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SABTrends celebrates her 1 year of feeding people with realities and making life easier for the populace. Congratulation to SABTrends.

Though it is not one year into the blogging world but one year of SABTrends domain name. No doubt, it has been one year of discovery, one year of experience and one year of connecting with interesting personalities. I can’t believe this how time flies that SABTrends is already one year.

I am relishing this one year because the blog started from nothing and thank God today it has turned into something. Some years back, it has just been an idea, mere thinking, and dream but today the dream has turned into reality.

When I posted the one year celebration of SABTrends on my facebook timeline this morning asked me are you sure you have been into blogging just for one year? because your blog looks like a 10 years old blog.

Well, my reply was though, I started blogging not a year but does my blog really looks like a 10 years old blog? I started the blogging in 2013 to be precise but professionally I came back live into blogging in the year 2015. However, then in 2015, it has been www.saminuabass.blogspot.com but on 27/4/2016 I launched my domain name called www.sabtrends.com which clocks a year today.

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Let me use this opportunity to give a detailed report about my last one year experience into blogging.

Why I Started Blogging.

 

Nothing is started without a reason. There is surely a reason for doing things. Well, should I say it is just a dream comes true or just satisfying my needs?

Let me just say since my childhood I have just planned to have a site where people will be reading my posts. I just want to keep motivate and inspire younger ones so that we can have a better life. Maybe because what I have seen in my life as an experience.

I could remember vividly then when Naijaloaded.com was hot cake then with all this MTN cheat browsing. I also created a wapka site to post free browsing cheat, lol. The dream is I want to help the populace and make them happy so that we can have a better world.

 

How I Started & The Experience

 

To me, I never knew the word blogging was different from wapka or site. My dream is just to have a platform online where I can help people and make them happy. Though, I have been reading many blogs even without the differences. Blogging was not something I rushed into because whoever rushes in will surely rush out. Through research on the web and reading of many pdf materials I studied, I was able to be guided into creating my blog with www.saminuabass.blogspot.com

SABTrendsWith Nigeria experience though, my belief was when you want to create a blog you must use your name. Unknowing to me that the scope is beyond that if you really have a vision like me. I started with News and Entertainment Niche, funny me. I was copying from this site or that site to publish on my blog. Later, I discovered that I was never happy and felt uncomfortable with the niche.

I asked myself, I am not going outside the box? I need to sit down and think what niche can bring me satisfaction and also will be of satisfaction to my readers. To cut it short, I changed the niche to Motivation, Inspiration, Relationships, Health, Education and many things.

 

Moreover, in the blogging world, you can’t-do it alone. I joined not less than 20 blogging groups on facebook both national and internationally. Fortunately, there is a particular Nigeria blogging group called “Bloggers Helping Bloggers” where I met people like Mazino, Amadou Zealmat, Promise Excel, Mikhail and many I can’t even mention here who helped my journey. From their pieces of advice, I learned many valuable things.

Blogging was not easy for me because I was using a Nokia X2 Phone to do my blogging stuff. Don’t you believe that? That is what they called determination. Many things could not be done my phone. I usually got helping hands from Mathias Amadou, Mikhail Sulaiman and others then. To be frank, Mathias Amadou the owner of www.zealmat.com was always there for me whenever I need help. I spent a lot in the cafe to get things done too.

Until that period 24th April 2016 when I contacted Amadou Mathias that I want to get my domain name. I could remember I worked as a co-author on some blogs to raise the money for my domain name. What even pushed was the denial of many companies who I proposed for guest posting or advertisement who says my blog is hosted by blogger. I also had a gig on Fiverr then on I will publish your guest post on my blog. When interested buyers message me send me your URL and I type www.saminuabass.blogspot.com that is the end.

I realized I need to get this blog looks more professional by getting a domain and nice design. Choosing a domain name was stressful because I have learnt that using a domain name like www.saminuabass.com might restrict the blog to a personal blog or deny me many opportunities. My vision is to get a worldwide blog with the target audience from any country, not only Nigeria. After many stressful days of searching, I later came up with sabtrends.com.

Last year 2016 December, I moved from blogger platform to WordPress with the help of my boss Mikhail Sulaiman. I am determined to make this blog one of the best in the world. Day in day out I keep thinking of ways to make this dream come into reality.

 

Investment on SABTrends

Many people think blogging is easy. Some people even think whenever you have a blog then you are making millions. Whenever I say I am blogger, people tend to look me as a rich man. The fact is that blogging is not a free world.

Image result for Investment on bloggingMy candid advice to those who plan to start blogging, bear it in mind that it is not a free venture. As the popular saying goes, “No free thing in Free Town”. If you really want to make cool cash in blogging you must be ready to invest your time, efforts, resources and money.

So far so good, the investments I have made on this blog are;

  • Domain name
  • Hosting
  • Internet connection (Subscriptions & Cafe)
  • Ebooks
  • Fairly used laptop

Do I need to tell you roughly amount I have spent so far? I have spent not less than N150,000 on this blog. This tells you blogging is not a free venture and not a day job.

 

Monetization:

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Monetization is the only aspect many people tend to look when it comes to blogging. No doubt, I have tried almost all the monetizing methods I know and I have read about in the ebooks I buy. If I have to evaluate this blogging by preparing my financial statement with the income and expense of this blog then I believe I have to quit blogging because I have spent a lot than what I have earned from this blog.

