|How to Start a Blog in Kenya|
I have been getting a lot of questions from my friends and sometimes strangers on how one goes about creating a blog in Kenya and I honestly feel like it is too much to walk everyone through each step personally. In the spirit of sharing though, I feel like I am obligated to hold someone’s hand and be of help in the same way that my friend came through for me.
In this series on ‘How to Start a Blog in Kenya’, I’ll share the many different lessons I have learnt along the way. Lessons that have seen me start a couple niche blogs that attract a collective average of over 150,000 views a month and earn me a little fortune in residue income each month. (Quick Update: I now blog full-time and make 100% of my income blogging. Some of my earnings does come from social media consultancy but I attribute that to my blogging as well since all my clients approach me from any of my blogs.)
I will release the posts in a series each covering a different topic from how to choose the topic, launching the blog, content creation, how to get traffic as well as the ways to monetize the blog.
In this series of How to Start a Blog in Kenya
- Introduction: Setting up the Blog
- How to Come up with Content
- Where do you Get Traffic
- Search Engine Optimization for your Blog
- Best Trick for finding High Search Low Competition Keywords
- Monetizing your Blog
I’ve covered more blogging topics and I’m not able to link them here, but you can always see related posts at the bottom of each post.
Today we look at the options you have when it comes to starting a blog in kenya.
- Free platforms: Free domain name and hosting
- Custom Domain on Blogger: Own domain and free hosting
- Self Hosted WordPress Blog: Own domain and self hosting
This option will cost you at least Ksh. 1000. All you need to do is start a free blog at blogger, purchase your domain and link your blog to your custom domain. I prefer the ‘.com’ domain extension that you can get on godaddy.com for a little less than $14. You can however opt for Kenyan domain extensions like ‘.co.ke’ or like in this blog, ‘.info.ke’. The domain names are renewed yearly.
We shall be looking at how you go about buying your own domain name and linking it to your blogger blog in a later post.
Update: Here’s the post on how to set up a custom domain on blogger.
Self Hosted Blog
This is by far the most expensive option. You not only pay for your domain name, you also pay for your hosting. This will cost you a little less than $50 a year. Just like the domain name, you will have to keep renewing your hosting every year.
A self hosted blog is the way to go if you want to have complete control over your blog. You however need some technical know-how if you need to edit the code of your blog. It is however easy to install the wordpress package and some hosting companies like godaddy provide you with a one-click installation option for wordpress.
In the coming post, we shall be looking at the second post in the ‘How to Start a Blog in Kenya’ series where we discuss how to come up with the topic for your blog.
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If you have any questions so far, feel free to leave a comment and we shall do our best to explain.