Tech Blog in Africa for How TOs: December 2017

Sunday

How to Setup Custom Domain Name on Blogger with Garanntor.com

Custom domain setup in Blogger.com is used to create your own blog URL. (for example: from zealmat.blogspot.com to zealmat.com).

When you purchase a domain from Garanntor.com, they assign an IP address (A record and CNAME record) for the domain. Hence, you need to change those records to point to your Blogger.com blog. This post can help you to change the A and CNAME records of your Garanntor.com account easily.

Recently we released a tutorial on how to buy domain names from Garanntor.ng And which was very easy to understand  due to the feedback we got from our visitors.

Garanntor domain configuration is very easy  but before you start working  you need to have a little knowledge about it so this tutorial is going to guide you through and if you have any difficulty during this process let us know  thanks.



Step 1
First you need to login to your blogger Dashboard then select the preferred blog you want to use the domain name for.




Step 2
Then scroll down and click on  Setting > Basics

Blogger settings





Step 3
Now on the basic page you will see.



+ Set up a third-party URL for your blog - Point your own registered URL to your blog


-> Just click on it and then add your new domain name in this format www.zealmat.com




Step 4
An error message will show which says

Blogger add domain name

We have not been able to verify your authority to this domain. Error 12.
On your domain registrar's website, locate your Domain Name System (DNS) settings and enter the following two CNAMEs:

Name, Label or Host field Destination, Target or Points To field

www                                          ghs.google.com
srwdwl4bhlk6                           gv-qtwv3tdnr234y4.dv.googlehosted.com



See our detailed instructions on providing CNAMEs for various registrars or see the full settings instructions for more details. If you are having trouble entering the second CNAME to dv.googlehosted.com, you can verify your ownership of this domain with a TXT record through Google Webmaster Tools here instead.

If your domain provider supports it, download the DNS settings file. 





Step 5
Now create a New Tab on your browser and visit www.garantor.com or www.garantor.ng






Step 6
Then click on "Domains" doing this will take you to a page were all your domain name are listed.
Garanntor cpanel






Step 7
Now click on a tiny drop down tab at your right the you will be giving different options

Garanntor domain list





Step 8
Now clcik on "DNS Management" 😐 this is were the real work begins you will be taken to an overview page just move your mouse up and click on "DNS Management" again.

DNS Management






Step 9
Now you need to add your "CNAME" which was gotten when trying to save your domain on blogger it is a unique code for every blog.

garanntor CNAME







Step 10
Now add your "A" which is your "Google IPs" you can use the image below so that you wont be confuse.

Garanntor IP addresses



  • 216.239.32.21
  • 216.239.34.21
  • 216.239.36.21
  • 216.239.38.21

Use this image below so that you won't be confused
How to Setup Custom Domain Name on Blogger with Garanntor.com

Note: Try to delete other "IP Address" you find there or CNAME because it just a defualt settings by garanntor





Step 11
Now save it then go back and insert the domain name on your blogger blog and move on with your new domain name






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Friday

Bitcoin Price Today: BTC/USD



Bitcoin as of today because of it market value after a huge fall and most of it investors are worries about this sudden occurrence in the cryptocurrency Market.

Although Scott Cutlor, senior vice president of eBay Americas said they’re “not quite there yet”, his consideration indicates how fast the cryptocurrency is permeating the mainstream.


John Taylor Jr, president and founder of research firm Taylor Global Vision in New York has spoken earlier today that this currency might still crash even if it has not reach OT peak yet and that people should get ready for another fall in the bitcoin Price and that will be below $5000.
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Also as of yesterday 27/12/2017 The government in South Korea suggested this Thursday they’d be imposing “additional measures to regulate speculation in cryptocurrency trading within the country,” according to Rueters. These regulations center on a ban on “opening anonymous cryptocurrency accounts.” The legislation also aims to regulate virtual coin exchanges “if needed.”


How do Bitcoins work?

The value of Bitcoin, like all currencies, is determined by how much people are willing to exchange it for in a specific period of time and it has been said that if this currency exchange is low then no much value will be placed on it as it is today.

To process Bitcoin transactions, a procedure called ‘mining’ must take place, which involves a computer solving a difficult mathematical problem with a 64-digit solution and some series of hardware.

For each problem solved, one block of Bitcoin is processed.

In addition, the miner is rewarded with new Bitcoin.

To compensate for the growing power of computer chips, the difficulty of the puzzles is adjusted to ensure a steady stream of new Bitcoins are produced each day.

There are currently about 16 million in existence.

