Free Blog vs Paid Website – table


In some occasions it might be better to own a FREE BLOG than a WEBSITE! 

Free Blog Advantages

 Check icon - green on a white background. 1. You don’t pay for domain and hosting every year.
 Check icon - green on a white background. 2. You are automatically included in a blog social media where you can promote and discuss your business.
 Check icon - green on a white background. 3. You can ad articles, videos and pictures very fast and easy.
 Check icon - green on a white background. 4. Fast listing of  your content on  Google, Bing and Yahoo.
 Check icon - green on a white background. 5. Your blog could easily appear like a website.
 Check icon - green on a white background. 6. If you have a bad period in your business the blog will not  drain your money and will still function as usual.
 Check icon - green on a white background. 7. No worries about the maintenance. Things like updates and backups are automatically taken care of.

 

Free Blog Disadvantages

Cross sign -red. 1. The free blog is not completely yours.
unCheck 2. You can not sell ads on your blog unless you generate 2500 visits per month. In other words your ability to create revenue is limited. This rules apply for the most popular free blog platform. In other platforms things might be different but there will be other significant disadvantages.
Cross sign - red. 3. You don’t have a real domain name but sub domain. Sub domain is a folder inside the folder of the main domain. For instance abcd.wordpress.com sub domain is in the main domain wordpress.com. Main domain in wordpress.com will cost you £15. However blogger.com offers you the option to use custom domain which you can by from a domain provider. 
 Cross sign - red. 4. Limitations about the appearance of your website. The actual code on the blog could not be modified (which, by the way, is sometimes good). 
 Cross sign - red. 5. There will be ads placed on your website.
 Cross sign - red.  6. You can not use another traffic analysing software different from the one they provide. For instance with wordpress.com you have to use Jetpack Site Stats while Google Analytics is way better.
 Cross sign - red. 7. Your website cold be deleted if it violates the terms of service of the company.

 

 

Website Advantages

Check icon - green on a white background. 1. You can install many different types of Software that will maintain your website (even a blog).
Check icon - green on a white background. 2. You can use ready made website templates with a ready to go code or you may even write the code yourself. This gives you a total control over the appearance and the behavior of the internet site.
Check icon - green on a white background. 3. You can advertise.
Check icon - green on a white background. 4. You can sell whatever you want. These days you can just install a web shop in a few clicks.
Check icon - green on a white background. 5. It is your property unless your hosting company bankrupts before you have the chance to migrate the site to another provider.
Check icon - green on a white background. 6. You have your own main domain and hosting and this counts when it comes to search engine ranking.
Check icon - green on a white background. 7. You can sell the whole website or only the domain name if  someone gives you a good money.

 

Secondary factors to consider when choosing between free blog or paid website.

 

Secondary Free Blog Advantages

Positive check - small green 1. Search engines like the blogs more, because of the regular new content that they provide.
Positive check - small green 2. People tend to like blogs more than just for the fact that they are not commercial and are open for opinions in the form of comments.
Positive check - small green 3. It takes very little time to prepare it ant release it online. You can even have only half of the job done and still be able to publish the website. And it might look just fine. Later on, when you have time you can finish your work in peace and comfort.
Positive check - small green 4. Creating credibility is much easier because the open discussion is a part of the credibility itself.
Positive check - small green 5. Blogs develop subjects and some subjects attract a lot of followers, fans, specialists, maniacs and so on.
Positive check - small green 6. The blog opens the personal level of communication, a thing that the website lacks.
Positive check - small green 7. It is good for experimentation.

 

Secondary Paid Website Advantages that the free blog does not have

Positive check - small green 1. Full control over what your visitors see on your webpages.
Positive check - small green 2. The shorter url is much easier to recall.
Positive check - small green 3. Real professional web email address.
Positive check - small green 4. You can install more than one Content Management Systems on your hosting. I did it before myself.  I have had a CMS for a representative website and another one for a web shop.
Positive check - small green 5. You can change your content management system platform if you want, a thing that is not possible with the free blog.
Positive check - small green 6. Most hosting platforms have 24/7 technical support.

 

 

Free Blog vs Website label on a picture of computers and desks.

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