10 big changes with search engines over my 20 years of covering them

By | October 24, 2021

Search Engine Land founding editor Danny Sullivan looks at how search has changed over the two decades he’s been writing about it.

Source: searchengineland.com

Editor Notes:

  • Internet beginnings for us were Compuserve, Usenet and WebExplorer (1995 and OS2/Warp). Mosaic and Netscape in 1994.
  • In 1989 it was CIS and bulletin board sofrtware
  • That was 33 years ago. Sullivan was 24 back then and it would be another 8 years before he went mainstream.
  • I’ve always enjoyed his perspective for sure.
  • Search engine wise we ourselves started with Altavista, Jeeves and Lycos
  • Eventually we settled on Yahoo and rode that for a few years
  • To cover our bets we decided to also monitor/do Google when it was little
  • We tried Bing over the years
  • Nowadays it is Google for traffic and DuckDuckGo for results