We’ve been talking about blogging and Weebly websites this week. I was asked about Weebly and WordPress — which is better?
That’s a hard question to answer. If you have lots of experience creating websites, and have specific goals for a website, a self-hosted WordPress blog will probably be ideal.
However, if you’re new to creating websites, a self-hosted WordPress site will be overwhelming. Over the years, you’ll get all sorts of problems, which take time and energy to fix. Just yesterday, I spent a VERY frustrating three hours, all because 12 of my sites on a dedicated server were moved. They were moved by the hosting company, but the private name server IP addresses had to be changed, so like an idiot I thought: This is so easy… won’t take a moment…
There’s no reason it needed to take three hours. But Murphy’s Law always applies — anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, at the worst possible moment. I budgeted 30 minutes for those 12 sites — three hours later…
Please don’t get me wrong. I love WordPress, and my WordPress sites, but things DO go wrong. When you use a site creation tool like Weebly, someone else sweats, you don’t. (Disclaimer again: I have no connection to Weebly, I just like their tool.)
I hope that helps answer questions you have about WordPress/ Weebly, and if you want to create sites which sell, my new coaching workshop will help.
OK, now let’s look at making money with your free Weebly sites…
Weebly has revenue options built in
One of the things I like most about Weebly for writers who are just starting out selling on websites is this: it has revenue sources built in. There’s direct integration with both Google and PayPal.
If you want to run AdSense ads, you just drag the AdSense element onto the page, enter your AdSense info, and your ads appear. (Give Google two or three hours to start running ads on your site. The ad spots will be blank at first, so don’t freak out. )
Ditto with PayPal. Just drag a Product Block element onto the page, and the following will appear:
Make your choice; click Accept. Then fill in the product and pricing information. Easy.
As soon as you hit Publish, your site’s visitors can buy from you.