Interview With One Of Nigeria's Top Tech Bloggers - Wale Adekile

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Tech Blogging in Nigeria is something that is time consuming and also interesting as well. In this episode of readers vox pop.I'll be interviewing Wale Adekile.



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.


Tell me a little about yourself?

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.



What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?

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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