’ satisfaction and believe me, when those ads are finally placed, you will make the most out of it.
That said, I will now be explaining how I got my AdSense account approved within two months.
Before submitting my application and getting approved on Google AdSense, I took some measures to ensure that my site qualifies for AdSense. Below are the modifications I made:
I strictly believe that content is king, it supersedes every other factor that may be mention in this post. Come to think of it; why do people visit your blog? People visit your blog because they seek information, and if you cannot provide them with such information, then you are only telling them to go away.
After realizing the value of quality contents, I started out writing contents that are useful to my readers. Although they weren’t 100% perfect, I applied every strategy I could think of to make sure that my contents were rich. One of such strategy is the idea of ensuring that all articles were 1000 words and above. Hey! I am not saying that writing a 1000+ words article is a ”must-do”, you shouldn’t go about crafting 1000+ words articles that are irrelevant to your readers. Let’s take a tech blog as a case study here. You may wish to write a guide on how one can solve a simple fault. The process of solving the particular problem may be a short one. I wouldn’t advise you to start telling lots of useless stories to your readers, biting around the bush simply because you wish for your article to attain the length of 1000 words, NO, that’s silly. The point is for you to give as much detail as possible so that your readers can understand the information you are trying to transmit. The more detail you provide, the better user experience you create for your site users.
From my experience, high traffic is not necessarily needed to get approved on AdSense. My blog have a total of 1500 page views when I got approved on Google. On the day I received a congratulatory message from AdSense, all I had was just 45 page views. So you see? you should go about looking for cheap traffic just to qualify for AdSense. Focus on producing quality contents and your application will be approved.
It is advisable that you have a minimum of 10 quality posts on your blog during the period of application.
Delivering valuable contents to your readers will not only get them coming back but will compel them to commend your effort through comments.
Whenever I finish explaining my points in an article, I introduce a call to action, asking readers to share opinions or ask questions via comment. Useful comments add more value to your post, Google loves and cherishes their users. So If AdSense, while reviewing your blog discovers that you are getting a good number of comments from your readers, they will be forced to believe that your readers are deriving satisfaction from your posts. AdSense will have no reason to reject your application.
You can join some blogging communities out there to share your posts and get comments to your blog. As a way of building a relationship, you can also comment on other blogs in your niche. Remember to drop thoughtful comments. When you can leave compelling comments on other blogs, no doubt, you are sure to get more of such comments on your blog as well. I applied this powerful strategy to my blog, and the result was overwhelming.
Below are links to some blogging communities I use for blog promotion:
Another significant modification I did to my blog was the idea of a top-level domain name. I started my blog on the free Blogger platform, using the sub-domain that was provided by blogger. Within the first three days of my blogging journey, I was able to register a custom domain name for my blog. I ensured that all my articles were indexed on the new custom domain. After fixing your top level domain name, I strictly advise that you wait for your site to be crawled by Google crawlers before applying for AdSense.
Why did I go for a custom domain name rather than the free sub-domain provided by blogger? I needed to make my blog appear professional, and I think you should do same as well. Registering a domain isn’t that expensive. You can easily get one on GoDaddy
Many are of the opinion that getting a self-hosted blog is necessary. I totally agree with that as well. You will enjoy so many benefits when your blog is self-hosted, probably on WordPress. However, in the case of AdSense, embracing this idea isn’t compulsory. Like I said earlier, I got my AdSense account approved on Blogger platform, and I have helped many newbie bloggers do the same. What matters most is your content and how you treat your visitors.
You can’t load your blog with lots of poorly written articles and expect AdSense to get your application approved simply because your site is self-hosted, that is nonsense. It is possible for AdSense to accept applications from free hosted sites that are rich in content, and then turn down applications from self-hosted sites that do not deliver useful contents to readers
Creating the above-listed pages is imperative, not just for AdSense approval alone, but to your entire blogging career. Having your visitors at heart is something you should always remember. Now you do not want to be labelled a ghost blogger. Many bloggers are of the idea of blogging anonymously, and that is very wrong. As a customer, I cannot buy a product from a marketer I cannot easily communicate with.
Creating the above pages make you appear professional to both Google AdSense and your readers as well.
Nobody likes a blog that is poorly designed. A site with a bad design will give a bad user experience. I went for a simple but professional template with a good load time. Everyone loves a fast loading blog. Nobody wants to waste the whole day waiting for an article to load up on a blog. I ensured my blog was easy to navigate, with the menus correctly placed for easy location. I also avoided useless items on my header, sidebar, and footer.
Your blog represents your professionalism and expertise. The design is the first thing a visitor notice upon landing on your blog. You wouldn’t want to create a bad first impression for your visitors. So be mindful of the kind of templates and themes you choose.
It is advisable to go for a premium theme or template because they do not contain malicious links as the case with most free themes and templates. You can check out Themeforest for some cool premium themes.
