Blogging Terms Made Easy – Blog Terminology Demystified

Blogging Terms Made Easy – Blog Terminology Demystified

What does blogging content mean?

What is content curation?

Sometimes I think it can be easy to assume that everyone in the blogging world knows what certain blogging terms are.

When you first start off blogging, you may be full of passion and full of excitement. Most likely you have the answer to what we’ve all been looking for and I’m personally looking forward to finding out what “it” is.

While you are an expert in what you do or sell, you may find the new blogging lingo a little foreign. Effectively communicating through a blog is a completely different way to communicate than I have ever experienced.

The first time I heard “content curation”, I thought to myself,

  1. What do you mean content curation? Once I figured out what that was I was like,
  2. You want me to plagiarize!? My 5th grade teacher, Ms. Asher, would never approve.

Scroll through the list below of blogging buzz words. These definitions are basic and there is a lot more to uncover about them. Today is just the start.

  • Content
    To my surprise when I researched this, I really couldn’t find a straight forward answer. So, my definition is that content is simply what you put on your blog that includes written text, videos, graphic and pictures.
  • Content Marketing
    I found a great article that details all about content marketing from the Huffington Post. This article is worth the read and the author, Jennifer Nagy, sums up content marketing well when she says that content marketing is,

    A targeted marketing strategy that involves creating insightful, engaging and interesting written content with the aim of creating customer loyalty and increasing opportunities for future business.”

  • Content Curation
    This is when you display your best research and incorporate it into a part of your blog post or article. I have 2 quick tips here.

    1. You always want to add your own spin on this. If you don’t, why would your reader read your article when they can read the original post?
    2. Always give credit to the original author.
      For example, I wrote the article, Do You Have a Ritual For Writing Blog Articles?, after being inspired by an article that I had read on Copyblogger. I gave the content my own twist making it my own. I also made sure to give Copyblogger credit.

      Next week, I’ll be publishing an article about content curation, so if you’re still confused, let me know so I can make sure to cover it next week.

  • Search Engine Optimization or SEO

    There is a way to make Google, Bing and other search engines love your blog and it is called search engine optimization or SEO. When you do this, your blog will show up higher in the search engines. That’s good for you because it means more exposure, more visitors and ultimately business.

    A simple definition of SEO or search engine optimization is: The method of using techniques and strategies to increase placements in the search engine results and ultimately visitors to a website.

Summary

Someone once told me, whenever you start a new job, you need to give yourself at least 6 months before you will feel comfortable. I believe that statement is true in the blogging arena, too.

If there is a term that you have heard or read and you are not sure about what it means, please let me know it the comment section below. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll find it for you.

Christine King is a staff writer at R & R Web Design LLC. She is passionate about writing and loves what blogging and businesses can achieve. Armed with her degree in social work, she brings the unique ability to motivate readers in every blog article she writes. She specializes in creating content and writing blog articles for a variety of businesses at R & R Web Design LLC.

This article was published on: February 13, 2014 and was last modified May 20, 2015
16 comments on “Blogging Terms Made Easy – Blog Terminology Demystified
  1. Laurie Hurley says:

    I loved this one, Robin! Really good definition of content creation and curation. So many people do not do research when writing a blog and it’s so important. Citing sources and putting one’s own spin on others’ writing makes for a very interesting blog post. Good stuff!

    • Hi Laurie,
      I’m glad you enjoyed the article. I agree with you, researching is so important and when you add your twist it really makes for a great article. Thank you so much for commenting.

  2. Hi there,

    I really appreciate the content curation information. Finding and promoting great content from others is an important strategy but it has to be done thoughtfully.

    • Hi Susan,
      You are so right when you say “it has to be done thoughtfully”. The last thing we want to do with curating content is steal another writers work. Instead add your own spin and give credit. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Veronica Solorzano Athanasiou says:

    I have learned so much from your tips on blogging Christine. Terminology is indeed quite a chapter on its own. I appreciate you putting all this information together for us beginner and intermediate level bloggers.
    Always important to have fresh ideas, tools on how to organise the content and the visuals to accompany the articles.
    Keep up the great work and Thank You!

    • Hey Veronica,
      Thank you so much! I’m very honored! I agree with you “always important to have fresh ideas, tools on how to organize content and visuals to accompany the articles”. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  4. I am not new to blogging as I have been trying on and off for years but love to learn everything I can about them. I really enjoyed and shared your post. I think others would benefit as well! Keep up the great work! Love to you and yours, Patty

  5. Delia @ Blog Formatting says:

    Great definitions for terms for beginner bloggers and advanced too. I think we got used so much to some of these terms that we don’t even ask ourselves anymore what they mean. Thanks for this article, Christine!

    • Hi Delia,
      That is exactly how this article came to be, I was using the terminology so loosely and one of my readers wasn’t sure on one of these terms. It got me thinking about when I first started. I think there are a lot more terms out there to define too.

  6. Remy says:

    I have been blogging 6 months now, and I love the fact that each day I can learn something new from other colleagues.

  7. Thanks for the definitions! I also hadn’t heard the term content curation and I appreciate your explanations. Until next time! xoxo

  8. Caroline says:

    Christine! It’s so very easy to forget what it feels like to not understand things when you first start something. I remember having no clue as to what ‘An Autoresponder’ was and nothing came up in Google.

    So thanks for making things clear with this great post. For all of us.

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