How to Become a Successful Blogger in 2020
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 Congratulations! You have started your blog.

You just took a step in becoming a blogger.
But now, how do you be a successful blogger?
This is a question you need to ask yourself sooner or later.

Starting a blog is different from running a blog. Starting a blog is the simplest hurdle in being a blogger.
The main difficulty lies in running a blog, and this is where many bloggers get discouraged.

As a blogger you hold many positions in your blog and also have to perform different tasks by yourself.
You are a writer, content marketer, graphics designer, editor and SEO.

Though you can outsource this in order to speed up your blog’s growth but might not be the best idea if you are willing to learn how to build a successful blog.

In this post I will share with you 23 tips on how to be a successful blogger in 2019.

In my next post I post I will be sharing  7 tips why your blog is not successful.
You can think of it as an extension to this post.

1. Start your blog

It not good enough to keep thinking about being a blogger; take your first step and start a blog.
You have wasted enough time reading about “how to start a blog”. Its time to take action and start that blog you have been dreaming of.

Without a blog, then the remaining 22 tips is a waste because you need a blog to implement this.
My friend at Start up tips daily has written a blog post on starting a blog. So you can open this in a new tab and continue reading reading.

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2. Choose the right Niche

Now you have a blog. You need to decide on what your blog will be about. Not deciding early will land you on the wrong path.

A niche is that topic you want to discuss on your blog. Your niche could be personal development, health or it could be a micro niche like fitness and weight loss, gadget review, etc.

This is what niche is all about. Your niche matters a lot. The niche you are could either make or mar your dream of being a successful blogger.
You might find it difficult in selecting a niche. You are not alone. When I started my blog, I found it difficult in deciding a blog niche.

For this reason, I started a multi-niche blog (because I want to cover everything) then I discovered, that is not the best way to go.

So I have written a guide on selecting a niche. You can read this guide here.
But I will run through the factors you need to consider when choosing your blog niche.
In order to choose your blog niche, you can use this two things to influence your decision.

• Passion

You might choose the topic you are passionate about.
Choosing your niche based on passion will make you an authority blogger because you are blogging about what you love. 

But from a business perspective, you might find it difficult to monetise your blog and audience.
So if you are starting a blog for business, you might want to check out if that niche is lucrative. If it is not then you can change to something else that you are passionate about and has an audience.

You know what?
You will always find topics you are passionate about and is also lucrative from a business perspective.

So how do you know your niche is lucrative?
  •  Does your niche have an already built audience?
  •  Are there products you can sell in your niche?
  •  Are there successful blogs in your niche?

If your niche answers yes to all questions above, then you can be sure you have chosen the right niche.

But you might be deceived to answer yes to all those questions. In order to avoid this, I suggest you carry out your research before choosing that niche.

• Choose from a business perspective

There are already successful blog niche that everyone know like technology, health, make money online niche, etc.

If you want to choose a niche in order to make money, you can choose a niche based on how lucrative that niche is.

But if you are choosing a niche in order to make money, most times you will be choosing something you are not passionate about.

Though this niches are niches that are very lucrative, that passion might not be there.
So you might consider while choose something you don’t love?

Well that is the rule in business. Most time in order to make end meet, we do what we don’t love to achieve this.

3. Launch your blog with about 10 quality contents

You have started a blog, launching your blog with about 10 quality content, will go a long way in setting up your blog for success.

This is the perfect way of starting a blog. If you can go above ten (10) quality blog posts, then do so because it will help you look professional to your readers.

When I started my blog, I wish I knew about this. It was after I few months before I learnt about this.
Writing quality content for your blog might not be that easy as a beginner.

I know that; because you are probably new to these stuffs.
When I started my blog, I knew nothing about writing.

Writing great content is way much different from what you were taught in school about writing.
On the internet, you need to be able to write great content that attracts attention.

Do you know what?

The most expensive thing on the internet is attention.
Attention is very expensive because there are thousands of blogs on the internet that are competing for your readers attention.

In order to get this, you need to spend time and money in writing a great content that pushes your readers to shoot you an email like “Your contents are superb, man”.

So creating that content might not be easy and you might consider outsourcing.
This is the next tip about being a successful blogger.

4. Be Ready to Outsource

This is another thing no one is telling you. As a blogger, doing all the task (writing, editing, designing, and replying to comment) might not be easy for you.

But if you are willing to learn the cost of starting a successful blogger, then you might want to ditch the idea of outsourcing.

But trust me, outsourcing your work can save you time; time to grow your audience and engage them.
When I started my first blog, I did everything myself, which is why it took me two years before building a successful blog.

Though the benefit was that I learnt what works and what does not in starting a successful blog.
That is what I am sharing with you here.

So if you are also willing to learn what it takes to start a successful blog then you might consider doing it all by yourself.

But it pays to stand on the shoulder of someone to go higher and higher.

5. Buy Courses to set you aright

If you want to start a successful blog, then you might consider buying courses that will teach what works when starting a blog.
This is one of the investments you will make when starting a successful blog.

I know you were not expecting this.

But buying useful courses can help you in building a successful blog.
But you need to be careful when buying courses. 

There are fake bloggers who claim to teach you how to start a successful blog and they teach you what you already know (the wrong way).

One of the courses that would help you when starting a blog is Darren Rowse’s 31 Days to Starting a Successful blog.

There are many other courses online that can help you achieve your blogging goal; but you need to buy the right course at the right time.
If you are totally new to blogging, then buying a beginners course will be the best for you.

6. Use the right tool

The tool you use in starting and running your blog matters a lot.
When I started my blog, I had no idea of search engine optimisation, webmaster console, SemRush etc. 
I started with the hope of growing a blog.
But you know what? 

