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Blog lingo got ya puzzled?

Here’s a list of some of the top blogging terminology:

Archives – A link to view the archive section which contains older posts.

Adsense: online advertising network of the most famous on the internet.Adsense is owned by Google and provide the opportunity for the bloggers to monetize their blogs with contextual ads on their blogs. Every time someone Google Adsense clicks on your ad text, then the owner will blog get some commission.

Blog – Short for weblog. It’s similar to an online journal. You may use it for personal or business. The blog entries are in chronological order. A blog is a frequently updated online personal journal or diary. It is a place to express yourself to the world. A place to share your thoughts and your passions. Really, it’s anything you want it to be. For our purposes we’ll say that a blog is your own Web site that you are going to update on an ongoing basis. Blog is a short form for the word weblog and the two words are used interchangeably.

Blogger (noun) – a person who keeps a blog – Bloggers are revolutionizing the way news is shared.

Blogosphere – A term to describe the overall blogging community.

Blog Roll – A list of blogs you recommend to visit. Also called link exchange.

Captcha – Squiggly random letters, words or numbers used to block bots and avoid spammy comments

Categories – Organizing blog topics by grouping related topics together to make it easier to find
Comments – An area for readers of the blog to add their comments. This is an option some bloggers use and others avoid.

Domain: Also known as domain name or name domain hosting, is the name of your site or blog listed in the Internet world. Example domain names are Duplicate content: Content duplication of results (usually in the form of text / articles) within a site or blog. Search engines (eg Google Search Engine) tend to impose a penalty for your site or blog with duplicate content.

Feed: Also called a web feed or news feed, is a data format used in the Internet world to enable users to obtain updates or blog articles from favorite sites. There were two main types of feed formats: RSS Feeds and Atom Feeds.

Google Reader: RSS Reader is the world’s most popular on the internet. Google Reader is a web-based application that allows its users to subscribe to and manage RSS feeds of certain sites or blogs. Because it was so popular, many sites that display a special badge Google Reader so readers can subscribe to RSS feeds through Google Reader.

Link Love – Posting a link on your blog or other blogs you think may be of interest to others.

Lurker : Usually a term for a person who visits a discussion forum to read the posts, but doesn’t post messages; in the neutral sense of the word “lurkers’ are often ‘newbies’ {see newbie} who start out by lurking on the site before becoming active posters

Meme: An Internet meme is a concept that spreads from person to person via the Internet. When bloggers create a theme or campaign that is picked up and used by other bloggers, it’s called a meme.

Page Views: Also called impression. Every time a user on the Internet opens your page, one page view will be calculated. Popular sites can get millions of page views month, but the average blogger will have page views in the thousands.

An article on a blog is referred to as a “post.” Every time you create new content and publish it, you just created a blog post.

RSS Feed – Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication is a format for delivering regularly changing web content

Subscriber: Visitors who subscribe to your blog site or a site’s RSS feed or subscribe via email. When the site is updated with new content, customers will receive the content via RSS Reader or via email. The web master and blogger attention to the number of RSS subscribers because it represents the number of loyal readers and constant traffic of visitors.

Trackback – Is a notification from blogger A to blogger B by sending a ping to say I have written something related to your blog post on my blog. The first person receives the trackback in form of an excerpt with a link to the post of blogger B.

Troll: A negative referent for a person who posts on a discussion board for the purpose of disrupting the conversation.

URL: Abbreviation of Uniform Resource Locator. URL includes the domain name and a protocol. Example URL is

Vlog – A video blog or a blog post created in the form of a video One of my favorite vbloggers is Renae Christine. You can find her HERE.

WebHost: A web host is the main resource for website owners who are unable to configure and purchase servers. A web host allows users to create a website using the company’s servers, backup procedures, and fast Internet connection.

Any blog lingo that has you stumped? Leave your comment below and I will do my best to “splain” it to you.

AND, if you’d like to see more terminology including ones like Blogstipated, Blurker, and Blomit…GO HERE.

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Becky Flansburg is freelance writer, blogger and virtual assistant living in Northern Minnesota. A dedicated mom to two beautiful kids, her veteran blog is filled with laughter and love about the joys parenthood. Becky is also committed to helping women realize their work-from-home dreams, enjoy life beyond the cubicle and find clarity in the work/life/family balance. Connect with Becky via her website, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest