How to Open A Payoneer Account (And Get A Free MasterCard) Plus Earn $25 Payoneer Bonus

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Payoneer has been a life-saver for me as someone that goes delve into several online business: this awesome company, called Payoneer, has come to my aid in receiving my funds easily without having any issues.

Most revenue handling companies only offer Paypal (which is not available in some countries) has their only payment method but thanks to Payoneer: you can receive your funds from several affiliate companies and online business ventures.

So if you’ve got started with your online journey and have already signed up on different marketplaces and e-platforms. And now you would like to have a Payoneer card to withdraw your hard earned cash, you’re in the right place.

Because in this post, I’m going to show you:

  • How to open a Payoneer account for free
  • How to get $25 for free after signing up
  • How to receive your Payoneer mastercard right to your door step

…in a step by step fashion.

Well, to help you get a free Payoneer master card, here I’ve outlined the ways you can create a Payoneer account. So take your time and read on.

But first, what exactly is Payoneer?

What is Payoneer?

Payoneer is an international payment gateway that will offer you a debit master card to withdraw your earnings from anywhere in the world.

It will also give you an opportunity to link your Payoneer card to your local bank account, meaning you can withdraw you money directly from any bank in your country.

To effect this well, Payoneer issues a prepaid debit Mastercard card that can be used to receive money directly from many online platforms such as freelance job sites (e.g. Freelancer, Fiverr, Upwork and Elance), affiliate programs (e.g. Markethealth, CommisionJunction, ShareAsale), pay-per-click programs (e.g. Infolinks), and many others.

And the best part?

Payoneer issues U.S. virtual bank accounts to interested users and links those accounts to the users’ cards. So, with that you can receive payments from online platforms that pay through the direct deposit (ACH) option, which is now very popular.

Now, you can receive your earnings from most online revenue programs — thanks to Payoneer. Using a Payoneer card, you can withdraw your earnings from most ATMs in the country.

No doubt, Payoneer is the best alternative to PayPal that is available to people that intend to venture into any online business.

The debit master card that Payoneer will give you can be used to:

  1. Purchase anything online
  2. Place Advertisements on Facebook
  3. Withdraw money from freelance marketplaces.
  4. Collect payments from foreigner clients

And so on…

How To Create A Payoneer Account And Get Your $25 Bonus

Creating Payoneer is an easy task that can be completed within just 5 minutes depending on your typing speed and internet connection. Before proceeding to open a Payoneer account, you must have any of the following government-issued ID documents:

  • International passport
  • Driver’s license
  • National ID card

Aside being required to enter the number on your government-issued ID document, you’ll also be required to submit a scanned photo of the document from time to time for verification purposes.

So, if you don’t have any of the above listed ID documents, you can still go ahead to open your Payoneer and upload them later.

However if you’ve one of the documents, that’s awesome?

Payoneer has an exclusive referral-bonus offer for creating new account. And to be eligible for this bonus offer you need to sign up for an account by using my referral link.

When you create an account using my referral link, Payoneer will give you $25 bonus instantly right into your account but remember, if you don’t use my referral link, then you will not be counted as eligible for this special referral-bonus offer.

Why You Should Use My Payoneer Referral Link To Open Your Payoneer Account?

  1. Payoneer will rewarded you with $25 bonus for free.
  2. The normal card-activation fee of Payoneer is $29. So you can pay for the activation fee with this free $25. It helps you save your hard earned money.
  3. You can use this $25 to pay for the expedited DHL shipping cost.
  4. Or you can use this $25 to purchase anything from online.

So make sure you’re using the referral link to get the above mentioned benefits.

If you want to get started, just carry on with the following steps…

Step 1:

Step 2:

There you will see a sign up option “Sign Up and Win $25”. Click on this Sign-Up button and you’ll be redirected to an application page.

Step 3

Now fill out the application page carefully. Start with selecting “Individual” and then provide:

  • Your first name (exactly as it appears on your ID document).
  • Your last name (exactly as it appears on your ID document).
  • Your email address.
  • Your date of birth (exactly as it appears on your ID document) — use the popup calendar box.

After entering all the details, double-check to ensure that you’ve not made any mistake. Then click the “Next” button at the bottom of the page to go to the next step.

Step 4:

On this page (Contact Details) of the sign up form, you’ll be required to enter the following:

  • Your country ..
  • Your street address.
  • Your city.
  • Your postal/zip code.
  • Your phone number

After entering the required details, double-check for errors, and click the “Next” button

Step 5

Now, you’ll have to choose a username, password, and a security question. However, you should write down the passwords and security question on a notebook or paper as it will help you to retrieve your password in case you forget them or sometimes Payoneer do ask for them when you intend to do a transaction or you’re having a live chat session with them.

Warning: Don’t ever forget your security question and answer. I strongly recommend that you choose a question you can easily answer without racking your brain!

Make sure the address is accurate as your card will sent to this address. And if possible, then keep your address short, straight, and simple.

Step 6:

In this 6th step, you’ll have to provide the exact match of your bank details so you can transfer your money directly to your local bank account with ease.

This is important if you intend to perform bank wire transfer from your Payoneer account to your local bank so make sure that the information you’re providing is 100% accurate. However, you can check out their guideline to carry out this step.

Step 7:

Now mark all the conditions and terms, and then click on the “Submit” button.

You should get a congratulations message like this:

Step 8:

Soon you will receive a confirmation email from Payoneer about the approval of your account request. And in that email, you will also be informed about the estimated date of your card arrival.

How To Request For Your Payoneer Mastercard

After successfully creating your Payoneer account, ordering for your MasterCard is really easy.

First, you have to login to your Payoneer Dashboard. It should look like this.

  • Click on “Order A Payoneer Prepaid Card”

Fill in the details of your order, click to agree on all the terms and click on ‘ORDER’.

Note: You need to have a minimum of 30 dollars deposited into your Payoneer account before you can complete the process of card request.

The order shipping duration varies. There’s no fixed date. you may get it in 4 weeks, 3 weeks, or even earlier.

That’s pretty much everything about creating a Payoneer account.

Done!!!

So, here you’ve got it, the simple ways to create a Payoneer account from Nigeria. However, if you are still confused about anything and need more help, then feel free to ask your questions in the comments. I’ll be more than willing to help you out.

 

 

 

How To Install WordPress On Godaddy In 2019 (A Step By Step Beginner’s Guide)

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Have you ever thought you would need a fortune before having your own self-hosted blog?

I once thought so!

Did you ever think you’ll need to be a “web-coding” expert before you could put your blog online?

So I did!

But what if there was a way you could build self-hosted blog right from scratch without any prior knowledge of HTML (Hyper Text Mark Up Language) codes or any other nerve-racking technical stuff.

Well, you are in luck because that’s exactly what I’m going to show (in this post) you in a step-by-step fashion with basic screen shots to guide you along.

Hold on … one second!

Let me tell you a quick story …

5 years ago, I was once like you, a total newbie who knew nothing about website designing neither did I have a blog.

I sought for advice and help from every nook and cranny on the internet: Google, Facebook groups, forums etc. without getting a helpful guide.

It was frustrating.

The worst part was that most so-called “experts” that I contacted were scammers themselves looking for ways to swindle newbies of their hard-earned cash.

Can you imagine?

Luckily for me, a mentor (I’ll forever be grateful) came to my rescue and offered to help me.

Fast forward to today, I’ve:

  • Succeeded in eliminating the fears and excuses of many individuals who want share their ideas, improve their financial situation and make money from their writing. (This was the main motive I had when launching SmartBloggingTips.website)
  • Earned hundreds of dollars monthly from affiliate offers and by charging individual who want me to set up a blog or website for their various online businesses. This has enabled me to sustain myself, pay my bills and live my life.

I didn’t tell you this to brag or put myself up on a pedestal.

No, far from it.

I shared my story with you to motivate you and give you a sense of believe that: you too can do this!

No matter who you are: you can set up a blog for yourself and get paid doing so.

So if you intended to use your blog to launch a product, win clients, publish a book or make money online – you’re in for a great start.

Get this straight: I’m not talking of a free-hosted blog that comes with ugly, unprofessional and long url like www.yourwebsite.wordpress.com or www.yourwebsite.blogspot.com.

I mean a real blog just like the one you’re currently reading.

I know starting a blog on free platforms has become the norm especially for beginners.

But the truth is: most of these free platforms come with numerous downsides that will totally frustrate all your efforts.