Though I have indirectly earned awesome cash online with Fiverr, Guesting Posting on Blogs and writing of articles. Therefore, I see my blog as a long term brand which needs to be maintained as a continuous process. I believe it is not always about money.

 

SABTrends on Social Media

Facebook Page likes: 902 (like my page here: Facebook Page)

Twitter: 4929 followers (Follow me on Twitter here: Twitter Page)

Instagram: 3202followersr (Follow me on Instagram here: Instagram Page)

 

AUTHORS/CONTRIBUTORS ON INTERNATIONAL WEBSITES

I am currently author or contributor on the following websites

www.lifehack.org

www.elitedaily.com

www.selfgrowth.com

www.blogher.com

and many I can’t even many here

Some of my articles published on lifehack are

5 Major Reasons Why Relationships Fail

3 Benefits of Effective Communication in a Relationship

11 Ways To Boost Your Social Media Marketing in 2017

Effects of Drug and Alcohol Consumption You Need to Know

3 Major As in Marriage That Can Lead To Divorce

 

Words of Appreciation:

Whoever fails to appreciate has denied himself of another opportunity. I would love to appreciate everyone who has helped the journey of this wonderful blog in one way or the other.

  • Firstly, all praises and adorations are due to Almighty God for the opportunity given to me to start the journey and also keep on watching on the blog till now.
  • My Parents: Though I spent less time with them the support has been massive. Many posts I published are words of advice from them.
  • My Friends: I want to appreciate friends who have been supporting the blog by sharing any post I share on social media. I have friends who don’t care about the contents they will just share it with their friends. Thanks a lot.
  • Fans: Who is SABTrends without you. I appreciate your love for this blog.

 

APPRECIATIONS TO THESE BLOGGERS

  • Sulaiman Mikhail: A friend, boss, and master I have never seen with my naked eye but I have been ever supportive. God bless you abundantly. He is the brain box behind www.wesharethis.com
  • Mathias Amadou: The owner of Zealmat Blog www.zealmat.com http://maverickexcel.com
  • Promise Excel: The owner of Promise Excel Blog http://maverickexcel.com
  • Mazino: The owner of www.mazinoweb.com
  • Muhammad Balogun: The CEO and brain behind the health blog SHD www.soundhealthdoctor.com
  • Akintobi Jimoh Owolabi: A friend when are you in the tough moment is indeed a friend. Thanks for always being there for me. The owner of www.rapportnaija.com
  • Tunde Sanusi: The brain box behind TuhamWorld www.tuhamworld.com
  • Harry: A friend in the blogging who is also the owner of a relationship blog at www.harryscope.com

I can’t mention everyone here If I didn’t mention your name don’t be annoyed you are all recognized. Moreover, I would never forget everyone who has been there for me in this journey so far. I just want to say a very big THANK YOU.

Finally, what makes a blog is her readers. I want to say a big thank you to all my esteemed and wonderful readers from over all the word for your supports. Thanks a lot.

SABTrends promises to feed you more with realities and making life easier for you.

Thanks.

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Nigerian Upcoming Python Programmer And Blogger Talks With SABTrends

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An Exclusive Interview With A Nigerian Upcoming Python Programmer And Blogger.

Today, we are bringing you another interesting interview with an upcoming python programmer in Nigeria. The man sees as the future python programmer within few months of blogging experience he has already made names for himself. The future python programmer is Rapture Chijioke Godson the brain-box behind Cool Python Codes Blog.

Cool Python Codes was founded by Rapture Chijioke Godson, an internationally recognized Python developer, and blogger. He began to teach Python around 2014 and created Cool Python Codes to learn the lessons he learned.

Since launching Cool Python Codes in 2016, Godson has established his name so fast by publishing cool Python projects for beginners in his tutorials.

Cool Python Codes is now one of Python’s most popular and recognized programming blogs.

Rapture Chijioke Godson, the future python programmer has a lot to say about himself, the experience so far and the blog. Enjoy the interview.

1. Good day Sir, please kindly introduce yourself to our community. (Education, State of origin, family background, business, project or whatever you would like us to know about you)

I am Rapture Chijioke Godson, a tech blogger, programmer and a Chemical Engineering student of the University of Port Harcourt.

I’m from Imo state, Nigeria but I have spent all my life in Port Harcourt, Rivers state. I love topics on entrepreneurship, Christianity, SEO, Email marketing, Social Media Marketing etc.

Am also a Redditor.  For the moment, am doing my six-month internship.

2. Tell us about your startup, Python Programming?

Cool Python Codes started in my apartment at school last year, November 2016. It is a platform where I share what I have learned in Python programming. I also interview experts for them to share their insights on some Python-related topics.

3. How long have you been into it?

Well, just one year.

4. How did you get the idea for the Platform? What inspired it?

Whenever am through with my exam, I would play games and watch movies with my geek friend.

But my brother’s friend, when we are playing and watching movies, he would be on his system typing. He won’t join us to waste our time and this made me curious.

What the heck is this guy doing?

I asked him what he does and he said that he is a blogger.

This was my opportunity and I had to grab it. I wanted him to teach me and he did that willingly.

  1. How did you choose the niche(s) that you have chosen to blog in?

My friend told me I need to blog in the area I am good at and that’s why I blog about Python programming.

6. Why did you start this blog? Money? Passion? Hobby?

I started my blog for many reasons.

First, blogging enables me to document my knowledge in Python programming. I still refer to my tutorials anytime I have challenges in a project.

I don’t only document my knowledge, but I learn more on a particular topic. A lot of programmers have corrected me in my tutorials.

