Web hosting charges in Kenya: What 8 hosts charge

Learn about web hosting charges in Kenya. Read on to learn what 8 hosting companies charge their clients monthly or yearly.

Bitsimba

Bitsimba is a domain registrar and web hosting company located in Kenya. Apart from providing hosting and domain registration services, it also offers web design, app development and SEO services.

Bitsimba domain registration charges

You can register a domain for your blog or website on Bitsimba.com.

Get a domain name with a .co.ke extension for 800 Shillings a year. .com domains go for KSh 1100 a year.

Bitsimba web hosting plans

The company offers three plans: Startup package, Standard package and Corporate package.Web hosting charges in Kenya: What 8 hosts charge

  • Startup package: Costs 1500 per year. It comes with a 15 GB SSD space, bandwidth capacity of 1 TB and 1 free .co.ke domain.
  • Standard package: Costs Kenya Shillings 5000 a year. It has 50 GB SSD space, 2 TB bandwidth and 1 free lifetime domain.
  • Corporate package: Costs 10000 Shillings per year. It has 100 GB space, 5 TB bandwidth and 1 free lifetime domain.

All the 3 plans allow hosting of multiple websites on one account. On a Startup plan you can host 2 websites, on Standard 5 sites and up to 10 sites on the Corporate package.

The three plans also have the following features: free SSL certificates, cPanel, Softaculous script installer, 99.99% uptime guarantee, unlimited databases and subdomains, automatic backups, 24/7/365 support and more.

Learn more about Bitsimba.

Bluehost

Bluehost is a popular company, recommended by many online marketers. Some Kenyans, instead of using local web hosting companies, go with HostGator, SiteGround or Bluehost.

If you are a blogger, freelancer, online marketer or small business, find below some of the Bluehost plans you can purchase for your site.

Bluehost domain registration charges

A .com domain on Bluehost costs $11.99 per year. That is around 1210 Shillings. You can forego the extras such as the domain privacy protection and Codeguard by registering your .com on Namesilo and then adding your Bluehost nameservers to it. Namesilo provides free domain privacy protection.

Bluehost web hosting plans

Basic plan goes for $3.95 per month (around 400 Kenya Shillings). You can host only 1 site on it. The plan comes with 50 GB space, unlimited bandwidth and 100 MB email storage. You can only create 5 email addresses with your domain in them.

Then there are two other shared hosting plans, Plus and Prime. Each costs $5.95 per month (around KSh 600 per month). You can host unlimited number of sites on each one.

The disk space is unmetered and so is the bandwidth allocation. You can create unlimited email accounts on each plan. Prime and Plus don’t have the 100 MB email storage limit like the Basic plan.

Learn more about Bluehost.

Kenya Web Experts

Kenya Website Experts is one of the leading hosting companies in Kenya used by prominent politicians, businesses and institutions such as University of Nairobi. Learn more about how much they charge for domain registration and hosting below.

Kenya Web Experts domain registration charges

You can register .co.ke and .com domain names at only Kenya Shillings 1000. The company runs promotional offers from time to time, so depending on when you decide to register a domain name, you can get a .co.ke for KSh 580 (or KSh 499 as at the time this post is published).

Go directly to their homepage to see their current coupon codes. It is a good domain registrar. You can pay for domains via Lipa na M-PESA and immediately start working on your site.

Kenya Web Experts hosting plans

The company offers reliable Linux and Windows web hosting services starting at only KSh 2,100 per year for the Starter plan. I’ve purchased and used their hosting plans before and the service is good.

  • Starter: For 2100 Shillings you get 30 GB disk space and 300 GB bandwidth.
  • Standard: For 4100 Shillings you get 40 GB disk space and 400 GB bandwidth.
  • Bronze: For 7100 Shillings you get 50 GB disk space and 500 GB bandwidth.
  • Gold: Comes with unlimited disk space and bandwidth at a cost of 14100 a year.

You can create unlimited email accounts and subdomains. Bronze and Gold plans also come with free SSL certificates.

Each plan also comes with cPanel, Softaculous and a 99.9% uptime guarantee.

Learn more about Kenya Web Experts.

Bana Hosting

Bana Hosting is another reliable shared hosting company you can use for your domain registration and web hosting needs. It is cheap and your site is always online. Like Bluehost or HostGator you can pay monthly or yearly.

Bana hosting domain registration charges

You can register a .com domain for $10.95 on Bana. That is around 1105 Shillings per year.

Bana hosting plans

  • Bana-Starter Deluxe: You can host only 1 site on it, though the plan comes with unlimited bandwidth and disk space. You also get free SSL for your domain name. It costs $4.95 per month (KSh 500).
  • Bana-Professional Deluxe: For $6.95 (KSh 702) per month host multiple sites on one account. You also get unlimited bandwidth and unlimited SSD disk space. I use this plan to run some of my sites. The service is reliable and I opted to pay for the plan month-to-month.
  • Bana-Corporate Deluxe: This plan is similar to Bana-Professional Deluxe plan, but you get more memory and a faster CPU. It goes for $9.95 per month (KSh 1005).

All Bana hosting plans come with the following: Free Let’s Encrypt SSL, 99.9% uptime guarantee, 30 day money back guarantee, cPanel, Softaculous installer and data backups.

Learn more about Bana Hosting.

HostGator

HostGator is another hosting company popular among Kenyans: bloggers, freelancers and businesses. Learn more about it below.

HostGator domain registration charges

You can register a .com domain for just $12.92/year on HostGator. That is around 1304 Shillings a year.

Or get one from Namesilo.

HostGator web hosting plans

  • Hatchling: You can use this plan for one site only. It has cPanel and you can install scripts using QuickInstall. The bandwidth is unmetered. This plan costs $10.95 if you choose to pay monthly or $71.4 per year. That is KSh 7205 per year.
  • Baby: The most popular shared hosting plan amongst those planning on running more than one site, this plan goes for $11.95 per month or $107.4 per year (KSh 10838 per year). It has the same features as the Hatchling plan but it allows unlimited add-on domains.
  • Business: costs $16.95 per month or $107.4 a year. You get similar features offered to Baby plan buyers. On top of that you get the following free: positive SSL and a dedicated IP.