When I started out blogging, I couldn’t afford a premium template immediately. I began with a nice looking free template, and I got my AdSense account approved using that same template. However, I wouldn’t advise you do the same; I wished to use a premium template then, but I wasn’t very fortunate to afford it. If you are financially buoyant enough, then grab a premium theme or template as the case may be. If you cannot afford a premium theme, then look for a nice looking fast loading free theme and get it installed on your blog.
I do not understand why this is always the case, but I have come to realize that AdSense rejects applications from blogs containing ads of other advertising networks. Before I applied for AdSense, I had Infolinks ads on my blog. Getting approved on Infolinks isn’t as tough as that of AdSense. Within my first few weeks of blogging, I joined Infolinks publishers program. Still having the Infolinks ads on my blog, I applied for AdSense, and my application got rejected. I wasn’t happy with the reply I got from AdSense, within me, I believed to have fulfilled all the necessary requirements to qualify for AdSense, and so why then was my application turned down?
Then I embarked on research. Research is vital in whatever we do. While researching, I landed on an AdSense discussion thread in a certain forum; I’ve forgotten the particular forum that was. While reading through the experience of participants in that very thread, I saw something that caught my attention. I saw a user who had a similar AdSense experience with me. According to him, after his application was turned down, he went back to his blog and removed the Chitika ads that were installed and then reapply for AdSense. This time, he got approved.
Seeing this made my hopes grew high. I revisited my blog, removed every Infolinks ad on it, waited for a week and then reapplied for AdSense. Boom! My application was approved!
For some time, I wondered why AdSense aren’t comfortable with site owners having other ads on their blogs during the period of AdSense application. I couldn’t figure out an answer and I didn’t bother much about that. Besides, all I needed then was getting approved, and that purpose was already achieved.
Yeah! That is my experience with AdSense while trying to get my application approved. I believe you too can get your application approved after making the above modifications. Go back to your blog and carry out the necessary changes.
Done with the modifications? Now head straight to AdSense website and apply HERE
But wait! What if Google rejects your application even after trying all I did?
Well, don’t be discouraged. Sit back and go through your blog again. Google will not reject AdSense applications without a reason. If you are very sure that you did all I have done, and yet you weren’t approved, then embark on a more serious research. Like I said earlier, I didn’t get approved on my first application. I was confident enough when I applied because enough research has already been done. I have researched and believed to have uncovered the secrets of getting an AdSense application approved, yet I was rejected. So what did I do? I kept studying until I got an answer. You can do so as well.
In a nutshell, getting an AdSense account approved isn’t hard as newbies are meant to believe. All you need to do is follow the guidelines, be patient enough, do ample research and you will get your application approved. Once your application is accepted, remember not to distract your readers with lots of banners in a bid to make quick money. You will only be doing your blog more harm than good.
Let me know what you think via the comment section. Has your application been approved already? Did you follow a similar strategy with me or you did something different? Feel free to share your AdSense experience via the comment box below.
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Today I welcome our guest Mr. Sherman Smith for a chat. Sherman happens to be a Blogger and Internet marketer. In this interview he was able to give an insight of his experiences in the online world – how he dealt with failure and overcame the challenges he encountered. He revealed some strategies which he applied to ensure the growth of his online business, and then he gave some blogging tips for beginners who are still starting out on blogging.
Less i forget; he is a good salsa dancer, so after reading this interview you may have to hook him up for some serious lessons on salsa dance[lol].
The details of this chat is a bit lengthy so as usual, get a glass of wine or juice if available, and enjoy this conversation with Mr. Sherman
Chinedu: Hello Mr Sherman, we are pleased to have you here with us. Welcome to my blog.
Sherman: It’s a pleasure to be here and thank you Joseph for giving me this opportunity.
Chinedu: Please tell us more about yourself.
Sherman: I reside in sunny Southern California which is where I was born and raised. I have a degree in Computer Information Systems and work for a school district as one of the computer technicians.
Chinedu: What was your reason for going into blogging, and for how long have you been in the blogosphere?
Sherman: When I was in Network Marketing back in 2010, my sponsor recommended that I go into blogging even though I didn’t believe anyone would read any of my posts LOL.. but I got the courage to start it and the rest is history.
Chinedu: How many blogs do you have?
Sherman: I only have one blog
Chinedu: What are/is the main idea(s) of your blog(s) and what kind of service(s) do you render?
Sherman: My blog is geared towards anyone, specifically those with home businesses that want to start doing online marketing with a focus on Blogging for personal branding. I promote an online marketing system as well as other tools and plugins that marketers can use to enhance their home businesses.
Chinedu: How much time do you dedicate to your blog in a day, week or month? What measures do you take to ensure that you keep track of this?
Sherman: It’s on a weekly basis and I dedicate between 30 minutes to an hour a day. Or at least I make the effort to. I really don’t have a specific system to keep track of this. What I usually do is come up with a title for the following week’s blog post and use that as the indicator to start my next post.
