• http://www.geekpoweredstudios.com Guillermo Ortiz

    An seo article with street fighter sprites? Full of win! This is definitely something to consider putting into the mobile seo tool belt. Thanks for point it out Chris!

  • Ralph D. Klonz

    now, I have to admit that I wasn’t in the SEO-World at the time of the 90tees. But I’m sure going to look into this and disseminate it to my coder friends. Starting with this article. Always willing to learn more and if it’s been around it only proves that the old tried and proven tactics will prevail.

  • http://www.elite-strategies.com/blog Patrick Coombe

    Ahh yes, the sprite. This is when I was learning HTML, linux, and TCP/IP. I wish I would have learned SEO at that time rather than waiting another decade. Imagine the domains alone!

  • http://uk.queryclick.com/ Chris Liversidge

    @GeekPoweredStudios:disqus thanks sir, my pleasure. It was fun to walk down memory lane.

  • http://uk.queryclick.com/ Chris Liversidge

    @patrickcoombe:disqus yep the early days of domaining were pretty mixed too.

  • http://www.vincenttobiaz.com/ Vincent Tobiaz

    Sprites weren’t really at all in use on web sites until 2000′s, they existed in the 90′s but were not used. You think someone was going to wait for 1 gigantic image to download on 56k? Nope. And speed helps mobile a little, but even less than before and will be even less in the future due to speeds rising. And certainly isn’t as a determining SEO factor for mobile as is location.

    Sorry to slam the coolness of the 90s graphics but the actual information here is just dead wrong.

  • http://www.cynicologist.com/ Orun Bhuiyan

    Neat article, but I don’t really feel like the title was congruent with the content, since using sprites does benefit SEO, but rather indirectly through load time.

    There are a number of techniques one can use to optimize the speed at which a site loads, but I don’t think they’d be worthy of savior-of-the-future-of-SEO status.

    Imagine I said “progressively loading jpeg’s will save the future of SEO”. Seems pretty farfetched and indirect right? Progressively loading jpeg’s only amounts to a miniscule fraction of that which will help one’s SEO efforts—the same applies to sprites.

    Besides, in my experience, sprites in CSS have been used pretty consistently over the past decade by well-rounded developers.

  • Michael Cottam

    Well done, Chris…haven’t seen anyone cover this before. Great job pointing out the effect on mobile!

  • http://www.pixxelznet.com/ Vikram Rout

    Very Nice information about HTML code that use in 90′s.