Ever heard a friend, coworker, or speaker casually use a word that everyone else in the room seemed to know? Leaving you feeling out of the loop and uninformed. As a newbie blogger, it’s easy to get lost in all the blogging lingo. Our Blogging A to Z series features essential blogging terms every beginning blogger should know. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the series.
Your Essential Blogging Terms
The Q’s of Blogging
Quora – a question and answer site that can serve as great place to generate blog topic ideas
The R’s of Blogging
RSS – stands for Really Simple Syndication. It allows readers to subscribe to your blog in their favorite reader like Bloglovin or Feedly.
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Registrar – a business that manages the reservations of your blog’s web address. Popular registrars include GoDaddy and NameCheap.
The S’s of Blogging
SEO – Search Engine Optimization refers to a technique used to increase the likelihood of your post being found online
Sidebar – a column of your blog’s layout that is either to the left or right of your blog post.
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Site Map – a file that includes a list of all the pages on your website
Squarespace – a platform to host your blog or website
Self-hosted – a blog that lives on its own server rather than at Google’s blogger or WordPress.com. You typically pay a hosting provider like Bluehost to house your blog’s file
SSL – stand for Secure Sockets Layer which is a means to send communication over the Internet securely
Shortcode – a smaller code that is used to reference larger blocks of code quickly. Shortcodes can be used to format text or embed videos
Spam – comments or emails that are unsolicited and often seeking to link to unreputable sites
Stock Photos – ready to use images taken by another individual or photographer that are used in place of your own photos. Stock images can be free or paid.
Subscriber – an individual who signs up to receive communication from your blog
The T’s of Blogging
Themes – blog themes allow you to change the look of your site.
Tags – a way to further organize blog content by adding a keyword or phrase that describes your post, which make it easier for readers to find. Discover the difference in tags vs. categories
Trackback – a link back to your site from another website
Template – another name for blog theme or a file the sets the layout of specific page
Typepad – a blog hosting platform
The U’s of Blogging
Unique visitors – the number of distinct visitors to your blog or site during a specified time frame
URL – a unique link or address to a specific website on the web.
The V’s of Blogging
Vlog – blogging via videos
Virtual assistant – an individual who assists with tasks to run your blog or business remotely. Virtual assistants can be located all over the world and can help with things like social media, editing, inbox management.
Visitors – people that come to your site and review your blog’s content
The W’s of Blogging
Widgets – a WordPress term that refers to a small area of your site where you can place different content
WordPress – a blogging platform that can be self-hosted or not
Webhost – see hosting
The X’s of Blogging
XML – a language used to transmit data across the Internet used in conjunction with HTML
The Y’s of Blogging
Youtube – an online video creation and sharing space
Yoast – a popular WordPress plugin used to help with SEO
Other Blogging Terms Resources
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Wanda is the owner and editor of BCW. She's on a constant quest to seek the one who fills this thirsty soul. A lover of God and seeker of wisdom and never too far from a good book. Lover of tech and enjoys helping beginner bloggers set up their new blogs