You may be shocked to know Google isn’t the only search engine on the planet.. Here I breakdown 50 alternative search engines you can use to find anything on the internet.
Before I do so, Wikipedia has a good list of the top search engines ordered by Alexa popularity rank – correct as of July 2020.
1. DuckDuckGo are a search engine that does not track or personalise your searches and results. I’d say they are perhaps a bit anti-Google.. (who isn’t right?) and even created a guide on their blog to removing Google from your life!
3. Dogpile is a meta-search engine meaning it takes results from multiple search engines (inc. Google & Yahoo) and aims to give you more relevant results by removing all the noise.
4. WolframAlpha is a powerful tool for doing mathematical computations. It isn’t a search engine that crawls the web like most listed here, its based on a collection of built-in data and algorithms. It can give you website data, historical information by date, unit conversions, stock data, sports statistics, and more. Seems to have been improved a lot over the years. I wish it was this good when I was at Uni.
5. Facebook search is continuing to improve their capabilities. It is impressive how many sub-searches you can do within facebook for people, places, events, messages, games etc. They were recently testing wikipedia style knowledge pages, similar to how Google surface information in their search results.
6. Keyhole measure real-time and historical social media data and allows you to search for hashtags, keywords, @mentions, and URLs. With Keyhole its easy to track visibility on how your articles are doing across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube. Just use drop in the URL you are interested in and see how many people viewed, commented and shared it across social media.
7. Social mention is a social media search engine that searches user-generated content such as blogs, comments, bookmarks, events, news, videos, and more.
8. Ekoru is taking on the ever-present threat of climate change by donating 60% of its monthly revenue to one of several partner charities, ranging from those focusing on reforestation and climate action to those who are dedicated to animal welfare and conservation. They also aim to select a different charitable cause every month. Interestingly, Ekoru puts its money where its mouth is, using renewable energy sources for its data centers and taking a stand for civil rights by not storing any user or search-related data on their servers.
9. Twitter is not only good for finding things people are talking about right now, but their advanced search is also good for finding specific information by filtering hashtags, phrases, and negative keywords.
10. Bing has a rewards program that allows one to accumulate points while searching. These points are redeemable at the Microsoft and Windows stores, which is a nice perk. They also offer a decent image search that starts out with the top trending images, then leads to images which can be filtered by size, layout, and other criteria. They also display tabs above the results with related search queries.
11. AOL is also among the top search engines. These are the guys that used to send out CD’s which you’d load onto your PC to install their browser and modem software. Once the pre-eminent player they now have a market share of 0.59 percent. Verizon Communication bought AOL for $4.4 billion. It was started back in 1983 as Control Video Corporation. It was named America Online in 1991 and in 2009 as AOL Inc. AOL is a global mass media company which is based in New York. The company also provides advertising services as AOL Advertising, AOL mail and AOL Platform.
12. Ask.com founded in 1995, Ask.com, previously known as Ask Jeeves. Their key concept was to have search results based on a simple question + answer web format. It is a question & answer community where you can get the answers for your question and it integrates a large amount of archive data to answer your question. Because of this dependency on archived and active user contributions the results will not be as current as those you get in Google, Bing and Yahoo. They’ve tried to counter where their resources don’t have the answer they take help from a third-party search engine. Interestingly they don’t name who this is.
13. Excite is not widely known but is one that still gets into the top 10. Excite is an online service portal that provides internet services like email, search engine, news, instant messaging and weather updates. This also provides us with the latest trends, topics and search for phrases such as: What can President Trump actually do?
14. Yahoo & Bing compete more with each other than with Google. A recent report on netmarketshare.com tells us that Yahoo have a market share of 7.68 percent. Although a leader as a free email provider, this is declining significantly though with their recent acknowledgement that User Details & Passwords where hacked last year. Yahoo Video Search also allows you to search through video content from their own network, YouTube, Dailymotion, Metacafe, Myspace, Hulu, and other online video providers for videos on any topic.
15. Lycos as a good reputation in search engine industry. Its key areas served are email, web hosting, social networking, and entertainment websites.
16. Baidu is the most used search engine in China and was founded in Jan, 2000 by Chinese Entrepreneur, Eric Xu. This web search is made to deliver results for website, audio files and images. It provides some other services including maps, news, cloud storage and much more. Watch their story: Baidu: The Chinese Google
17. Yandex is used by more than 45% of Russian Internet users. It is also used in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and Ukraine. Yandex is an overall easy-to-use search engine. As an added bonus, it offers a suite of some pretty cool tools.
18. CC search. The way CC Search works is simple – it draws in results from platforms such as Soundcloud, Wikimedia, and Flickr and displays results labeled as Creative Commons material.
19. Swisscows is a unique option on this list, billing itself as a family-friendly semantic search engine.
20. StartPage serves up answers from Google, making it the perfect choice for those who prefer Google’s search results, but aren’t keen on having their search history tracked and stored.
