When we say “Search Engine” everybody knows what it means. Google might be the biggest of the search engines but there are other search engines you can try out.
Most people don’t want three dozen search engines, especially people who are not trained internet users. Most people want a single search engine that delivers three key features:
- Relevant results (results you are actually interested in)
- Uncluttered, easy-to-read interface
- Helpful options to broaden or tighten a search
With this criteria, several reader favorites come to mind. These search sites should meet 99 percent of the searching needs of a regular user. Here are search engines you can use including Google.
The Best Search Engine of 2019
1. Google Search
Google is the reigning king of spartan searching and is the single most used search engine in the world.
While it doesn’t offer all the shopping center features of Yahoo or the human curation of Mahalo, Google is fast, relevant and the largest single catalogue of web pages available.
The search giant also tracks an incredible amount of information that many people don’t know they are giving out.
- Favors fresh content over old content.
- Ranks blogs and services.
- Accessible on any device.
- Collects information on users as they search.
- Hidden content may damage ranking.
- Search delivers too many results to check.
Make sure you try the Google ‘images’, ‘maps’ and ‘news’ features… they are outstanding services for locating photos, geographic directions, and news headlines.
NOTE: If you don’t want Google to spy on you, protect yourself.
2. Duck Duck Go Search
At first, DuckDuckGo looks like Google. However, there are many subtleties that make this spartan search engine different.
DuckDuckGo has some slick features, like zero-click information (all your answers are found on the first results page).
DuckDuckgo offers disambiguation prompts (helps to clarify what question you are really asking). Plus, the ad spam is much less than Google.
- Does not track or store information about users.
- Fast searches.
- Optional one-month search window.
- Search results are not dated.
- Limited image search results.
- No personalized results.
Give DuckDuckGo a try. You might really like this clean and simple search engine.
3. Bing Search
Bing is Microsoft’s attempt at unseating Google, and arguably the second-most-popular search engine today.
Bing used to be MSN search until it was updated in summer of 2009.Touted as a decision engine, Bing tries to support your researching by offering suggestions in the leftmost column, while also giving you various search options across the top of the screen.
Things like ‘wiki’ suggestions, ‘visual search’, and ‘related searches’ might be very useful to you. Bing is not dethroning Google in the near future, no, but it is definitely worth trying.
- Favors older, established web pages.
- Ranks home pages, not blogs.
- Crawls hidden and non-hidden content equally.
- Home screen features inspiring Image of the Day.
- Ranks forums low in search results.
- Instant search is slower than Google.
- Some ad-heavy search result screens.
4. Dogpile Search
Years ago, Dogpile preceded Google as the fast and efficient choice for web searching. Things changed in the late 1990s, Dogpile faded into obscurity, and Google became king.
Today, however, Dogpile is coming back, with a growing index and a clean and quick presentation that is testimony to its halcyon days.
If you want to try a search tool with pleasant presentation and helpful crosslink results, definitely try Dogpile!
- Links to “favorite fetches” on whimsical home screen.
- Pulls from multiple databases for broad results.
- Fast search results.
- Result screen entries aren’t dated.
- No home screen personalization.
- Lots of sponsored results.
5. Yippy Search
Yippy is a Deep Web engine that searches other search engines for you. Unlike the regular Web, which is indexed by robot spider programs, Deep Web pages are usually harder to locate by conventional search.
That’s where Yippy becomes very useful. If you are searching for obscure hobby interest blogs, obscure government information, tough-to-find obscure news, academic research and otherwise-obscure content, then Yippy is your tool.
- Blocks undesirable websites.
- Search result previews on the results screen.
- Cloud of related topics on the search results screen.
- Adults cannot turn off the filtering process.
6. Google Scholar
Google Scholar focuses on scientific and hard-research academic material that has been subjected to scrutiny by scientists and scholars.
Example content includes graduate theses, legal and court opinions, academic publications, medical research reports, physics research papers, and economics and world politics explanations.
If you are looking for serious information that can stand up in a heated debate with educated people, then forget regular Google… Google Scholar is where you want to go to arm yourself with high powered sources!
- Familiar and easy to use.
- Save articles to read later.
- Citations in several styles.
- Results include how many times an article has been cited and by whom.
- Wide-ranging but not comprehensive.
- No criteria for what makes a result “scholarly.”
- No way to limit results by discipline.
- Google Scholar is a special version of Google. This search engine will help you win debates.
Webopedia is one of the most useful websites on the web. Webopedia is an encyclopedic resource dedicated to searching technology terminology and computer definitions.
Teach yourself what ‘domain name system’ is, or what ‘DDRAM’ means on your computer. Webopedia is absolutely a perfect resource for non-technical people to make more sense of the computers around them.
- Search focuses on technical terms and applications.
- Online technology dictionary is friendly to non-tech users.
- A different Term of the Day every day.
- Searches only Webopedia’s 10,000+ word and phrase database.
- Search results are not dated. You have to open the article.
8. Yahoo! Search
Yahoo! is several things: it is a search engine, a news aggregator, a shopping center, an emailbox, a travel directory, a horoscope and games center, and more.
This ‘web portal’ breadth of choice makes this a very helpful site for Internet beginners. Searching the Web should also be about discovery and exploration, and Yahoo! delivers that in wholesale quantities.
- Home screen includes news and trending topics.
- One-stop shop for search, email, horoscope, and weather.
- Options to search verticals rather than the web.
- Ads aren’t clearly labeled as ads.
- Search results aren’t dated.
- Large ads on the home screen.
9. The Internet Archive Search
The Internet Archive is a favorite destination for longtime Web lovers.
The Archive has been taking snapshots of the entire World Wide Web for years now, allowing you and me to travel back in time to see what a web page looked like in 1999, or what the news was like around Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
- Search text, news, archived websites, and much more.
- Advanced search also available.
- Vast amount of archived content can be overwhelming.
- Advanced search requires a learning curve.
You won’t visit the Archive daily, like you would Google or Yahoo or Bing, but when you do have need to travel back in time, use this search site