Last updated on June 13, 2021.
The list of 30 alternative search engines (other than Google).
If you have wanted to look for something online but wanted to go with search engines besides Google, this is just the article for you, as I will be showing you some of the best alternative search engines that you can use.
In most cases, it’s obvious that these alternative search engines do not provide the quality and quantity that Google provides. However, it’s still a lot of educational fun to play with these search engines and analyze the results they return. Let’s see what we have here!
Bing, owned and operated by Microsoft, is the third-largest search engine in the world (the first one being, obviously, Google ad the second one being Baidu). Just like Google, Bing provides various services related to search, such as web, image, maps, shopping, and more.
Bing Image Search is an interesting is an image searching tool that presents images that are sharp, high-quality, and trending. You can also filter out the images according to different criteria including layout and size. You can also view a tab containing related queries, over the results. Even Bing’s video search display is superior to YouTube’s and Google’s, where the results are presented and thumbnails and viewers can check out the videos without having to leave the SERPs.
⚡ Check my list of Bing search operators to learn how to perform advanced searches in Bing.
DuckDuckGo is one of the best options for users who might have concerns related to online privacy. This alternative to Google takes immense pride in not personalizing or tracking your results or searches. In fact, you can also benefit from useful visual guides related to filter bubbling and Google tracking.
An additional benefit for iOS users is that they can make DuckDuckGo their default Safari search engine. This option is also available in macOS Safari.
⚡ Check my list of the search engines that don’t track to discover more privacy search engines like DuckDuckGo.
Yandex is a search engine that is similar to Google in that it offers free music, email, photo storage, traffic maps, and plenty of other features. These features were used by Google to lure users away from alternatives like Dropbox, Mapquest, and even Hotmail. However, Google has been unable to do this in Russia because, in that country, the Yandex versions are very much comparable to Google and Yandex is still the most popular search engine there.
With a penetration rate of 95%, Baidu is considered the largest search engine throughout China. Since the engine receives billions of new daily queries, business owners can be assured of excellent visibility via PPC ads. Moreover, the platform will only charge you if your ad gets a click – no impression costs. Its popularity in China is down to the fact that, compared to Google, it has a much more profound understanding of the Chinese language.
- baidu.com (this search engine does not have a secure SSL connection)
With Yahoo, users can benefit from organic results, and – relative to other search engines – it can provide improved shopping results. Also, the robust search engine can deliver information on almost any imaginable subject, while the message board allows you to view and participate in discussions on a wide range of topics.
StartPage is a search engine belonging to the Netherlands and one that prides itself on its focus on privacy. With this engine, users can obtain search results that Google would have produced, but without compromising their privacy since StartPage does not save any search data or other personal information, nor does it add any trackers. There is no wonder then that StartPage claims to be “the most private search engine in the world”.
7: CC Search
CC Search is a kind of tool that permits public and openly licensed domain works to be used and discovered by everyone. Creative Commons, the nonprofit responsible for CC Search, has prepared the CC licenses, which enable creators to share creativity and knowledge over the internet. As a creator, Creative Commons allows you to retain your copyright while encouraging your work to be used in certain ways.
SwissCows is another one of the alternative search engines on this list with a special focus on protecting its users’ privacy. Not only will this search engine steer clear of saving any personal information, but it also lets you enjoy a distinct suggestion system that makes use of tags. SwissCows’ ad system works by targeting you based on your searches instead of through personal information. In addition, the platform also filters out any violent or pornographic results.
This free-of-cost metasearch engine also aims to respect and protect its users’ privacy. To achieve this objective, SearX does not share search histories or IP addresses with the search engines that it uses to obtain search results. In addition, it does not have any tracking cookies, nor will it implement any long-term tracking or logging. Also, since SearX uses multiple search engines to fetch results, you will be able to benefit from a far higher number of results.
Gibiru’s revenue model is commission-based, which means that they will earn a certain percentage every time users answer a CTA or purchase something. In other words, it will not sell your personal information to earn money.
Moreover, Gibiru operates on a zero-retargeting policy, which means that you will not have to endure advertisements or solicitations for items that you have already bought. Since the platform does not store IP addresses or search histories, it will not have any data to sell to third parties.
11: Disconnect Search
This specialized VPN enables users to make private searches through the search engine of their choice. Disconnect Search will not log IP addresses, searches, or any other private information. Search engines are capable of storing your searches and then connecting them to your actual name.
With Disconnect Search, you do not have to worry about this as this VPN lets you search anonymously. Blocking thousands of malware sites and trackers, Disconnect Search not only ensures your safety but also boosts the performance of your device.
I tried doing different searches with Disconnect Search and all ended up in DuckDuckGo no matter what search engines I chose in the dropdown menu.
This is another alternative search engine that lets users search the internet without having to reveal or compromise their identity. This platform is driven by Google’s custom search, meaning that you can enjoy all the functionalities that come with Google along with the added benefit of anonymity and privacy protection, since Lukol does not track cookies, search terms, or IP addresses.
MetaGer is the most popular search engine across Germany, primarily since it allows free access to information without any sort of dictation or control through trusts or even the state. Moreover, the platform does not compromise its users’ privacy in any way, and makes sure that there is no private data storage. Since MetaGer is a charitable organization, it does not need to use its users’ data or clicks to earn money.
