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5 Most Profitable Small Businesses Online

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I have collected the data for this post mainly from different forum coupled with my experience online and response from questions directed to successful online entrepreneurs. 
Take note that the order of arrangement is of little significance as I have no way of determining which is more profitable than the other among the five shortlisted profitable small businesses

SEO/Writing Firm:

There is a popular saying in the blogosphere; “Content is king” Over the years the saying keeps reiterating how important it is to publish quality content on blogs and websites, the demand for quality article sky rocket over the year, gradual increase in demand for quality web contents opened up a huge market for freelance writer and content creators, this explains why writing firm finds a place in our list of 5 most profitable small businesses online.

The return on investment for this business is very huge, considering the little cost of running the business. SEO (search engine optimization) firm on the other hand is mainly about ensuring that website or blog gets on the good side of search engine and rank high on the search engine result page.
I visited WarriorForum, DigitalPoint and BHW, and discovered that a very high percentage of services rendered on this popular forum relate to article writing and SEO services, surprisingly the clients are readily available once the service rating is above average.

Reseller:

 Believe it or not, people are making thousands of dollars every month from being a reseller online, reseller in the context of this post comprises; internet marketer that invest some amount of money into buying traffic to promote a certain product that earn them commission on sale, eBay reseller and affiliate marketers.
 Last year, I made a fortune from buying and reselling cheap tablet device from China. I bought the tablet at a very cheap price (less than $100) from a Chinese website, great specification with free shipping, so I bought the tablet and listed it on local classified website, the return on investment was as high as 100%. Take note that the start-up cost was less than $500, and I had no store or personal website, no promotion whatsoever.

Tech Firm:

Web designers, app developers, and video editors are making fortune online, simply because the market is huge enough to provide a very robust client base, and the demand for their service is increasing from day to day. If you’re tech savvy and you’re proficient in one of this areas, it just might be your ticket to another source of income.

Gambling Company:

 “The house always wins” That’s to infer how easy bookmarkers find it to make money all the time, simply because the house rule will always come to play.
Starting an online gambling company however requires proper understand of how the gambling system works, and acquire the proper license for your proposed business.

Web Hosting and Domain Registrar:

Truth be told, the competition in this niche is very fierce, but the fact still remains that, thousands of websites are being created every day, hence it’s imperative to seek the service of web hosting company, starting a own web hosting company is highly rewarding provided you have a targeted customer niche. Considering the advancement of cloud server, the start-up cost is moderate.
That’s my list of 5 most profitable small businesses online, although there are other lucrative business in Nigeria, but I hope this would inspire you into starting a small business along the line of these businesses, take note that all this businesses can be done alongside your regular day job.

5 Habits of Unhappy People: How to Be Happy.

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I once read a book about happiness, and it got me thinking as to why some people choose to be unhappy, despite the negative effect sadness has on the overall well being. I decided to write about this, based on what I learnt from the book, and hopefully, this post would help somebody out there to overcome the habit of sadness.
I would like to quickly point out that some people are clinically sad. No matter how hard they try, they might never be as happy as they want. This post is not directed at such people, and I understand their current state of health.
However, to those with no medical basis for unhappiness, I have found the following reason as the main cause, and for each point (habit), I would share a direct and practical solution to them.


PERFECTIONISTS ARE ALWAYS SAD:

Since it takes a happy individual to indentify a sad individual, it’s always very difficult for perfectionist to admit that they’re sad. They end up doing things in their own small world; reclusive.
It’s good to do a “good” job. To complete a particular task excellently and to be the best you can be. But when you begin to have self doubt about your best, then you’re navigating towards perfectionism. 
Being a perfectionist does not make you a better person, as a matter of fact, it makes other people see you as a sad individual. And the perception of others about you won’t take much time before getting back at you.
HELP:
Don’t ever strive for perfection if you desire to lead a happy life. Just do your best and let go of the rest. The truth remains that, some people will like your best and call it “perfect” while some will criticize your effort negatively. 
It does not mean you’ve done a bad job; it’s just a reminder that we have different views towards things. That’s what makes us human, and that is what makes the world an interesting place.
So drop your perfectionist attitude, do your best and let the observers deal with their own perspective.

LIVING IN THE PAST AND FUTURE:

Living in the past brings regrets, while living in the future brings depression, especially when the present is not the best of all situations.
Regrets and Depression have something in common; sadness!
There is nothing special in the past! You can’t fix the mistake of the past, and thinking about the past will only amount to wallowing in self-pity, sadness and evil thoughts. A larger percentage of unhappy people dwell in the past. They have something eating them up from within, something that has to do with their past life.
I think a lot too! I don’t like referring to my thinking process as “thinking” I call it “open eyes dreaming” I can create various mental pictures of what I want for myself in the nearest future.
There was a time I made it a regular habit, I was always thinking about the future, how bright I want it to be, what it will look like e.t.c. The moment, I snap back to reality, and juxtapose my current situation with the future I desire, depression always set in. I began to question the possibility of my dream.
People that dwell a lot in the future are always resentful towards the people in their present life, they become depressed and sadness comes along with the depression.
HELP:
Learn to live in the present.
Living in the present would not only give you the opportunity of enjoying the moment and making the best of it.
Living in the present would allow you to focus on how to actually create the future you desire. It would give you the opportunity of doing your best to make the best of the future.
Doing away with the past will ease the burden in your heart and make it easier for you to forge ahead in life.

COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS:

We choose different path in life. 
Some people would wake up early in life and make it in their early twenties, and die in their forties.
Some will make it very early and live life to its fullest with grey hair over their head…
Some will make it very late in life, or not at all…
Some are born with a silver spoon…
The moral here is that, we are not born equally, and we have different prospect and chances of survival. To start comparing yourself with your peers is the beginning of sadness.
Don’t measure the level of your progress in life with how successful you are amidst your friends. It’s a poor yardstick, mainly used by losers and sad individual.
Unhappy people find it very easy to compare their present situation with that of their friend. Their high school friend, their level mate in the university, their work colleague e.t.c. This is not the best measure of progress.
HELP:
The only acceptable yardstick for measuring your progress in life is your previous position. Check where you were few years ago, and compare it to your current situation. If you’re making progress, you would know, and if you’re not, you would know.
Comparing yourself with others brings about depression and unwanted competition and resentment towards your peers that are doing better than you.
Comparing yourself with your old self will give you insight as to what you’re doing wrongly and how you can fix your life and make progress.

SEEING THE BAD SIDE OF LIFE:

Sad people don’t see the bright side. They see the negative side, they see what is not working, they see where the fault is, they see what is responsible for their current circumstances, they see the bad and negative side of life.
Some Nigerians would tell you; the country is bad, it’s ruining my chances, it’s placing a limit on my potential, our power supply is bad, our roads are not functioning e.t.c.
They nag and nag all day about the bad part of the country, they wail about what is not working and they remain sad about being a Nigerian.
In this same country, there are people earning a decent living from the country; as bad as it is.
HELP:
The more negative thought you have in your mind, the harder it is to stay happy.
Stop seeing the bad side of everything, and begin to see it as an opportunity rather than a step-back.
I am not arguing the fact that there are bad sides. But to dwell on the bad side alone and its effect on your life would only make you sad and depressed.

SELFISH:

A larger percentage of unhappy individual are always selfish. They think the world revolve around them, they make choices without thinking about the effect it will have on others. The make decision for others without consultation. 
As long as it benefit them, they don’t care about what it does to others…
This attitude naturally repel people from their circle, people don’t want to be associated with selfish individual. They end up all by themselves with nothing but their selfish habit.
HELP:
Give consideration to the effect of your choices on others. Does it affect them positively or negatively?
Don’t just make decision for people, don’t just walk around with the mindset that you thread the earth alone.
Learn to be selfless and accommodating to others.

5 Things You Will NEVER Learn in School.

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Pareto Principle: 

This is also known as the 80-20 rule.

Don’t do all! Focus on the 20 percent that is important.
In school, the instruction is to always answer all, or attempt all. Over time it has been discovered that doing all, does not really amount to success. What leads to success is doing the most important thing (which is always about 20%) and neglecting the remaining 80% that are not so important.
Life is full of distraction, as a matter of fact; it’s very easy to get distracted with various activities and task to be completed. In school, you have to do it all; you have to find a way of doing as much as you can.
Often, those that do it all in real life end up stressed, and under-rewarded. On the other hand, those that focuses on the important 20% end up enjoying the luxury of life with little or no stress.
The valid question then, is how we identify the 20% that is important, and the not-so-important 80%.

For every activity or task ahead of you, take a little time out and access the situation, check each task and examine its effect on the overall task. The ones with the highest effect count as the important 20%.

Parkinson’s Law: 

This laws simple says “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”

The longer the time you spend completing a task, the more complex it get.
In school, the traditional advice is to start reading your lecture notes right from the beginning of the semester; the idea is to read them over and over again, until you gain the appropriate mental muscle to actually recite the note without making any mistake.
That is what the school teaches.
This idea is contrary to the Parkinson’s Law. When you allot a particular period of time for a task, you don’t get to complete the task until you exhaust the allotted time.
In the practical sense of it, you can actually complete the same task within a very short period of time.
Take for instance, you plan on cleaning your room within the next one hour, according to Parkinson’s Law, you would not finish cleaning the room until it’s exactly one hour.
On the other hand, you can clean the same room within thirty minutes, provided you get an emergency call from a friend who intends to sleep over at your place, and you don’t want him/her to see your place in mess.
Have you ever tried picking up a course material few days before writing the exam? The pressure and the exam atmosphere would naturally increase the rate of assimilation, and before you know it, you’re done reviewing a material that would normally take days or weeks of your time on regular basis.

