Evolution of Search and its Engines

by Staff

Greenlight. . . Winners, Losers, Adaptors

In its latest incarnation of the History of SEO, Greenlight charts the facts and stats celebrating 16 years in the evolution of search

The first week of February saw a spate of claims and counter-claims traded between Google and Microsoft. At a Bing-sponsored event, Google accused Microsoft of cheating and copying its search results. Microsoft flatly denies it has done anything wrong, arguing that user data is just one signal among many that Bing uses to rank pages. As ever, the world of search and search engines continues to evolve.

The recent events are testament to this, confirming yet another search engine optimization (SEO) prediction for 2011 that leading search marketing and technology firm Greenlight made at the beginning of the year – that the rivalry between Bing and Google would step up a notch this year as Microsoft attempts to make a dent in Google’s monolithic market share.

Adam Bunn, director of SEO at GreenlightOf Bing’s performance last year, Adam Bunn, director of SEO at Greenlight said in Greenlight’s 2011 search predictions:

quoting By anyone’s standards, Bing has had a disappointing year in the UK. Despite having a good search engine with many innovative features and more than holding its own in terms of strategic partnerships, its market share (according to Hitwise), has barely budged from the 3% point it achieved more or less as soon as it was released in the middle of 2009. This will make Microsoft determined to put in a better showing in 2011. One consequence of this will be an acceleration of the tit for tat game of one-upmanship that Google and Bing have been engaged in since 2009. end quote

In its 2011 update, Greenlight has charted the facts and stats celebrating 16 years in the evolution of search and search engine optimization in all its guises, from 1993 – 2010.

So whatever happened to LookSmart, AltaVista, Inktomi, HotBot, Lycos, Infoseek, WebCrawler and Excite? All of this and more is ellucidated in the graphic.

quoting From bankrupties, mergers, acquisitions and becoming defunct, to the recent sparring between Google and Microsoft, all have been and are part of what continues to be the fast moving, rapidly evolving, changing and altering state of the world of search and its engines. end quote

2011 Search Engine Predictions
SEO at Greenlight www.GreenlightSearch.com
SEE the Greenlight Timeline SEE the Greenlight Timeline (very large PNG file, wait to load! Scroll right.)
Google.com www.Google.com
Bing.com www.Bing.com
altavista.com www.Altavista.com
www.hotbot.com www.Hotbot.com
www.lycos.com www.Lycos.com
webcrawler.com www.Webcrawler.com
excite.com www.Excite.com
Infoseek became Go.com www.Infoseek >> www.Go.com
Clusty became Yippy.com www.Clusty.com >> www.Yippy.com

Adam BunnAdam Bunn is Director of SEO at Greenlight where he is responsible for the strategic direction of firm’s SEO consultancy and link building products and services. Adam also oversees Greenlight’s internal SEO training programme, provides training for the likes of the IDM and is a regular speaker at industry events such as Search Engine Strategies.

Since joining Greenlight in 2006, Adam has trained, strategised and provided consultancy for numerous clients including Vodafone UK, American Express, Monarch, CFS and Santander. In tandem, he has built a team of world class SEO Consultants and SEO Analysts, first in his capacity as Senior SEO Consultant, then as Head of SEO and now as SEO Director.

Greenlight is an award winning search marketing specialist and technology firm, the largest of its kind in Europe and the fastest growing. With over 100 blue-chip clients including Santander, Vodafone UK, New Look, Interflora, Co-operative Financial Services, Nespresso and ghd, Greenlight is a leader in the search marketing space, and is recognized worldwide for its commitment to delivering record ROI for its clients and investing in the future of search.

Greenlight is considered the premier thought leader in the sector, publishing widely read industry reports, original research, speaking at trade events, and delivering a highly respected search training programme in conjunction with the IDM. Founded in 2001, Greenlight is headquartered in London, with offices in New York. www.greenlightsearch.com

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