For example, my last tutorial on Object-Oriented programming, I was criticized a lot. I was trying to make the tutorial simple for beginners which I didn’t achieve. Now, I have to go back to the drawing board which allows me to learn more and more.

Documenting my knowledge has been helpful to me and I suggest to everyone if you want to know more about a subject, blog about it.

My friend paid his tuition fees through blogging, so I intend making money and become influential through blogging.

7.  What were your challenges starting your blog?

Cash has been the major issue. With little to no cash coming in, and without a paying job, I find it difficult.

But when there is a will there is surely a way. I want to use this opportunity to thank my mom for having faith in me by supporting me financially.

Also, getting backlinks to rank my blog is a major challenge hence resulting in the low organic traffic.

8. What can you really say as being unique about your blog?

I also interview other top Python programmers.

  1. Did you receive any professional assistance or did you created your blog yourself?

Most of the assistance was provided by my friend. He told me to follow guys like Brian Dean, Neil Patel, Social Media Examiner(for facebook/ social media marketing). He also helped me set up my blog, Email marketing campaign etc

I get my assistance from Andrew Asibor’s Whatsapp group.

10. Do you have people working for you or you do it alone?

My brother helped me do my logo, but the rest work is done by me. As a lean start-up, I don’t have the funds to hire people.

11. What sacrifices have you had to make to be where you are right now?

Work is the major sacrifice. I also sacrifice some hours of my sleep. I also read a lot and build the connection with individuals in my industry.

  1. How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?

I mostly blog when school is not in session. I wake up as early as 3 in the morning, work till I have to eat, do some clean-up and I am back to work.

Also, I sleep around 12. I basically work all the time.

  1. Can you name some of your favourite bloggers and explain why they are your favourites?

14. What company, individual, or business do you look up to?

I think question 13 and 14 would have the same answer.

Well, they are numerous to mention. I respect Promise Excel for having no advert on his blog. It is not easy and he provides valuable contents both on his blog and facebook profile.

Alvin Uchenna is another inspiring blogger.

Onuoha UI is an awesome guy, though he is not a blogger, however, you have to follow him on facebook.

I respect Emenike Emmanuel for attracting big names in the blogging community to even guest post on his blog

Umar Farouq, David Chisomeje, Precious Ngwu, Andrew Asibor, David Akinwale all these are phenomenal. There are many people too.

15. Who has been your greatest inspiration and also key role players in your life?

The list of inspirational people in my life are numerous.

My Dad has been one of the biggest inspiration including my mom.

Uzo, my friend, and reading partner has inspired me much.

The rest are Dr. Eric Thomas, Robert Kiyosaki, Tony Robbins, Michael Jordan, Steph Curry, Les Brown, Muhammed Ali, Jim Rohn,

16. Do you consider yourself successful right now? What’s your view of success as a person and as a blogger?

Am always successful. To me, there is the micro and mega success.

Micro success is the little success you achieve every day by working on your goals. People don’t see this type of success.

Mega success is when people start talking about you like Linda Ikeja, and you become viral like an epidemic.

For now, am achieving micro success, the ones you can’t see. The daily work I do every day that will eventually pay off one day.

An achievement does not need to be big to be called a success.

17.  What do you enjoy so much about blogging?

The pen in the 19th  century, the pen was mighty than the sword, but in this century, a blog is mighty than the pen because you can reach more people all over the world.

Being able to share your ideas with many people is want I enjoy doing.

18. What are your plans to take your blog career to the next level?

I want to be an entrepreneur, am thinking of taking my blog public on the stock exchange market.

I know it sounds crazy, or impossible but that’s my major plan.

  1. What does entrepreneurship mean to you? Aside from blogging, do you have other things you do like selling products, having a business or brand etc?

 I look at entrepreneurship in a different way from most people. I don’t see being self-employed, having a blog as an entrepreneur.

For me, creating job opportunities, or taking your business public is entrepreneurship. When you have created a system that keeps providing you money, without you having to work again if you choose to, that’s when I can say that you are an entrepreneur.

How can a blogger say that he is an entrepreneur when he depends on Google Adsense for his earning?

C’mon, create your products and start selling.

If you have a hair salon, try and create a franchise.

I know most people won’t agree with me.

  1. What do you think are the major challenges as an entrepreneur in Nigeria?

Generally, it is capital.

New challenges are getting attention. Nigeria is very populated and most people are not willing to pay for your services when it is of high quality and very expensive.

For an internet entrepreneur, I guess it has to be Paypal. Many go through the back door. I won’t say electricity is a challenge for an internet entrepreneur because Lumos (Solar company partnering with MTN) has provided a solution.

  1. What three pieces of advice would you give to university graduates/undergraduates who want to become entrepreneurs?

First:  School punishes students for cheating in a test, Life punishes you when you don’t have a team.

When I read the book, “The Richest Man in Babylon”, I learned you can’t be wealthy on your own.

You need to surround yourself with the right people. For example, Bill Gates worked with Paul Allen, Steve Jobs with Steve Wozniak.

Greatest can’t be achieved alone.

Second: School doesn’t encourage failing but Life encourages failure.

Don’t be discouraged when you mess up when no one turns up for your event after spending much on investing. Keeping grinding and learn from your failures and the failures of others.

Third: Be street smart.

Let me tell you the truth, you can be very smart with your academics, but when it comes to Life, you have to be street smart unless someone will take you out of business.

