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What Can I Do To Make Money Online In Nigeria? (Blogging Questions & Answers)

I get lots of emails, messages … from individuals, especially beginners who want to know the intricacies of blogging and how they can make money blogging in Nigeria.

While I try to answer each and every question I get to best of my ability, I thought it would be a good idea to publish the most recent series of questions I received from readers of this blog.


This would serve as a helpful guide to those who are having similar challenges and give them a road map to follow and hopefully guide them to success.

I’ll keep this post updated always as I receive more and more questions, so make sure check back frequently. Also, if you have a question: feel free to drop them in the comments.

I’ll give you an instant answer!

So, let’s roll:

Question 1: I’m done with my NYSC and looking for a job. Do you think blogging can earn me sufficient income, or should I focus on getting a job while blogging on a part time basis?

Answer: First, I need to tell you this: blogging is not a get-rich-scheme as most people paint it.

It takes time (usually at least 6 months) before you start earning income from your blog when you do things the right way.

So, I advice you to get a day job first that would sustain and pay the bills while blogging on a part-time basis.

With time, you would be able to earn enough income to quit your job and focus fully on your blog. You just have to take the transition gradually so you can sustain yourself.

I’ve read many articles and sales materials from numerous “gurus” in Nigeria that claim they can teach you how to earn 6-figures from a blog within 7 days or less.

That’s a blatant lie!

It’s just not possible when you take a realistic view at it.

Here’s what I advice you do:

Create a business plan for your blog before launching it. This would really guide you and give you a roadmap to follow that’ll lead you to success.

My free ebook: How To Create A Powerful Business Plan For Your Blog covers the entire process of creating a powerful business plan for your blog, so get your free copy right away.

Just so you know: I started earning income from this blog right from the first month because I planned the whole structure of the blog for months before I launched this blog.

So, I advice you do same.

Question 2: If I intend being a full-time blogger, are there other ways of making money online that you can advice me to try while waiting for my blog to mature and start bringing in substantial income?

Answer: There are numerous ways you can make money online: freelancing, affiliate marketing, information, consulting, private advertising … the list is endless!

I recommend you take your time and read the following post:

How To Make Money Online In Nigeria The Right Way (Scams Exposed!)

How To Make Money Blogging In Nigeria (Beginners’ Guide)

I’ve covered the whole concept behind making money online in Nigeria in those posts. Take your time to read them and take action.

Question 3: Is it advisable to start my blog as free hosted blog and move to hosting it later when I’m ready to monetize it? Are there negative implications of doing this?

I don’t recommend anyone starting a free blog especially if you want to make money online. It’ll take you nowhere. A free blog sends the wrong signals to readers and comes with numerous restrictions that would hinder your success.

In fact, this is one of the reasons I wrote this post: 11 Reasons You Should Not Start A Blog On A Free Platform

If you’re really serious about blogging, get started on a serious note by starting a self-hosted blog – specifically on WordPress.

I have two awesome tutorials you can use:

How To Set Up A Self Hosted WordPress Blog On Namecheap

How To Set Up A Self Hosted WordPress Blog On Whogohost

…and your blog should be online in less than 30 Minutes.

Question 4: Should I go for a local hosting company since they are cheaper like Whogohost that you advertise on your blog?

Answer: Yes, you can go for a Nigerian web hosting company.

But, I must tell you this (so, you don’t lose the trust you have in me):

Some Nigerian web hosting companies (not all though) are big time suckers. They offer limited services, poor support and technical capabilities.

I currently recommend Whogohost  (at the moment) as they provide quality services and efficient customer support. So, you would have no issues with them.

In fact, with my step-by-step tutorial, you will have your self-hosted blog online in 30 minutes.

Question 5: Is it necessary to register your domain name before hosting a blog. Are there exceptional cases?

Answer: The domain name of your blog is the url which people will type in the web browser to access your site. While a hosting account enables your blog to be accessible online.

You have to register the domain name first before hosting comes into play.

Question 6: After domain name registration and WordPress installation, will I be sent a link via which to access my domain name/cpanel?

Usually, the web hosting companies I recommend on this blog sends your hosting details to the email you signed up with them.

Once you complete the domain registration and buy a web hosting plan, you’ll be sent your login (username and password) details for your hosting account.

Regarding your wordpress installation, when you complete the installation process on your domain – your Admin Username, Password, Admin Url will be displayed.

Your Admin Url is where you log in to make changes to your blog and add content. Only have access to this.

Your Admin Username and Password are the details you chose when installing wordpress, so keep it safe.

It is different from your hosting login details. So, mix both together!

Question 7: How long does it take before I start making money online?

This depends on the online business model you’re venturing into: it could be 1 week, 6 months or be up to a year before you start earning income online.

It depends on yourself, what you do, how hard you work, how smart you work and other factors.

For example, if you’re a good writer and decide to venture into freelance writing: you can start earning income right from the first week when you get your first client.

