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10 Reasons Why a Blog is Better Than a Website

February 25, 2008

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So many people wonder whether they should start their online hobby or business as a blog or a static website. The two have many differences, but I honestly believe that in most cases a person should start a blog instead of a website. Some still remain unconvinced, especially since blogs are newer on the scene. However, these are the reasons why I think a dynamic blog is better than a static website.


1. Blogs are easier to setup and manage.

A blog can be installed with Wordpress, the best blogging platform and my choice, in five minutes. You don’t have to get up close and personal with coding it, all of the core files are already there for you and all you have to do is upload them and create a database (which takes two seconds). You can find an amazingly beautiful theme or design, upload it in one minute, and if you want you can easily tweak it. You can login to the user-friendly dashboard and write your content, manage your categories and comments, change your options or blogroll, and much more without dealing with anything over the top and complicated. The blog platform does all the work with the technical stuff while you get to enjoy writing for your site and running it however you like.

2. Blogs retain interest.

Because blogs are updated all the time and it’s easy to browse through them and all of their content, that makes them a favorite with online visitors and readers. A visitor is much more likely to return to a blog than a static website. Blogs catch and hold attention and it’s easier for the reader to get lost in one for hours since the content is navigated the way it is. That can happen with a website, but it’s a lot less likely. Blogs are at more of a personal level, and all of the posts are easily accessible and featured for the readers. Instead of a website where visitors have to crawl through page after boring page, consider a blog and keep your readers longer and have them coming back all the time for more.

3. Blogs are more search engine friendly.

Just like they’re reader friendly for being updated all the time and having a huge collection of interlinked content, they’re search engine friendly for those same reasons as well. It’s not always true, but more than likely that a blog will rank better in search engines than your average website. The more a site is updated, the more often a search engine bot will come back and crawl your site so they can quickly index the new things you have to offer. And when a bot is coming to crawl your site, it will have many more options with a blog since all of the content is linked to and featured everywhere. Besides those things, blogs are easy to optimize, especially with all the plugins available (see All In One SEO Pack). And blogs attract links more than static websites as well, which will help you out in the search engines too.

4. Blogs gain an audience more easily.

Just like how I mentioned that blogs retain interest, they also more easily gain an audience. With the abundance of content and such a navigable site, readers will like your blog. A blog will also be found for the first time by visitors because they are usually much more popular than a static website. If you write good content and provide things of interest, you’ll get noticed easily. And once you start building a readerbase, your readers will help promote your blog for you. People will talk about you, link to you, and grow your blog for you. Usually when I first learn about a blog I learn about it through someone else or another a blog I read. People like to stay on top of blogs about topics they’re interested in, and that’s easier to do with a blog. And for an audience, the easier it is the better.

5. Blogs help build author and visitor interaction.

When you have a static website your visitors aren’t going to be known to you like they would with a blog. With a blog, anyone who likes your page or post can comment on it. You’ll start to learn your readers’ names and their own blogs or sites. You’ll have conversations with them and discuss topics through the comments or email. And even if a reader doesn’t comment, you might see them voting for your content a lot via social media, their avatar might be popping up a lot on your MyBlogLog widget, or you might be getting linked to by them and see it via your trackbacks and incoming links. As your blog grows you’ll come to recognize hundreds to even thousands of your readers, with dozens becoming people you know much more closely.

6. Blogs can be made to look however you want.

Like I mentioned earlier, you can achieve any look you want with your blog, WITHOUT having to get up close and personal with the coding. There are so many free themes, plugins, and resources available that are already built and coded for you - all you usually have to do is upload them and click the ‘activate’ button. If you find a theme you like you can upload it, and if necessary, tweak it here and there to make it perfect for your blog. Plugins can manage and run things automatically without you having to lift a finger after you install one. There are plugins that work behind the scenes and block spam, create navigation systems, generate sitemaps, and enforces WWW or non-WWW for your blog. Then there are visual ones, like plugins that encourage visitors to subscribe, create contact forms, rotate advertisement banners, let you create polls for your blog, and thousands more. A blog can look however your heart desires - it can even look like a static website if that’s what you want, while still being managed much more easily.

7. Blogs allow readers to subscribe via RSS.

RSS readers are one of the most valuable things a blog can have. Subscribers are people who love your blog and what you write so much that they want it delivered to their feed aggregator or their email inbox each day. They are people who are targeted to your content and are probably your blog’s biggest fans. By allowing people to subscribe, developing regular readers is even easier than it was before. The amount of RSS subscribers a blog has is one of the ways to determine how popular and valuable it is. Besides providing value to you, it provides obvious value to your readers as well and makes things much easier for them to read everything you write.