Just incase, you didn’t know. When you host your blog on a free platform:

  • Your blog can be deleted at anytime if you violate their ambiguous rules or their system bots mistakenly mark your blog as spam. On the 8th of October 2014, Linda Ikeji’s blog: www.lindaikeji.blogspot.com was deleted by Google because some brands filed complaints on how she violated their copyright images and posts. But luckily, her blog was later restored. Can you imagine?
  • You can’t place adverts on your blog when you start getting traffic or do any form of affiliate marketing which is clearly stipulated in their terms and conditions, unless you’re willing to share 50% of your profits with them – that’s cruel and humane. They also place adverts on your blog that you can’t control, which means they make money from your content while you do all the suffering without earning a dime.
  • You can’t use custom emails like Cyrus@Smartbloggingtips.website which will demean your credibility and make readers mark you as a spammer.
  • You can’t use plugins and awesome premium themes to beautify, customize and create a cool template for your website. No wonder all free blogs looks alike.
  • You are not really in control because you’re on a rented land and have to abide by the strict guidelines and restrictions. That’s why your blog’s url usually ends with the host’s name like myblog.wordpress.com or myblog.blogspot.com

In fact, Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress, summed this up in an interview with this conclusion:

“…When you host your site on WordPress.com, it’s like renting an apartment, as opposed to a self-hosted WordPress blog that you outrightly own.

With a self-hosted WordPress blog, you can do anything you want. Knock down walls and redecorate it any way you want.

But you’re responsible for the upkeep as well (like security updates, feature upgrades…backups etc.). Where as with WordPress.com everything is done for you but you lose some control. You can’t have a yard; neither can you tear down walls …”

 

(Please Read: 11 Shocking Reasons Why You Should Never Start A Free Blog  – #9 Would Shock You!)

But if you are willing to get it right from the start and invest a few bucks to build an online business from your passion. You’ll definitely leverage the power of an online career to

1. Become your own boss

With a self-hosted blog, you are in full control and independent because you own your domain. This means you can monetize your blog according to your preference without going through any form of restriction or strict guidelines.

For example, I’m a website designer and I sell my competence to business owners, schools …etc. easily by showing them samples of website that I’ve built and make cool cash from it.

2. Customize your blog’s design

There are several thousands of themes and plugins available for use on a self-hosted blog for added functionalities and features.

No knowledge of coding is required, as most plugins comes with few-click-installation process to help boost your search engine optimization, improve your blog’s speed, embed a forum on your blog, create a membership site and other amazing features that is practically impossible to add on Blogger or WordPress.com.

You just pick up your thinking cap and you can do anything online with a self-hosted blog.

3. Boost your credibility

As you share valuable insights on your blog to your audience – this sends a positive signal to your audience that you know your stuff and positions you as an expert in your niche.

But a free-hosted blog tarnishes your credibility and makes people think you aren’t serious.

For example, if you are a new brand or own an e-commerce site, you can win the heart of new customers by leveraging blogging to your advantage above your competitors that just slap up traditional static web pages.

This will build your authority, make customers trust your services and willing to pay for it.

And you know the best part?

You don’t need to break the bank to get started with a self-hosted blog or website.

With just few bucks (about $12) and some clicks away – you can get started right away.

No overwhelming, complicated or nerve-racking codes to cram.

Just follow the steps below:

“Please note: If you get stuck while setting up your blog with the steps below, feel free to get in touch with me via Cyrus@Smartbloggingtips.website or +2348039185233 or leave a comment at the end of this post and I’ll more than willing to help you out.”

How To Start a Self-hosted WordPress Blog: The Basic Resources You Need to Know

Here are the four basic resources you need to start your website:

1. Domain name

This is the web address of your blog, which is what people will type into the browser to access your blog. For example, my domain name (of this blog you’re reading) is www.smartbloggingtips.website.

When choosing a domain name:

  • Keep it short, simple and easy to remember. (3 words is best)
  • Avoid the use of dashes and vague symbols, as this causes confusion.
  • A .com is most preferable because people are more familiar with it.
  • Spend some time to decide a good name but don’t dwell on a perfect name.

To register a domain name, it would cost between $15 and $20 a year. But have no worries – I will show how to get it for free without paying a dime when you buy a web hosting account with my recommended web host. (I’ll show you how to go about it below)

I advice you read this post: How To Choose A Good Domain Name For Your Blog That Attracts Google’s Traffic, it contains 8 well detailed guidelines to choose a good domain name that ranks well in search engines.

Once, you’ve chosen a good domain name of your choice. It’s time to move to the next step (number 2 below) which is web hosting.

2. Web hosting

Web hosting simply means acquiring a space or home for your blog on the internet. Hosting your self-hosted blog requires a hosting package from a reputable web hosting company.

Without a web hosting service, your blog would be inaccessible and non-functional.

Below are basic features of a good web hosting service:

  • Reasonable amount of disk space: Disk space is the web storage capacity (the content you add to your blog: posts, images, videos, banners …etc.) that has been specified for your blog. Godaddy the web hosting service I use for this blog, offers a whopping 100GB of disk space for starters which is very massive.
  • Good monthly bandwidth: Bandwidth is the amount of data that has been allocated for different activities that will be carried out on your blog. These activities could be: when someone visits your site, opens a page, downloads your ebook or images, view your slideshows or watches a video on your blog…etc. So, choosing a good monthly bandwidth is very important in order to avoid it from being exhausted before the end of the month.
  • User-friendly control panel: The control panel of your web host should be user-friendly and easy for beginners to navigate for easy access of the various tools, apps and services offered by the web hosting company.
  • Effective technical support: A good rule of thumb is to patronize web hosts that offer a life-chat support system through which you can have a live chat session with one of their staffs whenever you encounter a problem. Most web host could be non-responsive to your issues, so choose your web host wisely.

Godaddy is the web hosting service I use for SmartBloggingTips and it’s quite a great service. Godaddy is a foreign web hosting company and I love their services because they give me:

  • Efficiency: 99.9% uptime is not something many hosts can guarantee and provide.
  • Speed: Interserver makes your website or blog load so fast and this helps to boost your search engines rankings and reduce the bounce rate of your blog.
  • 24/7 customer service: Some hosts could be terrible when it comes to giving assistance to their customers. Some hosts could reply to emails after 3 days, when you’ve been totally frustrated and never bother to pick your call. I once had a challenge logging into my admin-dashboard and when I contacted Godaddy, it was fixed within some minutes. How soothing!
  • Affordability: Despite all the great value it provides, Godaddy is one of the most affordable hosting providers you can find around. They are currently running a promo with an amazing discount, so you pay only $12 for the first year plus you get a free domain registration for life. Frankly, most reliable web host don’t come this cheap.
  • Free website transfer: Most web host will charge you up to $100 for transferring your blog from another hosts to their server but Interserver value their customers so much that they offer this service for FREE.
  • 30 days money back guarantee: Because of the quality of services they offer, they offer an iron-clad 30 days money back guarantee. This shows that they are confident of their services – so, you can just test-drive their service and if you’re not satisfied within 30 days, you can ask for a refund. You got nothing to lose.
  •  No Limits: You can host multiple websites on one account and unlimited e-mail accounts. In fact, with the deluxe plan: you can host up to three website with the plan without additional charge. Can you beat that?

Since, I’ve discovered the great service Godaddy offers, I’ve never had any issues with them.

Right now, Godaddy is running a promo which offers a hosting plan for $12 for the first year plus a free domain name registration for life.

Now, that’s awesome!

So grab this chance while it last. When you’ve decided your web host, it’s time to move to number 3 below…

3. Installing WordPress Content Management System

WordPress content management system is a blogging software that makes it possible for you to write on your blog.

This is exactly what I use for SmartBloggingTips. If you host your blog or website with Godaddy, you’ll definitely have no issues installing the WordPress software, as this took me 10 minutes to install the software on this very blog.

So how do you go about it?

Simple!

In 3 easy steps, you can set up your own blog in 30 minutes or less (no prior knowledge is required).

Step 1: Get a hosting account from Godaddy by visiting their official website using this link which has a coupon code applied automatically (Don’t worry the link will open in another tab so you won’t lose this tutorial)

  • Click on “Get Started” and you’ll be taken to the next page that has the list of web hosting plans that Godaddy offers:

1. Economy: This hosting plan is best for a basic website, especially if you’re just starting out, and allows only 1 website, unmetered bandwidth, 100GB storage, free Microsoft Office 565 Business Email and a free domain name for life. It costs £1.00 per month and comes with a 83% discount when you buy the annual plan.

