How To Start A Blog In Nigeria With No Technical Experience
(A Complete Beginners Guide For Website Starters)
In this day and age, the digital world is taking over, and blogging has returned as a viable occupation. There are now millions of blogs out there, tackling every niche and topic, no matter how obscure or odd it might be.
The beautiful thing about running a blog is that you can turn your passion and hobby into a business by earning income. You can genuinely generate a decent salary by writing about what you love, as long as you’re good and pay attention to some technical details.
How I started blogging on Hkitnob
It was 2014…
I was unemployed, heart broken by a lover and searching for a passion project that would make me different.
Jump forward to today and my website, that you are on right now, I say that because perhaps the craziest thing about this whole journey is that I wasn’t a “writer” in the traditional sense, and from a technical perspective I didn’t know the first thing about how to start a blog.
I had to do different jobs to see I push my dream to become a reality, in other to start a blog and ended up growing it into something that others took notice of. I learnt about how to do all of that along the way. From defining my message, buying a domain name, figuring out this whole hosting business, growing a social media follower, and eventually finding a way to make some money from the whole thing.
In the beginning one thing that held me back from starting was not knowing how or where to start from. The fear of not being good enough, the technical aspect, I thought about not knowing how to code. Neither did I knew I could blog without being a programmer. The fear of failure. But good enough I was helped with the information from someone I never knew, all I did was that I took a step.
Today I want to help you overcome all of those things call ‘Doubt’ holding you from doing what will bring you closer to fulfillments. It may not necessarily be blogging alone, but going after your dreams.
Firstly, if I’m good enough to get started then so are you. If I can make this happen then so can you. If I can overcome the challenges of being unemployed, homeless, and was attempting suicide to build something of note, then so can you achieve any dream. No matter how technical it sound or seems!
So, what about overcoming your fear and start a new journey?
Like a song writer once sang,
life is a journey…
I rather take a walk with you,
So many running, but I don’t want to lose it now
For the journey of a thousand miles begins with a step
Surely, you’ll get there.
That’s what the rest of this blog post is all about. I want to teach you how to start a blog from scratch and discover the passion that will empower your life with the greatest gift making decisions.
Why should you start a blog in the first place?
People start blogs for all sorts of reasons…
For some, it may just be to educate others with information like I love to do, to have a voice and to make money. It’s important to understand your driving force. The reason you start is the reason you will keep going.
The reason you will get up every morning at 4am while everyone else is happily sleeping, to write your next inspired piece of content. As for me, blogging helped me make some point and leave a little dent on this universe. But it’s also more than that. Above all else, blogging is a platform for self-development.
It drives you to:
1. Learn by doing
2. Documenting your knowledge
3. Embrace a life discipline
4. Network and connect with a global audience.
It won’t happen overnight, but all of this is within your reach if you just start.
How To Start A Blog In Nigerian Of Any Niche With No Technical Experience
So, if you are ready and willing to get started, here is the way to my success formula.
Step 1 – Find your passion and write a mission statement
Your passion closely aligns to “why” starting a blog in the first place. This will act as a guiding light to keep you on track. Keep you energized. Keep you turning up every day when it all feels too hard. This will enable you retain your commitment to keep doing one thing and improving your knowledge about how to expand your brand. Richest Bloggers In Nigeria And Their Net Worth
Have you been thinking badly on how to start your dream blog?
If that is your case, then you’ve just landed exactly at the right blog, so here I’ll be teaching you how to start a blog of your choice in just 18-20 Minutes. Note: This is a full beginners guide on how to practically start a website or blog of your choice.
So, you too can get your blog hosted on the wordpress Platform after reading this blog post. [Opinions About Blogging: 78 Nigeria Bloggers Different Blogging Definition]
What do you need to start a WordPress blog?
There are three things you need to start a WordPress blog:
1. A domain name idea, this will be the name of your blog location, example: ( www.hkitnob.com)
2. A web hosting account (this is where your website information is being safe on the internet) and
An android or iPhone
A modem (To access the internet).
In this tutorial, we will cover:
1. How to Register a Domain Name by yourself (Other things to consider).
2. How to Choose the Best Web Hosting
3. How to Install WordPress.
How To Start A WordPress Blog
Step 1. Setup:
The biggest mistake beginners make when starting a blog is choosing the wrong blogging platform and a bad host service. If you miss this, you may have yourself to be blamed.
I once use a host service that was not accountable to protect client’s information. And it was after several files not found from search engines reports I realize my files was missing from my host account. After they move to a new server without a proper backup, no notification if I have to backup my files at the moment before they made a move.
Thankfully you’re here, so you won’t be making that mistake and also to know what platform is easier for beginners. For 95% of users, it makes more sense to use WordPress.org also known as self-hosted WordPress.
Why? Because it is free to use and you can install plugins, customize your site design easily.