Chinedu: How much time do you think is sufficient for a newbie to dedicate to a blog in order to achieve success?
Sherman: That really depends on the person and the time that they have. But if you have the fundamentals in place as far as plugins, themes, opt-in boxes, etc.. it shouldn’t take a long time. I say at least 30 minutes a day
Chinedu: At what frequency do you think a new blogger is supposed to publish posts in order to keep up in the blogosphere?
Sherman: As far as frequency, you want to be smart about it. From my experience, I’ve had more success with posting once a week as oppose to posting every day. You really want to focus on engagement and interaction with other bloggers by commenting, sharing their posts and also replying to comments on your blog. On top of that you want to engage with other bloggers on social media. It creates a strong synergy resulting in more of a family unit.
Chinedu: Your blog attracts a good number of comments and i guess your traffic range would be high as well. Would you mind discussing your monthly traffic stats?
Sherman: I really don’t want to discuss the traffic stats, but I do want to emphasize that as far as traffic is concern, you want to focus on generating more detailed targeted traffic. If you’re in network marketing, you don’t want to just focus on network marketing traffic. You want to focus on those people who have a strong interest in the products/services in your industry who are open to doing network marketing. This is why it’s important to pay attention to your traffic stats. I for once use Google Analytics to figure out who my market is and how to improve the targeted traffic coming to my blog.
Chinedu: Keeping blogging aside; do you have any other job(s) or parenting responsibility? If yes; how do you manage this together with your blogging career?
Sherman: I have no kids but I do work full time (8 hrs/day, 5 days/week) as a computer technician. I also give private lessons in salsa dancing on the side whenever there is a chance.
As far as managing, I tend to squeeze enough time each morning, afternoon, and night to work on my blog. I also use automated tools that helps promote my blog posts
Chinedu: Wow! You dance salsa? I will surely come for lessons in no distant time [lol].
What do you engage yourself with during your leisure hours?
Sherman: During my leisure hours I’m always on YouTube learning something or watching a movie LOL… I love YouTube. Besides that I’m usually out salsa dancing or at the gym.
Chinedu: What really interests you most about blogging, and what frustrates you most as well?
Sherman: It was really about what I learn from other blogs with a focus on home businesses and how to grow it online. When I was in college I didn’t understand why students would major in Marketing. To me it seemed like a real easy major, up until I started blogging and doing online marketing. This really burst my bubble! I came to realization of how important personal branding, social proof, difference in good and bad content, etc.
The one thing I really like is sharing something I just learned or sharing my past experiences with others. I get really stoked when people find my content valuable for them to apply. This is when I realized that being able to help others in this manner is really my life’s purpose.
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Chinedu: What do you think is currently the most effective method of driving traffic to a blog?
Sherman: There is no one way of doing this, but from my experience, the best way is through paid advertising if you want to get fast results. Besides that, using the free strategies of commenting and engaging those who are within your niche.
Chinedu: What are you secrets for attaining this level of success in your blogging career?
Sherman: It’s really keeping it simple and being consistent with it. But one thing you want to keep checking for are your statistics. You want to use tools like Google Analytics to see how you’re doing so far and figure out ways to improve.
The simplest thing you want to do is comment and engage on other blogs as well as your own. You want to figure out who has “authority rank” in the blogosphere within your niche.
Chinedu: As a blogger, have you ever experience failure or felt inferior? If yes; how did you tackle all of these?
Sherman: Oh yes, failure at times can be a constant thing, and also I felt inferior. But if blogging is something that you really have a passion for, then you’ll figure out eventually how to turn those failures into successes and the inferiority complex will dissipate.
Chinedu: Would you mind giving us an insight of your other experiences while climbing the success ladder?
Sherman: I started around 2010, so right around that time all you need to concentrate on was SEO even if the content wasn’t that valuable. But then around 2011, that’s when you noticed the Google Updates started making a big voice. So all of the old tactics and tools I used before didn’t work. Blogger took a different routine, and it was, and still is one long educational process.
I do have admit that I took some time off from blogging. I started focusing more on paid methods like Paid Per Click and Solo Ads. I did get a lot of leads from them, but very low sales. By the end of 2013, that’s when I realized that you must brand yourself and focus on building rapport and relationships with others. That’s the benefit of blogging. Other’s can see what you’re all about before they make a decision to connect with you, or even do business with you.
Chinedu: If you could turn back the hands of time to your life as a newbie, what corrections would you have made?
Sherman: First and foremost, I would use my blog to build my email list as well as engage with others like I’m doing now.
I would have focus a little less on SEO and more on delivering more valuable content as well as promote my blog a lot more than I did.
I would also would’ve focus more on marketing metrics using tools like Google Analytics.
Chinedu: How do you monetize your blog? And what is your most effective means of making money online?
Sherman: I have done Reviews on different tools and themes, as well as an option box for the online marketing system I promote mainly for those that are in network marketing and want to promote their business online.
