Tuesday, November 7, 2017

How to Set Up a Custom Domain on Blogger

One of my readers reached out to me yesterday asking how he can use his own custom domain on blogger instead of the blogspot subdomain. Since I know that others might be having this very problem, I thought it would be better to answer him here. In this post, I shall walk you through the steps you take to set up a custom domain on blogger.

  1. On your blogger dashboard, click on 'Settings'
  2. Under 'Basic' Settings, click on '+ Setup a Third Party URL for your blog'
  3. Enter your custom domain in the dialogue box ensuring that you include the www. part
  4. Click on save and you will get an error message with 2 CNAMEs that will allow you to verify your domain ownership
  5. Log into your Domain Registrar's website and locate the Domain Name Settings otherwise known as DNS
  6. Add the 2 CNAME Records provided to you in step 4 above. The first one is the same for everyone. Under Name, Label or Host, add 'www' and under Destination, Target or Points To, add 'ghs.google.com'
  7. Now add the second CNAME as shown below
  8. You then have to add 4 'A Records' pointing to these IP addresses;
    Enter @ as the Name Label or Host and the IP addresses above as the Destination, Target or Points to. Save and Repeat for all four as shown below.
  9. Now go back to your blogger dashboard and click on save. You should be able to see a screen like shown below if you followed all the steps correctly.

  10. The final step involves clicking on the 'Edit' next to your domain and selecting 'Redirect' to ensure that your bare URL redirects to www.yourdomain.
Congratulations, you now know how to set up a custom domain on blogger.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Appleton International Technical Training Institute

Registered as an Early Childhood Development Teachers College in October 2016,  Appleton International Technical Training Institute is the only ECDE college with a model Montessori kindergarten! Their first students were admitted in April 2017.
The institute that is located in Kilimani, Nairobi prepares teachers for the ECDE KNEC Certificate examination.
They also train teachers in the Montessori teaching method; this is in fact their key purpose of existence.
Trainees can take their internship at their Montessori Kindergartens. They also source for placement for them.

Admissions at the school are currently undergoing and you can get more information on their Facebook page.

You can also send an email to info@appletoncollege.co.ke

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

GOtv MAX Package

GOtv has unvealed a new package going by the name GOtv MAX. This brings the number of GOtv Packages available to 4.

The most basic package is the GOTV Lite. The package comes with 17 channels and costs 220 shillings a month. GOTV vlaue will set you back 470 bob a month and comes with 28 channels while the GOtv Plus costs you 699 shillings monthly and comes with 42 channels.
GOtv MAX has added a number of channels for your family's entertainment among them La Liga on SS Select 4, Fox Entertainment, Sony MAX and CBS Reality. The package will cost 1,299 shillings each month.

 GOtv Plus customers will have a taste of the package from 1st - 31st Oct 2017.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Solar Water Heating Systems in Nairobi

There is a regulation by the ERC (Energy Regulatory Commission ) that requires anyone using more that 100 liters of hot water to install a solar water heating system. This means that any house with 3 bedrooms or more needs to have a water heating system installed.

Those failing to comply with this new rule face a 1 million penalty or even jail time. To help their clients with this transition, Chloride Exide have sliced the prices of their solar water heating products for the months of October and November.

You can request a site survey by calling 0722 351 262 or sending an email to lilian@chlorideexide.com.

For pricing, see the banner below.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

How to Add Jumia Affiliate Banners to Your Blogspot Blog

Ever since I published the post on how to earn through the Jumia Affiliate Program, many of you have asked how you add Jumia Affiliate Banners to a Blogspot Blog. I thought it would be clearer if I made the video below to take you through the steps.

For those unable to watch the video for one reason or another, I've listed down the steps below:
  1. Log into your Jumia Affiliate Dashboard and expand the menu below 'Tools'
  2. Choose 'Banners'
  3. Select the 'Advertising Offer' from the drop down menu
  4. Select the Banner you'd like to promote on your blog
  5. Choose the size of the Banner you'd like
  6. You can add the 'SUBID' if you need to track the banner's impressions, clicks and conversions
  7. Select and copy the code generated under 'Banner Code'
  8. Now log into your Blogger account and select 'Layout' on the left sidebar
  9. Click on 'Add Gadget' where you want your Banner to appear on the blog and click on 'HTML/JAVASCRIPT'
  10. Under 'Content' paste the code you copied in step 7
  11. Click on 'Save'
  12.  Done

You can now view your blog to see how the banner will look to your visitors.

All that's left now is to drive as much traffic to your blog as possible to ensure that you get people to buy products through your affiliate link.

Friday, July 7, 2017

How to Book the SGR Madaraka Express Via Mpesa

You can now book Madaraka Expresssraight from your phone. Below are the steps you should take as see on #MadarakaExpress Twitter handle:
  1. Make a call to 0709 388 888 between 7am and 8 pm and give your travel itinerary & phone number
  2. The cashier will key in your travel details and phone number and generate  the total amount you need to pay
  3. You will then receive an sms with Paybill Number, Payment ID and the amount to be paid
  4. Make the payment through Mpesa using the details provided in step 3
  5. You will then receive your ticket details via sms
  6. You will use the details you get in step 5 to print a boarding pass at the self service machine at the train station.

Now go ahead and have a safe journey. :-D

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Jumia’s Anniversary Sale 2X bigger than Black Friday, with up to 80% off!

Nairobi, 3rd July 2017: Close to 500,000 customers logged onto the Jumia Kenya website today in a rush for deals. This comes as the company launched its 5th Anniversary celebrations on-line, in which they are offering customers up to 80% discounts with more than 70,000 deals on offer (including Unga at 45 KES per 2kg packet!). 


Jumia’s anchor Unga deal sold out in the first 60 minutes, immediately as the site went live at midnight (& has been re-stocked since). The deal was put together in partnership with Tuskys.

According to Jumia PR Manager Pauline Masese, the traffic witnessed this morning on the website is more than double that seen during Black Friday last year, which was at the time the largest online sale ever in Kenya.

“We went live on our website at midnight and we are delighted by the explosive response we have received on our platform so far. As of this morning the highest selling product was Unga - Soko Ugali going for 45 KES with more than 2500 items already sold”, said Jumia PR Manager Pauline Masese.

Other products that have attracted heavy traffic to Jumia website include Televisions from 9999 KES, Cookers from 12990 KES and Mobile Phones from 1500 KES.

As part of its Anniversary celebrations, Jumia will be releasing 1 Samsung-S8 everyday this week and will be retailing it at 5KES. The first lucky shopper of this deal, Paul Nderitu who purchased Samsung-S8 at 5 KES at 8AM in the morning, said he was thrilled and could not believe he had managed to find the phone on the website before anyone else.

Jumia’s Anniversary celebration will culminate with a grand prize giveaway, through which one lucky shopper will walk-away with a Renault Kwid car. All they have to do is post a story on social media about how they are #NikoMbeleNaJumia

This year’s Jumia Anniversary is likely to mark a turning point in the history of online retail in Kenya. Is Kenya ready for this?

For more info - Email: pauline.masese@jumia.com or call 0740049055

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