If you are one of those people always asking questions like how does Linda Ikeji make money online, What’s Linda Ikeji’s networth and how do i start a blog and make money online like Linda Ikeji, then this article was specifically written for you.
In this article, you are going to learn about……
- How to start (create) a blog in Nigeria.
- How to Promote your Blog and make it popular like Linda Ikeji’s Blog and ……
- How to make money online like Linda Ikeji
But before we start discussing about the 3 main topics mentioned above, let me quickly answer 3 frequently asked questions that often scare many would-be bloggers in Nigeria from getting involve in blogging and make money online like Linda Ikeji.
Question 1: What is a blog?
A blog is a website or section of a website, where a person regularly publish articles about a particular subject or a topic that he or she has sufficient knowledge about.
The process of updating a blog is called ‘blogging’ and the person who regularly updates a blog is called a blogger. For example lindaikejisblog.com is a blog and Linda Ikeji; the person who regularly publish new articles on that blog is a blogger or a gossip blogger.
So you are going to create a similar blog like Linda Ikeji’s blog to write and publish articles about a topic or a subject that you have sufficient knowledge about. In other words you are going to use your blog as a platform to share your knowledge with the world and make money in the process.
When we get to the procedures to start a blog, you are going to learn about how to choose a topic (subject) to blog about.
Question 2: How much does it cost to start a blog in Nigeria?
Even though Linda Ikeji’s Blog is now worth Billions of Naira, it will surprise you to know that it cost her nothing to create the Linda Ikeji’s Blog.
So to start your own blog and make money online, it won,t cost you anything. Its totally free. Yes! free like the air we breath.
You just need an internet connection, a laptop/PC, knowledge to share with the world and a good writing skill to effectively present your knowledge. Yes! that,s all you need in order to become a blogger like Linda Ikeji and start making money online.
Question 3: How much does it cost to hire a professional web designer in Nigeria to create a blog like lindaikejisblog.com for me?
You don,t need to hire anybody to create a blog for you.
Nowadays its very easy to create a blog. That,s why there are many bloggers and blogs in existence today.Improvement in technology has really made life easy. Nowadays anybody with a laptop and internet connection can easily create a blog (including your granny lol) thanks to the availability of so many free web design templates.
The web design templates provided by the various blogging platforms makes it possible for anybody to create a blog like Linda Ikeji’s Blog with just a few clicks of the mouse.
So if you can create an email address or a facebook account by yourself then you will be able to create a blog like lindaikejisblog.com by yourself without any stress. I,m very serious!. Its very easy. Infact it won,t take us more than 6 minutes to create a blog like Linda Ikeji’s Blog.
Enough of all this talking, let,s get down to business so that you can see exactly what i,m talking about.
Things to do before creating your blog.
Step 1: Choose your niche (the topic or subject of your blog).
The niche of a blog is the topic or subject that a blogger has choosen to blog about. For example the niche of Linda Ikeji’s Blog is gossip news. Like i told you before, people create blogs based on topics or subjects that they have sufficient knowledge about. Linda Ikeji decided to start a blog to publish gossip news may be because she perfectly knew where to get all the latest gossip (gists) in Nigeria and what,s news worthy.
So you also have to choose a topic or subject that you have sufficient knowledge about and start a blog on that topic. You don,t need to start a gossip blog too, in order to make millions like Linda Ikeji. With hardwork, consistency and creativity, you can make lots of money online by blogging about any topic or subject.
Prior to starting a blog, i used to think that only bloggers in certain niches made a huge amount of money via blogging in Nigeria, but after gaining alot of experience in this blogging business, i now i think a little different. I know many bloggers in Nigeria who are making over $2000 per month from their blogs by simply publishing how-to guides about snail farming and i have also seen others making millions of Naira per month by writing about cassava processing.