8. Blogs are popular with social media sites.

Since blogs have a bigger sense of community and the blog owner and readers interact, (as well as bloggers interacting with other bloggers), you’d know blogs are popular with social media sites, like Super Blogging’s readers’ favorite StumbleUpon. Since you’re already building relationships with the readers who come to your blog, it’s easy to encourage social media votes and promote your blog this way. Loyal visitors and blogging friends will often vote for your best content, and using a blog over a website content is easier to promote.

9. Blogs build links much more easily.

And again, since blogs have such a huge community and personal aspect to them, they gather much more links. Bloggers try to link to other blogs as much as possible, not only because this helps build exposure and traffic (since a blogger is alerted whenever they receive a link), but also because blogs are huge sources of easily browsed information to direct their readers to. At Super Blogging you might notice I do weekly roundups called “The Best of the Blogosphere”. I do this to point my readers to fantastic content from other bloggers, and also to get those other bloggers’ attention. And since blogs collect many links each day or week, they often develop better rankings in search engines as well.

10. Blogs are better for a million more reasons.

What other reasons do you need? They’re easier to setup, easier to manage, have thousands of free themes and plugins to install, build a loyal readerbase quicker, are promoted by others, retain interest, are more popular with search engines AND social media, are easily customized, promote interaction, offer RSS subscriptions, and much more. Websites used to be the only choice, but blogs are quickly gaining popularity to overrank them. It always depends on the goal you want to achieve, but 95% of the time I’d tell you to start a blog.

Did I leave any out? Please let me know if forgot any reasons stating why a blog is better than a website, or if you think differently, please tell me why in the comments as well. What do you think? Is a blog better than a static website, or is it the other way around?

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Comments

28 Responses to “10 Reasons Why a Blog is Better Than a Website”

  1. OldSailor on February 25th, 2008 3:17 am

    Blogs are lively and provide real time updates. Builds up a powerful interactive community.

    OldSailor’s last blog post..Whereabouts of MV Rezzak with 25 Indian Crew in Black Sea Not Known

  2. Jug on February 25th, 2008 5:39 am

    Nice.. I agree with you. Unlike static websites, blogs can build a better writer-reader relationship. :)

    Jug’s last blog post..Marketing a New Website

  3. Bent on February 25th, 2008 5:47 am

    100% agree with you..blog much much better than statistic site..now i can’t life without wordpress/blog

    Bent’s last blog post..Happy Monday Smile :)

  4. Vicky on February 25th, 2008 12:34 pm

    I like the ease of updating.

    Vicky’s last blog post..Quiz-Talent, a lifer, or a mandarin

  5. Asim on February 25th, 2008 1:35 pm

    Even though i am not a Frequent Blogger But i totaly Agree With What you have to Say About Blogs Being more than websites .People visit websites only for the soul purpose of entertainment or news etc. Ppl visit blog for soo much more than that ….Hey i didn’t blog for quite a long time thanx for ur support but i need your help with my blogging … I am a wreck …but i am trying though i dont understand where do you get all this time to blog …

    Asim’s last blog post..Creating A New BloG …….. Can be Fun

  6. Strip Blogger on February 25th, 2008 4:23 pm

    static pages are so hard to keep up. having a blog that is dynamic is a much better way to go.

    Strip Blogger’s last blog post..69 tips to make money online

  7. Tay on February 25th, 2008 8:22 pm

    Thanks to all of you for your input! You all make some great points and I completely agree. Real time updates, powerful community, writer-reader relationship, ease of updating, dynamic - all some great facts about what makes blogs better. If anyone else has anything to add, please do! Thanks for your comments!

    @Asim,

    I’d be glad to help you, you can email me via my contact page (see link below logo). As for time, I suppose it’s all about time management which is something I haven’t completely mastered either. Write out a complete schedule, for all of your week/month’s posts, and maybe even write an hour by hour schedule of what you’re going to do through the day, and stick to it! Let me know how I can help or if I can answer any questions. :)

  8. Kindermöbel on February 26th, 2008 8:25 am

    I think so, too a blog is much better than a normal website…keep on bloggin’ ;)

  9. Tim Wall on February 26th, 2008 4:51 pm

    How about a blog as a part of a larger website.� I think this is a good solution for businesses, who may have static information and content to share, but also want to keep it fresh with regular articles. Wordpress can function more like a CMS and provide a “blog-within-a-website” experience, but I think it’s a bit cumbersome once you get to a certain level.

  10. Steven Snell on February 26th, 2008 6:36 pm

    #2 is a big one for me. Blogs are a great way to get repeat traffic (of course, they involve repeat work).

    Steven Snell’s last blog post..25 Beautifully Dark Website Designs

  11. Soccer Rag on February 26th, 2008 10:02 pm

    On most counts I agree but it also really depends on what kind of website you intend to build - I guess in the area of content provision a blog is really the best platform to use.

