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Make Your Blog relevant and Earn Some Money Online

With blogging, you are creating contents and sharing same online. You need a blog to create awareness of your business, service, and products. With your blog, you can make the difference.  You can make use of the business of blogging to earn a generous income. A blog is popular based on its relevance and consistency to its audience. There would be growth in its audience base and increase in followers. An interesting and popular blog would have a long list of advertisers and sponsored posts. The owner of that blog can be guaranteed of high income yield from the opportunities that are abound.

Your blog must stand out and be recognized by readers and sponsors. You want to reach out and attract the relevant audience. Blogging is a means of connecting with existing and new clients. There are basic rules/strategies to adopt to make your blog relevant.

You need a domain name and a platform. The relevance and popularity of a blog can be determined by the choice of the domain name and Web application platform. The blog domain name must be simple, available, memorable that is easy to remember and relevant to the blog target. Choosing the best blogging platform as a beginner could be a tough choice since there are several different blogging platforms. The choice of your blogging platform is a business decision.

Based on your brand, services, and products, you need to focus on your desired audience. Carve out that niche and maintain it. You need to understand the interest of your relevant audience, how to reach them and the reason why you are trying to reach them. You need to satisfy the interest needs of your target audience.

You must connect your blog to the social media. You have to create a social media handle to ensure all your postings are shared online. Be as passionate as possible with your posts. Your audience must relate to your blogs.

You must be posting relevant and interesting content regularly and consistently. You must provide content relevant to the space that’s interesting to your audience. It could be a trending issue that has taken its toll on the society

The above strategies will attract the audience and traffic to your blog. This will provide opportunities for you to apply for some online paid adverts such as Google AdSense and Sponsored post.

If you are interested in learning more about blogging, NiRA is organizing a blogger summit which is scheduled for Thursday 18th October 2018. Registration is still open via the link


Please Comment on the Draft of the Revised NIRA Constitution

Sunday FolayanYour Association NIRA, is a bottom-up multi-stakeholder private sector led partnership between the Public and Private sector, for the management of the nation’s very important resource on the Internet, the country Code Top-level domain, .ng.

 Having been in existence for the past ten years, there definitely will be some challenges that the experience we have garnered over the years, will have taught us what to do. We are currently in the process of reviewing the constitution of the Association, to bring it up to date with realities, empower the registry for the growth of the ccTLD and also reposition the association to take its rightful position amongst the other ccTLDs in the world.

 Actions such as reviewing the constitution of an Association calls for courage and unity of purpose amongst all members. NIRA is pursuing this activity with vigour and a draft constitution has been prepared by the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) based on the memorandum submitted by members. We are now at the stage of public comments on the draft.

The draft constitution is available at The period of public comment is from 1st October 2018 to 22nd October 2018.  All comments should be made on the NIRA membership mailing list.

It is important that all members take the time to review the draft document and make their comments known. All the comments will be collated by the Constitution Review Committee, and used in preparing the final draft, that members will vote upon.

Please help us define the future of NIRA, it is a duty we all owe to the Association. Lets do it!


I remain at your service.


Rev’d Sunday Folayan


Domain Names and Subdomains, Why Sub-Domains?

A domain name is a user-friendly naming system that helps people to easily locate your website and information about you, your business or company on the Internet. Otherwise people would have been required to type an IP address, the language of computers for communication in a network.

The domain naming system serves the purpose of converting machine-readable IP address like to human-readable hostnames, such as, an easy-to-remember character strings call domain name.

Domain names are also referred to as an online identity registered by individuals or organisations through Registrars.


Subdomains are created from registered domain names. A subdomain could be a third-level (3LD) or even a fourth level (4LD) domain that was created from the original top-level domain. For example,

A subdomain is a name that is part of the main website domain name but is considered a separate entity by the search engines. Subdomains are extensions of a domain name instead of purchasing another domain name. They are usually used for segmentation or of verification of different services provided by an organization. Subdomains can be used for organizational purposes such as blogging website for the organisations. On most occasions, subdomains are created to boost your website Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Using subdomain names is now a common practice by most organisations.

ICANN Board Approval of KSK Roll

The Board of Directors for the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved plans for the first-ever changing of the cryptographic key that helps protect the Domain Name System (DNS) - the Internet's address book.

Recently the ICANN Board passed a resolution, directing the organization to proceed with its plans to change or "roll" the key for the DNS root on the 11th of October 2018. This will mark the first time the key has been changed since it was first put in use in 2010.

Some Internet users might be affected if the network operators or Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have not prepared for the roll. Those operators who have enabled the checking of Domain Name System Security Extensions or DNSSEC information (a set of security protocols used to ensure DNS information isn't accidentally or maliciously corrupted) are those who need to be certain they are ready for the roll.

The changing of the DNS root key was originally scheduled to happen a year ago, but plans were put on hold after the ICANN organization found and began analyzing some new, last-minute data. That data dealt with the potential readiness of network operators for the key roll.

An analysis ultimately led the organization to believe it could safely proceed with the changing of the key. As a result, the organization, after consultation with the community, developed a new plan that recommends putting the new key into use exactly one year after originally scheduled. In the intervening time, the organization has continued extensive outreach and investigations on how to best mitigate risks associated with the key change.

The primary source for information about the rollover is:

.ng Domains have a life.

In recent times, some Registrants have admittedly indicated that they didn’t renew their expired domain names before the names got deleted from the registry. Domains names are only deleted 102 days after they expire. Once a domain name is deleted, that name is available for registration by anyone on a first come first serve basis.

Let me advise Registrants to take the pains to protect the domain names used for their businesses. The domain name used for an online business should be kept away from from domain name squatters. These are individuals looking for expired domain names which they would register for various reasons.

These domain speculators are on the lookout for branded names or good brands and expired domain names for business purposes. It is the responsibility of the registrant to ensure that they renew their domain names, especially those used for online businesses.

NiRA has various policies on Domain Name registration, and these are available on the NiRA website

The .ng Registry has published the “Domain Name Life Cycle” Policy to guide the Registrars, Registrants and the General Public. Domain Names can be registered for a period of 1 to 5 years and the Domain Name Life Cycle Policy explains the life cycle from registration to deletion. The document is at

At every stage of the domain life cycle, an email is sent to the Registrant on the status on the domain name.  This is one of the reasons why registrants should ensure that the correct contact details are supplied when the domains are registered. The details are available on the NiRA WHOIS,


I remain at your service.


Rev’d Sunday Folayan