My blog suffered because I did not use the right tool. After learning about these tools, my blog’s growth skyrocketed.
This is the magic of using the right tool.

You need to learn about effective tools successful bloggers use to grow their blog. I would give you 
the list of tools I use and those I trust that you can start with.
  • SemRush tool – for keyword research
SemRush is a tool that helps in performing keyword research and monitoring the keywords you are ranking for.

During the course of blogging, it is the right etiquette to know what keyword your blog is ranking for and new blog topics you can focus on.

SemRush also has a feature of monitoring external links to your blog. But it is not widely known for that but is widely known as a keyword research tool.
  • BuzzSumo – for generating headlines
BuzzSumo is a tool used to generate new blog topic ideas that you can create content around.

  • Google Web master – for claiming your site and indexing I your blog posts
  • Google Analytics – for monitoring your blog’s traffic
  • CoSchedule – for scheduling your tasks
I would keep adding to this list of tools that I use and trust.

7. Learn SEO

This is another aspect many newbies neglect.
SEO means search engine optimisation; means optimising your blog for search engine.

Successful bloggers keep learning SEO in order to know how to get their blog posts on Google’s first page.

In order to increase your blog’s traffic, you need to learn and master SEO. SEO is something you need to start learning.

Are you new to SEO, you can read matthew woodward’s guide on optimising your blog for search engine
When writing your blog posts, ensure that you optimise your blog post for search engine.

Search engine is a way of getting free traffic to your blog and growing your blog. 

Though SEO is not a day’s job but in order to make the most of SEO; optimising your blog from day 1 of starting your blog will help you.

8. Be Consistent


Consistency is the key to consistent growth.

You need to grow your readers and fan base, right? Then be consistent with content creation. Have a posting day when readers can expect your new posts.

Be consistent in creating great content. As a beginner, publishing about 5 contents will play a good role in growing your blog.

But if you really want to speed up your blog’s growth then you can publish above 10 blog posts in a week.

But in one word you need to be consistent with your posting schedule.
Well updated blog sends a message to Google that the blog is a credible source of information. 

But 
having a dormant blog will only send the wrong information that the blog is not a credible source.
And I know you would not love that.

So what you need to do is to draft a posting schedule and stick it.
To do this:
  • Decide on how many blog posts you want to publish in a week (3-6 blog posts a week is good)
  • Open an excel file and name it whatever you like.
  •  Brainstorm and research list of keywords you would like to write on (Sometimes I go beyond this and write the headlines of these posts)
  • Create a column for (Keyword, Headline, Schedule, Date Published, )
  • Then fill in the list of headline and write the date to be published and ensure you keep updating the file.
  • Stick to it. Stick to the posting schedule that you just made.

9. Write down your goals

Writing down your goals will help you in achieving them. The first in achieving anything is to write down your goal.

Mere saying I want to be a successful blogger is not a goal. You need to write an actionable and smart goal.

Saying I want to make money blogging this year is not a goal.
You need to narrow its down and be precise about what you want.

If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.

This is true about blogging also. You need to know what you want and work towards.

According Darren Rowse, he said his goal while starting his blog was to make $30,000 a year from his blog within 6 months.

This was an actionable goal; with a number. Not just the mere I want to make money blogging thing I hear from newbies.
So to build a successful blog, you need to write down your goal and run with it.

Write down the number of daily traffic you want to grow your blog to, the amount you want to earn per day, per month and even per year.

Then you run with it.
And don’t just run with it, work with it.

10. Create a plan

Congratulations! You have written down your goals.
So how do you achieve it?

You need a plan.; a plan to work with in order to achieve your goal.
Creating your plan, you need to go about how will you grow your blog’s traffic to that number in your diary? 

How would earn that amount you have written down in your diary?
These are things you need to think about in order to create a plan.

Being a new blogger, you might find it difficult in creating an effective plan, so I had advise you to 
learn what works.
You need to develop a content marketing strategy.

A content marketing strategy is about creating and distributing your content in order to grow your blog.

11. Start Guest blogging now

Now you have made your plan. You need to start guest blogging now. Guest blogging is the act of creating content for others blogs not yours.

Guest blogging is a way of building relationship with bloggers in your niche in order to put your blog out there and your name.

Let your competitor know that you have started a blog.
When guest blogging, do not be tempted to write a poor content, write a great content.

Writing poor content might give readers the impression that you have no idea of that topic. So whoa your host when guest blogging on their blog.

Guest blogging is one of the best ways of putting your name out there. If you are looking to grow your blog as fast as possible, then think about guest blogging.

Ask Bamidele Onibalusi, the guest blogging King. In order to grow his blog, he wrote about 300 guest posts on big and small blogs.

The result was that Bamidele was able to grow his blog within 7 months which is commendable.

Another guest blogger who grew his business through guest blogging is Victor Ijidola.

He is that guy that does not make noise about his success. 

Trust me he has been featured on nearly all big brands and blogs you can think of.

He has been featured on Entrepreneur, The Next Web, Forbes, Inc, Marketingprof, Jeff Bullas, Neil Patel, to name a few.
He was able to grow his freelance writing business, Premium Content Shop, through guest blogging.

This is one of the most important tip on this list. I discovered this late and my blog paid for it.
Only few bloggers are telling the truth about blogging. 

They tell you only 40% of what makes them successful and keep the rest from us.

If you want to scale up your blog in 2019, then consider guest blogging.
Do not just consider guest blogging, 

make 60% of your plan around guest blogging.
As a new blogger, I would consider writing about 20 quality posts on your blog and write as many guest posts to grow your blog traffic and build that relationship that really matters online.

