To start a blog in Kenya in 2022, you need a capital of Ksh3, 000 to Ksh20, 000.The amount of money to spend relies on the company which hosts your site and the cost of domain registration. Another factor is whether you know how to design a website or not. If you know how to build a website via WordPress, you’ll spend approximately Ksh 3,000 to start a new blog. If you don’t know how to design one, you’ll have to look for an expert in web design to build a site for you—they charge Ksh5, 000 to Ksh 15,000 per site. So in total, you’ll spend up to Ksh 20,000 to build a new blog in Kenya when you possess zero skills in web design.
Here are steps to follow when developing a blog in Kenya:
- Come up with a name of the blog—it should be unique and original
- Register domain name
- Pay for hosting services
- Build a website with WordPress
After coming up with a name for your blog, search for a good web hosting company where to buy a domain name and hosting space. A good web hosting company should provide cheap hosting services, excellent customer service, a wide range of features, no hidden charges and also enough resources. In Kenya, the best web hosting companies include:
- Kenya Website Experts
- Bluehost—USA company
- A2 Hosting—USA hosting company
- Kinsta—USA hosting company
Every web hosting company has a search button for available domain names. Enter the domain name you wish to register and search for it.You will only register a domain name that’s available.
Here are domain registration prices for each web hosting company.
.co.ke —Ksh 999 per year
.com—Ksh 999 per year
.com—Ksh 1,500 per year (free when you buy hosting plan)
Kenya Website Experts
|.co.ke||1||KES 999.00||FREE!||KES 1,580.00|
|.ke||1||KES 2,999.00||FREE!||KES 3,999.00|
|.com||1||KES 1,160.00||KES 1,160.00||KES 1,160.00|
|.africa||1||KES 1,999.00||KES 1,999.00||KES 1,999.00|
|.net||1||KES 1,680.00||KES 1,680.00||KES 1,680.00|
|.org||1||KES 1,260.00||KES 1,399.00||KES 1,399.00|
|.or.ke||1||KES 999.00||FREE!||KES 1,580.00|
|.ac.ke||1||KES 999.00||FREE!||KES 1,580.00|
|.ne.ke||1||KES 999.00||FREE!||KES 1,580.00|
|.sc.ke||1||KES 999.00||FREE!||KES 1,580.00|
|.go.ke||1||KES 999.00||FREE!||KES 1,580.00|
|.mobi.ke||1||KES 999.00||FREE!||KES 1,580.00|
|.info.ke||1||KES 999.00||FREE!||KES 1,580.00|
|.me.ke||1||KES 999.00||FREE!||KES 1,580.00|
|.info||1||KES 2,099.00||KES 2,099.00||KES 2,099.00|
|.biz||1||KES 1,899.00||KES 1,899.00||KES 1,899.00|
Safaricom domain prices
.co.ke—Ksh 1,300 per year
.com —Ksh999 per year
Sasahost domain cost
.co.ke—Ksh 850 per year
.com—Ksh1, 000 per year
The most popular domain extensions are .co.ke and .com.As a Kenyan blogger, I would encourage you to stick to one of the two (domain extensions) in order to rank high in search engines.
When it comes to web hosting services, new blogs don’t require high resources—Shared hosting plans are ideal. Majority of the companies in Kenya charge customers per year, not monthly.
Always go for the starter/basic hosting plans if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on hosting. But at some point, when your sites grow, you’ll need VPS and Dedicated Server services.
The best hosting companies charge this amount for basic plans:
Kenya Website Experts—Ksh3, 100 per year
- HostPinnacle—Ksh 1,999 per year
- Sasahost—Ksh 3,000 per year
- Safaricom—Ksh 1,300 per year
The cost of web hosting and domain registration is:
Kenya Website Experts—Ksh 4,100 per year
Hostpinnacle—Ksh 3000 per year
That’s the total amount you’ll spend to develop a website when you know how to create one for yourself.
Assuming you don’t know how to create and you get hosting and domain registration from Hostpinnacle, you’ll add Ksh 5,000 to Ksh 3000 and get the total minimum figure to be Ksh8, 000.This is the cheapest amount to spend in creating a blog in Kenya when you have zero skills in web design.
After creating a blog, you need to make money with it.Below are ways bloggers make money in Kenya:
- Through AdSense
- AdSense alternatives like MGID
- Affiliate marketing
- Sponsored articles
- Direct banners adverts
- Selling courses
- Products reviews
- Link insertion
- Guest posting
- Building and selling blogs
- Buying and selling domains
- Web hosting other blogs
- Web design