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Friday

Easiest Way To Apply For Nigeria Google AdSense And Get Fast Approval

Google Adsense is one, and in fact, the top leading way to make money from blogging. Google Adsense pays its publishers an enormous monthly payment depending on how the blog viewers interact with the ads (advertisements) published. This post discusses how you can apply for a Nigeria Google AdSense account easily.

You are not left out too, to make huge dollars from Google Adsense as long as you are approved, and keep to Google AdSense rules and regulations.

But before you start displaying ads (advertisements) on your blog, you need to first apply for Google AdSense and be fully approved. And that's why I've come with the easiest method to apply for Nigeria Google Adsense either through your blogger dashboard or the official Google AdSense website.

{Endevour to read the “10 things to ensure before applying for Google Adsense” before you proceed to read this tutorial}

Note that new blogs will not be allowed to apply for Adsense until it is ripped.

If you are a Blogspot blog user, you can simply apply for Google AdSense through your blogger dashboard using the steps below, followed by the method I described in the next section:

Step 1:
Log in to your blogger dashboard and click on the "Earnings" tab.

Step 2:
Click on the "Sign up for Adsense" button

Step 3:
Then, click on the "Sign in" button. Then, continue with step 4 below.

If you are not a Blogspot user or you would like to apply for a Nigeria Google AdSense through the official Google AdSense website, simply go adsense.google.com and click on the sign-up button.

Apply-for-Nigeria-Google-AdSense


Step 4:
Enter your blog URL starting the "www", and ick on the "Select a language" or "content language" tab to select "English" as your preferred language. Then click the "Save and continue" button. It takes you to the next step where you fill your contact information.

Step 5:
Change the time zone to "London"

Step 6:
Your "Postal code" is a 6-digit number of your the nearest post office to your number. This is where your verification pin can be sent to you alternatively. You can find the postal code for your location on this website.

Step 7:
Then, click on "Submit my application" popup window will appear where you have to read and accept Adsense agreements.

Step 8:
Check the small box, and then finally click on "Accept"

Step 9:
Press the continue button.

And you are done!



Conclusion:

You will receive notification in your email within 3 - 10 working days. So stay calm if you already ensured the 10 things suggested in this post, although they can't guarantee you 100% approval.

In case you do not like to apply for a Nigeria Google AdSense, you can read this post by Prosper Noah that discusses how you can apply for a UK or USA Google AdSense account.


Do let me know if you would like me to help you review your blog and help you apply for a Nigeria Google AdSense account. Cheers!
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Thursday

10 Things I Ensured Before Applying For Google Adsense That Got Me Approved

One of the dreams of most bloggers is to get Adsense approved for their blogs. Meanwhile, it is not as easy as you may think.

In fact, so many bloggers have confessed the hardship they faced before they got their AdSense approved. Many applications were declined. Many have lost interest in AdSense and had already lost the hope for AdSense.

The truth is that AdSense is very strict when it comes to approving new applications. Everyone is trying to trick AdSense to get approved so; they have made the process very hard.

But don't worry; following the tips in this post will make it easy for you the same way it did for me.

When I was new to blogging, I applied a few times and got declined too. It was after I found some useful tips and I learned a few things that I stopped to apply and focus on the tips you are about to read.

What are these tips? How effective can they be?

before-applying-for-google-adsense


I can not guarantee you 100% effectiveness. Why? Because I am not a partner to the Google AdSense company.

Just a few tips that Google AdSense asks every other blogger who wish to participate in the program, plus the facts gathered by some pro bloggers as per what they think it got their AdSense approved that are used in writing this post.

So sit back and relax while I break down each of the tips to get fast AdSense approval.


1.            Write quality contents



The first thing you should make sure you are doing is “writing quality contents.”

It is not a lie if you have heard it from a thousand people that “content is the king.” Google loves websites with great and quality content because they believe they are the kind of websites that can serve their customers (advertisers) well by displaying their ads on such websites.

If you don’t have quality content on your blog, sorry; Google AdSense might not approve you.

Wonder what a quality content looks like, or how to write quality contents? Check out this post about writing quality contents.



2.            Create and publish the important pages on your blog



Seriously, Google needs to know you are serious to be their publishers. Having these important pages on your can show your level of seriousness.

