As you all know for doing a web search, Google.com is the most popular search engine in the world.
If you’re concerned with Google keeping track of your search history not happy with their search results or looking for a change. So, I’ll show you ten alternatives you should know that could replace Google as your default search engine.
Google Search Alternatives
DuckDuckGo is an opensource and one of the fastest growing search engines. If you’re concerned about privacy, this comes as the best alternative to Google.
It is favorite of many people because they don’t collect any of browsing history, unlike Google. Since they don’t collect your information it means they can’t sell your information.
They emphasize for providing the best results using over 400 individual sources including crowd-sourced sites such as Wikipedia and from search engines like being Yahoo and others.
One feature people liked is the 0 click information feature which keeps all the information on one page with an infinite scroll.
All in all, if privacy is a concern for you when you search on the web, try DuckDuckGo.
Start Page is another search engine like DuckDuckGo which focuses on privacy. It has a sister site known IX Quick which is available in a few different countries. Both of them are the same search engine with different URLs.
They collect none of your user details, you can set your own preferences and even those will get deleted after 90 days of inactivity.
They even offer other search enhancing features as well including a proxy service URL generator and supports SSL. The other search options are available for images, videos, and advanced search.
Start Page in 17 different languages and is another one to consider if you’re concerned about privacy.
Bing was launched in 2009 and is owned by the tech giant Microsoft. It’s now the second largest search engine in the United States.
Bing is also one of the powerful search engines and also powers Yahoo. So, I haven’t mentioned Yahoo in the list. It has one of the nicest home page with an ever-changing background.
If you’re looking for an alternative to Google and you don’t care about privacy, Bing is a solid choice.
Creative Commons search allows you to find photos, music, and videos which can be used commercially.
Technically, it is not a search engine. I thought it would be useful for some of you out there running your own websites, blogs or even YouTube channels to have another resource for media.
Here’s how it works, enter the keyword and select the channel from where you want resources. It will shoe all the useful results. For example, I’ll type “Cows”, then select Pixabay. It’ll show a bunch of photos that you may want to use.
Creative Commons is much easier than going to each site and refining the searches.
Dogpile is a metasearch engine launched way back in 1995. It fetches results from several popular search engines including Google, Bing, and many others. It provides an option to search for images, video, news, and shopping.
Yippy was created by Carnegie Mellon University researchers and founded in 2009. The search engine uses the power of conventional search engines to locate harder to find web pages.
Apart from all the search engine in the list, Yippy will become more popular in the upcoming years.
Ask.com is a question and answer focused search engine founded in 1996. To be quite honest I put this on this list because I’m surprised it’s still around.
One positive thing I can say about ask.com is the results page is clean looking.
Wolfram Alpha calls themselves a computational knowledge engine. It’s great at giving answers to questions without all the clutter.
It gives the results in a nice clean format and it is a cool site you can check.
Lycos is another search engine that many will be surprised is still around. Just like Yippy, it is also product out of Carnegie Mellon University back in 1994.
When you do a search, the results are rather plain with no option for an image or video search.
Ecosia is a search engine with a purpose that was founded in 2009. The purpose is to plant trees with income that is generated by ads. Since they’re launched, they have planted over 11 million trees.
Ecosia’s search results are powered by bing along with their own search algorithm.
All the mentioned search engines are really good with the search results and few are good in their respective domains. These search engines provide almost similar functionality as Google and they can be used as an alternative too.
If you guys know few more options which can be added to the list, let me know in the comment section.