Here is the thing:
Even popular bloggers are still on the look of writing more guest posts to get their name out there.
A popular blogger in the SEO industry said in one of his posts that he has written well over 200 guest posts.

Another one said that he was able to grow his blog all thanks to guest blogging.

Adam Enfroy ran an experiment to :
  • See how guest blogging affects blog’s growth
  • See how difficult it is for a new blogger to get published on big blogs.
His result:
  • He was able to grow his domain authority by +12 (He now has a domain authority of 33 for a new blog)
  • His search engine ranking improved and was ranked first page for his target keyword
  • His Alexa rank improved by 600,000

I have done this not to just add more examples but to show you how great guest blogging works.

12. Give much more in your content


Do not be stingy and give what others are giving in their content. Give much more to your audience and they will give you much more than you think of.

Do not be so stingy with your time and create poor content for the sake of ranking on search engine. 

Take your time and create quality and valuable contents that will solve your reader’s problems.

I could have just created a mere 1,000 words about being a successful blogger but that will only account to nothing.

And after reading it you feel more lost than you were before.

So that is not what blogging is all about.

You need to be ready to give quality and helpful information to your readers in order to build your audience and trust.

What about my premium products?

Yes there is always a place for premium products.

But how will a reader that has never found your blog content helpful be willing to pay for your premium content?

No one will pay a lazy blogger who publishes lazy contents.

You need to provide value ahead before pushing your premium product to your readers.

Jon Morrow of Smart Blogger is someone who hammers this well
All Jon Morrow’s content are all worth being processed into a course

Here is the thing:
Even though he had a decision to do that, he decided not to.

He decided to provide value before pushing his premium courses.

The result was that his readers trust him and are willing to pay for his premium courses.

And with his premium courses, Jon Morrow makes over $100,000 dollars per month.

That is way more than what you are planning to make from your blog, right?

He was able to do this by providing value upfront.

And the most interesting part is that some of his courses are priced well above $900 dollars.

Can you buy such course without trusting the provider first?

Obviously a capital NO!

That is why you need to put yourself in your readers shoe and see if you would be willing to buy from your blog.

If yes, do not be too happy, find out if there are others who think the way you think.

This should have been another tip (put yourself in your readers shoe) but I think the most important 
thing is to pass this.

13. Schedule


Yes that little demon in you will tell you that scheduling is just another waste of time.

But because you are still a kid in solopreneur, you also believed it.

That spending few minutes to schedule is a waste of time and you could have achieved something of value within that period.

And the result:

you are unable to finish your daily tasks.

It is not because you are too slow but because you lack something:
Schedule.

I could have discussed this under planning.

But I would love to emphasize this.

Because having a schedule is very important to bloggers.

You have to write new content, update old contents, design images (optional) reach out to other bloggers, build backlinks, perform on-page SEO, creating a product, etc.

If you lack a schedule in your plan then you will be overwhelmed by all these tasks.

Which there is a better resolve to this; schedule.

You need to schedule your tasks as a blogger.

Scheduling will help you to be more productive when working.

Just working according to when you think you are free would not help you in growing your blog.

You must be able to work according to time.

14. Learn from your competitors


You have to accept that you do not know everything. Your competitors are doing well and better than you, then learn from them.

Learning from them does not rip you of being an authority in your niche. You need to learn from them in order to know what works and what does not.

Learning from them will only help you know what direction to push your blog to.

But

15. Do not copy them


There is a difference between learning from your competitors and copying them. 

You learn from them to have an idea of how to grow your blog but you should not copy them.

Copying them will only frustrate both you and your readers. Copying them will always make you behind them.

You don’t really want that, right?

So do not copy them, try and develop your own strategy.

16. Be Unique


So I just talked about not copying your competitors. So what do you do?

Be unique.

Being unique is not limited to writing quality content but also covers making your design unique, the way you communicate with your readers unique.

Just be unique. Whoa your readers and give them reasons to stick with you.

Find your voice.

We can write on the same topic but there will always be that difference.

That difference is our voice.

Your person will always show in your blog posts.

So you need to discover that unique voice.

An example is the blogosphere.

The blogosphere contains a lot of top bloggers preaching about starting a blog and making money online.

But there is something I found out, the voice is different but the information is the same.

The same way Darren Rowse will explain blogging is different from the way Jeff Bullas will. 

The way Elna cain will explain freelance writing will be different from Bamidele Onibalusi.

And you know what?

You will always fall in love with one voice than another.

So do not think because your niche is competitive that you might not be able to be that popular in your niche.

The truth is some people will love the way you explain things more than the expert in your niche.

All you need is to discover that unique voice and make your blog unique.

17. Make your blog personal



Do you want to build a business around your blog? You can always do that while still being personal.

Then make your blog personal; about you and not just about your business.

Do not hide behind your blog name. Write your blog post against your name not against your blog’s name or using “editor”.

You need to make it personal; about You.

Ramsay of Blog Tyrant can tell you about this. He started his blog, blog tyrant, hiding behind his 
blog’s name.

He then discovered that is not the best way to go and he needs to make his readers know who is behind the blog.

He then decided to add his picture and more about him on his blog.

The result:

His blog’s engagement grew more than he bargained for. An average of his blog posts receives more than 60 comments within the first week of publishing.

So use your blog as an avenue to build your personal brand.

Building your personal brand makes it easy for you to build connections with other bloggers in your niche. 

So do not hide behind your blog’s name and get your name out there through your blog.

It could create the avenue for you to explore other fields.

18. Spend More Time on your blog


How many hours do you spend on your blog?

The amount of time you spend on your blog matters a lot to the growth of your blog. 

