15 Search Engine Alternatives
By Daclaud Lee, Project Manager / SEO Consultant at Archmore Business Web
When you think about search engines, Google is probably the first thing that comes to mind. It’s become so ubiquitous that we use its name as a verb. Have you ever heard a friend say he “googled” something? Google has become the world’s go-to search engine because they do an excellent job of giving people exactly what they want. Google is the best search engine out there, but there are many others. Here are some other engines you may not have thought of!
"Earn free gift cards with Bing!"
Microsoft Bing is a web search engine owned and operated by Microsoft. The service has its origins in Microsoft's previous search engines: MSN Search, Windows Live Search and later Live Search. Bing provides a variety of search services, including web, video, image and map search products.
"Discover something new every day from news, sports, finance, entertainment and more!"
Yahoo began in January 1994, Yang and Filo were electrical engineering graduate students at Stanford University, when they created a website named "Jerry and David's guide to the World Wide Web". The site was a human-edited web directory, organized in a hierarchy, as opposed to a searchable index of pages. In March 1994, "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web" was renamed "Yahoo!" and became known as the Yahoo Directory. The "yahoo.com" domain was registered on January 18, 1995.
"Tired of being tracked online? We can help."
DuckDuckGo is an internet search engine that emphasizes protecting searchers' privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results. DuckDuckGo does not show search results from content farms.
Going beyond a simple online search engine or directory, DuckDuckGo has worked hard to set itself apart. Through linking to other sites directly, we remove the clutter and distractions found in traditional search results and help you find exactly what you are looking for. We also work hard to protect your privacy, allowing people to search anonymously from anywhere at anytime.
DuckDuckGo believes the Internet shouldn't feel so creepy, and getting the privacy you deserve online should be as simple as closing the blinds. Their family of privacy products are designed to operate seamlessly together while providing actionable steps you can take to deepen your relationship with privacy.
"No user tracking. No search history. Pure, unfiltered results. Share links with confidence. Keyword encryption."
"The search engine that plants trees."
Ecosia is a search engine based in Berlin, Germany. It donates 80% of its profits to nonprofit organizations that focus on reforestation. It considers itself a social business, is CO₂-negative and claims to support full financial transparency and protect the privacy of its users.
Ecosia is a search engine for plant trees. Using Ecosia gives you a sense of satisfaction to know that your searches have made an actual difference. There are many search engines out there, however, Ecosia is the only one that people will know they are actively making an impact on the world. You can check their website or the app itself to see exactly how many trees have been planted thanks to your searches.
"Let the world find you."
Baidu, Inc. is a Chinese multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products and artificial intelligence, headquartered in Beijing's Haidian District. It is one of the largest AI and Internet companies in the world.
Baidu is the world’s most popular Chinese-language search engine and offers many online services and products including Baidu Maps, BaiduPC Faster, Baidu Browser and Baidu Antivirus. Services also include cloud storage, music, encyclopedia, email and professional search.
"Everything will be found!"
Yandex N.V. is a multinational corporation primarily for Russian and Russian-language users, providing 70 Internet-related products and services, including transportation, search and information services, e-commerce, navigation, mobile applications, and online advertising.
"Uncensored private search"
Gibiru Search Engine is an uncensored search engine. The internet censorship authorities can track your searches through your IP address, But with Gibiru your searches are completely anonymous and censored in your country.
The Gibiru search engine is a private search engine that forgoes the data collection used by other engines. Because it does not store search queries or identifying IP addresses, users can be assured that their searches remain anonymous and secure.
"A safer way to search and browse online without personal data collection, tracking or targeting."
Startpage is a Dutch search engine company that highlights privacy as its distinguishing feature. The website advertises that it allows users to obtain Google Search results while protecting users' privacy by not storing personal information or search data and removing all trackers. Startpage is a search engine that respects your privacy. Search anonymously and enjoy the best results that Google can offer, but without the tracking.
When using Startpage, you can search with Google while protecting your privacy. No personal information is stored, we protect your privacy by removing all identifying information, and no tracking is performed. Startpage offers anonymous web and image search results from Google in a privacy-friendly environment.
The privacy based search engine.