I don’t mean being fraudulent, I mean knowing the law, accounting, insurance, copyright policy, franchise etc.

If Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook wasn’t street smart, he could have lost facebook through a lawsuit.

In fact, I love Robert Kiyosaki and Robert Greene because they teach you how to be smart on the street.

22. When will you say, “yes, your Python Programming Blog is successful”?

When it becomes a major brand and when I take it public.

  1. Do you have any specific goals to be achieved for the rest of this year?

I want to rank number one for the keyword “Cool Python Codes”. A roundup post before the end of this year is also what am working on. I hope by the grace of God, I achieve them all.

  1. What are the inspired words you have for our readers?

They should not sit at home and wait for the government to provide jobs or for a big company to call them for an interview.

With Facebook, Instagram, YouTube etc you can survive and even help the less privileged in the society.

When I see a number of views Mark Angel gets on YouTube, I smile because I can estimate what he earns. And trust me; it is enough to pay his bills with extra cash for him to spare.

Don’t use your strength to help build someone’s empire, find something and do.

If you can cut hair, try and run Facebook ads to get more customers, this also goes for anyone with a skill.

Open a website, put up your services and do some local SEO on your website.

The internet is full of opportunities for wealth but please avoid quick money schemes, they will end you in serious trouble.

Please don’t follow the crowd, not because I have a blog or Mark Angel is into comedy, then you join us because of the money.

Everyone is blessed with a talent, find yours. Some are good on the camera, they will do well on Instagram and YouTube, some are good in the voice so they can open a podcast. And some are like me, too shy so we have a blog.

Find your strengths, your passion and work with it. Chase excellence, provide value and the money will definitely come.

  1. Lastly, we believe success is not a straight line. What do you think can motivate persons to achieve success in life?

That’s why I don’t like school. As an engineering student, your work becomes much easier when your problem becomes linear when you assume some variables constant or negligible.

In life, every variable counts and linearity is slimly possible.  In fact, when a man went to the moon, his journey was not linear, he had to make much adjustment.

To achieve success in life you need a strong way so that you can keep making an adjustment when you are not in the direction of your goal.

If your why or reason for success is not strong enough, you will miss your target and run out of fuel/drive and you become a statistics (the 90% that fail in life.)

Thanks for the opportunity given to this blog to interview you.

SABTrends team uses this medium to appreciate and thank Rapture Chijioke Godson for taking our interview.

We urge all our readers and visitors to kindly visit Cool Python Codes Blog. To learn best Python tutorial with examples, free source codes to download and python interviews with experts.

We thereby wish our python programmer of today Rapture Chijioke Godson more success in the blogging sphere.

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Interview With Dr. Kingscheta the Brain Behind Medbike Health Blog

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Today, I bring to you another and exclusive interesting interview with an awesome Doctor, Mr. Kingsley popularly known called Dr. Kingscheta the brain behind Medbike health and fitness blog. This time around, it is not about technology blogger or social marketer or entrepreneurship but it is all about a health because your health is our sole responsibility.

DR. KINGSCHETA is a public health professional with 5 years of experience in both research and practice-focused roles. He has a special interest in health communication and uses it to inspire my blog Medbike Health and fitness blog.  This blog Medbike health and fitness blog is a unique health blog, that dishes out health information with passion and concern for your health. The blog also examines the intersection of people culture and public health.

1. Good day ma, please kindly introduce yourself to our community. (Education, State of origin, family background, business, project or whatever you would like us to know about you)

Ans- I’m Kingsley also known as Dr. Kingscheta, the title started when I was a kid because I was in love with health criteria, my nationality is Nigeria and I’m the last of all in our family I’m still single will soon be married lol.

2. Tell us about your startup.

Ans- I started when i was still small can’t remember the age, in particular, I started by joining the Red Cross and having more insight concerning medical field.

3. How long have you been into it?

Ans- Currently 5-7 years now

4. How did you get the idea for the Platform? What inspired it?

Ans- My mom is a Medical profession,  I learned basic things from her and what inspired me is when I save the life of fellow kid Performing CPR on him that’s what inspired me.

  1. How did you choose the niche(s) that you have chosen to blog in?

Ans- I choose my niche because it’s what I love doing all health.

6. Why did you start this blog? Money? Passion? Hobby?

Ans- I’ll say it’s my passion because if it’s for money I would have quit since I wasn’t getting any income through it, I made it my hobby. The money part of it is just to support the organization to keep growing.

7.  What were your challenges starting your blog?

Ans- My main challenge is getting people to read and understand my ideas and also getting it in a way everyone will understand, currently I’m learning some other languages so I can reach many people.

8. What can you really say as being unique about your blog?

Ans- It’s all about ideas that promote people cultural and social value also keeping everyone fit.

  1. Did you receive any professional assistance or did you created your blog yourself?

Ans- It all started with me, I built it on my own. Though I was assisted by some of my friends.

10. Do you have people working for you or you do it alone?

Ans- Like I said earlier, it all started with me, but now I have few people working within some countries of the world like the USA. We’ll be making it better for everyone.

11. What sacrifices have you had to make to be where you are right now?

Ans-  My time, my knowledge and with some little cash.

  1. How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?

Ans-  I do that whenever I’m free and I check the security of my blog because my readers’ security is my priority.

  1. Can you name some of your favourite bloggers and explain why they are your favourites?

Ans- mayo clinic, health digest, men’s health and Sabtrends these are few of my favorite because I see some information there I know my readers will like to see.

