119 Blogging Terms You Need to Know to Be a Better Blogger

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Be a Better Blogger with Blogging Definitions

Do you want to be a better blogger?

Much of your success depends on your understanding blogging terms that may be unfamiliar to you.

I know first-hand how frustrating not understanding terms can be. Not knowing needed definitions while I was trying to blog frustrated me and slowed me down when I first started out and often still does.

You may be a great blogger, but if you want to be an even better blogger, make sure you are familiar with these 119 blogging terms.

119 Terms to Help You Be a Better Blogger, a Glossary

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  1. A/B Testing – Splitting the population that is receiving your message, using a different approach with each, and then comparing your stats to see which approach was more effective.
  2. Affiliate – An affiliate marketer is a person who earns commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products.
  3. Alexa Score – Alexa.com measures your last three months of traffic. The lower your Alexa score, the better.
  4. Alt Text – A word or phrase that can be inserted to tell website viewers the nature or contents of an image.
  5. Anchor Text – The clickable text in a hyperlink.
  6. Automate – Something that’s automated is controlled by a machine rather than a person. In blogging, this means converting a process to a largely automatic operation.

    B

  7. Backlink – A backlink is any link that points to one page, from another page.
  8. Beta – Not in general use yet. Still in the testing stages.
  9. Beta Reader – A test reader. Generally, they are used to review your writing before the public sees it.
  10. Black Hat SEO – Characterized by the use of traps to achieve short-term SEO benefits.
  11. Blog – A regularly updated website or web page typically one run by an individual or small group that is written in an informal or conversational style. Also called “weblog.”
  12. Blogger – A person who writes for a blog.
  13. Blogging – Add new material to a blog.
  14. Blog Hop  Bloggers hop from blog to blog. This exposure helps generate traffic.
  15. Blogosphere – The blogging world.
  16. Blogroll – A collection of links to other blogs that you like reading.
  17. Blogversary – Your blog’s birthday.
  18. Bounce Rate – Basically, someone looks at your site and leaves, or bounces, away from your blog. The lower the score the better since it indicates fewer people are leaving without checking out more posts or pages.
  19. Brand – What people feel about your, your product, your service, or your organization.

    C

  20. Call to Action – A call-to-action (usually abbreviated as CTA) is an image or line of text that prompts your visitors, leads, and customers to take action. It is, quite literally, a “call” to take an “action.”
  21. Click Bait – A headline that gives you the feeling that you’ve developed a catchy, viral, eminently shareable piece that’s bound to draw readers in. That’s what click bait does. It’s designed to be sensational so that it can be the magnet that brings people to a web page.
  22. Click Through Rate – A measurement of how many people clicked on a particular link.  You can measure CTR on your website based on the number of visitors. Can also be used with email marketing to measure people who clicked on a link within your email.
  23. Content Marketing  – A sales funnel. You write quality posts, promote your content, convert visitors to subscribers, and market them a product.
  24. Content Syndication – The process of pushing your blog, site, or video content out to another site, either as a full article, snippet, link, or thumbnail.
  25. Content Upgrade – A specific, relevant incentive for subscribing to your blog. The content upgrade should relate to the content of the post, also called “a lead magnet.”
  26. Conversion Rate – The number of visitors to a website or recipients of an email who take action beyond viewership.
  27. Copyright – A person’s legal right to their works, physical or intellectual.
  28. Creative Commons – A type of licensing generally used at photo sharing sites.
  29. Curated Content – Hand-picked content with a focus on quality (See Content Syndication).

    D

  30. Direct Traffic – People type your URL directly into their browser.
  31. Domain Authority – Domain Authority is a  metric on the scale of 1 to 100 where 100 indicates the best and 1 means the worst. The higher the score, the higher the rank in search engines.
  32. Drip Campaign – A drip campaign is a method used in direct marketing to acquire customers through lead nurture programs. It involves sending marketing information to prospects repeatedly over longer periods of time in order to nurture prospects or leads through the marketing funnel.