I did this myself when I started out until I got too busy with other online projects.

But, that might not be the case if you start blogging because you’ll need to build an audience first before the money start rolling in. And this could take up to 6 months if you go about it the right way.

Question 8: I don’t have much money and need free methods to make money online?

Online business just like any other (and YES this is a real business) requires investment of time and money.

There’s no fast and easy way to riches, let no one deceive you.

There’s no gain without pain either. It takes time, the right knowledge, a lot of hard work and financial investment.

In order words, you’ll have to spend money.

But on the plus side it’s got the lowest barrier to entry unlike other businesses which requires you to break the bank.

You can literally get started on a low budget and build up from there. If you’re not willing to invest in your business then you probably don’t have what it takes to succeed unfortunately.

Question 9: I want to start an online business like blogging my challenge and fear is choosing a topic that’ll really make great impact to blog about. Considering the thousands of more experienced bloggers out there, honestly its scary and I don’t know where to start from.

Answer: Yes the blogosphere is saturated and the competition is very fierce. But, you don’t need to worry about that because competition is good and shows there’s a viable market for your niche and people are interested in it.

Before choosing a niche or topic that will carry the focus of your blog, you need to ask yourself these questions: Does this topic spark my interest? I’m I passionate about this topic? Are there people interested in this topic?

Hot topics you can choose for your blog in Nigeria include: Admission and scholarships tips for students, Job search advice, Self Employment idea, Entertainment news, Football gist, Blogging tips and making money online.

My free ebook explains these basic steps in a brick-by-brick fashion and gives you a road map to follow, so grab you copy right now!

I hope I’ve been able to answer your questions, feel free to leave a comment if you need more clarification concerning this post or blogging. I’ll reply as always.

How To Set Up A Self Hosted WordPress Blog On Namecheap (A Complete Beginners’ Guide)

Have you ever thought you would need a fortune before having your own website or 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 website online?

So I did!


But, what if there was a way you could build your website or 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 …

3 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:

  • Helped numerous newbies who new nothing about setting up a website with this free step-by-step tutorial without paying a dime to any fat-bellied website designer. It’s one of the most popular posts on this blog.
  • 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
  • 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 business. 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 or

I mean a real website like  (just like the one you’re currently reading).

Now, you might be wondering: “what’s the difference between a blog and a website?”

I’ll help you out.

A website is simply a static webpage that appear on the homepage and it’s not frequently updated with new content. The homepage will serve as the room to access other web pages. With software like Adobe Dreamweaver, you can build your website from scratch.

While a blog is a form of a website that can be updated frequently with new contents and they are arranged in a way that the most recent posts appear first on the homepage leaving the older posts below.

Simply put: “A blog is a form of a website but a website is not a blog.”

You get it, right?


I know starting a website or blog on free platforms has become the norm.

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: 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 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 or

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

“…When you host your site on, 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 everything is done for you but you lose some control. You can’t have a yard; neither can you tear down walls …”

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

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 $10) 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 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

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 a free domain name by using the service I recommend (more on that later).

I advice you read this post: How To Choose A Good Domain Name For Your Blog, 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. You’ll need a MasterCard ATM card from your bank to buy this.

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. Namecheap, the web hosting service I use for this blog, offers a whopping 10GB 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.

Namecheap is the web hosting service I use for OnlineBloggingIncome and it’s quite a great service. Namecheap 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: Namecheap 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 Namecheap, it was fixed within some minutes. How soothing!
  • Affordability: Despite all the great value it provides, Namecheap is one of the most affordable hosting providers you can find around. They‘re currently running a promo with an amazing discount, so you pay only $10 for the first year. Frankly, most reliable web host don’t come this cheap.
  • Free website transfer: Most web host will charge you up to $49.95/N10,000 for transferring your website from another hosts to their server but Namecheap value their customers so much that they offer this service for FREE.
  • 14 days money back guarantee: Because of the quality of services they offer, they offer an iron-clad 14-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 14 days, 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 Namecheap gives you for FREE, for a whole year  which is awesome if you ask me.
  • No Limits: You can host multiple websites on one account and unlimited e-mail accounts. In fact, with the starter 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 Namecheap offers, I’ve never had any issues with them.

Right now, Namecheap is running a promo which offers one-year hosting plan for just $10 and a free domain name.

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 OnlineBloggingIncome. If you host your blog or website with Namecheap, 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 website in 30 minutes or less (no prior knowledge is required).

Step 1: Get a hosting account from Namecheap

  • The next page shows the four hosting plans Namecheap offers:


1. Value: This is a web hosting plan for starters, average-sized blog or business website and it’s what I recommend for beginners.

You can host up to 3 website with this plan for just $9.88 for the first year.

2. Professional: This plan comes with more support and features and it is ideal for fast growing websites or blogs and the discounted price is price is $19.88 for the first year.

