Have you ever wondered what difference is there between a website and a Blog?
Yeah, I think most of you have been through this question at least once.
Well, someone recently asked me the same question, and it took me quite some time to explain to him the difference between a Blog and a Website.
So, it just came up into my mind, why not write an article about the difference between a Blog and a Website…
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Let’s be clear about the main difference between a Blog and a Website.
What is a Blog?
A Blog is a weblog that consists of a series of informational posts posted by the owner or team. The blog shows the latest posts followed by the previous posts.
You can easily start a blog as there is various blogging platform such as Blogger, WordPress, Wix, Tumbler, etc. which provides an entire blogging system for free.
Basically, a blog is a website with frequent contents being regularly updated. The contents of the blog are not formal; they are more interactive and engaging.
Blogs are created to share the information and education related to the topics to their visitors.
A blog is highly conversational as once the visitors like something, there is a high chance that they will keep returning to learn about whatever you share on your blog.
What is Website?
A website is a formal representation of a brand, company or store. Website content is static and displayed formally with one-way communication.
The main goal of a website is to provide services, information of a brand, company or a place, or to offer services.
You can either purchase some product, learn about the company or get some services from the website. One thing about a website is that once the visitor has bought a service or product from the website, there is a high chance that they won’t return unless they need anything back.
What makes a Blog different from a Website?
Technically saying, there is nothing different between a Blog and a website. How many differences we may show but both are the same by the end of the day.
But when you do deep research and try to find every minute details and functionalities of both in daily life, then it’s there you will understand the difference between a Blog and a Website.
So, what qualities does a website require?
Well, your answer goes like this…..
- Google.com (search engine) qualifies to be called a website
- Apple.com qualifies to be called as a website as it is an online presence of a company.
- Amazon.com (E-Commerce store) qualifies to be called as a website
- Facebook.com (Social network) qualifies to be called as a website
- Newyorktimes.com (Online newspaper) qualifies to be called as a website
- Wikipedia.org (online encyclopedia) qualifies to be called as a website
A website’s aim is usually commercial. They are utilized to market or promote a product or service to the consumer. The objective of website content is based on the intention of the site owner.
The content published on the website itself explains as the way to reach the goal of the website.
Wikipedia defines a Blog as a weblog on which information is frequently updated. In our opinion, that’s a limited definition of a blog.
What qualities does a website need to be termed as a Blog?
Since Blogs are also a website at its core, we need to understand what type of websites are known as a Blog
As per Wikipedia, a Blog is a weblog where you always observe some new information and is regularly updated.
So in general, the main difference between a website and blog is how is the data presented and the intention of the data presented.
yeah, I know it got a bit complicated.
So, let’s understand what type of data or content we can see or expect on a Blog and website…
A Blog Contents are
- Dynamic and changes quite often
- Written informally and depends upon the writer
- Written for getting more visitors and their engagement
- The content aim may be fun, sharing knowledge or information, education and sometimes no reason too.
Website Content is.
- Written and showcased in a professional and formal way
- published for commercial or business purpose
- posted for providing information, not for an engagement
- content is mostly about products, services or business information
So by now, you have got a brief idea about the contents of Blog and Website!
Here are some basic differences between blog and website:
Blogs have more contents than the website
A blog is started to share contents for the informative and educational purpose of visitors. Hence, there is no doubt that a blog will have more contents than a website. You can organize a blog content differently.
The most common way to organize a blog content is by categories and tags to allow your visitors quickly find whatever they are searching on your website.
A website goal is to represent a business or sell some products. If a website is selling some products, then it might have more content, but the content remains static. You won’t find the contents being changed.
However, a blog will be updated frequently.
Blogs Encourage High Conversion of Visitors
With blogs, you can convert the visitors into your subscribers by creating a poll, asking their views in the comment section or displaying a subscribe button to notify them whenever you post content on your blog.
Generally, a blog is more engaging and interacting while compared to a website. A website is like a one-way microphone where they display whatever message they want to convey to their visitors.
With regular contents, you can start getting more engagement on your blog which won’t be the same in the case of a website.
Blogs generate Higher Traffic
As I said, a blog is more engaging and interacting compared to the website; they will also generate high traffic.
The more interesting and engaging content you post on your blog, the more you get noticed, and your blog gets traffic. Though you can’t satisfy everyone, you can target a specific group of people.
This is called Niche Marketing.
With proper niche and engaging content, you can generate high traffic and generate a good amount of revenue from a blog without providing any service or selling any product like commercial websites.
A Blog is more SEO friendly
Blogs are created to generate the visitor’s interest and engage them with their content. You may have started the blog for personal reason, but when it starts giving value to the users, it starts getting traffic.
Since blogs are regularly updated and have the high number of posts including links, images, videos, GIFs, etch which makes search engine crawlers crawl your blog time and again and index your content in the search engine results.
As blog posts are updated regularly, it is more likely to be crawled by the search engine and get your content more visibility.
You can run a blog without a team
Because of the nature of a website, you will need a group of people to run a website. A service based website provides services and requires people to deliver the services, and an e-commerce website sells products, so a team is needed to maintain everything.
However, it is not the same in the case of a blog. A single person can run a blog. You can easily manage a blog without anyone’s help. Most of the blogs are operated by an only person.
So, the tie-breaker question!
What should you choose? A Blog or a Website?
There are various reasons one would like to start a blog or website, but it’s a personal choice based on your requirements. Here, are a list of questions you need to ask yourself before deciding whether to start a blog or website!
i. Do you want to start a blog/website to share your knowledge?
Ans. If this is your question, you should definitely start a blog.
ii. Do you plan to generate revenue from your website/blog?
Ans. It depends upon the case. If you are planning to earn by sharing your knowledge, then start a blog.
iii. Do you want to sell products to your visitors?
Ans. If you are willing to earn money by selling products, then start a website. To increase your sales, start a blog and talk about the products you sell on your blog.
iv. Do you want to generate leads for your business?
Ans. If you are planning to generate leads for your business, start a website and integrate a blog on it and talk about your business.
v. Do you want to establish your brand name or an authority?
Ans. Start a website and blog and talk about yourself.
I hope you have got basic information about a blog and website and what is the difference between them. The line between a website and a blog is very thin but the intentions of a blog and website are not the same.
Please feel free to comment down your questions and let me know your views regarding the difference between blog and website.