Give before You Expect: 

In school, we learn to do things reciprocally; you respect me, I would respect you in return. If you’re nice to me, then I’ll be nice to you. Often, we learn to always give to those that are kind to us.
In real life, the situation is different!
You meet strangers on daily basis. Some you get to meet them again, and some you may never set your eyes on them till the end of the world.
A larger percentage of successful people in life actually made it with the help of strangers. They made contact and that was the beginning of a better life for them
Learn to always give, without the expectation of reciprocation. Don’t give because you expect a pay back. Be it money, time, help or advice. Just give, and don’t expect a pay back from the person you’re giving to.
As nature would have it, most of what we give would eventually find its way back into our hands in multiple folds.

Failure Is Good: 

In school, we learnt how bad it is to fail. As a matter of fact, failure would normally look like the worst thing to any student.
In real life, it’s good to fail!
Failure contributes to our learning process significantly. Take for instance while you were learning how to ride a bicycle, or how to drive. You would remember that, when you make a mistake, or fall off the bicycle, you’re always watching out for the same error the next time, because you want to avoid it.
Failure in real life creates a pattern of experience in our memory. It makes us complete the same task faster and more effectively. And we can always teach others from our failure.
When you fail in real world, don’t beat yourself to it. Just move on and make sure you learn from it.

Reticular Activating System Principle: 

I read about the reticular activating system (RAS) a while ago. I also took a course in neurophysiology last semester, and I learnt about the component of the brain that is responsible for the RAS and ARAS system. What my professor did not tell me is how I can make use of the RAS to my own advantage.
Think it, and you will start seeing it.

That’s the power behind the RAS. If you have a thought in your mind, and the thought is so strong, your brain would always make connection to alert you when your thought or something that has to do with your thought is within your reach or vicinity.
For instance; if I ask you how many people wore blue tie to your place of work today? You might not be able to give an accurate answer, mainly because you weren’t counting; your mind had nothing to do with blue tie.
If I had told you earlier, to count the number of people wearing blue tie at your work place, you would eventually notice blue tie, even when you’re doing something else. You would be able to give an accurate answer to my question.
You can use the RAS as a way of bringing your imagination and desire to life, by creating opportunity for yourself with your mind.

How To Make Your Week Productive: Ask Yourself These Questions On Sunday.

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How you commence your week determines how productive it ends…
Accumulation of productivity for weeks, determines how productive your year would be…
Less productivity would result into longer time before achieving your long term goal…
So let’s solve the problem from the feet upward, and let’s see how we can actually make our week productive.
There is no magic to success, I have read bunch of books on success guide, and many others on Achieving goals, the general theme around those books is planning and timing…
Successful people understand the basis of planning and time management at a very early stage of life.
They don’t just put on a piece of cloth, head out and hope for the best. No!
In contrast, they make plans, and try as much as possible to stick to the plan. You can also master the art. By asking yourself the following questions on Sunday evening, right before you go to bed, or earlier than that.

What’s Imperative?

Ask yourself, what you need to do this week as a matter of importance. It might be more than one, try as much as possible to create a mental picture of what you need to do before the week runs out. 
Answers to this question are often a routine activity of what you’ve been doing before.
Take for instance, it’s imperative for a student to go to class during the week, it’s imperative for a working class individual to go to his/her place of work, it’s imperative for business people to make contact and do more marketing as the case may be.
The imperative task is either the end in itself or a means to an end. It’s either a task you do in other to achieve your long term goal, or the sustenance of the goal itself. It’s the core of your weekly activities, so you want to really put in your best effort to the imperative task and get it done as much as possible.
Plan your week around the imperative task.

What Did I Miss Last Week?

It’s very much possible to leave some task undone in the previous week, even the imperative ones. Simply because the world does not just revolve around us alone, unforeseen circumstance might spring up and disrupt your plan. 
When this happens, ask yourself what you missed last week, and find a way of fixing it into your plan this week, without interfering with the imperative task.
Take for instance, you missed a proposed visit to a friend or family member, you cancelled a date due to unprecedented circumstances, you missed a lecture because you weren’t feeling too well.
Make plans to catch up on all your misses, and find a way of fixing it into your week. You can get a note to cover up for the missed lecture, call up your friend and see if you can re-fix the date…

What Can I Do Ahead of Time?

There are weeks, when the 24hours of the day seems like 30hours, and there are days when 24hours would be barely enough to complete the proposed task.
But on days when you get lucky with time, probably when a scheduled meeting is cancelled, when a lecture is cancelled, or during a public holiday, make plans on what you can do to get ahead of time.
Take for instance, you can read ahead of class lecture when you have enough time on your side, or better still, you can get a book you’ve always wanted to read and crack it open during the “free hours”
If you don’t have a concrete plan has to what to do with your spare time, you would end up wasting it, simply because it’s not planned for.

What’s my itinerary?