This is the most popular plan and allows powered storage, unlimited bandwidth and you can host up to 10 websites with this plan.

3. Ultimate: This web hosting plan is crafted for big brands, web geeks and authoritative websites.

The discounted price for this plan is $29.88 for the first year. It also includes speed reliability and no storage limits.

4. Business: This web hosting plan is the fastest business hosting service with few users per servers, pure storage, cloud fare Railgun, PCI Compliance and a 100% uptime guarantee. Ideal for e-commerce including Magneto, Prestashop and more.

  • Just click “Add To Cart” under the plan you want.


  • When the page loads, click on I want a free .WEBSITE  domain name, If you want a .com, .net or any other extension, you’ll have to pay, if that’s what you want: click on “Purchase a new domain name”. The .website domains are new Top level domain names, so can go for them!


  • Enter the domain name of your choice and click on “Add New Domain To Cart”. If the domain name you chose is available, the next page loads. If not, you’ll be told to choose another domain name.


  • As you can see from the image above, you get a free WhoisGuard for 1 year and free premium DNS. Whoisguard protects your registration details and contacts which are attached to your domain name to remain private and not available to the public. This helps to keep spammers at bay! Premium DNS delivers 100% DNS uptime and DDOS protection with ultra-fast DNS responses worldwide. DNSSEC is also included with premium DNS. Just click on “Confirm Order”.


  • On the next page, you’ll need to register an account on Namecheap to continue. If you have an account with them, simply log in at the left side. If not, create an account by filling the details at the right side of the page.


When filling your details, make sure you choose a username and password you’ll remember or better yet: write it out and keep it safe. You’ll need them to log in later. Also, make sure your email address is working because some details will sent to you!

  • When you’re done filling your details, click on “Create account and Continue”.


On the next page, choose MasterCard as your payment option and enter the name on your card, your card number (this is the 16-digit number on the front of your card), your security code (CVV2) (this is the 3 digit code at the back of your card), the expiry date of your card.


Please note the Zip/Postal Code for Nigeria is 110001.

You can check any of these according to your preference and click on “Continue”.



Now you have a hosting account and a FREE domain name. Congratulations!

Please Note: Namecheap would send you an email containing the receipt of your order and your login username and password. You’ll need that in the future to access your hosting account.

If you encounter any problem here, just give me a call on +2348039185233 and I will be more then willing to help you out.

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 Namecheap.

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.

Here’s how:

  • Go to (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.

Affiliate Disclosure: This page contains my Namecheap 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!

How To Register A Domain Name With NameCheap (Step-By-Step Guide With Coupon Code For 2019)

In this step-by-step, I’ll guide you on how to register your domain name with the best domain registrar on the planet: Namecheap!

You’ll also get a special coupon code that will knock off 10% off your charge.

If you intend to start a blog, I advice you first read this post: How To choose A Good domain Name For Your Blog, so you get the first hand information on how to get the best out of your domain name.


First, let take a quick look at some quick terms to get you going:

1. Domain name

A domain name is the name you choose for your blog or website, usually followed by .com, .org or .net. (Depending on the extension you choose)

For example, the domain name of this blog is This is what people will type in the web browser to visit your blog.

2. The Domain Name System (DNS)

These are set of rules and procedures about how domain names are formed. This controls your domain name’s blog/website and email settings.

3. A Top Level Domain (TDL)

This is the part of the domain name located after the dot (.) the most common TLDs are .com, .net, .org .biz, .info etc.

4. Domain name registrar

A domain name registrar is an organization or company that manages the reservation of domain names. I personally use Namecheap!

5. DNS settings

The DNS settings or nameservers “point” to your website once you have a hosting account set up.

That means that the unique setting that identifies your website as “Joe’s Blog” will direct anyone searching for your site to the place on your web host that has been reserved specifically for your site.

6. DNS propagation

It takes from several to 48 hours for nameserver changes or DNS propagation to be completed. During that time servers across the web are updated with your website’s DNS information.

Don’t worry. This is as tech as it gets for this part. It sounds very hard, but what you have to do is easy.

I personally use NameCheap to purchase and keep track of my domain names.

They are reliable and cheap compared to others.

NameCheap, like all domain registrars, offers numerous web services (like web hosting). In fact, this blog is currently hosted on Namecheap.

They currently charge $9.88 for their shared hosting for the first year, click here to visit their official website and buy a web hosting account with them.

Now, let’s get started with registering your domain name on Namecheap:

“Important Note: Namecheap is currently running an amazing promo where you get 10% off your charge for .com, .net and .org. Also you can get some domain names for less than $1.” This promo ends October 31st 2016 so act fast by following the steps below!


Step 1: Visit the official website of Namecheap by clicking on this special link which will knock off 10% off your charge.


  • Enter the domain name of your choice in the box and click on Search.

If the domain name is available, you’ll see something like the image below. If not, choose another domain name.Then, click on the cart to move to the next page.