    Soccer Rag’s last blog post..S-League 25/2/2008 - Dalian Shide Siwu vs Korean Super Reds

  12. brian on February 27th, 2008 4:45 am

    The points made are fair enough, but try selling things on a blog and see how it goes. Blogs have their uses and if all you are doing is “publishing” then a blog is perfect, but websites have their uses as well. For commerce or web applications a website is the only choice.

  13. Tay on February 27th, 2008 7:54 pm

    @Tim Wall,

    Blogs as part of a website or an addition to that website is a fantastic idea, depending on what your goal is or what kind of site you’re running. You make an excellent point. Yes, for businesses and people who need both types of presence  on the web, that’s a good solution. But in most cases, if a person was choosing between a blog or site, I’d tell them to go with Wordpress. It always depends though!

    @Brian,

    You’re correct, and that’s exactly why I said that in 95% of cases I’d tell the person to start a blog, because obviously that won’t always be the best thing to do. However, I still might tell them to use Wordpress because you can use Wordpress and still have a blog that looks and functions just like a normal website (no dates, different navigation, etc.), except it’s much easier to manage behind the scenes and has all the extra features. But there are exceptions in every case. Thanks for your comment and for offering a different point of view!

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  15. mac on March 1st, 2008 9:36 am

    To me blogs is simple but full of information. Even better we can get readers feedback at the same time and thats what make blog is better than a website. There are many ways to blogs so plan it wisely.

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  18. Alex Liu on March 7th, 2008 1:23 pm

    I agree to you on from point #1 to #7. I’m not quite sure about point #8.  However I do agree that normal websites are hard to use stumble upon for promotion because normal websites are not design to update often.For point #9, I think it’s not easy to build links to main page but site owner like to link to our page which they think have the best content. My reason #10 will be “Blogging is a generous form of internet marketing”. Bloggers are generous people who share valuable contents which they might have paid lots of money, many times of experiment or their own experience. I feel it’s great to be in a generous environment and TO DO BUSINESS BY GIVING (CONTRIBUTING)FIRST! Thanks for this post! You are really generous to share this with everyone!

  19. Tay on March 7th, 2008 2:04 pm

    @Alex Liu,

    I’m pretty sure blogs can generate more links than websites, from experience. Over time, others might link to many posts of yours. I know in my weekly roundups, I have a couple bloggers I link to once every week - that really adds up.

    As for blogging being more generous, you’re definitely right. People in the blogosphere usually reach out to help others, and like you said, they share their experiences and knowledge for free in most cases. Great point, and thanks for dropping by and sharing your input!

  20. Biodun on March 12th, 2008 5:19 am

    Nice points, blogs are often just more fun than a website…

    Biodun’s last blog post..How Shared Web Hosting Works

  21. Tay on March 13th, 2008 5:37 am

    Biodun, that’s true too! I didn’t really talk about that one, but it’s still a good reason. It do think I have more fun with blogs than static websites. :D

  22. Girl Fights on May 13th, 2008 3:15 am

    Totally agree with you. Blog is more interesting than websites. It has more interesting features and informative.

  23. rake on May 21st, 2008 3:37 am

    100% agree! Nothing can be more interesting for blogging! That’s really bring much fun and nice way to killing time, right?

  24. space code on May 21st, 2008 10:44 am

    If the website has updates often then blogs are the way to go because it presents information in a structured simple way. But if it doesnt then I dont see the point of having a blog

  25. Sandy on May 29th, 2008 3:08 am

    Hope you don’t mind me posting.

    I want to start a blog to keep family and friends informed on what is happening in my life, photos etc. I am so overwhelmed with the info out there! Where do I go to start one? Do I pay or is it free?

    Thanks so much

  26. Tay on June 7th, 2008 1:46 am

    @Sandy,

    It’s fine, I’m glad to help!

    You can start a completely free blog at Blogspot.com, if this blog isn’t going to be too serious and you don’t want expenses for it. However, for an easier to remember URL, full customization, etc. you can purchase your own domain at GoDaddy.com and purchase hosting (see the cheap hosting page at the top of this blog). The domain will be about $7 a year, and the hosting will be about $7 a month. It has some costs and maintenance, but in my opinion, your own site is totally the way to go. Let me know if you need anymore help and I can point you in the right direction. Thanks!

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  28. Alarmanlage on July 29th, 2009 5:12 pm

    My top 5 reasons why I like Wordpress in particular:
    - Easy and fast to set up
    - Extensions for every purposes
    - Low cost templates from great designers
    - Easy to customize
    - Will be maintained for at least the next five years I guess

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