Also, before you may consider to build any site, you need somethings in place that makes a site accessible from any location. In other words, you first need a domain name.
A domain name is what people type to get to your website. It’s your website’s address on the internet. For anyone to view your webpage means with the help of a domain, combined with a host account; it makes it freely accessible. Think about www.hkitnob.com is a proper example of what a domain name is.
Web hosting Is where a website live. It’s your website’s house on the internet. Every website needs web hosting to enable viewers get to read their information online.
I guess your question is how do you purchase a good Domain name and a Web Host account?
Let’s begin with how you can get a good domain that can be easily seen by search engine from your new website.
First you have to consider a name that is easier for site readers and followers to remember. You don’t just choose any name that doesn’t have a meaning and that is not organic to search engines. When you consider a domain name that is organic, it difficulty should be low, perhaps not beyond 1 – 30% and the organic should be something 70 – 100 percent upward. This means it a sign your domain name it okay.
You can check Muz keyword explorer which is similar to keyword planner to help you on this aspect with limited usage for none register users. And I also recommend you to read more about [Keyword Research Generator Tools To Help You Plan Your New Website] to get good domain name with free tools available online.
Why organic domain name before starting a Blog?
This are Long Tail Keywords that go straight to what internet users searches for and is very specific.
How to Register a Domain Name by yourself?
If you have a website, you should seriously consider registering your own domain name. A domain name is a name like “Hkitnob.com,” which you can use to refer to your website. Note that you do not have to be a company or organization to register a domain name. Any individual can do it too.
Good Reasons of a Domain Name
There are a number of good reasons for having a domain name:
1. If you ever change your web host (the actual physical location of your website files), your domain name goes with you. Your regular visitors or customers who knew your site name as (say) hkitnob would not have to be informed about a change of web address (also known as “URL”), since as far as they are concerned, the site is still at the same place. They would simply type your domain name and they’d be transparently brought to your new location.
2. If you are a business individual, a domain name gives you credibility. Few people will be willing to do business with a company that does not have its own domain name.
3. If you get a domain name that describes your company’s business or name, people can remember the name easily and can return to your site without having to consult their documents.
4. If you want good sponsors (advertisers) for your website, a domain name is usually helpful. It tends to give your website an aura of respect.
Why You Need A Registered Domain?
Getting a domain name involves registering the name you want with an organisation called ICANN through a domain name registrar. For example, if you choose a name like “example.com”, you will have to go to a registrar, pay a registration fee that costs minimum US$10 to US$35 for that name.
That will give you the right to the name for a year, and you will have to renew it annually for (usually) the same amount per annum. Some web hosts will register it and pay for the name for free (usually only the commercial web hosts), while others will do it for you but you’ll have to foot the registrar fees.
Step By Step Instructions to register a domain name
If you want to register a domain name, here’s what you need to do. Please read it all before acting.
1. Think of a good domain name that you’d like to use.
2. You will need either a credit card or a PayPal account to pay for the domain. This is a requirement of most if not all registrars. It will allow you to claim and get the domain name immediately on application. This is not an option (unfortunately).
3. If you already have a web host, obtain from them the names of their primary and secondary name servers. Don’t worry if you don’t understand what these things mean. Just save the information somewhere.
The information can usually be obtained from their FAQs or other documentation on their site, usually under a category like “domain name” or “DNS” or “domain name transfer” and the like. If you can’t find it, email them. You’ll need the information to point your domain name to your website after you buy your domain. Having said that, if you don’t have a web host yet, don’t worry. Just read on.
List of Domain Name Registrars
There are numerous domain name registrars. Listed below are just a few, if you know nothing about them. Note that the domain name industry is highly competitive, with prices wildly fluctuating throughout the year, every year, so it’s impossible to really mention accurate prices below unless I spend all my time updating this page. Please check their sites for the latest rates. All prices below are in US dollars.
1. GoDaddy — This extremely popular registrar (probably the biggest today) offers .com domain names for $9.99 (plus 20 cents) per year (or $6.99 plus 20 cents if you transfer from another registrar). They have a web interface to manage your domains, free web redirection (where people who visit your domain will get transferred to another web address of your choice), free starter web page, free parked page or free “for sale” page, and an optional private domain registration where your domain is registered in the name of a proxy company. Besides .com, they also sell .us, .biz, .info, .net, .org, .ws, .name, .tv, .co.uk, .me.uk and .org.uk, etc.
Note that (as with all registrars) the exact price varies depending on which domain you are registering (for example some domain suffixes are more expensive than others). Both credit card and PayPal payments are accepted.