2. Deluxe: This hosting plan is best for small business website and allows unlimited number of websites (which means you can host as many website as possible on this hosting plan without any issues or spending additional money for another hosting plan), unlimited bandwidth, unmetered storage, free Microsoft Office 565 Business Email and a free domain name for life. It costs £4.49 per month and comes with a 43% discount when you buy the annual plan.

3. Unlimited: This hosting plan is best for complex, high traffic sites small business website and allows unlimited number of websites (which means you can host as many website as possible on this hosting plan without any issues or spending additional money for another hosting plan), unlimited bandwidth, unmetered storage, free Microsoft Office 565 Business Email and a free domain name for life and free SSL certificate. It costs £6.99 per month and comes with a 46% discount when you buy the annual plan.

  • Choose any hosting plan of your choice and it’ll take you to the next page (like the image below):

  • Enter your domain name and click on “Search”. If it’s available, it’ll be displayed and if not choose another domain name and move to the next page.

  • On the next page, you’ll be asked to create a new account on Godaddy. Just click on “Create Account”

  • Enter your email, preferred username, password and support PIN (Please keep them safe and make sure you remember them because you’ll be asked for those details when you want to log into your Godaddy’s account, okay? Then, click click on “Create Account”.

  • On the next page, enter your country, phone number, address, postal code, city and tax information. When you’re done click on “Save”

  • On the next page, choose either Credit Card, Paypal or UnionPay to make your payment to complete your order. if it goes successfully, it’ll be displayed.

Congratulations, Godaddy will send you an email about your order which includes your web hosting and domain name registration details. (See image below)

  • Just click on “Get Started” and you’ll be taken to the next page where you can enter your Username and Password to log into your Godaddy account.

  • Enter your username and password to log into your account and click on click on “Cpanel Admin” to enter Cpanel admin dashboard of your hosting account.

  • Scroll down and click on “WordPress Blog” under the “Web Applications” section.

  • On the next page, click on “Install this application”

  • On the next page, fill in the details as in the image below:

Here’s how I recommend you fill the details in the specific field:

Software Setup

  1. The protocol box should be http://
  2. The domain box should be your domain name.
  3. The directory box should be left empty.

Site Settings

  1. Fill your site name and site description.
  2. Uncheck “Enable Multiple (WPMU).

Admin Account

  1. Fill your Admin Username and Admin Password. This will be the details you’ll need to enter to log in to your WordPress Admin dashboard to write blog posts and make other necessary changes to your blog, so keep it safe. When choosing your Admin Email make sure it’s an email address you check frequently.
  2. Check the Limit Login Attempt (Loginizer) box. This helps to protect your site against brute force attacks by limiting the number of login attempts for your WordPress installation. If selected Loginizer plugin will be installed and activated with your installation.

Important Note: Do not choose “admin” or your domain name as your admin username because this is what hackers first try out when they intend to use brute-force to log into your website. Also, make sure your Admin Password is very strong.

Advanced Options

  1. Click on it and fill the details as follows:
  2. Check the Update Notification box. This will ensure you receive email notifications whenever there is an update for the installation.
  3. Check the Auto Upgrade. This will ensure that this installation will be automatically upgraded to the latest version when a new one is available.
  4. Check Auto Update Plugins. This will ensure all the active WordPress plugins installed for this installation will automatically upgraded to the latest version when they are available.
  5. Check Auto Upgrade wordpress themes. This will ensure all the active wordpress themes for this installation will be automatically upgraded to the latest version when they are available.
  6. Check Automated Backups. This will ensure Softaculous will take automated back ups via CRON as per frequency you select.
  7. Choose 4 for Backup Rotation. If the backup rotation limit is reached, Softaculous will delete the oldest backup. The back ups will utilize your space so choose the backup rotation as per the space available on your server.
  • Then choose any theme of your choice and finally click on “Install”.
  • When the installation process complete, the next page should look like this:

 

If you’ve finally reached this stage, congratulations! You’ve just installed WordPress on your domain name.

Your administrative url is where you visit to make changes to your blog and add content.

Step 3: Login to Your Brand-New WordPress Site and Publish Your First Post.

It could be scary at first but the post doesn’t have to be perfect; it just has to be published.

So go ahead and share your thoughts to the whole world.

Here’s how:

  • Go to http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin (Replace “yourdomain” with your domain name).

  • Login with the username and password you chose when you installed WordPress in step 2 above.
  • The next page displays the dashboard, which is the “back-end” (only you can access this) of your website from where you set everything that appears on the “front-end.”
  • On the left side of your dashboard screen are menus. Position the mouse on “Posts” and click “Add New” from the sub-menus that will pop out.

  • On the next page, enter the title of your post in the first tab and paste the content of your post in the second tab. Click “Publish”.

  • On the next page, click “View post” to see the post you just published on the front-end of your website or self-hosted blog as it will appear to your visitor.

If you’ve successfully reached this stage, congratulations!

You can now start spreading your thoughts and website links to your friends, family and to the whole world in less than 30 minutes.

NB: The whole process above took me only about 9 minutes. But if you’re not familiar with steps, 30 minutes or less is fine for you.

Fun fact: Minutes after opening my web hosting account with Godaddy, they called me on phone, thanking me for using their service and offering to help if I have any challenge. How sweet!

Need Help?

If you encounter any challenge while following the above steps, you can leave a comment below or contact me at Cyrus@smartbloggingtips.website and I’ll be more than willing to help you out.

Can you afford to miss this?

The price is a special promo which may close at anytime. You have today. So go to Godaddy right away, if you think this is something you might need.

Affiliate Disclosure: This page contains my Godaddy affiliate link, which means when you purchase through the link, I get a commission (at no extra cost to you) to support my work and maintain this blog for a better user experience. But this didn’t influence my recommendation because I have personal experiences with them and genuinely trust their services. Thanks for your support!

 

WhoGoHost Review: How Reliable Is WhoGoHost? Is It A Big Fat Scam? Read This!

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You must have heard or come across WhoGoHost while searching for web hosting companies in Nigeria because (personally) the name always rang a bell during my search for a Nigerian web host to use to power my blog.

The truth is: I’ve never been a big fan of Nigerian web hosts because of their low quality service and their poor customer support and that doesn’t mean I’m not patriotic but just being realistic.

…because let’s face it: if you intend to run a successful online business, you need to ensure your web host is always reliable at any point in time.

But there was just one problem: most foreign web hosts that offers quality services are damn expensive, especially for beginners who are just starting out and don’t have a big financial muscle to afford their services.

So, I decided to run a poll on Nairaland (which is the biggest forum in Nigeria), to hear from the experiences of other bloggers and website owners how they power their blog and I was surprised to read awesome reviews from them about WhoGoHost, a Nigerian web hosting company which most of them have fallen in love with because of their awesome services and prompt customer support.

So, what’s WhoGoHost? …and most importantly, how reliable are their services?

This post covers a well detailed review of WhoGoHost, from start to finish: everything you need to know!

WhoGoHost is a Nigerian web hosting company, which was founded in the year 2007 by Opeyemi Awoyemi under ennovateNIGERIA Limited, and later branched out to be incorporated as a company under CAC in 2011 as WhoGoHost Limited.

In 2010, he teamed up with Toba Obaniyi, a web programmer and online customer service specialist at the time, to handle the responsibilities to consolidate the business as a partner and co-founder.

Oluwatoba has managed the reins of WhoGoHost as the Chief Executive officer, building the company to where it currently is today. Overtime, WhoGoHost has grown to be one of the top three web hosting companies in Nigeria, providing services for clients inside and outside Nigeria.

Focused on delivering customer support, WhoGoHost prides itself on delivering quality assistance and delivering a seamless approach to helping every customer through phone, calls, chats, emails and support tickets.

WhoGoHost is an accredited Google Apps Reseller, .NG Registrar ,Cloudflare Certified Partner as well as an InterSwitch Partner for payment integration solutions.

Why Should You Choose WhoGoHost?

 

  • Nigeria’s Number One Indigenous Web Hosting Provider

WhoGoHost is currently one of the top three web Hosting companies in Nigeria. We currently have over 7,000 hosting accounts on our Servers at the moment.

  • Leading .NG Domain Registrar

WhoGoHost is an accredited .NG Reseller and is currently one of the top .NG Domain Registrars. We currently register second level and third level .NG domains.

  • Over 15,000 active domains

WhoGoHost currently has over 15,000 active domains in its services, and intends to go further than that over time.

