Successful Blogging: Make Money as a Blogger in Cameroon

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Many Cameroonian Bloggers want to become successful in blogging and make money. If you are on of them, Here is how being successful in blogging can help you

Many Cameroonian Bloggers want to become successful in blogging and make money. Right now, we live in a blogging world. Whether you are a business startup, a business with an established portfolio, a freelancer, an intern, a doctor, or anyone else, blogging can still help you:

Here is how successful blogging can help you as a blogger:

  1. You can make a name for yourself or your brand visible
  2. You can connect with others in your business or interest.
  3. You can reach out to the public about issues you're passionate about
  4. It helps you to express yourself.
  5. You can Update clients or an audience about projects you're working on
  6. To share your knowledge.
  7. To learn to write better.
  8. You can share your life with people important to you.
  9. You can connect with your fans or customers.
  10. You can make money (of course)

When I started blogging in 2014, it was virtually unheard of in Cameroon, and there were almost no tools to make it easier. I literally hand-coded every section of my blog — including the monthly archive pages, ""older article"" pages, and so on. Needless to say, I was not a very prolific blogger for the first couple of years!



Today, anyone can get a blog up and running in a few minutes using free services that make adding a post as easy as writing an email. Also, Knowing how to get your content out, there is no longer a challenge — if you have something to say, saying it is secure.

Getting Started


Many services offer free blogs to anyone who wants them. The most popular of these services are WordPress.com and Blogger, although a Google search for ""free blog"" will show you over 150 million sites — surely there is one that meets whatever wild needs or desires you may have. I prefer WordPress.com, mainly because I'm conversant with the industry-standard WordPress software that is used on most of the sites I write for. 

Also, WordPress.com offers built-in spam protection, a collection of charming themes, a word processor-like text-entry system (no coding is required), helpful statistics (to see how much attention your site's getting), and a lot more. (Note: I am not affiliated to them or anything, I just kinda like them).

To get started with blogging:

  1. You should Sign up for an account at WordPress.com. Your blog will be at the address username.wordpress.com.
  2. Select a template. There are lots of beautiful ones to choose from. Or you can select with the default.
  3. Start posting.

On Being a Blogger

OK, now you own a blog. What are you going to do with the website?
The usual mindset of bloggers is that we post about our business and what we had for supper, but the reality is that there are bloggers out there writing about every imaginable topic.

How Fulfilled Are You In Your Life?


Your blog is only limited by your intents — what do you have to say? Think about what reason or purpose you want your blog to deliver — do you want to make a record of your daily life, or maybe a way to keep your family and friends up-to-date while you are traveling? Or perhaps you want a place to promote your artwork, music, or activities and to stay in touch with your followers? 
Maybe you want a business channel to communicate with your customers — and where they can reach out to you? Perhaps you want to share your thoughts on life, freelancing, soccer, coaching, medicine, high school teaching, or fishing with the world?

Note that there are a few tips you should know about writing a blog, though. While there are examples of every conceivable format of writing on blogs across the Web, there are usually a few qualities which blog writing tends to share.

Top Qualities which Succesful blog writing tends to share:

  1. It is short
  2. Paragraphs are shorter
  3. Bulleted lists are standard.
  4. Important points are highlighted.
  5. It contains links to other sites as well as internal links.
  6. It is conversational in nature.

Let me elaborate on these qualities.

1. It is short

Reading on the screen is not as long experience as reading on a piece of paper, so people tend to shy away from really large or long essays or write-ups. 2,000 words are pretty long for a blog post; 1,000 words should be a good target; short articles of 300 words or so are perfectly acceptable.

2. Paragraphs are shorter

 Because you have to scroll down a lot when reading on a screen, sections tend to look shorter so a whole thought can fit in a window of a browser.

3. Bulleted lists are common

Bulleted lists are an alternate way that skimmers are integrated, making all the main points easily accessible.

4. Important points are highlighted:

Online readers tend to skim through write-ups, so web writers often highlight critical points in bold type so their followers can easily pick out the important stuff.

5. It contains links to other sites as well as internal links.

Blogging tends to take advantage of the ability to link to other work, either to offer up references (e.g. a link to a concept on Wikipedia) or to keep up with conversations started elsewhere (e.g. a link to a post on another blog which you are referring to).

6. It is conversational in nature

Blog writing tends to be a bit more personal than usual writing. What readers tend to respond to is the writer's unique way of writing, their personality as expressed through their writing. That means you can use ""You"" and ""I"", you can use slang, you can even swear if it fits your site's terms and conditions.

Oh well....all of these ""rules"" are, of course, broken many times.

Keeping it going

There are more than 500 million blogs on the Internet, but only a little fraction of them are active. There are several reasons why blogs ""die"" — people run out of things to say, they get busy with other activities, or worst of all, they feel like they are talking to themselves. Here are a few tips to help you keep your blog up and read:

Here is how to become a successful blogger and make money:

  1. Create a posting schedule
  2. Write posts in advance.
  3. Brainstorm a hundred post ideas:
  4. Tell people your address:
  5. Comment on other people's blogs:
  6. Link to other blogs
  7. Write a guest post
  8. Write great content

Now, let me explain all the points noted above.

1. Create a posting schedule:

When you start your blog, make sure you commit to posting once a week, or once per two weeks, and schedule some time in your timetable to do that. Also, you should Start with a low posting rate — if you find you have enough time to post more, it will be a great surprise for your readers (as opposed to the disappointment of followers used to seeing you post every single day when you start posting every two weeks).

2. Write posts in advance

always build up a backlog of two or three (or more) articles. This gives you a break in case you find yourself stuck for a topic with time, and you can also use the post scheduling feature many blogs have (WordPress.com and Blogger both allow this) to set up posts for the future if you are going to go on a trip, vacation or something.

3. Brainstorm a hundred post ideas:

Sit down with a handy notebook and write out a seventy-five (or 50, or 100, or whatever you can — but set the bar high) topics you could blog or write about. Even better, create about 100 titles of forthcoming posts. You can also go another step and write quick summaries of how the article might look like. When you are stuck for something to blog about, pull out your notebook and develop one off your list.

4. Tell people your address:

Let people know you own a blog. Put the URL of your website on your business cards, put it in your profile, add it to your email signatures, on social networking sites, add it when you post to blogs or forums, and so on.

5. Comment on other people's blogs:

Be an active participant in the blogging community. People will view your comments and click the link to find out more about you. Also, you will make friends in your scope of interest.

6. Link to other blogs:

When other bloggers see you have linked to them, they will check your site out — and may link back to return the favour.

7. Write a guest post: 

Lots of high-profile blogs will publish guest posts from other bloggers to help them get some attention. Check your favourite blogs and see if they have information about contributing — if you can't find anything, email the blogger and ask.

8. Write great content:

I have reserved the most important thing for the last. Nobody will return to read your site if you write poorly, or if it's's content is boring. Furthermore, nobody will publish your guest posts, and nobody will link back to you. Consequently, You will not feel motivated to write, because you will feel like nobody is willing to read your work, and because you feel unsatisfied with the quality of the work. You do not necessarily have to be Hemingway, but you do have to develop a genuine and engaging voice.

My Final Thoughts

Do you feel like not committing yourself to all the above just to express your random thoughts? Then, you should Try ""micro-blogging"", blog-like systems specially designed for short posts on whatever's on your mind at the moment. The two best known are Twitter and Tumblr, both of which give you the flexibility to quickly post little bits of content — for example, by text messaging an idea or thought, or sending a photograph from your mobile phone, or sharing a video from YouTube.

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