Chinedu: Among the existing Social Media platforms, which do you spend more time on and what is your reason for spending more time on it?
Sherman: I spend more time on Facebook and Twitter.
The reason for Facebook is because its the site I’ve grown my accustomed to, and for twitter, I use it specifically on my phone to maintain my interaction with other bloggers.
Chinedu: Ever since you ventured into blogging, what do you consider your biggest challenge?
I had challenges. Writing and Engaging LOL… Not the best challenges when it comes to blogging, right?
I was always a horrible writer, but in due time with blogger I keep improving by taking the advice from other bloggers. I don’t know where I would be without them.
As far as engaging and interaction, socializing with others is a weakness of mine. I consider myself more of an introvert. Shy sometimes, but more introvert. I really like to do my own thing, but other people have mentioned that I need to come out of my shell a bit more, so that’s what I’ve been working on for the past year.
Chinedu: As a blogger with much experience, what principle(s) do you suggest for every blogger to hold on to?
Sherman: Be the best YOU as a blogger. Don’t be afraid to express your own opinions and your own beliefs. This is what makes you unique, and you’ll find that the right people will be attracted to who you are!
Chinedu: Mention some bloggers whom you admire and look up to, and tell us how each had contributed to your blogging career?
Sherman: There’s quite a few to name… Ryan Biddulph, Adrienne Smith, Harleena Singh, Enstine Muki, Sylvian Nuccio… I actually wrote a blog post where I gave homage to each one… here’s the post
Chinedu: No doubt, every new blogger needs a mentor to guide him/her. What is your say on this? Do you think it is advisable for a blogger to hold unto just one, or many mentors? Please give reasons for your answer.
Sherman: Anyone that has reached a level of success you want to get to and you admire, is going to end up being your mentor, whether directly or indirectly. A lot of home business entrepreneurs follow the teachings of Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie still even though they have already transitioned.
So if you can find someone that will mentor you directly, then great! But I believe bloggers should also keep an open mind to what’s out there. Whatever your mentor may not know, someone else may have the information and experience that come with it.
Chinedu: When did you earn your first income from blogging?
Sherman: In 2011
Chinedu: Would you mind telling us your monthly earning from blogging?
Sherman: I never share what I make. Sorry
Chinedu: What is your say on email marketing? What strategies have you used for increasing your number of subscribers?
Sherman: I have used both PPC and Solo Ads. Email marketing is a great way to build trust with those that subscribe. There are quite a few people who only use email marketing to brand themselves instead of a blog. So this is a great option as well.
Chinedu: Mention your top blogging tools for improving your site performance.
Sherman: I use Kingged.com
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Chinedu: I guess you are an American, what can you say about the American bloggers of today? What kind of bloggers do you think America will be able to produce in the future?
Sherman: I would say that American bloggers are a little bit more open and free with their writing if you know what I mean. From my standpoint they’re more liberal in saying what they feel more so, but outside of that, I believe bloggers from other countries are more technical than American bloggers. This is what I also see in the future
Chinedu: Discuss your source of inspiration all through your days of blogging.
Sherman: My source of inspiration is just looking back at how far I came in the blogosphere and sticking to this passion.
Chinedu: Would you advise a child of yours to venture into blogging?
Sherman: Yes, especially if a child of mine is introverted like me 🙂
Chinedu: Being an experienced blogger and online personality for years, what changes do you think should be made to this blog to improve our site performance?
Sherman: The site is very clean, and there’s not too much I can change. I would add more images pertaining to each point made on each post, have between 1000 to 1500 words on each one, and make each point stand out more as far as headings.
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Chinedu: Thanks for the advice. Would you mind giving a motivation statement for the newbies and others who might be reading this conversation?
Sherman: I remember reading this quote some years back and it stuck with me. Especially when I get into arguments, which I rarely do, trying to prove my point
“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.” ~ Galileo
This question reminds me of the “selling the sizzle, and not the steak” approach when it comes to sales. You can always conjure something up within the soul of people for them, and only them to realize it themselves so they can take credit for it.
Chinedu: Nice piece there. It was really wonderful having you here for this chat, thanks for coming, have a pleasant day ahead!
I hope you enjoyed, and tapped something from this interview with Mr. Sherman Smith.
Let’s have the rest of the conversation via the comment section. Should you have any contribution or question as regards this chat; or something else to say to Mr. Sherman, kindly use the comment box below
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No doubt, blogging is actually a nice profession. It can be very beneficially when practised properly. To me; the effects of blogging is worth more than money alone, it goes a long way in changing entirely the behaviour of a person. It is an effective medium of socializing with like-minded people around the globe, it improves the writing skills and reading culture of a person.
The basic aim of every blogger is traffic – to reach out to the public and notify them about His/Her product or service. After this is achieved one can now think of the secondary objective of most bloggers, and that is the issue of making money out of it, right?