  • Award-Winning Customer-centric Support

We offer top notch customer service which is available via live chat, support tickets or mails, and phone calls. We have 24-hour support during weekdays, and are gearing towards 24/7 customer support.

Top Companies in Nigeria Have used Whogohost

  • GTBank, one of the best banks in Nigeria.
  • Jumia, the biggest online store in Nigeria.
  • Jobberman, the biggest job vanancy board in Nigeria.
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, one the best university in Nigeria.
  • Joint Admission Matriculation Board, the official organization that controls admission processes in Nigeria.

This speaks volume of the efficiency and amazing service that WhoGoHost offers.

Visit Whogohost official website to see the list of their hosting plans and get a free domain name registration for life today.

Current Whogohost Promo Codes (January 2019): Get Free .COM Domain

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Whogohost, one of the best web hosting companies in Nigeria is running an amazing promo where if you purchase either the PRO, PRO PLUS or GIANT hosting plan at WhoGoHost, you get .COM domain name for free thanks, to this WhoGoHost coupon link. Follow the link and the discount will applied automatically at checkout.



Please Note:

  • All orders must be placed on or before September 30th, 2018
  • You only get the free domain name when you purchase the annual plan.
  • The free .COM domain names are free for the first year only. Renewal charges apply upon expiration.
  • If you want to register the .COM domain name for more than a year, you will pay the standard price for the additional year.
  • This promo is not applicable to renewals or transfers.

So, visit the official website of whogohost by following this coupon link and you’ll be taken to a page that looks like the image below:

Then click on: “Shared Hosting”

On the next page, you’ll see the list of all the hosting plans on Whogohost. Choose either the PRO, PRO PLUS or GIANT hosting plan and choose the annual plan, then you’re good to go.

If you’ve any questions or stumble on any hurdle, feel free to drop your questions in the comments. I’ll reply!

Grammarly Review: Is It Worth It? And What You Need To Know!

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Whether you’re writing a book or crafting a professional email, or submitting a paper, having a professional proofreading software can be a life-saver.

I’ve always been a big fan of excellent written works that are error-free from grammar infelicities.

But the sad truth is that:

  • Not every writer can find or even afford a professional editor.
  • You’ll sometimes write a piece very close to the deadline and have no time to refer it to an editor
  • An unprofessional editor could do you a shoddy job and have you believe your piece is now error-free

But with different sets of editing software out there, which one (like White Smoke, HemingWay Editor, LT Ginger) gives you the biggest pay for your buck plus isn’t just the regular spell checker or grammar checker good enough?

Well, in today’s post I’m going to review one of the grammar checkers: Grammarly!

But to do this right, I’m going to show you exactly what Grammarly is and what it can do for you plus what’s the difference between the free version and the premium version and I’ll show you how I use Grammarly in my work life as well as my daily life.

Grammarly is my favorite proof-reading software, it not only helps to check and monitor my online writing like facebook, blogging and even forums but helps to check my papers, books, and scripts by correcting contextual spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and style.

It does this by using 3 different tools:

The Grammarly Browser Extension, which protects me from stupid mistakes while crafting a not-so-weedy post or comment as well as when I’m sending an email through gmail or any other online email service.

There is also the Microsoft Word and Outlook plugin which helps to check my documents with the click of a button and later I’ll show you exactly why this particular feature is only available for PC users, sorry Mac users!

And finally, there is the downloadable Grammarly personal editor app or online version which you can use it to either type documents or books or paper, copy and paste documents into it or just drag and drop them into Grammarly.

Inside there, I can organize my writing with blog articles, course scripts and even my Thesis, which I wrote while I was in Naval post-graduate school.

This was really a life-saver for me.

With Grammarly, there are two different versions: free and premium.

With the free version, you get access to the browser extension, Microsoft word and outlook plugin, personal editor on Grammarly.com or desktop app.

Inside of this, you can check definitions and synonyms and get access to over 150 different critical and spelling real checks. You’ll also get your writing performance stats via email which is pretty cool.

With premium, you’ll get all of the features in the free version plus an extra 100+ more critical grammar and spelling checks, vocabulary enhancement suggestions, genre-specific writing style checks (which is important for those fiction writers), access to Grammarly’s plagiarism detector system that checks more than 16 billion websites.

So what’s Grammarly premium cost and is it actually worth it?

You can either pay the $29.95 per month which actually cost-sucks or the $59.95 per quarter which isn’t that much better or the 139.95 per annum.

We can all tell which one Grammarly wants us to go for, right?

I personally pay the annual subscription but does everyone has to do that?

Of course, not!

The thing is: I do a lot of writing on my blog and also for my books and I used to get a lot of high-rate emails from people over a simple grammar mistake.

I’ll make sure my daughter has this software when she goes to college next year because this sort of checker can really help her with her papers so the boost of premium is definitely worth it.

So you might be wondering: isn’t the Microsoft word spell and grammar checker just good enough?

To illustrate this: I did a side by side comparison of Word grammar checker to Grammarly’s free and even the premium version.

I took a Word document and made it error-free. But when I pasted the same document which Word said was error-free, Grammarly free found 16 mistakes in the document while the premium version found even more 96 mistakes.

Now, in truth: there were many suggestions by Grammarly that I could disregard but I could not believe some of the mistakes that were missed.

One question I get a lot from readers is that: Can Grammarly replace a professional editor.

And my answer is: NO!

It can’t.

So don’t buy Grammarly if you’re thinking you can cut out paying a professional editor. However, there are a lot of us out there who wouldn’t pay for an editor: like you’re submitting a paper to a teacher or you’re about to send a proposal to your boss… this is where Grammarly really shines because it’ll help you find a lot of those issues that can be a little embarrassing when it gets out there.

In the end, I’m a pretty big fan of Grammarly and I use it myself and if you’re interested in picking up either the free or the premium version be sure to visit their official website by clicking this link.

How To Set Up A Self-Hosted WordPress Blog On Whogohost In 30 Minutes (A Step-by-step Beginner’s Guide With Whogohost Promo Code 2019)

If you’ve been looking to start a real blog (just like the one you’re reading) of your own, then this is the perfect post for you.

In this guide, I’ll show you how to set up a self-hosted blog on WordPress (which is the most popular content management system on the planet) and get the following:

  • A free domain name registration for life worth over $15 per month.
  • A sizzling new WordPress blog.
  • A special 25% discount coupon code on any web hosting account of your choice.

… without any knowledge of coding or website designing.

Whogohost

So, if you’ve been wondering how to install WordPress on Whogohost or how to host your blog on Whogohost or how to use WordPress on Whogohost… this is the perfect post for you.

And the best part?

You’ll have your sizzling new WordPress blog online in less than 30 minutes with as low as N4,000.



Yes, that’s not a typo!

This is the exact tutorial hundreds of other beginners have used to set up their online platform to make money online without writing any line of code.

So, even if this is your first attempt at setting up a blog or you’re a total newbie, you can easily do this without paying any website designer a dime.

Also, if you’ve been searching for ways to start a website or blog of your own without spending too much money, I wrote this post specifically for you. Use it wisely and thank me later!

Let’s get started.

First, here are the resources you need to set up your self-hosted blog:

1. You need a domain name

This will be the web address of your blog; I recommend you read this post to really understand how to choose a good domain for your blog. This will cost you anything from $15 but don’t worry, I’ll show you how to get your domain registration for free legally! (Read on)

Suggested Post: How To Choose A Good Domain Name For Your Blog That Ranks Well In Search Engines

2. A web hosting account

This is needed to host your files on the internet; without this your blog will be non-functional. I’ll walk you through the process of buying one with your Naira Mastercard.

In this tutorial, I’ll be using Whogohost to set up your blog as it’s one the best web hosting companies in Nigeria at the moment and very affordable.

Here are other benefits of using the service of Whogohost:

  • Efficiency: You website will always will be online because their server has an efficient uptime compared to other hosts.
  • Speed: Whogohost makes your website or blog load so fast and this helps to boost your search engines rankings and reduce the page load of your website.
  • Good customer care service: Whogohost offers a live chat system where you can have a live-chat with one of their staffs when you have any problems or face technical issues with your website. This means you’ll always have answers to your questions within minutes.
  • Affordability: Despite all the great value it provides, Whogohost is one of the most affordable hosting providers you can find around in Nigeria. Their web hosting charges starts from N400 per month. That’s quite cheap compared to the amazing values, features and benefits you’ll enjoy. Frankly, most Nigerian web host don’t come this cheap.
  • 30 days money back guarantee: Because of the quality of services they offer, they offer a 30 days money back guarantee. This shows that they are confident of their services – so, if within 30 days you discover their services don’t meet your demand, you can ask for a refund. You got nothing to lose!
  • Free domain name: Other web hosts register a domain name for about $15 but Whogohost gives you for FREE for life as far as you keep your hosting account with them. Can you beat that?

