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20 Years of SEO: A Brief History of Search Engine Optimization

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Search engine optimization (SEO) very much revolves around Google today. However, the practice we now know as SEO actually pre-dates the world’s most popular search engine co-founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Although it could be argued that SEO and all things search engine marketing began with the launch of the first website published in 1991, or perhaps when the first web search engine launched, the story of SEO “officially” begins a bit later, around 1997.

According to Bob Heyman, author of “Digital Engagement,” we can thank none other than the manager of rock band Jefferson Starship for helping give birth to a new field that we would grow to know as “search engine optimization.”

You see, he was quite upset that the official Jefferson Starship website was ranking on Page 4 of some search engine at the time, rather than in Position 1 on Page 1.

Granted, we may never know if this tale is more revisionist history or 100 percent fact, all signs definitely point to the term SEO or…

The Top 100 Bestselling Books of All Time

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Here is the list of top 100 best selling books of all time.RankTitleAuthorVolume SalesPublisherGenre1Da Vinci Code,TheBrown, Dan5,094,805TransworldCrime, Thriller & Adventure2Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsRowling, J.K.4,475,152BloomsburyChildren's Fiction3Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneRowling, J.K.4,200,654BloomsburyChildren's Fiction4Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixRowling, J.K.4,179,479BloomsburyChildren's Fiction