8 Different Search Engines Besides Google To Use And Love

Google is not the only search engine to use and also to be found by others today. Recently, I was checking my stats on Google Analytics and came across several different search engines besides Google that my site’s visits came from.

A few of them I recognized and a few I did not know about. I thought you would be interested in these alternative search engines.

different search engines besides Google to use

1. Google Remains The Biggest Search Engine

You can see from the chart below, globally Google has lost market share in 2024 even as it remains the number one search engine by a lot with 86.58% of all search engines.

However for many years they were always over 90% of share.

On the other hand you can see how 2 other big search engines recently climbed today:

  • Microsoft’s Bing gained 13.05% share in April, up from 8.04% in March.
  • Yahoo (!) also gained by 7.3% share, up from 2.48% in March.

It could be what search engines people are using on their mobile devices and the fact that people no longer wanted to be tracked by the big tech giants.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Search Engine Market Share

Next, along came DuckDuckGo on the rise back in 2020. Many web users thought this was the safest search engine if they feared being tracked. DuckDuckGo became the fourth most significant search engine in the US after Bing and Yahoo Search.

According to StatCounter DuckDuckGo has a 1.64 share of the search engine traffic in the United States. It has dropped since I wrote this back in 2021. They have over 78 million searches per day on their browser.

Each time you search on DuckDuckGo, you have a blank search history, as if you’ve never been there before. They do not store your search history as Google does.

According to CNET, DuckDuckGo is sharing data it collected about online trackers with other companies so they can also protect your privacy.  Hmm, that doesn’t sound 100% safe to me, how about you?

Now, fast forward to March 11, 2022, and we learn that a conservative news site has been banned from DuckDuckGo. Today they have removed sites with keywords bang in them.

Furthermore, I have learned DuckDuckGo sells user information to Microsoft. I would NOT recommend you use this search engine today if you care about privacy..

3. StartPage Privacy

But to many, the surprise search engine came from the oldie but goodie Start Page. This search engine has been around for many years and is one of the safest for those that do not want to be tracked by big tech online.

According to its founder, Robert EG Beens, “Realizing the huge privacy consequences, I was horrified. I looked through some of these files and the searches that people had typed in – highly personal searches that others would have no business seeing – and that was my epiphany and the moment of realization: my gosh, this is terrible and extremely unethical!”

Hence, Robert began the StartPage search engine back in 2006 after realizing the privacy consequences of Google.  The new search engine did well in Germany from the beginning.

That’s where people are most concerned about privacy. As a matter of fact,  more users today from the United States are turning to this Google search engine alternative.

As you can see from the below tweet, StartPage uses zero tracking cookies. This is why it makes alternative search engines the best for privacy when searching online.

We discuss this matter here. 1st party cookies can track you too!

So you may be wondering, how does StartPage make any money?  You get ads based on your search query, not your personal data. 

4. Ecosia – Another Alternative Search Engine Besides Google

Now, if you are into saving trees and the planet, this different search engine other than Google is for you.

ecosia save the planet with search

Ecosia is transparent about its financial reports so you can see how they make money and where it goes. Not only that, but they care about your privacy too.

They don’t sell your data to advertisers, nor do they have 3rd party trackers on their search engine. It’s a great alternative to use forvw different search engine besides Google.

And, What Browser Are You Searching On?

What is the difference between a browser and a search engine?

A browser is your access to the internet, and a search engine allows you to search the internet once you have access. You have to use a browser to get to a search engine.

5. Brave for Search Without Censorship

Many people use Google Chrome but if you are signed in Google can trace everything you do online. Others may use Microsoft Edge as it comes on many computers already installed. (However, there is not much you can do with Microsoft Edge if you are doing website work.)

I like using Brave for my browser unless I’m doing website work that needs Chrome. When I’m researching or searching online I love using the Brave browser.

brave browser

Brave is easy to install on your computer and mobile device. Notice below how you can customize your browser experience too! 

