Whether you’ve been blogging for years or you’re new to the game, the lingo can be hard to keep straight. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most frequent blog terms to help you out.
- Blogosphere- The term used for the blogging world or as some refer to it the blog community.
- Category- Used to organize related posts on your blog. Also makes it easy for others to find the post as they can search by category. Also see tag. For more on how to use them, see this post.
- Follower- A reader that enjoys your blog so much they sign up to get notifications your posts either on WordPress directly or via email. Also called a subscriber.
- Link- Short for hyperlink. A way to direct your readers to an online location. You can link to another post on your blog, a blog or post other than your own, a website, an image, etc. This can be done by inserting the URL (web address) directly into the post or by attaching it to a word so that the reader is taken to that online location upon clicking the word. Whether or not to link can be tricky, see this post with some tips for when you should consider linking.
- Link Party- A post where bloggers share links from their blogs. May also be referred to as a “Meet and Greet”.
- Meet and Greet- A post where bloggers gather to share their posts/blogs. There is generally a host/ess and bloggers may choose to engage with one another. Can also be referred to as a “Link Party”.
- Pingback- Fancy term for a link (hyperlink) that notifies the original blogger that their post was used. This can be inserted into the post as a URL to be displayed or you can hyperlink it to a word/image in your post (tutorial available here). If the original blogger approves it, the pingback will show up as a comment under the post’s comments section-
- Plug- An opportunity seized to draw attention to a product, service, post or blog (either their own or an affiliate). You can use a plug on your own platform or another blogger’s (be careful not to tread into shameless territory). Also see Spam.
- Post- Content published on your blog. Can be written content, a picture, video, quote, or a combination of any of these elements.
- Reblog- Sharing another blogger’s post. If enabled, you will find the reblog button on the bottom of the post. When you click it, a little box will pop up allowing you to enter text if you choose to. Upon clicking the “Reblog Post” button, the post you’re sharing is published and you can make any changes or add categories by going to your posts and editing from there.
- Spam- Generally comments made with the purpose of seeking self-promotion (redirecting readers to their site or blog or selling a product or service). Generic spam can usually be caught by the spam filter. Reader comments containing spam can be trashed or marked as spam to prevent future comments from being published. It is up to each blogger to determine what they consider spam, apply your filter (automated and manual) as you see fit. Side note: on this site, links to posts relevant to the topic at hand that contribute to the conversation are not considered spam. A post such as “Great post! (link to my blog)” or “Great article, check out my post!” are considered spam.
- Tag- A quick way to summarize what your post is about. This is searchable making it easier for others to find your post. It’s important to use tags that people will actually use, in general, the broader the better. Use 15 tags or less or WordPress might think it’s not a reputable post and it will actually make it more difficult for people to find the post based on searches. You can also refer to this for a list of popular tags being used in actual time.
Thank you, Vandana for suggesting I add follower, post and tag to this list!
Are there any blog terms that I’m missing? If you can think of any or have questions about any terms, leave a comment below. I’ll keep thinking of terms (especially ones that didn’t make sense in the beginning) and add to this post. The descriptions of the terms are in my own words so if they don’t make sense or you think the description is inaccurate, please feel free to let me know!
Did you find this helpful? Did this clear any terms up for you? Still have questions? Let me know in the comments!