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If I am wanting to set up a site for promoting and selling a product, is there any advantage in having a website or a blog, regards, Mick
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    OK, I have both Word press blogs and HTML websites. Word press is easy to update, but I have found I get better position on HTML websites. Also, Google hates my flash sites. Some people swear by Joomla, but I feel that HTML is best to rank high in the search engines.
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  • Profile picture of the author RGallowitz
    Everyone uses blogs these days. You can create a blog that looks just like a html website.

    Blogs rank better in the SE's because the content is separate from the design, thanks to CSS.


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    • Profile picture of the author JamesJeffery
      Originally Posted by RGallowitz View Post

      Everyone uses blogs these days. You can create a blog that looks just like a html website.

      Blogs rank better in the SE's because the content is separate from the design, thanks to CSS.


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      That's got nothing to do with it really. You can create static pages with HTML and CSS.

      I'm no expert in SEO, but a book I read on Joel Comm, he was using static sites. Just adding content as it's needed. I think Wordpress just helps with the updating and adding posts, plus the list building widgets and other helpful widgets allow you to do more.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        • Profile picture of the author Lee Wilson
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          A blog is a website.

          In these days of static pages, there's no difference. As mentioned above, you can use blogging software to create a site that looks nothing like a blog.
          I wish people could realise that!

          In my opinion, search engines love blogs not because they're blogs but because they're regularly updated websites. Any website can be regularly updated.
          I don't think they even know the difference. Something like a wordpress blog creates more pages by default which adds up to more internal linking. This gives them a boost, you can replicate that with a static html site and get the same result. Search engines like content, the platform is irrelevant IMO.
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        • Profile picture of the author MJMartin
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          A blog is a website.

          In these days of static pages, there's no difference. As mentioned above, you can use blogging software to create a site that looks nothing like a blog.

          In my opinion, search engines love blogs not because they're blogs but because they're regularly updated websites. Any website can be regularly updated.
          Exactly what I was thinking
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      • Profile picture of the author 1nspire
        What it comes down to is static website vs dynamic website. I don't use the term blog anymore unless its a blog. If you intend to sell a product then it is not a blog anymore even if you use a blog platform.

        Now a days wordpress should be considered a true cms and not just a blog cms. With premium themes and few plugins you can easily make a dynamic site to promote and sell any product. Integrate shopping carts, forums, and if you want to separate the blog content from the products.
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  • Profile picture of the author dvduval
    One thing I always encourage is for people to create something they have control over. They should own the domain, and have access to the hosting account.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    Depending upon your talents.. or those of your staff

    You can do whatever you want with a "blog based" website... Most CMS can be crafted to look just like a HTML website..

    And, as Alexa stated above.. it really isn't the system that is getting stable rankings, it's the frequent updating and quality of what you put into the system.

    Our team have slowly phased out ANY of the HTML websites we were using in niche businesses.. and have migrated over to complete CMS/blog systems. Purely for ease of use and scalability.

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  • Profile picture of the author Kezz
    One of the reasons you'll find you'll often get more traffic faster to a blog than an html site is the in built pinging function and the ease of SEOing your articles.

    For example, you can install this ping optimizer plugin into wordpress: Don’t Let Your WordPress Blog Get Banned! [Ultimate Plugins]

    You can then use this list of services to ping:
    You can also install this Google Sitemap Generator: Google (XML) Sitemaps Generator for WordPress

    It will take care of automatically creating your sitemap and informing Google of your site updates.

    And, you can install All-In-One SEO and it will add neat little fields under your post editing area so you can easily keyword optimize without having to get into the head html code of every new page you create: WordPress › All in One SEO Pack WordPress Plugins

    Do the above, which only takes a few minutes to setup, and you'll get traffic fast as long as you post original content. Sure, you can achieve the above manually with an html site, but it's going to take much longer.

    There are a stack of other benefits of using WP, too many to list here, but on the subject of traffic those are some of the key ones.
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    • Profile picture of the author jamawebinc
      I did a whole experiment on the "google loves blogs more than regular website"

      http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-...ults-here.html

      There are definite benefits of blog software like wordpress, but getting higher rankings in search engines than a "regular" website isn't one of them.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kezz
        Originally Posted by jamawebinc View Post

        There are definite benefits of blog software like wordpress, but getting higher rankings in search engines than a "regular" website isn't one of them.
        I also think the end result you can get with html is probably on par with the end result of Wordpress, all other things being equal.

        In many cases you will get those results faster and with more ease through Wordpress though just because it automates tasks you have to do manually with an html site.

        If you're happy to hand code your meta tags, manually upload your site files, manually update multiple html files when you change your site, manually create and submit your sitemap and go directly to each of the ping services and submit your new content, then your golden.

        Of course you would probably only want to do all that manually if you have only a few pages in your site. It's probably a question of does it take you more time to A) manually create and SEO your site, or B) install and configure Wordpress.
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        • Profile picture of the author inijames
          For a quick site (not a serious one!) try google sites. It's fun and it takes about five minutes to do. I just knocked up a joke site with it and put it here: asssociety.com
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    • Profile picture of the author James12C
      Hi - thanks for this - Best - James
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  • Profile picture of the author DogScout
    WP loads slower than a well made HTML site. However faster than most Dreamweaver sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author lainehmann
    Depends on what you want to do, how often you want to update, how customized you want it to be, how extensive your design skills are, and how much money you have.
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    • Profile picture of the author HCLee
      About 5 months ago I started building many small niche websites for adsense and I built static sites instead of wp blogs. I find blogs are too distracting to get the clicks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Graudins
    Originally Posted by safe as houses View Post

    is there any advantage in having a website or a blog, regards, Mick
    As has been stated before, a website IS a blog. And you can use self hosted wordpress as either a blog or a static website - or both.

    To use it as a static website, create your content as pages and put them into a structured format with parent pages.

    To have it as a blog, put the content into posts and structure the content of your blog posts by using categories.

    You can have both page and blog content on the same website, and adjust how it is viewed by using the posts and pages widgets, and choose whether you have a static or dynamic front page.

    If you use a theme like Atauhalpa (it's free - google it) you can set up your blog layout to be very flexible, and put menus for pages, categories, etc. where you like. (I use this theme on my own blog)

    cheers,
    Eric G.
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  • Profile picture of the author inijames
    We had a blog for several months, then took most of the content and converted it into a website. Our earnings instantly job. Now the website earns 250 times what the blog does (calculated by dividing the websites' earnings by the blog earnings.)

    I think you need both, to be honest, but I just use blogs to drive traffic to the websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author inijames
    Don't make our first mistake, though. Set up a blog with word press under your own domain name (xxx.com/blog). We set up a blog four years ago with a blogspot url, and now wish we had set it up on our own domain with a wordpress blog.
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