I am beginning to feel a little old.  New things keep popping up on the web, you know, like Instachat and Snapgram – or something like that.  I remember the web in the days before… brace yourself, the days before Google.  The days of directories, Lycos, Ask Jeeves…  It is, however, interesting to look back and see how the web came to be what it is today.  The folks over at WhoIsHostingThis have compiled a cool infographic that gives a pretty comprehensive.

From an SEO standpoint, this history of search engines gives some interesting insight to the “why?” question of SEO.  Why is SEO even a thing?  In one word, relevance.  The web has a bunch of information being transferred (understatement of the year?).  According to LiveScience.com:

By the end of 2016, global Internet traffic will reach 1.1 zettabytes per year, according to Cisco, and by 2019, global traffic is expected to hit 2 zettabytes per year.

One zettabyte is the equivalent of 36,000 years of high-definition video, which, in turn, is the equivalent of streaming Netflix’s entire catalog 3,177 times…

With all that information zipping around the web, you can begin to see how it is important to establish relevancy between a search in Google and the results returned.  So, without further delay, take a look at the infographic from WhoIsHostingThis.  Before you leave, drop us a comment with where you came into the world of the web!

A graphical history of search engines.