So, when you’ve decided the domain name you intend to register. Just follow the following steps to set up your blog:

Important Note:“Please make sure you’re using a PC. You can’t do this on your mobile phone as it creates problems during sign up”

Step 1: Go to Whogohost Official Website (this link gives you a 25% discount) to Buy a Webhosting Account and Get a Free Domain Name Registration

  • Visit Whogohost official site (the link opens on a new tab so you won’t lose this tutorial and gives you a 25% discount)

  • Click on “Hosting” and then choose “Shared Hosting” from the drop down.

Whogohost has five different hosting plan you can choose from:

1. Aspire (2GB): This web hosting plan is meant for sites with very low traffic and includes: 2GB Webspace, 10GB Bandwidth a free .NG domain name registration, 4 Subdomains, 1 Hosted Addon Domain, I Parked domain,Unlimited Emails and PHP, CGI enabled. This plan costs N400 per month or N4,000 annually.

Please Note: The free domain name registration offer is only for .com.ng, .org.ng and name.ng domain names but if you need the .com domain, you’ve to choose the PRO, PRO PLUS or GIANT hosting plan and you’ll get the .com domain registration free for life.

2. Premium (6GB): This web hosting plan is ideal for sites with low traffic and includes: 6GB Webspace, 30GB Bandwidth, a free .NG domain name, 10 Subdomains, 2 Hosted Addon Domain, 2 Parked domains, Unlimited Emails, Unlimited SQL databases and PHP, CGI enabled. This plan costs N600 per month or N6,000 annually.

Please Note: The free domain name registration offer is only for .com.ng, .org.ng and name.ng domain names but if you need the .com domain, you’ve to choose the PRO, PRO PLUS or GIANT hosting plan and you’ll get the .com domain registration free for life.

3. Pro (12GB): This web hosting plan is suitable for sites with moderate amount of traffic. This is the plan I recommend you choose when you’re just starting out. It includes: 12GB Webspace, 45GB Bandwidth, a free .COM domain name, 15 Subdomains, 3 Hosted Addon Domain, 3 Parked domainUnlimited emails, unlimited SQL Databases and PHP, CGI enabled. This plan costs N850 per month or N8,500 annually.

Please Note: This hosting plan gives you a free .COM domain name registration for life, so if you want a .COM domain name for your blog, this is the perfect plan for you.

4. Pro Plus (25GB): This web hosting plan is ideal for well established sites with high amount of traffic and includes: 25GB Webspace, 80GB Bandwidth, 20 Subdomains, 5 Hosted Addon Domain, 5 Parked domain, Unlimited emails, unlimited SQL databases and PHP, CGI enabled. This plan costs N1,350 per month or N13,500 annually.

Please Note: This hosting plan gives you a free .COM domain name registration for life, so if you want a .COM domain name for your blog, this is the perfect plan for you.

5.Giant (35GB): This web hosting plan is ideal for very high traffic sites and includes: 35GB Web space, 120GB Bandwidth, 40 Subdomains, 10 Hosted Addon Domain, 10 Parked domain unlimited emails, unlimited SQL databases and PHP, CGI enabled. This plan costs N2,150 per month or N21,500 annually.

Please Note: This hosting plan gives you a free .COM domain name registration for life, so if you want a .COM domain name for your blog, this is the perfect plan for you.

  • Just click on “Order Now” under the hosting plan of your choice.
  • On the next page, enter the domain name of your choice (For example Healthbox.com.ng) and click on “Check”. If it’s available, it’ll be displayed and if it has already been registered, choose another one. Just scroll down and click on “Continue” when you’re done.

On the next page, a summary of your web hosting plan and charge will be displayed (see image below)

  • Just click on “Continue”.

On the next page, the summary of your overall order and amount you’ll be charged will be displayed.

  • On the next page, the 25% discount coupon code will be automatically applied on your charge. (Just like you can see in the image below)
  • Click on “Check out”

When the next page loads, fill in your personal information, billing address, account security and other details. When filling your details, note the following important points:

  • Choose a phone number that you’re currently using, you’ll need to do some verification.
  • Choose an email address that you frequently check and have access to. This is where your hosting login details will be sent to.
  • Choose a very strong password for your hosting account. (The password strength bar should show green and say: Strong!)
  • You can choose any preferred payment of your choice: Bank Payment Details, Paypal, Quickteller and CashEnvoy. If you have a MasterCard, I recommend you choose Quickteller so you can make payment with ease without going through the hectic process of going to the bank to pay.
  • When you’ve finished filling the details using the guidelines from the image above; click on “Complete Order”.
  • If you chose Quickteller (which is what I recommend) as your payment option, the next page will look like this:

 

  • Just click on the button: “Pay with Quickteller”.
  • You’ll be taken to secure page where you can enter your credit card details like the image below:

 

  • On the page, choose “MasterCard Naira Card” from the drop down
  • Then enter your card number. This is the 16 digit numbers displayed on the front of your card.
  • Enter the expiry date of your card and CVV2 code. Your CVV2 is the 3 digit number displayed at the back of your card.
  • Enter your Card pin and click on Pay.

A security code will be sent to your phone number from your bank. Enter the code on the next page and click on “Continue”.

 

 

Within few minutes, the payment process will be complete and your invoice would show your order has been paid for (see image below)

 

“If you encounter any problem here, just give me a call on +2348039185233 or leave a comment on this post or use the contact page to get in touch with me and I will be more than willing to help you out.”

Please Note: Whogohost will send you an email containing your hosting details and your username and password. You’ll need this when logging into your control panel, so keep it safe.

 

Step 2: Install WordPress on Your Domain

The next step is to install the WordPress content management system on your domain. This will enable you write on your blog. Let’s get started:

  • Visit yourdomain/cpanel. (Replace “yourdomain with the domain name you registered)
  • Enter your username and password which was sent to you by Whogohost and you’ll be directed to your control panel where you can install the WordPress content management system.
  • Scroll down and locate the “Softaculous Apps Installer” and click on WordPress.

 

  • On the next page, click on “Install” and wait for few minutes for installation process to start.

 

  • When it completes, you’ll taken to a page that looks like this image below:

 

Here’s how I recommend you fill the details in the specific field:

Software Setup

  1. The protocol box should be http://
  2. The domain box should be your domain name.
  3. The directory box should be left empty.

Site Settings

  1. Fill your site name and site description.
  2. Uncheck “Enable Multiple (WPMU).

Admin Account

  1. Fill your Admin Username and Admin Password. This will be the details you’ll need to enter to log in to your WordPress Admin dashboard to write blog posts and make other necessary changes to your blog, so keep it safe. When choosing your Admin Email make sure it’s an email address you check frequently.
  2. Check the Limit Login Attempt (Loginizer) box. This helps to protect your site against brute force attacks by limiting the number of login attempts for your WordPress installation. If selected Loginizer plugin will be installed and activated with your installation.

Important Note: Do not choose “admin” or your domain name as your admin username because this is what hackers first try out when they intend to use brute-force to log into your website. Also, make sure your Admin Password is very strong.

Advanced Options

  1. Click on it and fill the details as follows:
  2. Check the Update Notification box. This will ensure you receive email notifications whenever there is an update for the installation.
  3. Check the Auto Upgrade. This will ensure that this installation will be automatically upgraded to the latest version when a new one is available.
  4. Check Auto Update Plugins. This will ensure all the active WordPress plugins installed for this installation will automatically upgraded to the latest version when they are available.
  5. Check Auto Upgrade WordPress themes. This will ensure all the active wordpress themes for this installation will be automatically upgraded to the latest version when they are available.
  6. Check Automated Backups. This will ensure Softaculous will take automated back ups via CRON as per frequency you select.
  7. Choose 4 for Backup Rotation. If the backup rotation limit is reached, Softaculous will delete the oldest backup. The back ups will utilize your space so choose the backup rotation as per the space available on your server.
  • Then choose any theme of your choice and finally click on “Install”.
  • When the installation process complete, the next page should look like this:

 

If you’ve finally reached this stage, Congratulations! You’ve just installed WordPress on your domain name.

Your Administrative url is where you visit to make changes to your blog and add content.