This would not only save some cost, it would save time too.
Take for instance, you work in the commercial part of the town, and you probably live in the sub-urban area, it’s a good practice to make plans as to your proposed route through the course of the week. 

You won’t have to ply the same route twice because you forgot to get something along the route. Because once you know you would be passing the route, you would definitely get what you want and save the cost, time and energy
Create a weekly itinerary, and save yourself some headache.

If you live in Lagos or Abuja where traffic is always massive all day, a good plan would save you from numerous headaches at the end of your day.

What’s the long term goal?


One of the greatest pitfalls in life is not having the end in mind before the beginning.
It’s never a good idea to attack life without knowing where you’re going. Every week, review your long term goal and make plans as to how you intend to achieve it.

Ask yourself if your small plans are actually contributing to the completion of your long term goals.
Remember that days would always culminate into weeks, and weeks, into month, then month into years. The way you manage your day determines how productive your year would be.
How do you plan your week?

Things Undergraduates Should Do or Know Before Graduation.

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In stressful academic settings like ours, it’s very easy to get trapped in the four walls of the institution and lose focus on what the real world entails.
When the lecture materials are so much than you can handle, when the assignments and term papers become overwhelming, to crown it all, the 7am-6pm lecture schedule makes it look like we are robot.
It’s either you read all night or fail…
Social life becomes a luxury; eating a good meal as well becomes a rare opportunity.
Five years (four in some cases) later, many would graduate and go outside, fresh out into the real wall, and they eventually become strangers out there.
Relating with strangers becomes difficult; writing a two-page resume about yourself becomes a difficult task simply because you don’t know what to write about other than you certificates…
No volunteering experience, no extracurricular activities, no award or something exceptional about you.

It’s not your fault anyway, it’s just the way our educational system is set-up…. The best part of our undergraduate days are spent in the library, night classes and lecture room.
But then, who says it has to be like that?
What makes you think you can’t do other things than studying as an undergraduate?
This post will share basic ideas of things you can do as an undergraduate to make an easy transition into the real world when the time comes. Things you should about the world outside there…

       EDUCATE YOURSELF:

It’s so easy to get confused when differentiating between getting a degree certificate and getting educated.
A larger percentage of the graduates you see on daily basis are graduates by certificate, and they’re not really educated, as opposed to normal expectation.
Now, what does being educated entails?
In simple terms, it means attaining a higher level of reasoning, either based on previous personal experience, or on other people’s experience. It’s about having a clear pattern of making a decision and acting on current information, based on a clear-cut thought process.
Clearly, all the courses we are taking as an undergraduate will not get us the self-education I am talking about here.
The question now is; “How do I get educated”?

Personal development!

A larger percentage of successful people in life are self made. 
They understand the principle behind constant self improvement and created a pattern for their life based on the principle of self development.
You can start your journey of personal development by doing the following:
(a)    Read non-academic books as much as possible. Get books written by successful people in your field of study, read about their experience, read as much as you can. 
    Read during holidays, read during weekend, read as much as time would permit.
If you can’t afford to get new books, there are various vendors around school area that are into old books. 
Get in-touch with a vendor around your campus, and give him a list of your preferred book, and ask him to get them for you when making his/her bulk purchase
Another option is to check the internet for free EBooks, websites like (en.bookfi.org) comes in handy.
(b)  Read Popular Motivational/Inspirational and Life hack Blogs: The time we spend on Whatsapp, Facebook and other social media is enough to make a difference if used wisely.
Make a compilation of your popular inspirational blog and create a bookmark for them on your mobile/web browser. Check out updates from this blogs on weekly basis.
I spend a considerable number of hours reading threads on Quora, LifeHacker, Nairaland, Reddit and IWT,  your list of favorite blog or website should have something to do with your topic of interest.
Just start with something! And before you know it, you are learning already.
(c)    Start Something New and Master It: During my first year as an undergraduate, I wanted to learn something new, so I decided to learn Python programming language. At that particular point in time, I had no use for the language; I just wanted to learn something new.
  I downloaded tutorials from YouTube and other valuable resources, and within three weeks,    I was “speaking” the language already (It’s not my first language). I later met another programmer in a cyber café few months afterwards, he was learning python at the moment, and was working on an iOs app.
He was having difficulties getting the apps to work, so I offered to help and we became friends, I couldn’t solve his problem, but he learnt a lot as regards the language from me, we exchanged contact, and I became his go-to-guy when he runs into problem with python project.
Two years down the lane, this particular guy has referred over five (5) high paying clients to me for freelance project.
Take note that most of his referrals have nothing to do with python programming, as a matter of fact; most of the projects have to do with the common web application using PHP.
So learn something new, a new language, a new skill, a new trade e.t.c

      Prepare For Your Intended Career:

 

It’s never too early to start taking professional exams right from your second year as an undergraduate.
Accounting student should sign up for ICAN courses, Engineering student should sign up for project management courses, Medical Students and Engineering students should sign up for HSE (Health, Safety and Environmental) courses and get certified.
This certification makes your Resume more attractive than the regular graduate resume.
For courses with strong student association bodies, try as much as possible to attend at least two of your conferences before graduating. In most of those conferences, an attendance certificate is always issued. This type of certificate goes a long way, especially when you require certification to practice in your field.
Sign up for internship position during holidays, even when it’s not a paid position. It gives you a real time exposure as to what your course of study is all about. 

