Being new to blogging simply feels like your first day in high school; you're listening to the gangs' conversations, but you just can't blend in because you're not familiar with their terms. The moment you think you're fit enough to be the life of the party, you hear them using new terms.
Well, that feels bad for a start, but once you're in, there's no way you can have that same feeling. I guess that life is for everyone, including newbies who have just joined the world of blogging. For your information, it's a wide space filled with terms you have to understand.
By now you must have heard "SEO, HTML, HTTPS" and so on from either web pages or YouTube videos. I guess the other reason you're here is simply because you couldn't understand the messages was because you were unable to decode those terms. Well, I got you covered with 10 blogging terms you need to know.
Don't get it twisted, the words "blog" and "blogger" are actually two different terms. A blog is a website or web page that is constantly updated with information for visitors, while a blogger refers to a person who writes content for a blog.
But most of the time, when you hear people say "Blogger," they are referring to a platform created by Google on which a blog can be created and also content or information can be written and arranged to be published on a blog. In other words, the term "blogger" is a homograph (it either refers to a person or a platform).
You must have heard web designers make use of the word "coding" and I assume you understand them when they use such a term. HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is the code used to construct or structure a web page and its content. To make it easier for you, almost everything you see on a blog is built using HTML code.
Like I said earlier, blogging is vast and you will have to choose what your focus will be, just like a student who wants to go to college. First, you will have to decide which course you will be offering in college.
For quick understanding, let's call this "college" blogging. Blogging has various courses for you to offer, just like college, and all you have to do is to decide which courses to pick. Niche, on the other hand, refers to the courses that you will study.
Blogging has various niches for newbies to select from; it can be education, lifestyle, football, crypto currency, technology, and many more. If you check around, you will find some bloggers who run multiple niches on their blog. Bloggers who are mostly considered to be unprofessional might find it hard to get permanent visitors.
3. Meta Description
A Meta Description is more like a summary of an entire post on a blog. They only appear below your blog post on search engines. They are mainly between 130 and 160 words, which simply means you don't have to write a long epistle. They are the selling point of every piece of content on search engines because visitors will need proof that your content has what they are looking for on a search engine.
These are links attached to a page in a blog that can redirect you to another blog if clicked on. Most of the time, it is used for reference purposes, mostly when quoting a speech or a statement. Backlinks are one of the essential criteria that Google uses to rank websites from 0-100. Remember that websites with higher ratings have the chance of appearing on Google's front page.
Every blog post and page has its own unique url. This url is referred to as the "permalink."
6. Anchor Text
An Anchor text is a clickable text that has a hyperlink attached to it and, when clicked on, redirects you to another page. They are most often highlighted with a unique color to signify that they are clickable.