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Search Engine War - the Saga Continues

It is long back in 1990s when slowly search engines concept began to come in fore with “Archie” (in 1990) that was built to index the FTP achieves. Then to index and showcase more files from the internet newer search engines started coming. But it was not the full fledged war but truly the beginning of search engine war situation, though under veil to compliment the shortfall of the “so called” search engines to satisfy the need of the users.

So, when the true war began? Actually with emergence of Google just came as what we believe as search engine war (the blast of the Nuclear bomb) with its improved search, clean look and more facilities to the user. Seeing this Yahoo, Microsoft and others could not stop doing something that can dethrone the emerging search giant Google from the users mind. Microsoft even decided to launch its own search engine “Bing” to keep Google on toes! Simply we can say that the search engine war began and still today it is continuing with “Blekko” promising to kick out Google with its huge pull editors to provide the users best and exact search. And yes the Spanish and Chinese search engines can never be forgotten in the search engine war to keep all the major English search engines on toe and forcing to create the Spanish counterparts.

Here we will have a look on the major emergence of the search engines on the basis of popularity to the users. Let us have an idea on how the search engines are trying to pull legs of each other in the run to become the best and popular search engine to the users making the search engine war ever live!

  • Leaving the Archie aside which was created to index the FTP files, “Aliweb”(in 1993)that depended on the input or notification of web administrations for its index, And the “World Wide Web Wonderer” which was created to measure the size of the World Wide Web with first web robot, the JumpStation (1993)was the first search engine to use its robot to find web pages for building its own index. It was simply the first warrior in the battle field of search engine war!
  • Seeing the success of the JumpStation to initiate crawling, indexing and searching, another soldier joined in the search engine war – “WebCrawler” (1994). It came up with full text crawling crossing the limit of JumpStation which could only crawl and show page heading and titles.
  • To commercialize the process first “Lycos” (1994) came in being, to blow out the popularity of WebCrawler as public search engine. Soon to grab the market many other search engines plunged into the search engine war. In 1995 AltaVista, Magellan, Excite and Yahoo came in existence. And AltaVista with its multi-threaded robot “Scooter” and highly efficient hardware back-end just revolutionized the search with more than 80 million hits within two years.
  • An interesting turn came in the search engine war condition with the entry of Ask Jeeves in the year 1996. It was created to answer any question on web. And it got popular also with attached attitude of search engine.
  • How can we forget the Yahoo (one of the major search engine of today) to join the search engine war in the year 1995! It was not then only a search engines but at large a web portal to accrue large internet services from email, news, various information, entertainment and etc. It got highly popular. But it was still to launch its sole search engine Yahoo Search in 2004!
  • In between the time period of 1995 to 1997 many other search engines came and joined the search engine war. To give and example is Yandex, an Russian search engine to grab the above 64% market share! And there are also some Spanish search engines (terra, yagua etc) that do have some great chunk of share in the search engine market.
  • It was not before 1998, the launch of Google, the total scenario in the search engine war changed. Amidst the “dot-com bubble” (rapid growth of internet related industry) the search giant of today emerged! It simply came to provide the users nothing but better search. When other search engines were warring to generate money, Google was with the desire to spread its reach to the world.
  • Within just two years 1998 to 2000 Google became highly popular with its innovation such as “Page rank”. It came up with a clean white look and simple logo to attract the users. The clutter free attitude in the look of home page diminished the busy or too much stuffed homepage of Yahoo and other portal based search engines. This was going beyond the level of tolerance to the other search engines and big players like Microsoft who were involved in the search engine war either directly or indirectly.
  • In the year 2000 China could not stop itself being involved in grabbing the market fuming in the search engine war condition! One of the most promising and successful Chinese language search engine Baidu came up. It presented the web portal inside the search engine (not the search engine as web portal).
  • Seeing such progress Microsoft and Yahoo could not stay steady without bringing something new to kick emerging Giant Google and others like Baidu and etc, away of the search engine war. Microsoft was already in the process to provide search engine from the year 1999 but came up with MSN search in 2005 then the Windows Live in 2006 and Live Search in 2007 and finally the Bing in the year 2009. It presented itself as “decision search engine” to defeat Google with attractive photo gallery and specific search on Travel, Health (as users decide to).
  • To hold the rocketing success of Google as largest search engine in the world and victorious in search engine war, Yahoo and Microsoft even started acquisition and collaboration, Yahoo bought Inktomi and AltaVista in 2002 and 2003 respectively. Microsoft went to go in pact to power the yahoo search with Bing search technology. In between the year 2005 to 2009 small soldiers like Guruji, (revival of Ask Jeeves) continued.
  • The search engine war is on still today and Google is not going to leave its position and others are determined to get the top position. Say the Blekko came in the year 2010 with the promise to provide useful search only without unwanted links and content. It has huge pool of 8000 beta editors who are generating “Slash tag based search” that shows prescreened result for best specific results against trustworthy sites only against the frequent search keywords and phrases.

However the search engine war is continuing and it will continue. The search engines are ever trying to prove better than before. Again it is not to mention that Google is improving its services always to remain on its position as top search engine. It has come up with countless services. To name a few only (as we all know), the Image search, iGoogle, I’m feeling lucky, webmaster tool, shopping, Gmail to name only just few. To progress further in the search engine war it has implemented various search options as “instant search”, “encrypted search” new search architecture as Google Caffeine and many things. Even it has developed multilingual search option like other search engines (Yahoo, Bing) even it does not hesitate to copy features like sidebar search of Bing. For these initiatives Google has become the Top search engine and still victorious in the search engine war.

The war will never end. And hopefully this war does not spell the blood of common human binges. Let those Biggies find themselves in oblivion for lose in the war of position. Ultimately the users are gainers always for this search engine war. People, who build websites for commercial or any purposes, simply want better return on investments. But remember gaining the good position in the search engines is not an easy task. There are some specific processes or techniques in the name of search engine optimization that help in getting good position in the major search engines. Let the search engine war continue, we have to get good position in those to reach the goal of the website creation. If you require any help regarding website building or search engine optimization of your site just visit Infowaylive, the best PHP developer India.

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