  • When the next page loads, Click on “View Cart” to check out.


As you can see from the image below, you get a free WhoisGuard for 1 year and free premium DNS.

Whoisguard protects your registration details and contacts which are attached to your domain name to remain private and not available to the public. This helps to keep spammers at bay!

  • Just click on “Confirm Order”.



  • On the next page, you’ll need to register an account on Namecheap to continue. If you have an account with them, simply log in at the left side. If not, create an account by filling the details at the right side of the page.


When filling your details, make sure you choose a username and password you’ll remember or better yet: write it out and keep it safe. You’ll need them to log in later. Also, make sure your email address is working because some details will sent to you!

  • When you’re done filling your details, click on “Create Account and Continue”.


  • On the next page, choose MasterCard as your payment option and enter the name on your card, your card number (this is the 16-digit number on the front of your card), your security code (CVV2) (this is the 3 digit code at the back of your card), the expiry date of your card.


When filling your details, please note the Zip/Postal Code is 110001.


  • You can check any of these according to your preference and click on “Continue”.


When that’s done you’ll see a Namecheap confirmation screen and you’ll also receive an email containing important information. File it in a safe place for future reference.

Once you’ve received your email, go ahead and log out of Namecheap.

Congratulations, you’ve just successfully registered your domain name on Namecheap, which is the very first important step to establishing your blog or website.

If you have any questions about this post or need clarification that relates to Domain Name Registration, feel free to leave a comment. I’ll reply you!

How To Make Money Online The Right Way In Nigeria 2019 (Scams Exposed!)

Have you ever come across one of these (listed below) headlines before?

  • “How I made millions of dollars within one month selling information products without spending a dime.”
  • “Exposed: How to make $10,000 monthly through affiliate marketing.”
  • “Do you want to quit your day job and make 6-figures monthly from your blog? Get my powerful ebook.”
  • “Revealed: How I’m making at least $500 daily from fiverr.”
  • “My Secret Copy-and-paste system that will rake you millions of Naira at the click of a button.”

Yeah… I thought so!

And I’m certain you must have even gone ahead to click one of them. But, making money online is not that easy.

Most self-proclaimed “webmasters” will never admit this to you. They’re just interested in swindling your hard-earned cash in return for their shitty ebooks that will get you no where.

Forget about the hype and get-rich schemes saturating the internet today.

Making money online is not as easy as eating a yummy piece of chocolate. It requires the right knowledge, financial investment, a lot of hard work and a determined mind.

If you’ve been thinking that all you need to do is to start a free blog hosted on Blogger or, publish few articles you copied from other website on your blog, apply for adsense and watch your bank account explode with cash.

Then, you’ll be totally disappointed as you won’t make a dime.

If making money online was that easy, everyone would be a millionaire overnight.

Now, this might scare you a little to call it quit before venturing into something you may not see reasonable results.

But, just like you know: the truth is always bitter and transparency really matters.

I hate lies, scam and deception!

That’s not how I roll.

So, how exactly can you make money online the right way in 2016?

Here’s the answer: you have to sell something?

Research or look up ways top online entrepreneurs make cool cash online and you’ll notice they either sell a service, a product or …you just name it.

That’s the bottom line.

Now, you might be wondering: what exactly do you sell?

I’ll answer that in a moment.

First, let me give you a better illustration to give you a broad picture of how it works.

Do you know the most popular social network in the world?

It’s Facebook, the very first social network to surpass 1 billion registered users, and makes billions of dollars on a daily basis.

How does Facebook achieve this?

The answer is simple: by selling.

Now, what exactly does Facebook sell?

They sell advert space on their website.

I’m sure you have a Facebook account and one way or the other (while chatting with your friends) you must have come across some adverts on your timeline or news feeds.

Did you see the advert for Blackberry phones by

Did these adverts just appear there by accident?

Of course not!

Business owners, big brands, website/blog owners, organisations … pay Facebook huge sums of dollars to place this advert on their website.

Another good example is the world most populous website on the planet: Google.

It’s the biggest search engine you can find today, recording billions of searches every single day.

So, what does Google sell?

Just take a look at this image below:


The fight for the top spot on Google is going to continue as long as the search engine exist and most big brands who don’t want to go through the fierce competition pays Google to place an advert on the first page which makes them visible to customers.

And each time someone clicks on the advert, the advertiser pays Google anything between $0.50 and $20 depending on the keyword.

Yes, that’s just for a single click.

So, just like Facebook, Google sells advert space on their search results.

You get?

And makes billions of dollars on a daily basis.

Now before you think this doesn’t happen in Nigeria, let’s come home:

You must have heard of Jumia, the largest online retail store in Nigeria, where customers orders for different items ranging from electronics, gadgets, android phones… clothes etc. and it get delivered right to their door step.

In order words, Jumia make money online by selling physical products Nigerians love to buy. A similar example is that sells products too.

Need more examples?

