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Top 4 Ways Bloggers Can Make Money Online Without Ad Networks (2017)

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It’s quite possible to make money with your blog without ad networks although ad networks help to boost revenue, but it’s always better to have something else that earns you money on your blog.  I’ve run this blog for almost six months without an ad network because I was test running some things.

So,  here’s a quick rundown of ways to earn more money without an ad network.

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1. Offer Other Services On Your Blog

Unless your IQ is less than 0.0005%, there’s always something else you should know how to do apart from just writing posts and clicking on the publish button.

Only do this if the skill you have is related to what you blog about. Don’t do it if your skill it’s totally unrelated to what you do . It’s would be quite absurd to see a Tech Blogger start offering Food Catering Services.

You’ll end up losing readers trust and they’ll be like :

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If you run a multi-niche blog like an entertainment blog, almost everything fits.

On my blog for example,  I offer services like logo designing, app development for blogs, website design, etc.

All this services help to boost my monthly earnings. So my earnings are not tied down by some ad network’s CPC or CPM.

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2. Search For Advertisers

There’s a popular quote in my country,  “if the mountain doesn’t come to you, you go to the mountain”.  There are  3 major stumbling blocks you’ll face in this method.

A. Where To Search For Advertisers.
B. What To Send To Advertisers.

Just keep reading and I’ll break the blocks to the size of a mustard seed.

Waiting for advertisers is just like going to church and the pastor says that you must get an alert this week and you stay at home without going to work, sleeping all week waiting for an alert .

You don’t just sit back and wait for advertisers to contact you, try and reach out to them. Also make sure that you have a reasonable Alexa rank and traffic statistics. The common mistake bloggers make in this method is going for the popular brands that are advertising in their niche. The possibility of these “popular“  brands ignoring you is  97%.. I once tried contacting about 50 popular brands in the Tech niche(most were smartphone brands) but only  4  brands responded after some days . I changed my strategy and decided to go for the starters in the industry. I got an instant response the very first day. If Plan A doesn’t work try plan B.

Another problem you may have as a blogger is when you want to search for advertisers then you discover that you’ve hit another stumbling block.  “You Don’t Know Where To Start Looking For Advertisers“.

At this stage you’ve reached a huge block, without help from anywhere or making research you decide to quit the idea with the mentality that advertisers are hard to find or contact.

On the contrary,  Advertisers are everywhere. Brands are always looking for a way to expand their reach. The first place to search for brands that are advertising are on :

A. Top blogs in your niche.

The funny thing about most of the brands is that they tend to prefer a sponsored post to banner ads and  you have to be really smart to discern the difference between a sponsored post and a normal post because most bloggers who get sponsored posts craft it in such a way that you can hardly notice it’s  a sponsored post.

Once you see the  sponsored post, analyze it properly. Google up the name of the advertiser in this format  -  “contact email for  (Advertiser)”  (remove the brackets). With this you should get their email.

You can also check the banner ads on the blog

B. On Facebook

You use Facebook every day but you forget the potential that Facebook holds. Facebook is in fact the gold mine of advertisers. 98% of every brand runs adverts on Facebook. Facebook has upgraded its pages in such a way that you can contact the page directly from messenger by just sending a message. If emailing a brand doesn’t work try connecting with them on Facebook.

Look for the brands advertising in your niche, send them a message and wait for a response.

You just hit stumbling block 2. “You don’t know what to send

There’s a simple way format you can use to contact advertisers without sounding like a nursery school student. 

I believe you learnt how to write a formal letter in secondary school or junior high but just in case you suck at letters, I’ll give you a little clue.
Personally, I send advanced emails and attach media kits sometimes but I’ll highlight how to do that later, I won’t want to derail this post or make it too long so the people who have the patience of a fruitfly can still learn something.

Here’s a  simple format :

Hello Sir/Madam,

I am (Your Name),  I run  (Your Domain Name). My website is focused on  (give a brief description of your blog and vision ). I want to work with (Advertiser Name) because I believe that my blog would help boost your brands online presence and products as well. I’m sincerely waiting for your response.

Best Regards,
(Your Name).