All plans have cPanel, a script installer and 45 day money back guarantee.

Learn more about HostGator.

Sasahost

Sasahost is another Kenyan hosting company you can use to start your website or blog.

Sasahost domain registration charges

You can register a .com domain for 1000 Shillings a year.

.co.ke domains also cost 1000 Shillings per year.

Sasahost hosting plans

  • Premium CMS Hosting I: With this plan you get 40 GB disk space and 200 GB monthly bandwidth and 30GB managed remote backup. This plan costs KSh 6000 a year.
  • Premium CMS Hosting II: With this plan you get 50 GB disk space and 300 GB monthly bandwidth and 40GB managed remote backup. This plan costs KSh 9000 a year.
  • Premium CMS Hosting III: With this plan you get 80 GB disk space and 400 GB monthly bandwidth and 60GB managed remote backup. This plan costs KSh 12000 a year.
  • Premium CMS Hosting V: With this plan you get 100 GB disk space and 600 GB monthly bandwidth and 120GB managed remote backup. This plan costs KSh 18000 a year.

Note that Sasahost charges extra (16% VAT) on all their plans.

All the plans allow the creation of unlimited email accounts. Sasahost offers DDoS protection and cPanel on all the accounts. All accounts have premium SMTP relay for spam email filtering.

Learn more about Sasahost.

Safaricom

Safaricom also offers web hosting and domain registration services in Kenya. You can use them to start your website or blog.

Their two cheapest plans, Lite and Bronze, only have 50 MB and 500 MB disk space respectively – which is good for a static site you upload yourself. To run one of the popular scripts like WordPress or Joomla, go for the following plans: Silver, Gold and Premium.

  • Silver: Gets you 2 GB disk space at a cost of KSh 3800 (if you are using a .co.ke domain) or KSh 3499 (if you are using a .com domain). The plan allows the creation of 5 subdomains and 50 email accounts.
  • Gold: Gets you 10 GB disk space at a cost of KSh 5300 (if you are using a .co.ke domain) or KSh 4999 (if you are using a .com domain). The plan allows the creation of 100 subdomains and 100 email accounts.
  • Premium: Gets you 20 GB disk space at a cost of KSh 6300 (if you are using a .co.ke domain) or KSh 5999 (if you are using a .com domain). The plan allows the creation of 200 subdomains and 200 email accounts.

Learn more about Safaricom.

Niabusiness Hosting

If you’d like to host your blog or website with Niabusiness instead, the Starter plan goes for KSh 6000. The price is inclusive of domain registration costs. With that amount I can build you a blog or website on WordPress.

Here is a breakdown of the costs for each plan.

  • Hosting
    Plans

  • Bandwidth

  • cPanel

  • Softaculous

  • Cost per month

  • Cost per day

  • Proven
  • KSh 16,000 a year

    7.5 GB disk space

  • 150 GB 

  • Yes 

  • Yes 

  • Less than KSh 1334 

  • Less than KSh 44 

  • Mediate
  • KSh 11,000 a year

    5 GB disk space

  • 100 GB 

  • Yes 

  • Yes 

  • Less than KSh 917 a month! 

  • Less than KSh 31 a day! 

  • Starter
  • KSh 6,000 a year

    2.5 GB disk space

  • 50 GB 

  • Yes 

  • Yes 

  • Less than KSh 501 

  • Less than KSh 17 

Learn more about Niabusiness Hosting.

Why is the cost of web hosting in Kenya different from host to host

  • Company pricing. Different companies charge different amounts of money depending on the quality of service they provide or how much profit they want to make from each hosting plan their clients buy.
  • Server type and space allocation. Shared hosting plans often cost way less compared to VPS and dedicated servers. Hosting companies charge less for shared hosting since more client sites are added to one server. Someone who pays for a dedicated server pays more because the whole server is often allocated to them. Clients who own high traffic sites often go for VPS, dedicated server or other type of enterprise-grade hosting solutions like the ones offered by Amazon or InMotion Hosting. Most shared hosting plans (from Bluehost or HostGator) can handle sites receiving between 40,000 to 100,000 unique visitors per month.
  • Speed and reliability. The more reliable / faster a hosting plan is the higher the costs a company is likely to charge. This is the case with managed hosting and dedicated hosting plans. That is why managed hosting providers like WPEngine, Kinsta Hosting and WebSynthesis charge more to host a WordPress site compared to what a shared hosting user would typically be charged monthly by HostGator or Bluehost. So pricing will differ depending on how fast the servers a hosting company offers are.
  • Additional services bundled with hosting plans. Companies with more features added to their plans charge more for their services. The features include dedicated IP, RAM capacity, backup services, premium SSL certificates, staging area to test new themes/plugins/site features, dedicated support and more.

Summary of web hosting prices in Kenya

If your site doesn’t receive much traffic (less than 100,000 unique visitors per month), you can pay for a shared hosting plan. It will work well for you. When you start receiving a lot of traffic, you can upgrade then.

  • HostGator. KSh 7205 per year (for Hatchling plan) to KSh 10838/year (for Baby plan). Or pay monthly.
  • Kenya Web Experts. KSh 2100/year (Starter) to KSh 7100 per year (Bronze).
  • Sasahost. KSh 6000/year (Premium CMS Hosting I) to KSh 12000/year (Premium CMS Hosting III).
  • Bitsimba. KSh 1500/year (Startup) to KSh 10000/year (Corporate).
  • Bana. KSh 6000/year (Starter) to KSh 12060/year (Corporate).
  • Bluehost. KSh 4800/year (Basic) to KSh 7200/year (Plus).
  • Safaricom. KSh 3800/year (Silver) to KSh 6300/year (Premium).
  • Niabusiness Hosting. KSh 6000/year (Starter) to KSh 11000 (Mediate).