14.  What company, individual, or business do you look up to?

Ans- I’m not looking up to anyone just want to be me and build my audience and blog to a company level.

15. Who has been your greatest inspiration and also key role players in your life?

Ans- My mom inspired me a lot,  just had few with my foreign friends like Jan Jasen and Dr. Mark etc I all want to be myself.

16. Do you consider yourself successful right now? What’s your view of success as a person and as a blogger?

Ans- I’m not successful now because i have lot more to achieve but all i know I’ll not quit till i attain my aim.

17.  What do you enjoy so much about blogging?

Ans-  It exposes you to tell the world what you know and what you learned and your point of view in anything it just makes you feel free to express yourself.

18. What are your plans to take your blog career to the next level?

Ans- Consistency and keep everything in a good strategy.

  1. What does entrepreneurship mean to you? Aside from blogging, do you have other things you do like selling products, having a business or brand etc?

Ans- I work with some health companies like Alliance Global and Kedi Healthcare. I sell their products because it has great health benefits.

  1. What do you think are the major challenges as an entrepreneur in Nigeria?

Ans- I think the economy is the main challenge for the entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

  1. What three pieces of advice would you give to university graduates/undergraduates who want to become entrepreneurs?

Ans- I think it’s very important to be self-reliant.  I advise everyone to get him or herself engaged to entrepreneurship.

22. When will you say, “yes, your Blog is successful”?

Ans- I can only say my blog is successful is when it changes one-third of the world lives and make them living healthy.

  1. Do you have any specific goals to be achieved for the rest of this year?

Ans- Yeah I do.

  1. Do you normally set goals you want to achieve each year for your blog?

Ans- Everything one does has its purpose. Yes, I do have my goals set.

  1. What are the inspired words you have for our readers?

Ans- I’m telling everyone to keep on reading and getting knowledge because knowledge is power, channel your way in own part.

  1. Lastly, we believe success is not a straight line. What do you think can motivate persons to achieve success in life?

Ans-  I think it’s only challenging can make one successful, poverty, discrimination etc and all other challenges can inspire one to be successful because Albert Einstein once said everyone is a genius.

The SABTrends team uses this medium to appreciate and thank Dr. Kingchesta for taking our interview.

We urge all our readers and visitors to kindly visit Medbike health and fitness blog http://www.medbikehealth.com, is a blog that dishes out health information with passion and concern for your health. A wealthy person without health it is just like a car without an engine.

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Interview With Rosy Omeje: The Brain Behind Rosymeje Blog

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Interview With Rosy Omeje – An Award Winning Model, Freelancer, Computer Techie, PR, App Developer, Programmer and Blogger at http://www.rosymeje.com.

Today, SABTrends brings you another interesting interview with a wonderful Female Blogger. Rosy Omeje is not just a regular blogger but a vast one.

It is a great honor to meet this smart brain on the internet; I was privileged to meet her on facebook years back. She followed most of our posts. One thing I cherish about is that she will message me and say SABTrends adjusts this post or correct this sentence. I have also been following her posts for a long time because they are amazing posts.

Without talking too much, I believe that Rosy Omeje has great words for you and a lot to say about her career and hobby as a blogger.

Enjoy your time with our female blogger of the day.

1.   Good day ma, please kindly introduce yourself to our community. (Education, State of origin, family background, business, project or whatever you would like us to know about you).

Hello, everybody, the name is Rosy Omeje; I’m the sixth child in a family of seven and from Enugu state. I’m also a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; and an aspiring entrepreneur. While growing up, I’ve always wanted to start and run my own business and I’ve really been working hard to achieve that.

2.    Tell us about your startup, RosyOmeje Blog.

With so many business ideas and little capital and time to kickoff. I focused on blogging for a start. Even though I started blogging just to improve my writing skills and pass time. I discovered it could also be a good source of income in the long run.

3.    How long have you been into it?

I started my first personal blog in 2013.

4.    How did you get the idea for the platform? What inspired it?

Before creating my own blog, I was helping others run theirs. I wrote articles for blogs like SliceReportsNg, PeopleNg, Mp3jam and some online magazines. After a while, I noticed people were getting interested in my articles and I decided that I needed to start my own.

  1. How did you choose the niche(s) that you have chosen to blog in?

I went ahead to create a blog and had no clue what I should do with it. So, I made it an e-diary where I made posts of my daily activities I find interesting. After a while, I included events happening around that are worth sharing and can teach lessons. I continued that for a while and at a point I started getting post requests from visitors who wanted me to get solutions to an issue or simply write my opinion about something. I picked my niches (actually it’s more than one) from the major requests I got and focused on them.

6.    Why did you start this blog? Money? Passion? Hobby?

I started it as a hobby and as a means to improve some of my skills. Also, I had passion in mind. I love writing unprofessionally and I’d almost no place to do that. I can also write professionally, but it could be boring and so I prefer writing with a personal touch. Every blog I wrote for wanted something top professional and I got bored and decided to do things my way and I started my own. I did not have money in mind when I started because I was doing something I was passionate about and actually enjoying the response I was getting.

7.    What were your challenges starting your blog?

Well, except deciding on a niche can be called a challenge, there was no challenge I can remember. Or, I’ll just say there was nothing that happened I can call a challenge.

8.    What can you really say as being unique about your blog?

The fact that I write mostly from personal experience and sometimes as things affect me is something I can say is unique. When I get a post request, before I even go online to make research about it, I’ll search within to know if I’ve had such experience. It makes it easy for me to write with a personal touch.