How can you expect to see fast growth in a blog you spend 2 hours on daily (I have been there before, trust me).

When I started my blog, I had no idea the exact amount of time I should be spending on my blog. 

I spent less than 2 hours daily on my blog and it was not even effective at all.

After few months of seeing no result, I decided to spend more hours on my blog daily creating quality content.

I started spending around 6 hours daily on my blog and there was speedy growth in my traffic.

This might be difficult for you as a newbie. 

But I had to spend sleepless night creating quality content for my blog.

You might not like the idea that you need to spend more time on your blog but that is the truth.

A blogger is an entrepreneur creating a business online. So you cannot expect it to come that easy.

Starting a business both online and offline comes with its own difficulty but have some similar 
difficulty.

One of the difficulties that is found in both online and offline business is the amount of time you need to spend.

That is the bitter truth about building a successful blog; spending more time on your blog.

Do you know that most professional bloggers spend more than 40 hours per week on their blog.

Harsh of Shout Me Loud spends an average of 14 hours on his blog daily when he started.

That sounds insane, right?

But that was what brought him success in the blogosphere.

Another blogger who I contacted told me he spends about 10 hours on his blog daily.

The list can continue, but that is just by the way.

So do not be deceived to believe that because you have started a blog you can go on that vacation that you have been longing for.

I am sorry to disappoint you that the hours you spend on your blog daily matter a lot.

The decision to make now is how many hours do you want to invest in your blog?

19. Create a whoa About me page


I have made it known that you need to make your blog personal. Another way of engaging your readers and building your personal brand is to create a wonderful page.

Take this as an opportunity to tell your readers story.

People love stories and your about me page should not just be a bunch of “our goal” “what we discuss here”. 

Talk about yourself on your blog.

Make your readers connect with you.

The truth is there is no exact formula for creating the perfect about me page.

All you need is to pass your message rightly and emotionally.

Some bloggers make their about us page about themselves while some make it about their blogging journey only.

And somee make it about their readers


In one word, there is no perfect way of writing n about us page.

20. Learn how to write


You might not be familiar with writing a blog post as a new blogger. But do not neglect that weak spot of yours.

Treat it and learn how to write.

You do not need to deceive yourself about this. Do not be ashamed to learn how to write.

I was a poor writer when I started my blog and I had to learn how to write.

I started reading Jon Morrow’s articles daily learning how he writes in order to build my writing skill.

So if you know you need to build your writing skill, do not hesitate to learn how to write.

Recently, I was chatting with a newbie blogger.

Below is the chat I had with the newbie:

He: Hi, please teach me how to grow my blog

Me : Create quality and unique content

He: That is my problem

Me: then learn how to write.

Do you know what is amazing about it?

He is not the only one.

Many newbies will find it difficult in creating quality blog post because they are new to the blogosphere.

Not knowing how to write is not your problem.

Your problem is not willing to learn.

You have to accept the fact that you do not know how to write and take the right step in learning how to write.

So here are some steps you can take to learn how to write:

• Read a lot of Blog Posts and Books

Reading a lot will help you master how to write a blog post. The very first step you can take is to start reading blog posts and books.

• Write a lot

How sad it is!

you were not expecting this?

But this is the truth.

The only way to learn how to write is to write..

Practise make perfection

21. Build an email list


Your email list matter a lot to your blog, there is a saying that the larger your email list is the more money you can make.

This is true.

From day one of starting your blog, start growing your email list. Your email list will help you to generate money from your blog when your blog is ripe.

So when will your blog be ripe?

That depends on you. I would prefer to start monetising my blog after 3 months. But you can decide to start monetising your blog after six months. 

It depends on how fast you grow your blog.

That being said, how do you grow your email list?

Yes I have talked about having an email list, but how do you grow it?

The short answer to this: Provide Value.

Value is that honey that attracts your audience.

And makes them give you what you want.

So in one sentence, create something that your readers would be happy to give their email address in exchange for.

So what could that be?

It could be an e Book, a podcast, a free online course, a tool or whatever you think will worth your reader attention and email address.

So here is the thing:

You don’t just create something because you think your readers need it, go extra miles and find out if they really need it.

Here is a Way to do this:

  • Find out what your audience need
  • Create a content around it in the right format ( it could be an eBook, podcast, online course, video)
  • Create a landing page for it where you can easily get your readers to sign up for your email list in return giving them the promised content.

One more thing, your content or eBook must be targeted to beginners.

Why?

They are eager to find a solution to their problem.

22. Know your Audience


You cant just help it, you have no idea of who your audience is.

Here is the the worst thing: a lot of bloggers fail because they have no idea.

And it is not just in terms of getting traffic.

But also fail terribly in blog monetisation.

Here is why:

They create content that does not solve their audience problem;
 and products without no demand.

ZERO

That is totally wrong.

You don’t just create content blindly, you need to learn about who your audience is. Knowing who 
your audience is and what they want will help in creating quality content to help them out.

So as you before creating content, learn more about your audience.

This places your blog in a better position to monetize.

But here is the thing:

How Do You Know More About Your Audience?

  • Ask Your Audience What They Want

As simple as this sound it is very powerful in finding more about your audience.

When Jon Morrow created his blog, one his first set of post was a post asking what his readers are battling with.

And guess what:

There was a ton of comments from his readers; each stating what they want.

You can also do this by sending it through a mail.

Write a simple email to your readers asking what they want.

It could be as simple as this:

Hi [Name],

Is there anything I can help you with concerning [Your Blog Topic],

I would be happy to create a content around and send the link to you when it goes live.

Talk Soon,

Akinduyo Eniola,

Founder

Gurus Coach

And it can be as short as you want just be sure to make yourself clear in your email.

