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Default Glossary of Internet Terms

Glossary of Internet Terms.

Absolute link – A link that shows the full URL of the page being linked at.
ABMs – Automated bid managers
ACSS – Aural cascading style sheet.
ACH – Automated clearing house network.
Adsense – Contextual ad network of Google.
Adwords – The cost per click ad system of Google.
AERT – Accessibility and evaluation and repair tool.
Affiliate Marketing – Helps the product owner expand their network through affiliate paying them on the basis of cost per action.
Algorithm – The formula that is used to rank websites.
Anchor text – The word on which the user clicks to follow a link.
ASCII – American standard code for information interchange.
Back link – A link from one website to another.
BBS – Bulletin board system.
Black hat SEO – Practicing optimization techniques that are not include in the techniques prescribed by search engines.
Blind Traffic – Traffic that is generated from misguiding advertisement and spam
Blog – A periodically updated online journal.
Bookmark – The process of saving your favorite URL in your web browser.
Boolean search – A search that uses mathematical formulas like and, or, not.
Broken Link – A link which is no more functional.
Byte – 8 bit.
Cache – Memory where frequently used data can be stored for rapid access.
CFML – Cold fusion markup language.
CGI – Common gateway interface.
Client – A person, program, computer or process that requests information.
Cloaking – Serving a specific page to search engine and a different page to human visitor
Clustering – Grouping of a number of similar things
Cookie – A text file that certain sites attach to browser’s hard drive.
CPA – Cost Per Action
CPC – Cost per click
CPM – Cost per thousand Ad impressions
Cross link – A group of sites linking each other.
DDL – Data definition language
Dead Link – A link that does not lead to a page or site.
De listing – Removal of a site from a search engine.
Deep link – A link pointing to an internal page within the site
DHTML – Dynamic hyper text markup language.
Directory – Catalog of websites. Basically categorized and manually organized.
DNS – Domain name server or domain name system.
Domain – Location organization of web. Some also refer it as web.
EARL – Evaluation and report language
Entry Page – First page visited by a user on a website.
EPC – Earning per Click.
Everflux – The process of constantly updating in indexes
External Link – A link that is not stored in the current server.
Feed – Process of allowing readers to subscribe content update notification.
FFA – Free for all.
Flash – Software that helps the website looking rich.
FTP – File transfer Protocol.
Gateway Page – Entry page, first page visited by a user on a website.
Google – A search engine.
GUI – Graphic user interface.
Home page – The main point of entry of a web site.
Host – Same as server.
HTML – Hyper text markup language.
HTTP – Hyper Text Transfer Protocol.
HTTPS – Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure.
IDF – Inverse document frequency.
IM – Instant messaging.
Inbound link – A link to a site from another site.
Inktomi – Yahoo owned database of search results.
IP address – Inter net protocol address. Every computer linked to internet has a unique IP address.
Java script – A scripting language used by a client side.
JPEG – Joint photographic experts group.
Keyword – A word used to create a search statement to have required information.
Keyword Density – The no of keyword present in the content page. This is the old method of search engine relevancy.
Keyword Research Tools – Tool that help in finding the suitable keyword Link – The connection from one web document to another.
Link Popularity – A measure for number and quality of links to one site. This is one of the imp criteria for Page rank.
META Tag – Generally referred to Meta description or Meta keywords.
Mirror Site – A site that duplicates another site.
Navigation – Paths to help a browser know where they are.
Niche – A subject on which a website focuses.
Open Directory Project – A directory owned by AOL also known as DMOZ, the largest human Edited Directory.
Outbound link – Link from one website to another external site.
Overture – A yahoo owned company that pioneered search on PPC basis. Page rank – A measure devised by Google to measure number and quality of links to a site.
Portal – This is an entry site which offers the consumer with many services. E.g. Yahoo.
PPC – Pay per click.
Query – A keyword or question a user enters into search engine.
Reciprocal link – A link exchange between two sites.
Robots.txt – Text-based file that controls crawling of search engine spiders to certain content.
ROI – Return on investment.
RSS – Rich site summary.
SE – Search Engine.
SEM – Search engine marketing.
SEO – Search engine optimization.
Server – A computer that hosts files to deliver to other computers linked by a network.
Title – A heading for a website may include a brief summary of what it deals with.
Traffic – Visitors to a website.
Unethical SEO – Same as black hat SEO.
URL – Uniform resource locator.
Virtual domain – Website that uses a virtual server.
Virtual Server – A server allowing top level domains to be hosted from a single computer.
Wikipedia – An online encyclopedia that uses wiki software.
White hat SEO – Optimizing a site following the set of procedures described by the search engines.
XHTML – eXtensible hyper text mark up language.
XML – eXtensible mark up language.
Yahoo – A popular web portal.
You tube – Video uploading website owned by Google.
Zeal – A non commercial directory.
Zone – Some search engine allow their users to restrict their search to a particular area e.g. Google nation wise search.

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