Try to sound as professional as possible,  you don’t go and start asking a brand or it’s representative, “How is your family”. It’s not done.  I believe I’ve cleared all the blocks, you may now cross over without any issues.

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3.Partner With Offline Businesses

I believe bloggers should also be entrepreneurs . You should understand how social media works and know how to reach a particular audience.

Try to reach out to people that have a thriving business and have the vision of expanding their business and taking it to another level.

Don’t contact pessimistic people. Considering the fact that some successful businesses don’t have an online presence. As a blogger you should meet with the owners of the business and give them a detailed explanation of why they should promote their business online. I won’t write what you should say to them because I believe that this method is for people that are smart not people that’ll go about destroying the reputation of bloggers so you should be able to figure that out yourself .

If you have a good audience and traffic you can just promote it on your blog and drop the business number on the post otherwise open a page on Facebook and run an ad for the business and keep your own share of the bounty.

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4.Affiliate Marketing

Unless you’re new to blogging, this shouldn’t be new to you. Here’s a simple description of what affiliate marketing is.

It’s like bringing someone to a store,when he buys a product, the shop owner pays you a certain amount from the money paid for the product .

Affiliate marketing works well in niche blogs. The success rate of affiliate marketing on niche blogs is 85.7% against the 37.2% of multi niche blogs .  If you blog about tech, sell tech related products, if you blog about fashion sell fashion products  but If you blog about everything and you don’t have reasonable traffic go and open a supermarket. I’m kidding though, you can sell everything.

Don’t feel that this post was made by a 30 year old blogger with experience in blogging. I’m just  19 so correct me if I’m wrong.. :).

I’d love to know other ways you earn as a blogger without ad networks.

Use the comment box and don’t forget to share with friends.  🙂

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst

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Combo VPN MTN Settings: Browse For Free On MTN Using This New Setting

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Combo VPN MTN Settings allow you to browse for free on the MTN Network. We all love free data and of course, there’s a reason why it’s not too common, that’s why I’m here.😀

Combo VPN MTN Settings

To give you information on free and affordable data plans so you don’t get ripped off by our internet service providers. So without further ado let’s get down to business.

Combo VPN MTN Settings For Browsing Free

What You’ll Need

  • An MTN sim without data
  • Default MTN APN settings
  • An Android Phone

First Download Combo VPN Here – Download Combo VPN

  • Open the app, then tap on Combo Settings and configure this way.
  •  Turn on Stealth Tunnel
  • Connection protocol – TCP
  •  Connection Port – 443
  •  Turn on the switch for Connect via parent proxy
  • Edit and set parent proxy as 10.199.212.2 and 8080 as port
  • Turn on the switch for Custom TCP/http header
  • Edit Custom TCP/http headers
  •  URL/host: datareset.mtnonline.com
  • Request method: CONNECT
  • Injection method: Normal
  • Tick keep-alive and user-agent
  • Press Generate and Validate and Save.
  • Save all settings and Connect

    This works without data or Airtime 0.0k on your MTN line and it is capped. It is capped around 50Mb to 100Mb daily. It renews daily.
    If it stops, simply open the Combo app again and change URL/host to smartapp.mtnnigeria.net:8080
    If you are an mpulse user and you have mpulse data, then open the Combo app again and change the URL/host to mtn.pass.ng.

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The 100K Followers Challenge – Why You Should Join The Challenge

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Hey there,

I’m just making this post just for you . I won’t waste your time because I know you probably have a ton of other things to do so I’ll get straight to the point. Just give me a minute of your time.

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I’ve been running this blog for 3 years and I just started creating YouTube videos a couple of months ago and It’s not been easy. So this year I’ve embarked on a challenge and I need your help to get there. I’ve set out on a challenge to be the first Nigerian Tech YouTuber with a 100K subscribers.

 

The biggest ones in the world have almost 10M . Help grow one of your own..  Let’s take this to the next level.

All you have to do is click the subscribe button at the end of this post and share this post with your friends.

Please SUBSCRIBE

What’s In It For You ?

Getting to 100k subscribers means I’ll be giving out a lot of free stuffs to those who subscribed to my channel also I’ll always be available if you need any tech help . Also you’ll be part of the 100k people who made this happen.

