Blogs vs Content-Sites by idil92

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Blogs vs. Content-Sites

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Summary:
Now, I build content-sites, and in my free time, I still build more and
more. To my definition, a content-site is more or less like what James
Martell does. I would research for keywords, define my topics, list the
content that I want to have in my site, and then start writing (or get
somebody else to write for me).

Done with that, then it’s about building the site, putting web pages
together and getting a domain name and web hosting.

After that, you go around looking...


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Article Body:
Now, I build content-sites, and in my free time, I still build more and
more. To my definition, a content-site is more or less like what James
Martell does. I would research for keywords, define my topics, list the
content that I want to have in my site, and then start writing (or get
somebody else to write for me).

Done with that, then it’s about building the site, putting web pages
together and getting a domain name and web hosting.

After that, you go around looking for link partners.

I suppose most people understand what a blog is. But just in case for
some newbie readers, I’ll try to explain what it is. A blog is a site
that contains articles after articles written one after the other. The
content is not being written all in one go upfront. But it is rather
being updated along the way.

A blog lists the articles in a chronology manner, being the latest, the
first. MoneyClicking.net is a blog. A blog is normally supported by a
system or a script. You can use Blogger.com (remote hosted), Wordpress
(PHP script), Movable Type (Perl script), etc.

Anyway, back to the topic. I was on the phone with my friend, we
concluded it’s better to have a blog because it’s easier to get traffic
with it.

Why? Well, there are some mechanics of a blog and also the culture of
blogging that makes it much easier.

For one thing — it’s easier to get incoming links. Let me tell you how.
Reason #1: Blog Ping

First of all, there’s this thing called - PING. With a blog ping, when
ever you write a new article in your blog, you can set addresses to a few
ping sites to tell them that you just updated your blog. When you do
that, you’ll get a link back to your site. Ping sites are like
Technorati.com and BlogRolling.com. News sites like MSN News, Yahoo News
and MoreOver, also have ping addresses.

Now, maybe you won’t be listed very long on that page, because many other
blogs are also pinging to those sites. But more or less, it’ll help. I’ve
gone through my web statistics and traffic do come from the sites that I
pinged.

Reason #2: Trackback

Secondly, there’s also TRACKBACK. Now, I was with a friend explaining how
trackbacks work last week. Now I’ll tell you. With blogs, for every
article that you write, there will be a unique URL for it. And for each
article, there’s also a unique trackback URL. Whenever you are at another
person’s blog, look for trackback URL, and you may want to copy it.

Now here’s how you use a trackback URL. Let say you are at somebody
else’s blog. And he just wrote about something about cat grooming. And
somehow, you feel that you have something to say about what he wrote —
and you know, what you want to say will be very long which may not be
suitable for a comment. So you write your own message at your blog, and
lower down the interface, you enter the other guy’s trackback URL, and
then you hit the Submit button.

Now, that new article will appear on your blog. And because you put in a
trackback URL, a part of your article will also appear in the other guy’s
article as a comment. And that comment links directly back to your
article. So that’s how trackbacks work.

Reason #3: Blog Comments

Now, my third point on why blog is better than content-site — Blog
Comments. This is where you able to go around at other blog sites and
write some comments on articles. And you even leave a link back to your
site. But here’s the thing, just make sure that your comments are
genuine, because now days, there are too many people spamming blog
comments just to get a link back.

Reason #4: Bloggers’ Linking Habit

OK, here’s some more. This is more a blogging culture thing — bloggers
like to link to each other. If your blog is interesting, it’s easy to get
other bloggers to link back to you. Whether you ask for it on your
website, or sometimes they just simply give you a link back. I’ve got
this many times, and most of the times, they link back write to a
specific message. And sometimes, they just list blog sites that they like
on their website.
Reason #5: Faster SE Indexing

This is getting quite long already. But I am not done. When it comes to
getting traffic, you may not realize this, but it’s easier to get indexed
in the search engines with a blog. I don’t know why — perhaps it’s
because incoming links are more natural and you don’t really go around
asking for them. And when the incoming links are more natural, I think
search engine will prefer it a lot more.

I myself have experienced where new content on my blog was indexed in
under seven days.

Reason #6: Repeat Visitors

Now, after you get traffic from search engines, ping sites, and other
blogs, later you’ll start to realize that 80-90% of your visitors are
repeat visitors. It’s common with a blog. So the point is with this one —
it’s easier to retain visitors with a blog.

You get huge traffic from multiple sources — and the ones you already
have you get to keep. This is different from content-sites, where you
really so much on search engine traffic.

Blogging Seems Much More Fun ...

In my experience, starting from scratch, in six month, a content-site may
or may not reach to mark of 1000 visitors per day. And it takes serious
hours writing content and building incoming links. I have multiple sites
consistently doing 100-200 visitors per day, after six month. But with a
blog, it’s not unusual if a blog reaches 3000 visitors per day, provided
you give good content.

But I suppose, it all boils down to which you are comfortable with.

Realizing this, I may be planning differently in the future — but I am
not certain on that yet. From the looks of it, blogging seems much more
fun. You write about what you like, and you network with other bloggers.
And the writing part becomes much, much easier with scripts like
WordPress and Movable Type. Not much designing, no uploading files, less
link building, etc ...

With building content-sites, you still have to build the website again,
upload them up to your web hosting, build incoming links, etc ...

This is my opinion. And you may not think the same way I do, based on
your personal experience and knowledge. I respect that.

								
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