  Have Fun: 

 So you really want to make first class at the expense of your social life…

The truth remains that; everybody won’t graduate with a first class degree, and not every first class graduate ends up fulfilled in life.
While I was in secondary school, I missed out on a lot of fun activities, to tell you how laid back I was, I didn’t attend my valedictory service. I was at home watching TV show re-run when my mates were making memories. I saw the pictures years later and I regretted my choice.
So yes! Have fun without harming your academics, the keys are to know your limit and stay in your financial lane.
Go out, meet people and make acquaintance. Make valuable connection with both male and female, skinny and fat, beautiful and ugly, smart and dull, gentle and macho… You never can tell when any one of them would come handy.

BONUS:

Learn to be trustworthy and learn about being there for your friends as much as you can. Don’t be identified as a liar amidst your friends, because the reputation might stick around longer than you want.

Masters degree in Nigeria: Complete Guide.

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Getting a masters degree in Nigeria is something most people consider due to many reasons; ranging from better job prospect to career advancement.

Most fresh graduate would opt for a masters degree simply because they couldn’t get a job and they would rather equip themselves more rather than wasting more time job hunting.

Whatever your reasons are; this guide would enlighten you the more about masters degree in Nigeria, how to apply for a masters degree in Nigeria, the processes involved, fees and other important things that you should know about getting a masters degree in Nigeria.

Applying For Masters Degree in Nigeria.

5 Shocking Truth About Blogging (No. 5 Is Unbelievable)

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I have been online for quite some times, and every day, it’s becoming difficult to tell people how I make money online, even when I tell people am a blogger, I still get to answer questions like; Can you make money blogging? Or can I make money blogging? How do you make money blogging? The questions never stop coming in diverse ways, so today I would reveal some shocking truth about blogging, and hopefully newbies would understand what they’re getting themselves into.

Bob Lotich: How to Make Money With a Blog.

In a bid to reveal the truth about blogging, I would probably show you how to make money blogging, the probability of failing as a blogger, and the level of hard work blogging entails.

WHAT IS BLOGGING ALL ABOUT?

First, it’s important to establish the basis of what blogging is all about, thousands of blog spring up every day, and the blog topic ranges from personal life issue to pet issues, a blog can discuss just about anything you can think of. However, I have read several articles advising people on how to start a blog, most of the advice tends to support the fact that, you must be passionate about the topic you want to blog about, you must know a lot of stuffs about the topic, hence you might quickly run out of ideas of what to write about and dump the blog later in the future. This will lead us to the first truth…..

TRUTH #1

 Not every blog would make money…..
Even if they do, not all blogs will make enough to cater for their hosting account, or domain renewal, with that in mind, I would be a little bit controversial about the idea of blogging about what you are passionate about.
 Meet John Bull, a lover of old novel who wants to start a blog about his passion for classic book
Hello? I love reading old novels, and I have read tons of them, well maybe I should start a blog where I review those novel, that’s the idea right? But then how the H* will I make money from writing reviews of old novels, there is somebody like me out there? That loves reading old novel?

Michelle: How To Start a WordPress Blog.

REALITY OF TRUTH #1
Yes! There are bunch of people out there, they’re probably old people, maybe they don’t even know how to use the internet, well maybe they do, but then would you get a thousand visitors searching for old novel reviews on your blog every day? Will they use your affiliate link to buy books from Amazon? Or how do you intend to monetize the blog? I mean books are sold at give a way price on Amazon, and then you earn per sales, probably a 4% commission, and when you start selling frequently, you get a raise to about 6%. 
Do you love mathematics? Let’s do some elementary calculation, let’s imagine you have a well established blog on old novels, getting about 1,000 page views per day, let’s imagine you’re promoting a book on Amazon, probably sold for $10 (am just being generous), for every sales, you earn a 6% commission (am also being generous, your commission starts from 4%), let’s say you make 20 sales per day (am being generous too), that’s about $200 of items sold, now let’s do the math of how much you earn as an affiliate marketer from your sales; ( $6/$200 * 100) = $3.
 Yay! For all your hard work, you earned $3! That’s peanut! Because it’s barely enough to cater for your lunch, now, let’s imagine everyday is Christmas and you make $3 everyday, let’s multiply it by 30 (days of the month), Yay! You made $90 this month, how much do you pay for broadband internet subscription in your area anyway? How much are you paying for electricity? How much of work hours did you dedicate to keeping the blog active? Sorry! The return on investment is bulls*hit because you’re not going to make any serious money from that blog of yours. 