Create these pages and publish them at the right place in your blog:

  • About page – tells users about yourself and/or your blog. It could tell Google AdSense moderators what your blog is all about, and why you need the AdSense on your blog
  • Contact page – ways that your visitors can get in touch with you. This can serve as a means of trust to Google AdSense moderators and also make them believe that you are real.
  • Privacy Policy – It shows the relationship you would be having with your visitors’ privacy information like cookies and email. Since Google Ads are served to these visitors, Google AdSense needs to care about their private information.
  • Disclaimer – for websites that provide information on certain fields, disclaimer page is used to disclaim legal association or affiliation with something or someone on your blog. It protects your blog from legal liabilities. Although this page is not as important as the privacy policy page for all websites, I still advise you have it on your blog if you provide information on particular things.

When you apply for Google AdSense, and your site is being reviewed, these important pages are also look out for. Don’t be surprised that you might be disapproved when these pages are missing on your blog.

You can read this post for more on the important pages you should have on your blog.


3.            Publish many quality posts




When I said the first thing you should take care of is “writing quality contents,” you might want to ask,

 “how many is the ideal post to have on your blog before you apply for Google AdSense?” or “how long should each of my posts be?

Unfortunately, Google does not specify a certain amount of blog posts or word count each of your blog posts should have . But I will judge based on my experience and some experts’.

Some bloggers got their AdSense approved with a few numbers of posts (as low as 10) with each post not less than 1,500 words in length, while some published a large number of posts (as many as 100) and still got disapproved.

The truth behind this is that you need to publish as many posts as possible with each of the posts as long as possible. I, myself published more than 60 posts with 700 words minimum and 3 thousand words maximum for each post.

I am not really asking you to do the same. But publish as many posts as possible and as long as possible before you apply for Google AdSense. Just make sure you are publishing original posts that are not copied.


4.            Make sure your blog is indexed by Google search engine



When you search for your domain on Google, and your blog does not show up, it simply means your blog is not yet indexed by Google search engine.



In other words, your blog is blocked on Google search engine. And this way will get your application disapproved.

Make sure your Google search engine indexes your blog. Otherwise, do the manual indexing using the Google search console before you apply for Google Adsense.

5.            Use a responsive theme design.


Also, your blog needs to look pretty cool enough for advertisers. The theme you are using should be:

  • Simple and professional
  • Easy to navigate
  • Search engine friendly
  • Loads fast

6.            Don't post illegal contents like.



Avoid posting of content that is prohibited by Google such as:

  • Adult or pornography content
  • Hacking and cracking tutorials
  • Illegal drugs


7.            Delete unwanted widgets at sidebars and footer of your blog



Asides from the fact that irrelevant widgets slow your blog page load, they also distract visitors, and it could be annoying to Google advertisers.

Minimize the numbers of widgets you are displaying on your blog to only the important widgets before you apply for Google AdSense.

Remember, you should make your blog look as simple as possible.


8.            Remove all ad networks on your blog (if you have any)



You can not apply for Google AdSense while you have an ad network being displayed on your blog, and get AdSense approval. You can’t also dash your cloth to someone who sells clothes.

Disconnect any type of ad that is being displayed on your blog first before you apply for Google AdSense.


9.            Remove all pop-ups that are on your blog


Recently, Google announces that blogs that show pop-ups on mobile mightget their AdSense banned. This could be due to users preference, but that is the fact.

Pop-ups are mini advertisements that show up when your blog page is loaded. They can be used to advertise a product, send users to another page or collect emails from subscribers.

Since Google AdSense frowns his face at existing users, who are the new users to get approved. That is why I recommend you remove pop-ups on mobile and even desktop.


10.          Get a custom domain (top level domain) for your blog




There is no justification that Google AdSense doesn’t approve blogs with sub level domains like “yourblog.blogspot.com” and “yourblog.wordpress.com.” But it is always advised by experts to switch to a top level domain like "yourblog.com" before applying for Google AdSense.


Bonus tips:


  • Check your blog page load, and make sure it loads faster before you apply for Google AdSense.

Conclusion:

Getting AdSense approved seems not to be easy. But with these tips I gave above, I can guarantee you AdSense approval within few days you apply.

Ready to apply for an AdSense account? Read the easiest way to apply for Google AdSense account here.


However, you would need to wait for some days after your application for your site to be reviewed.

Google doesn’t also specify the numbers of days you need to wait before you get a response from them. Some get a response few hours after their application while some get a reply after some months. I got approved exactly 15 days after I applied. So, it depends.

