How We Made Our First Million From Blogging in Nigeria - JarusHub

By Jarus

Jarus is the founder of JarusHub, a Nigerian blog with focus on careers and management.

In June 2015, our accumulated revenue from our blog, JarusHub, reached one million Naira. One million naira (not dollar) in two years of running a blog is not big money, as that is what some blogs make in a week, but it appears to have become the fad to celebrate “first million”. We just want to join the fad.  But more importantly, we think our experience is teachable.


In 2007 as a corps member, I joined Nairaland, Nigeria’s biggest online forum with a view to contributing to discussions of interest. In 2008, when I started working in an oil and gas company, I became quite active on careers section of Nairaland, giving careers and job search tips based on my experience.

My contributions sat well with many readers and by 2009, I was voted the second best poster on the careers section of Nairaland. By 2013, I had become hugely popular on Nairaland, especially on politics, education and careers sections, that when I decided to open my independent blog, I had a steady following.

I did some background work before floating the blog, read materials on the internet and  consulted well known gurus like Seun Osewa of Nairaland, Jide Ogunsanya of Ogbongeblog and Zainab Ayeleso, for expert advice. I sought advice on everything, from the name to give the blog to the platform to use. The advices given by all of them were helpful, but it wasn’t everything I took. For example, I defied Seun’s advice that I use Bloggers platform instead of wordpress.

I came up with several names like Jarus Arena, JarusHub etc. I finally settled for JarusHub and on March 17, 2013, the blog went live.

I sought out to run a general blog (politics, health, entertainment, news, careers, etc), but within first few weeks some things happened that made me to refocus the blog.

First, because I had (and still have) a 9-5 job, I was hesitant to publish posts on politics because of the sensitivity. I had the network to get me political scoops that will be close to what you get on Sahara Reporters, but I knew that could land me into trouble. In fact, the first interview we had on JarusHub was with Professor Pius Adesanmi, a well-known social critic, and he came down hard on then President Jonathan and his handlers in that interview. The interview traveled quite far as I got to know that the President’s Media Adviser, Dr. Reuben Abati, read it.

Few days after I published that interview, I tried to interview the CEO of a top bank in Nigeria on her careers, but he turned down the invite, principally because he had seen a recent interview I published and didn’t want to associate with a blog where someone came down hard on the President in a country where vindictiveness is rife.

Second, I realized that articles I published on careers got more views than on other areas. My article, Common Interview Questions & Answer Tips, traveled quite far in those early weeks.

Third, although I can discuss politics, I’m at my best when discussing career issues.

Fourth, I got some feedback from other bloggers I asked to review the website that I was better off narrowing down my niches.

For the above reasons, I decided to focus squarely on careers.


The first thing that changed, as I explained in the foregoing paragraphs, was the focus, from a multi-niche blog to one focusing on careers.

The catchphrases and slogans of the blog also changed over time. The slogan I opted for for the blog at inception was “Nigeria’s Blog on the Block”. Later, I changed it to “Bridging Career Information Gap; Mentoring a Generation to Success”. I still use that today, but our favourite slogan today is “The Bridge to Your Career Potentials”. We also use “No one Knows Corporate Nigeria More than We Do”, depending on the focus of the post.

We have also used slogans like “Nigeria’s Most Influential Career Portal”, given the caliber of people we have attracted to the blog and its offline events, and “The Forbes of Nigeria”, given our renown for coming up with Top 10 this, Top 10 that, like Forbes.

When I decided to focus mainly on careers I still found it difficult to drop politics, so I came up with the catchwords “Career. Mentorship.Political Economy”, since political economy marries politics and careers (economy).I just didn’t want to drop the political part.

By 2014, I was courageous enough to fully discard the political economy part, and changed the catchwords to “Careers. Mentorship.Management”. Management and leadership lessons are another area I’m very comfortable studying and writing on, and what’s more, they are close to career. In fact they are intertwined, as top publications that we follow like Harvard Business Review, Forbes etc focus on careers and management.

Today our favourite slogan is “The Bridge to Career Potentials”, while we also address ourselves as knowing Corporate Nigeria more than anyone, on the sales pages of relevant products. “Careers.Mentorship. Management” are our catchwords.

Our About page has been updated more 50 times to take care of these evolutions, just as we have also changed our inception logo to something that reflects our current focus. Of course, the blog design has changed a couple of times as we learned more.

The evolution continues as we learn more. We continue to get opinions on things we can do better. I have had a number of people, including a writer for Forbes Africa, review the blog and offer advice as our journey continues.


I enlisted some of my friends, who are high-flyers in their careers, to write for me.  I was writing most of the articles initially and publishing three to four posts per day. 90% of our articles are original and it was only on very few occasions that we republished articles from other sites.

I also used my modest network to get some top professionals for interview. I have interviewed personalities like Nuhu Ribadu, Segun Adeniyi, Pius Adesanmi, Abimbola Adelakun, to mention a few. I have also interviewed CEOs and GMs of top companies like Accenture, StanbicIBTC, Proshare, Global Analytics, etc. The quality of our content made us attractive to people.