  • Visit Forums
Do you know any forum where your audience could be?

Then join the forum and look for questions being asked in your niche.

These questions can be sometimes too personal but never take it too likely.

That could be the topic of your next post so make jottings about questions be asked.

And provide answers to those questions.

Do not be in a hurry to insert your blog link.

Take it easy.

The first thing is to provide solution to their problem on the forum

The next thing is to build relationship with them on the forum.

Build your authority on the forum,

Then you can now be sure of linking to your site.

Here is why:

To avoid looking spam-my,

You can always continue that relationship on your blog.

  • Read comments
Do you know that comments are much more informative than the post itself?

Here is why:

Comments are ideas and experience from different people with knowledge of the topic.

Whenever I read blog posts on my competitor’s blog, I spend more time reading comments from people.

These comments are left knowledgeable and experienced people who have either faced that problem before and have solved it or people who are about to.

The joy here is that you get to read case studies like experiment in the comment; something that is missing in the comment.

So How Do You Implement This?

Among those comments are questions from beginners and pro facing that problem or similar 
problem.

Use that to your growth.

Take those questions and jot them down.

Then create a content around it, reply the comment with a solution then link back to your site.

This way you have learnt what your needs and have also solved it.


23. Monetise now or later?


This is the question to ask yourself; should you monetise your blog now or later?

Many new bloggers are bent on monetising their blog at the early stage. There is nothing wrong with 
that but monetising at the early stage of your blog could destroy your blog’s image.

You need to first grow your blog’s audience and fan base before monetising it.

The truth is that monetising at the early stage will set you on the wrong path. Because you barely understand your blog.

Have a little fan base before monetising your blog.

In order to finance your blog, you can offer some services online to keep your blog running.

Services like freelance writing, freelance blogging, search engine optimisation, typing, setting up a blog, etc.

So you can keep yourself going by offering some services online.

NOTE: This blog post will be updated along the line. And your comment could be the next tip to be added.

Conclusion

It been a long read,

Hope you enjoyed the ride with me?

I had a choice, to either write the 1,000 word post you have always read or write something unique, long form that will help someone.

I did this not just for the sake of writing long form content (though part of it) but to impact and provide value to you.

There is more to being a successful blogger but not taking action is the first and shortest way of failing.

So digest this content and take action.

Let take a quick look over the tip discussed in this blog post.

23 Tips to be a Successful Blogger


  1. Start Your Blog
  2. Choose The Right Niche
  3. Launch Your Blog With About 10 Quality Contents
  4. Be Ready To Outsource
  5. Buy Courses To Set Your Aright
  6. Use The Right ToolT
  7. Learn Seo
  8. Be Consistent
  9. Write Down Your Goals
  10. Create A Plan
  11. Start Guest Blogging Now
  12. Give Much More In Your Content
  13. Schedule
  14. Learn From Your Competitors
  15. Do Not Copy Them
  16. Be Unique
  17. Make Your Blog Personal
  18. Spend More Time On Your Blog
  19. Learn How To Write
  20. Build An Email List
  21. Know Your Audience
  22. Monetise Now Or Later

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How to Avoid Making Excuses All the Time - No Excuse
How to Avoid Making Excuses all the Time - Say No to Excuse
Avoid excuses - free

Ohhh!

You have an assignment to carry out but you are just too busy to find time for it.
Your work wouldn't allow you to have time for other things and even for family. I understand you dear.

 But the truth is what you lack is management.

There are more than a thousand reasons not to do a thing but there are few reasons to do it, which makes it easier to say I am busy.

You claim you are busy, but you have the Time to use social media, you have the time to update your status and also browse the internet right??

Who are you deceiving bro?

Do you know that this is the reason why many never achieved their dreams..
Not because there is no enough time to do it but because they would always find an excuse to deceive themselves and shy away from their responsibility.

Okay..

I know you have something to say and can even be a better worder in paraphrasing and making your excuses legal.

"Why have you not started your business?"

Uum!! You should understand now! Hustling between having a tedious job and running a side business is not easy at all.

And to be precise I am very occupied presently and my work will not allow me to juggle a side business.

Silence....

Yeah those excuses are polite and reasonable but the truth is that you didn't mean everything above. The thing is your brain is now to lazy to ask "How can I achieve this?" .

Your brain finds it more easier to give an excuse rather than a useful solution.
I repeat again, excuses has killed so many dreams than you can think of.

I am writing this post to at least let you know how dangerous the path of giving excuses is and how you overcome this attitude.

I am not saying there are no genuine excuses, but try not to even give an excuse where it warrants it.

This will somehow build your profile as a trustworthy and good to work with person
So in this place, I Will be charging you with tips for avoiding excuses.

1.  Plan Your Day


Yes this is very important for you to avoid giving you the excuses. Plan your day so that none of the daily tasks escape your mind as you juggle through the day.

Sometimes it isn't that we are not interested in carrying out that task or rendering that help. It is just it keeps escaping our mind and we try and makeup excuses for our negligence and forgetfulness.

So in order to this, it is better you start your day with a plan .
Do not shy a away from any task by not working without a plan.

So before starting your day, let your first task be to plan the day and not the tasks that are needed to be done that day...
To make the best of your plan, read the next tip...

2. Do the Difficult Tasks First


This is an important part of planning your day.
You would always be tempted to do the easy tasks first before the difficult tasks in order to fill you have achieved something at least that day.

But that doesn't work that way.
First do the difficult tasks and let your new and fresh energy be directed to the difficult tasks. Then once you have done that, you will have more happiness to carry out other tasks.