For your information, there is more to getting AdSense approval than this post. You can get banned any moment your application is approved if you violate any of the Google AdSense rules and regulations.

Tired of waiting for Google AdSense approval? These are 10 tested ways to makemoney with your blog asides Google Adsense.

Still, like to get Google AdSense approved for your blog? Let me know few challenges you are facing getting AdSense approved in the comment, and let’s see if I can solve them.

Over to you;


Are there any other things you did before you applied for Google AdSense? Let us know that in the comment.
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Saturday

How To Add Google Analytic Code To Blogger Blog For Tracking visitors

Let me assume you are a type who like to track blog visitors like I do.

It is very important, and of course, an excellent way of understanding your blog visitors so as to know the kind of content you will be producing on your blog.

Google Analytics, one of the 15 best tools for bloggers that I mentioned in that post, enables users to track blog visitors very quickly when you connect it with your blog.

It makes use of code called "Tracking ID." This ID is what you add to your blog that connects your blog to the Google Analytics.

Adding the Google analytic code will let you track your blog visitors, and it provides you useful information about who are visiting your blog, from where do they found your blog, what they do when they land on your blog, and some other useful information about your blog visitors.

To add the analytic code to your blog, you must have set up an account and register your blog on the Google Analytics website.




If you have a Google analytic account before, skip these steps:


Step 1: Go to analytics.google.com, and click on the "SIGNUP" button

Step 2: Fill in the necessary details including your blog URL, and click on the "Get Tracking ID" button

Step 3: A window will pop up, scroll down and click on "I agree" to accept the Analytics terms and conditions


Track blog visitors



Once these are done,

==> Log in to your Google Analytics account

==> Click on the “Admin” tab on the left menu

==> Click the “Property Settings,” and copy your “Tracking ID” under the “Basic settings.”

==> Now, go to your blogger dashboard >>  “Settings” >> “Other” >> “Google Analytics

==> Scroll to the bottom, and paste your tracking code into the box. Then save.



Tacking ID for blog visitors

You will now be able to track and know the performance of your blog visitors through the Google Analytic Dashboard very easily.
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Thursday

Set Robot txt File For Blogger Blog For More Search Traffic

Did you know you can improve your search traffic (organic traffic) by setting a simple, but the best robot txt file for your blog by increasing the number of posts being indexed and blocking some irrelevant pages to appear on Google search engine?

That is, you can change the number of posts you want Google to index, and also stop some certain pages from being indexed by Google.

Exactly!

Robot.txt file is used to inform robots (spiders, crawlers, etc. sent by search engines) about your blog, its structure and to tell whether or not to crawl your blog posts or pages on your blog.

You as a blogger would like individual posts or pages of your site to be indexed and crawled by search engines, while you may prefer other irrelevant pages not to be crawled.

My robot.txt file may be different from your own, depending on choice.

However, for the sake of being a newbie, I don't want you to lay your hands on editing many codes because incorrect use of this code below may result in your blog being ignored by search engines.

So, I have made it easy for you by giving you a simple file you can easily edit with your blog link ONLY.


Below is the method to set up the best robot.txt file you should use:

==> On your blogger dashboard, go to “Settings” >> “Search preference” >> “Crawlers and Indexing

==> Click the “Edit” button near the “Custom robot.txt” and check the “Yes” checkbox

==> Paste the code below:

User-agent: Mediapartners-GoogleUser-agent: *
Disallow: /search
Allow: /
Sitemap:http://easymadeblog.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500
Sitemap:http://easymadeblog.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=1000

==> Change the “easymadeblog.com” in red ink to your blog address. Then save



The sitemap I used above will let Google search engines index up to 1000 posts on your blog, unlike the default which is just 25 posts.




But in case you don't want a particular post or page to be indexed,

Simply change the "search" in line 3 of the code to the post or page permalink. It should look like this:

User-agent: Mediapartners-GoogleUser-agent: * 
Disallow: /year/month/post-permalink 
Allow: / 
Sitemap:http://easymadeblog.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500 
Sitemap:http://easymadeblog.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=1000

OR

User-agent: Mediapartners-GoogleUser-agent: *
Disallow: /p/page-url.html
Allow: /
Sitemap:http://easymadeblog.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=500
Sitemap:http://easymadeblog.com/atom.xml?redirect=false&start-index=1&max-results=1000

This is an example of one of my posts below:

http://www.easymadeblog.com/2017/05/make-money-from-blogging.html

And a page on my blog:

http://www.easymadeblog.com/p/write-for-us.html
Let's assume I don't want either of the above to be indexed by Google search engine, I will just copy the highlighted text above and replace with the "search" as it was explained above.

