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Basic Blog Terms

Lucia Mancuso, 07 March, 2007 0 Comments

Blog Terms

In true spirit of the blog basics series – I’ve investigate much
information on sites and thought back to when I began blogging and if I
would interpret the information correctly. I noticed from when I started
blogging to now the list of blog terms out there have really grown.
However – for a new blogger, less then a 1/4 of the terms out there are
important for you to know.

I’ve compiled a basic but essential list below…


The term used to describe all blogs or the entire blogging community worldwide

Blog Site:

The location on the web that a blog is placed, it can either be a stand alone blog, or a blog that is placed within a website


The list of blogs that a blogger will add to there site. This list is
usually placed on the sidebar. This list can be titled blogroll or
whatever the blogger decides, i.e.: recommended reading, links, Blogs I
Like, etc… The list may consist of any web/blog site that the blogger


Person who runs a blog.

Blogger is also a blog hosting website


The most popular blog awards

Blog Feed:

A blog feed is a file (which is in XML) that the blog software uses to allow the blog to be distributed on the web.

Blog Client:

Is the software that is used to manage a blog. The software can be
accessed by any web browser.  A blog client allows you add, edit
and manage all content you want on your blog site.

Blog Carnival:

It is basically when somebody takes a given blog post or topic and
compiles all posts they find about that topic into one post called a
carnival. A blog carnival can be updated and have contributors that
update new material. Blog Carnivals help bloggers recognize each others
efforts, organize important topics, and promote conversation on the


Categories is a way to organize your blog entries under a topic. When a
user selects the category of their choice a list of all blog entries
under that category will appear.

Comment Spam:

As usual spam is a pain in the @%*!. Comment spam is no different. It
usually consists of a few lines and a link to another site. Most blog
software has spam plug ins the help control comment spam.

Link Love:

The term is used when somebody links to sites or blog posts that they
like/love. It is a way of letting the author of the blog know you found
their information useful/entertaining etc…

Multi -blog:

A multi blog is a site that is running multiple blogs (more then one) at the same time.


A permanent link is the unique URL that is given to a blog post.


A blog is made up of a series/ collection of posts. Each single unit of writing is considered a post.


A ping is an alert that is sent out by the blogging software when a post has been updated.

RSS Aggregator/ Reader:

An RSS aggregator is a service that people use to read an RSS feed. This
allows readers to be notified whenever there favorite blogs are updated
with more content to read.

RSS Feed:

This is the file that contains the latest blog post which appears in the RSS aggregator/reader.

Reciprocal Link:

When two bloggers exchange links with each other on their blogroll.


The column or columns that are found on the sides of most blogs. The
sidebar may contain archives, blogroll, advertising, most popular posts,


A mechanism that lets bloggers see who wrote the original post and who
has written posts about that original post. The mechanism pings each
blog alerting them that this has happened.


A tag is keywords used in association with the content on a website,
bookmark, photo or blog post. People categorize their posts with a tag –
just like they may categorize their post with a category.

Tag Cloud:

A tag cloud is visual that shows the keywords used on a blog and how
often they are used. Usually the most used words are larger then the
least used words.

Trackback Spam:

Like comment spam – this is spam that is filtered through trackbacks.

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