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21 Alternative Search Engines for Every Taste

When it comes to SEO and search engines, we immediately think of Google. But did you know that there are many alternative search engines with an equal number of offerings?

According to this study, Google is globally recognized as the leading search engine and an industry giant. In fact, the second largest "search engine" in terms of size is Google Images.
Even though it is the largest and most well-known, that doesn't mean it's your only choice.

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One of the main reasons why people prefer to use an alternative search engine is to enhance privacy since Google is known to track user data for both its own use and third-party purposes.

If you've ever used Google, try out some other search engines, and you might find one that you prefer.

Our guide to alternative search engines.

Before we start considering alternative search engines, ask yourself a few questions about what you truly want to achieve:

  • Which search engine is better than Google?
  • Which search engine is the most secure?
  • Which search engine is better for privacy?
  • Which search engine is the best?

We have prepared a list of all the major search engines that you may have heard of and are familiar with, but some of them may be new to you.

1. Bing

Microsoft Bing is the second-largest search engine after Google. It is user-friendly and provides a visually appealing experience with beautiful daily background photos. Bing is great for video search as it displays results in the form of large thumbnails that can be previewed with sound by hovering over them.

Like Google, Bing offers a range of built-in features such as currency conversion, translation, and flight tracking, making it a truly versatile tool that works well on the global stage.

While you're likely familiar with Bing, you may not know that it offers a rewards system. When you make purchases or search through Bing, you earn points that can be used to buy apps and movies, which is quite convenient.

2. DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo is a popular search engine for those who value their privacy and are wary of the idea that every search query they make is being tracked and logged.

It has a very clean interface with minimal ads and infinite scrolling, making it pleasant and streamlined. It offers absolutely zero user tracking, and you can even add the DuckDuckGo extension to your browser to keep your activity private.

The search engine has a truly useful feature called "bangs." It allows you to search on another website directly from DuckDuckGo by entering a prefix. For example, typing "!Ebay magic the collectioning" will take you directly to eBay's search results for "magic the collectioning."

3. Yahoo!

Yahoo has been around even longer than Google, and while some may consider it outdated, it remains the third most popular search engine in the world. Yahoo is even the default search engine for Firefox.

Yahoo is much more than just a search engine. The Yahoo web portal offers email, news, online shopping, games, and much more, providing users with comprehensive support in one place.

Its integration with Flickr, Yahoo Answers, and Yahoo Finance means that Yahoo offers excellent image results and a wealth of information on various topics.

4. Ask

Formerly known as Ask Jeeves, Ask is a search engine with a simple question-and-answer format that allows searching in natural language. This makes it very convenient for users, especially those who are less familiar with search engines, such as older computer users.

The search results also display frequently asked questions related to your search term, which can provide useful resources and assist you in further exploration.

5. Baidu

Baidu is the leading search engine in China, with a market share of over 70% of the Chinese internet market. Baidu is subject to strict censorship, with certain images and even pro-democracy websites being blocked on the search engine.

6. WolframAlpha

WolframAlpha is a private search engine that allows you to "compute expert-level answers using revolutionary algorithms, knowledge base, and Wolfram's artificial intelligence technology."

It is designed to provide expert knowledge and is divided into categories such as mathematics, science and technology, society and culture, and everyday life. These categories encompass various subtopics and useful tools that allow you to compute data, explore statistics, and find expert answers to your questions.

In addition to being a hub of expert knowledge, WolframAlpha does not track your searches, ensuring peace of mind when it comes to privacy.

7. Boardreader

Boardreader is a search engine specifically designed for forums and message boards. It allows you to search for forums and then filter the results by date and language.

It is a useful tool for conducting content research as it enables you to easily find content written by real users on a specific topic. If you're unsure where to find the best forum to visit, Boardreader can be a great starting point.

8. StartPage

Like DuckDuckGo, StartPage was founded on a strict user privacy policy. It does not track or store your data and does not target ads based on your internet behavior.

StartPage claims to be the "world's most private search engine." You can expect to receive results similar to what you would see in a fully private search on Google.

In addition to the search engine, StartPage offers a proxy service that allows you to browse websites anonymously, enhancing your internet security. They even have their own URL generator, which means you don't need to enable cookies.

All of this is presented in a smart, clean interface that can be customized with different themes, including a night mode, providing a highly functional user experience.

9. Ecosia

Intensive use of search engines does indeed have an impact on the environment through CO2 emissions. That's where Ecosia comes in: a search engine with a carbon-neutral alternative.

For every search conducted (based on Bing), the revenue generated is directed towards a tree-planting scheme. On average, it takes about 45 searches to plant one tree.

10. Qwant

Qwant, based in France, is a privacy-focused search engine that does not record your searches or use your personal data for advertising purposes.

Its user-friendly interface separates your search results into web, news, and social media categories. It even has a dedicated music section that allows you to search for lyrics and discover new music.

Qwant employs a quick search feature where you can enter "&" before the website name (or a designated shortcode) to instantly see external search results. For example, "&w" or "&wikipedia" allows you to directly access Wikipedia results from within Qwant.