And this way, you're done!




Conclusion:

Use the robot txt file with caution in order not to make your blog being ignored by Google search engines.

Let me know if you would like me to help you set the robot txt file for your blogger blog.
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Monday

20 Most Common Blogging Terms You should Be Familiar With

For easier understanding of blogging, I have selected some common terms that are used in blogging and their meaning. So, you don't have to worry about some terms when .you come across them.

This post is the chapter 2 of "The Complete Blogging Guide For beginners. Click here to download the blogging guide in pdf

Read the previous chapter:


Here are the lists of the most common blogging terms you should be familiar with:


#1. Niche

When we talk about blog niche, it's a particular subject that is being treated on a blog. When a student talks about Mathematics, we all know the subject is bound about everything calculations.
Examples of niches include Technology (Tech), Entertainment, and Health, etc.


#2. Domain

A domain name is an identification link that people type into the address bar that takes them to your website. For example, the domain name for my blog is “easymadeblog.com.”

#3. URL

URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator. It is an address of a web page or network identification for any resource connected to the web.

Every web page has different and unique URL attached, that can be used to locate the web pages. For now, I want you to believe that a URL is also called a “Link” or an “address” although several web pages state the little difference between “URLs” and “Links.”

An example of a URL or link is www.easymadeblog.com/p/contact-us. Anywhere I use “address”, “link”, or “URL” in this book; I want you to term them as the same.


#4. Spam

A spam is a content about anything, posted where it is not supposed to be. The content might be a post link, a piece of information, an advert or any kind of content.

Even if the content is useful but is posted where it's not supposed to be, it will be marked as spam.

The act of posting a spam is called "Spamming". Spamming is an awful habit that destroys blogs, and Google hates posting spam comments too.


#5. Adsense

Adsense or Google Adsense is an advertising placement by Google. The program is designed for blog and website publishers who want to display targeted text, video or image advertisements on web pages and earn money when the site visitors click the ads (advertisement).

Ads are shown on websites that participate in the Google Adsense program. These people are called “Adsense Publishers.”

Adsense is the primary reasons why most people come to the blogosphere. We all want to earn from our passion. You can also make thousands of dollars from Adsense when you do it right. I discuss how you can apply for Adsense later in this book.

#6. Gadget/Widget

A gadget or widget is an application that is added and embedded to blogs, that has its own particular function it does on the blog.

A gadget is added to blog's layout with the sole aim of adding a feature to blogs or performing a particular function on the blog.

Examples of gadgets are the "Contact form" gadget that lets users send you to message directly from your blog and the "HTML" gadget that enables you to add any script or code to your blog.

#7. Templates/Themes

According to wisegeek.net, a blog template is a theme that can be used to manipulate the physical presentation of a blog, with settings which apply to every page on the blog so that bloggers can establish a single template, and then focus on content, instead of having to customise each and every single entry.

Because blogging also involves complex activities like maintaining archives, creating dynamic pages, etc., blog template automates these functions, reducing the risk of errors across the blog and allowing bloggers to focus on creating content instead of building a website.

Different kinds of the template can be applied to the blog to see how each looks like. You can download templates from template creator websites or stores like gooyaabitemplates.com.


#8. HTML


HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. It is the standard markup language used for creating Web or blog pages.

HTML elements are represented by tags which consist of pieces of content such as “heading”, “paragraph”, “table”, and so on.

Browsers do not display the HTML tags but use them to render the content of the page


#9. CSS

According to tutorialspoint.com, Cascading Style Sheets, fondly referred to as CSS, is a simple design language intended to simplify the process of making web pages (created with HTML) presentable.

CSS handles the look and feel part of a web page. Using CSS, you can control the colour of the text, the style of fonts, the spacing between paragraphs, how columns are sized and laid out, what background images or colours are used, layout designs variations in the display for different devices and screen sizes as well as a variety of other effects.

CSS provides powerful control over the presentation of an HTML document. Most commonly, CSS is combined with the markup languages HTML or XHTML.


#10. Keyword

A keyword is a phrase/word that is used to search for relevant information or web pages on search engines. A keyword could be 2-3-4 or more words.

Keywords are also used in blog posts for maximum optimization by search engines.