Over the years, there have been different strategies of attracting visitors to a blog. The Search Engines are there, we have the Forums and then the Social Media isn’t left out; Infact this currently seems to be one of the most effective methods of bringing a load of readers to your blog, especially when you have got lots of friends and followers. The Social Media has played, and is still playing a big role in promoting the contents of a blog.
It is so true, beyond reasonable doubt, that every pro-blogger; or may be I should say every successful blogger, has an account with one Social Media site or the other. They have a large number of friends and followers as well. This has also helped them in growing their number of blog readers. The same goes to every other blogger whether new or old – we all use the Social Media to our advantage, to achieve our basic objective ‘Traffic’.
Most bloggers; if not every blogger, know about the benefits of Social Media to a blog. Social Media contributes immensely to the the career of a blogger. Below are some of the ways through which Social Media can put a smile on the face of a blogger:
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A wide range of audience can be reached via the activities of Social Media. After writing, publishing and then sharing your unique content on Social Media, there is always a positive effect. Your friends and followers head straight to your blog to read your contents, to see what you have to offer. It may surprise you to learn that 80% of the traffic of many bloggers come directly from social media.
The more friends and followers you continue to meet on Social Media, the more audience you attract to your blog. In other words; Social Media helps a blogger to draw new blog visitors and manage existing ones as well
Looking at Facebook as a case study, there are lots of groups that are being set up for different purposes. Some are for different religious organisations, education, entertainment, etc. Just like some of the above mentioned; blogging communities are being established as well. In such blogging communities, bloggers can meet and interact with each other, learning from the experiences and ideas of each other, visiting and dropping useful comments on the blogs of each other, and lots more.
In a nutshell, Social Media builds a cordial relationship among bloggers.
The Social Media attracts a great amount of people, 70% of the world all have an account with either Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Stumble Upon or any other Social Media site not mentioned here. Marketing a product or service on Social Media is like telling the world about your particular product or service. Imagine having 1000 friends or followers on ten different Social Networks, you are actually showcasing your product or service to 10,000 people, isn’t that great? If you are able to create a product that will serve the needs of such audience, there is a possibility of getting such product sold to 80% of your audience and making some bucks.
Marketing on social media doesn’t just end at advertising to your friends and followers alone, you can go beyond that range and even get to people who may not be part of your friends or followers. Lets take Facebook as a case study. Facebook offers paid advertising program that allows you market your product to targeted audience by just spending some dollars. I have been using Facebook advertising program on my news based blog and I must confess that the result have been overwhelming. What I enjoy most about Facebook ads is that one is allowed to target a particular group of customers within a specific location, interest and even age bracket. You should probably check out Facebook ads program and start using it for your online business promotion
With all the points explained above, it is an inarguable fact that the social media is one of the best marketing arena for bloggers and online marketers.
Wondering how Social Media can help you improve your site offerings? Sure it can! And it has been helping a lot of bloggers.
When you share an update on your Social Media account, definitely you must receive feed backs from your friends and followers. It is these information that allows you understand how customers are actually reacting to your product. If you are a Tech Blogger and you share on your Social Media account, an article in which you recommended a particular gadget to the public; you friends and followers are always ready to drop comments about that particular post. If the product is good, you continue winning the hearts of your clients, and if the product happens to be bad, you may be blasted. When you share an update and get blasted, you will be compelled to work harder in order to make improvements.
The Social Media helps improve the offerings of a site.
Bloggers owe these benefits to Social Media [though some of these can be gotten else where] and then here comes the big question:
I have been pondering over this for sometime and now i have decided to share it with you. What do you actually think would have been the state of most, or all bloggers if there were no Social Media? Would it have been this interesting or otherwise? Do you think there would have been other sure strategies of driving traffic to a blog?
Lets have the rest of the conversation via the comment section.
You may have a thing or two to add to this, feel free to share your ideas as well.
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Not very long ago, I was opportune to hold a chat with Larry Frank who shared his blogging experience with us. Today I have another guest in the house, and guess what? He is one of Nigeria’s biggest tech bloggers.
He is Nosagie Ero Nosa of Techrez.com. In this interview, Nosa was able to share his blogging experience, he gave an insight of how he overcame all the hurdles he encountered while climbing the success ladder, and less I forget; He also revealed some tips that will help a lot of bloggers out there, especially the newbies. Now I will suggest you seat back, get a glass of wine or juice if available, and enjoy the details of this educative and motivational interview.
Chinedu: Hello Nosa, I’m happy to have you here for this brief conversation. Welcome to my blog.
Nosa: Thank you so much Chinedu, it’s a great feeling to be here.
Chinedu: You are indeed a well-known figure; especially in Nigeria. However some persons reading this chat may never have heard about you. Would you mind introducing yourself to all?
Nosa: My name is Nosagie Nosa Ero (aka Nosa). I am a fervid blogger and a geek. I am a person who is fundamentally honest; I am interested in finding the twin flame of my heart’s burning desire. I won’t settle for less than that, really. Why would I? Even if it takes lots of patience, I’m willing to wait.
