The Anatomy of a Search Engine
Posted on June 9, 2017 by Donna Pickerill
The Anatomy of a Search Engine -
by Duke Vukadinovic
Ever since Alan Emtage, a student at McGill University in Montreal, created the first search engine named Archie, search engines kept evolving. Today, we are facing some staggering facts. Did you know, for instance, that more than 80% of all Internet traffic originates from the Google search engine? This trend is so huge that it has even affected our language. Thanks to Google Inc., we now have a new verb – to Google.
And this is not the only search engine popularly used by Internet surfers. We also have Bing, Yahoo, Ask.com, AOL.com, Baidu, DuckDuckGo and more. Some people prefer one over others because it offers different search options or a more intuitive interface. But, the bottom line is the same for us all – we use one at least once a day.
Search engines like we know them today have definitely shaped the content found on the Internet. Starting from images and texts found on websites, all the way down to the tiny bits of code - everything is being optimized for search engines and users.
The companies working on search engines have stepped up their game using the latest achievements in the fields of machine learning. How else can you explain Google successfully answering your question as soon as you start typing it in the search box?
If you’re wondering how search engines work, this infographic from First Site Guide will provide you with all the information you need.
Duke Vukadinovic works for FirstSiteGuide.com.
He is passionate about the Internet world and can be of great to help web newbies build many successful blogs in various niches.
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