Search engines focus on keywords to serve their users better, and this makes it vital to understand how to use keyword better in blog posts.


#11. Search engine

Search engine refers to a program that searches for and identifies items in a database that correspond to keywords or characters used by the user, used especially for finding particular sites on the World Wide Web.

The commonest and the leading search engine is Google where users go to find information related to the keyword used.

Other examples of search engine include "Bing", "Yandex", "Yahoo" etc




#12. SEO

SEO simply stands for Search Engine Optimisation. It is the process and strategy you apply that gives you natural visitors from search engines (known as organic traffic).

When a user searches for a keyword on search engines, thousands of results are brought to him based on what the search engine consider as the most relevant to him. When he now clicks on a link that takes him to your website (for instance), you have organic traffic. This is the work of search engine optimisation.

In other words, SEO is the methods you apply that make your blog appear on the first page of search engines as relevant to particular keywords by users. I believe you understand what SEO means now, let us check the central importance of SEO.

The main reason why many people are focused on SEO is to get much traffic by appearing first when a user searches for a keyword on search engines.



#13. Tag/Label

I mean to explain "Post tag or label" here. Post tag is simply a label or a keyword you assign to your post. It provides a useful way to group related posts together and to quickly tell readers what a post is about.

Depending on the theme and widgets you have activated, tags can be displayed at the top or bottom of posts, on the individual post view, and/or in the sidebar. You can assign multiple tags per post.

For example, a post may display that it has been tagged with "baseball" and "tickets." Each of those tags is usually a link that can be clicked on to see all the posts that have the particular tag. 



#14. Crawl & Index

When your blog is crawled by an internet robot (bot), usually called “Spider” or “Crawler”, it is said that your blog pages are being checked for the presence of content.

Search engines and some other websites use “Web Crawling” or “Spidering” software to update their blog content or indices (stored content) of other sites’ web content. Web crawlers can copy all the pages they visit for later processing by a search engine which indexes the downloaded pages so the users can search more conveniently.

“Indexing” happens when spiders (or bots) download the web (blog) content and store them for search engines in order to allow users search conveniently.


#15. Traffic

Traffic is what is used to measure a number of page views that you have on your blog. “Page views” means the total number of times any of your blog posts (or any other page) is opened or reloaded. If I open 2 blog posts on your blog and I reload each of them 2 times, you will have 4 page views from me.


#16. Dashboard

A dashboard page is what you will see when you log in to access your blog, and is available anytime. The dashboard lists all of your blogs and includes several icon buttons to the right of each blog’s name.

Below is a screen shot of a blogger dashboard:


#17. Script/Code

A computer script is a list of commands that are interpreted by a certain program or scripting engine, like "a blog." Scripts may be used to generate Web pages on the Web.

Apparently, it is agreed that blog templates are made of scripts (set of commands).

"Script" and "Code" are two different words with a slight difference, but are often used to define each other. Here's an example of a script that I copied from my blog's template below:



#18. XML

XML stands for eXtensible Markup Language. XML is a markup language much like HTML. XML was designed to store and transport data.

XML can also serve as a file extension much like jpg used for pictures and mp3 for music. Files that are saved in XML format consist of codes/scripts (set of commands).

Examples of such files are the "Blog content" and the "Blog Template".


#19. Permalink

A permalink or permanent link is a URL (or link) to an individual blog post or page. An example is easymadeblog.com/2017/


#20. Hyperlinks

The hyperlink is a word, phrase, or image that you can click on to jump to a new document or a new section within the current document.
Hyperlinks are found in nearly all Web pages, allowing users to click their way from page to page.
Text hyperlinks are often blue and underlined. An example of the hyperlink is "this post" - when you click on it; it takes you to a web page.

The terminologies are not limited to these. In fact, they are many. These list just brief the most common terms that are used in blogging.

Read the next chapter:

Remember: You can get the the complete guide for beginners in pdf.

Are there any common blogging terms you would like to add? Let's hear from you in the comment.
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Friday

Complete Introduction To Blogging (All You Need To Know About Blogging)

I have always talked about having a blog, and now, you're curious to know what a blog is; why you should own one; what you would benefit from having a blog; and what steps you need to create your own blog; and particularly how to make money from your blog.

blogging guide


I will give you brief overviews of everything you need to know about blogging in this post.
So, get yourself a cup of tea as you read this fascinating post. 

What is blogging?