Chinedu: When did you venture into blogging and what prompted you to take such action?
Nosa: Thanks Chinedu, I started blogging in 2007, but I was generally unsuccessful until 2013. All through those years, it was very much frustrating. I always wanted to do things differently, I craved for excellence but I never achieved anything. I have a philosophy which has guided me up to now, and that is to “live in excellence or die in mediocrity.” I chose life; hence I had to keep working hard. My blogging journey started after becoming a reader of Psxextreme.com. The editor-in-chief, Ben Duka, quickly became a role model; I eventually decided to be like him. So I created my gaming blog, which was my first blog ever, it was largely successful and quickly become the second biggest gaming blog in Africa. Although, I never earned a dime, until it suffered a devastating hack that made it disappear from the internet. I was completely inexperienced then, and couldn’t get access to any backup.
Chinedu: Getting your blog out of the internet can be so frustrating. However, I’m glad you are back on track.
So what is your current blog all about? What kind of product/service do you sell/render, and what niche is your blog centered on?
Nosa: TechRez is a core technology blog; it is designed to be at the fore-front of technology in Nigeria – a nation that has been corroded by entertainment. I am motivated by the early results, and I think the future is bright. We want to push start-ups and put technology and entrepreneurship in the DNA of our youth. Sadly, we can’t do that alone…
Chinedu: The name of your blog ”Techrez”; how come about it? I believe you have a reason for using that. What is your reason for choosing such a name?
Nosa: TechRez is the short form of Technology Re(z)urrected. It basically compliments what I said earlier; to resurrect technology in Nigeria and Africa.
Chinedu: Aside Techrez, do you have other blog(s)?
Nosa: Yes I do, I have a personal blog, you can find it on www.meetnosa.com and I am currently working on another project, which should be bigger than TechRez. I am optimistic we could change the mediocrity celebrated in a niche I had abandoned few years ago.
Chinedu: No doubt, your blog posts attracts a large number of audience. Would you mind discussing your monthly traffic stats?
Nosa: I wouldn’t call my audience large, but then again, if you measure it up against the low love of technology in Nigeria. I think it pretty decent. Our monthly stats, averages at between 120k – 150k visits. In April this year, we celebrated our first ever one million page views milestone.
Chinedu: The contents of your blog are very awesome. How do you manage to come up with such great posts? What are your main sources or means of getting latest tech updates?
Nosa: Thanks for the compliments Chinedu, I do my best to follow the trend globally with recent emphasis on local contents. I get news from anywhere, so there are no really specific places, it could be on Facebook, press release from companies, data, Twitter and on few occasion, people submit a tip or news to us, then I verify the facts and make a news out of it.
Chinedu: Tell us the measures you took to attain to this level of success
Nosa: I measure myself against the goals I set. Success can’t be measured in reality, it is an ongoing process. I set different benchmarks and parameters in achieving a goal without losing enthusiasm and hope. I set very high standards, and push myself to the very extreme into achieving my goals. For example, I am using one of the best hosting services and equally using one of the best web frameworks in the world. All of these are deliberate and conscious efforts to becoming the best that I can be.
Chinedu: Could you please give us an insight about your struggles in the blogosphere? How did you overcome the challenges you encountered?
Nosa: Basically, I have struggled in all aspects of blogging. Ranging from content creation to design, security, hosting, revenue, funding and improving my writing skills. My biggest struggle was dealing with a DCMA against Mitch Bartlett. I had a flourishing blog with international presence, until I got hit by DCMA, where all my popular posts were un-published and de- indexed by Google. How the guy was able to single out all my popular posts still beclouds my imagination. That facilitated my migration to WordPress, even before the case was decided. Although, I won but the damage was done already. I didn’t get top spot ranking for those keywords anymore. Subsequently, we narrowed our scope and decided to rebrand ThatNaijaBlog to TechRez.
Chinedu: What was your greatest challenge all through the moments of your blogging career?
Nosa: My greatest challenge is becoming an authority blogger. Great people don’t become great by a sudden flight; it takes patience and determination over a course to become great. I feel that time will come, soon enough.
Chinedu: Every blogger holds on to various principles. What do you think are the do’s and don’ts for every blogger?
Nosa: A blogger should know why he has decided to become a blogger. A blogger has to research his niche and become a master of it. He should verify facts before hitting the publish button. One of the few things to avoid is black-hat SEO, and most importantly plagiarism.
Chinedu: Mention some bloggers whom you admire and look up to in the blogosphere, and tell us how each had contributed to your life as a blogger.
Nosa: If I am to do this I am very sure, this interview section won’t end. There are so many bloggers who have imparted my blogging journey, unaware to them.
Chinedu: What is your secret for generating traffic and achieving success as well?
Nosa: There is no secrete really, if you write quality articles, it would always attract traffic. However, one has to follow the trend and not rely entirely on SEO. Basically, I submit some of my articles to forums like Nairaland and make effective use of Facebook ads. The emphasis remains on quality content, the reason of this is because, you can drive instant traffic to an article, but if it’s not worth reader’s time. They won’t return. The goal is to retain your visitors.
