Search Engine History & Overview

History and Overview of the Major Search Engines

Since SEO Logic’s founding in 1996, we’ve watched the internet evolve from dial-up to 5G, and the world of search engines has changed right along with it. While we used to regularly track dozens of search engines, the field has narrowed considerably. Follow the links below to read a detailed analysis of each major search engine—organized by which are still live, and which are now relics of history—and get search engine optimization tips for each. You’ll learn about the multi-layered relationships that exist between search engines, how they create their rank-ordered listings of websites, and how to submit your website to each search engine.

Major Search Engines

These are the search engines where it’s still worthwhile to pursue wins.

Google

Bing

 

Minor Search Engines

These are search engines that used to be major players in the game, but are no longer as relevant as they once were. Even so, these engines are still live, and they’re still fun to learn about.

 

AOL Search

Ask.com

DogPile.com

Excite

Gimpsy

JoeAnt

Lycos

LookSmart

Teoma

WebCrawler

Yahoo!

Defunct Search Engines (RIP)

The following search engines are no longer around, but we still enjoy taking a trip down memory lane from time to time. Interested in internet history? Read on to learn about what the internet was like way back in the day.

AllTheWeb.com

AltaVista

Ask Jeeves

Froogle

HotBot

Overture

Enhance

Inktomi

Netscape

Zeal

Direct Hit

iWon

DMOZ