So are you thinking of starting a blog? Then it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some blogging words before you get started.
You might notice some specific blogging terms that are related to a WordPress.org blog and others are just general blogging definitions.
I tried to make these blogging definitions as simple as possible. It’s my definition and it’s always a good idea to get a second opinion if want to confirm it.
So here is my blogging dictionary! I hope it helps you and I will try to keep adding new words that I think would be helpful.
Affiliate – Is a person that markets a company’s product or service and then receives a sales commission when a customer buys something from that company. It usually never costs the customer more money.
Being an affiliate of a certain company is how a lot of bloggers get paid online. It’s a very normal way of earning money online, but you should always try to tell the potential customer/visitor that there are affiliate links in your article.
I like to write it before each article and also right beside the actual link as well. Or I might write the word “AD” as well.
Affiliate link – it is a special link or url that when you click on it, it takes you to a company’s website and it notifies the company that an affiliate brought the customer to their website.
An example of how it might look is something like this companyname.com/affiliatename/. It doesn’t always have to look like this, but it’s just an example.
If the customer buys something from that website a sales commission is usually made. This sales commission usually never costs the customer extra money.
For example, if the customer buys a product that’s $5 it’s $5. It’s going to be $5 whether you got it through an affiliate link or you went to the company’s website directly by typing it in directly (companyname.com).
Blog or web log – it’s like a personal website. It reflects your ideas and opinions.
You usually write your articles in blog ‘posts.’ There are blog ‘pages,’ but it reflects something permanent that’s usually not updated that often like a “Contact Us” page.
Blogger – refers to an individual that blogs.
Bloggers – refers to several people that blogs.
Blogging – is an action that you are doing, which means working on your blog or blogging.
Blog post or post – is where you usually write all your articles for your blog. You can find this by logging into your WordPress dashboard and going to the section called “Posts.”
Blog page or page – reflects something permanent that you want to get across or a notification and it’s not updated that often. Examples of blog pages would be: a Contact Us page, About me page, Legal pages, etc…
Your main articles are usually written in blog posts not blog pages.
You can add pages by logging into your WordPress dashboard and going to a section called “Pages.”
Brand – For example, Pepsi is a brand of soda that you drink. It is known by its colours, quality of taste, slogan and other factors. You can create a personal brand for your blog through colours, your logo, your slogan and other factors. It’s simply how people see you online or what impression you are giving off.
Branding – It is the act of creating a brand. In blogging this done by creating a certain atmosphere for your blog that you want people to feel when they arrive there. You can do this through your logo, fonts, your slogan, maintaining a colour scheme on your blog, maintaining blogging consistency, keeping to your values and building trust. There is a whole article about branding on my blog if you want to know more.
Categories – are usually blog topics where you will store your blog articles. For example, if your blog writes about baseball then you would want to put all your articles you write about baseball hats into a category called “Baseball hats.”
Then if you write about baseball cards then you would create a category for “Baseball cards” and put all the articles you write about baseball cards there.
Your blog can have several categories and sub-categories (but I like to not add too much) because it might get overwhelming to your visitor if there are way too many categories and sub-categories.
In the backside of WordPress (in your dashboard) you can create categories for your blog in a section called “Posts” then go to “Categories.”
Dashboard – is the backend of your WordPress.org blog. Visitors usually cannot see this area because it is password protected and hidden.
This where you control all aspects of your blog like writing articles, changing the colours of your blog, etc …
So in order to get there you usually go to this url: type in your domain name/wp-admin. Then it will ask you for your username and password. After you enter that information in it will then take you to your WordPress dashboard.
It is very important to have a strong username and password that people cannot guess.
Domain – is the url or address of your blog. My domain name is HowToStartaBlogOnline.com. You need a domain name if you want to start a blog so that people know where your blog is located.
You can buy a domain from your web hosting company or from a domain company.
There are companies out there that will give you a free blog but, you usually get a free sub-domain not a domain. You can still use a sub-domain to get online but that sub-domain is usually owned by the free blog company. See my definition below for sub-domain.
Niche – now there are different definitions for this, but I’m only going to be talking about how it relates to blogging. This is my definition. The easiest way to explain what niche means is, it means a “topic” or a “subject.” How to find a niche or subject which will resonate to a group of people who are interested in that topic. For example, how to find your niche can mean how to find a topic to focus your blog on. There is more to it, but this was just a simple explanation. If you want to find out more there is a whole article about “What is a niche and how to find one” on my blog.
Page – reflects something permanent or a notification that you want to get across on your blog and it’s not updated that often. Examples of blog pages would be: a Contact Us page, About me page, Legal pages, etc…
Your main articles are usually written in blog posts not blog pages.
You can add pages by logging into your WordPress dashboard and go to the section called “Pages.”
Plugin or WordPress plugin – think of it like a software you add to your blog to make it do an additional task.
For example, you can add an anti-spam plugin to your blog to reduce the amount of spam comments on your blog. There are lots of plugins that are free at WordPress.org and there are also premium plugins that you can buy on the internet as well.