    E

  33. Editorial Calendar – A tool used to identify when you are going to publish the content you create.
  34. Email –  Messages distributed via electronic means using a network.
  35. Engagement– Retweets (and other methods of sharing), likes, and comments.
  36. Evergreen Content – Content that is relevant all year round.
  37. Expert Interview Also called an Expert Roundup or Expert Roundup Interview. You decide how many experts to interview. Ask all of them the same question. Show their bios and link to their sites. Most include pictures of the respondents.

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  38. Favicon – A favicon is that little image you see at each of your internet tabs.
  39. Forums – Blog forums are like chat rooms. People come together to discuss a topic of interest.

    G

  40. Graphic – A visual representation of your content.
  41. Gravatar – An image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog.
  42. Guest Post  – Writing and publishing an article on someone else’s blog.

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  43. H1, H2, H3 – These are heading tags for different size headings. Ideally, they should contain your keyword.
  44. Host – The company that provides the space on their servers to store your blog.
  45. HTML – A language used for creating effects on web pages.
  46. Hyperlink – A link from a document to another location or file, typically activated by clicking on a highlighted word or image on the screen.

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  47. Inbound Marketing – Inbound marketing is about bringing potential customers to you instead of you going to them and fighting for their attention.
  48. Internal Link – An internal link connects one page of a website to a different page on the same website.
  49. Influencer – A person who has an above-average impact in a specific niche.
  50. Infographic Link to – A visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data.

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  51. Keyword – A word or phrase someone is looking for.
  52. Keyword Research – An SEO method that entails finding and searching for keywords (the most highly used and relevant keywords) for improving your own rankings.

    L

  53. Lead Magnet – The incentive you give people for subscribing to your blog.
  54. Like for Like– You like something of theirs and they’ll like something of yours.
  55. Link –  A link is a word, group of words or image that you can click on to go to a new page or a new section within the current page.
  56. Linking – According to Mark Hinkle, linking is the currency of the web. Linking to a blog post that helps make your point is a service to your readers.
  57. Link Baiting – A link building technique. Crafting content so other content creators will link to it.
  58. Link BuildingA technique invented by Brian Dean which involves boosting your SEO by getting other content creators to link to your site.
  59. Linky Party – A place to show your blog posts by leaving links and visiting other blogs.
  60. Longform Content – 750 words or more content in an article is considered “longform”. While writing more words takes longer, there are many advantages like a lower bounce rate and you establish yourself as an authority in your niche.
  61. Long Tail Keywords – longer and more specific keyword phrases that visitors are more likely to use. How long, you ask? Long tail keywords are generally at least four words long.

    M

  62. Media Kit – It’s like a blogger’s resume containing impressive statistics and accomplishments.
  63. Meta Description – The description seen by search engines on your blog or posts. Important for great SEO.
  64. Microblog – A social media site to which a user makes short, frequent posts.
  65. Monetization – The process of making money through your blog with revenue you’ll earn through affiliate networks, Adsense, or any other ad network.

    N

  66. Niche – The specific content you blog about. A niche provides the blogger direction and focus while telling the reader what the content will be about.

    O

  67. Off-Page SEO – The site awareness you are able to generate for your page or post.
  68. On-Page SEO – The content of your actual page or post, and how helpful or relevant it is to the searches.
  69. Opt-In – An incentive for people to subscribe to, or opt-in to, your blog. See “lead magnet.”
  70. Organic Traffic –  Traffic that comes from search engines, not including paid advertising. Google, Bing, and Yahoo are the most popular search engines.

