As part of my Flashback website series where I covered off domain name registration companies, domain name parking companies and domain name blogs, Last week we looked at Amazon.com and now we continue on with Flashback of Websites that we use everyday but they have changed somewhat since starting back online many years ago, Today we look at Google.com the world’s number one search engine.
From the two founders back in 1998 to over 57,000 Staff now in 2015 and revenue of $66 Billion Dollars in 2014 with a net profit of $14 Billion Dollars – Google has changed the domain name industry so many times… So domain investors love Google and others hate Google… At one point Yahoo and Google were great for domain name parking but today this isn’t still the case with many domain name investors having seen their parking PPC drop to all time lows… Domain Investors like myself who don’t rely on parking but instead develop domain names often have mixed feelings as the SEO rankings changed massively in 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 and took major effect on sites that ranked well with many being penalised however if you spend the correct amount of time and research / build your site correctly your rankings do come back… I still believe having a strong domain name exact match and relevant TLD plays a massive difference in your rankings as I have seen this so many times with my websites.
What are you thoughts on Google and Parking Revenue / Development?
Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University. Together they own about 14 percent of its shares but control 56 percent of the stockholder voting power through supervoting stock. They incorporated Google as a privately held company on September 4, 1998. An initial public offering followed on August 19, 2004. Its mission statement from the outset was “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” and its unofficial slogan was “Don’t be evil”. In 2004, Google moved to its new headquarters in Mountain View, California, nicknamed the Googleplex.
Do you use Google.com, Yahoo.com, Bing.com or another Search Engine?
So this is what Google.com looked like back in 1998.
Google.com IPO in 2004 and this was when we started to see some major changes in the company, note how above in 2000 Google indexed just over 1 billion pages in 2004 they now index over 8 billion pages.
If jump ahead another 4 years to 2008 we see the domain indexing has disappeared on the homepage and so has Froogle as it was renamed Google Shopping and we now see the iGoogle and sign in header bar with Gmail, Maps, News etc
In 2012 we now see Google.com promoting more of there services such as YouTube.com, Google Play, Google Plus & Google Drive.
Now if we look at Google.com in 2015 we can struggle to notice any significant differences to the homepage, the only change we can see is the Deck Out Your Device with Google isn’t showing anymore.