To be honest, the amount those guys made from their blogs tempted me to set up a similar blog to see whether i could make a similar amount.I set up a similar blog but didn,t make up to 1 quarter of the amount made by those guys after blogging for 2 months. Why? due to insufficient knowledge about the topic (i ran out of blogging ideas within a month… didn,t know what to write about). In addition to that, i had no passion for the subject and this made me very reluctant to research about the topic.After i couldn,t make up to $10 after 2 months of blogging about snail farming, i decided to delete the blog and focus on something that i had sufficient knowledge about.
Those guys were able to make that huge amount of money from their blogs because they had sufficient knowledge about their niche and they perfectly understood the needs of their audience . Unlike the money motivated bloggers who choose their niche (blogging topic) based on its profitability and end up quitting blogging after 3 month (when they realised they can,t create quality content on the topic).
So choose your own niche based on what you have knowledge about and you will still be able to make money online via blogging in Nigeria like Linda Ikeji, Stella Dimoko Korkus and others.
For example if you think you have sufficient knowledge about Cocoa farming, you can start a blog on that topic, if you have sufficient knowledge about Nigerian food, you can start a blog to share that knowledge with the world.
Please take note it isn,t compulsory that the topic of your blog should be connected or related to Nigeria. If you think you know all the latest celebrity gossip news in US, you can start a US gossip blog. There’s a friend of mine who is blogging about US politics but he’s a Nigerian (living in Nigeria).
Summarily you can start a blog about any topic (subject) that you have knowledge about and stand a chance of making money online like Linda Ikeji. Don,t worry about how to make money from your topic or subject. I,m going to show you how to do that.
So what do you have sufficient knowledge about? Is it fashion, bible, football, gossip news, relationship advice, make up tips, hairstyles etc that should be the topic (niche) of your own blog.
Step 2. Choose a Blogging Platform.
A blogging platform is the website that is going to host your blog on their server and make it LIVE or accessible to the internet users ( so that anybody with internet access can be able to visit and read the articles on your blog). Those blogging platforms also provide free web address, web design templates and a user friendly environment/interface that makes it possible for people with little or no knowledge about web designing (how the web works) to be able to create a blog, write and publish articles on their blogs.
Nowadays, there are many blogging platforms that will enable you to start a blog for free but the 3 most popular and also the best free blogging platforms are
Of the 3 popular free blogging platforms mentioned above, blogger is the most popular free blogging platform and the blogging platform that you are going to use to create your own blog. Incase you haven,t heard, Linda Ikeji,s blog is powered (hosted) by Blogger. Put simply, Linda Ikeji’s blog was created at Blogger (blogger.com) for free. So you will also create a similar blog for free at Blogger (blogger.com).
One of the reasons why Blogger (blogger.com) is the most popular and also the best free blogging platform is because the Blogger platform, makes it possible for bloggers to monetize their blogs through the Google adsense advertisement partnership program.
For those of you who don,t know, Google adsense is the main source of income of almost every blogger and website owner. Linda Ikeji, Stella Dimoko Korkus and other popular bloggers in Nigeria make money online from their blogs by displaying the Google adsense advertisements on their blogs. Take a look at the picture below. These the are Google adsense ads on Linda Ikeji’s Blog.
I know you may likely want to ask; what is Google Adsense or how does it work?. When we get to the topic about how to make money from blogging, you are going to understand what the Google adsense program is all about and how to make money from your own blog through Google Adsense. Let’s create our blog first before we can start thinking of making money.
Step 3. Choose a nice name for your Blog (yourblogname.blogspot.com).
After you have choosen a good topic (subject) to blog about, you will also need to choose a very nice name for your blog. You are free to use your name as the name of your blog just like Linda Ikeji did or you can give your blog any name (as long as the name is still available or not yet in use by another person).
It should be noted that when you create a free blog at the Blogger platform, the web address (domain name) of your blog will have the .blogspot.com extension i.e. yourblogname.blogspot.com. I,m very sure you must have visited many blogs with the .blogspot.com web address. Those blogs are powered(hosted) by Blogger.
