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The first Web banner ad
Though there is speculation as to which of three Web banner ads was truly the first, Wired is happy to take the credit (or the blame, whichever you choose to cast) for being the site to run, what they say, is the first Web banner ad. Yes, the image above is claimed by many to be the first Web banner ad, paid for by AT&T to run on HotWired (now known as Wired) in 1994.
This very ad would mark the beginning of the age of monetizing content on the World Wide Web -- a model still used by a majority of monetized sites today, 18 years later.
Image source: Wired
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