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If there is one area of the Internet where the wars are vicious and cut-throat, it’s the search engines. Ever since Google burst onto the scene, it’s been a constant battle between them and Microsoft and Yahoo, each one constantly trying to outdo the other. In many ways, this is good for us, because these companies will constantly keep on innovating and bringing out cool new services and apps.

I am quite often taken aback at the amount of money that companies like Google spend in trying to stay the top dog. And you have to wonder who will be the next bloodied casualty, especially with persistent reports that Microsoft’s Bing is losing a staggering $11 million a day.

Our infographic today comes courtesy of SearchEngineJournal.com which shows a timeline history of the search engines, starting with Lycos and Webcrawler in 1994. Then steadily over the years, we see household names springing up such as Yahoo, AltaVista, MSN and of course Google.  The infographic also shows tips on how to make page one of search results.

Did you know that the person to call themselves an SEO expert was in 1999? These days, I get about 10 so-called SEO experts pitching me their services every day in my inbox.

Are you old enough to remember Lycos and Webcrawler? What would be your tips for making it to the front page of search results?

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  1. Fernando Tarnogol
    November 19, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I remember I did my first search with Altavista in 96 at the whooping speed of 150 b/sec.

    Back then I used Lycos, Hotbot, Webcrawler, Metacrawler and Excite... then Google showed up.

  2. Suhel
    October 1, 2011 at 5:51 am

    I've used search engines both english and non english.
    for simple day to day searches every search engine is good enough
    but when it comes to something rare like a problem in our pc and we try to use search engines most of them miserably fail esp. Yahoo! sucks big time it never is able to find what I intend to search, Bing is ok-ok sometimes does get me right stuff..

    I always get the accurate results with Google. There is no ending to its regime atleast not for the next 2 decades ;)

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