Would You Build a Website or a Blog?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Hosting' started by Syll Onajobi, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. Syll Onajobi

    Syll Onajobi New Member

    Assuming You Want to Make Money Online, and you were to choose from either

    Building A Website or A Blog, which One Will You Choose?

    - Give Reasons why you think your choice will better help you to make money online compared to the other?
  2. A8ch

    A8ch Gold Member

    Welcome to the forum, Syll.

    I would choose the blog platform over the traditional static website. That way I could create a hybrid website/blog and enjoy the best of both worlds.

    So for example, I could create a static home page and use posts to add fresh content often and engage visitors through the comments box. This setup would allow me to promote products and services up front and keep Google happy with new content.

    I could go a step further and keep the static portion of the home page above the fold, and include post excerpts on the lower portion to move visitors deeper into the site quickly.

    And when you consider how easy it is these days for a complete novice (no coding or HTML knowledge required) to create sites with a CMS system, I'd say the blog is the way to go.

    Last edited: Aug 29, 2014
  3. mountainmom5

    mountainmom5 Gold Member

    I agree with Hermas. The only exception to that would be if one has NO idea what SEO is, or keyword research, etc... then something like SBI ( SiteBuildIt) would be a great choice as it will teach you everything you need to know as you build a very functional website that can generate a substantial income for you.
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  4. PeterMFL

    PeterMFL Active Member

    I would blog the reason being that users will keep coming back if new content is posted regularly
  5. Isle|

    Isle| New Member

    We chose to create a website using Wix and include our blog, too on the platform which doesn't require coding and features a new website everyday. Generating fresh content and pinging the search engines and letting the spiders crawl over the information might help, but the most effective method we've discovered is to implore video distribution.
  6. payment proof

    payment proof Well-Known Member

    I'd also start with a blog, simply because they are easy to set up. Once you get your blog established and making some money for you, there is always time to set up a website.
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  7. updateyourpages

    updateyourpages New Member

    I believe that A8ch hit the nail on the head. Blogging provides fresh content to engage visitors!
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  8. Tom Nalis

    Tom Nalis New Member

    Hermas seems to summarize exactly my thoughts on this. I'm using a combination of static and blog content which works perfectly. You can easily set up the navigation experience a visitor will have going through your site. Maybe some introduction or explanation about the site is more static and crucial to start with but after you want to offer your visitors dynamic content that is useful to them so blogging definitely is the way to go there. I decided to go for WordPress which offers a very easy way to start blogging but also gives a lot of features and benefits once you are ready for a next step and want to go for a more professional navigation experience. The many plugins and extremely powerful themes (like Divi 2 from Elegant Themes) give you the possibility to create a super professional looking website with blogging as its core! Enjoy setting up your site!


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  9. SandraGJ

    SandraGJ Member

    It all depends on what kind of business you're running. Having a blog and a website at the same time is the best option but if I had to choose one I'd say blog. The only tricky thing is that a blog will require you more time if you're planning to write articles by yourself and promote it at the same time.
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  10. alannah gibney

    alannah gibney New Member

    first you need to build a site and then start to add your blog. Adding a blog makes your site more user friendly especially if you keep adding constant updates. Don't forget to add images also to your blog post to make it more informative.
  11. jeffreysloe

    jeffreysloe Member

    Just as Hermas suggested, "I could create a hybrid website/blog and enjoy the best of both worlds", I would do the same.

    I would also choose to setup a WordPress site, which will give you the suggested hybrid site. There is plenty of online training and a multitude of plugins available. A WP site is also easy to maintain.
  12. KB24

    KB24 Active Member

    I would build a website with a blog. The blog is to keep my website fresh of content plus building out my website in building pages..
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  13. Russell Toews

    Russell Toews Member

    This is AWESOME! Do you know where do I get a Wordpress theme that does this?
  14. Russell Toews

    Russell Toews Member

    Quoting myself seems bizarre but this is a different thought I just had.

    Nearly the same effect can be done on a blog site with a sticky post serving as your static page. But it wouldn't be excerpts under the sticky/static post though.
  15. Dakota_151

    Dakota_151 New Member

  16. John Vianny

    John Vianny Member

    If you wanna rely on Seo and needs to engage users with fresh contents, it could be better havin a Wp Blog.

    If you wanna build an email list and giveaway a freebie in exchange, with the choice "subscribe or leave", and you plan to deliver a decent amount of traffic through paid advertising or backlinks/content in other places referring to the opt-in page site, it's better a static stand-alone page.
  17. Malluni

    Malluni Member

    I am already building such a blog for me using one of the wordpress blog themes. I want to write about different online business activities. I hope, that my blog will be very interesting for people, and it will be popular
  18. Malluni

    Malluni Member

    So, do you have some more thoughts on it?
  19. Eryainch

    Eryainch New Member

    I would go for a website. As for me, I like making some good looking websites using https://www.motocms.com It is really so interesting and cool to make them. This website builder is just great, from my point of view. Have you ever tried it?
  20. mountainmom5

    mountainmom5 Gold Member

    I agree with using a blog - then add fresh content regularly. Even adding fresh content though will not be enough to 'get found' on the vast world of the internet. I would suggest investing in some seo and keyword training to learn how to get on the first page of google with your posts.

    If you are using wordpress blogs, make sure to use your own hosting platform. I made the mistake when I first started to just use the free version of wordpress and lost all my work because WP decided I had written a post on a taboo subject. If I remember right, it was a post about 'losing belly fat' that got me stuck in WP jail. They locked up ALL four of my blogs and I couldn't even get in there to grab my content. Lesson learnt! :/

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