Step 3: Login to Your Brand-New WordPress Site and Publish Your First Post

It could be scary at first but the post doesn’t have to be perfect; it just has to be published. So, go ahead and share your thoughts to the whole world. It doesn’t have to be perfect!

Here’s how:

  • Go to http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin (Replace “yourdomain” with your domain name).
  • Login with the username and password you chose when you installed WordPress in step 2 above.

 

  • The next page displays the dashboard, which is the “back-end” (only you can access this) of your website from where you set everything that appears on the “front-end.” (what visitors see)
  • On the left side of your dashboard screen are menus. Position the mouse on “Posts” and click “Add New” from the sub-menus that will pop out.

 

  • On the next page, enter the title of your post in the first tab and paste the content of your post in the second tab. Click “Publish”.

 

  • On the next page, click “View post” to see the post you just published on the front-end of your website or self-hosted blog as it will appear to your visitor.

If you’ve successfully reached this stage, congratulations! You can now start spreading your thoughts and website links to your friends, family and to the whole world in less than 30 minutes.

You can now use your blog to:

  • Build an audience.
  • Sell your products and services.
  • Make money online.
  • Start an online business.

Need help?

If you encounter any challenge while following the steps above, you can contact me on +2348039185233 or leave a comment below and I will be more than willing to help you out.

 

 

 

Amazon Kindle Publishing: How To Become A Best-Selling Author On Amazon (Interview With Amoo Samuel)

Since, I published my first interview with Pius Joseph where he shared valuable information on how to make money publishing on Amazon kindle. I’ve been looking to invite other publishers to also come and share their experience and show one can tap into the amazon kindle publishing business.

And I’ve got great news for you:

I just finished interviewing Mr. Amoo Samuel, a best-selling author on Amazon to reveal how he achieved this feat.

Trust me, I nearly fell off my chair when I saw his monthly income report so make sure you take your time to listen to what he will be sharing with us today because you’ll definitely not find it anywhere on the internet.

Enjoy the interview:

It’s my pleasure to feature you on this blog, SmartBloggingtTips

Thank you, Cyrus.

Kindly tell us your name and some brief information about your background

I am Mr. Amoo Samuel. I studied Physics Electronics at the Federal University of Technology, Akure. I’m based in Lagos. I am the first male child of my parents. I have two elder sisters and 2 younger brothers.

When did you start Amazon Kindle Publishing and which online business(es) are you majorly into?

I started Amazon Publishing in the year 2015, June precisely, but I lost my account (the account was terminated in November for terms and conditions violation which happened based on my ignorance). I started it all over again after years of research on my own majorly in the month of June, 2017.

My major business for now is Book publishing …and cryptocurrency investment.

About how many books do you have on Amazon?

I have over 50 books now on Amazon.

Are you making enough money from Amazon Kindle Publishing as you always desired?

I’ll say YES and also NO. The reason for yes is that, my income is far much enough to pay the salary of 3 bank staff conveniently.

While the reason for NO is that, human is insatiable. We can always desire to earn more. To God Almighty be the glory.

Based on your experience, in brief sentences, kindly walk us through the whole process of becoming an avid Amazon Kindle publisher like you. In other words, briefly explain the steps involved.

Writing and publishing books goes beyond earning, it’s more of passion and relentless effort. The first step to publishing is creating Amazon’s Kindle Publishing account, sit back and write on what you’re good at (not leaving behind the need for your area of specialty) i.e a topic you know you can’t go blank at after writing few 10 pages), do your keyword research which will simultaneously lead you to what title to use for your book with respect to what the targeted buyers are looking for, design your cover, format your book for Kindle Publishing and then upload your book.

NB: Book publishing is not a get rich quick scheme, so don’t feel depressed if the book you spent most effort on doesn’t sell, but the least expected book may be your savior.

More so, there’s a need for pervent research on what book readers are searching Amazon for. The best tip I can give you is to write books that will meet the needs of people. Be a solution to their problems, and you’ll be surprised at what the outcome would be.

What are those things one must have known before venturing into Amazon Kindle Publishing?

One need to know how to write and type with either Microsoft Word, should be good at English Language writing for the sake of proofreading and editing, being a graphic designer is an option if you can afford to pay designers out there for your cover designs, and lastly be a passionate researcher.

What are the factors that increase one’s chances of succeeding as an Amazon Kindle publisher?

  1. Do more research on what is trending which ranges from products selling well, intense keywords research, good marketing strategies, etc.
  2. Write based n what the target book buyers needs per time and not what you feel you should write.
  3. Put God first and trust him totally.
  4. Stay focused and avoid distractions of jumping from one money making opportunity to another.
  5. Lastly, make sure you add values to yourself on daily basis, by so doing, you’ll grow faster and have refined skills that will take you up the ladder of greatness.

Are you a best-selling author on Amazon?

Yes, although the algorithm changes hourly but I can say I’ve had over 12 books that won the best selling book badge on Amazon.

What promotional strategies can first-time authors use to help their books climb the Amazon’s ranks and become a best seller?

Good and less competitive back-end keywords are the best shot they shot they can ever have including a good ad well viewed categories mixed with less competitive categories. The reason for popular categories is to gain more exposure. Mixture of both popular and less popular categories is another important factor.

Now, what are the challenges one would face as an Amazon Kindle Publisher? (Especially as a Nigerian)

There are no special challenges accrued to any country on Amazon except for Tax payment which is just 30% of monthly income.

As you know, this blog is aimed at helping Nigerians (and the world at large) discover how to make money online. Kindly, give your pieces of advice and words of motivation to those who are aiming to start Amazon Kindle Publishing professionally.

Firstly, I’ll advice you to discover your purpose, and take every bold steps required to fulfill that purpose.

NB: A person doing business inline with his or her purpose has better chance of success than someone doing business based on trend and traditions. The bottom line is that, you should discover your purpose firstly, and stay focused on fulfilling it. Success is going to be certain for you.

And if you find your purpose in writing and solving problems, get up and keep writing tirelessly and always see each book you write as a lifetime asset. Don’t feel discourages if you make no sales within the first few months.

I have once had 100 books in 2014 but fetching me $50 monthly (what a very bad and discouraging income) but I never gave up and today I have over 50 books and I’m making well over $1,500 averagely on monthly basis.

If there is any secret or golden advice you’d give new writer who ants to start this business, what would that be?

Be a problem solver and a smart writer.

Are there other valuable pieces of information you would like to share with us about writing and Amazon Kindle Publishing?

None for now.

Do you have a blog/website where one can check you out?

I have but not ready to unleash that for Nigerians.

Thanks you very much for your time and willingness to help others succeed.

All glory to God.

Over to you…

Do you have any questions about Amazon Kindle publishing which was not covered by my guest? Feel free to drop them by leaving a comment below.

And don’t forget to spread the words about the post by clicking on the share buttons: be generous with information.

How To Use “Empathy Marketing Strategy” To Keep Readers Hooked On Your Blog

Cyrus Jackson’s Note: This is a guest post by Fatama Zahora, a content marketer and strategist who is the owner of Fatamazspace. She writes engaging content that speaks to her audience.

What makes a reader to decide whether they want to read your content?

Readers or your audience does not care about who you are.

Especially if you’re just starting out.

You have to earn their trust.

How do you build that trust?

By rapport and by empathizing with them.

What’s empathy marketing?

How can (like me) freelance writers and bloggers use it to turn our fleeting readers into loyal followers?

The answer is simple and implementing it is simpler, if you can put yourself in the shoes of your readers.

First things first, do not confuse empathy to sympathy.

According to Google dictionary-

“empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another while sympathy is the feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune.”

It’s pretty clear, right.

Sympathy is what when someone feels sorry for you when you fail while empathy is when someone not only hears your pain but relates to it and says: “it is okay, I have been there. It’ll be okay!”

Brene Brown explains this in the most charming and easy way in this video.

Now, let’s see-

How we can implement it in our content to connect better with our readers.

Have you ever read an article and said to yourself: “Man, this article is so good. It feels like it was written just for me.”

If you nodded yes.

Then, the writer of that article has done a great job at really exploring the reader’s pain points and provide value.

Often times, we forget that we are marketing to real humans.

Where now almost everything can be automated and paid for, some miss the point of connecting with their customer.

Let’s forget about customers for one minute.

We bloggers, freelance writers, and content marketers, what we do?

We help blogs or businesses to get social views to shares to eventually sales and where these views, shares, and sales come from?

They come from real human beings, not from robots or computers.

So it is common sense to think about the people first then the revenue. Because revenue will follow if you can tap into your targeted audience and give them something that is valuable to them.

