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Internet Marketing And Its Humble Beginnings

The term internet marketing has been used countless times these days. Some used it without a thought, while others are aware of its meaning. You have to search it on the internet, and you’d get hundreds of results about what internet marketing is. But if you are wondering or if you want to know more about it, then you’re on the right track. Keep reading, and I will see you through what internet marketing really is and how it had evolved way back before it became a common term.

Internet marketing is more often than not associated with a much broader topic of promoting one’s business with the internet as the primary tool. Which I believe is the collective knowledge of most people if not all, about internet marketing.  But does it stop there? Of course, it does not because internet marketing involves a whole bunch of factors like blogs, websites, social networks, paid advertisements, and much more. Internet marketing can also lead us to another two entirely eminent forms of internet marketing; SEO (search engine optimization) and SEM (search engine marketing).

But back to the topic at hand, internet marketing or also known as online marketing, from the name itself, is the process of marketing or promoting your business, brand, products, or services over the internet. So instead of using traditional marketing strategies like radio ads, flyers, newspaper print ads, etc., with internet marketing, you are now to apply the “virtual” type of marketing strategies. Depending on you, some policies can be modified or even complemented with others that will result in a better way of doing your business on the internet. You don’t need to strictly follow all the rules of what should be done and what should not be. Many people have been making some modifications in their marketing strategies that yielded their success, which in turn, gave way to the evolution of internet marketing. According to Wikipedia, internet marketing is the use of the internet as a technique to promote your business and sell your products and services. These techniques and strategies are integrated into a digital marketing plan. Such a marketing plan can include web page advertisements, SEO, SEM, pay-per-click advertising, bulk mailing, SMM (social media marketing), and marketing of blogs and vlogs.

And now that we have laid the underlying grounds of internet marketing, the time has come for us to revisit the humble beginnings of internet marketing before its stardom. Internet marketing companies first become such in the early 1990s as simple web pages, and a far cry from the fancy ones we know and see today. Since it was dated way back to the 1990s, these web pages only contained text and product information. Not until the late 1990’s where the so-called “commercials” appeared and spread like wildfire in the United States.  The term “commercial” was a combination of the words “web” and “commercial,” meaning online commercial. Or what we know of today as the internet or online marketing. The emergence of the business was the new way of advertising to compete with the growing digital media effectively.


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