Day 3 of The 100 Days To Webpage Excellence Guide
When you create your webpage, you’ll have to decide what kind of site do you want it to be? Do you want to be a regular webpage? A blog? Or incorporate elements of both? If you have been thinking that you want to run a regular webpage, and that a blog just isn’t right for you, here are some reasons why you might want to reconsider, and at least add a blog as one aspect of your site, if not make your site a dedicated blog.
1) Content Management - Content management is much easier with a blog than it is with a regular webpage. You don’t have to upload any html pages, you don’t have to store all of your content on your machine, and you if you want to change or modify anything you can do a quick search in your blog and have it at your fingertips. Many people who switch from running a regular webpage to blogging are shocked by how much more than can get done on a Blog. Content management eats up so much of your time, and you don’t even realize it.
2) Automatic Sitemap Creation - Running a blog means that a sitemap for your page is automatically created. The search engines can go there and make sure that all of your site is indexed, drawing more visitors to your page. Creating and maintaining a sitemap by hand is a huge pain and time sink for people who are running a regular webpage.
3) Great Plugins - If you want to incorporate a handy feature in a regular webpage, such as a star rating system for your articles, it can take hours to research how to do it, implement it, and debug and trouble shoot it. However if you want to do the same thing for your blog, all you have to do is download a plugin and activate it. What could be simpler? This allows you to have much more functionality on your site than you otherwise would have. I would never have been able to program a related posts functionality on the bottom of my articles with a regular website. Luckily, with this blog, I don’t have to. I just installed a readily available plugin and was on my way.
4) Join the Blogging Community - It can be much easier to get traffic and search engine rankings for a blog than a regular webpage. The reason for this is there is already a huge blogging community active. The blogging community likes to link up with other blogs. They are much more likely to send traffic and links to another blog as opposed to a regular webpage. In fact there are entire search engines, such as Technorati, that are dedicated solely to blogging. If you have a blog you can take part in this. If not you will have to do everything the hard way.
5) Work From Anywhere -Another handy feature about blogging is that everything is online. So if you are away on a trip, you aren’t out of luck working on your webpage. Instead of all your files being on your local machine, they are all online. You can access and make updates and changes to your blog from anywhere in the world. This will help you keep your site fresh, and keep your visitors rolling in.