TRUTH #2

To make serious money from blogging, you need to get your hands dirty,
…know what people are really searching for, learn about it and start a blog around it, stop getting fooled around by the idea of writing about what you love doing.
 …nobody wants to read about your personal life…
… Nobody cares if your cat purrs after eating the whole salami or not.
….Nobody cares about your divorce issue; have you ever search for that kind of stuff on Google before?

If you haven’t, what makes you think other people would search for it? And as far as blogging is concerned, if you’re not getting looked up on from Google, you’re definitely not making a dime, so scratch it, are you done scratching? Let’s talk about the reality of truth #2

  How to choose a niche on what to blog about.

It’s called Niche and Keyword research…
Thanks to Google and other popular tools, getting to know what people search for online has never been so easy, with various tools, you can easily, look behind Google and see what people are searching for, the exact words they type into Google search box and how many people search for such topic, either on monthly basis, by region or other demographic details (that’s not our concern for now anyway, maybe I would discuss this later in the month). 
Personally, I love getting my hands dirty, and I have a mentor when it comes to doing extensive research on Niche and Keywords.

Have you ever been to a construction site before? Do you notice how fortified the foundations of big buildings are? Do you notice that enough amounts of time and resources is put into ensuring that the foundation is OK? Top notch and super strong, that’s necessary because if the foundation is not strong, then the building may collapse before the end of construction, or two years into its usage. 

The same way, niche and keyword research is synonymous to the foundation of your blog, if you fail to get it right from the inception, you might as well stop trying to make it right along the way, because am darn sure it won’t pan out! So scratch it and let’s move on.
There are various ways to go about conducting proper keyword research, you can either make use of free tools, or get a premium tool for your keyword research. I won’t write extensively on how to conduct proper keyword research, or best tools to use right now (maybe later this month), but I have the following to say; you can either do it yourself, or get a pro to do it for you, proper keyword research cost less than a hundred dollars, if you’re lazy, and can’t do the keyword research yourself, then getting an expert to do it would probably suffice, but then, who in his right mind would invest $100 into a onetime service, when you can get the tools yourself, and master the art for less than $100?
 My favorite tools for Keyword research is Long Tail Pro, it does not only allow you to analyze specific keywords, you get to analyze your competitors too and see if it’s a keyword you can easily rank for.  There are other premium tools like Market Samurai e.t.c

Broke Bloke: Finding Keyword With LongTail Pro.

TRUTH #3

You can become passionate about anything!
Once the keyword and niche issue is settled, you can move on to acquiring knowledge about the niche. I learnt this from Richard Marriot blog, when he was about to venture into his niche challenge (he is determined to build a niche site that would make $9000 per month, tough call? He’s getting there already), after making a comprehensive list of the keyword he would be targeting, he invested a couple of dollar into buying books about the topic on Amazon, so he bought bunch of them and dedicated about three weeks into cracking the books and becoming a pro about the topic; see! You just became passionate about the topic, so once again screw the idea of blogging about what you know already because you can always know what you don’t know right now. 
Learn about your desired topic and write about it extensively. Buy some books on Amazon, crack them open and understand your niche as soon as possible. Once that is settled, we can then tackle questions on how you intend to monetize your blog.
TRUTH #4
You can have an authority blog and still be poor!
 “Don’t start a blog without a solid plan on how to monetize it”
There are several ways of monetizing a blog, the truth is most of them offer peanut for your blog, which means the good ways of making money from a blog is pretty low out there, but once you know your onions, you can make a nice income or a living from an established blog.
As at the time of writing this, the most popular way to make money with a blog is arguable from Google Adsense program, if you do your keyword research the right way, you might end up earning about $0.2 to $5 per click (there are keywords that can make you $50 per click, but trust me, it’s too late to target those keyword, because the competition is fierce and you would NEVER survive it).
The problem with monetizing a blog with Adsense is the need for traffic, if you don’t have massive traffic coming to your blog per day, then you won’t earn enough, do you remember the Amazon affiliate mathematics we did earlier? Google Adsense might be a B*itch too, if your traffic is not huge enough, which means, you need to do your home work, ensure that you have enough visitors and place the ads at the proper location, with that in place, you can relax and see your earnings reach threshold at the end of every month.
If the traffic coming to your blog is not massive enough to earn a reasonable income from adsense, you can explore affiliate programs, there are tons of affiliate products out there, ranging from service promotion to products sales, the money from this program is very attractive, once your blog is created around a targeted keyword, find good items around your niche and promote them through your blog, you can promote services too, it might not necessarily be an Amazon affiliate product, you can check out click bank, or source for affiliate program directly, I know of an affiliate program that pays me $150 when my referral link is used in sign up for a hosting account, now that’s a really nice income, let’s imagine I make three to four referrals per month, that’s some really nice income for a starter.
You can also sell ads space on your blog, mostly to advertisers that are willing to pay handsomely on monthly or weekly basis, a standard space on right side bar can be as high as 100$ per week, depending on how authoritative your blog is on the topic you’re writing about. 

