If you’ve Googled your last Google, Binged your last Bong or Yahooed your last Yippee, then we have a great list of search engines you might not have heard of. Why change your search engine? Well, big name search engines have lost their souls. They are in the business of making money and paying their shareholders. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But are you getting the search results you should be getting? Are they truly reporting the sites based on the keywords you type in, or are they serving tailored results to help them maximize ad revenue? Who knows? We just wanted to open your eyes to the great search engines out there you may not have used or heard of.
Our Search Engine Alternatives
These are several of our picks for alternative search engines to Google, Bing and Yahoo. Enjoy!
DuckDuckGo – DuckDuckGo is PCTechBytes’ favorite search engine. It reminds me of the old Google. Less clutter, more relevant search results and you feel like your privacy is intact. If searching the other engines gives you the creeps, try DuckDuckGo and we’re sure you’ll be pleased with the results.
Scour – It is a multi-search engine that combines the results of Google, Live and Yahoo. In addition, it also sorts by Scour ranking. You can login and vote a website up or down in the rankings. You, the user, get to promote relevant sites and move poor-quality sites to the basement where they belong.
Indeed – Indeed is an employment search engine. It pulls in the results of all the major job search sites like Dice, Careerbuilder and Monster (among others). It is very customizable, and has a simple interface. Indeed is very useful if you’re out of work or looking for a new job.
Sputtr – Sputtr is really neat. It has a search box with buttons from numerous popular engines and websites, such as Digg, Wikipedia, YouTube, and all of the major search engines. Type in your search, then click the button to reveal the search results from that particular site. Very efficient search tool.
Search PSD - Search PSD provides search results for Photoshop PSD files. Photoshop files allow users to edit the various layers of a graphic file to create logos, buttons, backgrounds or anything else. This search engine allows intermediate Photoshop users to get a head start on their graphics.
Wolfram | Alpha – Wolfram|Alpha is a new way to get answers. It doesn’t get information from websites. Instead, it performs dynamic computations based on collections of built-in data, algorithms, and techniques. Brain freeze. If you learn how to use Wolfram | Alpha, you will always use it for answers to difficult questions and equations. We highly recommend trying some of their sample searches so you learn how to use this extremely powerful engine.
Dogpile – Dogpile is another multi-search engine, combining Google, Bing and Yahoo results to give you broad search engine results. Dogpile looks at your search term, decides which results are the most relevant, removes the duplicates and reveals them to you. In the end, you get a list of results more complete than having searched each major engine individually.
Alternate Search Engine Conclusions
We would really like the feedback of our community. Try these alternate search engines and let us know what you think. We really do recommend and love DuckDuckGo. Do a 1-week Duck challenge and see if you change your search engine. I did.