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SERP Thread

 1:50 pm on Sep 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

anyone know the google (forum3) thread where I first used the acronym SERP? circa 2000.

PG1 found it a few years ago and I didn't bookmark it.



 2:58 pm on Sep 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

I had that thread flagged at one time.

here's a mention in /forum1/ just over 13 years ago - [webmasterworld.com...]


 7:55 pm on Sep 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

tedster dropping early SERP knowledge at 6 months on WebmasterWorld...

Minimum keyword density - Keyword Discussion forum:
http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum8/70.htm [webmasterworld.com]

here's the P1R threads you were thinking of.
How Do Search Engine Robots Work? - New To Web Development forum:
http://www.webmasterworld.com/new_web_development/3206921.htm [webmasterworld.com]
Who Coined That Phrase? - General Search Engine Marketing Issues forum:
http://www.webmasterworld.com/search_engine_promotion/3459876.htm [webmasterworld.com]
(kinda meta posting those links in edward's style)

We fathered a Buzz Word/Seo Slang - Foo forum:
http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum10009/1732.htm [webmasterworld.com]
It was first used in Nov or Dec of 1999 right here.

can't find an earlier mention of SERP - there's only a couple of WebmasterWorld threads from 1999 indexed by google - including this one.
Wow. domain name snagged. - WebmasterWorld Community Center forum:
http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum19/72.htm [webmasterworld.com]


 11:04 pm on Sep 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

phranque can't find it? Say it ain't so! :sob:

Can you lay your hands on a listing of the WebmasterWorld subforums that existed in late 1999? Back then, the rate of posting was low enough that a brute-force search should turn it up. Unless some posts have physically disappeared. I notice that some of the oldest subforums appear to have started in 1969 [sic], which is an obvious danger sign.


 2:48 pm on Sep 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

I still don't think we found it. I think it was in 1999 in the Google forum (forum 3). PG1 pointed me to it a few years ago.


 3:07 pm on Sep 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

/forum3/ only goes back to 2001.
Google News Archive:
http://www.webmasterworld.com/google_archive/page235.htm [webmasterworld.com]


 3:34 pm on Sep 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

Yeah, I agree, that seems the most likely culprit [webmasterworld.com...]


 10:14 pm on Sep 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

I agree, that seems the most likely culprit

September 2000. Do we have to ditch the "late 1999"?

The paid_inclusion subforum goes back to February 2000. (And seems to have closed up shop in 2006, so it's one of the places I would not have thought to look. My goodness, what a lot of attention AltaVista got back then :))

(linked from one of the threads named above) in June 2001, Brett says explicitly
When I coined Serp

Note how capitalization at this early date is still variable. In the September 2000 thread-- which must now count as our terminus ante quem-- it's "serp", lower case.


 1:18 am on Sep 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

dang - maybe it wasn't in the Google forum.

I remember the phrase was something like "we need something to describe" the page generated by a search engine query.

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