Here you go:

I’m sure you know Nairaland, which is the biggest online forum in Nigeria, owned by Seun Osewa. It generates massive traffic on a daily basis and makes millions of Naira.

As at the time of writing this post, it has over 1 million members and millions of topics are created every blessed day.

Yes, that’s not a typo!

How does Nairaland makes money?

By selling advert space. (see image below)

Advert Spaces on Nairaland
Advert Spaces on Nairaland

Business owners, Nigerian web hosting companies, bloggers, webmasters, individuals etc. pay Nairaland to place their advert on the specific section of their choice.

This is possible because of the massive traffic Nairaland commands on a daily basis.

Another good example is Linda Ikeji, one of the pioneer bloggers in Nigeria that earns millions of Naira monthly.

How exactly?

By selling!

And what does she sell?

She sells advert space on her blog. Big companies like Guinness, Coca-cola etc. all queue up to place their advert on her blog and she charges them millions of Naira monthly.

She also places Google ads on her blog which result to a big pay check monthly.

If she just created a blog without offering anything for sell, she wouldn’t make a dime online.

In fact, since when she went public to announce that she bought a mansion in Banana Island from the money she made from blogging, every Nigerian has jumped on the bandwagon.

And here’s me too, yours truly.

I make cool cash online by selling.

So, what exactly do I sell?

  • My blog setup service. (I’ve made thousands of Naira from setting up blogs for individuals and also sell my website design skills)
  • Freelance writing. (This business is the bomb, if you have great research and writing skills)
  • I also earn commissions by promoting affiliate products on this little tiny blog.

Other notable Nigerians that are making it big in Nigeria include:

  • Muhammed Abdullahi Tosin, the owner of Naijawriterscoach. This is the blog where Nigerians win laurels, essay competitions and how they can get their works published. He sells amazing ebooks and courses that helps his readers kick-start their writing dream and win laurels from essay competitions and makes thousands of Naira monthly.
  • Bamidele Onibalusi, the brain behind Writerincharge, who started making thousands of Naira before he was even 18 by selling his freelance writing skills to high-paying foreign clients.
  • Abass Toriola of Webincomeplus, the most honest online business “guru” I’ve ever come across, who makes a killing sum from various online businesses and sells courses and ebooks too on his blog.

I can go on and on … but the bottom line is: to make money online you need to sell something.

Now, what exactly do you sell?

And the answer is quite simple: sell what is valuable, resourceful and what will offer help to the buyer.

Not just crap that saturate the internet.

You see, when people buy things that give them value and offer them help, they would thank you for it and this would boost your credibility online. Customers will trust you and also recommend others to you.

Let me explain better:

Look at the woman selling Akara at the junction. She takes her time to pound the beans, grind it and then finally fry it into what you see as Akara.

When you buy it and find it very delicious and yummy, won’t you patronize her again?

Sometimes, you could even recommend her to your friend.

You get the drift, right?

Value comes in different forms:

  • It could be quality information products like ebooks, videos, slideshows, webinars, workshops etc.
  • It could be providing free information about a particular topic that Nigerians are eager to learn about on a blog and build a massive audience in order to attract advertisers.
  • It could be a top-notch online course or tutorial on a particular topic that Nigerians are interested to learn and you can deliver as expected.
  • It could be rendering freelance services like article writing, web designing, graphic designing etc.
  • It could be selling other people’s product, which is known as Affiliate Marketing.

… the list is non-exhaustive, you just have to pick up your thinking cap, look for problems around you that you can solve and create a service, a product… to solve that need.

It’s has simple as that!

The wrong conception Nigerians have about making money online is that you actually have to scam people to make money online.


This is totally a big fat lie!

It just a matter of answering this simple question: “Can you create value?”

Before you actually start bombarding people with a product you want to sell, you have to first build trust by offering free content that attracts a massive audience.

Most people don’t.

They’re not just ready to work hard or offer free content to readers.

If Facebook had restricted the use of their social media to only those who paid, would it have reached such enviable feat?

What about if you had to pay to run a Google search?

Maybe no one would have used it.

In fact, when you visit, you’ll see a pop up offering to give you N1,000 free voucher for you to use.

80% Discount on Jumia
80% Discount on Jumia

In order words:

“The more value you can provide to your readers, the more money you’ll make online.”

Now, you might be wondering: where do you sell?

To sell online, you need a website or more preferably: a blog.

This will be the platform where you attract readers on the internet. It just like trying to set up a business in Lagos and you’re in Maiduguri.

Will that be possible?

To set up your business successfully, you have to move to Lagos where a lot of desperate customers abound.

The same process goes online.

To make money online, you need an online presence to sell successful.

Get this straight: I’m not talking about a Facebook Page, a Twitter account or a free blog. I mean a real website that you own and have control over without any form of restriction.

You don’t own your Facebook page, Facebook does.

You don’t own your twitter account, twitter does.

