23 Terms Every Blogger Should Know (Blog Terminology)

Blog_TerminalogyBefore I started blogging, I wasn’t aware of so many blog terms. However, I was never reluctant to expand my vocabulary. A couple of years back, I didn’t know what podcasting actually meant. I didn’t have any idea what’s an aggregator, in terms of blogging, was. As I continue to learn new blogging terms, my excitement grows to know the terminology even more.

Given below is a list of 23 most essential terms in blogging (in no particular order), which I think you too should be clear about. In case you’re already aware of these terms, you should consider this post as a refresher.

#1. Aggregator
It’s a type of tool or computer software that aggregates (or collects) specific types of information in one place. An aggregator puts together information from feeds so you can gather, read or display what you want. It’s also called a feed reader.

#2. Ping
‘Hello! Are you there’ – This is what a ping actually means. Though the term ‘ping’ has been around since computers were invented, it’s used in the blogging terminology as a signal to inform blog search engines or directories that new content has been posted (so the service fetch get it).

#3. Blogosphere
Don’t get confused. This blog term belongs to the same family as ‘stratosphere’ does. However, blogosphere actually refers to the community that’s comprised of blogs and bloggers. With so many topics or genres, the size of the blogosphere is swelling with each passing day. Technorati publishes reports on the state of the Blogosphere every year.

#4. Draft
It’s one of those blog terms that have been borrowed from the print industry. Any piece of content which you have created and saved but have not published is called a draft. A saved blog post or a comment is drafts until they are available for the public to view. If you don’t want to post a written article on your blog, you can save it as draft for later use (as in WordPress).

#5. Permalink
The term permalink is used to refer to ‘permanent link’ or ‘permanent URL’ of an individual blog post, category or simply any item on a webpage. For the ease of external or internal linking, a URL should never change. That’s why the word ‘permalink’ is used. If you’re using WordPress, you can go to the ‘Permalink Settings’ section to create custom URL for your blog posts or categories.

#6. RSS Feed
RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. It’s a web technology that online users use to keep track of updates on a blog or website. If you want to receive automatic updates from one of your favorite blogs, you can simply subscribe to that blog using their RSS feed. So, you don’t need to bookmark sites (as it happened in the old days) in your browser to see the latest updates. In order to use RSS, you need to get an RSS reader (like the Google Reader).

#7. Trackback
When you refer to someone else’s post or link to their article from your own blog post, you can give them a courtesy call by using trackbacks. If both the linking and the linked blogs are hosted on WordPress, trackbacks will be sent automatically. Using trackbacks is an excellent way of free blog promotion.

#8. Tag
Tags are similar to categories on a blog, but they are more specific. A single post falls under one specific category. However, multiple tags can be assigned to a single blog post. Tagging is part of the internal linking structure of a blog. If you add multiple relevant tags to the end of a post, it might eliminate the need of using ‘Related Posts’ plugins.

#9. Blogroll
Usually, a blogroll is displayed in the sidebar of a blog. The term refers to a list of external blogs who a blogger can provide links from their own. Though using a blogroll on one’s blog is an excellent way of reciprocating links among like-minded bloggers, very few people are using them today.

#10. NoFollow/ DoFollow
A link that’s dofollow is considered as a backlink by search engines whereas a nofollow link is not. That means nofollow links won’t bring you any kind of SEO value. Blog commenting will bring SEO value to your blog only when you comment on dofollow blogs.

#11. Comment Spam
When comments are submitted to a blog for the sole purpose of advertising or getting backlinks, it’s referred to as comment spam, which is strictly against the best blogging guidelines. Comment spam is mostly served by a software program automatically.

#12. Link Love
If you’ve been blogging for quite sometime now, link love should not be a new term to you. In blog terminology, the term link love is used to refer to a link to an external blog or website that’s placed without reciprocation. Link love is earned when somebody truly likes you blog content and link to it out of utter affection.

#13. Plugin
In blog terminology, a plugin is a special software or tool that you can use to enhance the functionality of your blog. By using plugins, you can enhance your readers’ experience as well as manage your blog efficiently, without messing up with the coding. A plugin takes only a couple of minutes to download, install and activate it on your blog. If you’re searching for some of the best WordPress plugins, you can visit the official plugin directory.

#14. Reblog
Reblogging is an activity which implies snipping and quoting from one of your favorite blogs. All you need to do is recognize the text that you want to quote, add your own commentary to it and repost the same on your own blog.

#15. Blog Carnival
A blog carnival is a depository of articles (submitted by readers) around a particular theme, topic or subject. Such carnivals provide you an excellent opportunity to connect with niche bloggers, generate backlinks, increase comments and attract traffic.

#16. Captcha
It’s a kind of test which identifies a human from an automated software or computer program. Captcha is used to prevent comment or contact form spam.

#17. HTML
HTML or HyperText Markup Language is a programming language that you use to create the building blocks of a webpage. Basic knowledge of HTML is essential if you want to take control of your blog.

#18. XML
This is another markup language. While HTML is used to display data, XML has been designed to transport and store data. The Extensive Markup Language or XML defines a set of guidelines which can be followed to encode documents in a way that both humans and machines can read. Remember, XML is not a replacement or alternative of HTML.

#19. CSS
The term CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets. While HTML handles the document content, CSS looks after the document presentation which includes essential elements like layout, colors and fonts. A minor change in the CSS file will reflect across the entire blog.

#20. Theme
In simple terms, a theme decides what your blog will look like. You choose a WordPress theme to match the design, functionality and the future goals of your blog. WordPress offers you a wide range of blog themes for free. You should, however, know how to choose the best WordPress theme.

#21. SEO
If you’re a blogger, you definitely need to learn the best SEO (Search Engine Optimization) practices and guidelines. Every search engine has its own algorithm for ranking high quality sites at the top. If you want your blog or website to rank high on Google, you should learn the basic SEO techniques.

#22. Podcasting
A podcast is actually an audio file (recorded spoken narrative) that you can share with the public, have it downloaded and listened to. Usually, podcasts are recorded in an MP3 format.

#23. Weblog
This is what a blog was originally called.

If you’ve stepped into the blogosphere (I hope you know this term quite clearly now), it’s important to become aware of all the potential blog terms. Knowing the terminology will certainly make your blogging ride a little smoother.


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