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Xiaomi Is Planning To Launch A Foldable Smartphone – Video

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Xiaomi is definitely one brand we should keep an eye on this year. After the successful launch of their Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 They have been working round the clock to release amazing devices and the awesome part about it is that they even have plans of coming to Africa permanently this year.

Xiaomi Foldable Phone

The first video of Xiaomi’s foldable smartphone was posted by popular twitter leakster @evleaks earlier in January but has now be confirmed by Xiaomi’s president Lin Bin, who tested out the device on camera.

The smartphone can be folded both sides, quickly converting the tablet to a portable android smartphone. This means that, when both sides aren’t in use what is left looks like a wide, smartphone-like device complete with curved edges on either side.

This is definitely a nice move from Xiaomi. I wonder what this device would be called. We’ll have to wait till the Mobile World Conference holding in February to find out.

Xiaomi Foldable Phone Video

Take a look at the video below and tell me what you think.

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Nokia 9 PureView: Expected release date, specifications, price and more

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Nokia 9 PureView which many have been waiting for happens to be one of the most important smartphones coming our way in 2019. As leaks have suggested, Nokia 9 PureView will be feature with five cameras on the rear, making it the world’s first smartphone with penta-lens camera setup. Here are all rumours we’ve heard surrounding Nokia 9 PureView, including its potential release date, features, specifications, and more.

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Nokia 9 PureView

Nokia 9 PureView is not going to look exactly  the company’s recently released lineup of devices, including the Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 8.1. Instead, the upcoming smartphone will be heavily inspired by the original Nokia 1020 but with a contemporary design.

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However, the current design appears to be slightly different. While a penta-lens camera system continues to be there, one can also notice bezels above and below the screen. Meanwhile, the notch is missing from the recently leaked renders.

Nokia 9 PureView: Hardware, software

Nokia 9 PureView will be powered by the previous generation Snapdragon 845 processor and not the latest Snapdragon 855 chipset. We have also learned that the phone will come with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Nokia 9 PureView is also said to have an in-display fingerprint scanner, first for any Nokia-branded smartphone.The phone will run Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box. Nokia 9 PureView is code-named “Olympic”.

Nokia 9 PureView: Release date, expected price

Although not confirmed, Nokia 9 PureView might get launched sometime later this month. According to Nokia Anew’s sources, HMD Global plans to launch its next-generation flagship in late January. That would put the launch date after CES 2019 and before MWC 2019.
There’s no word at what the device might cost. Suffice to say, it will cost more than the Nokia 8 Sirocco, which was launched in India at Rs 49,999( #258,000 ).Given the Nokia 9 PureView will be the world’s first smartphone with a penta-lens camera setup, expect it cost even more.

Nokia 9 PureView: Penta-lens camera setup

Perhaps the biggest highlight of the Nokia 9 PureView will be its camera.Nokia 9 PureView with seven holes on the back of the phone, five of which house five camera lenses. The other two are for the LED Flash and proximity sensor. Each of the seven circular cutouts, arranged in what looks like a circle, appears to have the same size. Clearly, this penta-lens camera setup will be based on Zeiss’ multi-lens patented zoom camera tech. At the moment, it’s not clear how the five-lenses camera setup works.

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How Google Plans On Replacing Android With Fuschia OS Soon

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You probably don’t need telling that Android is a very powerful and versatile operating system but Google is working on something that might end up as the direct replacement  – Fuschia.

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In this post, I’ll be explaining why Fuschia may actually replace Android
Kernels
Kernels are the core of any operating system, they provide the basic mechanisms around which the os can be built. A lot of the problems Android faces today is as a result of the fact it was built around the linux kernel whicj was not originally intended for it. 
As a matter of fact,  Android OS was originally meant for digital cameras so on it’s core it isn’t exactly specialized for what a smartphone should do
So what about Fuschia?
Fuschia is based on a completely different Kernel with 2 key benefits.
1. It is designed with the smart connected feature in mind
2. It’s more specific in its code and can be built on a wide range of devices
This kernel is called Zircon .
 So what’s the benefit ?
The reason that Fuschia is powerful is that this kernel runs on completely everything from phones abd TVs to Fridges and traffic lights.
One OS for everything. As more devices enter people’s homes, this would mean seamless integration among devices.
Your music could switch to your speaker when you enter a room and continue in your car when you get in.
Also Fuschia would be built around the idea of voice commands. Less tapping , More talking.
Fuschia would also solve one of the major problems of Android which is Fragmentation.

