7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Have a Website

That’s what I said, you shouldn’t have a website.

You should have a blog instead.

Now that you’ve found a web host for your business / marketing website you have just one question – “What the heck do I put up on my website?“  My very best suggestion is is that you put up a blog and not a regular website, at least at first.  I would suggest that you use WordPress as your blog software. Here are my 7 reasons you shouldn’t have a website but should use a blog for your website:

Blog software is free – there is nothing wrong with wanting to do things economically, and free is about as economical as you can get.  You can go to WordPress.org and download blogging  software for free.  You can also get them to install it for free on your website.  If you use HostGator as your web hosting provider (as I suggested in my article on where to host your site) then you can install WordPress yourself with the click on one button on the control panel.

Blog software is robust – there are several million installs of TypePad and WordPress each, and both have large communities that support them.  You can find forums and groups all across the internet just by doing a Google search.  With millions of users, the software tends to get bullet proof pretty quickly.

Blog software manages content – actually most people use blog software as a CMS or content management system.  What that means is that the blog software takes care of the structure of the website handling most of the coding complexity of building a website, allowing the owner of the site to concentrate on content.  Basically the blog creates a framework of static pages and post pages (pages displaying articles) that hold your content.  Content creation is about the only work you have to do, and mostly it is about as simple as writing an email.

Blogs are attractive to Google – when it comes to indexing sites and ascribing value to them, Google thinks highly of blogs.  At least if they contain original and valuable content.  The reason is that blogs tend to have fresh, new, exciting (OK maybe that’s over the top), original, and useful content which is published on a daily basis.  That is a lot more frequently than the content changes or additions that happen on most websites.  Since they change more often, and Google is in the business of being the best search engine – which means they have to have the best index of sites, naturally Google will index blogs more often than they do a static unchanging site.

Blogs have built in promotion features – most people don’t realize that blogs contain two important features that help your website / blog gain notoriety and importance in Google’s eyes, if not in the eyes of your readers and the features work automatically.  These two features are pings / trackbacks and RSS feeds.  I won’t go into great detail here because these are large enough subjects to have their own posts, but suffice to say that these features help drive your website to the top of search engine rankings.

Blogs help display your subject matter expertise – if you build a static website chances are very good that you will be limited in the number of pages you can publish.  All of the pages together have to say something about your business, your products and services, and your team.  There is a limit to how much information can be digested in one reading, and a limit as too how much time any of your website visitors will spend reading one page or group of pages in one sitting.  Static websites, therefore, can only dish up a limited amount of information about one topic.  Not so with a blog.  The model is different .  You publish bite-size articles about topics in posts (articles) that can be served up on a regular basis.  You have the ability to tailor each of the posts to fit the intended audience and their attention span.  For longer topics, you can do a series of articles -as I’m doing here – that are connected and get your readership engaged.  Because you can dole out information in small chunks on a regular basis, you have the ability to show the depth and breadth of your subject matter expertise without boring the audience.

Blogs develop valuable traffic - as you create content you build value for your readers.  You should be providing information to your audience that they will find useful in their daily lives.  As you continue to provide information / value then these folks will continue to return to your blog to find more.  When they return, you will have an opportunity to present to them propositions that involve revenue generation.  It could be that you provide interview tips that candidates find useful – making them feel comfortable with signing up for outplacement services.  It could be that you give tips about resumes – driving candidates to you resume writing / review service.  You might also provide staffing / recruiting consultancy, and your status as a subject matter expert in staffing might convince a client customer that your working style would be better suited to them than one of your competitors.  It could be that you are an expert in communications and your articles could attract people who are looking for a way to improve their relationships.

Those are my 7 reasons why you should have a blog instead of a static website.  If you have questions or would like to investigate how you can get blogging websites set up contact us.

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Written by Carl Chapman [Internet Marketing SEO Guru]

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  1. #1 by Fusions Cuisne – VA Caterer - March 5th, 2009 at 15:47

    Agree 100% on your points relating to the value of having a blog. I notice your running WordPress 2.7.1 and have clean urls. That is, your page title is part of the URL. What add on did you use to get this feature?

    Thanks so much and I’ve enjoyed the read.

  2. #2 by Richard - May 28th, 2009 at 15:57

    I absolutely agree with you.
    Having a blog is better than just a normal website.
    In my opinion Wordpress is the best cms to run and maintain your blog.
    Thanks for this information.

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    Well, I too agree with you, In the early stage instead of making huge investment in building a website. The same can be started with maintaining a blog by using free platform. After some time if we are confident that our blog is performing well and we are getting no of visitors than the same can be transferred to a website. This quality is liked by most.

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