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Blogging Made Easy For Beginners By Michael Ajah 

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· A Blogging Niches

· B How To Set Up A Blog

· C How To Design Your Blog

· D How To Build Your Audience (HOW TO GET MANY LIKES ON YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE, HOW TO GET MANY TWITTER FOLLOWERS,,e.t.c)

· E Best Places To Get Traffic From

· F How To Get A High Alexa Rank/World Rank Easily

· G How To Make Money From Your Blog & Easiest Way To Get Adsense Approved

· H Keys To Success In Blogging

· I How to make money when people download your Files

· J How to Automatically Share Your Posts To Facebook And Twitter

Everyone wants to own a website or blog but not everyone has the capabilities to handle a site or a blog.

As i would always say, the best strategy to stay active and focused on your blog or site is to take information

from various sources.Creativity can also be a great way to make your blog grow.You cannot just start up a blog and

expect that your blog would start getting pageviews without working on it.There are some things that you need to take

into consideration before starting up a blog.

A BLOGGING NICHES

1. What Is Your Motive For Opening The Blog?

You should ask yourself, why do you need a blog?, is it to share your ideas about a specific website, is it to make money,

is it to get popular?..e.t.c If you are creating a blog in order to get popular then blogging is not for you. If you are not quite sure of

a specific niche you want to go into then you can simplly blog about everything.You could also check this niches

· Autos

· Agriculture

· Business

· Entertainment

· Health

· Music

· Blogging

· ICT

· Science

· Travel

· Nature

· Technology

· Movies

· Gaming

· Fashion

· Gospel

· Tutorials

· Your Life

· Education

· Inspiration

· Love/Sexuality

· Food

· News…………….e.t.c

When you are sure of your reasons and that it is genuine you should proceed to the next question.

2. Are The Devices At My Disposal Capable Of Handling The blog I’m Going Into?

This is very important because currently blogging is easier on smartphones like Android Devices And Iphones/Ipads (IOS) , Also Computers

are also easy ways of blogging, Java phones and Symbian Phones Make Blogging Extemely Stressful,

If your device is compatible then you can 

proceed..

B. HOW TO SET UP A 

BLOG

Steps To Start A Blog Page

Now I’ll teach you the easiest way to set up a blogger account. Go to http://www.blogger.com ,Before proceeding make sure that you

have a Google Account. If you don’t have an account click on sign up. When you have completed the necessary info , Log in

go to create blog. Type in the url of the blogspot page you want to create. , try choosing a name that

can be remembered easily by other people and has not been used by another person. If you want to use a custom domain e.g www.example.com

you can do that later in Blogger Settings>Basic>Domain. Note that hosting is probably N18,000 A Year / N2500 to buy a domain name forever. There are many

web hosting sites but the most trusted is Godaddy.com LLC, Here’s a small list of web hosts,

· www. godaddy . com

· www. hostgator . com

· www.  whogohost . com

· www. namecheap . com

Please Avoid Domain Names Like . tk,. ca,. na,. cf and the likes of it , if you want your blog to appear in google’s search. Google respects

top level domains e.g . com,. net,. us,. biz,. co .uk,. tv,. org e.t.c, So Avoid free web hosts.

After choosing your url, choose your template , My best choice for beginners is Picture Window, If you want to choose any other template it’s left to you.

How To Post To Your Blog Page

Blogger has apps that can be used to post to the blog easily. You can download The official blogger app on google playstore , you could also download third

party apps like blogaway,blogpost. to post via your smartphone. For computers simply go to the blogger page,go to compose and type your content.

C. How To Design Your Blog

Please If you have no knowledege of html do not attempt this.

.Just Use the default blogger templates. Blogger uses a variety of themes and there are many out their on the net, you could check out

www . bestbloggertemplates . net.

Download the blogger template you want, if its in a .zip format. extract the files and search for a .xml file, use your computer to edit this with notepad. after editing the code save it as mytemplate.xml then you can

send it to your device. Use UC Browser most preferably on Smartphones,. Visit The Blogger Page , Go to Templates > Backup/Restore .You would see an option to upload a template . search for the template where

you have placed it on your device and click on upload after you have downloaded it. One more thing is that blogger templates are relatively small in size so don”t be scared to download it.

Mine is about 147kb.

D.HOW TO BUILD A LARGE SOCIAL AUDIENCE

The success of every webmaster or blogger depends on his audience on social networks. Getting A large audience is very easy, You Just Have To be creative..

FACEBOOK

Facebook is unarguably the most visited social network in the world with more than 1 billion users from different countries,If you don’t know how to set up your facebook page

simply go to the pages option on your facebook account.click on create new page. Select your blog’s niche then the url you want to use for the blog. In

Choosing Page Name You have to be very careful,because the page cannot be renamed after it crosses 200 likes unless you can change your ip to U.S and submit

a little form. The next step is to invite all your friends to like your page, then set up little contests like dropping free airtime pins everyday at a specific time.

TWITTER.

Just Sign Up or Login With Your Username. Note that twitter does not need a special page for a company or a website. Every twitter handle can be personal

or for a website, just use your blog as your username and make sure there is a link to your blog on the account. A little secret, getting followers

is a bit hard but the easiest way to get followers is to use an online api at www . twiends . com. Connect your twitter account to twiends.com and you are good to go.

You can also advertise your social profiles along side your comments in other blogs and 

forums

E. BEST PLACES TO GET TRAFFIC FROM

A blog that gets less than 50 pageviews a day is nothing to write home about, so the aim of every blogger is to get as many pageviews as possible.

you can get traffic by using the right key words in your meta tag and joining online forums, below are some sites you can join ,avoid spamming your

links , it would appear annoying to most people,.

· www . nairaland . com

· www . gaiaonline . com

· www. xdadevelopers .com

· www. ghana   nation .com

· www .best nigerian forum .com

· www . forumng .com

· www . early face.com

F. How To Get A High Alexa Rank/World Rank Easily

An Alexa Rank Shows Your Rank Among The Top 20 million ranked sites by alexa. To check if your site already has an alexa rank go to www . alexa .com

input your blog’s url and click on find/search. if you don’t have any rank yet. There are two things you have to put in place.

Google Analytics

Alexa works hand in hand with Google Analytics, Go to www.google.com/analytics to set up your web property. All you have to do is to log in with your google account. After Setting Up Your

Analytics Property, (It is always in this format(UA-1234567)), After successfully doing that, go to your blogger page, then go to Settings > Basic, You ought to see an option for analytics property,

input your analytics property and save. Check back your rank in about a week,it should be there if you are getting a steady influx of traffic

Ads

Advertisements help Alexa To Determine the value of your site and the best ranking it should be placed at. You can put ads from Adsense/Adiquity to boost your ranking. i will explain more about

ad networks in the next column.

G .How To Make Money From Your Blog And Get Adsense Approved Easily

There are many ways to earn money from your blog ranging from ads to affiliate marketing. The easiest way to make money online

is by offering services that other sites do not offer for a certain fee, You could write informative tutorials and sell it online. You

can also run your own ads on your blog, that is people would pay you a certain amount to place their ads on your blog, You can put ads

from advertising companies on your blog. Now this is where most people get stuck. There are many ad companies out there on the web

but only a few can be trusted. Google Adsense is what every blogger and webmaster wants but adsense is extremely hard to get ,since

it takes double approval. Sites that are opened with Google’s Blogger stand more chances of being approved than other sites, because

one of the main reason Google disapproves Adsense applications is lack of content. There is a saying on the web, CONTENT IS KING,

Google knows the number of posts on your blogspot account and knows when it was opened since it is run by them, Make sure that before

applying for Adsense that you have up to 500 posts on your blog, this would improve your chances of getting approved ,on the other way round

you can get adsense approved by using Youtube. Yes Youtube, you might be wondering what youtube

has to do with this. Here’s the trick,

make sure you have up to 5 uploaded videos on your account and you have at least 7 subscribers and 50 views , go to www.youtube.com/monetize or type

youtube monetize on google search. when the page displays ,log in with your account then reload the page,the go to the option where you are asked

to connect it with adsense, your application should be approved in about 4days.

Ad companies pay per click, Adsense is Probably Between $0.2-0.5 per click.,All you have to do after approval is to paste

a small javascript code on your blog that would be given to you, to paste it , go to Layout >Add Gadget >HTML/Javascript. Here’s a small list of trusted ad companies.

· Google Adsense

· Media . net

· Chitika

· Bidvertiser

· Addynamo

· Adiquity

· Inmobi…e.t.c

You can also earn money from affiliate marketing, the most trusted affiliates in nigeria are

· Jumia Affiliate

· Konga Affiliate.

They are almost like ad companies, the only thing is that you advertise their products only.

H. Keys To Success In Blogging

The best way to succeed in blogging is consistency, stay up to date ,even if you are not getting any comments try to derive joy from your

pageviews, as they increase, comments would start coming

I. How To Earn Money When People Download Your 

Files.

Write Educative Articles and advertise it on forums, then when users ask to download it they would see an option to pay into your account, after they have done that

they would send an sms to you containing the name of the file they paid for, their name and the teller number and you would send the file via email to them

do not use this as a way to defraud people. Keep your reputation high. There are also sites that allow you upload on their servers and pay you a little fee for every download like

dollarupload . com

ziddu . com

J. How To Automatically Share Your Posts To Facebook And Twitter Automatically

.