  1. Did you receive any professional assistance or did you create your blog yourself?

I created my blog myself. I never saw a big deal in it and had no problem starting and running my own.

10.  Do you have people working for you or you do it alone?

I do it alone. I have a lot of time and many post ideas that I really don’t see the need to get someone to help. At a point, though I considered getting someone to make posts, after a while of posting, I cut him off because I had to go through the stress of editing all posts just to add that personal touch. It’s also a good thing my niche is not entertainment or news where I’ll need more hands to help run it.

11.  What sacrifices have you had to make to be where you are right now?

The only thing I can call a sacrifice is using my feeding allowance to renew my domain at one point. Though I don’t regret that!

  1. How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?

Like I said, I have a lot of time. Even when I was in school, I’d enough time to make posts and schedule to auto-publish on my blog for a period of time. My niche is not demanding and doesn’t require me to always publish latest/current events so I publish at any time I feel comfortable without pressure.

  1. Can you name some of your favourite bloggers and explain why they are your favourites?

I only have Mr. Olalekan Adebumiti as my favourite blogger. He runs many blogs and the one I’m quite familiar with is www.sweetlovemessages.com. He’s someone I really admire in the blogosphere. He’s really down to earth, encouraging and looks out for the success of everyone around him. He knows what he wants and goes for it. And he makes sure to push you towards your own goal and not hope for luck. He taught me a lot about perseverance in blogging and is the reason why I started appreciating my blog more than just a hobby or passion.

14.  What company, individual, or business do you look up to?

I’m only looking up to the Supreme Being.

15.  Who has been your greatest inspiration and also key role players in your life?

My greatest inspiration comes from my parents. My mum is someone I’ll always look up to. She’s this strong-willed individual that unconsciously influences one to become as successful as you can get. I won’t forget my dad who would always remind one to quit lying around waiting and depending on people when you can actually make things work you.

16.  Do you consider yourself successful right now? What’s your view of success as a person and as a blogger?

Well, everyone sees been successful in different ways. It could mean having lots of money for someone or attaining a level of freedom for another. For me, been successful is when I look at myself and people around me and smile knowing I’ve influenced a lot of people positively. Currently, I’ve not reached the level of success I want and I’m still working towards becoming that successful.

17.    What do you enjoy so much about blogging?

The fact that I can write without fear of having someone to grade me is enough to make me want to publish posts often. And also the positive response and vibes I receive from readers is very encouraging and makes me enjoy every moment spent blogging.

18.  What are your plans to take your blog career to the next level?

Depends on what you call ‘next level’. From my point of view, I’m already at the highest level I want to be right now.

  1. What does entrepreneurship mean to you? Aside from blogging, do you have other things you do like selling products, having a business or brand etc?

As an aspiring entrepreneur, I’ve always loved going into a full time business. I’ll be launching my own skin-care line as soon as I get all plans in place. I also have a brand which I plan to register as soon as I complete plans for my project too.

  1. What do you think are the major challenges as an entrepreneur in Nigeria?

Some people say funding is a major challenge but I think lack of mentorship is the number one challenge of being an entrepreneur in Nigeria. I don’t think money is ever a problem when we have banks, individuals and some organizations willing to loan or invest in any good business plan.

However, when there is no mentorship, no one guiding you, no one encouraging you or pushing you forward. No one checking your plans, one can easily lose focus, make wrong decisions, or even get frustrated by little things and tend to give up before going far. Many entrepreneurs I know directly or indirectly got discouraged at a point and only stayed there because there was someone there to urge them on and help them make better plans.

  1. What three pieces of advice would you give to university graduates/undergraduates who want to become entrepreneurs?

Write down all business ideas as they come. However, you never know the one that will sell better.

Look for someone successful in your field to mentor you.

Keep pushing till you reach the level you’ve always dreamed of.

22.  When will you say, “yes, RosyOmejeBlog is successful”?

Now! My blog is already as successful as I’ve wanted it to be.

  1. Do you have any specific goals to be achieved for the rest of this year?

A lot, and I’m scared the year is already coming to an end. I HOPE to start my skin care line and register my brand before the year runs out.

  1. Do you normally set goals you want to achieve each year for your blog?

No, I just flow with whatever the year has for me.

  1. What are the inspired words you have for our readers?

Whatever you do, be good at it. Approach it with the right mindset and don’t be discouraged even when you don’t get the desired result. It simply means you need to try harder. Be determined to do better and make sure you reach that target you set for yourself. Most importantly, be original and seek help from people who have been there before you. It helps define your goal and reduces peer or crowd influence.

  1. Lastly, we believe success is not a straight line. What do you think can motivate persons to achieve success in life?

I think success is a straight line. Having the right mindset, right source of inspiration and determination is enough to help you define your own success.

Kindly visit Rosy Omeje Blog at http://www.rosymeje.com to read her amazing posts.

Thanks to Rosy Omeje for the opportunity given to this blog for this exclusive interview.

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Interview with Business Consultant and Digital Marketing Expert Joe Pardo

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Interview With Joe Pardo – A Business Consultant, Digital Marketing Expert, Content Creator and All round Entrepreneur

Digital Marketing has been the sought after these days. Many people have heard and read about digital marketing still don’t understand it. Though, many people have come to realise the power of the internet to earn handsomely. Digital Marketing strategy has been seen as the umbrella of all forms of Marketing any product or service mainly through the internet. Digital marketing can be classified into different levels;

  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Social Media Marketing
  • E-Commerce Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Content Marketing
  • Social Media Optimization
  • Advertising
  • E-mail Marketing
  • Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
  • And others

However, to be successful online at whatever the activities, you need to the basic of such thing. That’s why SABTrends is bringing today an expert, a business consultant, content creator and also an all-round entrepreneur to discuss what the word Digital Marketing is.

