Blog or website?

United States
March 27, 2010 12:33pm CST
I've been thinking for awhile about whether I want to start a blog or a website. I'd like to make some money from whatever I start, but I don't quite know what the subject of it would be. I've been reading so many things about this question and so far the only thing I've got is that I need to plan it before actually going and doing it. With a blog, I'm afraid I couldn't update it everyday because I don't think I could come up with enough things to type about, but that'd depend on the subject I choose. With a website, I don't have much experience with html or anything along the lines of maintaining a website and I don't think I have enough knowledge to put on a website that people can use for reference. It may be hard to pay for hosting costs as well. I'm leaning more toward a blog right now. Just stuck on what it shall contain and what platform I should use (blogger, wordpress, etc.). I'm in dire need of suggestions and different points of view. It's hard to be an indecisive individual lol...
12 responses
@ariekn (11)
• China
28 Mar 10
I am new user and come form china ,I have not enough knowledge to help you about it ,here I will support you and wish you will do well ,everything will meet diffculties at first,because we are not familiar with the progress,but if we have determination to finish and begin to try ,we will find the method ,cheer up ,you are good
• United States
28 Mar 10
Thank you for the kind words and support. I'm sure both of us will become very successful in the future as long as we keep that determination.
• United States
28 Mar 10
By the way, welcome to mylot!
• United States
27 Mar 10
if you're worried about not having enough things to type about then you shouldnt get a website (not a blog). Websites require monetary payments, per month i believe. no point in wasting money when you're not making use of a website at all. Get a blog to jumpstart your way to owning a website. Build on that. practice there. learn your way on the internet. if you get enough traffic or content then you may want to consider moving it to a website. I know sites like Blogger offer blogs and from there you also have the option of switching to a domaiin (website) of your choice. pretty cool. If you make substantial revenue with your blog you may want to switch to a website, granted you can make the payments but still manage to turn a profit bigger than what you owe. You get it? You can make whatever site you want, whatever blog. In the end you'll probably just end up relying on a large audience or your own effort. *go with the blog first to see if you can handle it.
• United States
27 Mar 10
Great advice that makes sense. This is making me lean even more toward a blog as it's free, can be moved to hosting down the road, and may help with getting my feet wet a little. Thank you!
• United States
30 Mar 10
Hey, that's great! glad i could help, no prob. i just didnt think it'd be wise for you to go head on into your own website but not be able to keep up with it, you know? you can start with a blog. Blogger or Wordpress are my suggestions. if you can find others, then thats cool too. some people gave sites that PURPORTEDLY give you your own site, but its not YOURS. its still in a subdomain. you want your own so you can work up to that. Well, hope you have good luck with that roughneckjon. Thanks for the response. Peace.
• Philippines
13 Apr 10
I have read from an article that making a website is somehow difficult but after you make it, the works is very light you just have to maintain it and doesn't require you to update it from time to time. That's the difference of having a blog, it may seems to be easy to start and design, but it is very laborious..You need to always make changes and update it almost everyday to maintain your subscribers.
• United States
13 Apr 10
Thanks for the reply, Idealisticgirl. I agree with your statement, but I figure that a blog will keep me busy while looking for a job in this new town. Hopefully I'll be able to keep up with it and there's no real loss to me if I fail at doing it. At least it will give me some experience to see what it's like having a blog, planning it out, and updating it. Thanks again! 8)
@chiyosan (30202)
• Philippines
10 Apr 10
well if i can afford my own website, then i think i will go and buy my own domain. but for now a blog is really more cost efficient - it needs little care actually as everything is customized and you can have a blog in an instant! =) http://lifeas1.blogspot.com/
• United States
11 Apr 10
I like your blog a lot. I think once I get my blog going I'll get my own domain for it and that'll enable me to have a website as well in case I want to go that route too. How successful do you feel with your blog? Are you happy with the traffic? Thank you for the kind words, chiyosan. :D
@birzaith (45)
• Philippines
29 Mar 10
We are in almost the same situation. I been researching about blogging and the means to earn from it but i just ended up frustrated. You will find many videos for example in youtube that claims to be tutorial video for how to earn online through blogging. Most often than not, this videos will ask for your name and email coz according to them, they will just send the complete tutorials in your email. Then afterwards you will be surprised of so many spams in your email. I should have created a dummy email account purposely for this research only. And you know what's interesting, til now I still haven't seen any article, blog, or comments that can actually provide a thorough and detailed information about blogging 101 and how to make it a good source of income.
