Did you know that bloggers have their own lingo?
In one of the Facebook blogging groups I’m in, somebody asked the question: “Can someone explain the difference between ____ and ______.”
Even though I’ve been blogging for over a year (almost two…) I like to see how others explain blogging terms.
Here are 7 blogging lingo terms that might need a little bit of clarity
A domain is like your street address (ever hear it called web address?). It’s where your blog will live. For new bloggers, I’d say stick with the free .blogspot or .wordpress address- a .com domain is relatively cheap, but I’d get one once you’ve settled into your little corner of the internet.
2. Hosted vs. Self-hosted
A host is like riding a bus. It’s free, it requires no maintenance, but you essentially have to go wherever that bus wants to go.
Self-hosted is like riding a car. You have the freedom to go/do anything you want when you want. For a new blogger, I’d suggest going with a host like blogger or wordpress.com
Kinda like when you’re in your car and sitting in (wait for it…) TRAFFIC. Normally everyone hates traffic, but when you’re a blogger, you want more traffic. Traffic for bloggers pertains to the visitors, pageviews, unique pageviews and all that analytic stuff.
UMV or Unique Monthly Visitors are determined by the unique IP address each computer has. Usually, pageviews are the main thing you want, but UMV is important also!
Essentially, it is a technique that ranks your posts based on length, words, technical and creative aspects. The more SEO friendly your post is, the more likely it’ll pop up on search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo. Want more info? Click here.
A specific word that either you or a brand will specify to increase visibility in SEO ranking. A keyword also sums up your entire post in a word. The way I understand it, when people type something into a search engine and it contains your keyword, your post with that specific keyword will pop up in the results.
A platform is like WordPress or Blogger, Think of it as an apartment building and all the different sites on that specific platform are the apartments.