It is extremely stressful, having to share your posts on twitter and facebook manually, here is a tutorial, on how to do that

· Go to facebook.com/twitter

· Approve the twitter app

· Choose The Account You want it to take posts from, like your personal profile or facebook page

· The Twitter App would now automatically post your facebook updates to twitter

· Go to Dilvr . it or search for it on google

· Create An Account Their

· Verify Your Email Address

· Input The url of your blog

· Connect The App to facebook

· Approve the App

· Choose the preferred account you want it to post to ,either your groups,pages or personal profile.

Feel free to contact me if you need help

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How do you convince Nigerians to Read? Put it in the “Terms and Conditions” – The Paystack misogyny Saga Explained in Full

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Yesterday, a global poorly kept secret was made evident for all to see with Paystack, a Nigerian fintech startup, top of the trend section on Twitter, after calls by some users to boycott the company.

Though the actual happenings weren’t really documented but reports reaching Naijatechguy states that it all went haywire when the popular payment platform revoked a payment link for a certain lady’s birthday party, and did I say hell was let loose? Yes, it did.

Apparently, in a nutshell I’m just here to let you know Paystack is now in the business of turning down certain individuals from using its payment service, maybe, because it has got a lot of request on its table.

Now, you’d be forgiven if you haven’t already gotten a sneek peek into the gist right now, perhaps you were hiding under a rock to avoid getting infected with the death sentence that is the Coronavirus pandemic.

We’re only joking here, you get right? Did you take that serious!!! Damn

Here’s how the whole plot between Paystack and the lady who had her payment link revoked played out on Twitter.

Paystack can’t be this Bahd. Are they?

On August 17, @obidi__ , a Twitter user, announced that she was organising a private birthday party in Abuja, Nigeria, on August 22: which translates to this Saturday. She also mentioned it was going to be a paid one.

However, to her utter surprise she woke up the next day to see Paystack, after tweeting she intended using the payment platform as her go-to for the party has for some reason blocked her birthday party because she was quoted as ‘selling body parts’.

Here’s the graphic for the birthday party in question:

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What ensured was a normal for the Nigerian Twitter section as she called out fanboys who ramped up the revoke against the tech company for their ‘partial’ deeds.

A closer look however, has revealed that Paystack had disabled her account, but for another reason altogether. She didn’t adhere to a different part of the company’s Acceptable Use Policy.

According to the company’s email to her, Jacob Christian, a User Ops at Paystack, opined that while reviewing @obidi__’s business on the platform, they realised that it involved sexual activities; in this case, an orgy.

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How do you convince Nigerians to Read? Put it in the "Terms and Conditions" - The Paystack misogyny Saga Explained in Full 11

“We would like to draw your attention to Section 2 of Paystack’s Acceptable Use Policy ( https://paystack.com/terms ), which states that Paystack may not be used in connection with any product, service, transaction or activity that relates to the sale and/or purchase of certain sexually oriented materials or services,” an excerpt from the email read.

If at this stage you’re still wondering what in the world an orgy is, a quick Wikipedia definition reiterates: “An orgy as a sex party consisting of at least five members where guests freely engage in open and unrestrained sexual activity or group sex.” In other words, an orgy is part of Paystack’s “certain sexually-oriented services”.

Now, we could all turn back to point accusing fingers at this lady but her crime is simply one each and every internet user have fallen for at least once in a lifetime.

WHEN LAST DID YOU READ A TERM’S AND CONDITIONS PAGE WHEN ACCESSING A SERVICE OR USING A PRODUCT?

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It is very important to read a company’s terms and conditions and it is even scary and unhealthy to use any product you don’t find its scriptly documented acceptable use policy in it’s ranks.

In essence, she was trying to use Paystack in connection with one of the many business categories the company said it wasn’t going to permit in its Terms and Conditions. And as stated in its “ Actions by Paystack” segment, the company suspended her use of Paystack’s Services.

While it is a known fact that most terms and conditions are incredibly long and hard to read, situations like this Paystack-orgy saga subtly reminds us of their importance.

Mark Amaza, a Twitter user was also in support of the action taken by Paystack, writing that: “Paystack’s refusal to allow payment for sex work/orgies using its platform is more than just about the law. It is also about brand & financial risks it is willing to bear”.

I mean some other companies have even way scarier For policies. Stripes is one which doesn’t even allow payments for flights.