Chinedu: When did you earn your first pay from blogging?
Nosa: My first earning was in 2013. 🙂
Chinedu: Sounds unbelievable, it actually took you over six years to earn your first pay? Well, with this most newbies will understand the fact that blogging is never a Get-Rich-Quick scheme.
How much do you earn monthly from your blog?
Nosa: After the Linda Ikeji saga, it has become increasing difficult to reveal such. I am not used to doing that as well, but we earn a decent amount, at least, enough to pay our bills.
Chinedu: What are the top blogging tools you use to improve your site offerings and check your blog performance as well?
Nosa: I basically use Google webmaster tool and Statscounter
Chinedu: Do you work from home?
Nosa: Yes I do.
Chinedu: You are a Nigerian blogger, what do you have to say about the Nigerian bloggers of today, and what kind of bloggers do you think Nigeria is going to produce in the future?
Nosa: We have an ecosystem of incredible bloggers and it amazes me how far we have come within a span of 10-years. I believe we just have to keep working hard; we should feed our blogs, so it has the capacity to feed us in future. Nigerian bloggers are very intelligent; with the necessary support from government and companies, we can have enormous number of celebrated bloggers in Nigeria, like we have in India.
Chinedu: Nice to learn that you have such faith in your country in terms of blogging.
Aside blogging, what other jobs do you do? If any; would you mind telling us about it?
Nosa: I bless people. If you know what I mean. hoho….But there are plans to become a farmer, in the nearest future.
Chinedu: Lol…I really do not understand what you mean by ‘blessing people’, but I won’t push further on that. Perhaps my readers may understand better. About the farming issue; I think that’s actually a nice decision.
How do you monetize your blog?
Nosa: I do that with Adsense, Infolinks and affiliate network with Konga and Amazon.
Chinedu: Which do you think is the most effective strategy of driving traffic to a blog; Search Engines, Social Media, Blogging Communities, Forums, etc. Please give reasons for your answer.
Nosa: If you asked me this question 6-month ago, I probably would have said Search Engines. However, I see an enormous power in Social Media, because it takes minimal effort to reach a targeted audience.
Chinedu: What has been your source of inspiration all through the years? If you have got a mentor, can you please discuss your experience with Him or Her?
Nosa: My mentor is Ben Duka of I sent him a message, showing my admiration for his excellent work and equally told him about my plans. I never expected a reply, since he was a white dude, writing for an authority blog with an Alexa rank of 17k in 2007 and direct access to Sony, whose gaming division it covers. I got a mail from him the next day and that’s what made me who I am today. If he had not encouraged me, I’m not sure I would be the recipient of this interview.
Chinedu: Wow! Mr Ben Duka must have impacted immensely in your life as a blogger, I will love to have a chat with him someday.
So being an experienced webmaster who has been on the field for a couple of years, what do you have to say about this site? What changes do you think should be made to improve the performance and offerings of this site?
Nosa: Your site is looking fantastic already, the layout isn’t off-putting and I can see a good number of high quality articles. I think working on your Social Media presence wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Chinedu: Thanks for the compliment, I’m glad you could let me learn of a way to add value to my site. We will surely work on that.
What do you have to say to young bloggers and all those reading this chat?
Nosa: Bloggers fail because of wrong mentorship, find a mentor and ask the right kind of questions. Form a formidable relationship with bloggers who see the blogging ecosystem with their mind and not their eyes. Always aspire for excellence, develop a habit of doing things unsuccessful bloggers don’t like doing, and above all, trust God 🙂
Chinedu: Thanks a lot for honouring our invitation, it was nice having you here. In one way or the other, you have impacted in the lives of my readers. Thanks once again for coming and do have a wonderful day ahead.
Nosa: Thank you so much, it was such a great time here. See you at the top and enjoy the rest of the day.
I believe you enjoyed this informative conversation with one of Nigeria’s biggest Tech Blogger. Indeed a lot of lessons can be tapped from this chat. As for me; I learnt a great deal; one quality of Nosa i admire most was his level of perseverance. From what he just revealed; it is so clear that he blogged for over five years without earning any revenue from his blog. In spite of this, he kept working hard and never gave up. Every other person in such a situation currently, should do likewise.
Let’s have the rest of the chat via the comment section. Should you have any contribution or question as regards this chat; or something else to say to Nosa, kindly use the comment box below.
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Update: Larry’s Blog FlowinTechBlog.com is now at TechRibs.net. All links have been changed as well.
CHINEDU: Hi Larry Frank, it is my pleasure to have you here for this brief chat. Welcome to my blog.
LARRY: Hey Chinedu, wonderful blog you’ve got here, all the same it’s my pleasure to be here on your blog.
CHINEDU: At this point, I believe my readers are wondering who you really are. Would you mind introducing yourself?