Search Encrypt was designed from the ground up with Privacy as its core value. The Search Encrypt extension protects your privacy by detecting searches that may be tracked and tied to your personal information. It intercepts those searches and redirects them to Search Encrypt's privacy-enhanced search engine which will be set to your default search engine. Search Encrypt is supported by sponsored ads featured on our search results page.
The Search Encrypt extension protects your privacy by detecting searches that may be tracked and tied to your personal information. When Search Encrypt encounters a potentially trackable search term it will route the search through the encrypted Search Encrypt servers, render the results and then display them. This masking of your personal information is designed to protect you whenever you search online.
Search Encrypt was designed with your privacy in mind. This extension has a unique algorithm that encrypts your search, sends the encrypted URL to our private network and then sends you the results of your search. You don’t need another extension. Search Encrypt protects your privacy by using a network of private computers to process your search request, securing it from anyone who might be watching.
"The date-safe search engine"
Swisscows is a web search engine launched in 2014, a project of Hulbee AG, a company based in Egnach, Switzerland. It uses semantic data recognition that give faster "answers" to queries and claims to not store users' data. Swisscows also deems itself "family-friendly", with explicit results entirely omitted.
Swisscows is a new approach to the classic search engine. It is not based on an individual’s data, but rather focuses on family-friendly, personal and specific search results with the goal of changing the way you search forever.
"Every search cleans our oceans!"
Ekoru is powered by run-of-river hydro-electricity and housed in a datacenter that uses natural convection cooling instead of air-conditioning. This means that our servers don't generate any CO2 emissions. On top of that we have the smallest search pages which means that when the Internet transports the page to your device it generates the least amount of CO2 as well.
Ekoru.org is the world's most eco-friendly search engine. When you use Ekoru to search the Internet you're helping preserve and protect the planets biodiversity, oceans and forests while supporting charities with your click. Ekoru is dedicated to raising funds for ocean cleanup projects by offsetting the carbon produced each time it's used to help clean up our oceans! When you use Ekoru to search the Internet you're helping preserve and protect the planets biodiversity, oceans and forests while supporting charities with your click.
"Give clean water every time you search the web!"
giveWater was started by Michael Feeley after reading Thirst and then unexpectedly meeting its author – Scott Harrison, the founder of charity: water, while taking a tour of their NYC offices. His book, seeing their offices and meeting Scott inspired Michael to want to do more.
Michael has spent his 20 year career in the search and digital advertising space and decided to combine his passion for both, search and charity into giveWater as a way to donate more funds to the various water organizations that aim to tackle this important problem. Michael does not take a salary or any funds personally for this venture; it is to simply give more.
Internet Archive (The Wayback Machine)
"Explore more than 663 billion web pages saved over time."
The Internet Archive is an American digital library with the stated mission of "universal access to all knowledge". It provides free public access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, software applications/games, music, movies/videos, moving images, and millions of books.
The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. The Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages. The collections are divided into three main sections: Texts, Moving Images, and Audio.
When the Internet Archive began in 1996, its purpose was to create an Internet library. Its priorities were to change over time. The Archive has focused on ensuring web pages are crawled and saved on a frequent basis and building an international collection of web sites. Then, in late 1999, the Archive added a new service: giving patrons access to archived web pages through our search engine at https://archive.org/web. Also called the Wayback Machine, this product was an instant success.
"Compute expert-level answers using Wolfram’s breakthrough algorithms, knowledgebase and AI technology"
WolframAlpha is a computational knowledge engine and answer engine developed by Wolfram Research. It answers factual queries directly by computing the answer from externally sourced data.
Wolfram Alpha is a computational knowledge engine or answer engine developed by Wolfram Research, which was founded by Stephen Wolfram. Users submit queries and computation requests via a text field. Wolfram Alpha then computes answers and relevant visualizations from a database of curated, structured data that come from other sites and books. The site use a portfolio of automated and manual methods, including statistics, visualization, source cross-checking, and professional curation.
Wolfram Alpha, from the creators of Mathematica, is a knowledge engine that provides answers to factual questions directly by computing the answers from externally-sourced data. Wolfram Alpha does not answer subjective questions or give opinions. It is designed to deliver accurate and reliable knowledge for many topics and to provide step-by-step solutions for algebra, calculus and other mathematical questions.
By Daclaud Lee,
Project Manager and SEO Consultant at Archmore Business Web
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