Ten Alternatives To Google

Tasha Stevens
September 13, 2018 - 4:31 pm

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When an answer on any given topic is needed, many people just Google it since Google is the single most used search engine in the world. It has the largest single catalog of web pages available today but it also tracks a huge amount of information of which users are unaware. Around 9% of people on the internet use search engines other than Google...these are a few.

Bing: The second most used search engine is Bing, Microsoft's attempt at unseating Google.

DuckDuckGo: If you like your privacy, you might want to try DuckDuckGo.com which looks a lot like Google but without the tracking. It also has less ad spam than Google.

Dogpile: In the 1990's before Google reigned supreme, Dogpile was the way to go for web searches before they were surpassed by Google in the late 1990's. They are now back with a growing index. 

Yippy: If you want a search engine that searches other search engines, try Yippy. This is a Deep Web engine. Deep Web pages are usually harder to locate with regular searches because they offer obscure or tough to find that information most people are not looking for.

Webopedia: Webopedia is dedicated to searching technology terminology and computer definitions. if you are a non-technical person trying to make heads or tails computer issues, Webopedia is what you want.

StartPage, like  DuckDuckGo,  was founded with strict user privacy as its USP. It doesn’t track and store your data, and it doesn’t target ads based on your behaviors. The engine is powered by Google and does use Google ads.

CC Search is great for finding copyright-free content. This is great if you post online all the time and are tired of trying to find pictures or music that is not copyrighted. It uses search results from existing platforms.

If you are trying to find something that was online years and years ago, try Internet Archive. Known online as archive.org, Internet Archive is a huge collection of documented material and a tool known as the Wayback Machine. This tool  has taken snapshots of the internet since the 90s.

Wikipedia is not the only site with a ton of information. Wiki.com draws in content from wikis only.

Boardreader is a search engine which pulls in results from forums and message boards.