2. 1&1.com Internet — This is primarily a large web host that is also a domain name registrar. Like all registrars, there are different charges for different domain suffixes. For example, at the time I last checked, you pay $0.99 for a “.com” on your first year, then $14.99 per year thereafter. The fee includes private domain registration, which means that your particulars are hidden from public view (done by registering the domain in the name of a proxy company). You also get a free email account and unlimited email forwarding, DNS management, a free SSL certificate for your domain, etc. Both credit card and PayPal payments are accepted by this registrar.
3. Betahost247 — This company provides .com domains for $10.00 per year. you get free email forwarding, free web redirection (where anyone going to your domain is automatically directed to another address of your choice), free domain name parking For the first year, free DNS management (or at least, at the time I checked their prices), you can also have their WhoisGuard for $2.00 (where your particulars are masked from public view). They have a wide variety of domain name extensions available, including .net, .org, .biz, .info, .us, .co.uk, .co, .de, etc. You can use either a credit card or PayPal, bitcoin, and bank transfer for your purchases.
In addition, a number of commercial web hosts will give you a free domain name if you are hosting with them, as will many (if not all) of the registrars above.
How to Choose a host Web Account
Understand some host comes with WordPress pre-installed, and the easiest way to install WordPress is to just pick a host that does it for you. Nowadays, many WordPress-specific hosts will let you choose to have WordPress pre-installed. That means once you sign up for hosting, you can jump straight into your WordPress site. The whole question of “how to install WordPress” is irrelevant in such a case!
Here are a few recommended hosts that will pre-install WordPress for you:
1. SiteGround – has tons of WordPress-specific features that make hosting easier.
2. InMotion Hosting – affordable and comes with pre-installed WordPress and their own “Bold Grid” drag-and-drop builder.
3. Betahost247. Don’t worry if you already picked a different host, though. Most other hosts still make it super easy to install WordPress. But you will need to click at least a few buttons. You can also use other Method #2:
Why Many Bloggers Choose WordPress?
There so many reasons why many people choose wordpress to build their Website or Blog, but because of our time, we would just look at some of the good reasons why so many publishers around the world use WordPress platforms to start their blogs. The process is easy to follow whether you are above 60 years old or below.
How to install WordPress via cPanel and Autoinstallers
cPanel is the dashboard that most web hosts give their customers. When you sign up for hosting, your host should provide you with login details for cPanel. And for most hosts, the cPanel interface looks something like this:
In your cPanel interface, your host should give you something called an autoinstaller. Autoinstallers basically automate the full WordPress install process that I’ll outline in the next section. So instead of needing to do everything manually, you just input some basic information, click a button, and the autoinstaller installs WordPress for you.
There are a few different autoinstallers you might encounter:
4. MOJO Marketplace
And while there might be a few minor interface differences, all of the autoinstallers more or less function the same. So while I’ll show you an example using Softaculous, the exact interface for your autoinstaller might look a tiny bit different.
To get started, find the link to the WordPress autoinstaller in cPanel and give it a click:
On the next screen, you should see an Install Now link (no matter which autoinstaller you’re using). Just give that another click:
Next, you’ll need to enter details for your WordPress install. Again, this interface should generally look the same no matter which autoinstaller you’re using.
First, fill in the protocol and domain name where you want to install WordPress:
For Protocol, if you’re using an SSL certificate, you should choose HTTPS. Otherwise, you should choose HTTP. Unless you purposefully installed an SSL Certificate, the default is HTTP.
Next, choose the directory in which you want to install WordPress. For 99% of situations, you should leave this field blank. Leaving it empty means WordPress will be installed at your main domain. That is, if your domain is YOURDOMAIN.com, then WordPress will be installed at YOURDOMAIN.com rather than something like YOURDOMAIN.com/mywpsite.
A bit further down, you need to enter your Site Settings. These are just the default values for your site’s name and description. You can always change them later from the WordPress interface:
Do not enable WordPress Multisite unless you’re specifically trying to create a multisite network.
You’ll also need to create login credentials for your WordPress account. You’ll use this username/password combination to log into your WordPress dashboard after installation, so make sure that you remember it:
Depending on the specific autoinstaller that you’re using, you might see a few other options as well. You can safely ignore these. That is, it’s fine to leave anything I didn’t cover as the defaults.
Once you’ve filled out everything, make sure to click Install at the bottom of the screen. It might take a minute or so to run. Then, you should get a confirmation. You can log into your brand new WordPress install by going to YOURDOMAIN.com/wp-admin.
Wrapping things up
Again, if you’re a beginner, just use the autoinstaller that your host (hopefully) provides. It’s easy, fast, and no different than installing WordPress yourself. Or better yet, choose a host that comes with WordPress pre-installed. If you want to learn how to install WordPress manually just for the pride of it, then go ahead and try. But I promise you that after you’ve installed.
Remember the song a thousand miles begins with a step, if after reading you don’t know where to start from, you either can contact me on: [email protected], +2348148372055 also available on whatsapp to build your blog for an affordable fee not up to $200.