Bilal Abdullahi is one of the fast rising professional bloggers in the West African Region. He is a Nigerian, the founder of Campus Entrepreneurs Hub (cehub.com.ng) an inbound online platform that helps individuals to maximize their full potentials to become successful entrepreneurs and bloggers.
He is an SEO expert, and also holds certificates in 3 different courses (Affiliate Marketing, Digital Marketing and Graphics Design), also a professional writer and content creator. Currently working with six trained and dedicated team members who share the same vision and likewise passion.
Bilal Abdullahi also known as Bilblogger, just 24 years of age has received multiple awards as well as accolades from different individuals and reputable organizations.
He gained admission into Bayero University in Kano State in the year 2015 where he got his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture in the year 2020.
He has always been someone who has passion for blogging, and in the year 2016 during his 200 level days in the university he got on to blogging full time. He started off on a free platform but eventually moved on to hosting his own platform which is known today as Campus Entrepreneurs Hub (CEHUB).
Bilal never fancied the conventional 8am – 4pm job, he always believed that with his passion for blogging and everything he has read online about people making a living out of blogging, he will soon going to earn big in the blogosphere and yes he achieved that.
In 2019 Bilal gained more grounds growing his net worth and also coming up in the spot light, that fueled his passion, dedication and commitment to training young aspiring entrepreneurs what blogging is really about and how important it is for them to use the internet and social media to promote their business. To gain more grounds than their competitors.
Bilal spotted a problem and crafted out a solution. He noticed that upcoming entrepreneurs needs to be grounded with vast information on different skills and businesses as well as opportunities to channel them in the right path to succeed in their ventures, hence the creation of his platform (Campus Entrepreneurs Hub).
He made his platform so simple that even non-tech-savvy can navigate through the platform. And also he made it in such a way that everyone can contact him easily and, he responds to sort out whatever problem they face using his platform.
I had a privilege to talk to Bilal about his success story, how he managed to build up a successful blog within a short period of time and what he plans on achieving in the next few years.
WHAT PUSHED YOU TO BLOGGING?
I got into the blogosphere around 2016, I was literally searching for ways I could actually make money online. I glanced through many articles I could find online, mostly written by Nigerian bloggers.
Many of the articles I came across, were pointed towards the direction of blogging, sharing tips on blogging and explaining why blogging is one of the legitimate ways to make money online from home.
There were many questions hovering around my head, it was hard to believe that Nigerian bloggers could make so much money online.
I turn on to Google, to search Nigerian Bloggers that were earning big from blogging and I saw the likes of Linda Ikeji who was at that time having a net worth of 14.5 Billion Naira, Makinde Azeez, Uche Pedro and many others who I can’t just start listing here.
The whole Linda Ikeji success story inspired me greatly that I had to do a lot of research to get on the right track.
WHAT WERE THE CHALLENGES YOU ENCOUNTERED IN THE PROCESS?
The truth is that I got on for the wrong reasons, I was desperate to make money online. I didn’t give enough time to study, to really know what blogging is all about. I started using a free platform because there was no money back then in 2016, and to add, I was not a tech savvy.
I launched my blog on blogspot platform (can’t remember the URL though) but I later had to quit because it wasn’t really yielding any positive results as expected.
At the time the major challenge I faced was the knowledge part, I had zero knowledge on the whole thing and also the aspect of financial resources. I didn’t have enough money to pay for a hosting plan.
HOW DID YOU LATER HANDLE THOSE CHALLENGES?
Well, I realized that if I want to succeed in the business of blogging I need to first commit myself to learning full time. So, eventually I learnt so much, did a lot of researches, attended webinars, got some paid online materials, courses and eBooks to broaden my knowledge on the whole blogging business. In a nutshell, I was fully prepared and ready for the blogging world and I took every lesson serious.
SO TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY?
After a series of courses, I was sure that I was ready to kick start, so in 2018, I launched a tech blog (techshouters.com.ng) because of the study we did at that time.
(Many bloggers were of the opinion that tech niche is a lucrative one to get into). The truth is, the success of any blogging niche be it Health, Travels, Lifestyle, Education, Entertainment depends on the target audience.
