What is Google

What is Google?


Google is a search engine and a US company. The search engine has been online since September 27, 1998 and is the most successful and largest search engine to date. With a share of over 70% of all search queries worldwide (Sept. 2013), Google is way ahead of its closest competitor “Baidu”, a Chinese search engine with 16% of all search queries.

The main source of income for Google is its AdSense program, which provides context-oriented advertising banners. Over 90% of sales are generated through this type of advertising.

According to percomputer, Google provides several services and apps, some of them free of charge. The most popular services include Gmail, an email service, Google Plus, a social network, and Youtube, a video platform.

Google also offers special search functions

Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.de/) for a search on academic texts.

Google Books (http://books.google.de/books/) offers a search for book title, author and words in books. The goal of Google Books (as of May 2014) is to scan and index as many different books as possible.

Google Earth (http://www.google.de/intl/de/earth/) provides satellite images of the earth, the moon, Mars and other planets.

Google Sky (http://www.google.com/sky/) maps the part of space known to us.

In addition, there are various functions in Google Search to specifically search for images, blogs, news, maps, forums or web shops.

With a market share of almost 90% in Germany, Google is the most important and largest search engine in this country. Accordingly, meaningful search engine optimization will focus on Google and its guidelines.

Google – how it works

With the help of crawlers (also called bots, crawlerbots, Googlebots, spiders, searchbots, or web crawlers), pages are indexed and entered into Google’s database. A crawler is a program that independently visits pages on the Internet, analyzes the pages and transmits the results of the analysis to Google’s database. The crawler works its way through linked URLs from page to page. This means that only pages that are linked to on other pages are recorded.
If the information from the bots is in the database, it is further evaluated there. Several algorithms and criteria then decide how well a website “ranks” and how it is “sorted”, i.e. indexed. This then decides where the pages are for a particular search query, i.e. how the pages are sorted according to a search query.
The best-known algorithm for this sorting is the so-called “ PageRank ”, named after Google’s co-founder, Lawrence Page. In addition to this, there are a number of other criteria that affect both the page itself (OnPage) and the position of the page in relation to other pages (OffPage).

The exact way in which the search results are determined and sorted is a trade secret of Google. However, tips, suggestions and “best practices” are regularly published to help pages rank better in the areas of OnPage and OffPage. Various analysis tools, strategies and findings from the SEO scene also help so that a website ranks or is indexed better.

What is Google Dance?

Google Dance: The continuous dance of search results. In order for you to get results of the highest possible quality for your search query, search engines have to update your database regularly. In the past, Google usually updated the index every four weeks. During the re-indexing, the search results were very noticeable because they fluctuated (danced) for several days between the old and the new index. The PageRank of a website also fluctuated between different search results. This is why the search engine’s index update was called Google Dance. Today the Internet is crawled several times a day for new content and web pages searched and the index is adjusted daily. The Google Dance no longer exists in this form. Sometimes one speaks of Google Dance when there is a major change in a search result for a website – in any case, nowadays you should do a thorough SEO check if there are noticeable differences in the positioning.

Why was there the Google Dance?

In the early days of Google up to the first years after 2000, the Google Dance took place monthly and caused troubled times for many SEO managers. Because between the dancing placements of one’s own pages in the PageRank of the search engine, it was impossible to foresee which placement would be expected after the Google Dance had calmed down.

These phenomena arose because the many thousands of servers that carried out the (new) evaluation and subsequent listing of the many millions of websites could not do this at the same time. If the monthly change was made to the algorithm and uploaded to the servers, some of them already had the new rankings due to the new evaluation basis, while the other servers had not yet uploaded this as an evaluation basis. Until all servers were at the same level of the ranking criteria, the results “danced” – even with the same keyword. The search queries could have very different results even within days – this phenomenon was given the name “Google Dance”.

Why is the Google Dance no longer available?

With the growing numbers of about crawled n Webs e th and thus to-value ranking factors Google introduced its indexing strategy to. For search queries that are answered as up-to-date as possible, the crawling by Google is constantly being improved. Initially there were gradual changes, but with the Google Caffeine update a very clear change could be observed. Originally all pages were scanned and evaluated piece by piece, but since the caffeine Update Google constantly and in parallel, various influences and factors for the ranking are recorded and are constantly and up-to-date included in the pageranking.

This crawling process is very topical and never completely finished, as the innovations are always incorporated into the algorithm, new pages have to be crawled and influences from evaluation criteria such as backlinks or signals from social media flow into the current placement. Google itself has stated that Caffeine processes hundreds of thousands of pages in parallel per second in this way. The memory required for this is almost 100 million gigabytes of memory. And hundreds of thousands of gigabytes are added every day.

Because of this simultaneity, there was no longer any Google Dance on the search engine.

Fun facts about the Google dance

In allusion to the colloquial term “Google Dance”, Google organized one itself. The event took place until 2006. In addition to the celebrations and drinks on a funny topic, there was of course a lot of music to dance to.

Google Dance – 2002

Google Dance – 2003

Google Dance – 2004

Google Dance – 2005

Google Dance – 2006

What is Google