Now, I hardly even write again, as I have freelance writers from Nigeria and India in particular, send articles to us for publication. We publish the ones that meet our standard and fall within our theme.

In the first one year of JarusHub we were publishing two to three articles per day, principally to gain traffic. After we had become a little popular, we decided to be publishing once per day, and nil in days we don’t have anything to publish. Now, we publish between four to five articles per week.

As an amateur blogger in the early days of JarusHub, I didn’t know anything about scheduling, I just published an article on the go. Later, I got to know about scheduling, which makes it possible to schedule articles for the next five days for example.

Currently, our articles are usually scheduled for 6pm on weekdays, when we know people are on their way home from work and will likely be surfing the internet inside traffic, and for 5am on weekends, so that when they wake up between 6-8am to surf the net, they find a new article on JarusHub.


The most important factor that has kept us going is seeing the success of other websites, especially abroad. From Forbes to Bloomberg to Entrepreneur.com, to The Muse to Timothy Sykes to Glassdoor, and other top American websites that deal, in part or full, with careers and related issues, we have learnt a lot.

As a matter of fact, I visit Entrepreneur.com everyday and read the experience of other top bloggers and entrepreneurs in general.  I study these websites a lot and I know we can get there too.


I floated the blog alone, but along the line, I read about the need to partner with people. In September 2014, I brought on board two people who made financial contributions.

One of them is an Ivy League school-trained engineer who works in a Fortune 10 company in North America, while the other is a humble digital strategist. Both of them had known me from Nairaland since at least 2008.

We later decided to register a company, JarusHub Limited, as the corporate vehicle for the blog. In April 2015, I headhunted a guy that I had observed from distance as a highly internet savvy individual, and he does the operational part of the enterprise, assisted by a young graduate we hired to assist with running around.

The 4 of us are now partners, and the last guy a salaried employee. I handle the soft resources of the startup as Chief Resource Officer (CRO), the partner in North America handles the international strategy part, the digital strategist guy, who is also in Nigeria but busy with other ventures, is the second biggest financier (after me) and the third guy runs the startup on day to day basis. I only have time on weekends, being one with a 9-5 job.

We decided to open an office in May 2015, after using lobbies of hotels and restaurants to meet clients for the first two years. We shelled out N600,000 for  one year office rent, but it is worth the while.


Since we are not a charity (even though our free content qualifies as charity. LOL), we decided to introduce some premium services to pay for our efforts. We learn from other blogs the world over. I made efforts to apply for Google Adsense but it was not approved (and still not approved). I learnt it’s because we have our own direct advert running.

I don’t care much about Adsense, because I know we are a low traffic blog (our daily views averaged 520 in 2013, 750 in 2014 and 1000 in 2014). I know right from onset that I am into authority/expert blogging and rendering services is our bestbet to monetization rather than advert. So we decided to introduce premium services like CV review, ebooks, etc. Later we saw interview coaching as done by similar blogs in America and decided to introduce to it too (we are the only one that does interview coaching in Nigeria today).

In the first year (2013), our total revenue was – don’t laugh – N76,000, principally from a career seminar we organized and sale of ebook.  In 2014, it was N126,000, principally from sale of ebook, print book ( I wrote a book on careers) and CV writing services, and within the first 6 months of 2015, we have made about N750,000, principally from interview coaching, bringing our Total Revenue to date to a little more than one million naira. Actually, we made more than half a million naira in one month – June 2015 – which is more than what we made in the previous 27 months of operation (March 2013 to April 2015).

We don’t have Adsense and did not make a dime from it or any affiliate programme.

Again, one million naira is still small money, but we are only sharing this to tell our story and let other bloggers learn from our model, which is authority blogging.


Those who know business or accounting know that revenue is not equal to profit. We only talked about revenue so far, we are actually still a loss-making startup/blog, as we have spent more than N2m on the blog/startup to date, which means we are in a loss position.

In other words, we have spent more than we made. Our office rent alone gulped N600,000, not to talk of other costs. So when you see us on the street, don’t think you have seen millionaire bloggers. LOL


We are not resting on our oars as we continue to provide valuable resources on employability and career advancement which has made Nigerians trust us. We do not believe money is everything, and this is the reason we never rested in providing valuable information to Nigerian graduates despite the discouragingly low patronage of our premium services in the first two years.

We are happier seeing the joy on the faces of people that visited our blog and gained valuable information than in the numbers in our revenue account. This is why our biggest joy is not hitting million Naira in revenue, but our contribution to the career goals of our loyal readers, which is not even quantifiable in monetary terms.

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  1. Beautiful start-up story. D sky is too near to be our limits.

  2. Nice story, Even Jarus contribution on nairaland are reasons i salute Mr Jarus for his opinion. Good site

  3. Such a interesting and motivating story, I have learned a lot.

    Thanks Jarus. ....more blessings Jarus Hub.