The .blogspot.com web address is a free web address that will be provided to you by Blogger to enable people to visit your blog. Anybody who wants to visit your blog will have to type yourblogname.blogspot.com in to their web browser.
But if you don,t like that free web address (yourblogname.blogspot.com) provided by blogger, you can register a custom domain name (web address) for your blog. Linda Ikeji started blogging using that same free web address i.e. lindaikeji.blogspot.com before she later registered the web address; lindaikejisblog.com (a professional web address without the .blogspot.com extension); which she,s currently using right now. It will cost you just $12 to register a custom domain name (a web address without the .blogspot.com extension) for your own blog.
At the end of this article, i,m going to show you how to register a custom web address like yourblogname.com so that your blog can look professional instead of a using the free .blogspot.com web address; which makes your blog to look like that of the amateur bloggers in Nigeria.
Ok we are now done with the basics. Let,s get down to business.
How to create a similar blog like LindaIkejisblog.com.
Like i told you before, we are going to create a blog at the Blogger platform (the same blogging platform used by Linda Ikeji, Laila, Stella Dimoko and other popular bloggers in Nigeria).
To create a free blog at Blogger, you will need to have a Gmail account. If you don’t already have a Gmail account, read this post—-how to create a Gmail Account and see how i created my own Gmail Account.
It won,t cost you anything to create a Gmail account. A Gmail Account is the only requirement for creating a free blog at Blogger (blogger.com).
After creating your Gmail Account, follow the simple step by step procedures below to create a similar blog like Linda Ikeji,s Blog. Like i told you before, it will take us less than 10 minutes to create a blog like Linda Ikeji’s at the Blogger platform. I,m going to provide screenshots so that you can see everything that am doing. Ok let’s begin.
Step 1. After creating a Gmail account, sign in to your Gmail account.
Step 2. After you have successfully sign in to your Gmail account, type blogger.com in to your browser or simply click here to go to the blogger website.
Step 3. At blogger, click on….
How Does Linda Ikeji Make Money Online.
Linda Ikeji is a billionaire and she made every Naira&Kobo of that money from her blog i.e from lindaikejisblog.com.
Linda Ikeji makes money online from the lindaikejisblog.com through two means which include;
1. Google Adsense (80% of the money she makes from her blog comes from Google adsense)
2. Selling Ad Spots. (20% of her blog revenue comes from selling advertisement spots to local advertisers in Nigeria).
How Does Linda Ikeji make money online from Google adsense.
First things first what is Google adsense?
Google adsense is an online advertisement partnership program run by the Google Company.
It should be noted that the Google is not only a search engine, its also an online advertisement company and the most popular online advertisement company.
Google runs a pay per click advertisement service called Adwords. Its through Adwords (the Google ad service) that the Google company makes money from their search engine.
Everyday millions of online business men (ecommerce website owners) submit ads to Google through their advertisement platform (Google Adwords), so that Google can display their ads along side their search results when their target keywords are searched. I,m very sure you must have seen the Google ads before. They are often displayed at the beginning and at the bottom of their search results as shown in the screenshots below.
Each time an ad that have been displayed alongside their search result is clicked by one of their search engine user, the advertiser (owner of the ad) has to pay Google for that click. Like i told you before, Google adwords is a pay per click advertisement service i.e. google charges its adwords advertisers per a click on their ads. The cost per click of an ad varies from 1 cent to $60.
Why Google Created the Adsense program.
Due to the fact that the number of online advertisers wanting to advertise their products and services through the Google ad service (Adwords) became too much for Google to handle, Google decided to create an online advertisement partnership program called Google Adsense. In otherwords Google decided to partner with other website owners (bloggers) in order to display its excess Adwords ads on their blogs (websites) and share its adsense revenue with them.
