If you write and publish your work online, you are online writer and publisher. As an online writer and pulisher, you can publish your works on websites, blogs or subdomains.
Here are the basic difference between websites, blogs and subdomains.
Website, also called internet site or simply site, is a series of pages on the World Wide Web, which can be accessed through internet. You can build your own websites and make money from your contents through advertising, affiliate marketing, or selling products.
Websites can be basically divided into three categories.
The site has paid writers/photographers/graphic designers who produce contents for the site, for example, the online version of news media (thenewyorktimes dot com), resource sites (encyclopaediabritannica dot com), company website (microsoft) etc.
The site is build up from user-generated contents. User-generated contents include articles, photos, graphics, and videos. About.com, Wikipedia, eHow etc. are user-generated content websites.
The social media website is an online platform for interactive social intercommunication. The social media websites comprise blogs, social networking, and social bookmarking sites. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ etc are social media websites.
Blogs are also websites in some way, but blogs can be best descried as online journals. You can build free blogs in many blogging platforms such as Blogger, WordPress, Weebly etc. You can also build a paid blog (you pay to host your blog). After you have enough contents on your blog, you can place ads from different ad partners such as Google AdSense, Chittikaetc and monetize your blogs. You can also do affiliate marketing for Amazon and ebay products through your blogs.
Subdomain is your personal page inside a website. If you are using free blogging platforms such as wordpress, blogspot etc, your account is a subdomain. Some niche content site also give you subdomains. Niche content sites thrive on user-generated contents. The contents created and published by the users are called user-generated contents. If you have an account on niche content site and it allows your username to appear alongside the site’s name, normally separated with a dot, in your profile url, it is your subdomain.
In order to give a publishing platform for the users, the website allows the user to have subdomains, where he/she will publish his/her contents and share revenue with the site. The subdomain format will be something like username dot site’s name dot extension.
If you have your own website, you can also create your own subdomain. I have a website called ezinenepal. If I want I can create a subdomain forum dot ezinenepal dot com.
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