Over the past 18 weeks or so, I shared valuable information on how to start a profitable online business as a Nigerian. I’m confident that the e-course covered almost everything that a beginner needs to know to flag off a success-bound internet-based business.
Having revealed many tips on how to make your online business a success, I now want to go practical. I want to put all I taught during the e-course into practical implementation. And I want you to follow me as I do this. So, if you didn’t really understand some of the tips I revealed back then, this is another chance for you to know better.
What exactly is my plan?
I want to set up a new blog and develop it into a decent income earner within 6 to 9 months. And I will reveal every step I take towards achieving that goal. I will also reveal whatever results I get from any action I take.
So, I’ll be publishing a report at the end of each month to inform you about the new blog, my efforts aimed at growing it, and the results I’m getting — both positive and negative (if any).
Now, this is what I expect from you…
While this challenge lasts, I want you to follow me step-by-step. If you’ve not set up your blog, try to do that as soon as possible. And if you have one up already, get ready to do whatever I do.
Over the past weeks, I have done enough of writing, and you’ve done enough of reading. Now is the time for us to go practical. So, join me on the course, and let’s see if we can get the same results in the end.
Here are my goals and objectives…
My major goal, as I stated earlier, is to develop a blog that will start earning a decent monthly income within 6 to 9 months.
To achieve this goal, I planned doing the following:
- Publishing at least 3 posts every week
- Posting on article directories once I’ve published 10-20 posts on the blog (this is part of my link-building strategy)
- Publishing posts (guest posts) on other blogs within the same niche
- Setting up a Facebook page for the blog (to get more traffic via social media)
- Spreading word of each post by posting its URL to social bookmarking sites
- Leaving relevant comments on other blogs (for link-building)
When the blog starts generating a sizable amount of traffic consistently, I will monetize it with the following:
- Google Adsense
- Media.net ads
- Affiliate marketing (I will market books, software, and programs for job seekers and small business owners)
- Information marketing (I will put up the international version of my ebook — How to Get Your Dream Job.)
- I will sell ad space on the blog to interested advertisers
So far, this is what I’ve done…
The idea of starting this challenge actually struck me about six weeks back. And after ruminating over it, I concluded that it was good idea.
I have already taken some steps, but I didn’t tell you anything before now because the e-course was still on, and I didn’t want us to derail from that.
Here are the steps I’ve taken so far:
1. I chose a niche
After a brainstorming session, I decided to go for the career/small business niche (more like a combination of two niches). So, I planned to share proven tips on how to choose the right career, how to apply for a job and get it, how to start a small business, and everything related to those.
I chose this niche because there is a large audience for it. Unemployment is a global problem, and many unemployed people need information on how to get their dream jobs or start their own small businesses.
2. I registered my domain name
I registered the name for the new blog on August 15, 2013. The domain name (without the .com part) is 22 letters long, and it clearly reveals what the blog is all about.
As is the case with my other blogs, I registered the new domain name with Namecheap, because I prefer them to other domain name registrars.
3. I set up the blog
I installed the blog on WordPress and uploaded the necessary plugins. I chose WordPress because I deem it much better than Blogger or any other blogging platform. Besides, all my other blogs are on WordPress.
I’m hosting the new blog along with my older blogs on Hostgator, which I think is the best web hosting service provider. I’ve heard and read enough of negative feedback about Nigerian web hosting service providers. So, I decided to go for a foreign web host — to save myself from frustrating hassles.
4. I set up Google Analytics and geo-targeting
I added the new blog to my Google Analytics account. This will help me track visits to the blog as well as other relevant data that will help me make vital decisions and figure out what’s working and what’s not.
With the new blog, I planned to target an American audience — not a Nigerian audience, and not a global audience. I’m targeting Americans because I believe I can make more money that way.
So, I added the new blog to my Google Webmaster Tools account, and set the geo-targeting option to United States. This will boost the blog’s rankings in results shown to U.S.-based Google users — since they’re my target.
5. I researched for keywords
Using the Google Keyword Planner, I researched for lucrative keywords that people are using to search for the content I intend to share. I got hundreds of very good keywords — which means I already have hundreds of post topics to write on.
Of course, I only chose keywords that Americans (my target audience) are using when searching Google.
6. I published some articles
As of present, I have published 6 articles on the new blog. Of course, they are all well optimized for some of the lucrative keywords I got from my research.
The first article went live on October 6. The article revealed business ideas for teenagers. It’s 1,600 words long, and it’s the longest of the 6 posts I’ve published so far.
Now, your turn to take action…
Now, I want us to move together. If you have a blog already, look at what I’ve done so far and implement whatever you might have missed. And if you don’t have your blog up yet, start today or tomorrow. You can catch up with me within 1 or 2 weeks.
Don’t leave me to run this challenge all alone. Join me so we can get great results together!
If you’re having any problems, or you’ve not gotten some things clearly, or you need my help in a way, or you have some questions, or you have something to add, share your thoughts by leaving a comment.
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