3. Do Not Try to Multi Task


Multi tasking is a great skill to achieve more in lesser time. It has even be regarded as a plus for some jobs vacanies.

But the truth is does multi tasking really work?

Our levels of coping with more tasks without getting overwhelmed varies. But most times, multitasking only brings disadvantage to you.
Do not try to multitask at all. Just do the task one after another.

Little by little you will make an impact.

4. Make the decision not to give excuse


This is another important thing for you to do. Make that decision not to give any excuse. It sounds simple just like any other confession you would do and never stick to.
But it does work.

It has worked for many including me  and it is still working for others.
You can be among the others if you decide to not give any excuse again.

5. Do More


As you get comfortable with your daily task, you will see how drastically your productivity will increase.

At this time, you need to ensure you don't become too comfortable with your daily tasks that you can't stick in anything into your schedule.

Learn to make things work even when you have a stick schedule.
So this is where I'm going to.

Even when you have finished your assigned task at work or at home, ask for more.
Then by so doing you become comfortable with emergency works.

6. Make it a lifestyle

It awesome to not give excuse today but great it is when it becomes your lifestyle.
You need to make this your lifestyle and not just what you do when you are at work. Make it what you do wherever you are.

If it just what you do when you are at work, you will eventually get tired of doing it.
But when it becomes your lifestyle, you will enjoy the act of being that perfect person in making impossible possible.

Wait a minute, what will happen if you stop giving excuses?

Benefits of Not giving Excuses

1. You Will Achieve More


This is a benefit of not giving excuses. You will be able to achieve more with the same time you have. The same time that you have always said is not enough will now become independent of what you can achieve.

2. You Will be Trusted


This is a great attribute of giving no excuse. Your bosses and your clients will begin to trust you because they no you don't give excuses.
You can be able to grow your business by building a credible image for yourself.

Conclusion


Not giving excuse is one of the important attributes of successful people. They don't give excuse for anything. Even when it seems impossible, they see it as an opportunity to display their intelligence.

They do not allow the world control them neither is time a master over them. They master time and control what they want to do.

Don't quote me wrong,they don't control the results of their actions... But they control their actions to a high degree because of their inability to give excuse (coded).

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Affiliate Marketing Programs in Nigeria to Join 2020
Looking for the best Affiliate Marketing Programs in Nigeria? Search no more. I have gathered the 13th best Affiliate programs you can join and start making money online.

Do you also wonder how online moguls earn thousands of dollars each month? I was also surprised the day I learnt how profitable online businesses are. But there is something common among all online businesses. 

affiliate marketing in Nigeria

What do you think is common?

Persistence and Hard work. It takes time and hard work in order to join the numbers of people earning online.

It would be more palatable if you do not have people who are ignorant of online businesses because they will never support you but will only keep giving you reasons to quit.
Those of us, who have been through this, will understand. 

When I told my family that I would love to venture into online businesses, I received enough criticism and reasons to quit. The particular one that made me feel stupid was when I was asked “what value do bloggers add to the society” ; I was short of answers and just kept on saying blogging is very lucrative.

Now, I know the importance of bloggers and how lucrative online businesses can be (lol).

There are different online business and models you could implement in order to have your share in the internet pie, but Affiliate marketing is one of the easy online business model you could learn and apply.

Affiliate marketing, is simply selling other people’s products and getting a commission while doing so. 
Affiliate marketing is a very lucrative business and means of blog monetisation.

Affiliate marketing in Nigeria is yet to be fully utilized, so there are rooms for many more affiliate marketers.

IMPORTANCE OF AFFILIATE MARKETING

• Affiliate marketing can help you increase your business revenue.


With affiliate marketing, you have the opportunity of promoting already popular products. Affiliate marketing gives you the opportunity of making more money with your blog or online platform.

• Affiliate marketing helps you to identify the right product to produce in order to avoid waste of time.


Instead of producing products that are not useful or needed by your visitors or customers, it is better starting with affiliate marketing and see which product works best.


• It is easy and flexible

Affiliate marketing is easier but can be a game for the smart; because you advertise a product which already has a spot in the market and has shortened the chain of conversion.

Wondering what I meant by chain of conversion?
 
Conversion is the process where by a prospect takes the step of placing an order. In order to persuade a prospect to take an action, there are things needed to do in order to convince the prospect to take an action. This things needed to do are what I call “chain of conversion”.

Conversion is not a sudden thing, neither does it occur by accident. It is a gradual process. Each of your words, composure and behaviour to the prospect plays an important role in converting your prospect.

I said flexible, because there are various affiliate programs you can join at the same time. The flexibility of affiliate marketing has added more opportunities to triple your income.
In order to utilise affiliate marketing for your own good, you need to take up courses and learn from expert.

Affiliate marketing is easy and can be very difficult for beginners with no prior knowledge of online businesses or digital marketing.

In this post, I have decided to give you some basics of affiliate marketing and the various affiliate programs you sign up to as a Nigerian.

Note: this post is a long one, kindly get a cup of coffee as we go through the basics of digital marketing.

Let’s begin.

Ways of Marketing your Affiliate Products

#1 Blog

affiliate programs in Nigeria

 

If you are not new to online businesses, chances are you would have heard of blogs several times.

A blog is a regularly updates website or webpage, typically one run by an individual or small group that is written in an informal or conversational style. – google.

Blogging is a great marketing tool, as it is easier to sell your blog readers if you have already built a strong relationship with them. With a blog, it is easier to market your affiliate product and make huge sales. There is more to this, with a blog you are exposed to other means of monetisation; this can triple your income if done rightly.

For as many who are new to online businesses, you might wonder; how do I start a blog?
I have already written a comprehensive post on how to start a blog.