Cheapest domain registration in Kenya

For .co.ke domains, go with Kenya Web Experts. Costs 1000 per year or KSh 580 when they have special offers. Currently goes for KSh 499/year.

For .com domains, go with Namesilo. Costs around 900 a year. Costs KSh 650 to KSh 750 when they run promotional offers – or when you register your first domain name with them.

Conclusion

To start your website/blog (register a domain name/buy hosting), these are some of the companies you can use. Review what they offer then pay for a plan and start building your site.

The Kenyan companies listed in this post accept payments via M-PESA and PayPal.

For the rest, use a debit/card to pay for their services. Get the free KCB Pepea card, load it with M-PESA and use it to purchase hosting from any of the non-Kenyan companies.

Niabusiness.com web hosting and domain registration in Kenya for your websites and blogs

Want to do domain registration in Kenya for a new blog or website you are thinking of starting? Also looking for a provider of web hosting in Kenya to host your website, blog or online shop? Read on to learn how Niabusiness.com Hosting can help you get your website or blog going.

You’ve come to Niabusiness Hosting Kenya because you are looking for a domain registrar and web hosting company in Kenya to work with.

Meaning you are interested in starting a website in Kenya, starting a blog in Kenya, registering a new domain name or paying for web hosting.

We’d like to work with you – to help you achieve the goals you have in mind. Welcome to Niabusiness.com web hosting.

Here are our popular web hosting plans (more about them below)

  • Hosting
    Plans

  • Bandwidth

  • cPanel

  • Softaculous

  • Cost per month

  • Cost per day

  • Proven
  • KSh 16,000 a year

    7.5 GB disk space

  • 150 GB 

  • Yes 

  • Yes 

  • Less than KSh 1334 

  • Less than KSh 44 

  • Mediate
  • KSh 11,000 a year

    5 GB disk space

  • 100 GB 

  • Yes 

  • Yes 

  • Less than KSh 917 a month! 

  • Less than KSh 31 a day! 

  • Starter
  • KSh 6,000 a year

    2.5 GB disk space

  • 50 GB 

  • Yes 

  • Yes 

  • Less than KSh 501 

  • Less than KSh 17 

  1. Proven. With 7.5 GB in disk space and 150 GB bandwidth, this hosting package goes for Kenya Shillings 16,000 a year. Get this.
  2. Mediate. With 5 GB in disk quota and 100 GB bandwidth, this hosting plan, a favourite, goes for an annual fee of 11,000 Kenyan Shillings. Get this plan.
  3. Starter. With 2.5 GB in disk space and 50 GB bandwidth, this plan, Niabusiness.com Hosting entry plan, goes for 6,000 shillings a year. Start your website (blog) with this plan.

The services we offer are tailored for persons coming from different backgrounds – individuals, businesses, SMEs, schools, companies and organizations in Kenya.

Not only does Niabusiness.com provide you with the tools and guidance you need to get web hosting for a blog (website).

We also help you every step of the way till your website (blog) is reachable to anyone with internet access using a web browser of their choice on any device they own (feature phones, smartphones, laptops, tablets and desktop computers).

Even once your site is made available online, Niabusiness will help you add pages, articles you write, photos you take and other features you need for your site to function the way you want.

Niabusiness.com helps you create your websites and blogs – and shows you how to make them do what you want them to do (the features you want).

The focus doesn’t end only with the features and affordability of the hosting plans we provide.

During the creation process, the aim of your website also receives due attention – for successfully implementing the ideas you have for your website (or blog) helps you, in a big way, to tap into the power that comes with having an online presence (the foundation of which is the right domain name, hosting plan and the site built on it).

Niabusiness.com web hosting Kenya plans and pricing (in Kenyan Shillings)

At this point, you are wondering about the costs involved and the time it takes for your website (blog) to go live once you finalize payment and send via email some of the content you want added on your new site.

We offer three hosting plans: Proven, Mediate and Starter.

  • Hosting
    Plans

  • Bandwidth

  • cPanel

  • Softaculous

  • Cost per month

  • Cost per day

  • Proven
  • KSh 16,000 a year

    7.5 GB disk space

  • 150 GB 

  • Yes 

  • Yes 

  • Less than KSh 1334 

  • Less than KSh 44 

  • Mediate
  • KSh 11,000 a year

    5 GB disk space

  • 100 GB 

  • Yes 

  • Yes 

  • Less than KSh 917 a month! 

  • Less than KSh 31 a day! 

  • Starter
  • KSh 6,000 a year

    2.5 GB disk space

  • 50 GB 

  • Yes 

  • Yes 

  • Less than KSh 501 

  • Less than KSh 17 

Does that mean our web hosting plans in Kenya are the cheapest, expensive, affordable, reasonable or just rightly priced?

Let’s see.

A breakdown of the cost of each of the three web hosting plans in Kenyan Shillings

  1. Proven. With 7.5 GB in disk space and 150 GB bandwidth, this hosting package goes for Kenya Shillings 16,000 a year. That is less than 1,334 Kenyan Shillings a month (or less than KSh 44 per day). Get this.
  2. Mediate. With 5 GB in disk quota and 100 GB bandwidth, this hosting plan, a favourite, goes for an annual fee of 11,000 Kenyan Shillings. That is less than KSh 917 per month (or less than Kenya Shillings 31 a day)…less than what most Kenyan professionals and business owners use on their phones on a daily basis. Get this plan.
  3. Starter. With 2.5 GB in disk space and 50 GB bandwidth, this plan, Niabusiness.com Hosting entry plan, goes for 6,000 shillings a year. That is less than KSh 501 per month (or less than 17 shillings a day!). Start with this plan.

We’d say these are the right plans for you and any Kenyan keen on starting a website (or blog) with their mission being: doing their best to successfully implement ideas that helps them achieve the main aim of their website’s existence.

