Blog Lingo

Here is a list of Blog Lingo to help you.

I remember when I first started I didn’t know what a vertical pin was and it took quite a while to figure it out. I didn’t know what most of these terms were. After time you learn. So to save you some time here is my list of Blog Lingo. It’s not a complete list by any means but these are probably the most used terms I have come across.

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Blog Lingo:


Affiliate Marketing

Web sites that join companies such as Kohls with online influencers such as bloggers to place ads or links on the blogger’s site. The blogger then earns a commission if a purchase is made through their link or banner. Check out my post on Affiliate Companies for new bloggers.



Is a pic or logo you create to represent yourself online. Example- If you notice in the comments sections of websites some people have their pic or a little cartoon character next to their comment that’s their avatar.


Banner Ad

Banner ads can be placed on the top, side, bottom, or in the middle of a post or page. They are the pictures that you see with advertisers on them. Like this:



Tailwind Visual Marketing Suite




A website that you post your stories, thoughts, recipes…Set up like a diary.



Someone that blogs.



These are hyperlinks usually on the sidebar of your blog that link to other blogs or websites you like.



This is how a website knows your a person. It’s the little box that makes you type in what you see like numbers, letters or pics before you can go any further on a website.


Categories and Tags

You use Categories and tags to file your posts. It is very important to use these for widgets. Especially for banner ads. When you want to place a banner ad on only one post you use tags. When you want to place the same ad on a group of relevant post you use categories. Example –  I write a post on mashed potatoes and one on potato salad. The tag would be mashed potatoes and the category would be side dishes. On the potato salad, the tag would be Potato salad and the category would be side dishes. So now I want to put a banner ad on just the mashed potatoes post and a separate banner ad on mashed potatoes and potato salad. I can.

You can choose your category and tags when you are writing or editing your post. There is usually a drop down menu for this on the side under publish, save, index photo… This is only for posts, not pages.



Web sites store a little bit of info on your computer when you visit. Cookies are important for affiliate marketing too. If you see on an affiliate marketing website say that you will get a commission even if the person visiting your link doesn’t make a purchase right away and they wait 30 days it’s because the cookies were stored so that company can track the links and you still get paid. If that buyer clears his cookies after he visits through your link then you don’t get a commission because there is no way to track his visit through your link.



Cpanel also your Control panel is the brain of your self-hosted site.


Disclaimer Page

Is a page full of all the legal stuff for your blog. You have to disclose a lot of different things for the FTC.



The name of your site. Example my domain is It’s an address to my website.



It’s at the top of your website. Usually, a picture or logo describing your site with your main menu located in it or just below it.



Hyperlinks are the words that pop out at you when you visit a website. They are underlined, bold, and/or always a different color. They take you to a different website. Example – is a hyperlink.



Setting up your blog to make money.



A Page is a stationary spot on your blog or website. Example – About Me Page, Home, Contact Me, Visit My Blog… They stay the same for a while and are usually located in the top or side menus of a website.



Awesome feature if your self-hosted. You can add plugins to do all sorts of different things on your website or blog. You can add photo galleries, tables, improve SEO, subscriptions, recipe cards….



A post is placed on a blog page. They are what make blogs different from websites. Each time you make a new post it goes to the front. Posts are what make a blog like a diary. Your newest post is placed up front.



You own your domain(www.your website name and can change your website or blog however you want. Check out my comparison of four popular hosting companies.


Social Sharing

Sharing a website, blog, or post to Social sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest…..



Is a design that you download. It’s what makes your website and/or blog look different from someone else’s. Each theme has different layouts, fonts, colors…. I use Kale Pro.


Vertical Pin

736 pixels x 2000 pixels. It is a pin you make for Pinterest that is long and stands out, not a standard square. You can create vertical pins on Picmonkey. Most group boards or repining groups require that you use vertical pins.



A stationary Site. Usually, companies have websites. Example – is a website.

My blog is set up like a website and has a Blog within it. My blog page is where I POST articles. The other portions of my site are Pages. they stay where they are for the most part and don’t change much.  You can see for yourself here.




Widgets are pictures, links, banner ads, menus, categories, social sharing links… you see on a website. They can be on the top, side, or bottom of a page or post.  Go to the top of this page and everything on the right side was added using a widget.




Blog Lingo