Billion Dollar Baby Is 8

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Seems like just yesterday that Google was toddling around in a diaper, playing with keyword tags and running scared at the sight of a doorway page. And look at Google now! Still a child, but the innocence is gone. Although continuing to play in the “Sandbox”, Google is no longer fooled by keyword stuffing, JavaScript redirects or link exchanges.

After hiring Eric Schmidt as a babysitter, Larry and Sergey finally decided to let go and share their baby with investors in 2004.

The older Google gets, the pickier it becomes about friends. After gaining billions of friends, Google does not want to make new ones (at least not with the preferential treatment that the old friends have).

At eight, Google is a young star. And no, Google didn’t become famous for a role in a movie or a part in a commercial. Google’s good at finding stuff for other people.

So Google, when we are criticizing your new products, don’t take it to heart. You will always be our baby! Happy birthday!

About the Author

Andrey Milyan was the first editor-in-chief of Search Marketing Standard, the leading print publication covering the search marketing industry. He has been following and reporting on industry developments for over 10 years. Andrey now works in the paid search sector of a prominent search marketing agency.

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  1. Anonymous

    Yes it is amazing how when google first started out so small. Though once word a mouth got around how great a search engine they were they exploded onto the screen with a godzilla type of pressence taking over every other engine, now competing with microsoft. The Big heads are colliding godzilla and King Kong go at it, time will only tell who will win, though i think we can say with this competition going on we may only benefit with better products, smarter engines, bots and the what not. Which will only benefit the technoligy world, well I guess that is what we hope. SEO DVD Program | Search Engine Optimization Tutorial.

  2. It is indeed realy amazing what happened in 8 years. And the industry is still groing rapidly. But I am still wondering is it possible that this rapid succes is being done again by a new party?

  3. @erik. In theory that is possible. But somebody really has to come up with a revelutionary idea to do something like Google did.