History of search engine tells us the starting age of Web search engine. Today, we see that Google and other search engines are more relevant than any other time of the first invention of the Search Engine. Now they can use a robot to run and rank a website or any information and nowadays they are able to understand natural human speech.

But at the very beginning, they were not so smart as today. At the very first time of a Web Search Engine, you had to write the exact word to find it out. It also included with spam and take weeks to complete for indexing information.

History of Search Engine

Today, Search engines vastly have changed and here we learn about the history and evolution of search engines—from 1990 to the present day. Here we briefly describe the emergence of today’s smarter Search Engine from top to bottom step by step.

Archie Query Form

In the early 1990s, the first search engine named Archie was invented by Alan Emtage, Bill Heelan and J. Peter Deutsch, computer science students at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) system which accesses to online software archives, searched FTP sites to create an index of downloadable files. It was a limited space that’s why only the listed contents were available here.

World Wide Web Virtual Library (VLib)

In 1991, Tim Berners-Lee set up a Virtual Library for World Wide Web (www). In the same time, CERN webserver hosted a list of web servers at the early age of the Internet.


 In 1992, Searched file names and titles stored in Gopher index systems.

World Wide Web Wanderer

In 1993, the World Wide Web Wandered was created by Matthew Gray. It was a bot counted active web servers and it can measure the growth of the Internet. Then bot was upgraded to capture actual URLs. At that time database was called Windex.

Yahoo! Search

 In 1994, Yahoo has been launched. It was created by David Filo and Jerry Yang, it was the beginning of a collection of favourable web pages that included a man-made description with each URL. They were increasing the size to store data in the searchable directory. Informational sites added for free, but they expanded to include commercial sites. This is still available for $300/year.

Google Launched

In 1998, Google has started its journey. Google was invented by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. This search engine upgraded rapidly and proved successful that it will become the world’s most favourite Search Engine one day. Finally, Google set at Mountain View in 2003. From that time Google has updated its all algorithm very highly and has become the most used web-based search engine in the world.


On May 28, 2009, Microsoft created its own operating Web Search Engine named Bing. It was created by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The service has its origins in Microsoft’s previous search engines. It upgraded as MSN Search, Windows Live Search and later Live Search. Bing provides a variety of search services, including web, video, image and map search products. It developed using ASP.NET.


In 2011, Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft collaborate to create Schema.org to maintain and prompt schemas for more structural internet data.


In 2011, Google added “Panda” in its algorithm to rank a website in the SERP (Search Engine Results Page). At that time, content farms and scraper sites, among others, are negatively affected Google search results by which 12% of Google search results in the US are affected.  To overcome this problem, Google updated its algorithm named “Panda”.


In 2012, Google again updated its algorithm as “Penguin” to keep SEOs on their toes.


In 2013, Google added the first search algorithm named as “Hummingbird” with the ability to parse the intent of the human query, rather than just the language itself.


In 2014, Google updated its algorithm as “Pigeon” in order to deliver more useful, relevant, and accurate local search results. In the same year, Google prioritizes website security and calls for “https everywhere”. “https” also a ranking factor for a website.


In 2015, Google releases “Mobilegeddon” as an update designed algorithm to make the site mobile-friendly pages in mobile search results. In the same time, Bing also releases its own mobile-friendly algorithm update.

Featured Snippet Algorithm

On January 23, 2020, Google Featured Snippet Algorithm added to its SEO ranking algorithm. It will restrict URLs that shows in the featured snippet to appear again within the first ten organic search results.

In conclusion, this is a very short but effective description of the history of search engines. It is just to touch your knowledge with a short idea. You can able to comments, share and jump to the full blog to gain your desire.

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