Blog Lingo

Published March 25, 2007 by Dr. Tammy Powley

Bloggers have started to develop their own jargon. Below is a list of blog terminology you’ll see all over the web.

 

Aggregator: This is a feed reader. (See RSS reader below).

 

A-List Blogger: “A” is in top of the heap, big time, super famous blogger that gets a ton of traffic and press.

 

B-List Blogger: “B” list bloggers are right behind the “A” list bloggers. They are still pretty well-known.

 

Blog: Short for weblog.

 

Blogger: A person who blogs

 

Blog Network: A group of connected blogs housed by one company.

 

Blogosphere: A term used to describe the blogging community. )If you are a blogger, then you are part of the blogosphere.)

 

Blog Roll: A list of links selected by the blogger and included on a blog. (Normally, these will be related to the blog topic or just favorite blogs of the blogger.)

 

Content: This refers to any sort of writing used on the Internet. If you write an article, then that is content. If you write a caption, then that is content.

 

Dashboard: In most blogging software, this is the area were your control panel is at, allowing you to add posts, edit, alter a template, etc. In blogger.com, however, this is your profile page, where you’d add information about yourself.

 

Indie Blogger: Person who writes their own blog independent of any paying network

 

Link Farm: A web site made up simply of links (has no real content) used to draw in search engines in order to make money off ads. Often automated, no real “person” runs these.

 

Link Love: Linking to other bloggers’ related posts.

 

Page Views: Every time a reader sees your web page, as in clicks on it, this is considered a page view. (Many networks pay based on this number; more page views equals more money.)

 

Post: An entry or article written on a blog

 

Ranking: This refers to how high up on the search engine listing your blog is.

 

RSS Feed: Real Simple Syndication – This is a way to get notification of when your favorite blogs are updated. You can do this by using an aggregator. (For example, there is Bloglines.com).

 

Stats: Short for statistics (Find out how many page views, feed subscribers, links, etc you have.)

 

Strikethroughs: This literally marking a line through words on a blog post. It is used to make corrections, thus allowing the reader to see previous mistakes and how they have been corrected.

 

Weblog: A log on the web, in reverse chronological order. There are different types of blogs:

  • Journal Blog: An on-line personal diary
  • Filter Blog: Content of info, sorted from other areas on the web & linked
  • K-log: “K” is for knowledge, a compilation of information
  • Mixed Blog: A mixture of all of the above

For a more extensive list see: Quick On-line tips at http://www.quickonlinetips.com/archives/2006/06/the-giant-blogging-terms-glossary/

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