The majority of posts I’ve read lean towards a blog, because
… you don’t need to know any HTML or CSS to create it and it will only take you 5 minutes to put a great looking blog up…
I completely disagree with that.
Putting up a blog in 5 minutes will not result in a great looking professional money making blog. Not knowing any HTML and CSS will result in you always having to hire someone to make your blog look the way you want.
On the other hand, you don’t really need to know any HTML or CSS to put up a website either. So that argument goes down the drain. As an example, here is a preview of a new, soon to launch Block Builder 2 by Site Build It!
It looks way more easier than WordPress, especially that you can actually see what will it look like as you do it.
Blog is not a business
I have repeated this so many times to my friends and people who hire me to coach them though the process of building a successful e-biz. A blog is not a business. It should not be your ultimate goal.
Blog is just a way to communicate your message to your potential customers, but you should not make it your only business.
On the other hand, I would say that you can build a successful online venue by building a website. And this isn’t just a question of static site vs. a blog.
Website or blog – SBI vs. WordPress
Let me compare two things I have been using for years (a self-hosted WordPress blog and Site Build It!), that I can tell you a lot about and make a reasonable comparison, why you should build a site and not a blog:
I had to buy a theme for my blog to look decent. Templates are included in SBI!
Last year they published several dozens of gorgeous CSS templates. They are also about to publish the new Block Builder 2 that will let you completely design and create your site with absolutely no coding on your part!
I spent hours and hours learning CSS and PHP to get my blog to do some things.
Search Engine Optimization
Not all themes you buy for WordPress are optimized for search engines. You may need to add a SEO plugin to optimize your blog. Some cost money.
SEO – included in the price of SBI. You get access to some amazing lessons about SEO and you get one amazing tool that does the hard work for you.
Analyze It! is a tool that analyses your page for SEO and tells you if you did something wrong. Something like SEO pressor ($47) except it is included in SBI price.
Another post I read the other day, said something like:
…code in blogs is cleaner so it is better for rankings…
I have to call bulls**t on this one.
You can’t control the code in your blog because everything is adding code and you have no clue what is it, WordPress itself, themes, plugins, etc. On the other hand, with static sites, YOU control the code. You put it there and you know what it does.
While at SEO, I don’t want to forget the keyword research tool! Let’s assume you use the most popular tool among bloggers – Market Samurai (which is, by the way so buggy that I pretty much bought it and hardly ever used it). That is about $149 if I am not mistaking. Or $97 if you buy it before your trial expires.
Well, SBI! has integrated keyword research tools.
But Market Samurai isn’t only a keyword research tool! It is so much more…
So are SBI’s tools. You don’t get just keyword research tools, there are monetization research tools, competition tools, SEO analysis tools, etc.
One of the major arguments why people say it is better to have a blog is the cost.
Buy hosting and domain, install WordPress and you are ready to go.
Yes, you are. You are ready to blog, not build a successful online business. I have poured so much money in this blog, I could have built several SBI sites with it. And I still don’t have all I want on it.
If you ask me why don’t I just move it to SBI, I will tell you – I thought about it and still am.
But the main reason I am still keeping it here is that it is a great example for me to learn from and be able to write these comparisons. And I didn’t want to build a business with WordPress anyway, I already have that over at SBI ;)
So let me show you what you get with SBI and then how much will it cost you to have the same with WordPress.
The price of SBI is $299 a year (or $29.99 a month) and this is what you get with it.
Let me go with WordPress now:
- cheapest domain – $12 a year
- cheapest hosting – $60 a year
- decent theme (Thesis) – $87
- Market Samurai – $149
- …oooops, that is more than $299 already
So I guess we can’t build a list because we are already over budget. Did I say SBI includes an email marketing package in the price?
Site down time / Security
I have had my blog (yes, this one you are reading now) broken so many times it isn’t even funny. There is always something not working with another thing, theme clashing with plugins, plugins clashing with each other, .htaccess file getting hacked, etc.
I have yet to experience such a problem with SBI! after more than 2 years of using it all the time. Not just SBI, but any static site… there are no things that don’t work together that will break it.
This is one of my main pet peeves with blogs. I screamed for help so many times regarding this issue.
Here is what happened to me recently.
I noticed that the blog just broke and something was wrong. I tried and tested everything, tried fixing it for 6 hours!!! Nothing worked.
Among other things: worked on fixing/removing plugins, reinstalled the theme, reinstalled the database and a bunch of other things. I mean, you can only imagine what I’ve done in 6 hours.
Of course WP itself doesn’t have support so you can’t count on them. I believe the theme was the issue but their Forum people said it wasn’t (the theme doesn’t have support either). My host tried helping me as much as they could but there are some things they just can’t fix (WordPress problems for example).
So after 6 hours of going crazy, I just gave up. I started doing something else and guess what. About an hour later, everything started working again. Like nothing happened!!! Except that my theme settings were all messed up and I had to spend more time on fixing all this.
Bottom line, as much as I love my blog – WordPress blogs are ticking bombs!
SiteSell has amazing support and you will always get your answer in matter of hours. And if you are not satisfied, you can contact the owner himself!
Site Build It! wins
So when I think about it, none of the arguments I read in these “anti-website pro-blog posts” hold water.
- Blog code is not cleaner.
- Blogs are not better optimized for search engines.
- Blogs are not easier to build.
- Blogs are not easier to design.
- Blogs are not cheaper.
- Blogs are not safer.
The more I use WordPress, the more I believe Site Build It! is the way to go.
I think I gave you some reasonable facts about “website or blog” argument. Blogs are not easier to build than static sites. Actually, statics sites are really easy to build with SBI.
But not just build them – make money with them as well. Because you will get a great foundation from the training and lessons you will receive over at SiteSell.
So what gifts I have here for you?
First, in case you would like to try SBI, they are running a Christmas special. This happens once a year, this time of year and it means you can
Buy one SBI and Get one FREE
That is two sites for the price of one. For someone that wants to work hard in 2012. it means they can build two profitable businesses next year.
If you want to work half-hard ;) you can split the package with a friend and pay only $150 each.
Update: the special price offer is over for now.
More gifting: in case you decide to give it a go, since I only recommend products I strongly believe in, I am willing to give you an hour of my time to set your new site up, or help you with anything you may need after the SBI purchase. Of course, you get this if you buy SBI through my link here.
This is a great offer, two SBIs for the price of one and an experienced SBIer to help you with it :)
I would love to hear your opinion on “website or blog” discussion and answer any question you may have about Site Build It!