Now I design content-based websites, and I continue to do so in my spare time. A content site, in my opinion, is similar to what James Martell produces. I would conduct keyword research, establish my topics, make a list of the information I want to include on my blog, and then begin writing (or get somebody else to write for me).
After that, it’s time to start developing the site, putting together web pages, and purchasing a domain name and web hosting.
Following that, you search for link partners.
Most people, I assume, are familiar with the concept of a blog. But, just in case some new readers don’t know what it is, I’ll try to explain it. A blog is a website with a series of articles that are written one after the other. The text isn’t written completely at once in the beginning. However, it is being updated as time goes on.
The articles on a blog are arranged in chronological order, with the most recent at the top and the oldest at the bottom. MoneyClicking.net is a website with a blog. A system or script is usually used to support a blog. Blogger.com (remote hosted), WordPress (PHP script), Movable Type (Perl script), and other options are available.
Anyway, back to the subject at hand. I was on the phone with a friend, and we came to the conclusion that having a blog is preferable because it is easier to generate visitors.
Why? Well, there are some mechanics of a blog, as well as the blogging culture, that makes it a lot easier.
For one thing, getting incoming links is much easier. Let me show you how to do it.
Pinging a blog is the first reason.
First and foremost, there’s this phenomenon known as – PING. When you create a new article on your blog, you may use a blog ping to notify a few ping sites that you have just updated your blog. You’ll get a link back to your site if you do this. Technorati.com and BlogRolling.com are two examples of ping sites. Ping addresses can be seen on news sites such as MSN News, Yahoo News, and MoreOver.
Now, because many other blogs are pinging to those sites, you might not be listed on that page for very long. But, in general, it will assist. I checked my web statistics and found that the sites I ping generate traffic.
Trackback is the second reason.
TRACKBACK is the second option. Last week, I was describing how trackbacks operate to a buddy. I’ll tell you now. Every article you create on a blog will have its own unique URL. There’s also a unique trackback URL for each article. Look for the trackback URL whenever you visit another person’s blog and copy it.
Here’s how to take advantage of a trackback URL. Let’s pretend you’re on someone else’s blog. He also recently published an article about cat grooming. And you have this strange feeling that you have something to say about what he’s written — but you’re afraid it’ll be too long to fit into a remark. So you put your own message on your site, then scroll down to the bottom of the interface, enter the other guy’s trackback URL, and hit the Submit button.
That new content will now be published on your blog. Also, because you included a trackback URL, a portion of your piece will appear as a comment in the other guy’s article. That comment also contains a link to your article. That’s how trackbacks operate, then.
Reason #3: Comments on the blog
Now for my third reason why a blog is preferable to a content-based website: blog comments. This is where you may browse through other blogs and leave comments on articles. You even include a link to your website. But here’s the thing: make sure your comments are legitimate, because there are far too many people spamming blog comments in the hopes of receiving a link back these days.
Bloggers’ Linking Habit is Reason #4.
Here are a few more. Bloggers want to link to each other, so this is more of a blogging culture thing. It’s simple to attract other bloggers to link back to you if your blog is interesting. It doesn’t matter if you ask for it on your website or if they simply offer you a link back. This has happened to me several times, and the majority of the time, they lead back to a specific message. They may also simply list blog sites that they enjoy on their website.
Reason #5: Increased SE Indexing Speed
This is already going rather long. But I’m not finished yet. You may not realize it, but a blog makes it easier to get indexed in the search engines. I’m not sure why, but it could be because incoming links are more natural and you don’t run about asking for them. And I believe search engines will prefer it a lot more when the inbound connections are more natural.
I’ve had instances when new content on my site got indexed in as little as seven days.
Reason #6: Returning Customers
After you start receiving traffic from search engines, ping sites, and other blogs, you’ll see that 80-90 percent of your readers are returning. A blog is a good example of this. So here’s the deal: with a blog, it’s much easier to keep visitors.
You get a lot of traffic from a variety of places, and you get to keep the ones you currently have. This differs from content-based websites, which rely heavily on search engine traffic.
Blogging Seems to Be a Lot More Fun…
Starting from the beginning, a content site may or may not hit the milestone of 1000 visitors per day in six months, in my experience. It also takes a lot of time to write content and create incoming links. After six months, I have many sites that typically receive 100-200 visits every day. However, if you provide decent content, it’s not uncommon for a blog to receive 3000 visits each day.
But, I believe, it all comes down to personal preference.
As a result of this realization, I may plan differently in the future — but I’m not sure yet. Blogging appears to be a lot more enjoyable. You write about topics that interest you and network with other bloggers. With software like WordPress and Movable Type, the writing part becomes a breeze. There will be less designing, no file uploading, and less link development, among other things…
When creating content sites, you’ll need to re-create the website, upload it to your web hosting, create incoming links, and so on…
This is my point of view. And, based on your unique experience and understanding, you may not share my viewpoint. That is something I admire.