Much has been written about websites and blogs, as well as their similarities and differences, but individuals still tend to use these two terms interchangeably.
While this is not entirely incorrect, it is also not entirely correct.
Yes, we recognize that understanding the fundamental differences between blogs and websites can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be.
In fact, after reading our tutorial, we guarantee you’ll have a greater grasp of blogs, websites, and what it takes to start one for yourself.
That being said, we’ll make sure to cover some blog/website foundations first, explain how to build a website/blog and monetise it.
Let’s get started.
Blogs vs Websites – How Are They Different?
Essentially a blog Is a website.
It is a website that publishes content (typically in the form of blog articles) in reverse chronological order. The style of the blog is determined by both the content and the purpose of the blog.
There is also a comments section on blog postings where readers can respond and express their ideas and opinions. Bloggers may respond to comments and engage in discussions with their readers, depending on how established their site is. Larger blogs don’t usually do this because it would be impossible to respond to every single one.
Blogs, allow for greater contact and involvement because readers prefer to relate to what is written and published. In addition, there appears to be improved blogger-reader rapport. In this regard, blogs are far more active and personable than larger websites. Furthermore, they increase trust and give an avenue for developing a personal network.
Having said that, blogs are, in some ways, websites. What exactly do we mean by this? Each blog that is published online is actually a website – it is a form of website that we refer to as “a blog” (another example: if you run an online store, you can also refer to it as eCommerce, which is another type of website).
However, not every website is a blog, but it may include a blog section containing blog posts.
Larger websites typically sell third-party tools, products, and services. Such websites are often more static and contain a number of web pages (such as contact form, support, products, services, and so on). They may also include a blog section . So this will be simply ONE element of the entire website, and blogs are mostly focused on blog postings. They comprise the entire blog site.
To summarize, blogs and websites are closely linked, which is why many people use the two terms interchangeably.
After all, you already know that a blog is a form of website, and that many websites have a blog area.
If you’re still unsure about whether you need a blog or a website (which may include a blog page), think about your ambitions and needs, and re-read recommendations like this one.
Finally, create a blog if you are:
- planning on mostly publishing content;
- comfortable with publishing your content in a reverse chronological order (meaning the latest content comes first);
- planning to include extensive information that needs frequent updating.
Create a website if you are:
- planning on running a traditional static website with pages and no blog posts;
- interested in experimenting with different types of income;
- Interested in including a well-defined, structured site navigation.
Nowadays most webmasters recognise that they actually need a solid mixture of both to succeed in their digital endeavors.