What is the difference between a blog and a website?
And which one is better to start on online business?
There are small differences between a website and a blog. And they are not necessarily relevant to every blog or website.
The main difference between them is that a blog is more interactive than a website, which tends to be more static.
When we look at blogs, the content is regularly updated. There is often one person behind the blog (the one in the image in the circle on the homepage).
The blog posts are posted in date order with the latest post on top of the rest. While the posts are often filed in months and years, tags and categories are also added for easier navigation.
A website on the other hand tends to be more static. Pages are created (rather than posts), which are not dated and are often written as evergreen content.
The information on the pages is often more general and fact based while in blog posts personal experiences are often discussed.
Now it is noteworthy to define the difference between a business website and an information site.
Business Websites and Information Sites
Business websites are the static websites described above. Some might have a blog or update their portfolio, but as many are built by web designers, this is often not the case.
Information websites on the other hand often have a large blog section on their site and are updated frequently, like blogs.
A business website is often more a flyer of services offered, contact details and an about us page.
Information sites are somewhere in between the business websites and blogs.They will have many static pages and a blog.
Content is static for evergreen information but blog posts are added for other content like reviews, products or seasonal posts.
Information sites tend to be much larger than many blogs and have the intention to be an authority site in their niche.
While a blog tends to be run by one person, an info site is often run by a team and content is added fast and furious.
And as always there are exceptions to this. Some blogs have grown into massive million pound businesses while other information sites have died a slow and painful death.
You want to start an online business, should you start a blog or a website?
If you are looking to set up an online business then a blog would be a good start.
They are hugely popular and you can create content within your niche about anything and everything.
Your opinion, your observations, your recommendations, your dislikes etc.
However if you have a lot of time and can outsource your content creation, then an information site is a good option. Especially if you don’t want to be ‘the face’ of your website.
We highly recommend setting up a WordPress site from the beginning, regardless of whether you want a blog or a website
Definition of Blog and Website according to Wikipedia:
A blog (a truncation of “weblog“) is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (posts). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page.
A website (also written as web site) is a collection of web pages and related content that is identified by a common domain name and published on at least one web server.
Websites are typically dedicated to a particular topic or purpose, such as news, education, commerce, entertainment, or social networking. Hyperlinking between web pages guides the navigation of the site, which often starts with a home page.
What is the Difference between a Blog and a Website: Overview
|Business website||Information Site||Blog|
|Posts /Pages||Content||Content and posts||Posts|
|Can you Subscribe||No||To the blog||Yes|
|Can you leave comments||No||Often||Yes|
|Is site updated||Not often||Often||Often|
|Is there a Homepage||Sometimes||Yes||Yes|
A website can be a business website or an information site.
A website is not always a blog but a blog is always considered a website.
Both information websites and blogs rank on the search engines if the posts and pages are SEO optimised.
Business websites normally rank on the name of the business and often on the location of it too.
It doesn’t matter how you look at it but all three have an important role on the web.
When you look for travel in a certain country you will often find companies with general information about the destination and an offer they want to sell.
If you search for travel blogs you often find an more interesting and insightful view of that destination which is a personal experience.
And then if I want to find a local business, the business pages are super helpful.
So it totally depends on what your needs are as the user, and all three will provide a different solution and view.
So, in short:
Looking for concise information: Information site
Looking for personal experience: Blog
Looking for a local business: Business website
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