Today marks the end of the second week of my rank and bank blogging challenge. In case you are wondering what the rank and bank challenge is, kindly see more information about it on the first post I made.
I’ll also do a quick recap here as things have changed a little bit since I started the challenge. I also like to keep my goals in sight. So, I might be repeating the goals of the projects in every Ranks & Bank update that I make.
Can you make money blogging in Kenya? It is a question that a lot of people ask me. But instead of giving a blanket yes or no answer, I like setting the example.
I have been making some of my income from blogging for the past two or three years, albeit in the service industry. But I understand that no everyone can start a blog in the service industry, especially if you are in high school or college.
But everyone can make a niche website that is monetized through affiliate programs and products and make it big. You could also create a niche website targeting a high CPC keyword and monetize it using Google Adsense (though I really wouldn’t recommend this especially if you don’t have a Google Adsense account already.)
So, for this particular project, I am building two brand new websites, and aiming to be making at least $500K from each one of them by the end of one and a half years. That’s about 1M Kenya shillings in total.
The blogs will be primarily monetized via the Amazon Associates program.
Here is what I have managed to do so far:
Should you or should you not submit your blog to Google Webmaster console?
It is a question that I have seen raised elsewhere by SEOs. So, I did an interesting quick case study. I submitted one of the blogs to the webmaster console, and didn’t submit the other. Guess what happened? The submitted blog was being indexed while the other one was nowhere to be found in Google using the ‘site:’ search parameter.
Lesson: Don’t believe every bit of information you read from internet marketers. Some of them want you to be an epic flop. Some of them have never started a successful niche blog in their entire IM careers. Always take everything you hear with a pinch of doubt.
I am excited about next week.
Chase Bank went down.
It was my only bank and I liked the fact that I could shuffle money back and forth from the bank account to Mpesa. It made hiring online so much easy.
What am I gonna do about it? Open a bank account with Cooperative bank. It is the first thing I’ll be doing tomorrow morning.
If you are reading this post, you are one of the few persons that will witness my crazy blogging journey.
I have set a crazy challenge for myself.
Starting April 2016, I will be attempting to build a new blog from scratch and looking forward to selling it for more than 10 Million Kenya shillings in one and half years.
As of right now, I have bought a brandable domain name, and I have a vague idea of how I intend to grow the blog.
For the first few weeks, I have set $160 for content creation. With this amount, I intend to get about 20 articles, each one of them about 2000 words.
I expect the first phase of content creation to take about 2 weeks. Most of the content in the first phase will be product reviews for products on Amazon in my niche.
The fact that I am setting a budget for this project goes to show how serious I am about it. I could have chosen to write the articles by myself, but that would be self-defeating.
I know myself.
I am lazy AF.
And paying a writer $8.00 to write a 2000 words blog post is a jackpot. But isn’t that so damn cheap? No. It is not. But I am not getting into that debate right now.
Later on, I expect to create more content about the industry to drive traffic.
I am expecting some major love from Google on this project. I expect a third of my traffic to come from Google… but I am not stopping there.
Only a fool believe that if he builds it they will come.
So, what’s my strategy?
Social media promotion will play a key role in driving traffic. I will also be doing a few guest posts on related websites. Reddit also have a very dedicated to this niche.
I will also be hunting the internet for niche forums.