You don’t own your free blog, the host does. You can read this post: 11 Reasons Why You Should Not Start A Free Blog

It’s just like running a business on a rented land you don’t own. The owner could decide to send you packing anytime.

Every successful Nigerian making money online today had an online platform, without this maybe they wouldn’t have achieved anything.

So, I advice you: get a website or blog.

This is will be your showroom, where you offer value to readers interested in what you have to say.

You can use my step-by-step tutorial to set up one for yourself within 30 minutes.

There you have it!

You know the proven way to make money online, so get started today.

I’m curious and I would love to hear your thoughts on this: do you have a blog where you intend to sell? What kind of things do you intend to sell? Feel free to leave a comment, I’ll reply.

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30 Compelling Reasons You Should Use WordPress as Your Blogging Platform

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There are numerous blogging platforms on the internet, no doubt.

Often beginners, individuals …who intend to start a blog make the mistake of using the wrong platform which results to too many problems in the long run.

And you must have heard about the biggest blogging platform on the planet: WordPress! vs

It powers authoritative blogs like CNN, New York Times, Mashable, Hoffingtonpost, ScarryMommy …the list is endless.

These stats really speak volume of the efficiency and amazing features that WordPress offers.

But, what exactly are these features and why should you start your blog on WordPress?

Good question!

First, what is WordPress?

WordPress is a blogging platform which allows you create a blog. However, it has grown immensely to be a content management system (thanks to smart programmers) which you can use to create a full-fledged website and other applications.

It has two versions: and vs

To really understand the difference between the two versions, I recommend you read this post: What’s The Difference Between and

However, in this post, I want to give you compelling reasons why you should use WordPress as your blogging platform.

Let get started:

1. WordPress is easy to set up

One of the amazing features about setting up a blog on WordPress is that it’s super easy. Even, if you knew nothing about website designing or coding.

In fact, with my step-by-step tutorial, you can set up a self hosted blog on WordPress in 30 minutes.

No kidding!

You don’t need to be an internet expert or an HTML coder to use WordPress, it’s very easy to set up. All you need is a good internet connection and your blog will be online in few minutes

Amazing stuff, right?

2. WordPress is easy to learn

Simplicity makes it possible for you to get online and get publishing, quickly. Nothing should get in the way of you getting your website up and your content out there. WordPress is built to make that happen.

3. WordPress is popular

WordPress is the most popular blogging platform on the planet and over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home”, won’t you love to join the family.

WordPress powers more than 23% of the websites on the internet and the amazing thing is that: “This number keeps on increasing every single day”!

In fact, Technorati says 52% of blogs on the internet is powered by WordPress!

From simple website, to blogs, to web portal, to complex e-commerce sites and even applications … can be built on WordPress

4. WordPress is very secure

WordPress is developed with security in mind, so it is considered quite safe and secure to run any website.

However, just like the real world, the internet can be an uncertain place.

There are intruders out there who want to get their hands on as many sites as they could.

In fact, I get hundreds of failed log in attempts by hackers on this blog but thanks to security plugins (like Wordfence and Limit Login Attempts), I’ve been able to sleep well at nights without getting worried about the safety of my blog.

And this shouldn’t be surprising because WordPress is a very popular content management system which makes hackers target blogs on this platform.

It’s very easy to secure your blog on WordPress if you:

  1. Do not download any theme or plugins from untrusted site.
  2. Keep your WordPress version updated. (You can set this automatically if you want)
  3. Keep your themes and plugins updated. (You can also set this automatically)

In order words, WordPress has an automatic update feature that constantly updates its software to check security loopholes, block harmful malwares and keep your website safe from hackers.

 5. WordPress is free

WordPress is licensed under the GPL which was created to protect your freedoms. You are free t use WordPress in any way you choose: install it, use it, modify it or even distribute it.

The foundation of WordPress was built to be a free software right from inception which is extremely beneficial.

There are no hidden charges, so you don’t need to get worried if your blog get popular than you expected.

And the best part?

It’ll always be free!

6. WordPress provides flexibility

With WordPress, you can create any type of website you want: a personal blog or website, a photo-blog, a business website, a forum (like or, a membership site (like a professional portfolio, an auto-blog (that updates itself) a government website, a magazine or news website, an online community, even a network of websites.

You can make your website beautiful with themes, and extend it with plugins. You can even build your very own application.

Now, that’s true flexibility!

WordPress is very versatile and can help you meet your needs through the amazing features and addons at it disposal.

7. WordPress content management is amazing

WordPress helps you manage your content without going through many hassles.

You can create posts and pages, format them easily to soothe your taste, insert any media of your choice (images, videos, slideshows etc) and publish them with the click of a button.

And your content will be live on the web, so you can start sharing your links and promoting your content.

8. WordPress provides publishing tools

WordPress makes it easy for you to manage your content.