LARRY: Sure Chinedu, I’m Larry Frank a Nigerian blogger, a passionate geek who love to share his findings and experience with others. Apart from sharing my findings and experience via blogging, I’m in love with my piano.
CHINEDU: So Larry, for how long have you been in the blogosphere?
LARRY: I once ran a forum but that was long ago and my blogging career began about two years ago.
CHINEDU: What prompted you to start blogging? What actually motivated you to venture into blogging?
LARRY: Actually when I ran my forum then, although a wap site anyway, what we did most were cracking of free browsing tweaks and I would say I’ve been in the field on writing and replying to comments for a long time, not until many of us who owned forums started switching to blogging, so I saw it as a nice move to switch from forum to blog. This was the conception of FlowingTechBlog. And while on my blog I still maintained the tech niche. All thanks goes to Oscar Frank of OscarMini.Com he was the one always there for me at the early stage.
CHINEDU: While blogging as a newbie, I believe there were certain things you didn’t do right owing to ineptitude in the field. What do you think were the mistakes you made and how did you get on with all of it?
LARRY: Everybody has a story to tell either good or bad, I’ve made some silly mistakes and I’m glad I was quick in observing my mistakes. I think it’s nice you see my article Titled: An Alien In The Blogosphere: My Mistakes In The Blogging World. In this article I talked about my mistakes as an Alien in the blogging world.
CHINEDU: What niche do you specialize in? [And why do you chose this niche?]
LARRY: My blog (FlowingTechBlog) is a tech niche blog that cover’s, Mobile tutorial, PC tutorials, gadget, Tech News and in fact all tech related issues, on seeing the title (The Tech Evangelist) it gives a clear explanation of what the blog is all about. As I said earlier I ran a forum that was more or less a free-browsing portal and I deal more on free browsing for gadgets, so while switching to a blog I continued what I knew how to do best although I made it more professional this time.
CHINEDU: Looking at FlowingTechBlog, one can’t easily resist the nice, valuable and catchy contents contained therein. How do you come up with such great posts?
LARRY: Thanks for the complement anyway. Whenever I want to write an article I bring out minimum of one hour and while writing. I visit active forums and blogs in my niche and also visit question and answer sites, then write a post with an answer to questions people ask most. I write in a conversational tone. I make sure I write my voice.
CHINEDU: Throughout this whole period you’ve been blogging, what have been your most efficient strategy of driving traffic to your blog?
LARRY: Search Engine is no doubt the best way to drive mind blowing traffic, but it needs to be worked on anyway. Apart from search engine, I make use of social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. Forums that are in my niche and blogging communities like indiblogger, blogengage, kingged and klinkk are all great places, and I use them to promote my blog.
CHINEDU: What have been your major source of inspiration all through the years?
LARRY: Thanks goes to Oscar Frank, I must confess, blogging isn’t a “get rich fast” business. At the early stage of my blogging journey he always told me that “hard work pays” this words have kept me all through the long run.
CHINEDU: Just like many, or maybe I should say every other person. I believe you have either a role model or a mentor in the blogosphere. Who do you actually look up to in the blogging planet?
LARRY: 100% credit goes to Oscar Frank Of OscarMini, he’s one of those tender hearted persons, he has been by my side since the early stage and even till now he’s still there like someone I can look up to, in fact my first blogs domain name was bought by him although not a tech niche blog. I also use this medium to say a big THANK YOU to him.
CHINEDU: As a blogger, your eyes are always fixed on your computer, discovering means of achieving the sole aim of most bloggers; revenue! But I strongly believe that you still got time for leisure. What do you occupy yourself with during your leisure hours?
LARRY: Actually during leisure, I’m either reading or writing articles to help enhance my writing ability, else I must be with my piano, I must confess I’m in love with my piano. Probably playing the piano is one of my priorities.
CHINEDU: Aside blogging, are there other skills you’ve acquired that adds to the level of your income? Be it freelancing or so?
LARRY: Yes I’m a web designer who loves to play around with scripts and there are series of websites I’ve designed, not only that, I create and design blogs. The truth is, all my businesses are online apart from an offline job which I do part time.
CHINEDU: It’s really nice to have you here Larry Frank, and I believe we’ve actually said a lot. It is so obvious, beyond reasonable doubt that some of my readers are newbies in the blogosphere. What advice do you have for them?
LARRY: Anyone who wishes to venture into blogging should know that blogging isn’t a get rich quick game, and it takes only the strong mind to go through the ups and downs. At a time blogging can be really be frustrating, and what can see you through in such circumstance is perseverance and patience, if these two work together in your blogging career then surely yours would be a successful blogging career.
CHINEDU: It is indeed a great pleasure to have you here Larry Frank, in one way or the other, I believe you must have immensely impacted in the lives of all who had read this conversion. Thanks for coming, do have a wonderful day.
LARRY: Thanks Chinedu for this awesome opportunity. I appreciate.