Hence, you can have the news you want to appear in your browser instead of what Microsoft Edge shows you. I love that feature from Brave.

What Makes Brave Browser Safer?

Brave loads major news sites up to six times faster than Chrome, Safari, and Firefox on mobile and desktop. They do this because they block harmful ads and ad trackers.

Other browsers claim to have a “private mode,” but this hides your history from others using your browser. Brave lets you use Tor right in a tab. Tor not only hides your history but also masks your location from the sites you visit by routing your browsing through several servers before it reaches your destination.

These connections are encrypted to increase anonymity.

Brave has this on desktop and on mobile devices!  With Brave’s IPFS Integration, you can browse without fear of censorship from outside influences. It works well on mobile as well.

Of course, when searching on Brave you can use different features besides Google. Go to settings, then search engines. Make your favorite one the default for search.

Watch the video below to learn more.

6. Swiss Cows Alternative

According to Swiss Cows: Our anonymous search engine protects the privacy of our users when searching and from inappropriate content when finding it. We do not use cookies or other tracking technologies, with us each search query remains anonymous, and each user is a guest without a user profile.

They do have ads on the site as a means of supporting the search engine. They do not store your data and no search history is built up on their platform.

swiss cows

Different Search Engines – Other Countries

7. Baidu

Baidu is a Chinese search engine that functions similarly to Google. However, Baidu is primarily used in China and caters to the Chinese language and market, whereas Google is widely used globally and supports multiple languages.

Baidu also offers services such as Baidu Baike (similar to Wikipedia) and Baidu Maps. While Google has a more extensive global reach and a wider range of products and services.

However, Baidu dominates the search engine market within China due to government regulations and its focus on the Chinese language and user preferences.

8. Yandex

Yandex is a Russian multinational corporation that operates the largest search engine in Russia, with a market share of over 60%. It also offers a wide range of services, including maps, news, and email. While Yandex is similar to Google in many ways, such as offering search capabilities, it has several distinct features.

For instance, Yandex places a strong emphasis on understanding and serving the needs of Russian-speaking users, and its search algorithms are tailored to the specific nuances of the Russian language and culture.

Additionally, Yandex has its own advertising platform and business directory, providing unique opportunities for businesses targeting the Russian market.

Despite these differences, Yandex and Google share many common features and functionalities, making them both significant players in the global search engine market.

Wrapping Up: 8 Different Search Engines Besides Google To Use

In conclusion, by diversifying your search portal usage beyond Google, you can tap into alternative sources of information and potentially uncover valuable insights that may not be readily available through the dominant search engine.

Incorporating other search engines into your online research routine can help you gain a more comprehensive understanding of your topics of interest.

Your Turn

I’d love to know in the comments which browsers besides Google you are using today. Is privacy important to you? Let’s discuss this in the comments below.

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  • I’ve been using Ecosia more and more lately. The main thing it lacks is the equivalent of Google News. But it’s great for regular searches, including image searches. And I know that some of its revenue is planting trees, something I hold dear.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi David, great to know as I haven’t heard of many using that search engine before. That’s a great way to spend money by planting trees. We can all appreciate that David. Thanks for your input and have a great day.

  • 🙂 I have been using multiple search engines for years (Mainly out of fun).

    I love Qwant and I use Startpage daily.

    And, yes, I do value my privacy.

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Renard, I don’t believe I’ve heard of Qwant. Thanks for the info. I will have to check that one out. Thanks for coming by and have a great day!