Therefore, we had an interview session with Joe Pardo to ask him some questions as regards the word Digital Marketing. The US award-winning business mogul did well to justify the questions during the interview session.

About Joe Pardo?

Joe Pardo is a New Jersey based dreamer who has always believed that society starts with you and that to change society you must change how you think.

In early 2014, Joe decided to leave his family $100m business and pursue his dreams of owning his own business.

Joe Pardo founded the Motivational Dreamers Podcast to build his platform of helping others pursue their dreams. And by late 2015, Joe already has the resume to help elevate others to pursue their dreams.

He has also published two books, namely; 31 Life Changing Concepts, which is highly ranked on Huffington Post and How to Dream Big and Win. He has started a Podcast Conference, which he called Podcast Mid-Atlantic. He has launched a speaking career, coach tonnes of Online Entrepreneurs, started an Online Business School, which he called Your Dream Platform.

Now, the interview session start;

 

SABTrends: What is Digital Marketing?

Joe Pardo: Digital Marketing is anything that falls within the online space or the internet digital. For me it mostly lies where you are interacting with somebody on the number of different levels through the internet. It can be through Content Creation, Podcasting, Youtube Videos, Graphics, Ads etc. Marketing is how to make people feel about your brand. Marketing is different from Sales. It is not sales in the sense that sales are the one-and-one relationship you build over time. However, Digital Marketing is the online connection building with people. Let me also call it brand recognition with people.

Joe Pardo went on to share his views on the concept of Digital Marketing and how you can make money from the concept.

The following are the questions answered by Joe Pardo;

  1. How will you explain the term Digital Marketing?
  2. In what ways can you categorise the term Digital Marketing?
  3. Why is online marketing preferred over offline marketing?
  4. What is the most effective way to increase traffic to a blog or website?
  5. What are the useful Digital Marketing tools you can recommend?

Joe Pardo explicitly answered the following questions. You need to take a look at this interview with Joe. You can’t afford to miss this. Watch and download Interview with Joe Pardo.

Enjoy the interview now here.

 How to Contact Super Joe?

Website: www.SuperJoePardo.com

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Interview: Meet Balogun Mahmuod the Brain Behind SoundHealthDoctor Blog

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Today, I bring to you another and exclusive interesting interview with an awesome Potential Doctor, Balogun Mahmuod. This time around, it is not about technology blogger or social marketer or entrepreneurship but it is all about a health related blogger.

It is a great honour to meet this smart brain on the internet; I was privileged to meet him on a blogger forum some months ago. I have been following his post for long because I believe health is wealth, not only wealth is also the life. No health no life. Without talking too much, I believe Sound Health Doctor has amazing words for you and many things to say about his career and his hobby as a blogger.
Enjoy your time with Master Sound Health Doctor.

1. Can you please tell our readers about yourself and your blog?

Answer: My name is Balogun Mahmuod. A medicine and surgery student of the University of Lagos, Lagos State. The name of my blog is Sound Health Doctor, it is a health blog created with the motive to keep people informed about health and wellness tips to make them live a longer and healthier life.

2. Tell us when did you start blogging professionally?

Answer: I started blogging professionally on 25th of January, 2016. That was the day I published my first official post on the blog.

3. Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?

Answer: I’m still a student and I take blogging just as a hobby. I just love it.

4. Please kindly tell us about your blogging journey so far?

Answer: I’ve been used to reading health articles online and reading lots of blogs and I wished I had something like that, where people could read articles that will be beneficial to them. So, I started with that zeal and created my blog last year September even though I never had an idea of how to do it. I was always reading about how to create a blog and kinds of stuff related till I could do my design and set it up myself. I posted my first official post in January, about 3 months after I created the blog. It has really been a journey from being a novice to a professional and I’ve learned lots of things while coming up, let me just say it like that.

5. Did you really have any expectations (short term, long term, financially) when you started blogging? If yes, what were those expectations?

Answer: I did not really have any expectations when I started blogging, I just liked to share what I learn in school with people. Though, I later learnt that blogging is a very lucrative work and could deliver some money but that was not my primary aim.

6. How did you choose the niche(s) that you have chosen to blog in?

Answer: As I said earlier, I am a medical student and I discovered it would be best to blog on what I have known about well, that was what made me choose health niche.

7. Did you receive any professional assistance or did you created your blog yourself?

Answer: I created my blog and did everything on the blog all by myself with no assistance from anyone, though Google was my teacher all through when I did it, lol.

8. Do you have other blogs that you run and if yes, what are they and what they are all about?

Answer: I have one other blog that I run, it is a general niche blog and I use it mainly to assist my friends in promoting their works that are worth publicising. The blog is www.gistwonder.com

9. Give us the latest statistics of your blog (Visitors, daily page views, earning and other stats that you want to share)?

Answer: Presently, the number of page views I get is quite impressive and encouraging which makes my blog’s global Alexa ranking stands at about 500,000 and my ranking in Nigeria is about 2,000 at this present time which I feel is a very great thing to have been achieved within a short period of time. I earn money from my blog through the popular Google Adsense that most bloggers use.