#2 Social Media

 

Do not neglect the power social media wields. Your prospects are all on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest etc. which proves how powerful the social media can be to you.; In order to utilise this tool to the maximum, you must take your time to learn what works and those that DON’T that is the act of social media marketing. The social media marketing is another vast field that requires you to learn it act.

Social media marketing involves but not limited to creating a facebook page, twitter account 
 instagram account and marketing your affiliate product ono each social media account.


#3 Pay-Per-Click

This is a paid advert as it name implies. Pay-Per-Click involves running paid ads with google adwords and other advert networks for keyword related to your affiliate product. Pay-Per-Click also known as Cost-Per-Click, is an internet advertising model used to direct traffic to your website in which an advertiser pays a publisher when the ad is clicked.

This could be expensive for beginners, as they have many things to worry about. 

This is a very fast means of generating traffic to your affiliate product and making sales. Pay-Per-Click speeds up your progress and helps you make good sales. Just like every other techniques listed here, pay-per-click can be done wrongly if there is no prior knowledge of ads management.

#4 SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)

This is a free way of generating traffic for your affiliate product and blog. It involves and not limited to writing search engine optimized content, producing video contents in order to rank well on search engines such as google, bing, etc.
 
There are various things to consider ranking well on search engines and generating a large traffic to your blog, which makes it a skill every internet geek must learn.
The best SEO technique that can never be replaced is providing values for your reader

I am now sure we are good to go. I hope you enjoy your ride with me.
There are various affiliate marketing programs you are qualified to register to as a Nigerian. 
The truth is: Nigerians are restricted in some affiliate marketing programs but there are a lot of international affiliate program and local affiliate.

I would start by listing the local affiliate program before listing other international affiliate marketing program you are eligible to join.

Let’s begin

AFFILIATE MARKETING PROGRAMS IN NIGERIA

#1 Jumia Affiliate Program


Jumia is the most popular e-commerce store in Nigeria. Jumia has helped a lot of Nigerians earn through their affiliate program.
 
Jumia being the most popular e-commerce store in Nigeria, has thousands of different products ranging from clothes to gadgets, foods, houses, etc. 

Jumia is also a trusted e-commerce store because of their rank and the type of market they are into, so you can rest assured that you would not be cheated. In order to improve your chances of making better sales on Jumia, its better to market a product related to your blog or a product you are familiar with which you can make better claim of.



Here is How to Get Started for Beginners

1. Register for free on their website

Click here to read registration procedure
Click here to register direct on their website.

2. Login to your Affiliate dashboard.
Click here to go to Jumia Affiliate Login Dashboard.

3. Select Product(s) you would love to market to your audience.
There are various lists of affiliate products you could affiliate for such as but not limited to: clothes, shoes, phones, computers, laptops, accessories, cooking equipment, utensils, etc.

4. Copy the affiliate link for the product and place on your blog.
If you do not have a blog, you can place the affiliate link on your facebook page, instagram account, twitter account, etc.
If you are willing to start your own blog, learn how to start it the right way.

5. Write a Comprehensive Review of the Product you Affiliate for.

6. Make Sales and Get a Commission for it.

7. The Required Threshold before you area allowed to withdraw is #10,000.
Wondering, what threshold is?
Threshold is the minimum amount you must have earned before you can withdraw your money. If you have not earned up to #10,000, you cannot withdraw your commission.

#2 Konga Affiliate Program

Konga is the second most popular e-commerce store in Nigeria. Konga also have thousands of products for you to market. Konga Affiliate Program is known for it flexibility and ease of us we.

Konga have products witht cheaper price compared to other e-commerce stores in Nigeria which makes them a competitive. Their products in the musical instrument section is known for it attractive and competitive price.

Konga is easy to join and easier to get started with.

Here is How to Get Started

• Register with them for free on their Websites
Click here to read Konga Affiliate Registration Procedure

• Login to your Affiliate Dashboard
Click here to visit Konga Affiliate Log in Page.

• Select the Product(s) you would love to market
Remember, the product you choose must be related to your blog or must be a product you are familiar with in order to improve your authority and chances of being successful as an
affiliate marketer.

• Copy the Affiliate Link of the Product and Place on your Blog, Facebook Page, Twitter account or whatever Marketing model you would love to Utilise.
Learn how to start a blog.

• Write a Comprehensive Review of the Product you affiliate for.
Depending on the affiliate product, many will require you content of different kinds such as image content, copy sale, video content, etc.
Your image must be well designed to pass messages to your prospect and help them to take action.

If you are new to creating images, Canva is your friend. Visit Canva to learn and design images, info-graphics, logo, etc.

• Make a Sale and Get a Commission for each Sale.
The commission paid on each sale is about 9%.

• The Required Threshold before you are allowed to withdraw your commission is #10,000.

#3 TravelStart Affiliate Program

Travel Start is a travel agency, one of the leading online travel agency. Travel Start Affiliate Program is different from the two already listed above. It requires critical marketing as it could take a long time to make a sale if you are not smart enough.

WHY?

This is because , Nigerians are just getting comfortable with buying things online. So the best marketing technique that works best for us is:

Providing Value and Building Trust
This is the only marketing technique that can stand the test of time. Trust and value are the only things that can convince and convert a prospect easily to purchase anything from you without doubting your credibility. Anyway, people are a making a full-time income from the affiliate program

How TravelStart Affiliate Program works

• It is simple- as a partner you earn money every time a user clicks through to their site and makes a booking.

• Recommend TravelStart site to your users by placing their affiliate banners and links on your websites.

