I can remember my earlier days when I first notice the word “blog” on web. To be very frank, it was a complete unknown word to me. Then I started reading online to get some idea about what does it mean actually. Time goes on and now I have my own blog. Sure there are many who have had the same experience like me.
I want to share what I have learnt about blog and blogging on those days. Blogging is very similar to keeping a diary except everything is done online. You don’t have to blog about yourself either. There are many business owners who blog about there company. If you have a website, a blog is a great place to add all of your updates and news. Naturally, people are curious and want to learn more about you so they’ll visit the blog.
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Here I want to mention a name, Huffington Post which is a popular online newspaper that is published by a group of established journalists. This particular blog is worth millions of dollars and discusses business, politics, etc. Blog Basics is the other popular name, used to blog about niche sites.
There are also personal blogs which discuss the daily life of someone or it is much like a journal. This is great if you are just trying to follow your life and you may even get some followers.
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So, What Is a Blog and Blogging Exactly?
A blog is simply an online program that allows you to write about certain topics on your website. These topics are usually called posts. The posts can either show up on the front page, home page or even in subcategories of the site – depending on how the blog is set up.
Features of a Blog
- Every blog has a menu containing a button for the homepage as well as the blog. Sometimes the blog is on the front page.
- Blogs are dynamic, meaning that any visitors who come to a post are able to leave comments.
- The majority of blogs have a header, footer and content within. Sometimes blogs also have a sidebar used for extra content.
- Categories and tags are almost always present within a blog.
- Readers or visitors are able to search the blog using the search box, if it is even present. Some web designers do not include the search box.
- A post can contain text, images, and even media.
- Posts can also have links to other posts within the blog or a link to an outside website.
- Almost all blogging sites will have contact us forms and about pages.
Common Terms Bloggers Need To Know
If you are interested in blogging, here are some terms you will need to know before starting.
Alternative Text, Tag or Attribute – This simply means an image alt tag. Any images placed within a post are described via the tag attribute. An alt tag is helpful for visitors searching for information and also for the search engines to find the blog.
Anchor Text – This is basically a URL with text on a blog post. They can activate the link by clicking it.
Article – If an article is within the blog section, it is also known as a post. Otherwise it is just referred to as an article if there is no blog present within the site.
Author – The author refers to the person who wrote the post in the blog. There can be different authors within a blog.
Blogosphere – In the online world, all blogs and bloggers are connected with each other. This is also known as a community or a fancy word to say this is “blogosphere” online.
Blogroll – A blogroll is simply a list of links to other blogs that are related. Or, it can just be for blogs that are recommended by the website owner.
Favicon – This tiny graphic appears on the left of the browser’s address bar. It can be customized and is a great way to build a brand for your blog.
Permalink – A permalink refers to the URL of a blog post. Permalinks can be changed by name or date. Permalinks are also important to focus on since they affect the SEO of a blog.
Widget or Module – A widget is a part of the website that has been modified. For example, within a CMS these are parts of the website where you can add almost anything. They are usually located in the sidebar and are great for adding call to actions, extra links, biographies, etc.