What Is A Blog All About? – Blogging Terms (Part 1)

(Welcome to the second article of the series which aims to teach how to start a blog. After reading this article, you’ll get the answer to your ‘what is a blog’ question and understand frequently used blogging terminology.)

The single article became super long, so I have divided it into two parts. This is part one of the two.

There are a lot of terms that you’ll frequently encounter while reading anything about blogging. Considering the difficulties that I faced, I’m going to include simple and understandable definitions of blogging related terms in this article.

Important! These terms will be used again and again so take some time out to consume this useful information.

For ease of understanding for beginners, I’ve grouped similar terms together in broad headings as you can see below (A to Z is random and not as much beneficial for learning).

This categorization will help you read this article in parts as well if the length bothers you.

Let’s begin!

Blogging Terms

What Is A Blog?

The term ‘blog’ came from the original term weblog which earlier bloggers used in nascent days of blogging. As the term weblog suggests, a blog is an online journal in which articles are listed chronologically, and it is regularly updated.

In simple words, a blog is a website run by a person or a group of individuals which contains information on particular or a variety of topics in chronological order.

Blogging is the act of managing a blog. Blogger is a person who does blogging on a blog. The world of blogging is called the blogosphere. Blogging and blogs will be discussed in detail in a dedicated post.

Free Blog

A blog hosted by free blogging platforms like WordPress, Blogger, and Tumblr, etc. is called a Free or Hosted Blog. The web address of a free blog contains the name of the blogging platform.

For example, exampleblog.wordpress.com will be a free blog hosted on WordPress. Check my step by step tutorial to know how to start a blog free of cost using WordPress in just 30 minutes.

I strongly recommend the free blog for absolute beginners. Stay tuned for more or just subscribe to stay connected.

Self Hosted Blog

A self-hosted blog is a blog for which you purchase a domain name of your choice and then host that domain name on web hosting, which too is purchased by you. (both terms explained below)

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Ilyas Tarar

My mission is to ‘make a positive difference in lives of people’. The purpose of my blog is to teach how to start a blog. I firmly believe starting a blog can make a positive difference lives of people.

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  • Shazia

    I read today Second Blog Part 1. Everything is understandable. Really nice and helpful for me.. 🙂

    • Dear Shazia,

      Knowing that you’re a beginner, reading your comment makes me happy. The purpose of this blog and all its posts is to make blogging simpler for the beginners. Judging from your comment and those of others, I can assume that this article has lived up to the mark. Thank you very much for your feedback.



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  • Rana Hasnain

    Great Bhai very helpful

    • Dear Hasnain,

      Thanks for your feedback. It matters a lot to me to see comments about my work that I do for my readers.



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  • Umair

    vesy helpfull for biggners , like me .
    But i can’t understand backlinks .
    What is difrence betwen linking and backlinks ?

    • Hi Umair,

      Firstly, thanks for your feedback. Coming to your question, linking is a process of including a link inside your article. That link may be a URL from your page or from another blog that you find worth linking to. When you link another blog on your blog, it’s sometimes called outlink or outlinking. Now your outlink is a backlink for that blog. If another blog links to your blog, he’s outlinking or linking to your blog thus creating a backlink for you. I hope it’s clear.

      Ilyas Tarar

  • Gm Malik

    Bro Ilyas Tarar, I have learned one thing in this useful article is “Permalink”
    Other things are known to me from previous “Khapaa” on SEO and Blogging.
    Thanks A lot I served more than one hour on your blog.
    Please Keep it up!
    And move Fastly to content Writing.

    • Dear GM Malik,

      I’m glad you know everything else already which shows how much you’re interested in blogging. I’ve chalked out a plan to get the absolute beginners at some good level of understanding. More articles will surface soon. Thanks for your encouraging feedback. It makes me more motivated to write great quality content for you.

      Ilyas Tarar

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  • Thank you so much bro its very useful and helpful information keep it up

    • Dear Mudasir,

      Thank you very much for your feedback. Always glad to help.

      Ilyas Tarar