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Nairaland is one of the most popular individual-built website owned by a Nigerian. So many people today now look up at having a site like that. Oluwaseun Osewa, the owner of nairaland.com, built Nairaland few years ago and nurtured it to popularity. So, if you do a Google search right now, you would notice that many people have different many reasons to want to build a website like Nairaland. I guess you might be one of them so, here is exactly what it takes.
But, In-fact l don't know why some people specialize in pulling others down. Instead of think on something that you can do that will be better than nairaland.


Nairaland is a Forum

A forum is a website where questions are asked and answers provided. It’s just a discussion board for information of various sorts. It’s no more different from social networks like facebook and twitter because essentially, forums are online communities, with the difference being that instead of searching for friends, you search for information.

Original Nairaland

Before Nairaland was initially powered by Simple Machines Forum, a PHP Web Application. So, Old Nairaland started with SMF 1.0.12. Over 7 years, counting from its inception, Seun customized the original SMF Babylon Theme to a nicer theme, which was used in the Forum until the early part of last year.

New Nairaland

Nairaland is no more an SMF script. It’s been upgraded to a custom-built script. Barely after 7 years when it was started, Seun and Team developed New Nairaland, a light-weight PYTHON (a web programming language) application, that is built from scratch and optimized for speed.
Recently, Seun took the best ever move to monetize Nairaland using Personally Sponsored ads. At full gear, this should earn him nothing less than 3 Million Naira monthly.

What You Need To Start A Forum

If you ever need or want to have something like Nairaland, you need to invest a lot of time, hardwork and know-how, coupled with some naira and kobo from the start. Hardwork will be your best friend. DETERMINATION coupled with some Technical Know-How is your key to success. In case you never knew, Seun Osewa is a programmer.

So, you need a little bit of Web Development Skill to build a custom Forum like New Nairaland. If you’re not a programmer like seun, you may have to pay some other programmer if you wanted to have something like New Nairaland developed for you from scratch.

Alternatively, you could start the same way Nairaland started, and as time goes one you can  build a custom-made one if you so wish. That means you can start with a free script like SMF. You can install newer versions of SMF from your CPanel. Then, if you can, you may modify the theme to your taste, probably borrowing some ideas from Nairaland. Hope you know that requires some PHP knowledge. In-fact there is even a day l ask seun to give me the script of that is forum, guest how much it ask me too pay.... N250,000. Waooooo.

Forum Startup Information

If you want to easily get up and running with your Forum, you have to get a pen and paper and write a plan. Forums are not mere blogs that can easily be managed with few hours input daily. It takes dedication to make it online, so you may need to have your own internet-connected laptop with at least 6 hour Backup power. This is because each day, you need to work at least that amount of time to keep the forum successful. With time, you work less cos not only would people be writing on your forum for free, you will now be rich enough to pay moderators to scout for and penalize unwanted content, an act called Moderation.

So, for a start, you need:
  1. Website Domain Name and Hosting: I recommend Swifthostplus 3GH Hosting which costs about #4,500 per year.
  2. Forum Script: Once you have acquired the Hosting account, it’s very easy to install your forum from the control panel. I can guide you if you are on swifthostplus. So, you need to register now using the link above if you haven’t. Cost: free
  3. Good Laptop: A laptop with at least 6 Hour battery life will serve you well. trying to work from a cafe, or using a desktop will cost much more money considering the time you have to spend daily.
  4. 6-Hour daily Commitment: that’s the least amount of time you should invest daily. At first, you will be doing the work of publishing new discussions on the forum and as it gets the required exposure, visitors will register and participate in discussions or even start one. Cost: 5,000 Naira monthly.
  5. Patience: You need to be patient for the forum to grow in traffic and membership. Like everything in life, building a successful forum will take you some time, usually one year if you are committed.
TOTAL STARTUP COST ( For The First Year ): 72,500 Naira.
I guess I’d have to call it quits at this juncture. If you have questions to ask, just drop it in the comment below.

Anyway if you need an eBook that will help you start your own forum from the scratch using smf scripts and monetize it with Google adsense, then get this ebook HERE.

Enjoy!
Taiwo
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