So you finally got your new blog up and running and are excited about what lies ahead.
But setting up your free blog was just one bit of the job, now you have a range of other possibilities to explore on your way to making the most out of your blog as a student.
To help you get along and possibly become a blogging expert, we’ve compiled a list of ten words you are almost certain to meet on your blogging journey.
A clear-cut explanation to each of them is provided and you’ll enjoy a fruitful journey if you can grasp them right now.
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10 Words You Will Meet On Your Blogging Journey As A Student
This is the administration area of your blog (back-end).
What your blog visitors see are changes that you effect at this end and these could include creating new posts, moderating comments, adding a new plug-in, or other forms of customization.
The moment you create your blog, it is usually recommended that you spend some time getting used to the dashboard features so that you can optimize your blog.
If you’ve already published a post on your new blog, then there is a huge chance that you added no link to the published content.
So what are links anyway?
A link is simply a route to other published posts on your blog (internal link) or posts that can be found on other blogs (external link).
If you click on this link, for instance, you’ll be directed to our articles on things to consider before starting your blog as a student, while clicking on this link will redirect you to a post on another blog that tells more about links.
Linking to other posts on your blog gives your posts more visibility even though they must have been published a while ago. Linking to posts on other blogs is also a way to build a relationship with other bloggers and is an SEO ranking factor. (Don’t get lost here.The next subhead explains what SEO is).
Popular blogging platforms WordPress and Blogger make the link option available in the post editor. To add a link, you simply have to copy the URL of the post your trying to link to, and paste them on the field that appears after clicking the add link option in your post editor.
A link from another blog to your blog is called a backlink.
This is the acronym for Search Engine Optimization and represents any effort that is made to get more visitors to your blog from the search engine result pages (SERPs).
When an internet user searches for information on search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bing, your blog or blog posts can show up in their search results and they can subsequently visit your site from this source.
Here are some healthy SEO practices.
- Creating quality content. No plagiarism
- Adding a correct meta-description
- Internal Linking
- Quality backlinks
- Use of relevant keywords. (Keywords are words that explain what a blog post is all about).
- Make your images searchable by adding a description and alt text.
- Submitting your site to Google search console.
You can make a checklist of these practices and implement them on your blog simultaneously. To learn more about SEO, use this link.
Blog traffic simply refers to a visit to your blog by an internet user. It is usually categorized into page views (number of times a page on your blog is visited) and visitors (number of unique individuals who get on your site).
Major traffic sources for your blog can include social media pages and profiles, search engines and offline promotions.
Organic traffic is a term representing visits to your blog from search engines while paid traffic is blog visits you pay for through means such as Facebook advert network.
Massive traffic numbers mean a blog can be effectively monetized using different means such as Google Adsense, Affiliate links etc.
5.Plug-ins & Gadgets
Plug-in for WordPress and Gadget for Google’s blogger are terms generally used to refer to the different functionalities that can be added to your blog to improve the user experience.
There are different plug-ins for different purposes on WordPress but the most common include Yoast SEO, Akismet, Contact Form, WP statistics. On Blogger, gadgets include HTML, Labels, Pages
Finding the perfect blend of plug-ins or widgets that suit your blogging purpose could take considerable time, therefore it is a nice idea to play around with them till you find the right ones.
6.HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language)
This is the code that is used to structure and display a web page and it’s content.
However, you will have very little of HTML work to do since you’re using a blogging service. Blogger and WordPress convert your plain text in the text editor to HTML, and then accurately displays them when a user gets on your site.
As you progress on your blogging journey, there is a need for you to get sound HTML knowledge in order to understand exactly how your blog works and also to effectively add third-party HTML codes to your blog.
This simply means to write and publish an article on someone else’s blog.
For bloggers, this is a simple way to build backlinks since the blog owner you are writing for would normally add a link back to your blog on your article that appears on their blog.
You could also accept guest posts from other bloggers and build a mutual relationship with them.
This is a programme that pays a blogger for displaying Google ads on their website.
You become a Google Ad publisher the moment you sign up and get approval to run an Adsense account. Before you sign up, please ensure that our blog complies with their policies that are primarily based on creating quality content for your readers and not using the plagiarized content.
9.Social Media Sharing
After you publish a post on your blog, there is need to give visitors the power to share your posts on social media networks in order to increase visibility.
Blogger has this function by default while on WordPress, plug-ins such as Saasy Social Share can be used to add this function to your blog posts and pages.
You can also get traffic to your blog by sharing your posts on your personal social media profile or Business pages that you manage on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
10.Template or Theme
This is the cloth your blog wears and what generally determines how attractive your blog would appear to your visitors.
Both Blogger and WordPress offer free templates or themes and you can choose that which speaks the language of your audience and niche.
There are hundreds of other words you will meet on your blogging journey but we’ve shared the basics and believe you are good to go.
This post is a follow-up from our blogging series which can be found here.