Fragmentation
Fragmentation is the reason most Android phones don’t perform as well as their hardware is capable of.
This exists because Android is a bit of a mess. It has software, kernel and drivers all working together in a slightly different configuration on each device.
That’s why Google just can’t push an update to any device out there. These 3 aspects have to be decoupled manually.
Google has little control of how users experience Android on 95% of phones.
This is a problem because these OEMs don’t have an incentive to keep your device updated. They prefer you get a new device if you want to upgrade so they can make more money.
Fuschia is cleaner built with updates in mind. Fuschia would help Google regain control of the end user software experience.
Fuschia is also written on the Flutter software development kit which is important because this runs on Android too. This would make sure Android apps run on it. You don’t expect Google to start from scratch with the already vast library of apps and games available.

So the big question –
When will Fuschia Replace Android
Considering that brands always make the 10th version of their products seem like the peak of their current product line. Android 10 might be replaced by Fuschia OS.
If it’s not, then we should be looking at the next couple of years.

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Unbelievable – Glo, 9mobile, NTEL Customers To Be Cut Off From Calling Other Networks

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NCC has given MTN and Airtel approval to bar Glo and 9mobile customers from calling their network over failure to pay Interconnect Debt.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has granted disconnection approval to mobile network operators (MNOs) to disconnect owing colleagues over rise in interconnect debt and failure of the affected operators to pay.

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NCC has asked MTN, Airtel and IHS to disconnect, on partial basis, services to Globacom, Ntel (MNOs) and interconnect exchange points including Breeze, Exchange, Solid, Medallion and Niconnx.

The implication of this development is that over 35 millions of subscribers would soon start to experience service disruptions.

While the affected operators have between the next 10 and 21 days, starting from 18th Dec to make amends or risk disconnections,

The Commission also said it has approved the Disconnection of Ntel and Globacom from the facilities of IHS in accordance with Section 103 of the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 and the Guidelines on Procedure for Granting Approval to Disconnect Telecommunications Operators.

The Commission informed that 9Mobile, Smile and Swift are also to be disconnected from IHS facilities and ATC Wireless Infrastructure Limited.

“At the expiration of 10 days from the date of this notice, subscribers on the network of Ntel and Globacom will no longer be able to make calls to Airtel and MTN, but will be able to receive calls. Furthermore, Ntel and Globacom will be disconnected from the facilities of IHS.”

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Gionee Mobile Is Officially Bankrupt As Company Files For Liquidation In Court

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A few weeks ago I made a post regarding Gionee’s financial woes being the possible reasons why we haven’t seen new phones from Gionee. In case you missed that post you can find it here.

The same day I made the post a Gionee Nigeria staff called me and made threats regarding the post saying they would take action against me for publishing such content which was quite laughable. I don’t take down content that is true to please any brand. I also believe he was quite oblivious of the current position of his employers so I would disregard the threat.

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The news reaching me now is that the company has officially entered bankruptcy.

A court in Shenzhen has accepted the application for liquidation bankruptcy by Huaxing Bank. This may still turn into a company reorganization – Gionee hired restructuring consultants last week. Founder Liu Lirong thinks that the company can turn its fortunes around in 3-5 years.

However, Gionee owes a total of CNY 20.2 billion (around $3 billion) to 648 creditors. About half of the debt is to banks. Earlier this year the company failed to pay suppliers. Ad agencies haven’t been paid either.

The company’s money problem started when the founder and chairman Liu lost a CNY 1 billion bet in a casino.

Liu admitted in the interview that Gionee’s total debts amount to 17 billion yuan ($2,447,065,000), with 10 billion yuan($1,439,450,000) of this owed to banks, 5 billion yuan($719,725,000) to upstream suppliers and about 2 billion to advertising agencies.

If nothing spontaneous happens in 3 – 5 years and the executives can’t avoid gambling, this will be the end of Gionee Electronics and Smartphones.

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