He’s a person I look up to when it comes to tech blogging. He runs one of the most popular technology blogs Geek.ng (once doncaprio.com) and one of the pioneers of tech blogging in Nigeria. His story is quite an interesting one and I’m pretty sure many bloggers will learn a thing or two from this.
I’m Wale, a tech blogger, a gamer, a front-end web designer, an amateur photographer, a husband and a father.
What prompted you to start blogging ?
Well, if I’m going to be straightforward, I needed money.
What do you find most challenging about blogging about tech ?
It has always been traffic. I think that applies to every blog though. No matter how much traffic you’re getting, it’s never enough.
Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while working on your blog?
Not sure I want to mention names but I’ve met quite a lot of great people, industry leaders and other notable tech bloggers.
What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog
I could be holding the DualShock 4 or just hanging out with the family.
Are you a full time blogger?
Yes, I am.
How do you keep coming up with material/content for your blog? Many people struggle with coming up with different articles/posts and they only have one blog
As a tech blogger, I document every tech related thing I do. That’s why I kind of find it easier coming up with tutorial articles. Besides, there’s always a trending topic in technology you could write an opinion piece about.
What do you think comes first – Content? SEO ? Traffic? Readers?
Of course, content comes first before any other thing. That’s the most important element of a blog.
DID YOU KNOW THAT WALE ONCE APPLIED TO BE A POLICE MAN IN 2009?
A lot of people are interested in blogging because of money earning . What are some tips you have for people interesting in making money from blogging?
The truth is this: I was just like that. I started blogging just to make money. I didn’t start because I was passionate about writing, I was reading about ways to make money legitimately online and blogging seemed cool back then. I was quick to learn that it was that easy though. It requires a lot of patience and you need to put in a lot of hard work first. It was well over a year before I made my first $100.
What has been your strategy for creating visibility to yourself and your blog?
I would say great content.
What was the most challenging moment while developing your blog and how did you solve it?
I wanted to start with WordPress but finance was a big challenge then. I simply opted for a Blogger blog with a custom domain name and used that for two years before raising enough money to move to WP.
Everyone has a favorite/least favorite post. Name yours and why?
I think it’s the post I wrote about Facebook comment widget for blogger. It was gathering over 300 comments and the widget started appearing on thousands of page on the internet. The widget had my link and it led to thousands of backlinks to that post. I eventually got a penalty from Google (Penguin update, I think) due to that and all that ranking went away. I deleted the post at last and disavowed all those links.
Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why?
I started blogging at a time when there weren’t so many bloggers in Nigeria. I was looking up to people like Darren Rowse or Problogger and Amit Agarwal or Labnol / Digital Inspiration.
If someone was interested in blogging, what would be a few things you would suggest?
I’m going to suggest that the person should find another option if he only wants to make quick money.
How do you manage time to run your blog?
I’m a fulltime blogger, but time management is still an issue. One simple trick I’ve learned is keeping a list of things to do everyday. That way, I don’t waste time on unimportant things.
How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
I don’t know… I think the ultimate goal is to become a better person in every way.
What was your greatest failure and what did you learn from that?
Thinking black hat SEO was a shortcut. Well, it ruined a lot of things for me and I learned the hard way.
Tell me about your best achievement from blogging?
To any blogger, I think the greatest achievement is reaching different people in every corner of the earth and making a difference, one article at a time.
What is your greatest achievement outside of blogging?
I would prefer to keep that personal.
Where would you like to be in blogging five years from now?
Seeing my blog at the same level with the likes of HowToGeek and the rest of them.
What inspired you to start your blog?
Like I said earlier, it was all about the money in the beginning. I later developed keen interest in what I was doing though, and that was what kept me going.
Can you tell me about few sources from where you get products for review on your site?
They are mostly from the brands I work with and sometimes, I buy the gadgets.
Do you return the devices after reviewing
The devices are never returned. If they’re to be returned the brand will have to pay for the work done.
It’s always about the traffic.
In the future where do you hope your blog will take you?
Places, different places.
Have you met anyone interesting/famous on your blogging journey?