    P

  71. Page – A static page on your site that doesn’t automatically update.
  72. Page Rank – An algorithm used by the Google search engine to measure the authority of a web page.
  73. Page Views – The number of times a user visits a web page.
  74. Paid Search – People click on display or PPC ads to get to your website.
  75. Pain Point – Your readers’ problem. A successful blogger is one who solves problems, or pain points, for their readers.
  76. Panda Penalty  Google changed their algorithms to penalize blogs with thin content by putting them at the bottom of the search results.
  77. PPCPay Per Click is a form of advertising. You get paid when people click the ads on your site.
  78. Permalink – The URL of the post you publish.
  79. Pingback – Person A posts something on his blog. Person B posts on her own blog, linking to Person A’s post.
  80. Plagiarism – Plagiarism is taking someone else’s work or ideas and misrepresenting them as your own.
  81. Plugin – Software that can add functions or extend functions of a WordPress blog.

    R

  82. Reciprocal Links – Reciprocal links are links between two sites that have been created and linked to each other for a number of possible reasons. The site owners may do this to give visitors a chance to see both sites, as they may be related, or as a show of partnership.
  83. Referral Traffic – People visit your website by clicking on a link from a different website.
  84. Retweet – A re-post or forwarded message on Twitter by another user.
  85. Rich Answer – Google is answering search engine queries. This started in April of 2015.
  86. ROI – Return on Investment – Is what you are putting in worth what you are getting out? Often used in reference to Return on Time Invested.
  87. RSS Feed – Stands for “Rich Site Summary,” a way for people to subscribe to your blog.

    S

  88. SAHM – An acronym that means Stay at Home Mom.
  89. Search Engine Optimization – See SEO.
  90. Self-hosted blog – A blog where the blogger owns the site and the domain name.
  91. Semantic Search is based on contextual searching wherein there is an effort to understand user intent.
  92. SEO – Search Engine Optimization is the practice of optimizing your blog in order to achieve better search engine results.
  93. SERP – An acronym that means Search Engine Results Page.
  94. Sidebar – An area on the side of your blog that you can add widgets to.
  95. Sitemap – A list of the pages on a website- used by search engines for “crawling” and ranking your site.
  96. Skyscraper Technique – Involves building links to your blog for the purpose of improving SEO.
  97. Slug – a short, abbreviated title in their URLs.
  98. Social Media – The interaction with various people on online platforms.
  99. Social Media Engagement – Social media engagement can be defined as a conversation between brands and their audiences via social media platforms.
  100. Social Proof – Also known as informational social influence, is a psychological phenomenon where people assume the actions of others reflect correct behavior for a given situation. Everyone wants to hop on the bandwagon if they think other people are too.
  101. Social Search – Refers to searching user-generated content related to search queries on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.
  102. Spam – Spam is flooding the Internet with many copies of the same message, in an attempt to force the message on people who would not otherwise choose to receive it
  103. Spammer – A person who sends undesired messages.
  104. Sponsored Post – A post bloggers are paid to write.
  105. Stop WordsStop words are common words in the slug that can hurt your SEO. 

    T

  106. Tagline – A tagline is a short phrase, or sentence, used to convey what your site is about.
  107. Target Reader – Who you want your audience to be. Who do you want to read your blog?
  108. Theme – The overall style of your blog.
  109. Thin Content – A page with no real value besides building traffic. It contains no great insights into the industry, no good information about your product, and nothing that you couldn’t find on another, similar site.
  110. Traffic – The number of people visiting your website. Often an indicator of how successful a website is.
  111. Tweep – A popular name for a Twitter user.

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  112. Unique Visitor – A distinct, individual visitor to a website who is only counted once, regardless how many times or web pages they visit.
  113. User Intent – The goal someone has in mind when they make a search.

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  114. V. A. – a term for a virtual assistant, an assistant who helps you online.
  115. Visit – A visit is one individual visitor who arrives at your website and proceeds to browse. A visit counts all visitors, no matter how many times the same visitor may have been to your site.

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  116. WAHM – An acronym that means Work at Home Mom.
  117. Webinar – A seminar conducted over the internet.
  118. White Hat SEO – Optimization strategies, techniques and tactics that are considered ethical.
  119. Widgets – Tools or content that can be added to your sidebar.

