The 50 most visited websites in Kenya paint an interesting picture on what Kenyans are doing online. From news, social media, academic research, and even entertainment, the websites are varied in category.

While the list keeps changing from time to time, it is an important indicator of what Kenyans are doing online.

Here are the top 50 websites most visited in Kenya.

News

Of the top 50 websites, 10 of them are digital news websites. This includes the traditional news sources and the gutter press. Two TV stations also are in this list, which include Citizen TV and K24 TV. The full list includes:

·         Nation.co.ke

·         Standardmedia.co.ke

·         Kenyans.co.ke

·         Tuko.co.ke

·         Citizentv.co.ke

·         Sde.co.ke

·         Ghafla.com

·         Mpasho.co.ke

·         K24tv.co.ke

·         The-star.co.ke

An interesting observation is that almost all those websites use a .co.ke domain, which helps them to build identity and traffic as Kenyan news websites. Perhaps, if you want to get your website in the top 50, you have a higher chance if you are offering news.

The second most popular category of website that are visited in Kenya involves academic and research websites. The University of Nairobi leads here, and it is the only institution of higher learning that features in the list. The websites in this category are:

·         Uonbi.ac.ke

·         Turnitin.com

·         Researchgate.net

·         Grammarly.com

·         Coursehero.com

·         Nih.gov

·         Stackoverflow.com

·         Wikipedia.org

The presence of most of these sites can be attributed to online academic writing, a flourishing trade where mostly university students and graduates are paid to do assignments and term papers for students in European and American universities. This is where Turnitin and Grammarly are mostly used.

The presence of Stack Overflow means that there is a big developer community in Kenya.

Betting and gambling

Betting and gambling websites are very popular in Kenya, especially the ones that offer betting tips. There were two betting websites which were always at the top of the rank but have fallen out of the list after the government banned them in mid-2019. Nevertheless, betting still commands 6 out of the top 50 websites in Kenya.

The list includes:

·         22betpartners.com

·         Betensured.com

·         Victorspredict.com

·         Betika.com

·         Odibets.com

·         Worrings-asheer.com

E-commerce

Online shopping and trade has been on the rise, and this explains the 6 websites in this category that are on the top 50 websites in Kenya. These are:

·         Jumia.co.ke

·         Amazon.com

·         Jiji.co.ke

·         Kenyamoja.com

·         Alibaba.com

·         Kilimall.co.ke

Social Media

Social media category is represented in this category by four of the most popular social media sites.

·         Twitter.com

·         Instagram.com

·         Facebook.com

·         Youtube.com

Government websites

The government has been trying to digitize service delivery to citizens. Consequently, the most visited government websites are not the informational websites that offer general or political information, but functional websites that offer services to the people. These are:

·         Ecitizen.go.ke

·         Kra.go.ke

·         Ntsa.go.ke

·         Tsc.go.ke

Sports websites

Surprisingly, there is only one Sports website that features here; livescore.com. We would expect to see more here especially in a country that nearly leads the world in illegal games streaming. However, it could be because people follow sports news from others news sources as well.

Internet Titans

The traditional internet companies have a huge presence in the list. This includes the likes of Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and WordPress. They are represented by:

·         Live.com

·         Microsoft.com

·         Office.com

·         Google.co.ke

·         Google.com

·         Yahoo.com

·         Blogspot.com

·         Wordpress.com

Others

There are two other websites that have to do with entertainment and movies. The first one is Netflix, which is a movies and TV shows website through their subscription service. It seems that Kenyans have fully warmed up to the service.

The second website is Fmovies.to. This is also used for streaming movies, in addition to downloading movies. Downloaded movies are still a popular way of keeping up with TV series and movies that are not locally available on free to air TV. In almost all major shopping centers, you will find that one shop which sells movies on DVDs or even USB drives. One download is utilized by many viewers, reducing the cost spent on internet charges.

Notable absence of porn websites

One category that is not represented here is the adult content. For a long time, there has always been a porn site that ranks in the top 50 websites in Kenya, but this time it is missing. Whether this is due to an online behavior change, or use of VPNs, we do not know!

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