Every industry has its own set of jargons and acronyms that they frequently use. If you are new to internet surfing you will have a hard time knowing what they mean or you will waste your time researching for their meaning. The way to start a conversation in the right footing is if you understand each other quite well and for the people conversing, knowing what the other person is talking about. The use of slangs and jargons on the internet can result in confusion even if at times it can be funny. It is easier to explain one if there are two people exchanging ideas, but when a group does the exchange of ideas it becomes another story. If several people could not agree because of a misunderstanding, what happens next is something that you do not wish to happen since it can lead to a disaster of small proportions.
For example, you start a website specifically targeted for cooks. You need to familiarize yourself with terms used for cooking. It will be hard to handle a group of cooking enthusiasts that are mad at you because of some misunderstandings about the words that you.
Jargons/Slangs Commonly Used For Websites
• Domain Name. A site that contains your domain name (for example thehostingnews.com).
• Web Host. Somebody you pay to make the publishing of your website on the internet possible so that people can feel your internet presence. Where your actual files live on the Internet
• Usability. How visitors can easily use your site.
• HTML. This is a programming that is written in code which is used to display the content of your website. Stands for Hyper Text Markup Language.
• CMS. Content Management System. For people who are not familiar with the technical site of updating web pages and those that do not have the knowledge about how HTML works, they can use CMS. Generally no scripting knowledge is needed to utilize a CMS.
• Link. Your connection from one web page to the other. Short for a hyperlink.
• Outbound and Inbound link. The reciprocal links posted on your website by other website owners leading to their own website. An outbound link goes to a page located outside your site. Inbound link is a website linking to your site.
• Flash. Usually made in graphics form, is an animation technology that creates attractive yet useless graphics. It requires an updated flash player to view Flash sites.
• Landing page. The first thing that your online visitor sees when he visits the ads on your web site
• Cloaking. A form of deception since what you place in a search engine is not the content that is seen when people visit your site.
• Cloud computing. A network of computers which analyses where CPU and RAM are available. This assures the person that the resources found in his computer are fully utilized.
Jargons Use For Search Engine Marketing
• SEM (Search Engine Marketing). The normal practice of the use of search engines to bring visitors to your site.
• Local Search. Web search made if you are looking for a business within a specific city..
• SEO (Search Engine Optimization). How you make your website found when you make use of search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo.
• Black Hat SEO. A set of techniques that are against the major search engine guidelines found on the net. These techniques can get your site banned or deindexed from the search engines if found out about.
• White Hat SEO. Ethical ways of getting your site to rank higher in search engines. Follows the guidelines of the search engines.
• SERP (Search Engine Results Pages). A set of websites that turn up because of a query search that you have made.
• Keywords. These are set of words and phrases that people use to look at the search engines for things that they need.
Jargons That Are Used For Blogging
• Blog. An online diary that is in the form of a journal. People commonly contribute to blogs where people gather to share ideas. Originally known as a web log.
• Blogger. The author of the blog. Could be several bloggers on one blog.
• RSS Feeds. A regularly published news feed. People can subscribe to these via an RSS reader.
Jargons Used for Social Media
• Influencer. Somebody who has the ability to persuade others.
• Social Bookmarking. Saving your web content using a web based service so that you can share it with others.
• Tags. Similar to Keywords, something which can help people look for something easily.
• Tweets. A person’s update using the social network Twitter.
• Retweet. To post someone else’s tweet on your Twitter profile.
• Likes. Used by Facebook to “like” a particular website.
Jargon Used for Measurement
• Hit. A file request from a web server.
• Bounce Rate. The number of individuals who visited your site and leave without going to any of your web pages. For instance, just clicking on your website and then closing out would be a “bounce”. Often referred as useless traffic.
Some Common Abbreviations Use When Conversing On the Internet
• LMAO. Laughing My Ass off.
• LOL. Laughing Out Loud (or laugh out loud).
• ASL. Age, Sex and Location.
• BRB. Be Right Back.
• IIRC. If I Recall or If I Remember.
Finally, let’s face it all internet marketers, business owners of websites not knowing the use of slang and jargon words and phrases can cost them a lot of money or huge misconceptions. Knowing what words can easily be understood by your online audience can separate you from being one step away from what you wish to have, a successful online business and a stable internet future for your product and the services that you offer.