• United States
29 Mar 10
Haha... I know exactly what you are talking about. I've got a dummy email account setup that catches all kinds of spam. As to the last part of your question, I think that you won't see detailed information on making good income off of blogging for a few reasons: - More and more people would be blogging and using the methods which would bring down the profitability of blogging that way - Magicians don't share their secrets (refer to the first reason also) - There isn't one specific way and the same ways won't work for everyone That's all I can explain of the thoughts in my head as to this. May we both find that secret method people are using. Cheers! :)
• India
28 Mar 10
i dont knw abt blog. but my frnz also suggest me to start site not a blog. it's quick earning yaar
• United States
28 Mar 10
I don't know if anything on the internet is really "quick earning". If things on the internet were able to make you a lot of money fast, everybody would be rich and money wouldn't be worth as much since everybody would have it. :P
@machivado (529)
• Indonesia
28 Mar 10
Most people don't have what it takes to make a profitable website... In short, I will give you my perspective: Blog: For beginner (for hobby, and earn very little if you're not commited as I do) and even for expert (appear on Googel first or second page to simply promote their products) Website: For advanced player or...for those who have money and create a copy-paste website...But be careful on what copy-paste system you're using...In short, never do even copy-paste system if you don't understand what you're doing. Have a good day.
• United States
28 Mar 10
I am definitely expecting it to be a lot of hard work. I think I will start a blog as it will at least give me some experience and I can work on it from there. The best way to learn sometimes is to just do it. Experience is the best teacher. 8)
@qamarep (4448)
• Pakistan
28 Mar 10
you should make a blog about the online money making that is the best way to get more visitors on your website
• United States
28 Mar 10
I've been reading up on blogging more and one of the things I found is that the online money making idea is too saturated of a market so in reality, I believe I wouldn't get much traffic since there are a ton of people that blog about the idea or even make websites about it. Plus, I don't think I'd have much to talk about since I've little experience with it just yet. Take care, qamarep. :)
• Turkey
28 Mar 10
Try a combined 'webblog' - via Wordpress. check out themes you may want at Themeforest. Here's an example of a combined website / blog: http://www.highiqpro.com I found the theme at themeforest. Strongly recommended.
• United States
28 Mar 10
Wow, very nice theme indeed. What do you mean by a "combined web blog"?
• United States
28 Mar 10
i make money online playing mmorpg games. one of the games that i play is second life. you can download the free game at their website secondlife. i am sure you will have alot of fun playing this game and earning from it. i make about $8.00 every day playing this game. there are many people from all over the world that play this game. it is a legit game. best of luck with earning.
• United States
28 Mar 10
I used to play that game a little bit, but didn't know you could earn money from it.
• United States
28 Mar 10
I think nowadays people have more interests reading blogs than websites. The reason is exactly what you have stated: blogs by definition means you will need to update it more. But if you are ever going to monetize your web presence in the future, you will need to constantly update your content. So the best way to do so is with a blog. Think of it this way, if you create a website like a yahoo, espn.com which is not a blogging site, they still constantly update their content. So if you need to update your content anyway, make it easier for yourself and go with a blog. I personally prefer wordpress, easy and many resources that you can find to get help on.
• United States
28 Mar 10
Awesome response. blogs do seem to be the more popular thing nowadays. Should I try and write things far in advance or write something and post it same day? Does that make sense? Have you ever used blogger before?
• United States
27 Mar 10
A webstite is better and u make more money than a blog
• United States
27 Mar 10
Can you provide some reasoning please?