As writers grow, the main aspiration is to start a website of their own. You can call that the golden egg of the industry. For those who have gone ahead and tried it, they will tell you that it is no walk in the park. Actually, the failure rate is about 50%.
However, ganging up as a group can be seen as a great escape. However, knowing Kenyans with our peculiar character, Can we ace the idea?
Alfawriter talks this topic with a number of pointers
Key Factors to Consider When Starting a Website Owned by a Group
You only need 3-5 people for that to work. Each can contribute 100K and you will have enough to get started, at least for the first 6 months (approximate incubation period for most sites).
The money will help in SEO pekee but kutakuwa na shida in every other sector. For instance;
- You need people to be updating the content every now and then (that calls for persistence and patience). Praying they don’t take the content and paste it in their sites.
- How do you pay the editors? – how dedicated will they be to ensure that the papers are perfect, what will be their motivation?
- Who will have the Admin rights? – access to the cpanel and client information. Anyone can start a similar site with these rights.
- Who can chat with clients and be honest enough not to take their email addresses?
- Who opens new accounts and how are they assigned to particular writers?
- Most important to kenyans, who will be the custodian of the paypal account. And guys, we are talking about serious cash. An average kenyan site earns 700K a month, Peak season can see you get over a million. Such cash can make anybody betray you and run to the hills.
Fact of the Matter
It’s a pity that the main reason why most kenyan sites are surviving is because they are run by individuals not groups. That said, if you can get solutions to these issues mentioned above, the sky would be the limit for Kenyan writers.
Running a website as a sole proprietor is no childplay. We fail because we think we can do it alone. One falls behind in so many important things while others are even forgotten or ignored.
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