Yes, lots of great people. Of course, you’re one of them. ☺️
Do you have any specific goals for the rest of this year?
Sure, one of them is to kickstart a new photography blog for hobbyists.
How active are you on a weekly basis? How often do you communicate with your followers?
I tend to do that everyday
Do You think Nokia will be able to take back the Nigerian Mobile Market This Year?
No, I really don’t think so. The market is saturated already.
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iTunes is going to be shut down officially
After almost two decades of service, Apple is reportedly dumping iTunes.
It first started off as rumors, but now it is going to be made official at WWDC in just a few hours.
Before this, you might have noticed that the Instagram and Facebook page of iTunes has had a slight change.
Posts on both pages has been entirely deleted – Apple’s move at shifting away from iTunes links, I guess.
Before this, there has been separate apps for music on its mobile devices, however, not available for Mac OS.
Relating to that, there is supposedly going to be an announcement for three separate apps for its music, TV and podcasts, and hopefully they’ll also be available for Mac Books.
We’ll just keep our fingers crossed for this and other big announcements at WWDC.
Google Stadia – The Future Of Gaming Or Not ? – Reader Opinion
A few weeks ago, Google announced the release of Google Stadia a new state of the art gaming platform that would change gaming as we know it apparently.
This has been met with a lot of skepticism in the gaming community if this is going to actually work but I believe Stadia has what it takes to change the whole console gaming model that we have been used to for years, However, it would take some time to actually give Microsoft and Sony a run for their money.
Google Stadia actually got me thinking Sony’s Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox would have a strong problem to contend with when it fully launches this year. Google Stadia’s cross-platform play is something I’m looking forward to, so you can play hardware intensive games on a system or phone with low specs.
Imagine playing PUBG or FIFA on a 1GB RAM Phone or Laptop and it runs without any lagging or glitches. So it’s practically goodbye to having to get a new system to play some games if they are available on Stadia.
I decided to put out this question to you guys on facebook and I was pretty impressed with the replies I got.
Google Stadia Reader Opinion
Apeh Ikechukwu said – Even if it will be the beginning of the end for PlayStation 4 and Xbox, it will take time… A very long time for it to gain popularity and to be accepted by all.
What if it becomes more expensive? That you have to pay huge to access it?
George Oz said – I don’t think to gain popularity is a problem, the announcement alone gathered enough publicity online. And yes it is definitely the end for others Like x-Box and co…Sometimes let’s learn to think Outside the Box.
Osazeme Usen said – Stadia will take quite a long while to catch on. Internet speed is still an issue in most nations of the world. In the long run, stadia will eventually be cheaper than owning a console and purchasing games but that’s not going to happen anytime soon.
Olusola Glory Olamide said – Before we throw those Xboxes, PlayStations, Nintendo Switches and stuffs to the bin of history we have questions to answer.
Will most gamers’ broadband connections be fast enough to make a streaming service of that proposition? Will developers all come on board? And is Google the right company to trust with the future of the games industry? Though we’ve got Apple on board and Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon are also in the launch plus Sony Nintendo and others won’t stay put.
ューセッ州 小岩 マサチ said – I feel we will have to pay for most of the games…and Nigeria’s 4g speed is about 2mb/s.
Samuel Jarvis Adeyemi said -Stadia is a good innovation from Google and I think it’s great since gaming could be done on a device, they said it would be super fast even cheating the speed of light in 4k Res without a glitch.
Anyways Google is the software boss, I think they can do it.
I hope Xbox and PS4 meet up but cloud gaming is not really their stuff. And Google has the resources.
Swiss Alex said – well mainly I would say Google Stadia is a welcome development but Xbox and the ps4 has to upgrade too
Google Stadia Reader Opinion – Join The Conversation
Google Stadia looks like something that would work very well in countries with very fast broadband connections for now. Hopefully, Google would find a way to bridge the gap and fix things before it gets rolled out to Africa and Asia. Nevertheless, it’s a win for gamers with this. So what’s your take on this?
The comment box is yours, let me know what you think