So how do you do that?

You can achieve to connect with your audience with Empathetic Marketing.

Yes. Empathy marketing strategy is a real thing you can use to improve your content that will speak directly to your audience or readers.

 

So, what is empathy marketing?

Empathy marketing strategy is not something that can be used right way like using some new kind of software.

 

Its all about how an audience feels who have problems and they will be delighted if that was solved.

Empathy marketing strategy is not a new thing, it is has been around for quite some time big brands like Nike, IKEA, Dove etc.

 

Ikea website screenshot

Visit Ikea Idea to see for yourself

 

Here is IKEA is not promoting high class home furniture they are promoting unique personalities.

They do say, we make great furniture; they are saying make your home reflection of your personality, what ever that may be.

It feels authentic and unique to individual level.

 

 

Nike Website screen shot

Visit Nike to have a look

 

Another Example:

Nike- they do not sell sports wear, they promote health and fitness desires, aspirations, inspirations and the benefits.

They are very popular for making bold statement and their bleeds confident and authenticity.

 

These are some consumer companies but there are a lot of companies who dig deep level though, goes to the root of the problem and provide answers.

Empathy Marketing

It’s the buzzword of 2017 and it will be great in 2018 as well because people are getting more and more interested in authenticity and ethnicity.

So, any marketer or a content creator should think from a clients perspective.

In anthropology, there is a term “Native’s point of view” where anthropologist describes a society through the perspective of the natives who are the active member of the society.

So think from native’s point of view and provide value, provide solutions.

That is the role of empathy in marketing.

Its goal of empathy marketing strategy is to create an emotional bridge between the brand or company with the customers.  

So how do bloggers, writer, freelancer writer or content maker use it in our content?

 

  1. Listen, listen and listen

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photo from pexels.com | animal photography cute ears opened up

Always keep in touch with your audience.

Constantly research what are their problems?

What answers are they seeking?

Now it is not very hard to do because of social media.

There are hundreds and thousands of Facebook groups which are filled with people of similar interest.

Be active in the community you want to know.

Ask and answer questions and participate.

Facebook groups are really growing now and on verge of becoming a marketing platform on its own.

Other than facebook groups, there are Twitter lists, forums, LinkedIn groups, Quora etc.

So, to provide value to your targeted audience be an active listener and participate.

 

  1. Focus more on “you” than “I”

 

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photo from pexels.com | handmade heart paper bag saying Thank you

You have a blog and you write in it constantly.

Who are you blogging for?

Who is going to read it?

Why should they read it?

Because you are blogging for some specific persons who want to know what you know.

And they will read your blog because you are providing them with the answers they are looking for.

This is what real empathy based marketing is.

Almost all bloggers use this but most of them do unknowingly because most people blog about what they know and their experience.

The blog helps those people who are at a stage where the blogger was once at.

So the blogger can show real empathy to his/her people simply by saying-

“I have been there, done that and here how you can overcome it or succeed in it.”

 

  1. Focus on contextual content

 

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So you are writing a blog post about teeth whitening.

You have to first explain why they would need their teeth whitened.

Why should they invest in it?

Then you will uphold some situations from a life where they will need to have white teeth.

 

Colgate website blog post on teeth whiting

 

One example Colgate website has a separate article on why you should whiten your teeth?

So you see context is key to engaging content.

Empathy centered marketing especially focuses on one brand’s audience and their problems.

Some Concluding points:

  1. Gone are the days when customers or audience would buy anything or focus their time on anything, they are looking for user-friendliness, security and authenticity and Empathy marketing strategy is one of the best ways to connect with the audience.
  2. With new things, software, blogs, and companies coming alive every minute empathy centered marketing will separate you from the crowd.
  3. Words can touch souls with a good voice in writing you need a strategy to convert your readers and make them engage with the content. Empathy marketing strategy works great here.
  4. Speak more in the second person. Talk about your reader’s problems and interact with them in common interests.
  5. Be an active listener, research the problems and provide value.
  6. Focus more on context rather than a straight-up sales pitch.
Got any questions?

What’s your thoughts on this post? Feel free to drop it in the comments, I’ll reply.

Top 10 Things To Do After Starting A Blog (The Beginner’s Guide)

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Cyrus Jackson’s Note: This is a guest post post by Praveen Verma, a full time blogger and growth hacker at MyUKMailBox. You can connect with him on Twitter and Linkedin.

After starting a blog, the main thing that comes to your mind is how to make your blog go viral.

Right?

It’s everyone dream to start a blog that attracts lots of attention.  I remember the day when my blog went live: it was a special moment for me.

But it took lots of hardwork to make my blog visible. That’s why it’s very necessary to take important steps after starting a new blog because the activities that you carryout right from the launch day will determine the success of your blog.

In this post, I’ll guide you on the necessary steps you need to do after starting a blog in a step-by-step fashion…

1. Reserve Your Social Accounts

After writing a compelling blog post, promotion is very important to make your blog viral and get traffic on the blog.

For promoting your blog nothing is better than social media. So set up your account on all social media including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, and Google+ etc.

Making the account on social media ensures that you can easily choose your name before somebody else.

Social media provide huge platforms for promoting our blog online.

2. Setup FeedBurner

FeedBurner provides add-on service for your blog which helps you to track people who subscribe to your blog through RSS.

If people subscribe to your RSS feed so, they can easily read your blog content through email or use Google Reader.

So, never forget to setup FeedBurner for your blog to know your audience.

3. Setup Email Subscription

Email subscriptions are also an important part of any blog. It means people can subscribe to your blog via email and they get regular notifications so they don’t need to visit your blog or website, it’s a very convenient process.

If a person doesn’t want to miss an update on your blog, with email subscription, the content will be directly delivered to the person via email.

They would need to input their email in a form on your blog for them to get these regular update. A good example is the Blog For Profit Challenge optin form that looks like this:

Join the blog for profit challenge!
...and become a better blogger in 15 days

Enter your name and email address right below and you'll start receiving the lessons right away FREE of charge

So getting a benefit of email subscription people need to put down their email in a special form for regular update.

An example subscription option can be found on the UK Parcel Forwarding site where they display the subscription form prominently and make it look like part of their site.

To get the benefit of email subscription to your blog you can use tools like Getresponse, which is free for the first 30 days.

4. Create a Lead Magnet

First, you should know that creating a strong email list is one of the best ways to get traffic on a blog.

Lead magnets are kind of tools through which you convince your visitors to provide their contact information, especially email.

The main task of the lead magnet is to grow the number of your subscriber by giving a different kind of service.

For grabbing the email of visitors you can provide services like e-books, free courses, planner, resources, software trial, PDF version, software training and much more.

If visitors subscribe to your services then you will easily get their email and then you can email them for new content, webinars, offers, and podcast that are being posted on your blog.

5. Add at least 10 Articles on the launch date

After starting a blog you should add at least 10 articles during launch date because:

  1. First of all, it makes your blog look full.
  2. From the first day, it gives good impact to the reader. If your blog has less than 5 article on launch date, it will make your blog weak and look like blank.

So add at least 10 articles on launch date and keep this quote in mind: “First impression is the last impression.”

6. Launch with Crowdspeaking

After setting up your blog and creating awesome content, it’s time to launch your products. After launching your products, continuous promotion is very necessary otherwise you cannot achieve the good result.

Using crowdspeaking platforms, you get huge promotion for your blog online.

Get this straight: crowdspeaking is different from crowdfunding in the manner that instead of resources we get likes and shares through social media.

It is a service that collects like-minded people to share one message, at the right time to their individual’s social media accounts. So, it will hear wide and far.

These platforms are the group of like-minded peoples thus if you want to promote your blog based on a particular niche you can share it with that same niche groups.

You can use platforms like Thunderclap, Guest Crew, and HeadTalker to promote your brand.

7. Get Listed on BetaList

BetaList is one of the best online platforms that allow users to discover and fast access to the latest internet startups.

Your new blog is now part of the blogosphere with several million other blogs which means you have to stand out to get noticed. This is where platforms like BetaList helps.

It showcases your blog along with some other startups that trend on the site. This way, their community of early adopters, investors and regular users check out your blog and becomes a loyal reader.

8. Build up a Strong Profile on the Social Media and Share your Content with the 80-20 Rule

As listed above social media is best for promoting our brand. So, set up your genuine and strong profile on all social media and then follow or connect with people to share your content.

This is one of the best ways to make your content viral and get traffic to the blog.

