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Create Your Own Blog or Join Writing Sites: What is the Difference?

Updated on September 15, 2012

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have your own website? Do you think it is better to have your own website or blog when you write online? During my search on the internet, I have read that some writers/bloggers are actually running several websites and blogs while some join several writing sites. There are also writers who join writing sites and host blogs at the same time. But what is the difference?

The Preparation

If you have your own blog, the preparation is much more complicated than just joining writing sites. First of all, you will be the one to prepare the theme and design of your blog. Secondly, you need to know how to put those key features in your site. If you don’t know how to do it, you won’t be able to create it. Another important thing in your site is on how you would monetize it. Lastly, you will be preparing the articles or blogs that you will post in your site; of course, you can’t run an empty site.

If you simply join writing sites, many of the problems you would encounter in your own website or blog will be bypassed because most of it is already predesigned by the website owner. So the preparation that you would need to do is much simpler. For one thing, you won’t have to decide on your website theme and features as they are already predesigned. Many of the writing sites you join already incorporate money earning potentials in their site. All you have to do is join those ad programs and once you are approved for those programs; you will start earning. All you have to do is write whatever you want and everything else is quite automatic.

Your Earning Potentials

Your earning potentials in both avenues are quite relative. I can neither say that having your own blog is better than joining writing sites. First of all, if you have created a free website, there are disadvantages that you need to consider. Some free webhosts will let you setup a site on a shared revenue system where you will share revenues with your webhost. Some webhosts will run an ad supported website where your site will display ads from your webhost. If you decide to acquire a paid website, there are bills to pay to maintain your site online. Although the earnings are fully yours, you still have bills to pay regularly.

If you join writing sites, you either get a cut from everything your work has earned or you run your pages on a shared revenue system. How much you get will all depend on what writing site you have joined. Most writing sites usually inform you about the percentage of earnings you will get. Your earning potential can also depend on how popular the site you have joined with search engines.

Your Visibility

Whether you maintain your own blog or join writing sites, you need to maintain your visibility online. That part, you need to do on your own. How you do it and how well you do it is entirely up to you. In both ways, your online visibility will help you a lot and it is usually how others will gauge the success of your pages.

Maintaining Your Blog or Your Writing Portfolio

It is harder to maintain your visibility with search engines if you are running on a standalone website or blog. With your own blog, you would need to maintain it by constantly adding new entries. Some bloggers update their blog almost everyday while others maintain their blogs once a week. That’s about how constant you would need to maintain your own blog. You would need to be writing on a very limited topic in your blog. The most successful blogs are those that run on a particular topic that is called niche blogging. Many bloggers and online writers agree on one thing, you would definitely have to work harder if you are maintaining your own blog.

On the other hand, maintaining your writing portfolio in a writing site is a little bit easier especially if you have joined a writing site that is highly visible in search engines. You can update your portfolio in a writing site whenever you can. It doesn’t have to be updated on a daily or weekly basis if you don’t have that much time. You can also write on as many topics as you like and the topics can all be unrelated altogether. Compared to blog entries, articles tend to be longer in content.


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      BeatsMe 5 years ago

      Hi Quicksand, I suppose you mean you'd luv to be in a writing site better than in your own blog. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by. Cheers.

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      quicksand 5 years ago

      To some who write for fun, I supose the company of the other writers on the site gives a sort of an impetus to be at it.