Blogging is the act of updating a web log or simply, website. - Just exactly like updating your diary frequently. Although a blog has slight differences from a website, I would like to call a “blog” a “website” because that's what you might be familiar with.

Let me now tell you the real meaning of a blog.

What is a blog?



Several experts give different definitions to the word "blog", but all is pointing to the same meaning.

Here are some definitions:

A blog (also called a weblog or web log) is a website consisting of entries (also called posts) appearing in reverse chronological order with the most recent entry appearing first (similar in format to a daily journal)


  • "Blog" is an abbreviated version of "weblog," which is a term used to describe websites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information.
  • A "blog" is a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, which is written in an informal or conversational style.
  • A blog (a truncation of the expression web log ) is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary - style text entries ("posts") - Wikipedia
  • A blog (short for weblog) is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. – searchwindevelopment.com
Let's stop there.

With these different definitions, we can conclude that

A "blog" is a logbook (or diary) on the World Wide Web that is always updated by posts (or articles).

Here, we understand that there are 2 major things concerned with a blog:


  • A logbook on the Internet (web), and
  • Posts (or articles) that are frequently updated.

Hence, to have a blog, you need to have a device that makes use of the Internet web (either smartphone or PC) and must also have "posts" to publish frequently.

That is exactly my point. But you cannot go ahead to call yourself a blogger, if after you have a device that makes use of the Internet web and also has posts ideas to publish frequently until you know what being "a blogger" takes. Let's take a look at this:

Who is a blogger?

A blogger is someone who blogs or writes content for a blog. You cannot become a blogger until you know and understand the kind of content you write for a blog.

The word "Blogger" doesn't only mean someone who blogs. It is also a platform for blogging. This is fully discussed in another topic

So, why blogging? Why am I telling you to blog? Is there anything you gain from blogging? Find out the answers to these questions in the next topic.

What can you profit from blogging?



Like I do tell people; do not do what will not profit you in one way or the other. It's a waste of time and resources. But blogging has several ways it can profit you.

Do me a quick favor, search for these names on Google to know who they are, and what they worth:


  • Jide Ogunsanya
  • Linda Ikeji
  • Bamidele Onibalusi
  • Don Caprio
  • Makinde Azeez
  • Seun Osewa

To mention few; they are all bloggers in Nigeria!

Apart from the fact that blogging makes you self-employed, here are some other benefits you can derive from blogging:

  • Blogging makes you become a better writer
  • It gets you more customers to your existing business
  • It helps you gain more influence and makes you popular
  • You become expert in your field and helps you stay knowledgeable
  • You can sell your online and offline products through blogging
  • It helps you build trust for yourself and your business.
And several other benefits you would find out when you are fully into it. Honestly, blogging is sweet.
I guess now, you like blogging and would like to star it in no time. But did you know there are some categories of people I would not advise they do blogging? Learn that on this next topic.

Who can't do blogging?

What works for Tom might actually not work for Jerry, you should know that. That your friend is doing well in blogging doesn't guarantee you success in blogging.
Despite the benefits you can derive from blogging (that I discussed above), I will advise you not to do blogging if you fall within these categories:


  • You're lazy
  • You can't write content and yet, can't make research
  • You are not patient
  • You are not consistent
  • You are not creative and yet, can't learn new things
  • The worst part I don’t like to hear: You are looking for quick cash. Of course, blogging is NOT a get rich quick scheme. So, if you are looking for a quick rich business, blogging is NOT for you. Sorry, I did not intend to sound harsh.

But I bet, if you don't fall within those categories, you're pretty good to go.

So let's dive into the blogging platforms where you can build your blog.


Blogging platforms


A blogging platform is a software or system where you create, manage and update your blog.

There are many blogging platforms, but only a few are popular and known. Among the popular platforms are:

  • Wordpress
  • Blogger
  • Joomla
  • Tumblr
  • Wix... And others.

Which of these platforms are we now going to use in this book? It's Blogger! Blogger was developed by Pyra Labs and was bought by Google in 2003.

Why choose "Blogger" platform?


It is observed in the charts below that blogger is not the most common blogging platform. Then, why don't we go for the most common platform?