For example, you can start a website or blog with us with the following goals in mind:

  • to facilitate easier communication between you and your website’s audience,
  • to acquire new customers (online lead generation),
  • to set up a website that acts as an information hub – where you can spread your message (share tips, information, strategies or ideas)
  • to use your site for customer care agent purposes – where you answer questions your audience have in the form of blog posts,
  • to promote the products and services you offer to a segment of the market via inbound marketing, paid ads and email marketing
  • to magnify your brand’s presence by ranking highly on search engine results pages for certain keywords in your niche
  • to complement your presence on social networks and messaging apps where consumers spend most of their time online – while making your site the main hub for your activities online – and using inbound marketing to get people to take action on your site

We, as Niabusiness Hosting Kenya, work on setting up your website (blog) on WordPress self-hosted, installing the necessary scripts, apps, templates and themes and making sure your site runs smoothly – leaving you time to focus on the things that result in the highest conversions for your business or organization.

What you get with each web hosting plan from Niabusiness.com Kenya

All the three hosting plans (Proven, Mediate and Starter) come with Linux servers, cPanel to manage your website, blog scripts like WordPress, MySQL databases, configurations, emails (forwarding, creating new emails with your domain name in it, changing passwords), subdomains, free PHP scripts and website builders (WordPress, OpenCart, Joomla, Magento, Drupal), website optimization (for increased page load speeds, search rankings and security), file uploads, FTP access (including use of Filezilla to manage file uploads, copying and editing) and the ability to check your site’s logs (errors, traffic stats, keywords).

The amount you pay for any of the three hosting plans also covers the cost for domain registration of various popular extensions. More information here.

How do you proceed to host your blog or website with Niabusiness Hosting Kenya?

The most important thing to do, before letting the excitement that comes with starting a new website (or blog) lead you any further, is to think about what you really need a website or blog for.

Realize the immense benefits that come with owning and running a website or blog but also take into consideration the amount of work it takes to make any new website (blog) successful (achieving the goals you have for it from the onset).

If you are not privy to information that could help you prepare to be a successful website owner, check, as part of your planning, these 25 questions and answers on web hosting with Niabusiness.com. This is to further ensure that you are prepared to put in the necessary work required as a site owner so that, later on, you get a good return on your investment (the money you spend on the website or blog you host with Niabusiness)

Also take time to read the free PDF guide 32 reasons to start a blog (website) in Kenya. Click the link to download the guide. NOTE: The download link will be sent to your email address immediately. So, check your inbox.

NOTE: The guide is available as a blog post. Read it here.

Spending 16000 KSh, 11000 shillings or 6000 shillings a year for a domain name and web hosting requires a little planning beforehand, don’t you agree?

Educate yourself, at least on the basics of starting and running successful websites, if you are pressed for time.

You might also want to spend some time on Niabusiness.com web hosting blog to learn more about what it takes to build a successful blog or website in Kenya by going through some of the articles we’ve published.

  • Hosting
    Plans

  • Bandwidth

  • cPanel

  • Softaculous

  • Cost per month

  • Cost per day

  • Proven
  • KSh 16,000 a year

    7.5 GB disk space

  • 150 GB 

  • Yes 

  • Yes 

  • Less than KSh 1334 

  • Less than KSh 44 

  • Mediate
  • KSh 11,000 a year

    5 GB disk space

  • 100 GB 

  • Yes 

  • Yes 

  • Less than KSh 917 a month! 

  • Less than KSh 31 a day! 

  • Starter
  • KSh 6,000 a year

    2.5 GB disk space

  • 50 GB 

  • Yes 

  • Yes 

  • Less than KSh 501 

  • Less than KSh 17 

Once you are done with this part – and still want to start a blog or website in Kenya that you promise to work hard to make successful, send us an email via the contact form here on the kind of site you want to start, which hosting plan (Proven, Mediate or Starter) you want to pay for, the domain name you want us to register for you – and later (once payment is made) also send content you want added on your site e.g. text and photos for the various pages you want to be included on your site like About Us, Contact Us, Team, Services, Products, Testimonials, FAQ, Pricing, tutorials etc.

Note that we can also help you create an online shop on your website or blog – using WooCommerce ecommerce plugin for WordPress. Get in touch to inquire about this service.

Learn more about the benefits of hosting your website or blog with Niabusiness.com in Kenya

For more details on everything you get when you host your website or blog with Niabusiness Hosting Kenya, check this article (on hosting costs, packages and benefits) and this one (with the 25 questions and answers on web hosting and domain registration).

How to ask us your web hosting and domain registration questions

Checked the resources linked to above and still have a question? Get in touch with us via email here.

You can also learn more about our domain registration and web hosting services on our blog here.

5 misconceptions stopping more Kenyans from starting blogs

Call them lies or misconceptions, in this part of how to start a blog in Kenya series we look at some of the things that are stopping more Kenyans from starting their own blogs.

So, below are some things people have read on other websites or been told by someone they asked about blogging – its benefits and how to get started.

That starting a blog in Kenya is expensive?

A friend told me they heard and always thought that starting a blog cost 16,000 Kenyan Shillings.

May be the person who told her this was talking about a specific hosting plan from a particular web hosting company they came across…because as it so happens many hosting companies package their plans differently – resulting in the variations in pricing.

Truth is, you don’t need that much money to get started.

Many web hosting companies in Kenya have very cheap yet reliable hosting plans.

They don’t charge you a fortune to register a domain name either.

In fact, some of the prominent hosting companies in Kenya like Kenya Website Experts have web hosting plans that go for Kenya Shillings 1,000 a year – or less.

Niabusiness also helps bloggers, businesses, writers, professionals, organisations and freelancers in Kenya to start their own blogs and websites.

Available to prospective clients are three hosting plans to choose from. And detailed guides on how to go about choosing a hosting company, WordPress hosting, and a few important details to pay attention to from the onset – all meant to help anyone who wants to start their own blog or website to make buying decisions in line with the budget they have set aside to go towards creating their own site.

