HOW TO SET UP AND RUN A BLOG (WEBSITE) WITH LITTLE CAPITAL
A blog (web log) is a type of website generally used to post online diaries (articles, news) which may include discussion forums. Many bloggers (those who have a blog) use blogs like editorial section of a newspaper to express their ideas on anything ranging from polities to religion to video games to parenting, along with anything in between. Some bloggers are professional bloggers and they are paid to blog about a certain subject and they are usually found on news sites.(source Wikipedia).
WHY START A BLOG
You can start a blog for the following reasons.
1. To reach a target audience on line with a particular message, it may be political, health, lifestyle, inspiration,motivational,religious, sports, news or a combination of any of the above.
2. To earn income on a part time or full time basis. You could earn income through Affiliates marketing in dollars and or through selling Advert space directly on your blog.
3. A blog offers you the cheapest and most effective means of reaching out to people, especially the over 60million Nigerians who are online, and also people from all over the world.
4. It can provide you with employment.
5. Your can use it as your company/School/Association website to run your business.
FREE OR PAID BLOG
You can choose to use a free or paid blog service for your blog.
A free blog like word press or blogger will cost you nothing to set up, as Domain name (name blog would be called) and hosting would be free.
This disadvantages of this type of service, is that you may not been free to place Adverts on site and earn income, as the website provider-blogger or world press, would be putting their Adverts in other to offset cost of domain and hosting. You can only use certain affiliate products on it. Secondly some plug-in – (plugging are available to expand the features and abilities of web browsers to show active content or even create rich internet applications) may not work on it, and they may decide to change or stop the service, and some other services like analytics you can do on your bog to bring visitors (traffic) are not available on it.
For instance, my free blog ,www.bibletruthsaboutcatholics.wordpress.com visitors for 1year is equal to the visitors 1 get in one day on my paid blog, www.nigeriapoliticsmagazine.com. The most important thing about blogging (blog business) is visitors that visit (traffic) A blog without traffic is like a shop without visitors coming to buy things..
In this case, you need to get a domain name and hosting from reliable Nigerian internet marketers like the one 1 use-it would cost about N10, 000 per year.
COST OF BLOG SET UP
To help your Blog to be up and running, you may pay N40,000-N60,000 as consultancy fee to guide you all the way, and you need another N10,000 to put in place certain features on your site, like e-newsletter, contact form, banner Ad space and affiliate programmes, which would earn you income. You can also include donation button or sell your books online.
You can also pay from N15, 000-N30, 000 monthly to someone to manage and promote your blog. I advice you do this for one year or you can do it yourself. You also need to set aside at least N60, 000 for advertisements and another money for internet access and typing of your articles and posting them. About N2000 a month. You can use a cybercafé or your lap top with internet connection for me, i use cybercafé. We are in the business of setting up and managing blogs, websites and other social media for interested persons, organizations, companies, government agencies, schools etc This is still a new service in Nigeria as many firms would only design and host your website or blog and leave you to do any thing you want and in most times ,few or if anyone visits the website or blog and it does not earn any income for the person or organization that owns it . TO Contact: me Francis Okoye call 08038005065. or E-mail: Francisookoye@gmail.com.