Blogging Terms All New Bloggers Need To Know

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Are you a new blogger? Learn the technical blogging terms that all new bloggers should know to help them improve and grow their blog.

The first time I heard about blogging I was in college back in 2001 (yea I’m showing my age).

As far as I knew it was just a bunch of people publishing their personal diaries online or writing short stories.

Blogging was definitely not something that I thought people could make money from or something that was very technical.

It seems that I was wrong on both fronts.

There are people making money from blogging and there are a LOT of technical terms that exist in the blogging world.

Honestly, as a new blogger, all of the technical jargon can be confusing and overwhelming.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer mass of information and the many things you need to do to get your blog up and running before you can even think about making money from it.

If you are like me and you are still struggling to figure out the technical lingo.

Here are my top 13 blogging terms that every new blogger should know to help them set-up and grow their blog.

Top 13 Blogging Terms Every New Blogger Needs To Know

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1. Self- Hosted Website vs 2. Hosted Website

I can’t tell you how many hours I spent pouring over the differences between a self-hosted website and a hosted website.

A Self- hosted website is a website that has its own dedicated server.

Most of us don’t have our own servers, we pay companies that have servers, like Bluehost, SiteGround, etc to host our website.

It’s like buying a house you buy a plot of land (host company) and you build your house (website) on it.

Hosted websites are sites that are hosted on another platforms servers and are usually free.

Think,,, etc.

These companies usually offer a free website for you to use and build. In order to customize your website you have to pay for upgraded services.

In keeping with our home analogy a hosted site is like renting a home, you don’t own the land or the house, just the stuff you put in it.

You can decorate the house how you want, but there is always the possibility that you can be evicted from your home at any time.

3.Domain Name

Your domain name is your sites websites address it’s usually followed by .com, .org, .blog, etc.

For instance, my domain name is

When you sign-up for hosting you usually get a a free domain name.

You can also purchase a domain name from a domain registrar like

4. Sub- Domain

A sub-domain is what you get when you sign up for a free blogging service. In short, it’s a domain that’s part of another domain.


These domains are great for hobby bloggers, but if you want to be taken seriously or seen as a business you need a domain name.

5.SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

SEO is the process of using keywords and other strategies to improve your rank in search engine results for free.

6.SERP (Search Engine Results Page)

Basically, the SERP is the results page that shows up when you search for something on the internet.

Every blogger’s goal is to show up in the number one spot in SERP or at least the top 10.

7. Keywords

Keywords are specific words that you use in your blog to help search engines figure out what your content is about.

Keywords are important for SEO and help you rank on search engines.

For this post, the keyword would be blogging.

8. Long-Tail Keywords

As a new blogger, it can be hard to rank for popular keywords like blogging.

Long-tail keywords are more specific and consist of three to four words.

These are usually easier to rank for.

Ex: blogging to make money, blogging for beginners


Is a piece of software that you can download and adds a specific new feature to your website.

For example, the YOAST SEO plugin helps you improve your blog post and improve your rank in search engines.

10.Lead Magnet (Opt-in, Freebie)

There are many names for your lead magnet, but they’re all the same thing.

It’s something that you give away to your subscribers for free in exchange for their e-mail address.

Ex: Printable checklists, planners, e-books, courses, etc.

11. ESP (Email Service Provider)

The ESP is the email service that you use to send e-mails to your subscribers.

Most of these services have forms that you can embed in your website to collect e-mail addresses and automatically send your freebie to your subscriber, called automation.

As a new blogger, you may want to start with a free ESP like MailerLite or MailChimp.

I currently use MailerLite and I love it. It’s user-friendly and you get 1,000 free subscribers.

If you are looking for a paid option you can use ConvertKit, which most of the bigger bloggers recommend.

12. Affiliate Marketing & 13. Affiliate Links

Affiliate marketing is just one of many ways that you can make money from your website.

Bloggers can earn a commission for recommending products to their readers. You get paid by putting affiliate links into your blog post.

These links have tracking codes that allow the company to track visitors from your site.

If they purchase the product you get paid a small commission (percentage) of the purchase price from the company.

Final Thoughts

These are my top 13 blogging terms that all new bloggers should know.

Understanding these terms will definitely help you navigate your new life as a blogger.

Now it’s your turn.

Are there any blogging terms that I missed? Tell me in the comments section.

As always don’t forget to like and share this post on social media.

Until Next Time,


0 thoughts on “Blogging Terms All New Bloggers Need To Know

  1. Great list of blogging tips! I am also an old timer blogger like yourself, I started in 2003. It sure has changed like you said.

  2. 🙂 Yes, you have missed some blogging terms (But, I do not expect you to list all of them; you are not a lexicon).
    One term, in particular, is URL; which simply means, Uniform Resource Locator.
    What is a Uniform Resource Locator?
    A Uniform Resource Locator is one’s website address.
    Do enjoy the rest of your day, EJ.

    1. Trust me you are not alone. There is so much to learn about blogging. It’s enough to make you discouraged. But just keep at it. 🙂

  3. When I first started blogging, the idea of self-hosting terrified me! Now that I’ve taken the plunge, I have no idea what I was so intimidated by. These are definitely important terms for any blogger (new or seasoned) to know! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Yes! I am fairly new to blogging my blog will turn a year this month. And I’m still learning new things! Thanks for commenting!

  4. I’m still hoping to switch to self-hosted soon, but am still kind of terrified! A term I have been learning more about is Domain Authority. Some bloggers say it’s meaningless, but then others say you shouldn’t agree to guest post for those with a DA less than yours, so I’m still trying to figure it out.

    1. Yes, switching to self hosted can be a scary process. Just make sure you sign up with a good hosting company. I’ve heard about Domain Authority, but like you I’ve heard a lot of conflicting advice on the topic. Still it’s definitely one worth adding to the list! Thanks for sharing 😁

  5. Great roundup! I guess if you’re an old time blogger, that makes me a “really old timer” haha, totally not revealing my age! But I thought of one to add to your list…Domain Extension! It’s a vanity URL that you can use if your preferred domain name is already taken. They end in a different (dot) instead of (dot com). For example: .blog or .life or .me There are actually hundreds of different domain extension and they allow you to choose a domain name that fits with your business nîche. Cool right?!

    1. Wow, that is cool! I’ve seen some sites with those before, but I had no idea what they were called or what they were for. Thanks for sharing 😁

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