21. OneSearch. Verizon Media launched its privacy-focused search engine, OneSearch, in January 2020. It promises: No cookie tracking, retargeting, or personal profiling. No sharing of personal data with advertisers. No storing of user search history. Unbiased, unfiltered search results. Encrypted search terms.
22. Gibiru. According to their website, “Gibiru is the preferred Search Engine for Patriots.”
23. Buzzsumo. Use Buzzsumo if you have a topic in mind and want to see which articles on the web were most shared for that particular search. There is a paid version that can give you access to more tools for each topic.
24. BoardReader allows you to search forums and narrow results down by date (last day through last year) and language.
25. Blog Search Engine aptly describes this search engine. Search blogs and blog posts using keywords. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than a general search.
26. Scribd is the largest social reading and publishing network that allows you to discover original written content across the web. Sort results by category, language, length, file types, upload date, and cost (free or for sale)
27. SlideShare is the largest community for sharing presentations. If you missed a conference or webinar, there’s a good chance the slides from your favorite speakers are here.
28. Flickr offers an advanced search screen that allows you to find photos, screenshots, illustrations, and videos on their network. You can also search within Creative Commons licensed content.
29. Pinterest the ultimate image platform, allows you to search for anything visual – clothing, cars, floors, airplanes, etc and pin it to your favourites. Just be sure you don’t steal copyright work. You will need to have an account before you can begin searching.
30. TinyEye. Have you seen an image around the web and want to know where it came from? That’s what TinEye is for. Just put your image in the search box and TinEye will find where that image has been seen from around the web.
31. Wikimedia Commons has over 12 million files in their database of freely usable images, sound bites, and videos. Use the search box or browse by categories for different types of media.
32. 360Daily allows you to go beyond YouTube to find videos on any topic from hundreds of sites including big names like YouTube and Hulu. If you’re looking for video, you’ll likely find it here.
33. AOL Video aggregates the days best clips from around the web, but you can also use it as a search engine.
34. CrunchBase offers insight into your favorite online brands and companies. Listings will tell you people who are associated with a company, contact information, related videos, screenshots, and more.
35. SimilarWeb allows you to search for website or app profiles based specific domains or app names. Domains with a high volume of traffic will have data including total regional visitors per month, pageviews online vs. mobile, demographics, sites similar audiences like, and more.
36. Curious to see what technology your favourite sites use and usage trends of that technology? BuiltWith allows you to search for domains and see the technology they use, including analytics, content management systems, coding, and widgets. You can also click on any of the products to see usage trends, industries using the technology, and more.
37. Wikipedia. Rather than starting a habitual search in Google, start your research in wikipedia which can actually be more beneficial when researching topics.
38. Qwant is a French based privacy-based search engine that won’t record your searches or use your personal details for advertising.
39. Another privacy-based search engine is Search Encrypt, which uses local encryption to ensure that users’ identifiable information cannot be tracked.
40. Offering unbiased results from several sources, SearX is a metasearch engine that aims to present a free, decentralized view of the internet. It’s an open source search engine that is available to everyone for a source code review, as well as contributions on GitHub. There’s even the option to customize it and host it on your server as your own search engine.
41. Disconnect allows you to conduct anonymous searches through a search engine of your choice. When you enter a search term, your query is rerouted and anonymized through Disconnect’s servers before being passed on to the search engine you selected. This allows you to use your favorite search engine without any privacy issues.
42. Yippy is another great choice for privacy, as it doesn’t track your searches or show customized adverts. It allows you to search different types of content including websites, images, news, jobs, blogs, and government data.
43. Lukol is an anonymous search engine that serves results from Google but maintains your privacy by removing any traceable elements. This means that you can still benefit from Google’s search power without worrying about being tracked. Lukol ensures the full anonymity of your searches and helps to keep you safe by protecting you from misleading or inappropriate sites.
44. MetaGer offers “Privacy Protected Search & Find” through its anonymized search. They are a nonprofit organization, so they have nothing to gain by tracking your searches, and they only use green energy, adding to the sense of trust.
46. Oscobo is a search engine that protects your privacy while you search the web. By not using any third-party tools or scripts, your data is protected from hacking and misuse.
48. Yippy is a metasearch engine that groups search results into clusters
If you are interested to know which search engines are the most used, you might want to check out statcounter.com, they have a great tool which shows the latest search engine usage stats around the globe.
There is no doubt that Google is the biggest and arguably the best search engine out there, thanks to its powerful algorithms and AI.
So, choosing to browse the internet without using Google may seem like an odd thing to try. But being the best search engine comes at a cost.
It is well-known that Google personalizes your browsing experience at the cost of sharing your personal data and by allowing Google to track you across the internet. For some, this personalization may become annoying at least.