You can create drafts (and publish it at a later date), schedule publications, look at your post revisions, make your content public or private, secure a post or page with a password (for your paid courses), allow or disable comments, notify readers that their comments have been replied, collect emails of readers that leaves comments on your blog, force your readers to share your content before they read it… the list is endless.

9. WordPress provides efficient user management

When it comes to user management, it could be very hectic to properly enable roles easily especially when there are many authors publishing content on a blog.

You don’t need to give everyone access to your website. On WordPress, giving users different roles is pretty easy!

Here are the different roles you can use to manage users on your site:

  1. Administrators manage the site: this should be you, the owner of the blog.

  1. Editors work with content: they can publish and manage posts including the posts of others.
  2. Authors can only publish and mange their own posts.
  3. Contributors can write posts but cannot publish them.
  4. Subscribers have a profile that they can manage. They can’t do any other thing.

    This gives you a lot of options to choose from when enabling users to contribute to your website.

    10. WordPress enables efficient media management

    The media files on your blog are your images, videos, audio … and uploading  them on WordPress is as easy as a click of a button.

    The media management is efficient as it comes with amazing drag and drop features and editing tools: you can add alt text, captions, titles, description for SEO purposes which will boost your rankings in search engines.

    11. WordPress offers full standard compliance

    Unlike other blogging platforms, every piece of code which is generated on WordPress is in full compliance with the standards set by the W3C.

    This means that your website will work in today’s browser, while maintaining forward compatibility with the next generation of browser.

    Your website is a beautiful thing, now and in the future.

    12. WordPress offers an easy theme system

    There are thousands of themes available in the WordPress repository for you to choose from to give your blog an amazing look.

    Even if you want to upload your own, it’s as easy as a click of button.

    So, giving your blog a beautiful look only takes few seconds. Isn’t that awesome?

    Whether you want a photography theme, magazine theme, portfolio theme, personal blog theme, or an eCommerce theme. There is a perfect theme available for every kind of website.

    And the best part?

    WordPress themes are easy to customize because a lot of them come with their own options panel allowing you to change colors, upload logo, change background, create beautiful sliders, and do other cool things with your website without ever writing any code at all.

    13. WordPress comes with amazing plugins

    WordPress plugins are just like softwares that provides additional features and functionalities to your blog.

    You can do virtually anything on your blog, thanks to plugins.

    There are thousands of plugins in the WordPress repository available for free to meet your needs: social sharing, spam protection, search engine optimization, sign up forms, media widgets, calendars, contact forms etc.

    In fact, for every feature you need there’s a plugin for it!

    With this plugins, you can add complex business features to your blog without having to hire a coder.

    For example, you can redirect a reader to a special page when they leave their first comment on your blog or lock your content unless they share you post before reading it.

    14. WordPress provides built-in comments tools

    WordPress comes provides comment tools to help you manage the comments on your blog easily. You can edit, reply, delete, approve or set parameters before a comment is approved.

    This makes it easy for you to control spam comments and boost the engagement level on your blog.

    15. WordPress is Search-Engine- Friendly

    WordPress is optimized for search engines which explain why most blogs that run on WordPress attract a lot of traffic from search engines.

    And the best part?

    There are numerous SEO plugins to help your blog search engine friendly and rank well in SERPs.

    Have you ever wondered why most blogs on the first page of Google are usually WordPress blogs?

    Here is the answer:

    The framework of WordPress makes it easy for search bots to crawl it easily and they get ranked pretty fast!

    In fact, Google Engineer, Matt Cutts endorsed WordPress during the WordCamp San Francisco 2009.

    In his words from this video:

    “WordPress automatically solves a ton of SEO issues”

    His personal blog is on WordPress!

    16. WordPress allows Multi-lingual languages

    WordPress is available in over70 languages: Detsch, Espanol, Bosanski, etWordpressou or the person you’re building the website for would prefer to use WordPress in a language other than English, it’s very easy to do, just follow this guide.

    17. WordPress allows you to own your content

    The self hosted version of WordPress (which is what I recommend) allows you to own your content and become your own boss by monetizing your blog any way you like without any form of restriction.

    18. WordPress has a community

    As the most popular content management system on the internet today, WordPress has a vibrant and supportive community.

    Ask a question on the support forums and get help from a volunteer, attend a WordCamp or Meetup to learn more about WordPress, read blogs posts and tutorials about WordPress.

    I believe the community of WordPress is what made it what it is today!

    Community is at the heart of WordPress, making it what it is today. You can connect with the community, ask questions and find helpful on the official WordPress forum or in person at WordCamp events around the world.

    The WordPress forum is a very active and generous community where you can get support, exchange ideas and interact with other users of WordPress.

    This makes mastering the platform very easy for everyone.

    19. WordPress is open source

    Unlike other blogging platform, WordPress is an open source project. This means that hundreds of people all over the world are always working on it to keep it updated and improving the features.

    This is the main reason why its features continue to improve every single months as more and more amazing features are being added to soothe your needs.