So, if you have a little money, you can still afford to pay for a domain name and have your own self-hosted WordPress blog, with your content available to anyone with internet access.

As time goes by and you get more readers, you’ll upgrade your hosting plan to one that offers much more superior features – more disk space to store your blog’s files and databases and a larger bandwidth allocation – to handle the increased traffic to your blog.

But now that you are just starting out, you don’t necessarily have to worry about getting more resources – for a new blog that is yet to even get its first few visitors.

Find decent hosting, create content, publish it on your blog, promote the content, build your email list. And do this consistently. That’s how you’ll grow momentum.

Your blog can even pay for itself down the road, if you decide to create a product / offer a service and sell it on your site or monetize the content you publish with Google Adsense ads, other ad network you fancy or affiliate marketing.

That making money blogging, just writing and publishing articles, is easy

It’s easy once you get into the flow of writing consistently, on a daily basis, even if you don’t publish new articles to your blog every day.

But it takes a lot of effort when you are just starting out; especially when you are starting a new blog that has no authority and receives little to no organic traffic from search engines.

It takes effort to consistently look at new blank pages every day and to fill them.

It takes effort to re-read what you have written.

It takes effort to polish it before you release it to the public by publishing it on your blog.

But once you embrace the grind and commit to building a successful blog, one day at a time, you will increase your chances of making money with your blog:

In fact, if you don’t want to promote any affiliate products or create and sell your own products or services, you can still earn decent money with display ads as long as your blog gets lots of traffic.

But most blog owners test different monetization methods and make their money from different sources (a combination of ads, affiliate marketing, membership site section, sales of products and services, subscriptions or even proceeds from donations).

If you put in the work and write hundreds or thousands of great articles and promote them well, making money blogging by just writing and publishing articles will be ‘easy’ – because at that point you will have put in a lot of work into your blog and embraced working hard every day to grow it into the best blog you can possibly build.

You can also just publish a handful of posts then focus most of your attention in promoting them and getting lots of people to read them – and still make a tidy sum.

It’s easy, if you embrace the work – and consistently work on improving and growing your blog. Just remember that embracing the hard work is not an easy thing to do for many people.

That starting a blog, installing WordPress and setting up everything, blog design and all, is complicated

If you’ve read up a little bit on WordPress, the process isn’t complicated at all.

There are lots of tutorials on the web you can read, lots of how-to videos on YouTube you can watch – so that you set up everything correctly.

In fact, Niabusiness.com has this ebook and online course with step by step instructions on how to setup your blog, that you can get from the online shop section of the site and pay for via PayPal, VISA, MasterCard or Safaricom M-PESA.

From registering a domain name, getting web hosting, installing WordPress, installing plugins, installing a theme and setting up everything to work correctly, paying attention to the instructions in the various screens you’ll be looking at, in the various websites you visit – like that of the hosting  company you choose, will be all you need to setup your blog.

You don’t need technical know-how to run a blog. You can always get help when you are stuck. To query search engines or check WordPress resources published on this section of Niabusiness.com blog, for example.

After all, most of these setups are a one-time thing.

That blogs are fads and that bloggers in Kenya are not taken seriously

Blogs are not fads.

Look at blogs as books or bookshelves or magazines or newspapers – with great content for those whom such content can benefit.

Bloggers are publishers – only restricted by the amount of knowledge, stories and posts they can share with their readers.

There will be people who won’t take you seriously as a blogger.

That doesn’t mean that their presence therefore means that there won’t be people who will like your content – and be thankful for coming across your blog – and reading your posts.

There are some bloggers that give others a bad rep – telling lies on their sites – like the rotten apple that spoils the rest. But then the same thing happens in many other niches and industries.

All you have to do is write and publish the best content possible. Then promote it. Some will like what you put out there. Some won’t. Just keep writing.

As long as you help even one person, that still means a lot – to you and the person you help. No need to stress about whether everyone who comes across your blog will like you or not.

That one needs a lot of authority and expertise to write on a topic to get people to even listen to them

Authority matters.

Being an expert on a topic you want to blog about is also a good thing.

But you are not writing a book – and even if you plan on writing one in the future, I’m trying to make the point that you should see your blog as an outlet where you share your stories, tips, advice and ideas with a friend.

Approach blogging this way instead of worrying about expertise too much.

When you talk to a friend, advising them, what you do is giving them accurate information.

To tell them the truth.

To not mislead them.

To point them to other resources they might find useful – when it is necessary to do so.

You usually don’t care if you have a Master’s degree or a PhD in the subject matter.

Treat the people who come to your blog the same way – like a friend.

Post content that is truthful. Articles that gives them what they are looking for.

You can even make the articles you produce more in-depth by doing research, interviewing experts in the niche, industry or professional field your blog operates in…then sharing all the great info and stories you gather with the public through the posts you publish.

Whenever there is something you want to write about that may need an expert to chime in, just narrow down on a few and email them your questions.

Most people approached by bloggers for interviews usually say yes.

They realize that the knowledge they share will go towards helping readers who come to your blog.

Of course some will say no, but then that’s life.

If someone doesn’t have the time to answer your question for one reason or another, you can always find someone else to say yes.

You can also get more involved in your niche by reading other blogs, taking classes and online courses, getting a mentor in your field, borrowing books from the library, reading biographies and autobiographies of prominent people in your niche, buying and reading books and ebooks or even going through research papers you find on the internet and offline.

And then you can teach, gauge the feedback you get from your readers and peers, then make the necessary changes.

The truth about how to create your own self-hosted WordPress blog in Kenya

There are many Kenyans who started humbly when it comes to blogging and have over the years grown really popular and profitable blogs.

I did an interview with Walter Akolo where he shared a lot of tips you can use when you decide to create your own blog.

You can easily register a .co.ke or .com domain, get web hosting and begin publishing articles.

