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Do You Need a Website to Blog?

Updated on September 23, 2014

When I first decided to blog I had no idea where to start. In fact, the only reason I knew what blog meant was because my daughter was talking about "Dog with a Blog." I did some research and convinced myself I had to create a website, make a bunch of articles, drive traffic, and all would be good and dandy. Ha! Boy was I naïve! After I was rejected by AdSense for not having enough content on my site (or traffic) and doing endless research to figure out how to get traffic, I came up short. Having a successful website is a lot of work and some basic knowledge is required. I had none of this knowledge and for a while figured I wouldn't be able to write.

Then I did some digging and came up with a new strategy. I found out (yes, I lived under a rock) that I could post on established sites and still monetize my articles! Blonde moment notwithstanding, I began writing for Writer Town. I met with success but could not yet monetize my sites. What I did get out of it were increased Kindle book sales and a great readership. People liked what I wrote! I decided to write more and write about more topics.

I discovered Hubpages in the past couple of months. I have had great success on this site and plan on moving many of my articles from Blogger to here. They make it easy to link up to a Google AdSense host account, eBay Affiliate account, and Amazon Affiliate account. I just recently linked to AdSense and made my first revenue!

So back to the original question. Do you need a website to blog? No, you don't. You can be wildly successful on established sites and enjoy a symbiotic relationship with them. You win, they win.

However, without people who know how to build a really successful blog site, those with lesser web skills would have no home. Therefore, I would encourage web geniuses who want to write to try your hand in both arenas. You may excel in creating and marketing a website, as well as writing, but as your site grows with new contributors, you may find doing both is spreading you too thin. I haven't been on that side of blogging, so this is purely speculation. All in all, you may be able to handle both, or you might decide focusing on either writing or web building may be what you do best.

You don't need a site to blog. That's the quick answer. Not really. You can use other established sites to get your articles out and build a faithful audience and gain more as you write more. Then again, having your own site might make you feel fulfilled. If this is the case and you still want to write, why not invite guest writers to help fill the need for fresh and new content? Anyhow, I encourage you to find out for yourself what works best for you. Good luck!

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