There have been previous collective cases of people complaining about social networks using their data for advertising purposes as can be seen with the TikTok security flaw. But over time, this same users have come to realise that they opted in for such maybe on Twitter trends or after they are done using the product.

Imperatively, it is jail-worthy putting the lives of users and individuals at risk but equally, you accepting these terms and conditions whenever downloading an app, accessing a service, registering on a website, is legally binding. It is for this reason you need to spend some time reading them before going forward or checking out that popular hook-up page.

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Hackers take over Twitter Accounts of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Apple and others in major Sitewide Crypto Heist

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Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos had their Twitter accounts hacked on Wednesday evening in an apparent cryptocurrency giveaway scam.

Other accounts including Mike Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Apple, Uber, Square’s CashApp, and Coinbase were also hacked.

Remember when your mom warned you staying up for long on your smartphones will ‘kill you someday’

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This tame prophecy seems to be coming though all of a sudden as Twitter followers of Bill Gates and Elon Musk speculated that their accounts been hacked on Wednesday, as a series of tweets dangled a bitcoin giveaway that looked too good to be true.

I mean who could believe we could have a day when the entire bigwigs in the tech ecosystem will come together to “give back to the community”? It’s happening!

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We don’t know how it’s happened with reports also speculating Twitter’s own systems may have been compromised. The hack however, is ongoing, with new tweets posting to verified accounts on a regular basis starting shortly after 4PM ET.

How it all began…

It all started off when Elon Musk’s Twitter account was seemingly compromised by a hacker intent on using it to run a bitcoin scam. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates also had his account seemingly accessed by the same scammer, who posted a similar message with an identical bitcoin wallet address.

It was preceded by another quickly deleted tweet from Musk which said he was “feeling generous because of Covid-19.”

Both accounts are continuing to post new tweets promoting the scam almost as fast as they are deleted.

Though a spokesperson for Gates Teddy Schleifer, was seconds late in reporting the Heist from another account – “We can confirm that this tweet was not sent by Bill Gates. This appears to be part of a larger issue that Twitter is facing. Twitter is aware and working to restore the account.”

No doubting the major damage has already been with reports up to $10M worth of Bitcoin has been transferred already.
Shortly after the initial wave of tweets from Gates and Musk’s accounts, the accounts of Apple, Uber, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, hip-hop mogul Kanye West, and former New York City mayor and billionaire Mike Bloomberg, among others, were also compromised and began promoting the scam.

Though it’s still unclear how widespread the operation is, but it appears to be affecting major companies and extremely high-profile individuals.

Suggestions are flying all over the internet views someone might have either found a severe security loophole in Twitter’s login process or third-party app, or that the perpetrator has somehow gained access to a Twitter employee’s admin privileges.

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The origin of the scam appears to be when Musk’s account issued a mysterious tweet at 4:17PM ET reading, “I‘m feeling generous because of Covid-19. I’ll double any BTC payment sent to my BTC address for the next hour. Good luck, and stay safe out there!” The tweet also contained a bitcoin address, presumably one associated with the hacker’s crypto wallet.
The tweet posted to Gates’ account echoed the last Musk tweet, with an identical BTC address attached. It was also deleted shortly after posting, only for a similar message to take its place.

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Moving on, Square’s Cash App appears to be one of the other company accounts compromise. However, it’s not clear if the culprit is the same or a different group as the tweet contained a different BTC address than the ones posted to the other accounts.

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In addition to the Cash App, popular crypto Twitter accounts, including those of Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss’ Gemini cryptocurrency exchange and widely used wallet app Coinbase, were also compromised. Cameron Winklevoss claims the Gemini account was protected by two-factor authentication and used a strong password, and the company is now investigating how it was hit.

American presidential candidate and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos were also hacked

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Hackers take over Twitter Accounts of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Kanye West, Apple and others in major Sitewide Crypto Heist 20

Apple’s official Twitter account alongside Uber’s also sent in same tweets:

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What has Twitter said so far?

While majority of the accounts taken over has moved swiftly to inform the public about the ongoing heist though their support channels, Twitter however, is yet to make any official statement on what’s going on and how it came to be.

A Twitter spokesperson said “we’re looking into this.” The company will share a statement soon. We’ll update the story as we learn more.

More than $100,000 had been funneled to the bitcoin address included in the tweets.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey last year had his account taken over by a group of hackers calling themselves #ChucklingHella. The account immediately went on to tweet out the N-word in all caps before adding: “intel is there’s a bomb at Twitter HQ.” Twitter stock was down more than 3% in after-hours trading.

All this however, have once again brought the issue of cybercrime and its consequences to the limelight. Though the deed has already been done, humanity can’t keep any bargains no more about user security especially with new smart tech and homes evolving each day.

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