Follow the 80-20 rule – In this rule, 80% of your outcomes come from 20% of your inputs. So, spend less time in creating content and spend more time to promoting them. Just follow this awesome rule in your blogging activity.

9. Start commenting on other blogs

As a blogger you have to do the lot of things like posting, social media, research, link building and much more.

But, what about blog commenting?

Many people still don’t know the importance of blog commenting on other blogs. If you start commenting on other blogs, it’ll will benefit you with a lot of things.

Here are some reasons why you should comment on other blogs:

  1. Making your strong presence in blogosphere – To attract people to your blog you need to make your strong presence in the market. This rule is for every business and in blogging it is done by commenting on another blog. If you’re commenting on blogs related to your niche, you will get awesome backlinks.
  2. Gain more opportunities – If you regularly comment on other blogs, you can know bloggers personally and this process will make them visit your blog and he/she will support your blog via guest posting or promote your blog content on social media. This is one of the best ways to attract readers and traffic.
  3. Backlinks – Backlinks is very important for any blog. As based on backlinks you will improve your SERPs. If you want to get backlinks to your blog,  start commenting on other blogs and start using comment luv plugin to get the do-follow link and anchor text.

10. Setup an auto-responder series

Setting up an auto-responder series benefits you in many ways. The auto-responder series is the awesome tool for making sales.

An auto-responder is a series of email that is automatically sent to your subscribers in a sequence order on certain pre-determined dates.

From auto-responder series you can send the message to your entire subscriber at the same time. This will help you to successfully build an email list and build the relationship with your subscriber.

Here are other benefits of autoresponder series:

  1. Keeping in touch with subscribers.
  2. Promoting affiliate products.
  3. Promoting your own products.

These are the main strategies you should follow after starting your very first blog. Without implementing any of these strategies, it’ll be very difficult to make your blog success and get the better result.

Publishing a blog after a lot of research and hard work is worthless if you can’t get the expected response or traffic it’s true that content is king but we must promote that particular content or blog using multiple blog promotion platforms.

Any comments or questions?

If you have any additions, or questions, feel free to leave a comment. I’ll readily respond!

How To Make Money Online With Amazon Kindle Publishing (Interview With Pius Joseph)

Since I delved into Amazon kindle publishing early this year, it has really helped me establish another money-spinning web asset aside blogging.

You can now self-publish your book on the biggest online store on the planet: Amazon!

…and earn passive income for yourself even if don’t have a big name or have connections with publishing companies.

Courtesy of a platform introduced by Amazon called: Amazon Kindle Publishing!

Which encourages indie-authors write their books and publish on Amazon right from the comfort of their homes and earn royalties for sales of their books.

And I intend to motivate you with proofs that you too can do this: no matter who you are.

One of the strategies I plan to use is to interview as many best selling authors as possible that are killing it in the Amazon publishing business.

In this interview, which is the first to be published on SmartBloggingTips, my host is Mr. Pius Joseph, a very good friend of mine that gets a very fat monthly income, thanks to Amazon Kindle Publishing.

Pius Joseph
Best-selling Author On Amazon

He’s very smart and I’ve learnt a lot from him myself. So take your time and listen to what he will be sharing with us today.

His monthly income report makes me say: “Wow!” with my eyes bulging. (Don’t blame me, you’ll do the same if you know how much this guy makes from his Amazon publishing business every month)

Mr. Pius Joseph reveals some invaluable tips that’ll help you tap into Amazon kindle publishing and become successful.

Enjoy the interview:

It’s my pleasure to feature you on this blog, Smart Blogging Tips.

The pleasure is mine!

Kindly tell us your name and some brief information about your background?

My name’s Pius Joseph, author and writer. I’m also a lawyer by training.

When did you start Amazon Kindle publishing and which online business(es) are you majorly into?

Well, I started kindle publishing around 2016. That was when I published my first book called: Vision From The Heavenly.

I was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write that book. However, I have written other self-help books too. Those books are on different niches and categories.

I’m into online publishing as a form of business.

About how many books do you have on the Amazon Kindle platform?

I have 3 books in the religious niche. However, the goal is not the number of books. It is to offer to customers: value. When you provide value, people will be willing to pay anything for it.

Are you making enough money from Amazon Kindle Publishing as you’ve always desired?

I’m always aspiring to make more money.

Based on your experience, in brief, sentences, kindly walk us through the whole process of becoming an avid Amazon Kindle publisher like you. In other words, briefly explain the steps involved.

Some people say Amazon is passive income. But if you go that way, you won’t make money from Amazon.

It takes a lot of diligence. From writing books, to editing, and then finally publishing.

It depends on what you want. If you want passive income that you can give passive attitude which will in turn bring in passive revenue… Amazon Kindle Publishing is for you!

It’s a serious business.

In summary, write a keyword based book.

What that means is that, before you write your book: you should do a research on what customers are searching for in the Amazon search bar and write on those topics: no one would buy what they don’t need.

If they need, they will be able to part with their money to buy your book.

What are those things one must have known before venturing into Amazon Kindle Publishing?

I’ll summarize Amazon publishing as: do a good research, provide quality content in your book that is free of errors, do a great book cover, write a good description and promote the book.

These are the things you must have to make money from Amazon publishing.

What are those factors that increases one’s chances of succeeding as an Amazon kindle publisher?

Write quality content, promote them and be hardworking.

Are you a best-selling author on Amazon?

Yes, some of my books are bestsellers. To be a best-selling author is not very hard on Amazon Kindle platform.

Simply optimize your category to achieve it: a book with a ranking of 20,000 or 25,000 can easily be a bestseller.

If you know the secret of category optimization and research the right category to place your book: you’ll be okay!

What promotional strategies can first-time authors use to help their book climb the Amazon ranks and become a bestseller?

For beginners, I suggest two promotional strategies: Free promotion which is for 5 days and the use of Perma Free books.

By Perma free, I mean permanently free books. The second strategy is best for those who have up to 5 books. You give one of your books and make it free on Amazon.

Then, insert the links to your other books in the Perma free book. When people download your Perma free book, they will see your other books and pay for them with money. It’ll give you exposure.

For first-time authors, this strategy is the best that I know of.

Now, what are the challenges one would face as an Amazon Kindle Publisher (especially as  a Nigerian or non-US native)?

As a Nigerian author, you must hide under a pen name. Something like Jack Churchill or Amanda Little.

However, I’m slowly coming to understand this concerning authors in some niches: if you provide value for what people want, no one cares where that solution is coming from provided it solves their problems.

So if you want to use your real name and you have good stuff to offer, you can do so.

I’ll only caution that you stay in one niche and build a reputation that even your name can become a keyword. Something like Pius Praying Guide.

You get the drift?

That’s only when you have won the trust of the buyers.

Now, as you know, this blog is aimed at helping people discover how to make money online. Kindle give your pieces of advice and words of motivation to those who are aiming to start Amazon Kindle Publishing professionally.

There is just one simple word I have to tell readers of this blog. If you need money from Amazon, it’ll pay you. However, you need patience. I remember my first ever earning was $15.

If I had quit and said it does not work, I would not be earning what I’m earning now.

Diligence and persistence pays in online publishing. Keep publishing and keep writing …if you’re looking for a quick money scheme, I’m sorry: Amazon will disappoint you.

It is a gradual process to make money online from Amazon. And have your books published in both e-books and paperbacks.

If there is any secret or golden advice you would give a new writer who wants to start this business, what would that advice be?

Don’t give up when your first or second book or even third book does not sell. I’ve books that stopped selling or books that I wrote for many months that have not sold a copy till today.

Again, don’t give up, keep writing.

Also, just like I said before: do your research, produce quality content and promote them.

Are there other valuable pieces of information you would like to share with us about writing and Amazon Kindle Publishing?

It’s just to learn the basics. Your formatting, your editing and if you’re not design-savvy, you should learn cover design.

Or else, you would need to outsource everything from writing to formatting, all the way to publishing and it’ll cost you.

Do you have a blog or website where one can check you out to learn more from you?

I’m working on that. But you can check out my YouTube page: PIUS JOSEPH.

It has a great formatting aid for beginners and even experts on how to format a book in 30 minutes and get it ready for Createspace.

Thank you very much for your time and your willingness to help others succeed.

You’re always welcome. Anytime you need me, I’ll be there to help concerning Amazon publishing. God bless you for the privilege to be interviewed on your blog.

Over to you…

Do you have any questions about Amazon Kindle publishing which was not covered by my guest? Feel free to drop them by leaving a comment below.

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