TRUTH #5

Blogging is a trade of slavery!
If the above is true, then it means am a slave too….. And yes! It is true. I did not just come to the conclusion that blogging is a trade of slavery, it’s a fact derived from several years of observation.
Take for instance, this blog post, I don’t know if I should publish it on here or send it to a popular blog as a guest post. The truth of the matter is nobody reads a new blog, to get readers for your blog; you would have to serve popular blog in your niche by “stealing” some readers from them.  The only way to achieve this is by writing guest post for popular blog until you have enough audience of you
Conclusion
Yes, you can make money from blogging, but you need to be dedicated and do your home work, with the understanding of the fact that, it takes time before things begin to fall in shape.
Now, it’s your turn…
Do you blog about your passion or you blog for money?
I would really love to know your opinion on the issue of blogging for money versus blogging for passion… What’s your take? Would you rather blog for money than blog about what you’re passionate about?

Things You Probably Don’t Know About Blogging

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You probably think you know all there is to know about blogging. Maybe you’ve read from various experts, and you feel or know you’ve gathered enough knowledge about blogging. You’ve probably started a blog or planning to start one soonest

Just before you start that blog, it wouldn’t hurt to read another piece on the things I think you probably don’t know about blogging. Maybe you’ve started the blog already, what I discuss in this write-up can provide additional guide on what you’re probably doing wrong, or what you’re not doing at all.

I wouldn’t say your assumption is wrong, mostly because there are pools of information online about blogging, how to go about setting up a blog, growing it into an authority site and monetizing it. It’s very easy to drown in the pool of information, and end up doing everything, which most of the time will result into misplaced priorities and poor outcome.

Amid-st all the information you’ve read, you would observe that there is a basic principle of what blogging is all about, a pattern on how to build a successful blog and become an expert. I wouldn’t tell you to clear that information out of your head, because they are as valuable as what am about to share with you.

I wouldn’t waste your precious time going over the basics right now; rather I would enlighten you about the not-so-popular tips that make up a good blog, these things are always neglected and priority is given to the “popular tips”.

The not-so-popular tips are like the internal organ of the human body (kidney, lungs, heart, e.t.c) these organs are not visible from outside, but their roles in the functioning of the body cannot be overemphasized. Even when the hand is not functioning well, it does not pose a life risk threat to such individual.

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Just a quick question though, Have you ever seen a healthy fellow without a functioning kidney?

What I am about to share with you are the things I wish I knew before starting my blogging career, maybe I would have been a better blogger, maybe I would have make more impact in the blogosphere than I am right now.

My aim is to save you from the “maybe” part. I have compiled a list of the not-so-popular tips a blogger should know, it would go a long way in guiding blogger in their blogging journey. It’s like having an answer to the exam before taking it, hence bloggers would not be taken by surprise when they eventually encounter some of the issues I would discuss in this write-up.

Now, let’s set the ball rolling…

When I was starting out, I was very confused about what to write on, I don’t know if I am supposed to start a blog based on my passion or what is lucrative at that particular point in time. Then, “weight loss” was the talk of the web. Every day I read blog post on how people were making hundreds of dollars on daily basis from selling weight loss product.

I was very confused, I was in between choices; however I had to make a choice if I was to start a blog, so here is what I did…

#1 
YOU CAN BECOME AN EXPERT IN ANYTHING….

I became an expert in the lucrative niche. I knew nothing about weight loss, as a matter of fact; I lived in a country where people don’t care about their weight. This means I don’t have a practical experience of what it means to be obese and how to deal with weight issues.

I read as much blog post as I can on the topic, the problem however was that, everybody is trying to sell a particular product, and most of the popular blogs in this niche are not providing any solution on weight loss. I saw this as an opportunity and capitalized on it.  I created an objective for my weight loss blog (I would shed more light on it later on).

The blogs that I bookmarked was not sharing contents that would widen my knowledge about the topic, so I bought best seller books on weight loss from Amazon. Read these books, and took notes as I was reading, these notes are what would later become a post on my blog.

The idea is very simple and straight forward; find a topic that is lucrative and study as much as you can on it. If you intend to blog on what you’re passionate about, you’re probably in the wrong place, and I would advice that you stop reading this right now, because it wouldn’t be of benefit to you.

People wake up every day; they go to work and make a living.

Take a plumber for an instance, they fix toilets and kitchen sink which are always filled with dirt; nobody enjoys seeing dirt all the time, in fact nobody enjoy making a living from clearing dirt.

But we do what we have to do in other to make a living, the idea is to find something interesting about what we do for a living; something that bring in the pay check and channel our passion towards it.

This same rule applies to blogging, in my case, I wanted to make money from blogging and weight loss was very lucrative, not that I care about other people’s weight, but I can make good money from it if I start caring about it.