You have an equal opportunity to build a great a blog as any other Kenyan or citizens of other countries.

If you have access to the internet, even if from a cyber cafe, can type (or get someone to do it for you), edit your content and do this consistently, you are good to go.

Read this interview I did with Marcus Sheridan to learn how over a year of consistent blogging (publishing 3 -4 articles a week) your blog can grow – and start bringing in the results you expected.

And once you are done reading the two interviews I’ve linked to above, read the post Reasons to start a blog – because it pays to have a strong foundation for which your blog is built upon.

This is important now that you are considering giving blogging a go.

But it will be even more important in the slow days when quitting blogging feels like the right thing to do – even if you know in your heart that you should stay at it and continue building your blog.

Once you have the money to pay for registering a domain name and web hosting, read this post to see how I can help you start your own blog.

If you want to work with a different hosting company, in or outside Kenya, you are also welcome to do so.

Pay for the domain, get web hosting, set up your blog and start publishing quality in-depth content to it (some short blog posts and some long form content).

In Conclusion

If you have read this far and still want to start your own blog despite the monumental tasks ahead, then you are ready to have your own blog.

Go through the blogging resources and interviews I’ve published to learn more from other successful bloggers.

And also remind yourself that it will take a lot of consistent work over the long haul to build your blog to be what you desire it to be.

If there is something in the post that you’d like me to clarify, please let me know in the comments below. You can also share your stories, questions or blogging successes and failures in the comments section as well.

Online newspaper: How to start a news blog

Breaking news, general news updates and blogging on things going on in and outside Kenya is a huge business.

Every single day, there are many Kenyans and non-Kenyans (interested in what’s happening and affecting Kenya and it’s people) who rely on local TV stations, FM radio stations, daily newspapers, weeklies and magazines to stay informed.

Providing news updates to internet users in Kenya

And then of course there are many popular news websites and blogs in the country that are frequently updated and can be accessed on the go (anywhere) as long as one has internet access.

More and more Kenyans are buying smartphones, tablets and laptop computers.

And the number of internet users in the country is ever on the increase – with more people accessing the internet via their mobile phones compared to desktop computers.

Starting your news blog in Kenya (what you need to get started)

Meaning there is a lot of people (market) interested in news updates.Online newspaper: How to start a news blog

Your work then is to register a domain name, pay for web hosting, install WordPress self-hosted version and create a news blog to satisfy this growing appetite for digital content.

You can build a general-type news blog or publish updates on a narrower more niche topic – like sports (or one specific kind of sports), county news from all 47 counties (or just one county), tech, banking and financing, private sector, lifestyle, public sector, energy, diaspora news, entertainment (showbiz), agriculture, town or city-specific news blog among many others.

To help you decide on which route to take (general vs. niche topics) make sure to have a well-grounded reason on why you are starting a blog in the first place.

Read this article in its entirety for inspiration – for the ideas you will get after reading it will help you launch your blog with a strong foundation.

If you have an interest in what’s going in this country yourself and you can write and provide frequent updates (or hire writers to help you create content), have internet access and know a thing or two about promoting content on the internet then you are set and ready.

A few things to do when starting the blog and building it into an established media company in Kenya

1. Decide if you want your news blog to cover specific issues in Kenya or be broad in the scope of your coverage

Why? There are many competitors already – from websites and blogs that get millions of unique visitors and pageviews each month to those that get a few thousand visits each month.

The decision on what you specifically want to cover can help you differentiate yourself from the many Kenyan news blogs and websites that have already been launched by companies (some listed in the Nairobi Securities Exchange – NSE – like Standard Media Group and Nation Media Group), individual bloggers and teams of writers.

Readers have many options. Being different and offering fresh updates often therefore are some of the best ways you can differentiate yourself from the onset and quickly grow your blog traffic – number of repeat visits and blog revenue (from individuals, organizations, companies, and businesses that pay to advertise on your blog – via banners, Google AdSense, affiliate programs, sponsored posts etc.)

2. Research how other news blogs in Kenya gather, write and publish new posts

Do they just publish commentaries on current issues? How about word count – are the length of their blog posts just a few hundred words each with one or two images?

Do they provide original reporting to their readers – even if that means gathering updates by interviewing persons of interest to their audience via email or in person?

Why do they do it the way they are doing it? Is it working? And more importantly – how can you add your personal spin and do things better yet not deviate from the successful formula / blueprint they are already using?

You want to ask yourself all these questions, so that when you launch your blog, you can rely on testing things that you already know resonate with Kenyans who read, listen to or watch news online.

If other blogs are writing news commentaries and embedding relevant YouTube videos in the content area, it must be working.

All you have to do then (after doing your research) is to test things to see what works and what doesn’t then make the necessary changes.

3. Decide if you are going to be the only person writing for your news blog or if you are going to hire some Kenyan freelancers to help

Blogging takes a lot of hard work – and requires tremendous amounts of energy. Something you may hope your readers will understand – and maybe sympathize.

But you know better. They are after what they want – which is news – and not the challenges you are facing to bring them the updates.

Your readers will expect more updates from you every time they come to your blog.

That means you have to publish at least one or two updates every day. And do it early enough (and in a thorough way) before other blogs publish articles on the same topics.

If you don’t have the time to blog daily your options of running a successful news blog in Kenya become pretty slim – unless you get the time (which you can) or hire a team (of writers, virtual assistants, reporters, journalists and experts in various fields) to help you stay consistent in providing fresh updates to your readers.

You can also do both if you want to – essentially creating a team that helps you run your blog. At least this is the trend I see with some popular news blogs in Kenya that often publish 5 to 25, and sometimes even thirty articles, per day all year round.

4. Decide if your news blog is going to accept content contribution from others

You should decide early if you want to allow guest post contributions (citizen journalism) from others or not.

Whatever decision you make though realize that allowing people to submit tips and news reports via your blog can result in some great gems that you can spruce up and publish on your blog as fresh articles for your readers.