Conclusion

In conclusion, having the definitions of these blogging terms will not only help you be a better blogger, but you will be able to blog faster. You won’t be stumped by these terms or delayed because you have to take your time to look up the meanings.

Readers, please share this post so other bloggers can have access to the definitions in this blogging glossary.

Were there any new terms you learned? Are there any I missed? If so, please share the blogging term and definition in the comment section.

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  1. John Doe at 6:25 am

    This post should be doved the official dictionary of blogging terms. Along with being a new age influencer we should refer to you as the Miriam Webster of blogging.

  2. John Doe at 6:50 am

    On re-reading yesterday’s blog How to get 13126 pages views in a month, I realize something. I read these random blogs and the headline will read “Get 250000 page views in a year without doing anything”. The difference between them and you I just realized is you provide documentation and proff when you say something in a blog usually in the form of a screen shot but you are not just saying something with no backup, we can see that it actually happened and where the increase came from and which part of social medias’ numbers went up. Anybody can say anything but the PROFF is in the pudding. Saying something is one thing, seeing A visual screen shot is something else.

    • Janice Wald at 7:11 am

      Hi John,
      Thank you for this testimonial. I hope people who’ve read my posts before realize I do not provide “clickbait” headlines. I always offer proof via screenshots.
      Janice

  3. Mat Baker at 7:30 am

    Thanks, Janice. I am thinking of dipping my toe into blogging waters, so an article like this is really useful, and shows me how much I need to learn. Bookmarked!

    • Janice Wald at 6:22 pm

      Hi Brenda,
      I did not realize you’ve been blogging for six years. Congratulations! I saw you at GrowthHackers the other day. Cool we travel in the same circles.
      Regarding selling my ebook, my publisher suggested I use it as a content upgrade, so the PDF to the dictionary is available at the end of the post. Thanks for the praise. Your comments made me feel great.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…How to Use Visuals to Boost Engagement, 4 WaysMy Profile

      • Bren Pace at 5:54 am

        Hey Janice,

        Yes, I’ve had many blogs that I’ve ditched simply because I got bored of them. 🙂 However, the experience of building blogs and building a community of friends has been a great one. I’ve downloaded the dictionary and have passed this post along to my buds.

        Have a great day!

        B

  4. Robin Khokhar at 11:25 pm

    Hi Janice,
    That’s a large list of blogging the things that bloggers need to take care of. And also big thanks for sharing my website with the sources link. I really appreciate that.
    Thanks,
    And have a good week ahead.

  5. Priscilla King at 10:18 am

    One term: #ReadersRevolt : Hashtag unhappy readers may use after bouncing away from a web site that’s cluttered with big messy pictures, video or audio clips, pop-ups, or anything else that causes it to take more than *one* *click* to get at the full text of the post. (This post squeaked through because the pop-up covers only the sidebar…but I’m promoting awareness of this hashtag in order to remind bloggers that *some* readers are going to find out what you say only as it prints out on an old dot-matrix printer or, worse yet, reads out loud on a voice-recognition gadget. *Blogs should not look like television.*)

    I actually liked the post…but that memory-hog graphic pushed my browser’s limits, which substantially dilutes my “liking.” If I’d been using some computers I frequently use, I wouldn’t have been able to read the post at all.

  6. Charles Onwugbene at 12:22 pm

    Hi Janice,
    This is simply wonderful. Thanks for putting in your time and effort into this post. I cannot tell you how happy I am for this information. It is a reference guide and will serve to add value for new and experienced blogger. I am sharing it with my social network. THANK YOU.

  7. Olivia Atticus at 10:25 am

    Hi Brenda,
    Excellent write-up and the way it’s all laid out looks amazing too! Thanks for sharing such an excellent article.
    I did not realize you’ve been blogging for a few years.

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