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 blogging 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 and makes it easy for others to find posts. Use a combination of 15 categories/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 based on searches. Also see tag. For more on how to use them, see this post.
- Follower- A reader who enjoys your blog so much they sign up to get notifications of your posts either on WordPress directly or via email. Also called a subscriber.
- Header Image| There are two types of header images.
- Post Header Image| This is the featured image that appears before the body of your post. It can be a text, a photo, or a combination of the two depending on your blogging style. You’ll notice that all of my posts contain featured images because it gets reader’s attention and it looks nice and uniform. This is done by uploading an image under “Post Settings” and clicking “Set Featured Image”.
- Site Header Image| This is the image at the top of your blog site. You can add this by going to “Customize” then clicking on “Header Image” and uploading the photo you want for your site.
- Link- Short for hyperlink, is a way to direct your readers to an online location. You can link to another post on your blog or an external site such as another blog, website, or online image. 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. Generally, if I’m referencing a post I’ve written or want to direct my readers to a source I’ll link. The only time I’d leave a link in the comments is if it’s related to the blogger’s post and it’s not back to my own blog. It might be something I’ve seen online they might be interested in or further reading they’ll enjoy. Feel free to check out this post for examples of when you never want to link in the comments!
Here’s an example of a link attached to the word “here” in gold. By clicking “here” you’d be redirected to my blogroll page. See “pingback” to learn how to embed a link as shown in the example.
- Link Party/Meet & 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. Sometimes they can have a theme or there may be requirements to participate (reblog the post, share on social media, respond to other comments, ect).
- Pingback- A 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
The name of the post appears followed by the name of the blog that pinged it. By clicking on “Kindness Challenge Details” in the first comment, you’d be redirected to that post.
- 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). Most bloggers don’t take kindly to people coming over and leaving links to push an agenda. 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.
The box that pops up when you click the “Reblog Post” button. You can either fill the box in with some reference content or just leave it blank and share!
- 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’s up to each blogger to determine what they consider spam and apply a spam 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. However, if it’s your first time and you’re link dropping, it’s a sign that you’d rather use my platform than engage with the community. Comments 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 a combination of 15 tags/categories or less or WordPress might think it’s not a reputable post and it will actually make it more difficult for people to find 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!
I hope you’ve found these useful! If there are any other terms that you don’t understand or didn’t understand when you first started, feel free to share in the comments. I’ll update this list to reference them for other bloggers.
If you’d like to see a post with tips or tutorials I haven’t covered, let me know in the comments!