The Bitcoin protocol – the rules that make Bitcoin work – say that only 21 million Bitcoins can ever be created by miners.

But these coins can be divided into smaller parts with the smallest divisible amount one hundred millionth of a Bitcoin.

This is called a “Satoshi”, after the founder.

To receive a Bitcoin, a user must have a Bitcoin address – a string of 27-34 letters and numbers – which acts as a kind of virtual post box.

Since there is no register of these addresses, people can use them to protect their anonymity when making a transaction.

These addresses are in turn stored in Bitcoin wallets, which are used to manage savings.

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Monday

Affnaija : Make Money Online Daily Promoting Merchant Products on Social Media

AffNaija is a perfomance driven affiliate partner network. This are affiliate marketers with popular e-commerce websites (Jumia, Konga, Payporte, Kilimall, Yudala, Kara, Mall for Africa, AliExpress e.t.c). They generate revenue from commissions per sales we direct to our merchants, with the help of our promoters, we get to reach a lot of prospective buyers. Also are committed to driving more sales to our merchants.

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This platform was created in other to hasten the audience reach within a short period of time. and this platform has three different ways of making money from it which is Product Link Sharing, Referral and being an Agent on this platform.

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How to Get Started 

Step 1
First you log onto affnaija.com then click on the register button.




Step 2
Now fill in your details and then after a successful registration simply go back and login to your account.



Step 3
Then select your proffered plan and choose according to your pocket and then make payment using either your master card or visa card.
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Step 4
After payment you can now start making your money with any of the methods stated above but don't forget to share daily



Become our promoter today, earn money by doing simple tasks on social media
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Wednesday

How To Migrate From HTTP To HTTPS On Blogger Blog With Custom Domains

Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was developed by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com.

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Having a blogspot blog is not a bad idea but it requires much policy and which you need to abide by but today we are going to be talking about HTTP Secure (HTTPS) which is an adaptation of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) for secure communication over a computer network, and is widely used on the Internet. In HTTPS, the communication protocol is encrypted by Transport Layer Security (TLS), or formerly, its predecessor, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).


This process requires no ssl certificate it is totally free and it is enabled for custom domain name directly from blogger.com that means there is no need using cloudflare.



Step 1
Sign in to Blogger Using draft.blogger.com



Step 2
In the top left, click the Down arrow .



Step 3
Select the blog to update.



Step 4
In the left menu, click Settings Basic.



Step 5
Basic. On the right, select Yes under "HTTPS" >
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Note
Change HTTPS availability to YES
change HTTPS redirect to YES



Step 6
Now after this process an automatic refresh page will occur just wait for less than 2min and thats all you need.



How to cancel cloudflare ssl certificate activation.
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Saturday

How to Choose a Niche to Blog On

In blogging, a niche is a specific and clearly laid out area of focus. It is that through which a blog can be categorized based on the nature of its content, products and services.
Blogger's

The most popular niches in the blogosphere today include Technology, News, Entertainment, E-commerce, Health and Lifestyle. Interestingly, niching in blogging is not confined to the aforementioned as there is no limit to what kind of content a blog must contain. Almost everything goes.

You could come up with any niche so long as you are able to compile content at a targeted audience who would find it relevant.

I guess you now understand what a blog niche is, lets proceed to answering the big question, How to choose a niche to blog on?

Without first deciding with specifics what your new blog is going to be about is failing before you even begin.
One of the reasons many who venture into blogging fail even before they make a dime out of it is because they jumped into blogging and started up with a niche with the mindset that the particular niche is where all the gold is.

When they do not generate any income from it they switch to the next possible niche until they become frustrated and ultimately quit.

For you to avoid threading on such a path, it highly essential you decide what niche would be perfect for you.
To do so, you need to answer this question with all sincerity.

What are you passionate about?

Usually there could be a long list of what you are passionate about. Write them out and later on the course of this article you would get to narrow your passions to just one or two.

Understanding your passion is the first step to discovering what niche you can easily fit in and successfully blog on. Your passion defines your ability. 

The bio of some bloggers have got phrases like this "I am passionate ......" or "I love to .....". These bloggers defined their passion and if you look closely they work inline with what their passion is.

Blogging about your passion makes you flexible. Not only would you enjoy what you do, you would also derive joy from and find fulfillment in it knowing fully well that you are doing exactly what you love to do.

To get a clear understanding of what your passion is, I crave your indulgence into answering more questions as outlined below.

