Link to this page

A Newbie Copywriting Website Glossary: Internet Acronyms

Award-winning writer Kathy Widenhouse has helped hundreds of nonprofits and writers produce successful content and has gained 600K+ views for her writing tutorials. She is the author of 9 books. See more of Kathy’s content here.

Updated 12.18.2023

Computer-speak can seem like an insider language to a newbie copywriting website content. You can make sense out of the niche lingo using these handy glossary pages. (See part 2 of this glossary here.)

Part 1 here lists acronyms – words formed from initials – which are among the most confusing in computer jargon. The list is arranged alphabetically.

Copywriting Terms: Internet Acronyms

Copywriting Terms: Internet Acronyms you need to know with Word Wise at Nonprofit Copywriter #amwriting #WritingTips #FreelanceWriting #ContentWriting

A numerical standard response generated by a web server, usually indicating a broken link. A 404 Error message indicates that the connection was made, but that the specified address has been moved, deleted, or is temporarily not available.

An acronym for Hyper Text Markup Language. HTML is the code which creates web pages allowing web servers to translate commands into visual web pages. HTML code is not visible when a reader views a web page, but is the behind-the-scenes formatting that makes viewing a web page possible.

An acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol – a set of formatting rules. The HTTP language tells a server how to locate and produce a web page for a viewer. In a browser, “http” often precedes a website address, thereby directing a server to the proper procedure to follow to format that page for the viewing eye:

IP address
An acronym for Internet Protocol Address, a unique identifying number for every computer connected to the internet – much like a serial number.

An acronym for Internet Service Provider – a company that provides you with direct access to the internet.

SE (Search Engine)
A computer program or computer code that searches for specified terms across the web. The results of the search are returned in a list, also called search engine results pages (SERPs).  AOL Search, Ask, Bing, Dogpile, Google, and Yahoo! are examples of popular search engines.

An acronym for Search Engine Optimization, the process of increasing a website’s visibility on the internet. SEO considers search terms, web page content, and keywords among other variables in order to help a webpage appear more frequently and higher on search engine results pages. 

An acronym for Search Engine Results Pages. SERPs most often grouped in pages of ten websites at a time, in the order of their ranking as determined by search engine algorithms.

An acronym for Uniform Resource Locator, a detailed internet address for a specific web page. A URL can include protocol language, machine name, domain, folder name, specific page address, as in

An acronym for the World Wide Web, the global system that allows you to navigate from one website to another all over the internet. 

More about Copywriting and Content Writing

Beat Writer’s Block When You Eat the Frog First ...

21 Ways To Beat Writer’s Block and Jumpstart Your Project ...

Start Your Writing Day With a Quick Win and Get Momentum ...

5 Valuable Tips for Writing at Home ...

Newbie copywriting FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) ...

Copywriting as a job ...

How to build a writing sample portfolio ...

5 Non-Writing Skills Every Writer Needs ...

12 Tips for Staying Busy Writing - Productively ...

Newbie copywriting website glossary, part 2: ten basic terms ...

Newbie copywriting: kinds of writing projects copywriters do ...

Terms You Need to Know for Writing Website Content: A Glossary ...

Basic copywriting terms ...

Newbie copywriting: 3 appeal letter copywriting formulas ...

Email and ezine terms for writers, leaders, and newbie copywriters ...

Basic copywriting: what it is and why you need it ...

How to find Christian freelance writing jobs ...

More copywriting basics on our Pinterest board ...

Return from A Newbie Copywriting Website Glossary, Part 1: Internet Acronyms to Nonprofit Copywriter home

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Powered by SBI! Learn more here.
Enjoy this page? Please pay it forward. Here's how...

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

Search This Site

Share This Page


Named to 2022 Writer's Digest list

Get Free Writing Tips

Stop Wasting Time!

Grab your exclusive FREE guide, "5 Simple Writing Tips You Can Put to Use in 10 Minutes or Less"

XML RSSSubscribe To This Site
  • follow us in feedly
  • Add to My Yahoo!