The Internet: Past, Present, and Future

Let’s take a walk down memory lane. I want to recall how the Internet was when I first came on the scene, and how much it’s changed over the years. Unless you were a part of the Internet during the earlier years, you aren’t aware just how much it has evolved.

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There are four distinct differences that I can recall. Let’s discuss them:

Article Marketing for Traffic

When I first came online, “article marketing” was the most popular method for driving traffic back to your website.

  1. Weekly products for article spinners
  2. Workshops on how to write articles that sell
  3. Books on how to write effective articles

Today, it’s all about guest blogging, video marketing, and social media connections that drive traffic to your website of choice.

Newsgroups for Networking

Early in the infancy stage of the Internet, if you wanted to start conversations, you found a newsgroup geared around a specific topic. The newsgroups were considered the “watering hole” to build relationships.

That idea migrated to discussion forums, and eventually to the social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.

Static and Flash Websites

Static and Flash Websites

Early websites resembled a printed brochure, and there were only a handful of them available to browse. Today, there are millions!

Eventually, websites graduated to using Adobe Flash, and then Joomla, Drupal, SiteSell and then eventually WordPress.

We went from a static and dry websites to overly flashy pages and then to a dynamic environment with WordPress.

Autoresponders Were a Part of Your Hosting Package

Believe it or not, in the onset of automated marketing, autoresponders were integrated into your website hosting package. However, they were a bit clunky to use.

They were nothing more than TEXT files that a person would request via email as if they were sending mail to a person on your team. We called these babies – infobots.

Eventually, you could buy a software package, namely Autoresponse Plus (ARP3), that enabled you to deliver automated follow up emails directly from your own domain without the high monthly fees associated with other autoresponse systems.

NOTE: The software is no longer available, but the company now offers a new software packaged called ARP Reach. I still prefer aWeber!

What Does the Future Hold for Web Businesses?

Only time will tell, but I believe the future holds some significant changes for you. I honestly believe we’ll see more “interactive” websites that offer a LIVE CONNECTION FEED directly from your office.

What do you think the Internet will offer in the future? Leave a comment below and let me know!

– Bonnie

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About Bonnie Gean

Bonnie is a full-time writer and marketer with over 20-years of experience as an entrepreneur. She loves helping people overcome the technical challenges associated with an online business. Need a step-by-step tutorial? Simply ASK her and she'll help you too.

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  1. I started on the internet for work (govmnt and TAFE colleges) in 1996 and hated it.
    Then in 2003 I built my first SBI/sitesell website and there were 24 million websites on then already, but my sites were in the top 1% worldwide – woo hoo.
    Times have changed, and with IM/AM its not really fun any more. Thank goodness for sitesell as it still brings some satisfaction to working on my sites.

    • I tried Sitesell when it first came out, but I couldn’t get the hang of it. I guess coding websites by hand was my thing and nothing else made sense at the time. LOL

      You don’t consider IM/AM fun anymore? Why not, Helene?
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      • I used to get top rankings, 1% of all the http://www... I used to own the first 10 results on all search engines for my keywords with my content seo… I used to make money *gasp* from commission sales and squidoo etc.

        Once all the google zoo was unleashed it remained a shitload of work with almost zero results for effort, and when platforms that still did perform well… Knols, squidoo etc shut down, well, that was the end of any fun.

        I still DO the work, but only on my SBI sites, as the others are a waste of time, and at least I enjoy the process when I create new how to Guide pages on my SBI site… the tools are really simple and fun to use nowadays, zero coding required, so 100% of effort is on content and presentation.

        I need to ramp up the PLR and book sales from the site, then I’ll have even more FUN working on it – lol
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        • That’s a bummer (about the SEO going down the crapper). Good thing I never relied on Google for much of anything — perhaps that’s why I continue to do as much FUN work as I can.

          From day #1, back in 1986 — when the Internet was first opened to newsgroup swapping, I took the high road. I relied on delivering content (in the form of messages) rather than worry about the technical side of getting good rankings.

          Even so, Google wasn’t around in the earlier days, so I think those of us who happened on the scene before they existed never needed them from that first day — so I didn’t bother much with the SEO wars when they did show up.

          RE: Squidoo

          I never got into it as heavy as others. I had several pages that did well and I earned money, which was nice, but I didn’t put all my eggs into the Squidoo basket. When it went down for the count, it was a shame, but I didn’t lose much of my monthly cash. Most of my online sales were AM related and community – minded.

          RE: PLR

          I’m branching out into the “JV partnering” arena — even where my PLR is concerned. I believe 2 heads are better than one (in any niche), so I’m branching out and offering my savvy graphic designs in parallel with other PLR content. It’s fun and different, too!

          I don’t worry about competition either. That’s why I offer my PLR book graphics work to other PLR vendors. They get the graphics they need, and I continue to work. I don’t mind exchanging TIME for MONEY (which seems to be tabu from what others say), but it makes me happy, fills my pocketbook, and provides a service others need.
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