When you open your blog to accept contributions you will also have a keen eye that can quickly judge what you receive in your inbox.

And as an editor, you will learn how to be as quick and ready to say no just as easily as you say yes.

You won’t have to publish everything you receive. Why? Because it is all about giving your readers what they want – something some of your contributors will refuse to understand.

Some, wanting to write for your site, will see your blog as a way to promote themselves – and whatever agenda they have in mind which could be in opposition with the one or two reasons why you started your blog in the first place.

5. Decide on the main sources you will use to inspire the news you publish on your blog

In the beginning you will be watching news on TV (and clips on YouTube), curating images on other websites like Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and WhatsApp, checking your Twitter and Facebook updates and feeds, reading newspapers (local dailies), going through your Google News or feed reader, checking trends on Google Trends, Twitter, forums and Facebook and checking what other established news sites in Kenya publish.

As your site grows and you get more funds to run your daily operations, you will dedicate more funds to hire employees to help with original reporting – boosting the credibility and reputation of your blog (online newspaper) even further.

6. Decide, quickly, on a domain name for your news blog and register it then get web hosting and start publishing

Why am I repeating this? Because it is easy to waste a lot of time just picking a domain name, paying for web hosting, installing WordPress script (plugins and themes) and then starting to publish new articles right way.

Maybe it’s because of procrastination. Or excitement. Or over-planning. Or spending a lot of time watching TV – thinking the more time you spend watching news the better your commentaries will become – not realizing that there must be a balance – and that articles (which in the news business can have a short shelf-life) don’t write themselves.

So, just get the step of setting up your blog over with and then start publishing new articles of events that are happening in Kenya today to your blog and your social media accounts.

If you need a quick guide on all this, check this blogging ebook (online course) and then get in touch if you want it.

7. Encourage sharing of news posts you publish

How? You can start by adding sharing buttons on your blog posts and images to make it easier for your blog visitors to share your articles with their families and circle of friends on various popular social networking sites and messaging apps.

Also add as many images in your articles as you possibly can – and make it easy for your readers to share them – and links to your posts – by adding sharing buttons on your images (e.g. on image hover or when they press and hold using free WordPress plugins like Sumo).

Also you can take advantage of paid advertising to get your initial readers to help you promote the stories and updates you publish on your blog.

With your KCB Pepea MasterCard debit card you can pay for ads on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Adwords, Instagram, Linkedin – and even forums, websites and blogs run by other Kenyans selling advertising space – to promote your articles.

For example, with Facebook advertising, you can drive up to 1,000 unique visitors from Facebook to your news blog each day (with clicks to website being your objective when setting up your ad campaign on FB) with a budget of less than Kenya Shillings 2,500 (that is 30,000 unique visitors a month in blog traffic just from one single source / referrer like Facebook, for 75,000 Kenyan Shillings).

And you can recoup some of that money by building an email list (where you can later promote products and services sold by Kenyan companies in various online shopping websites – as an affiliate), showing ads from ad networks like AdSense, selling your own services or products or getting sponsors to fund a percentage of your operations (in return for promoting their business, services and products on your blog).

8. Include interviews – and publish lots of them if you can

When your news blog is doing well, in month one or a few months after launching it and receiving daily traffic in the range of a few hundreds to thousands of unique visitors, many Kenyans you email for an interview will likely say yes – and follow through in their promise to answer your questions.

Not all of them, but many.

The good thing about interviews, which you can do via email, chat, in person or Skype, is that they present readers with new insights and often details rarely found on other sites.

If the answers come from an authority, expert or a person celebrated by many Kenyans, chances are high that publishing such interviews will result in good traffic – and loyal readers – if you keep doing these quality interviews often.

9. Post news frequently to your blog

Publish new articles every day.

Readers will want something new from you – original reporting, your perspective on current affairs, the latest in Kenya’s politics, innovations in Kenya, consumer issues, developments (both at national and county level) and answers to the top concerns of Kenyans.

There is plenty to cover.

So, keep your readers updated with fresh content.

10. Check incoming searches and write more posts around them

Using your analytics tool – like Jetpack site stats or Google Analytics, you will see some of the queries people type in search engines before they land on your blog.

If they are searches relevant to what your site is about but happen to be inadequately covered write articles around such topics and publish them on your blog.

You can also use the data you get from your incoming searches log to update already published news articles to make them more detailed and in-depth.

Incoming searches are a sort of feedback from your readers.

Use the feedback well – and publish more blog posts to solicit even more feedback from readers which you can use to improve your blog.

11. Submit your blog to BAKE – Bloggers Association of Kenya – website

Why? So that whenever you publish an article on your blog, a link to it will be automatically created on BAKE website (which some people use to find new blogs in Kenya or to keep up with fresh updates from their favourite Kenyan bloggers) with a title, a short intro and a link back to your post for those who want to read more.

This is one way for others to discover your blog.

It is also a good way to network with other Kenyan bloggers – who often themselves check the updates from the many blogs submitted to BAKE by members (last I checked, you can easily pay for your BAKE membership fee via M-PESA).

In conclusion

If you want to start a successful news blog in Kenya what is covered above is what you need to pay attention to.

This article has not gone into how to buy web hosting, how to choose a domain name (and extension), things to consider before paying for web hosting in Kenya, how to access cPanel, how to increase your blog traffic, how to install a blogging CMS (content management system) like WordPress (self-hosted), how to do keyword research, how to install a theme, how to choose and install some of the best free WordPress plugins and configure everything.

Why? Because some of these topics have already been covered in various articles, ebooks and online courses found on Niabusiness.com.

If you are interested in starting your news blog but need help with some of the things covered in this article, you can get in touch with me via email here to request help – if you want to take advantage of any of Niabusiness.com freelance services.

If you have a question related to anything discussed in this article that is better suited as a comment instead of an email, the comments section is all yours.

Post your comments below.

Should you start your blog on Blogger.com (Blogspot)?