Well, I asked the same question when I was about to start blogging. Here are few reasons that convinced me too:


  • Blogger is the second most common and popular platform in the whole word - which isn't that bad - and it keeps increasing in percentage every year.
  • As it was confirmed by some people, blogger is very easy to use for beginners in terms of setup and coding.
  • Setting up a blog on Blogger is FREE, unlike the platform that takes the first position.
  • All Google product blogs and other top blogs like Shoutmeloud were run on blogger before some were moved to the self-hosted platform (paid platform).
  • These 50 top blogs, including Easymadeblog and Ogbongeblog, are being run on Blogger platform - meaning it isn't bad if a newbie can use it too.


These are just a few reasons why we are choosing blogger.

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15 Best Useful Tools That Makes Blogging Easier To Do

While you are still a novice, it could be somehow hard to blog very conveniently without some useful tools. And you could also think of giving up (like I did a few years ago). But what is the gain of a farmer who cultivates a land and sows seeds without checking back on the farm?


You should not give up! That's why this post is specially made for you. I will make sure it fulfills its promises; I will make blogging easy for you as much as I can.


This post consists of 15 tools that even the so-called pro bloggers don't know (or use). These are part of what you need, for now, to make blogging very easy like a hobby for you.


This is an instance:

You feel that writing a blog post is simple the way you hear about it? Do me a favor right now: stop reading this post at this point, and write a quality 500 words blog post on "How to write an eBook".

Make sure the post is unique, rich in content, and is easy to comprehend.

If you find that easy, I recommend you stop reading and go back to what you were doing.

But a real blogger who is into the game wouldn't find that difficult. Why? Because he already knows the tools that would make his work easier.

Let’s get down to business, what are the tools that bloggers use to make their work easier?

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#1. Google search

This is the number one tool of a successful blogger. It is the largest search engine that has almost everything you’re looking for. You can find ideas and samples of blog posts on Google.
You can also download stock images from Google image search for use in your blog posts.


#2. Quora

It lets you brainstorm blog post ideas. It also gives you the idea of how blog posts are written and arranged for SEO purpose.
You can follow me (@mrilyasofficial).

#3. LongTail Pro

This is used for researching the best keywords for your blog posts.

#4. Grammarly

A tool that lets you correct any written mistakes you make in your content. There's also a software you can install on your computer,  a plugin for Microsoft Word software, and an extension for Chrome.

This tool lets you become error-free and look more professional at writing.
I can get you have a lifetime access to the pro version for just #2,000. See my contact at the end of this book.


#5. Google search console

This tool allows you to submit your Sitemap to Google search engine for more organic traffic. It also lets you check for crawl rate and robot text files how to help you discover pages that are blocked automatically.


#6. Quicksprout analyser

You can analyze your blog with this online tool for free. The tool tells you some certain errors your blog is having and suggests how you can correct the error.


#7. Google Analytics

It lets you track your site visitors to know where they are coming from; what search queries land them on your blog and some other analysis.


#8. Dlvr.it

It lets you automatically post your blog posts to social Medias without needing to do it manually. Once you publish a post on your blog, it appears on your Social Media accounts automatically.


#9. Canva

An online tool that lets you design blog post images without stress. You can create virtually all kinds of images that include infographics.


#10. Mailchimp

This is the tool I use for free, to collect emails from my visitors. This is the idea behind email marketing.


#11. Hubspot Topic Generator

This tool generates blog post titles for you very easily. It suggests 5 blog title for you when you insert just 3 noun phrase, so you don't have to bother about "what should I write?"


#12. Feedburner

Feedburner is a free tool by Google that lets you manage and track people who subscribe to your blog via RSS. It also lets you automatically send your blog post updates to subscribers via email.


#13. Pixlr Grabber

With Pixlr Grabber you can copy, save, edit and share screenshots and images from the Web.
There is an extension for both Firefox and Chrome. You’ll be able to grab only the visible part of the page, a defined area or an entire Web page. You can then share it or save it to your desktop. Saving it to your desktop then allows you to drag and drop or upload it to your blog post.


#14. Test my site

With this tool by Google, you can check the overall performance of your blog.
This tool shows you your blog performance on mobile, tablet, and desktop. It rates each performance by 100% and will suggest ways you can improve each of the performances.

#15. SitePrice Checker

This is an online tool that lets you calculate the worth of your blog in dollars.
Besides this, the tool also tells you the performance of your blog by telling you the estimated traffic and revenue, the estimated backlinks and other relevant information pertaining your blog.

There are pretty many tools out there for bloggers. I can't just pack them in this book. I don't want you to feel confused about which one to use first. That's why I stated the most needed by newbies like you.


I hope you grab some of the tools that make blogging very easier to do?

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