About a few years ago, we started our journey in the blogosphere without any clue or idea of how things worked on the internet.
Then I just had to take the giant step because I was tired of procrastination. I started the blog on blogger and wrote my first article hoping and believing everything will be fine and bam it done on me that it was not like that – there are many things I’m doing wrong.
From the post title to how the article was composed – everything was wrong but fast forward to today it is now a different story all thanks to God and Jide Ogunsanya – Ogbongeblog.
Thank God I didn’t give up then, I’ll have not been writing this article now.
How I Got to Know Ogbongeblog.com?
Well, it was due to me wanting to know everything on blogging. One day I googled a problem I was having with the blog and his blog popped up on google with a solution. I clicked through and the rest as we say it is history.
I never knew Jide Ogunsanya the owner of OgbongeBlog one on one but from my little followership I’ve done for 2 years now and the little contribution he has made on the blog has made me feel I’ve known him for a long time.
So today I’m going to be sharing with us 5 lessons I’ve learned from him in terms of starting and growing a blog from what it was then (in 2008) to what it is now – one of the most popular blogs in Nigeria like BellaNaija.com and LindaIkejisblog.com
And if you don’t know Jide and you’re a blogger in Nigeria, let me ask you “where have you been?”
Because from my view it’s impossible for anyone to be a blogger here in Nigeria and say he doesn’t’ know Jide because he has been a mentor for all blog starters right from inception till now.
Without wasting our time, let’s go to the 5 lessons from Jide Ogunsanya right away.
Ogbongeblog: 5 Lessons Starting Successful Blog in Nigeria
1. Start First
From the vivid information I’ve gathered so far before writing the article, Jide Ogunsanya started his blog when he finished from the university Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) in Ogun State and was doing his Nysc.
Back then in 2008 after gaining a little experience from his 6 months weekend course on java programming at NIIT Onitsha.
He was a young graduate passionate about tech and he decided to share his knowledge with (the world) others.
So here’s the thing, many finishing students will have just seen this one year of serving (NYSC) as a way of wining and dining like going to night clubs, having multiple sexual partners, and the likes but Jide saw that time as a time to make every minute count.
I’m very sure he’s friends as at that time must have laughed at him for always locking himself in his room with a computer like a yahoo boy but he never cared.
Asides this, even though he was a bit skeptical about starting a tech blog especially in a place like Nigeria then, he still had the courage to push on – start first.
Now, look at where he is today.
It’s good to know that life rewards hugely those that use their time for valuable things. I’ve many men on this list. The list is uncountable.
2. Be Consistent
I know right?
It sucks when you should be making money on something at a particular time and yet it not yielding money.
In fact, rather than it yielding money, it is consuming everything you possess in return.
Consuming things like your money, time, attention.
That’s what happened to Jide after starting his blogging journey. He felt it was going to go well but unfortunately it didn’t and when it didn’t he did not just drop everything and give up, he kept pushing.
Very few of us here can do this today – to keep pushing despite the odds. I mentioned this in a few articles ago that I almost gave up on the blog but today I thank God I didn’t.
Not because it’s now making me some money now or making me popular here in Nigeria but because it’s now going places.
The ability to be consistent in what you do is a true test of success. Another look at this is Linda Ikeji’s story – a failed model turned to a successful entertainment blogger.
No one believed in her when she started, not the banks not even her family. Now, her blog makes millions of naira and it is recognized internationally.
It is from her blog she created other businesses like her TV – Linda Ikeji TV and so on. Jide Ogunsanya also diversified (created) other businesses online as his blog began to go places.
We’ll talk about this as we move on in this article.
3. Create Trust First
Of cus, the ideal thing for every blogger is to start selling one product or the other after starting a blog and attracting traffic to it but this was not for Jide.
He was one of the bloggers that took the hard road to success. He created trust first (by giving value for free) before making money from his blog.
Jide knew it will be impossible for people to buy from him if they don’t know him so he created trust first between him and his potential customers by helping them for free.
Again this is one of the things many of us can’t do today.
“The hard road might not be easy but it pays more in the end than the easy road because it’s blessings last longer.”
4. Diversify at the Right Time
One of the lessons I also learned from Jide Ogunsanya in terms of starting a successful business online is to diversity at the right time. And the right time like I said earlier is after you have built trust with your customers.
Jide started with ogbongeblog.com formerly ogbongeblog.blogspot.com and from there built Net Divo ePin Manager for printing recharge cards then nairaforsms.com for sending bulk SMS worldwide then finally forum.netdivo.com a place where anybody can get solutions to problems they are facing online.
All these platforms contribute to Jide’s earnings online.
Currently, no one can really pin down how much Jide makes online (everyone is just giving estimates or making guess) but we all can testify he’s living well and living large.
5. Live a Private Life and Don’t Expose Your Financial Worth
Jide Ogunsanya lives a private life because it’s hard for people to know exactly what he’s up to or what his happening with his family.
I could remember the last time he was getting married, this was like 2 years ago. It was until he shared it on his blog that we got to know about it and celebrate with him. It was until that time too other gossip blogs began to publicize it.
He and Linda Ikeji have the same celebrity status in the blogging industry but he acts differently from Linda Ikeji.
He loves the low key life and this is what I love about Jide.
Done and dusted. 5 lessons from Jide Ogunsanya owner of Ogbongeblog. I hope you were able to learn a lot from this article as I did when I was writing it?
I hope the article pushes you to go out and do things that will shake the world? I hope it teaches you patience?
I appreciate you for taking the time out to read it.
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