If you live in or outside Kenya and want to start a blog, there are many options to look at – from free platforms like Blogger to WordPress self-hosted version which requires that you pay for domain name registration and get a web hosting plan before you can get started creating your site.

Here is why you should use (or not) use Blogger (.Blogspot).

Why should you use Blogger.com to start a blog

One: It is free. To start your own Blogspot blog all you need is internet access and a free Google account.

If you already use Google products like Google, all you need to sign up for Blogger.com and create your new blog is to login with your email and password and then continue – following the prompts to choose a name for your blog (and see if it’s available), a template that is designed to your liking – and starting to publish new content on your site for readers and search engines to find.

Two: Easy to get started. Like I mentioned earlier, all you need to get started is a Google account, internet access and a few minutes to complete the process of creating your new Blogspot blog.

Within three minutes you can have your blog ready – and live on the internet.

Three: Quick approval to Google AdSense. There no guarantees that starting and using a Blogspot blog to publish content on the web leads to quick approval for an AdSense account.

But if you publish some quality content – and get traffic flowing to your site before you click the link (or button) from within your Blogger.com dashboard for AdSense approval – the chances are high that you’ll get approved to the popular ad network.Should you start your blog on Blogger.com (Blogspot)?

Once approved for AdSense on your Blogspot blog, you can use the same AdSense account to create ad codes to paste on your other blogs (including WordPress self-hosted sites) where you want to make money online showing ads to your readers.

Four: It is popular. It has been around for years, under the wings of Google, and many people around the world have used it to create millions of blog posts and pages that readers find valuable.

Its ease of use makes it welcoming for people who don’t want to waste time jumping through hoops to publish new content – people who want to create the best content they can then dedicate time promoting it to their target audience.

Five: It has different templates to choose from.

Design and how content and various elements are laid out on your blog or website is key to get more traffic and making it easier for visitors to view more pages and posts published on your blog.

You can choose from one of the many templates in your Blogspot admin dashboard to change your blog’s  colours, fonts, layout (navigation and looks).

Six: It’s easy to manage. It doesn’t have a cluttered interface making it easy for you to find what you are looking for fast. And that is why many bloggers in Kenya and around the world use it to start their blogs. Most of the things that would take lots of their time are already managed for them by Google.

Seven: You can register a domain name (e.g example.com) and use it as the domain for your Blogspot site instead of the default URL (e.g example.blogspot.com).

In many cases the people who do this either 1) don’t like their default blog address and would like to change to something shorter, brand-able and easy to remember – like a domain name with .com, .co or .co.ke extension.

Eight: It has a good editor that makes it simple to write, edit and publish content (blog posts and pages) making it easy to format your text however you want, adding links to related articles on your site to give your readers more resources to check out.

You can also opt to write your posts in Microsoft Word or any other text editor then copy-paste it to your Blogger editor.

Nine: You can add different types of content to your posts and pages using the content editor that comes with Blogspot: text, audio, video and images.

Blogger makes it easy for you to add lots of different content types and formats in your post – adding visual appeal to them – which is one the many good ways to grab and keep readers’ attention.

Why not use Blogger.com – as someone who wants to start a blog

One: It has many limitations compared to WordPress self-hosted version which comes with several awesome free and premium plugins and themes backed by a community of developers, marketers, businesses, organizations, freelancers, bloggers, engineers, writers, professionals and leaders passionate about the platform.

Two: If you are looking to migrate your Blogspot blog later (to WordPress for example), you might as well start with the alternatives you consider to be better.

Migration can be a hassle to many new and seasoned bloggers – especially if one is planning to ditch Blogger.com for WordPress self-hosted in a few months time.

In cases like this, you can just get started with your Blogspot blog, or start right away with a blog built with the self-hosted version of WordPress – which is free.

Three: You may prefer its competitors.

Blogger.com has many worthy competitors: WordPress.com, Medium.com, Linkedin Pulse / Publishing, Livejournal.com, Weebly.com, Quora.com, Tumblr.com – all which are free to use (or have a free plan in their pricing) – and require just a valid email address and a few details about you to set up an account.

Four: It’s not under your control since you don’t pay for anything. Google gives you the URL and hosting space for your site – and that’s where the limitation comes in when you want to customize your site the way you want – or add features that are not part of (or are not allowed by) Blogspot.

Five: Some Blogger templates (equivalent to what WordPress calls themes) take a long time to load on mobile devices.

Not all of them, but some.

And it also matters what kind of device or web browser you or your blog visitors will be using to access your site.

There are some templates, though, that make it easy for Blogspot blog web pages to be responsive and also load fast.

Six: Blogspot lacks add-ons that offer features equivalent to what some of WordPress popular (and valuable plugins) like Thrive Leads (for email opt-in forms, email subscribers and lead generation), WooCommerce, Thrive Content Builder and Thrive Landing pages offer. And it is also limited in the number of apps, software, and services you can integrate it with.

In conclusion, here is what you need to get started depending on the choice you make after reading this

Here’s what you need if you choose to start your blog with Google’s Blogger: a Google account, content and a domain name (which is optional – if you want a URL like example.com instead of example.blogspot.com) and a content promotion plan.

And here’s what you need if you choose to go with WordPress self-hosted version: a domain name, web hosting from one of the many companies in Kenya, Canada, US, India, Australia, UK, New Zealand or any other country, a way to pay for the domain and hosting (Safaricom M-PESA, Airtel Money, Orange Money, Pesapal, PayPal, VISA, Mastercard, American Express or Discover credit and debit cards etc.) and content. Learn more in this blogging ebook / online course.

Of course, you also have to come up with a strong reason why you are setting up your blog, be consistent as a blogger and also have a content promotion plan in place to get the most out of your content marketing efforts.

To start your blog on Blogger.com, click here. Or learn more about WordPress self-hosted version in the many blog posts and interviews published on Niabusiness.com. Start here – to check the links to the various resources on this site.