14: Infinity Search
Based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, this is another open-source alternative search engine, operating with the objective of making web surfing more easy and effective. When a user searches through Infinity Search, the website obtains results from multiple other search engines as well as from its own indexes, before organizing those results and delivering them to the user directly and without storing any information about them.
As you can see on the screenshot below, the Infinity Search has been updated and you need to pay to see the results.
This quick and easy-to-use search engine lets users obtain relevant information on a number of topics through the collections in the Fogler Library. OneSearch is an excellent option for people looking for a search engine to research on books or scholarly journals. Even though it might not be a replacement for the Fogler Library’s databases, but, with its vast records of dissertations, theses, books, e-books, and newspaper articles, it is certainly a good place to start exploration on a topic.
This French engine was launched in the July of 2013, and ever since, it has been focusing on easing search and discovery while protecting its users’ privacy. Alongside immense respect for privacy, the platform offers various other benefits including panoramic search (this means that Qwant will produce results from the entire web, including websites, videos, images, social networks, music, and shopping) and neutral results (the results will be displayed without any sort of partiality or discrimination).
Wikipedia was initiated in 2001, and since then, has been the internet’s most popular encyclopedia. One of the tools that come under Wikipedia is Wiki, designed specifically for students and allows them to modify or contribute to materials related to courses and academics. Wiki’s collaborative nature means that it encourages the development of a community within courses. Wiki is basically a webpage that offers an open-editing platform.
- wiki.com (it still loads over HTTP)
Ever heard of a search engine that plants trees? Or, more specifically, a search engine that allows you to plant trees? Well, now you have. 80% of the ad revenue generated during browsing is used by Ecosia to plant more trees around the world while focusing on regions where trees are most needed.
Moreover, the server operates on 200% renewable energy, and with every search, 1 KG of carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere. Also, the search engine does not store any user data or include any third-party trackers. It also anonymizes every search after a week from when it was made.
Just like Ecosia, Ekoru also tries to make the world a more habitable place by cleaning and reforesting the oceans. With every search that you make, you are helping remove plastic from the oceans and reforesting them through the seagrass. Every search is driven through hydroelectricity and is therefore environmentally friendly. Ekoru allocates 60% of its profits to their partner charities like Operation Posidonia and Big Blue Ocean Cleanup – both of which work on ocean cleanup and reforestation.
20: Wayback Machine
The Wayback Machine was initiated by the Internet Archive and helps users explored the archived sections of websites. All that a visitor needs to do is enter a URL, choose the date range, and start surfing through an archived web version. Also, since the Wayback Machine also performs source code indexation, users can even go through and retrieve codes from prior pages.
This online American database is one of the most preferred choices for searching and sharing briefly, looping videos that contain no sound and have a resemblance to GIF files. You can share these simple and free videos to platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, Tumbler, Pinterest, and send them through emails or text messages. At the moment, GIPHY serves over 10 billion users on a daily basis.
22: Listen Notes
Listen Notes is perhaps the most complete podcast database you will find throughout the internet. You can use the platform’s website called ListenNotes.com, the Listen API interface which you can integrate into a website or an app for accessing the podcast database, and even use the spreadsheet interface to export metadata for the podcast in SQLite or CSV formats.
Listen Notes is in no way associated with large companies like Google, Apple, Amazon, or Spotify, as these platforms primarily focus on application experience rather than on the overall user experience.
The search engine Ask.com is commonly known as Ask, and lets users shape their searches in the form of questions and thereby producing more relevant results. Despite stiff competition from Google, Yahoo, and Bing, Ask.com remains a highly popular website for internet users. You can even set Ask as your default search engine, and even as new tabs and homepage pages.
What makes Dogpile metasearch engine unique is its ability to go through a number of search engines simultaneously and deliver quite comprehensive results. Moreover, you can benefit from the platform’s suggestions related to the search query and use those suggestions to improve the output of your searches (just like with Google). Furthermore, every time you perform a search, Dogpile will donate a portion of its earnings for the betterment of needy animals.
25: Wolfram Alpha
Wolfram Alpha is a unique kind of search engine that is used to obtain knowledge and compute answers. The search engine contains large stores of expert knowledge, and its algorithms use this knowledge to come up with answers, perform analysis, and produce reports. Since Wolfram Alpha only uses the most reliable sources of data, it is safe to assume that the results produced by Wolfram are almost always correct.
Although Google might still be unmatched as a search engine, it is not the best choice for users wanting to protect their privacy and not having to look over their shoulders while surfing the internet.
Now it’s your turn to share your thoughts. Which of these alternative search engines do you like the most? Do you use any of them regularly? Do you think I should add any other alternatives to this list?
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Olga Zarzeczna is a senior SEO specialist with 8+ years of experience. She has been doing SEO for both the biggest brands in the world and small businesses. She has done more than 100+ SEO audits so far. Olga has completed SEO courses and degrees at universities, such as UC Davis, University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins University. She also completed Moz Academy! And, of course, has Google certifications. She keeps learning SEO and loves it. Olga is also a Google Product Expert specializing in areas, such as Google Search and Google Webmasters.