Blog Glossary of Terms

Blog Speak:

BLOGS: There are a lot of different definitions for a blog, but put simply, a blog (short for “web log”) is a website or part of a website where you can post regular entries of opinion pieces, news, case studies, your email newsletter archive, or anything else you want to share with your customers or prospects. The best blogging platforms provide an indexable content management system that makes it easy for you to categorize and publish content (ie: “posts”). Your blog posts can provide the content you need to fuel your email newsletter and other social media marketing efforts. Blogs can also be distributed outside of a website context by RSS feed.

Akismet: Comment spam filter popular with WordPress blog.

A-Lister: A-List bloggers are the blogging elite with heaps of daily blog posts and zillions of links to their blog.

Badge: An image, usually squared and displayed on a blog, which signifies the blogger’s participation in an event, contest, or social movement.

Blogosphere is the term used to describe the totality of blogs on the Internet, and the conversations taking place within that sphere.

Blogroll is a list of sites displayed in the sidebar of blog, showing who the blogger reads regularly.

Blogosphere:  General term for all the blogs on the internet

Comments: blogs may allow readers to add comments under items, and may also provide a feed for comments as well as for main items. That mean you can keep up with conversations without having to revisit the site to check whether anything has been added.

Dashboard: The administration area on your blog software that allows you to post, check traffic, upload files, manage comments, etc.

FeedBurner: FeedBurner is a Google company/tool allowing web sites, blogs and podcasts to “burn” content into a simple way for readers to subscribe.

Meme:  MeMe are a kind of list of questions orginated on one blog and shared to other. Basically, playing the game of “follow the leader” but with your own twist or information. Then someone else sees yours, does it themselves, so on and so on.

Permalink: A permalink is the direct link to a blog entry. A blog contains multiple posts, and if you cite an entry you’ll want to link directly to that post.

Sidebar: A column (or multiple columns) along either or both sides of a blog site’s main content area. The sidebar is often includes contact information of the author, the blog’s purpose and categories, links to archives, honors and other widgets the author includes on the site.

Tags: Are keywords added to a blog post, photo or video to help users find related topics or media, either through browsing on the site or as a term to make your entry more relevant to search engines.
Technorati Authority: Used to determine the number of times a keyword or URL are mentioned and linked in blogs

Tribe: The tribe is a group of your social media friends who have banded together over nothing more than a particular shared interest. This loyal following is deeper than  just friends and a Tribe bands together to help other members out.

Troll: In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum or chat room, with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion. Basically, a total loser.

Widget: A widget, sometimes called a gadget, badge or applet, is a small block of content, typically displayed in a small box, with a specific purpose, such as providing weather forecasts or news, that is constantly updating itself (typically via RSS). Widgets make it easy to add dynamic content to your site or blog.

WordPress: Blogging platform available in paid or free version.

**This Page is a work in progress. What terms would YOU like to know more about??**

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