10. How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?

Answer: Though it’s not been easy combining medical school work with blogging, I have just a little time I spend on blogging, but the main thing is the little time I spend on it I make sure I achieve something significant.

11. How much time do you really spend on blogging?

Answer: I spend little time on blogging, just my leisure periods when I’m a little free and I use blogging as a recreation activity, I enjoy it a lot.

12. What do you think is the best strategy you use to get more traffics to your blog?

Answer: Actually, the best strategy I’ve come across in generating more traffic to my blog is Facebook shares. When I want to share a post on FB, I try to write a very captivating story that will get people’s attention and then I add my link. People will just keep liking the post and sharing it with their friends too and I wait gently for the free traffic to flow to my blog.

13. What do you really think is the best social media strategy for getting more traffics to a blog?

Answer: As I’ve said earlier, the strategy I use is the one I think is the best I’ve seen so far. Some other bloggers may have other strategies they use though.

14. How important is Facebook to you in blog promotion efforts and do you think it is important for a blogger to have a Facebook group or page?

Answer: Facebook, I think is the best social media in blog promotion and is essential for a blogger to have a facebook page and group because it generates lots of traffic that at some point you might not even be able to explain the traffic again if used efficiently.

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15. How many social media channels do you think a blogger should have accounts on?

Answer: I will suggest to every blogger to have the maximum number of social media accounts they can have. They should not just be limited to the popular ones in their area, there are some social media channels that might not be popular in their area but drives a lot of traffic from other regions. Nobody knows which audience will get your article and where the article might reach.

16. Images for blog posts is very essential. Do you normally create your own images or do you get them from the Google or websites and give credit back to the original source?

Answer: Due to the issue of copyright infringement, I get most of my images from sites that offer free images for download like Pixabay, Fotolia, etc. But sometimes, I get images from google and give credit to the original source, though I do that rarely.

17. Bounce rate is one of Google’s algorithm signals that tells them whether people are engaged on a blog. What do you do to keep your bounce rate very low?

Answer: It’s all simple, I write beneficial and helpful articles that people will surely be addicted to, I write on health and people really value their health a lot and will always want to read anything that will help to improve their health.

18. It is often hard to get new contents for blogger. How do you find a new source of contents for your blog?

Answer: As a medical student, I research a lot and read lots of books, so I write my contents based on ideas I get from my readings and researches.

21. What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?

Answer: The first challenge I had in blogging was to design a nice template for my blog and then later the challenge of getting my blog approved for Google Adsense.

22. Can you name some of your favourite bloggers and explain why they are your favourites?

Answer: Some of my favourite bloggers are;
Chibuzor Aguwa of www.naijahealthhub.com,
Kingsley Felix of www.healthable.org
Mathias Amodu of www.zealmat.com.
Chibuzor and Kingsley blog in my niche so I look up to them and they give me guidelines and correct me anytime I go wrong and Mathias Amodu, as a tech blogger and a friend, I go to him when I have any complicating issue concerning blogging and he has always been there to help.

23. How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog running?

Answer: Blogging is something I love to do and I derive pleasure doing it and that keeps me motivated.

24. What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?

Answer: The most frustrating aspect of blogging I’ll say is the issue of not getting much visitors to read your blog posts. It frustrates a lot and downs morale.

25. Have you met any famous or interesting personnel on your blogging journey?

Answer: I’ve met lots of famous bloggers online and we do communicate very well and I’ve even met some in person.

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26. Do you have any specific goals to be achieved for the rest of this year?

Answer: Yes, the goal I set for myself is to see my blog global Alexa ranking go really really high and I’m really working towards achieving it.

27. Do you normally set goals you want to achieve each year for your blog?

Answer: Yes, I believe setting goals will keep you pushing hard and if you work towards it will make you always work to achieve success.

28. When do you really feel is the right time to monetize a blog?

Answer: I believe that depends on the choice of the blogger. Different people with different choices, the blogger will probably choose a suitable time when he feels is best for him.

29. How do you monetize your blog?

Answer: I monetize my blog through Google Adsense, Sponsored posts, and Direct advertising.

30. If a blogger were to monetize their blog by providing direct services, kindly suggest some direct services that you would recommend the experience and new bloggers reading this interview?

Answer: Most bloggers are tech oriented people and they can offer direct services by helping people to build blogs, doing graphic designs for people and also freelance writing is a very nice service that can be offered.

31. How would you rate your own blog on a scale of 1 to 10 and why would you rate it that way?

Answer: I would probably say readers of my blog would be in a better position to do that because they would be able to see my good side, mistakes, and flaws more than I do.

32. How would you rate SABTrends Blog on a scale of 1 to 10 and why would you rate it that way?

Answer: I’ve been following SABTrends blog for quite some time now, and the blog is really cool and the articles are awesome, I’ll rate the blog 6.

33. What do you suggest for SABTrends team to grow the Blog?

Answer: My advice for the SABTrends team is just to follow the rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care. Be focused, keep up the good work and the blessings will keep coming.
It’s a privilege being featured on this marvelous blog. Thank you and God bless.
SABTrends team uses this medium to appreciate and thank Balogun Mahmoud for taking our interview.

We urge all our readers and visitors to kindly visit  Sound Health Doctor at www.soundhealthdoctor.com because your health should be your priority. A wealthy person without health it is just like a car without an engine.
We thereby wish our guest of today Balogun Mahmuod more success in the blogging sphere.

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