Right in this post, I’m going to show you how to create a blog in Nigeria for just ₦1,000. Yes, that’s one thousand naira only.
It’s not a sham, you can build a fully functional blog for that cheap and also make it look very professional.
If you have always wanted to know how to start a blog in Nigeria, but have been unable to because of the price tag associated with creating a blog, you’ll find solace here. Right here, right now, you’ll learn every details on how to create a blog for just the price of data, 1k.
In fact, you’ll learn to do it yourself. It’s so easy you can do it yourself. Thanks to the fact that I’ll give you a step-by-step guide with pictures on how to start your own blog for almost free.
If you find it a bit too technical and can’t do it yourself, I have an offer for you at the end of this article.
To create and run a functional blog, you need two very important things:
- A domain name
- A web host
That’s all you need to create a blog in Nigeria and anywhere else in the world at that.
A domain name is the web address of a blog. It is what your readers will use to locate your blog on the Internet. The domain name of this blog is www.nigerianpivot.com. The domain name of Linda Ikeji’s blog is www.lindaikejisblog.com. You can use anything for your blog like on this blog or use your name like Linda Ikeji.
A web host is the company or host that will store the contents of your blog. For instance, if you want to show a picture on your blog, it has to be stored on a web server such that whenever someone visits your blog, they’ll be able to access it.
As stated earlier, you need both domain name and hosting. to create a blog, but you need to buy a domain from a registrar and hosting from a web hosting company.
The common domain extensions such as .com, .net and .org cost at least $8.88 on Namecheap. Cheapest hosting costs $2.75 on Hostgator.
That’s way more than ₦1,000.
So how do you create a blog in Nigeria for just 1K?
How to Create A Blog in Nigeria for Just ₦1,000
We’ll be choosing the cheapest options in order to achieve our aim.
On Domain Names
For domain name, we’ll be choosing a Nigerian domain registrar, Qservers.
On Qservers, domain starts at just ₦1,000.
A .com.ng domain costs ₦1,000; .com costs ₦3,000; .net costs ₦9,000.
If you choose .com.ng, your domain name would be like www.yourdomain.com.ng, if you choose .com, you’ll have www.yourdomain.com and so on.
The choice is yours.
Click on the image to buy your domain name.
Note: Only Qservers sells a domain name for that cheap.
For hosting, we have two cheap options, both with upsides and downsides to them.
The first option is to create a blog on Blogger.
Blogger is Google’s blogging platform and it is free to use. You are not going to pay a penny to use Blogger. It is absolutely free of charge.
Upsides of Blogger
- It is free of charge.
- It’s easy to use.
- There are a lot of Blogger templates to make your blog look professional.
- You can monetize your blog (that is, you can use AdSense, place ad banners and do affiliate marketing)
- You can’t use WordPress, the most popular blogging platform.
- There’s limited blogging tools for Blogger.
- Google may delete your blog for violating their terms and conditions.
Those are the advantages and disadvantages of using Blogger. With that stated, we can continue our work to create a blog.
I will walk you through how to create a blog on Blogger and connect your custom domain name you earlier bought from Qservers.
How to Create a Blog on Blogger
Note: you can do this using a laptop, tablet or phone. I used a phone to create the blog.
Step #1. Log on to www.blogger.com and sign in with your Gmail. If you don’t have a gmail, create one. It’s easy and doesn’t take time.
Step #2. After signing in, tap on CREATE YOUR BLOG. You’ll be presented a page like below.
Step #3. Enter your blog title and address. Remember to include .blogspot in the address, else the address is regarded as invalid.
In my own case, I entered Nigerian Pivot in the title and nigerianpivot.blogspot.com in the space for address.
Wait while Blogger checks for the availability of the address you entered.
If it’s available, it’ll be marked available. My address was available at the time I was creating the blog, so I got it marked. Here’s the screenshot:
Now on to the final step on how to create a blog on Blogger.
Step #4. Click on Create blog! to create your blog. Don’t bother about themes for now. Just pick one; you can (and will) change it later.
To check the blog you just created live, visit the address. My address is www.nigerianpivot.blogspot.com and here’s the screenshot:
Play around with the menu options in the left side of your blogger dashboard to understand how they work.
How to Change .blogspot to Custom Domain
This is the point where you connect the domain name you earlier bought from Qservers or Namecheap to Blogger.
Follow me as I walk you through the process.
Note: while you can use a laptop, tablet or phone to connect your domain name to your Blogger blog, I used a laptop here for convenience.
Step #1. Sign in to your Blogger blog dashboard at www.blogger.com and go to Settings.
Step #2. Click on Set up third-party URL for your blog. When entering the domain name, don’t forget to add ‘www’ before it, as in www.bloggingnaija.com.ng. Then click on Save. You may get an error message, don’t worry about it.
Don’t close this tab.
Step #3. Now open another tab and log in to your Qservers client area. Locate the domain name you earlier bought. Right in front of the domain name, click on the spanner icon to reveal the options.
In the set of options displayed, click on Domain DNS Manager. A page will load like in the screenshot below.
Scroll down to locate this.
Step #4. Go back to your Blogger dashboard and start copying the CNAMEs. CNAMEs are those “www ghs.google.com” stuff.
For the first one, paste www under Host Name and ghs.google.com under Address. Don’t forget to change A under Type to CNAME.
Do it for the second one, too.
This is what mine looked like.
Now click on Save Changes.
You’re done. Wait for 24 -48 hours for your domain name to be fully connected to Blogger.
You’ll still mange your blog via www.blogger.com. You don’t have anything to do with Qservers anymore. Just keep your account safe and remember to renew your domain before expiration.
And that’s it.
Examples of blogs on Blogger
These two blogs are both hosted on Blogger and look good enough. Enjoy your new blog.
I believe the guide is explanatory enough and shouldn’t be difficult for you to follow. But if you find it too technical, I can help you do it for a token. Click >> Change blogspot to custom domain << to see how I can help.
Now to the second option on how to create a blog for almost free.
I strongly recommend this second option.
The only way to mitigate the downsides of creating a blog Blogger is to pay for your own host. I recommend buying hosting on Namecheap, Hostgator or, at the very least, Qservers.
Qservers hosting packages start from ₦5,000. You get a free .com.ng domain name and 2GB Space, 8GB bandwidth and free SSL certificate.
With hosting from Hostgator, Namecheap or Qservers you can have your own self-hosted WordPress blog. With this, you do not risk loosing your blog for violating any terms and conditions. You can place adverts wherever and however you like on your blog.
For a guide on using Namecheap, check this post here and for a guide on using Hostgator, checkout this guide on how to start a blog.
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