It’s natural to want to fill up your blog with free plugins, but having too many plugins on your blog can actually slow down your blog. And no visitor to your blog likes to wait for your blog to load. So use plugins on your blog in moderation.
You can add plugins by logging into your WordPress dashboard and going to a section called “Plugins.”
Post – is where you usually write all your articles for your blog. You can find this by logging into your WordPress dashboard and going to a section called “Posts.”
SEO – stands for Search Engine Optimization. Simply put, it is a series of different tasks that you do to make sure that your website/blog is found on Google and other search engines like Bing etc… By doing these tasks you can usually get more traffic or visitors to your blog.
One of the biggest mistakes that you can do is to ignore SEO. If you do then your blog will just be floating in cyberspace and no one will find it.
By doing SEO regularly you are basically updating Google about your blog and this helps visitors to know as well.
How hard you try on SEO helps your blog rank higher in the search engines.
One of the most important things when you start a WordPress.org blog is to install a (free or paid) SEO plugin on your blog and use it regularly when you write your articles. There is a lot more to SEO, but this was just a simple explanation.
Sidebar – is a predefined area that is located to the side of your blog article or to the side of your blog page.
Some WordPress themes allow you to place your sidebar to the right, to the left or on both sides of your blog article/page.
Sidebars contain widgets that perform certain functions. For example, you can display advertisements or ads on the sidebar of your blog.
You can access your sidebar by logging into your WordPress dashboard and going to section called “Appearance” then to “Widgets.” This is where you can add widgets to your sidebar.
Sub-domain – is a second blog that is formed from the main primary domain. You can create a lot of sub-domains that are based off your primary domain.
So if I wanted to start another blog about a totally different topic and I didn’t want to buy another domain name, then I would create a sub-domain off the main domain.
For example, my main domain name is “HowtoStartaBlogOnline.com,” but if I wanted to start another blog about baseball then I would create a sub-domain and I would call it say “Baseball.HowtoStartablogonline.com.”
Personally I don’t like using sub-domains, it’s always better to just buy a new primary domain that’s specifically about baseball. It might look contradicting if you have two different topics there.
However, people use sub-domains for different reasons. There are many good reasons why someone would use a sub-domain as well.
Target audience – they are your ideal blog readers. They most likely are interested in your blog topic, so you want to really get to know who they are so that you can help your reader. If you help your reader they just might eventually buy one of your products! There is a whole article about “finding your target audience” on my blog if you want to know more.
Theme or WordPress theme – think of it as how your blog visually looks to people. When visitors come to your blog they are looking at your WordPress theme or “its layout and its colours.”
You can control your theme in the backend of WordPress (the dashboard) by going to a section called “Appearance” and then “Themes.” That is where you would change how your blog looks.
There are free WordPress themes and there are premium ones that you can pay for.
The best place to get free WordPress themes are from WordPress.org. Just note, that some free themes don’t allow you to easily change their colours and others do.
I’m using a premium theme on my blog from Bluchic (affiliate link).
URL or url – means Uniform Resource Locator (as per Wikipedia). You usually type in the url or web address to get to a particular website that you want to visit.
For example a very popular url is https://www.google.com. You go to Google’s url to research any topics that you might be interested in.
Web Hosting or Hosting – is a server that stores all your files related to your blog and this server has the technology to put your blog on the internet.
If you are going with a WordPress.org blog you need to buy web hosting. A good reputable web hosting company that is recommended by WordPress.org is BlueHost (affiliate link).
If you want a free blog then some blog companies will pay for the web hosting for you, but you have to follow their rules. Also you don’t own your blog. They do. So it can easily be deleted if you don’t adhere to their guidelines.
Widgets – can be placed on your sidebar, footer or wherever your WordPress theme allows it to be placed. Once it’s there it performs a certain function like it might display your categories, recent posts or other functions.
In your sidebar you can stack widgets like blocks on top of each other.
The widget section in a WordPress.org blog is operated by dragging and dropping different functions into your sidebar widget area or other areas where your WordPress theme allows widgets.
Widgets can be found by logging into your WordPress dashboard and going to “Appearance” and then to “Widgets.”
WordPress.org – is a url of a company called “Wordpress.” They provide people with a free blogging software program which is needed in order to make your WordPress.org blog work.
They also provide free WordPress plugins and WordPress themes as well.
WordPress.org is not the only blogging software out there. There are lots of other blogging softwares that you can use to create a blog. It wouldn’t be a WordPress.org blog though. But I like using the blogging software from WordPress.org and so do a lot of other people as well.
There is also WordPress.com but I use WordPress.org. I know it sounds confusing but it’s important to not confuse the two.
There are so many reasons why I like WordPress.org and I explain it in this article located here. So in order to get a WordPress.org blog operating you need: a domain name + web hosting + the free WordPress.org software. I explain all the steps you need to do in order to get a WordPress.org blog running in this article located here.
Phew, this was a long list of blogging words but I hope it helped you! So what do you think? Leave me some comments below. All the best!