11. Search Encrypt

Another privacy-focused search engine is Search Encrypt, which uses local encryption to ensure that identifiable user information cannot be tracked.

As a search engine, Search Encrypt obtains its results from a network of search partners, providing comprehensive results that are not personalized to your history.

One particularly interesting feature of this search engine is that it automatically clears your local search history after 15 minutes of inactivity. This means you never have to worry about your privacy, even if someone else has access to your computer.

12. SearX

Offering objective results from multiple sources, SearX is a metasearch engine that aims to present a free, decentralized view of the Internet.

This is an open-source search engine, available for anyone to review and contribute materials on GitHub. There is even an option to customize and host it on your own server as your own search engine.

SearX offers a multitude of preferences and settings that are hard to find in other search engines, thereby ensuring user convenience and delivering fast, accurate results.

13. Yandex

Being the fifth most popular search engine in the world, Yandex is widely used in its home country, Russia, where it holds approximately a 60% market share of search engines.

It provides a service very similar to Google, where users can search for websites, images, videos, and news in a user-friendly format. With additional features including mobile applications, maps, translation services, cloud storage, and much more, Yandex offers as many functionalities as Google but with a cleaner interface. But then again, you are already familiar with it.

14. Gibiru

Gibiru's slogan is "Uncensored Private Search," and that's exactly what it offers. After installing the AnonymoX Firefox extension, all your queries are sent through a proxy IP address. This provides you with private and unbiased search results while ensuring that other computer users cannot track your history.

Search queries are not stored on Gibiru's servers, and records are erased within a few seconds after the search is performed.

15. Disconnect Search

Disconnect allows you to perform anonymous searches through the search engine of your choice.

When you enter a search query, your request is redirected and anonymized through Disconnect servers before being passed on to the search engine you have selected. This allows you to use your favorite search engine without any privacy concerns.

Disconnect also offers browser extensions and applications that enable you to block website tracking, load pages faster, view advertising requests, and many other privacy-based features.

16. Yippy

Yippy is another excellent choice for privacy as it does not track your searches or display personalized advertisements. It allows you to search various types of content, including websites, images, news, job listings, blogs, and government data.

Although it may not provide a large number of results for your query, Yippy also enables you to filter the results using various categories such as source, time, or topics to provide you with the most relevant websites.

17. Swisscows

Swisscows provides fully encrypted searches to protect your privacy and security. It does not store personal data, IP addresses, or search queries, and its servers are based in Switzerland, which has one of the strictest privacy policies in the world.

It is particularly popular among parents who want to provide their children with a safe search experience, as its built-in filter for pornography and violence cannot be disabled.

Swisscows utilizes semantic information recognition to provide intuitively understandable answers to search queries and data pools for quick and efficient response generation. Its innovative semantic map displays other relevant or popular queries, helping to provide you with even more information.

18. Lukol

Lukol is an anonymous search engine that provides results from Google while preserving your privacy by removing any traceable elements. This means you can still benefit from Google's search capabilities without worrying about being tracked. Lukol ensures complete anonymity for your queries and helps protect you from misleading or inappropriate websites.

In terms of functionality, it is a rather straightforward search engine. You can choose from web, images, news, and video for your search, but there are no options for filtering results.

19. MetaGer

MetaGer offers both "Regular Search" and "Privacy-Protected Search" through anonymous searching. It is a non-profit organization, so it has no incentive to extract value by tracking your search queries, and it uses only green energy, enhancing the trust factor.

MetaGer is a metasearch engine that queries up to 50 external search engines, providing diverse and comprehensive results. It does not consider click ratings when processing a query, so the results are unfiltered and unbiased. They even offer maps and route planning without tracking your location.

You can also download a plugin that sets MetaGer as your default search engine and homepage, ensuring that your searches always remain confidential.

20. Gigablast

Gigablast is a private search engine that indexes millions of websites and servers in real-time without tracking your data, keeping you hidden from marketers and spammers.

While it may not be the most visually appealing search engine, it offers various options for filtering or customizing your query, including language search, exact phrase search, and file type search. Along with web, news, and image search, Gigablast also provides a directory and an advanced search feature.

21. Oscobo

Oscobo is a search engine that protects your privacy while searching the Internet. Without using any third-party tools or scripts, your data is safeguarded from hacking and unauthorized use.

By encrypting all traffic, it provides anonymous search results without any form of tracking, including IP addresses and cookie files. Oscobo will not send your search query to the website you clicked on or share your personal data and search history.

Which search engine is better than Google?

There is no doubt that Google is the largest and arguably the best search engine due to its powerful algorithms and artificial intelligence. Therefore, opting for internet access without using Google may seem like a peculiar attempt. However, being the best search engine comes at a cost.

It is well-known that Google personalizes your browsing experience by leveraging your personal data and enables tracking you across the internet. For some, this personalization can become annoying.

Moreover, many of these alternatives have different features and approaches to privacy, aiming to provide you with complete or partial protection against intrusive contextual advertisements and spammers. So, try and explore, and you will find what you need!