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Which is better, starting a BLOG or a WEBSITE?
I've read that blogs have more advantages over a website but wanted to get a few more opinions to help me make that decision...
My personal view is start a blog first through a blogging site to gain a crowd/folllowers then once you have a decent amount start introducing your website and only blog links to your topics if you know what i mean
This really does call for a subjective answer. My personal opinion is that if you are planning on being a freelance writer, or really any sort of professional writer, then a website is crucial. It is your online face of professionalism....a website says so much more than a free blog says...it says, to the public, that you are to be taken seriously and you are a pro....again, a purely subjective opinion.
The only advantage I see of a blog is the instant ability it gives the reader to leave comments or questions directly to something they've read. I'm sure there are ways to integrate a similar feature into a website, but most people don't. There are many advantages to designing a website. A few of them include:
1. The overall page design and backgrounds are completely up to you. While you can use pre-made templates, the coding is easy to learn and the design will be unique.
2. The information you present will be easier to find because you can group all of your pages on the same topic into subcategories. By using "buttons" labeled with the subtopics (ex: writing, my books, about me), readers can go to the exact pages they want to see more quickly.
3. Unless you add them yourself, the visitors aren't bombarded with unrelated ads on the pages.
I would agree with the other answers that a website is the best option but to start with you will need a lot of content to fill it and make it look professional. Unless you already have lots of content it will look a bit 'skinny' and it won't rank very high in Google search results.
I think starting with a blog from blogger (Google) is the best approach, you can build followers while you create your own site and then 'move' them to your site once you have built up a good reputation.
Websites are a great source of information. Unless you are a large company, you are probably not updating the information on your website on a very regular basis. Blogs are often indexed much quicker than websites, meaning that search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo are watching for new and consistent information. Since, the information on your website doesn't change that often, blogs tend to be much better at attracting new views and readers.
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