  1. What are your hobbies?
  2. How do you spend your freetime?
  3. What is that topic you could go on and on about?
  4. What do you enjoy reading, teaching and learning about?
  5. What type of classes do you enjoy attending in school?
  6. If there is one thing you could do without caring about a salary, what would it be?
After you have answered those questions, I am sure the compilations of your passions which you wrote when I first asked what you are passionate about earlier on have been narrowed down to just one or at most two.

I am quite optimistic you have discovered what truly is your passion and I'd like to say you are good to go on the issue of choosing a niche to blog on.
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Sunday

5 Top Online Earning Sites

legitimate online earning sites where they can work and get paid. I'm a freelancer. I have been in that "spot" before (about 2 years ago) and believe me, it sucks to be there, not to know where to look, what to look for, etc.

So I decided to make a list of the top earning sites that have worked for me and pay legitimately. But before we get to it, it might be worth getting a few things out of the way:

I'm a content writer and hence, I'm writing from a content writer's perspective. But anyone and everyone can join and earn from the sites that I'm mentioning in this post.
I'm assuming that everyone here knows about sites like oDesk, Fiverr, PostLoop and iWriter. Everything has already been said and done about these sites so if you're looking for information about them, GOOGLE IT!

All the sites that I'm mentioning in this thread pay by PayPal. When, how? You'll know all about it once you join them.
All these sites accept users from anywhere around the world. So no matter where you are from, JUMP RIGHT IN!
Okay, so here it goes...



1. BoostCTR: BoostCTR is currently my favorite earning method. At Boost, you get paid to write AdWords, Bing and other kind of ads and believe me, it isn't half as hard as it sounds. The ads are 70 characters in length and it is all about being a wordsmith; being able to give consumers the information in the shortest possible way.

The pay is great too and once you get the hang of it, you could easily be making anywhere from a $100 a month to a grand or more.



2.InfoArmy: I found out about InfoArmy a few months ago. It, sadly, didn't work out for me but who knows, it could work for you.

It is basically a research job where you have to find information about companies and put them into appropriate fields, finally, making it into a report for InfoArmy. There are a few things to be figured out about the payment system - 2 levels of researchers - both being paid differently, rev. share, etc.




3. SquadHelp, CrowdSpring, PickyDomains: These are crowdsourced contest sites where content writers can get paid to suggest names, taglines and even write content.

I'm yet to win a content at these sites but I know for a fact that these sites are legit and they pay.

4. Enroll: It has only been a few hours since I signed up with Enroll but I'm having a lot of fun. This is basically a design/usability testing website where you have to give your opinion on which design is better and why.

The pay isn't great but for the job that you're supposed to do, it is well worth the effort. You can sign up at EnrollApp.com.

5. PaidForumPosting: I put PaidForumPosting at the end of the list because some of you might already know about them. Also, I was kinda short of ideas...

Other than PostLoop, this is the next big name in paid forum posting and while I'm not a member of it, I'm told that the users get paid up to 20¢ per post. Obviously, not everybody gets in.

If you feel like you can post in perfect English grammar and provide great content, it might be a good idea to give it a try. Yes, you'll have to go through a test here too (like PostLoop).

I know that we're at the end of the list but I just want to mention a few other sites that couldn't make it.

Knoji: This used to be one of my favorite sites, not as an article writing site, but for Coupon Sharing, Q&A, etc. Sadly, it seems to be going through a bad phase right now and it might not be a good idea to sign up just yet. But it made up for some very impressive passive income for me in the last year so keep checking with it to find out if it makes a comeback.

Search Engine Eval: For freelancers who have the time to, you might be interested in checking out sites like LionBridge and Appen Butler Hill. These sites have openings for search engine evals from all around the world and basically, you're searching for given keywords and rating the kind of content that shows up.

Moderation for LiveWorld: I'm a forum poster and I've moderated a few forums. I really enjoy


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Thursday

How to Make Great Money without Having a College Degree



It is not easy to survive in this tough market without having any college degree. Our lives revolve around our educational system, and we link everything to it. That is why we keep the college degree imperative. According to a report released by the organization for Economic Co-operation and Development out of all the college students, only 46% of college students finish their college program and get the degrees. The same report shows that the average graduate ages 25 to 32 and earn $18,000 more annually than their non-graduate counterpart. That is where the concerns of the non-degree holders are increasing.



So how these non-grads and without any formal college education can earn their livings? This is the multi-billion dollar question on which thousands of lives are on stakes. These people are trying their luck in different work areas so they can earn their living. Being a philanthropist, I feel that this is my duty to educate my readers about those ways through which they can make great money even without having a college degree.