So I started caring. I discovered that big people (overweight) feel bad about it and tend to isolate themselves from the society; they feel neglected and are always lonely. I started a blog that encourage fat people to embrace their physique and make the best of it, even when they’re working actively to lose some pounds in weight.

I am passionate about bringing the best out of people, and I have successfully incorporated that into the lucrative idea.

It is important to take note that, my primary objective was not to bring the best out of fat people, but rather making money from selling weight loss products. But I find a way of channeling my passion into the lucrative market.

As a blogger, you can do the same too; you can take a look at the lucrative niche and channel your passion into the niche. It’s like killing two birds with a single stone at the same time.

#2

CONTENT CREATION

What worth doing at all worth doing well.

You must have heard (read) that content is the king in blogosphere; I wouldn’t waste time in establishing the basis of how important quality content is for a blog.

Let’s analyze your blog and content from a common perspective…

It’s a store and goods analysis. As a blogger, your blog can be liken to a store, normally a store must contain goods that are to be sold, and the reason why people visit a store is because they are interested in a certain material in the store.

In your case, your blog post is the goods you’re selling to your visitors. The idea is to make the goods (contents) as attractive as possible.  When they find it attractive, they would not just buy, they would recommend the store to their friend (sharing), and would always come back every once in a while to check out your new goods (subscribe).

Often, bloggers treat their content as a means to an end, but from my experience and couple of other successfully bloggers, the content should be the end itself, not a means to an end. If the customers (visitors) don’t find your content attractive (informative), they would leave your blog.

When creating your content, the sole objective is to make your blog post the last post they would ever read on that topic. That should be the main objective of every blog post on your blog. If your visitors would be clicking on any other links, it should be a link to your affiliate products or other topic that interest them on your blog.

Creating blog content that hit this objective takes time, and extensive research.

I had issues with writing when I started blogging, my greatest challenge was distraction, and it would take me tons of pages before arriving at my point. I discovered this is very bad for the business, because I would have successfully bore my reader out, before they get to the end of the article.

I had to find a way around it, so I read tons of blog post on how to be a better writer and how to create engaging blog post without confusing your readers.  The purpose of this post is not to enlighten you on how to become a better writer, so I won’t discuss the nitty gritty of better writing here.

Outsourcing is another viable option. But the best practice is to master the art of writing, and before you know it, you would be writing thousands of words in a day.

REMEMBER: You can become an expert in anything.

#3

IT’S A BUSINESS

In late 1990’s and early 2000, blogging was not very popular, in fact search engines would crawl your website every hour to ensure they have fresh content from your blog.

As at 2015, over a decade into the success of World Wide Web, I can say that the entire operation has changed.

“Today, blogging is not a hobby anymore; to be successful you must handle it as a business”

For every business, you’re expected to have aims and objectives; goals and a plan of actualizing the goals. This model should be used in running your blog too. It’s a good way of keeping you accountable for every minute and every cent you spend in growing your blog.

You’re expected to invest; both your time and financial resources on a business, the same model also applies for a blog. Obviously you can’t do everything all by yourself; the designing, the writing, promotion, branding e.t.c. Just like every other business, you should delegate responsibilities, either by outsourcing or hiring a virtual assistant.

The money may not be coming in yet, but it’s an investment, and for every investment, you would put in your money and wait for some period of time before the profit start coming in.

#4

You can’t do everything…

But you can do the things that matters and make the best of it.

I said earlier, that it’s very easy to get distracted amidst the pool of information available on the web. Today you read an expert opinion on “How important social media is for bloggers”, his conclusion was that, you should leverage on the power of social network in promoting your blog.

Few weeks later, you stumbled upon another expert opinion on why the importance on social media is overrated; his conclusion is that you should spend little time in promoting your blog through social networks.

These information contradict each other, yet both bloggers seems successful, they are expert.

This is where lesson four and the final lesson come in. You can’t follow every advice, not necessarily because they’re bad advice, but because it’s not healthy to consume everything you lay your eyes upon. In other to stay focus, you need to choose a path and follow it religiously, until you discover it’s not working for you. It’s like testing various methods over a period of time.

For instance, I have read tons of blog post, listened to webinars on how to start a successful blog, most of the things I heard (read) are great ideas, however, I discovered they’re somewhat generic.

Sometime last year, I stumbled upon Jon Morrow idea on how to create a blog; I decided to use his concept in creating an authority blog. The idea is to follow the guide religiously for six (6) months, if the outcome is not as expected, I would look for a way to enhance it or scout for another model that would work.

You can’t bit a piece of everything, because your mouth would be full before you know it.

Choose a model, stick to it and access yourself as you progress.

IN THE END…..

…Only the successful bloggers would share the story of how they overcome the first six months hurdles of their blogging career.

There are many things I would love to share with you on how to grow a blog, and I am taking my time to write quality (killer) post that would change the way you run your blog, when you see these contents, you would be damn sure it worth waiting for.

Until then, take your time in reading this short guide and apply them to your blog as the case may be.