    You’re free to use it for your site without paying any license fee; this beat the hell out of out some commercial platforms out there.

    You too can help improve WordPress by answering questions in the support forum, writing a documentation, translating WordPress into your language etc.

    20. WordPress is easy to manage

    WordPress comes with a built-in updater that allows you to update your plugins themes and WordPress version from within your WordPress admin dashboard at the click of a button.

    Also, you can keep your content safe by setting up an automated backup for WordPress site just in case something goes wrong!

    21. WordPress can handle different media types

    Using WordPress you are not just limited to writing text. It comes with built-in support to handle images, audio, and video content.

    You can embed your YouTube videos, Instagram photos, audio clips, tweets… on your blog by just inserting the url.

    So, you’ve a lot of options when it comes to adding media files to your blog!

    22. WordPress is ready for the mobile web

    It’s no longer news that: Mobile devices have taken over the internet!

    People no longer visit websites from their PCs like before, thanks to the influx of tablets and smartphones that have saturated every where!

    So, if you’ve thinking readers will visit your blog from a computer, you’re totally mistaken. With this development, you need to make sure your site display well on these mobile devices and fits the screen of the user.

    And that’s where WordPress comes in.

    Unlike the themes of other platform that looks terrible on mobile, most WordPress themes are very responsive which means they are very mobile-friendly by displaying well to fit the screen of the mobile device.

    Even the WordPress dashboard is designed to work on smartphones and also on PCs. Which means you can manage your website anywhere you go!

    You don’t need to worry whether or not your website can accommodate smartphones and tablets, the responsive themes on WordPress will take care of that for you.

    23. WordPress is now more than just a blogging platform.

    In the past, WordPress was mainly a blogging platform but over the years it has evolved (thanks to programmers adding more and more amazing features to it) into a very flexible content management system.

    You can now use WordPress to create fully functional website and mobile applications right from scratch.

    Without any prior knowledge of coding or technical jargons!

    And that’s why it has gained popularity because of the robust features it has. This explains why WordPress powered sites have taken over the internet. In fact, top brands like CNN, New York Times, eBay, Time Magazine, Sony, Disney etc. use WordPress to power their websites.

    This really speaks volume of the efficiency and amazing features that WordPress offers.

    24. WordPress is good for both your blog and your website

    You can use WordPress to run a blog and also run it as a website. This is possible because WordPress has a post and page structure.

    You can have blogs posts published and also have static pages like your About or Contact pages.

    Now, that’s true flexibility!

    25. WordPress has really mature

    WordPress is over ten years old. During the past decade WordPress has been refined, tested, and enhanced.

    In the process it has evolved into a world-class web publishing system, don’t you agree?

    26. WordPress saves you money

    Remember, WordPress is a free software. However, that’s not the only area where you’ll save money.

    Because WordPress is open source and user-friendly, you won’t have to hire web designers or technicians to launch or maintain your WordPress site.

    27. Numerous e-commerce solutions

    Since you’re using WordPress for your business, then you will be happy to know that there are a number of ecommerce solutions that will convert your site into an all-out digital store. By using plugins

    like WooCommerceWP eCommerce or Shopp you can easily begin to make money online.

    28. Amazing Integration with other services

    WordPress integrates with some of the most powerful platforms available to give your business that additional boost.

    Need to launch an email campaign?

    You can use a service like Getresponse or MailChimp.

    Want to get paid for a product or service?

    WordPress can work with some of the most popular payment gateways in the world.

    So, you can your build your business without going through any hassles.

    29. WordPress can be used right out of the box

    Unlike other content management systems, WordPress is ready to use immediately after installation.

    This means that you don’t have to “hunt down, install, and configure a long-list of add-ons just to get many of the features which could be frustrating, energy-sapping and time-consuming.

    Just install the WordPress software on your domain and you can start blogging right away!

    30. WordPress will definitely keep getting better

    WordPress hires top-notch developers, you can be certain that WordPress is only going to get better as time goes on.

    Also, because WordPress is open source, any developer can enhance the user experience so that it can become the best CMS available.

    WordPress can be one of the best platforms for your business.  Ever since I switch all my blogs to WordPress I’ve been able to build an online business from my passion.

    I highly recommend you switch to WordPress today if you’re not running your blog on this platform.


    I’ve never been happier choosing WordPress as my blogging platform although I started on blogger but WordPress really blew me away and I recommend it to anyone who intends to start a successful blog.

    WordPress is the bomb!

    If you’re not running your blog on WordPress, I advice you move right away to enjoy these amazing benefits.

    So, if you’re still asking questions like:

    • Is WordPress good?
    • What does WordPress do?
    • Should I use WordPress for my business?
    • What can you do with WordPress?

    I hope you now have answers to your questions!

    Over to you!

    I would love to hear your thoughts on this post: do you run a WordPress blog? Or do you use another blogging platform? Or do you have an objection about this post. Leave a comment below!

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