So bloggers and web site owners like Linda Ikeji partner with Google through their adsense advertisment partnership program so that Google can display some of their excess adwords ads on their blogs and they earn a portion of what the advertisers pay Google per a click on their ads. Simply put, when an adsense ad on a Google adsense partner’s blog or website is clicked, the adsense partner (Linda Ikeji) takes 68% of the cost of the click while Google takes 22%. Like i told you before, Google created the adsense advertisement partnership program to share its advertisement revenue with other website owners. So each time an adsense ad on your blog is clicked, the two of you (Google and you), will share the cost of the click with you taking the lion share i.e. 68%. Summarily, bloggers and website owners partner with Google through adsense in order to get a slice of the Googles Adwords cake.
Majority of the ads you see on Linda Ikeji’s Blog are Google adsense ads. Linda Ikeji’s Google adsense account is credited each time one of those Google ads displayed on her blog is clicked by any of the readers of her blog. The cost of a click on an adsense ad varies from 1 cent to $60 depending on the product or service that’s being advertised.
So if the cost of a click on an adsense ad (which has been displayed on Linda Ikeji’s blog) is $1, she will earn $50 per day if just 50 of her web visitors can click on those Google adsense ads per day. Linda Ikeji,s blog often receive more than 100,000 web visitors per day, which makes it possible for her to easily get 8000 ad clicks per day. 8000 ad clicks multiplied by the cost of a click is equal to millions of Naira. So Linda Ikeji makes millions of Naira every day from her blog through Google Adsense alone. In otherwords the amount of money Linda Ikeji makes from her blog per day is 2 times greater than the monthly salary of Buhari.
One reason why its very easy to make lots of money through the Google adsense program is due to the fact that Google will always display relevant ads on your blog making it possible for your blog readers to easily click on the Google ads for you to make lots of money. For example if the topic of your blog is about Cassava farming, Google will likely display advertisements for Casava processing machines and other relevant ads that your blog readers will likely be interested in thereby increasing the probability of them to click on the Google ads.
Apart from click on ads, Google also pays its adsense partners a fixed amount based on every 1000 page views also called revenue (cost) per thousand impression (RPM or CPM). If 1000 people visit a page on your blog that has Google adsense ads, Google pays you a fixed amount of money even if those 1000 people didn,t click on the Google ads. Google charges advertisers for every 1000 views on their ads because even if your blog readers didn,t click on their ads, atleast, they saw (read) their adverts which is another form of publicity for the advertisers. People don’t necessarily have to click to purchase a products. They can also make purchases over the phone!. Revenue per thousand impression varies from 1 cent to $60 depending on the profitability of your niche. If advertisers in your niche are willing to pay more on thousands views on their adverts, the RPM of your blog will be very high.
Let’s take for example that the revenue per a thousand impression for your blog is $1, it means you will make $10 per day if 10,000 people visit pages on your blog that has adsense ads. So you can just imagine the amount of money that Linda Ikeji whose blog receives more than 500,000 page views per day can make through RPM alone (excluding revenue from ad clicks). Let’s assume that the RPM of Linda Ikeji’s blog is 50 cents, she will make $250 everyday via RPM.
Somebody may likely want to ask; why is the RPM of Linda Ikeji’s blog so low?. This is because Gossip blogs attract the lowest paying adsense ads. Many advertisers are not willing to advertise on Gossip blogs due to their untargetted visitors. If you are an iphone dealer in Nigeria, will you prefer to advertise your iphones on Linda Ikeji’s blog or a popular Iphone review blog in Nigeria?. An iphone review blog right?… because that’s where the potential Nigerian Iphone customers go to. Every advertiser wants a high return on his investment and so they are willing to spend more on blogs that will refer potential customers to their ecommerce websites.
Unless you have millions of web visitors like Linda Ikeji’s blog, you won’t make lots of money through adsense from a gossip blog.
Like i said before, to make lots of money through RPM (CPM), you need lots of web visitors (page views). That’s why as newbie blogger you won,t earn alot of money through RPM (till your blog becomes popular).
Ok thats just the basics of Google adsense. I can,t cover everything or answer all your questions about Google adsense in this article. Google adsense is a big subject.