  4. Interesting Piece I must Confess........ Since you're well known now.. You need to Create a Short-Code for your Audience to Subscribe to Receive SMS Alert.. You can Make Millions of Naira from it, Just like am Making Silent Millions from Music Lovers... Goodluck.

  5. Thanks for sharing this. Jarus, keep on the good work. I see you going places.

  6. This is a great piece. It is encouraging and motivating.. It is important to know what you want from life because the farther you go the farther you see.


  7. Replies
    1. Hi Kemi, I cant forget your help too, in those early days. I remember how you accepted a backlink to my blog then.

  8. This will be my story too this time next year.

    *diary of a jobless NIGERIAN blog is getting there.

  9. Nice Writeup. I just hope our generation of bloggers can read this. Blogging is not all about money.

    I have a question. When you interview people , do you meet them physically ? Or you interview via E-Mail chat.

    I will appreciate if you can respond to my question.

  10. Nice one....blog for the passion not for the money...


  11. No blogger will read this and remain un-motivated (that includes me)

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  12. this piece really challenge me .... my blog http://www.apexnewsblog.com

  13. I have known jarus way back on Nairaland and and am not surprised that u are doing fine with your blog because u have always been very helpful on Nairaland.
    I want to suggest that you try and run ads, also start a fan page on facebook so that many folks can benefit from your good work. Cheers

  14. Wow! there is nothing as good as knowing what your interest is and following it. it in most cases prove to be the key to your success. Being focused and embracing change is extremely valuable if you want to succeed. wishing you the best.

  15. Good and inspiring work. Keep up the faith and never rest on your oars. God bless you and your team. WWW.VICTORNWANKPA.COM

  16. This article is an eye opener. .hmmmn! Creating a niche for your blog

    Thanks for sharing


  17. Wow, Reading this was just like I was reading about my blog's (www.typearls.org) startup story. Thanks for reconfirming that in the end, its the bigger picture that matters.

  18. Am so so inspired by the post: Thanks Jarushub!

  19. That's cool, I wish to make it like you guys someday

  20. will write my own story soon----> www.frabidel.com

  21. Will also write my own story too www.naijasoft.com

  22. Good. Tanx for sharing. Very motivational. I like your humility. I just started mine too and this has really encouraged me.Its more about the passion, the passion will cause creativity that will eventually make you successful. I hope to get there one day too.

  23. Nice one Jarus. You've been quite an inspiration to me. Ever since we met at bloggerslab convention in 2012, I've been following your works. The sky is your starting point sir

  24. Nice write up jarus, you made one mil without adSense?, oow that's great, this proves that you can still earn more than enough from your blog without adSense,keep up with the good work.

  25. Am really motivated....ogbonge thanks for bringing this on board. Soon I believe am gonna make name in this industry as well. its just a matter of time.

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  26. Interesting write up... I have benefited a lot from your writeup.. Keep it up Jarus... May God continue to bless your effort.. Spicyjoevibes.com

  27. 9ceee....Hope you guys get kicking soon enogh..Visit my blog itotohafrique.com..No1 entertainment hub in naija

  28. Sure-fire motivation, see you instardomJarushub

  29. This is a wonderful piece. Its so interesting. I'm a newbie here too and I look forward to the day i will make my first money online.
    I have been so bordered about our country with great potentials.
    I need help to start blogging too.

  30. That is good. I have achieved that long time ago. Hard working and consistency is the answer.

  31. thanks for sharing this. you have given me hope and i'll surely work hard to make my blog newscommunityblog.com among the best blog ever

  32. This is an encouragement to me personally. I just lunched a blog (stephencoach.com/blog/) and I don't really know what the future holds for the blog. I am optimistic and reading this article has brought me into a particular understanding that am sure would guide me through. Thanks for sharing friends.

  33. Oh wow! great stuff mayne

  34. This is a great one that serve as encouragement .

  35. Very Inspiring stuff

  36. Cant wait write similar and better story for my Blog: www.tundegold.com

  37. Nice one there Mr Jarus
    Loved your piece

    Please permit me to share your story on other blogs. I feel it will inspire people who have like dreams

  38. This article is a great one, and also serve as eye opener.

  39. I was able to point out that striving to become an Authority in your niche and having paid services is the best strategy to making it as a blogger.

  40. Thanks so much for sharing. Your story is inspiring indeed. Wish you the best, going forward. And thanks for mentioning the part about using Adsense or not. Many bloggers feel it's a must-have. You have shown one can make money blogging by introducing premium services.

  41. Great write up indeed,highly motivating inspiring.

  42. Jarus nyc one jst keep it up...
    Rep team www.loadedhood.com tnx for d inspirations.

  43. Waoo, Interesting and Inspiring. Giess i have to go back to my gtped.com blog.
    I left if domant for techliet.com after 11 months of sleepless night working on it but never got any good raffic, but seeing your story here, I guess i have to keep working on it.

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