I later moved on to create another platform for aspiring young entrepreneurs, the CAMPUS ENTREPRENEUR HUB (CEHUB) which focuses on finding and nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs. I didn’t just perceive the need to guide young people, I was also passionate about it. I believe that entrepreneurship is the key and solution to economic growth and job creation.
WOULD YOU SAY BLOGGING SO FAR HAVE BEEN PROFITABLE TO YOU?
Yes, it has been. Because I made my first 2 million naira from blogging just 4 months after my graduation and I have been making consistent profits from my blog. The money is quite tangible because, this is my first time to hit such amount of money.
WOW! 4 MONTHS AFTER YOUR GRADUATION. MEANWHILE, YOU’RE YET TO SERVE YOUR NATION?
Well… I was shortlisted for National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) program on 6th November, 2020 and did my POP on 21th October, 2021. So, I served in engineering department at Nigerian Ports Authority, Port Harcourt.
WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOUR BLOG WAS SUCCESSFUL?
It’s from my tech blog. I started making money and advertisers leverage on my blog as a channel through which they can promote their products and offers.
I charged nothing less than $100 (N45,000.00) for a single sponsored post. Eventually, I later form a team and launched Campus Entrepreneurs Hub on 31st August, 2020.
There are many of these closed deals which I can’t upload here.
Apart from blogging, my second high paying income stream is expertnaire affiliate marketing. I get paid on expertnaire every Friday. And some sales are splitting from this blog daily because I have monetized with affiliate offers.
Meanwhile, I recommend digital products that I have used and benefit from to my blog readers.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNG NIGERIANS WHO ARE LOOKING TO START A BLOG?
Blogging is a serious business and you must treat it as such. Dedicate your time to learn it, understand everything there is to know, buy materials, take courses on your area of interest.
This could be blogging itself, affiliate marketing, copywriting, graphic design, web design and many more.
After then you can decide on a niche you can venture into. Before choosing a profitable niche, you need to ask yourself some certain questions like; who are my audience?
Who do I want to reach? What value or in which way would I impact positively to the people that I want to reach.
Few pro bloggers will tell you how to go about it or what decision you should consider as to choosing the right niche.
Whatever your niche or area of interest if you target the right audience you will surely generate huge income from your blog.
Think of conventional business, the first thing to do is deciding the best location to site it. Why?
Because you are targeting a specific set of people that will patronize the business which in return will generate profit for you because you are solving their problems.
My last advice is, firstly, believe in yourself and know what you’re capable of doing. These are what you really need to define yourself and know the person you want to be in life.
Also, seek for opportunities (and when you see it grab it). Think outside the box my friend and focus on your GOAL(s).
One of my mentor (koji Agudah) stated and I guote:
“The quicker you realize that there is no shortcut to where you want to go, but all that is needed is actual hard work, the faster success comes for you.
‘LUCK’ is a word used by those that are unsuccessful. Successful people find it insulting if you tell them that they got to where they are because they were ‘lucky’.
Any meaningful thing you want to do will work you silly. Those that gave up on their goals or something they were passionate about, ask them how far? Their answer will soon become your REALITY if you decide to follow same path”.
When I started blogging, my friends were like “oh Bilal you’re studying a professional course why wasting your time on what you’re not even sure that it would pay off”
I used to laugh in 7 figure😂 because the more they try to convince me to quit, the more I see a GREATER chance to make more money online.
Why? Because they are yet to discover the benefits of online marketing which I was opportune to grabbed before them. So, there is a little competition for now…LOL..
My friend, online marketing is super lucrative and that is what building a profitable online business is all about. There are millions of people (if not billions) searching for a solution to their problems online.
If you can package these solution into a digital product (e.g eBook, video courses, webinars, etc.) or just a physical product and market to them you will surely make hundreds of thousands of dollars right from your living room.
Blogging is indeed, one of the super powerful sales-driving-machine and a channel you can use to build a strong brand.
Honestly, the easiest way to make money online legitimately is to sell digital products online. you can also leverage other people’s products as an affiliate marketer, or get paid to offer high-in-demand skills or services to individuals and companies.
Such as copywriting, SEO, web design, consultancy, Facebook advertising, etc.
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