Start Service Business:

Dissertation help service business is an easy business to start as compared to other businesses. There is not a lot you have to do and do not even need any long contacts or dynamic website to get started. However, you will still require some talent or skills for which you can get paid by the people over and over again. These skills should be useful for the people or for the organizations. For example, content marketing, web designing and social media consulting can be some skills for which you doesn’t require any degree and still can get a job in different organizations.
However, these jobs will not earn a lot for you, and you will be earning much less than a graduate person earn every hour. Though, you can still improve your earning by improving your packages together and focusing on the value. For example, if you are providing social media consulting, then put value in your services and offer your client to provide sales in return for your services.

Invest in the real estate:
If you don't have any skill or talent, then still there are some methods through which you can earn your living. Try to get some capital enough to buy any real estate. Anyone with the capital can jump into real estate and rental property business. However, just like every business, you need to learn about that first before starting it. That is why it is important to know about property management first instead of just investing in it without any knowledge. It is hard to understand all the technicalities of purchasing and renting out the real estates on only on your own. That is why it is better to team up with an experienced developer and venture into commercial real estate through crowdfunding opportunities.
Crowdfunding is one of the best ways through which you can get access to commercial property developments with just the capital of $5,000. Moreover, these types of schemes are very beneficial for the investors too because they can save their time and resources by looking at pre-vetted deals to make better decisions.

Start consulting services business:
You only need the experience for the consultancy instead of the college degree. Start from offering the training to the bookkeepers to teaching the business managers. Make yourself a consultant and get paid only by sharing advice and suggestions on everything from lean management to accounting. All you would have to do is to think about the problems and their solutions to stabilize the businesses.

I have seen many consultants who don't have any college degree, but their pieces of advice and suggestions are even followed by the Master degree holders. Moreover, the consultants are the independent contractors and freelancers that are why they enjoy the ultimate flexibility and ease of work. Because they only work on the contractual bases that is why they can work short-term as well as long-term with any single company. To equip yourself more, the doors of diploma mills are always open. Get some certificates and the diplomas to get more in-depth industry knowledge.

Build a Product:
Just like providing any service, you can also build a product which can solve the problems of the masses. You can even publish any book if you have writing skill which can help the student or any particular group of public. Moreover, the internet is full of people who are selling their own manufactured products and making thousands per month. These products are easy to make but are very useful. Either you design something new or manufacture something which is already in the market which is loving by the people too.

Rent your stuff:
You must have a lot of things in your home. Everyone has pressure washers, powerful tools and office furniture. There are many rental companies which started with only one person and now has become one of the biggest names on the Craigslist. Renting or setting up the bounce houses on the birthday parties or providing material for other events are just one of the many services these rental companies can provide. Keep renting out your things and generate enough capital to increase your range. Market your business effectively and enjoy setting up your own business without investing a lot and build your own company without having any degree.

Look for non-degree jobs:
There is a misconception that without the degree you cannot find any job. There are many jobs where the non-degree holders can also apply and can get the permanent place too. For example, to be a gaming manager in the casino, you don’t need to have any degree. Just the right set of skills and some good experience is enough to get this job. Even the prestige positions in the police department like for being a detective, there is no requirement of any degree. Just start with an ordinary cop and make the stairs for yourself up to the detective post. That is why people without having any college degree should not worry about their careers because there are a lot of different things they still can do to make their lives better.
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Tuesday

Facebook to Train 50,000 students, SME's and Entrepreneurs in 2018



Facebook said it will train and support over 50,000 students, small businesses and creative entrepreneurs across Nigeria in 2018.
Its Public Policy Director, Africa, Ms Ebele Okobi during a briefing in Lagos, said the training would be through a series of digital skills and other programmes.
In a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report, Ms Okobi  said, ”This set of initiatives is aimed at helping to develop and nurture communities, including small businesses, the tech and start-up ecosystem, youths and creatives.
”In Nigeria, more than 22 million people use Facebook every month and 87 per cent of SMEs say that when they hire, digital skills are more important than where an applicant went to school,” she noted.
The programmes would include Aspiring Entrepreneurs, Jobs for Youth, Boost your Business, Creative Entrepreneurship Training, and Online Safety + Digital Literacy Training in schools and universities.
She said a study done by Facebook in Nigeria on social media impact shows that nearly 1 in 2 small businesses on Facebook say they built their business on the platform.
”Sixty-two per cent stated they have been able to use Facebook to help find employees for their business. Over half (58 per cent) of small businesses on the platform say they have been able to hire more employees due to growth since joining Facebook,” she said.
Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.Facebook has 1.37 billion daily active users on average worldwide and 7.2 million daily visitors from Nigeria.
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