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Most of us useGoogleassearch engine (search engine) in the browser (browser) when looking for various required information.
Google is now also the main search engine that SEO and marketing professionals focus on.
With a market share of over 90%, it’s hard to argue that any search engine gives better results than Google. At least that’s the current general perception.
In fact, besides Google, there are many alternative search engines that offer features that are no less interesting.
One of the main reasons people choose to use alternative search engines is to increase privacy.
The reason is, Google is known to track user data for both their own company use and third parties (advertisers for example).
If you’ve only ever used Google, here are some other recommended search engines that are worth a try. Please take a look!
Bing which is made by the tech giantMicrosoft, is the second largest search engine after Google.
This search engine is fairly easy to use and provides a more visual experience with beautiful daily background photos.
Bing is great for video searches, as it displays results as large thumbnails that can be previewed audibly by hovering over the video.
Just like Google, Bing is equipped with built-in features such as currency conversion, translation, and flight tracking, making it a versatile search engine that has made it stand out in the global marketplace.
Interestingly, Bing has a rewards program that allows users to collect points while surfing or shopping on the internet.
The points can later be redeemed in the Microsoft Store to buy applications, games or movies for example.
DuckDuckGo is a popular search engine for those who prioritize privacy and do not like their every browsing on the internet being tracked and recorded by search engines.
This search engine has a very clean interface with minimal ads, so the user experience is good and efficient.
There is absolutely no user tracking, users can even add the DuckDuckGo extension to the browser to keep their activities private.
DuckDuckGo don’t have their own search index (like Google and Bing), but they generate their search results using a variety of sources.
In other words, they don’t own the data but they rely on other sources (such as Yelp, Bing, Yahoo, or StackOverflow) to provide answers to their users’ questions.
- Yahoo! Search
Yahoo! Search has been around even longer than Google. It is the third most popular search engine worldwide, even being one of the default search engines for Firefox.
One of the interesting things about Yahoo! is more than just a search engine. Yahoo! web portal offers email, news, online shopping, games and more, providing a complete user experience on a single platform.
Its integration with Flickr, Yahoo Answers, and Yahoo Finance also offers better image results and a large amount of information on various topics that users need.
Founded in 2000, Baidu is the leading search engine in China, accounting for more than 70% of China’s internet market share.
Although Baidu is accessible worldwide, unfortunately this search engine is only available in Chinese.
This search engine is very similar to Google. It looks similar in design, is monetized through ads, and uses rich snippets in search results.
However, Baidu is heavily censored. Certain images and even pro-democracy websites are blocked on this search engine.
Yandex is widely used in its home country of Russia, where it is used by more than 45% of internet users in the country. This search engine is also used in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Ukraine.
Yandex provides services that are very similar to Google. Users can search for websites, images, videos and news in a user-friendly layout.
With additional features including mobile apps, maps, translations, cloud storage and more, Yandex offers the same amount of functionality but with a cleaner interface.
Oh yes, Yandex also presents itself as a technology company that builds intelligent products and services powered by machine learning.
Founded in 1996, Ask.com was formerly known as Ask Jeeves. The Ask.com search engine is based on a question and answer format where most of the questions are answered by other users or in the form of a poll.
This makes it very user-friendly, especially for those less familiar with search engines, such as older computer users.
It also has a general search function, but the results are less quality compared to Google or even Bing and Yahoo.
AOL which is an acronym for “America Online” is a search engine that first appeared in 1985.
Based in New York City, AOL was one of the early pioneers of the internet in the mid-1990s. Initially, AOL provided dial-up services, web portals, email, and instant messaging.
AOL’s network includes many popular websites such as engadget.com, techchrunch.com, and huffingtonpost.com.
On June 23, 2015, AOL was acquired by Verizon Communications for $4.4 billion.
Today, AOL Search still exists, but it’s only a small part of AOL and Verizon Communications’ business.
Ecosia is a Berlin-based search engine founded by Christian Kroll in 2009. The main reason ecosia was created is to help fund tree planting and restoration projects.
Thus, it is not surprising that this search engine is known as the “search engine for tree planting”.
How does ecosia work? Ecosia is a Bing partner, meaning its search results are powered by Bing.
Ecosia makes money to support tree planning by showing ads in their search results.
Every time the ad is clicked, ecosia gets a small share. It is estimated that about 45 searches are needed to finance the planting of one tree.