Blog vs. Website
Have you ever wondered about the difference between a Blog and Website? Me too. So I did some digging and created a little infographic to simplify the answer.
In a nutshell, a blog (a type of website) is a digital magazine. A website is a digital storefront.
The difference between blog and website is its purpose. A blog is interactive. A website is transactional.
Blog and website are often combined to serve as one dynamic framework.
Difference between Blog and Website
A blog is informal and tailored to a small market segment (a niche).
The purpose of a blog is to provide fresh information on a regular basis within its niche.
The many types of blogs include news, food, health, product reviews, entertainment, sports, arts and personal blogs that are essentially online journals.
A blog’s homepage is usually the blogroll so the first information you are presented with is the latest published article (post) on top.
Blogs provide the service of free information. Blog owners are compensated when visitors follow affiliate links to websites and make a recommended purchase or purchase products developed by the blogger.
A blog is easy to set up because the heart of this type of website is the blog.
There is some menu navigation to provide information about the blogger, resources, policies, and disclaimers. But, most of the navigation is provided in the sidebar via a list of most recent and/or most popular blog posts.
The coding and set up for a blog is pretty cookie cutter and styles (themes) vary to serve a niche. This makes it easy for a provider such as WordPress to offer a multitude of free and affordable themes.
A website is formal and tailored to serve customers of a commercial business or organization.
The purpose of a website is to service memberships, sell products, provide product support, and give and gather information.
A website is complex because it provides for e-commerce and is primarily comprised of static pages that are linked to databases.
Content is navigated via menus and sub-menus. The pages provide and collect information and process payments.
Websites require the specialized coding of an experienced website developer. A professional business website is tailored to meet the needs of the business. Continued support and maintenance by a webmaster are often necessary.
Blogs and websites can both be complex or simple.
There are blogs that are designed and managed by website developers. Blog owners can and often do hire writers to meet their need for fresh content.
Then there are websites that are simple and easily managed by the website owner.
Websites are often combined with a blog.
These are considered an all in one or hybrid approach and sometimes are referred to as blogsites.
The blog provides businesses a platform to market to and keep customers updated about their company and industry.
One reason blogs have become popular is SEO (search engine optimization).
This is the method search engines such as Google use to rank websites and their articles in returned search listings. Healthy SEO practices provide blogs non-paid organic traffic generated from search results.
Search engines prefer fresh regular content. Google rewards blogs with top listings in their search results that offer value to their readers and penalize those that do not.
A WordPress platform is a preferred choice because it is search engine friendly.
Keywords are used to enhance SEO.
Keywords are words or phrases that are strategically included in websites to connect with searches performed in search engines.
You can easily create your own blog or website.
Moz has a good article The Beginner’s Guide to SEO for more about SEO.
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