Google is the leader in the search space and definitely the most loved search engine today, but some policy changes they have been making in the last few months is not going down too well with many. Now with its declaration of its new user data sharing policy, some have now started looking out for alternate search engines already.
While most may not come close to the Google experience, there are some pretty decent search engines one can switch over to, if you are willing to change habits. Here are a few, if you are planning a change.
Alternative search engines
Apart from Google, here are some good alternative search engines that you can use:
- Wolfram Alpha
Bing from Microsoft – many do not want to try or use it for one simple reason! It’s from Microsoft! But if you can lay aside your negative bias for ‘anything Microsoft’ and check it out for a week, you will be surprised at the results it delivers. If you don’t like it, you can always go back to using your earlier one. Bing is now also powering Yahoo Search results. You might want to read this Bing vs Google post.
IxQuick was IxQuick which was the first search engine to offer encrypted search back in 2009. It has now also made SSL encryption the default on all searches – although other search engines too followed suit. Ixquick has a sister search engine called Startpage.
Startpage may not exactly be a Google alternative, but for lovers of Google Search results, it looks to be the best alternative as basically Startpage uses Google Web results – but does not track you or your searches. You can use Startpage to search the web anonymously and protect your privacy. Moreover, Startpage shows only a limited amount of relevant sponsored results on the top and the bottom of the results page. You can even add StartPage to your browser.
Dogpile is a metasearch engine, that allows you to simultaneously search for not only Google but also Bing and Yahoo. No longer can you trust just Google Search, as it pushes results from its own sister sites. Using such meta-search engines, you can get the best of the three worlds.
Metacrawler is another metasearch engine that searches and delivers search results from Google, Bing, and Yahoo. By accessing multiple search engines for each query, it can provide you with a more relevant spectrum of results than you would from using any single search engine.
Blekko.com helps eliminate spam from search results by allowing you to use slash tags to deliver results that are relevant. For example, you can search with the slashtag “/windows” to get results that have to do with Windows.
8] Wolfram Alpha
Wolfram Alpha works in a way quite different from the traditional Search Engines. Search Engines index web pages, then look for textual matches, then give you lists of links. WOolfram|Alpha uses built-in knowledge curated by human experts to compute on the fly a specific answer to every query
Ask is the largest of the small search engines having approximately 5% odd US market share.
Ekoru Search Engine is dedicated to supporting animals and the environment.
Gigablast styles itself as a Green Search Engine as 90% of its power usage comes from wind energy. If you want, you can also perform your query on the coal-based search engines by clicking links below the search results. It has a pretty big index and some nice advanced search options too.
Search with Ecosia, and the company promises to plant a tree. They take privacy seriously too.
Want more? Take a look at these:
- Meta Search Engine List
- Private Search Engines
- People Search Engines
- Shodan Search for IoT devices
- Niche Search Engines to find content not available on Google Search.
- Invisible Web Search Engines to access the Deep Web.
Let us know if you have any suggestions or observations to make.