How to Get Started with TravelStart Affiliate Program

1. Register for free on their website
Click here to read TravelStart registration procedure
Click here to register direct on their website.

2. Login to your Affiliate dashboard.

Click here to go to TravelStart Affiliate Login Dashboard.

3. Copy the affiliate link for the product and place on your blog.
If you do not have a blog, you can place the affiliate link on your facebook page, instagram account, twitter account, etc.
If you are willing to start your own blog, learn how to start it the right way.

4. Write a Comprehensive Review of the Product you Affiliate for.
Remember, do not be too salesy.

5. Make Sales and Get a Commission for it.
There are reasons to join TravelStart Affiliate Product or should I say what you stand to benfit.

These are:
• Cheapest fares: TravelStart negotiates directly with suppliers to secure the lowest prices and exclusive rates. As a TravelStart affiliate, you are liable to display these promotions on your website.

• Earn Highly competitive commission from day 1 at no cost to you

• TravelStart supplies you with the feeds and support you need to acquire customer.

• A top-notch CRM programme dedicated to building long-term customer retention and loyalty.

• Feature dynamic flight information on your site with banners and links that their tracking system will record and remunerate you for at the end of every month.

#4 Payporte Affiliate Program

Payporte is one of the popular e-commerce store in Nigeria. It was founded in 2014 with headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria. Payporte affiliate program consist of different products which you can affiliate for them.

I strongly recommend payporte affiliate program to fashion bloggers because payporte fashion section contain varieties of cheap and attractive clothes and other clothing materials. This is my own point opinion but any blogger can also register.

#5 Wakanow Affiliate Program

Wakanow is an online travel agency. It is a competitor of travelstart. Wakanow provides very attractive offer to their affiliate marketers. Great discounts, fare flexibility, sell more-win more, easier payment plans and so many more benefits will be yours when you sign up to become a Wakanow affiliate.

Affiliate Benefits include
1. Unbeatable commission- great discounts on Airfare Airport pickup services.

2. Access to wakanow credit

3. Earn more revenue

4. Faster and more convenient

5. Easy booking

#6 WEB4AFRICA Affiliate Program

Web4Africa is a web hosting company that provides hosting for web developers, webmasters, provide domains for webmasters.

Web4Africa offer a 10% commission on each valid referral. Web4Africac audit referrals to weed out invalid transactions. Obviously, they cannot pay-out commissions on fraudulent orders.

Web4Africa also have a referring program that allows you to refer your friends and blog readers to sign up to web4africa website.

#7 VCONNECT AFFILIATE PROGRAM

Vconnect is a business listing website referred to as a local search engine. Vconnect affiliate program works similar to other top e-commerce website affiliate system like Jumia, Konga.

Vconnect pay a variable commission on different types of products. All you need is to direct traffic and sales to Vconnect.

International Affiliate Programs

International affiliate Programs are affiliate programs owned and operated by a multi-national companies. Joining these affiliate programs opens a larger streams of income for you as an affiliate marketer. Affiliate programs that pay in dollars pay better than local affiliate program.

The affiliate programs are listed below.

#8 Amazon Affiliate Program

Amazon affiliate program is the largest affiliate program. Amazon is an e-commerce company with millions of product to affiliate for. Amazon started with main aim of selling books but now sells any product you can think of in your local market ranging from kitchen utensils to gadget, machines, foods, books, clothes, shoes etc. Amazon also started amazon kindle providing the avenue for writers and authors to write and publish their e-books for sale. Amazon is the biggest e-commerce company in the world.

So, How do I start?

• Build an active website, blog. In order to join amazon affiliate program (Associate program), you must have an active blog, YouTube channel or app.

• Visit the Amazon Associate homepage. It is on this page you fill in your registration details.

• Build your Amazon Associates Profile. After registration, add your account, website address, app, YouTube channel etc.

• Create Amazon Affiliate links

• Start making sales

#9 ClickBank Affiliate Program

ClicKbank is an affiliate network and an e-commerce website that specialises in selling digital product; Serves as a link between digital content creators and affiliate marketers, who then promote them to customers. Clickbank pays as high as 75% commission; this is the attractive part of clickbank affiliate program. In Clickbank, you choose the digital product you want to promote, flexible in all manners.

#ShareaSale Affiliate Program

ShareaSale has been in business for 19 years, exclusively affiliate marketing network. 

ShareaSale is one of the largest affiliate network. ShareaSale has products ranging from 
home and garden products, fashion products, agricultural products, business products and many more products available to promote.

#10 Fiverr Affiliate Program

Fiverr is one of the largest freelance services market place for you to outsource your assignment, technical work, etc.

It was founded in 2010, the company is based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Fiverr affiliate program is attractive because of their high commission rate. Fiverr affiliate program is a referral program, where you refer someone and get paid doing so. This is a simple way to make some side income.

To register, you need to create account with fiverr and you are automatically an affiliate.
Your referral code is on the right side of your dashboard. After getting your referral code, you can paste it on your blog, website, YouTube channel, facebook pages and groups.

How to Start Affiliate Marketing

Starting affiliate marketing has been made easy with a lot of resources online to guide you.
• Pick an affiliate network you would love to join. The right affiliate network for you is that network with a product you know and can refer others to. Because, referring a bad product to your audience will cost you the credibility that took you years to build. Promote affiliate product you have used or trust.

• Build a good and converting audience.

• Place your affiliate links on your blog, YouTube channel, etc.

Final Word

Affiliate marketing is a good online business model you can implement to earn some side incomes online. There are a lot of bloggers making a full-time income online through affiliate marketing. All you need is consistency and a good strategy to drive sales.
Remember, that the more you implement the more perfect you become in affiliate marketing.
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