Linda Ikeji is a famous blogger in Nigeria who in 2013 made it onto the list of Forbes influential bloggers which is no easy feat!
ted.comHer blog provides news, beauty tips, and celebrity gossip to her readers.
She started blogging when she was 17 years old with no background in journalism or writing experience.
Today, she has over 3 million followers on Facebook where she posts almost daily.
She has been able to launch her own beauty line as well as a clothing line via print on demand.
nla.gov.auShe was also named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2014 and awarded an honorary doctorate from Babcock University.
Linda Ikeji continues to work hard to provide her readers with the latest posts and information on entertainment news.
She has been in the spotlight for her success and achievements as an entrepreneur while being one of Nigeria’s most successful bloggers to date.
Her blog began when she had just finished school with no further ideas about what career path to take until she discovered blogging.
She has been called the “QUEEN OF BLOGGING” ; Others call her the “MOTHER OF BLOGGING” in Nigeria.
She earns more than N3 Million every month from her blog. Her office? A laptop and a modem.
Her blog talks about naija entertainment gist ,celebrity gossips ,fashion,news and events.
She is highest paid Nigerian blogger .
We talking about the popular LINDA IKEJI
Linda Ikeji was born September 19, 1980 . A native of Nkwerre LGA ,Imo State, Nigeria .She was born in to a struggling family, the second of seven children. She grew up in a Christian catholic home
At a tender age of 10 years , Linda started writing as a hobby .
The fiction she penned down were praised by her friends and family and over time she cultivated a passion for news.
Unlike many teenagers her age, Linda Ikeji loved watching newscasters and interviews and by the time the opportunity presented to attend university in Lagos, her course choice was decided: Mass Communication.
She was admitted to study English Language in the university to her disappointment, but she decided to make the best of it.
To support herself and her family through school, Linda began working at the age of 17, doing everything from being a waitress and ushering to modelling and bar-tending, none of which paid a lot in the late 90′s.
She started modeling in 1998 and quit in 2005.
She became a fashion columnist for a struggling celebrity magazine. After two years of toiling in the news room, she quit.
In 2004 , after she completed her university education, she worked hard to break into the journalism trade, launching her media company, Black dove Communications, a modelling agency and events management outfit.
The name Black dove was inspired by silverbird..a name and a bird. it so happens that her favourite colour is black and favourite bird is the dove.
She stayed within her comfort zone which was modeling so instead of being in front of the camera , went behind the camera by running an agency, recruiting models, training models, getting jobs for models.
” I still have the modeling agency but I am not running it anymore”, she once wrote .
She also started what she describes in her first ever blog post as her “true passion”, her magazine called, FM & B.
The first issue was released in 2006 and after discovering how capital-intensive and time-consuming magazine publishing was, only two more editions made it to print.
The blogging bug bit her in 2006.
Fortunately, in that same year, Bella Naija, another popular Nigerian blog, carried a story about Linda herself and for the first time, Linda began to see a new possibility to take her writing to the world.
Blogging had all the charm: it was free except for the cost of an internet connection, easy to do and gave you access to millions of readers instantly. From that first Bella Naija blog post, she was sold.
Linda Ikeji started blogging fully in 2007 to share things that she was interested in with her readers.
Five years later, http://www.lindaikeji.blogspot.com has grown to be one of the most visited sites in the country.
As a regular source for news, entertainment, celebrity gist, gossip and many more, her blog continues to attract thousands of visitors
It took her four years to start making money from blogging.
She was patient enough
She once said:”I never even thought that I would make money from blogging. I didn’t start blogging with the mindset that one day I would make money from it. I didn’t even think that was a possibility, it never even crossed my mind. I didn’t say to myself that OK let me blog now and maybe in five years time, I will make money from it. I never imagined that it would ever happen. In fact, in 2008, 2009, I was putting free ads on my blog, I was telling my blog readers, please give me your ads and I will put them for free. But then in 2010, people started asking me for my advert rates and I was like ‘really?’ I didn’t even know what it was until I now asked a few people and they gave me their own advert rates so that is how it started.”
She has acquired two brand new cars, her dream car -a 2008 Toyota Camry which she bought two years ago a 2011.
‘Been dreaming about this car since I first saw it two years ago, was finally able to afford it two days ago, after saving for almost four months. And the best part is, I have a blog to show it off, at least now some people go no say ‘levels don change’ lol.’, she wrote.
Recently acquired an Infinity FX 35 SUV worth about N8 million.
Being a wonderful child to her parents , she bought a multi-million 5-bedroom duplex in Surulere for her parents.
Linda Ikeji has earned herself the title ‘Queen of Blogging’ .
Linda Ikeji was persistent , focused on what she did even though there was no financial return but five years later it has yielded great profit , a talk of all.
She found a new path , Blogging .
But she persisted until 2010, when some of the stories posted on her blog began to ruffle feathers.
At a point, Linda Ikeji averaged about 1 million unique visitors each month to her blog. And with that came the much-needed recognition and substantial earnings.
In August 2012, Forbes Africa described her as a success and a case study for the business of blogging.
Comments on Linda’s blog can be revealing, interesting and more controversial than the post itself.
Linda Ikeji’s blog reportedly rakes in an average of N3m a month from adverts from various brands and online ad networks, which makes her the highest earning blogger in Nigeria.
Blogging has brought her the fame , power and comfort ability she needed.
Her blog serves as a source of news, photos and information for most entertainment bloggers.
Now sitting comfortably in the millionaires’ lounge , one of the youngest millionaires in Nigeria.
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