It is no more news that for you to make real money online, the best advice you can get is to first get a blog or website. As a result of this, thousands of blogs keep been published everyday, yet over 80% of these blogs owned by Nigerians are not fetching them money as been expected.
Why I can boast to have make alot of money online with the little experience I have, I can still briefly explain some reasons why most Nigerian Bloggers are not making money online.
1. Blogging Only For Money
This might come as a big surprise to you but the fact is that, if you just blog to make money, you will likely not make money. If you check most Nigerian blogs, over 70% are sales pages, just advertising this or that with no useful content. When a blog just have 5 pages,with 4 of the pages advertising a product or service, how do you expect to make money with it?
Yes, you can make good money with a blog, but it takes a lot more than "no effort". If you really want to make money with your blog, just keep blogging with passion and money will come naturally after you might have put some things in place e.g good traffic, rich content, SEO etc. To be honest to you, if the only reason you are blogging is to get rich, you will fail.
2. Not Updating
Nothing kills a blog faster than lack of updates. A non-updated blog is a dead blog. Many Nigerian bloggers fail to make money because most of their blogs are dead. Most of them blog in niches that they have no passion for and eventually get bored fast, hence, living their blog un-updated for a long time.
Even, if you just want to be making money on your blog via Google Adsense, if you fail to keep updating your blog, it might take you 2 years before you make $100. Yes, I mean it.
So, for you to be making money with your blog,pick a niche you will love to be writing about and also make sure you make a commitment to keep your blog updated, even if it is just one post per week or ten posts per day.
3. Not Willing To Learn First
Most Nigeria bloggers are not willing to learn before they earn. For example, if you do not know how to create channels for Adsense ads, don't know how to use the Competitive Ad Filter, don't know how to use the Adsense Preview tool, then how do you want to make good money from Google Adsense?
If you don't know how Paypal or clickbank works, then how do you want to make money through Affiliate marketing? If you don't know how to get free articles you can use to write an ebook or don't know how to resell other people ebooks, then how do you want to make money though information marketing?
To make good money online as a blogger, there are many things you must learn before you earn and unfortunately, there is no end to learning. You must also learn to write well, learn how to drive good traffic to your blog, how to really monetize your blog, how to tweak your blog so that your blog posts can be showing in the top results of search engine queries and many more.
I keep learning everyday and the more I learn, the more I get to know new tricks which I keep using to fetch me more money online. Basically, you will and must continue to learn if you want to earn big.
4. Being a Copycat
Many Nigerian bloggers fail to make money online because their blogs have no difference whatsoever as long as other blogs are concerned. They do what others are doing, say exactly what others are saying, infact, they are just COPYCAT BLOGGERS.
I am certainly not the first Nigerian to write about making money online or about blogging tricks, so what makes me not a copycat?
Well, the simple truth is that you can write about the same thing as the next blog, but you need to add your own views to make it unique. Don't just copy and paste what another blog posted. Give your opinion because that's what blogging is all about. The most unique thing about your blog is YOU.
If your blog is not different from others by content, design, ideas, opinion etc, then you might not make huge impact. There is not other way;BE DIFFERENT OR DIE TRYING.
5. No Commitment And Seriousness
This is another reason why most Nigerian Bloggers fail. Most of them are not committed and are not really serious about blogging especially when they have made no financial commitment for the blogs.
Blogging requires your time, money and energy. If you are not willing to make that commitment, then you will likely fail as a blogger.
6. Not Connecting With Other Bloggers
Many Nigerian Bloggers don't really make money online because they fail to realize the fact that they need to interact with other bloggers in the blogosphere for them to really make it online.
With facebook, Twitter, Mybloglog and other social communities online, you can easily connect with other bloggers. If you are active in these communities, before you know it, more traffic will be flowing to your blog, which obviously will help you in making more money with your blog.
You can join BloggersLab if you want to connect with me and other bloggers on Facebook.
7. Not reading Ogbongeblog
Though my blog might not be the biggest in Nigeria, but I am sure you will agree with me that this is the biggest mistake any Nigerian blogger can make. Smiles******
As you can see, you might be frustrated blogging online if you fail to consider the points that I have explained in this report.
If you wish to make good money from blogging,I encourage you to take blogging as a business because if you do not take it as a business,you will not give it what a business needs, which simply means you might fail. I pray, you don't. Amen.
In my future articles, I will be writing about different direct and indirect ways you can be making money with your blogs and also the different tweaks you can apply to your blog, to make it a better blog.
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Written By Jide Ogunsanya on July 15, 2012
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