Blog Terms Explained

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  • 1. Blog Terms Explained<br />BlogA blog is a collection of writing, similar to a diary. What you write may be about your personal life or in the case of a business blog you would probably write more about your product and services.Unlike a website where the information pretty much stays the same from page to page unless you change it, the information seen on a blog changes every time you write a post. A new post will show on the homepage and after awhile will fall off to older pages.- - - - - - - - - -Posts A post on a blog is the content you write that makes up the blog. Think of posts as pages in the diary.- - - - - - - - - -Comments A comment is a message written by a person who visits your blog. The comment appears either above or below a post depending on how the blog is setup. A comment is a way the blog becomes interactive because the public can leave their thoughts on your post. This is what sets a blog apart from a website.- - - - - - - - - -Blog HostThis is the company or service that allows your blog to appear on the Internet 24 hours of the day. Your blog is not stored on your personal computer because no one would be able to view it. It must be stored on a computer that will show it to anyone who wants to visit it.If you decide to use a free blog service such as Blogger or Word Press then they would be considered your blog host. If you decide to pay a hosting service a monthly fee to host your blog then they would be your blog host.What is the difference in a free and paid blog host?A free host will store your files for free and give you a blog URL or address that will include their business name in it.Example: http://businessbloggingguide.blogspot.com/ Blogspot.com is the company's nameIf you pay to have your blog hosted you can buy your own blog URL and it will not have any other name but your own in it.Example: http://www.businessbloggingguide.com/ - - - - - - - - - -TemplateA template is the design, color, and layout of your blog. When you register for a new blog at one of the free sites you are given several template choices. If you don't pick one your page will be white, like a blank sheet of paper. You can change your template at anytime.For more advanced users: you may want to download a more customized template. This will help your blog to have more of a unique look than the "cookie cutter" templates that you are offered when you sign up with a blog service like Blogger or Word Press.Downloading and then uploading a template will require some knowledge of HTML and CSS in case you get in a jam and the template doesn't work. Always download your existing template before uploading a new one. You can always revert back to the old design until you figure out how to get the new one working properly.- - - - - - - - - -RSS FeedRSS is a way for visitors to keep up with your blog without them having to visit it all of the time. They subscribe in something called an RSS Reader which is really a piece of software or a special area on websites like Yahoo or Google.Basically, all of the messages you post are compiled together and sent out to those websites on a daily, weekly or monthly basis depending on how you have it set up.Some people like following blogs this way. They can log into their Yahoo account and on their personalized My Yahoo page there will be a section that shows the updates from that blog. Or, they can open up a Reader such as RSS Captor Pro or BlogExpress and read the messages that way.- - - - - - - - - -Email Feed See above for an understanding of a feed first.Basically, all of the messages you post are compiled together and sent out to your email account on a daily, weekly or monthly basis depending on how you have it set up.Some people like viewing messages in an RSS Reader while others would rather get an email to read.- - - - - - - - - -PermalinkIn a blog, this is the permanent link that goes to a specific blog entry.Remember, once you start writing on your blog all new messages get pushed to the bottom of the page and eventually off onto older pages.If you want to tell someone about an blog post you wrote you should give them the Permalink so they can go right to it and not have to search your blog to find it.How do I find the Permalink for my blog post?- Locate the post on your blog you want to share. Hopefully you will know where it is.- When you hover over the title of the post you will notice that it "gives you the finger" which means it is a link.- If you look at the bottom of your screen at the status bar you will be able to read the full Permalink address.- Right-click on the title and left-click Copy.- Now you have the URL of that specific blog post in your computer's clipboard and can paste it in an email or anywhere you want.<br />