Website or Blog?
I have an idea I have been working on for a while and lately have been able to put a little more time into it (and I do mean a little bit of time). With all of the new ideas I come up with I have really been keeping in mind what it is I want in the future. I believe a mix of passive income along with a website or two that I am a bit more involved with is what I am really aiming for.
So I really do believe the website I am starting could have more success and possibly bring in more income if I made it a blog. I also believe that this would add more time into the upkeep of it as well. This would include more timely post updates and interaction with people.
I believe that as a website and not a blog it would possibly make less income, but would take much less time to keep up with. In the long run this would free my time up for not only other projects, but also to live my life (I have at least 4-5 other website ideas also).
The thing is I just really like the idea of making this site a blog and can see it having so much more potential and actually reaching people in a more personal way where I could have more of an impact on them. The ideas I have for pages/articles come off to me more like blog posts. So I would also maybe have to change them a bit to fit an evergreen website kind of format. Or maybe I wouldn't? This is actually part of what I am curious about. Could I write blog like posts and just make them pages? Have you ever faced a decision like this and what did you do or what are your thoughts on the situation?
I guess I keep coming back to this because I know once I make the choice (especially to make it a blog) there is no turning back. One of my thoughts was to go with the website idea and then if I really felt a blog would benefit it I could add one later. Anyhow I would love to hear from you all! Thank you very much!
Last edited by Seanguy75; 11-04-2013 at 04:20 AM.
Hi, nowadays wordpress is so flexible that you can start out as a simple blog and later on you can decide to structure it with categories and many other stuff in order to give it more structure than just chronological order. So don't worry about it. But a little bit of time and involvement is unlikely to be successful at anything.. Maybe you have found the exception to the rule :-)
I hear you there, but I wonder with that approach wouldn't my readers get used to a blog format in chronological order? It might be harder to switch out by the time I had already put so many months/years into it being a certain way. I of course am planning to do much more than just a little involvement either way I go. My main concern is wanting to find a balance of passive income along with other blogs/sites that I participate a bit more with. With any of the websites/blogs I do I know it is paramount that I put in a lot of care and attention up front. I also know there will be some kind of maintenance at minimum with any site whether it be more passive or not. I guess the blog idea seems more fun and I can see it having more potential. The website idea might have less potential but could require less maintenance over time. Maybe this is just one of those questions I have to ask myself. I am still open to anyone who might have any experience with this or any other thoughts.
Thanks James and anyone else who decides to pipe in here
Just curious... why do you assume one format would make more than the other? I am not sure I'm quite following the exact setup/idea but having the "blog" element will keep people coming back. So why not just have both content. For example, your evergreen content will be static pages but then you can have a "news" section that is the dynamic/blog part that you update more frequently?
So let's say you have a website about DIY kitchen projects. Your static content could be info about materials to buy and general info anyone would want to know. But you could also have a tab called "latest projects" that tab would be your blog-like content where you post info about your latest projects. So the project part is what keeps people coming back to the site yet you still have the static content for evergreen info.
I guess I figured a format that was only evergreen content without an updated blog element would make less than one with an updated blog element to it. I was thinking about doing exactly what you are talking about here as this is what I have done with my other website and it really has worked well.
Originally Posted by lisa
For some reason I was really wresting with making it a pure blog versus a website or I guess even an idea like this. Now that I have started I believe I can go the blog direction at first while building the evergreen content as I go. I think I am going to keep it as a blog for awhile that shows the posts chronologically on the front page etc, but might then switch over to a static front page with a "news" sort of section like you talk about here. Do you think that could harm the site in any way if I did this at a later date? Do you think it would be better to make up my mind completely and choose one direction or another? Am I over-thinking this? Haha.
Have you considered doing both?
About half the website I build these days are a static website with a RSS feed into the front page. Then you have a website with a news feed. With using Wordpress plugins, you have the ability for the entire site to update sitemaps and ping Google on each post.
The key is to have your site structured like YourdomainnameDOTcom/BlogName. That way everything drives your main site.
Most business websites I see have a blog page as well as the static pages. With WordPress you can add blog categories, and some of your nav menu links can point directly to an RSS feed of blog posts filed under a particular category.
Lisa's blog is set up like that and it's one of the best features of WordPress in my opinion.
Yes, I've always used both and as Darren said that's one of the best features of WordPress. In the past I was so critical of WP because you couldn't change the menu structure but in 2010 when they allowed you to easily change your navigation that was a game changer.
I appreciate all of the responses here and I have definitely been to Lisa's site. I actually was considering doing something similar with a website then a blog but I believe for the time being I have decided to go in the blog direction. I can always change it later so that there is a static front page with a recent post or news section on the side with my blog posts. I do this with my other website and it is working out great. I love wordpress and especially the Genesis themes! I am not advertising for them but hey I think they are great!
I use the Thesis theme on my original niche website/blog and it has worked out great for it. Since then though I have found Genesis themes and I have to say they are much less complicated! I am actually using the (in)SPYR theme for this blog that I am talking about here and I looooooooooove it!
Again thank you so much for responding to my thread. Coming here and hearing from you all really helps so much! I respect all of your opinions and always appreciate the time you take out of your life to offer your suggestions. I purchased your niche website book a bit over a year ago Lisa and I can't wait until I get enough content on my new blog to do a review and get it out there to more people!
My girlfriend who is also my partner on my original website (our website now) is always saying Lisa is like your guru or something. Haha. She is slowly learning more about all of this website business and I told her a great resource would be your website and blog. She is not going to be working with me on the website I am talking about here but we have three other website ideas already staked out sitting on the back burner to work on over the following years. The one website we have now is performing beyond our expectations and should just get better as we add even more content and finally get our first Ebook out there!
Anyhow thank you again everyone! I am going with a blog style for this website that will also have some static pages. Now to get my butt back to work! I swear I really love the idea generating phase for websites and need to be more patient as I roll out the content. I am going to school also right now so my brain needs a friggin break every once in awhile but I have a hard time doing nothing for too long!