My main focus is to enable you to partner with Google through their adsense advertisement partnership program so that you can start displaying the Google ads on your own blog and make money online like Linda Ikeji. Ok let,s get down to business.
To become a Google adsense partner and start displaying the Google ads on your own blog just like Linda Ikeji, first things first! you will need to sign up to the Google adsense program. Registration is FREE!.
However you must meet the following requirements to be eligible to sign up to the Google adsense advertisement partnership program.
- You will need to register a custom web address for your blog.Like i told you before, it will cost you just $12 to register a custom web address for your own blog. You can,t sign up to Google adsense using the .blogspot.com trial web address. You need to have a custom web address like lindaikejisblog.com and not lindaikeji.blogspot.com.
- Your blog must have atleast 10 quality articles to be able to apply for the Google adsense program. You can,t just apply to join the Google adsense program after creating your blog or with an empty blog. You need atleast 10 quality articles on your blog to be eligible to become a Google adsense partner.
How to Sign Up to the Google Adsense Advertisement Program.
After you have met the two requirement mentioned above, follow the step by step procedures below to become a Google adsense partner.
Step 1. Click here to go to the Google adsense website.
Step 2. At the Google adsense website, click on the sign up link.
Step 3. Fill the Google adsense sign up form with the necessary info.
Step 4. After you have filled the adsense sign up form with the relevant information, click on the submit button to submit your application.
Ok after you have submitted your application, you will need to wait for 3 days for Google to review your blog and give you approval. It should be noted that before Google can accept your application to join their advertisement partnership program (adsense), first! Google will need to check your blog to make sure that you have enough quality and relevant content. If you don,t have enough content on your blog, your application won,t be accepted till you have sufficient content on your blog. That,s why its adviceable that you apply to join the Google adsense program after you have been blogging for a month.
Ok after your application has been accepted, you will be given a piece of code to paste on your blog. Anywhere on your blog that you paste the provided adsense code that will be the exact spot on your blog where the Google adsense ads will be displayed (appear on your blog).
Due to the above fact, its adviceable that you paste the provided adsense code on areas of your blog that your blog readers will easily see the Google ads and likely to click on them for you to make money. Like i told you before, Google charges its Adword advertisers and also credits the accounts of its adsense partners using a pay per click payment system. Meaning that if non of your blog readers clicks on the Google adsense ads on your blog, you won,t make any money. Google charges advertisers per click, so your adsense account will only be credited each time a Google ad on your blog is clicked. Depending the cost of a click on the Google ads that will be displayed on your blog, you can make hundreds of dollars from your blog per day excluding RPM if many of your blog readers can click on your adsense ads.
How Linda Ikeji Makes Money Online by Advertising the products and services of Nigerian businesses.
Like i mentioned earlier, 20% of the revenue that Linda Ikeji makes from her blog comes from selling advertisement spots on her blog to Nigerian businesses and online advertisers targetting Nigerian audience.
Due to the fact that Linda Ikeji’s blog is the most popular blog in Nigeria (visited by more than 90,000 Nigerians per day), most business men in Nigeria often contact Linda Ikeji to place their ads on her blog in order to expose their businesses to her numerous blog readers (the Nigerians).
The Nigerian business men who wish to advertise their businesses on Linda Ikeji’s Blog pay a fixed monthly ad rates to get their adverts displayed on her blog. According to smallstarter.com, Linda Ikeji makes about $625 per day by Advertising the products and services of Nigerian businesses.
So if your blog becomes very popular like Linda Ikeji’s blog, you will start receiving calls, text messages and emails from advertisers who want to place their adverts on your own blog.
Let,s take for example that you created a blog about cocoa farming that became extremely popular in Nigeria. You will also receive emails and calls from numerous people (possibly the cocoa dealers) who wish to advertise products like cocoa seedlings for sale, cocoa beans for sale, fertilizers for sale, job ads and other products and services relevant to the audience of your blog. You can set a fixed weekly or monthly ad rates that advertisers will be expected to pay if they want their adverts to be displayed on your blog.