  • Hi Lisa,
    This is great information. I see I need to change things up, so thank you for the suggestions. I use DuckDuckGo on my phone but have been hearing not-so-great things about it for a while now. I just hadn’t gotten around to finding an alternative until now. The biggest issue is Chrome is just so convenient. Probably only because it is what I am used to using.
    I think I will check out Brave and Startpage on my phone for now and see how it goes.
    SharlaAnn

    • Lisa says:

      Hi SharlaAnn. I’m so glad you found it informative. Yes, I had published this prior then updated it once I learned the latest about DuckDuckGo and the hashtag #duckduckgone LOL. I still use Chrome for some work but rely more on Brave and racking up the free points for crypto. I have Brave on my mobile and love the ease of bookmarking sites on it. It will be interesting to see how the search traffic goes going forward with these players in the market. Thanks for coming by and have a fabulous day SharlaAnn.

  • I’m seeing a few visits from DuckDuckGo and even more from Bing.com
    Not that much as you can get from Big G., but still, something to worth considering.
    How many visits are you getting from them, Lisa?
    By the way, nice to see your new blog design. 🙂

  • Bing seems to gain market share quite a bit Lisa. I like that. I am for an abundant approach to search; different folks using different search engines dissolves fear-based, competitive practices used by the big ones like Google. Same approach applies to Facebook and Twitter regarding social media.

    Ryan

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Ryan, Yes, it was amazing to see Google losing some of the market shares on search 🙂 I hear new ones may be on the horizon as well. You are correct, it’s like social media as well. Many leaving the old massive ones for newer less censored ones. Thanks for coming by and make it a great day there Ryan!

  • Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for listing this information. I’ve only used DuckDuckGo and I realize I’m making the mistake of always using Chrome. Hmmm Time to make some changes and use other ways. I never wanted to please the Google Gods, but wrote content for others to help them out. That’s where my head was at. But now, after reading this, there has to be some tweaks I need to make. Thanks so much my friend,
    -Donna

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Donna, you are most welcome 🙂 Yes, you have to make it a habit and that does take time! I’m glad you found it helpful and can make some tweaks along the way. Take care and I hope you can enjoy the nice weather today.

  • Moss Clement says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Your blog article is useful because we are more focused on driving traffic from Google so much that marketers forget about other helpful sources of search traffic. In fact, a moment ago, I found out that I’m getting traffic from DuckDuckGo, Bing, Yahoo, and a few others. I can’t even remember their names. So, if marketers should concentrate on driving traffic from other search engines other than Google, we will see a significant increase in organic web traffic and leads.
    Thank you for sharing!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Moss, thank you. I’d agree that many don’t realize they are getting organic traffic from other search engines other than Google today. It’s a trend I’ve noticed for a while now. Do you use Bing webmaster tools Moss? That’s another with Microsoft Edge browser. Thanks for coming by and have a great weekend Moss!

  • Eric Cole says:

    Thanks for pointing out some options Lisa. I am attempting to reduce reliance on Google. I use DDG with Firefox on Linux, Google and Chrome on Android, and DDG and Safari on iOS. Firefox feels clunky and isn’t as stable on my phone for some reason. Having built in cross platform password and bookmark sync is very helpful. The built in web dev tools on Firefox and Chrome are handy at times, too.

    • Eric Cole says:

      Wow! Brave did it. Fast and smooth on iOS and syncing was easy. Thanks this helps a bunch.

      • Lisa says:

        Yay, I am so happy to hear that Eric. I have it on my Android as well. It does work well on mobile. So glad it worked for you too 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      You are most welcome Eric. I know many are trying to do away with Google or at least their dependence solely on them. I have yet to change my email but have thought about that too 🙂 Thanks for coming by on this one Eric and have a great day!

  • Bren Welch says:

    It’s great to have options, Lisa! So glad you mentioned Brave because that is what I use. I do have to use Google Chrome for my work because there are so many helpful extensions needed. However, my personal, I use Brave. I don’t want to be tracked and I want to be secure! Startpage isn’t bad either, but still prefer Brave to it. 😉 Thanks for sharing these, Lisa! Passing it on!

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Bren, Yes, I love using Brave as my browser. I then use Startpage there to search. I have to check and see how many extensions are available on Brave compared to Chrome – excellent point Brenda. Thank you and enjoy the rest of your day!

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