The Top Ten Terms In Blogs
Individuals who are interested in creating blogs for themselves often have trouble reading many different types of articles because they do not understand the terminology. Failing to understand what basic terms mean can create an unnecessarily large workload. The following is a brief explanation of the top ten blog terms, designed to aid the beginner in gaining a basic understanding of blogs, blogging and how to market your blogs.
1. Blogs: Believe it or not, there are actually those out there who do not know what a blog is. Yes, even in the year 2014, this is true and makes since, some people are still just getting used to emails. This mostly goes for the older generation. So, this word is placed at the top of the list of important terms. The word “blog” is actually short for “web log.” Basically, a blog is an online journal that is created and maintained by individuals. Although it is defined as a journal, it does not mean it is a place for one to tell his soul to the world. Instead it is often used a place for people to share information on a topic they are interested in and offer advice to others. Some bloggers are even able to use a blog to make money.
2. Pinging: This is a very important tool for those who want to help their blog be noticed by as many people as possible. Many sites provide this service at no cost and will notify search engines each time a blog is updated. This will help your blog rank higher on the list of popular sites, thus making it more easily located by readers.
3. Linking: Many who write blogs place links throughout their content. These links will direct readers to other sites that provide additional information on the blog topic and also help to show the reliability of the blogger. Some bloggers are afraid of this approach; afraid that they will loose their own business but the truth is, the more you give out the more you get back. Providing readers with additional information will actually help improve readership instead of send it elsewhere.
4. Posts: Posts are simply new entries made into your blog. Every time you update, you make a new post. Additionally you should post at least two to three times a week.
5. Template: This refers to the setup of the blog site itself. Most new blogs come with a standard template, but you will want to try and make it as unique and aesthetically pleasing as possible. Expressing your individuality through the template will help make your blog more memorable.
6. Blog host: To begin a blog, you have to sign up with a blog host. These are sites such as Blogger or WordPress. Generally a blog host is a large site that offers blogs to any number of subscribers. Many offer this for free, so be wary of a group that requires payment for the service.
7. Blog directory: A blog directory is an online database that categorizes various blogs found on the Internet. You will want to make sure your blog is added to a directory to help spread the word about your blog.
8. Niche: Articles often advise people to find their niche and start a blog on that topic. A niche is the purpose of your blog. It refers to what your blog is about. Will you choose to create a serious blog about politics or religion or real estate or any other type of business? Or will you offer a more laidback blog that focuses on music or movie stars? What you decide will determine your niche.
9. RSS feed: An RSS feed is code that can be created with your blog that allows your readers to subscribe to it. Readers will not have to check your blog on a regular basis to see if you have made an update but will automatically be informed each time you make a change. This is usually sent to them through email.
10. Track back links – Track back links provide notification to other bloggers anytime you refer to their blog in a post. It will also include a link to your site from theirs.
For those just starting out, these terms should help to make many advice articles easier to understand. If you continue to find terminology with which you are unfamiliar, research it carefully before making additional decisions regarding your job. Remember, education is power.
Before my husband and I began our Real Estate life, he was a magician. That’s right – a Las Vegas magician! And he was great! I’m not saying that because he’s my husband – well, maybe a little – but there are many people who still remember him, and even more kids whose lives he made happier at the many children’s parties we created, not just for our daughter Tabitha, but for many other kids as well.
I have to confess that I wasn’t at all sure about this Real State business, especially in Las Vegas, and in this current economic climate nationwide. But as the saying goes – in adversity there is always opportunity – and so Richard and I took the plunge and off we went. Neither of us knew much about Blogs, or how powerful they can be in business. Especially this kind of business. And how much they have since become a very valuable part of our lives, and our business success.
At that time there wasn’t very much information about Blogs, or what they are, and how to get one started. And certainly not anything about how to make a good one, and how to make sure that it is perfectly formatted and targeted at just the right audience which you are trying to reach with your message.