Different Search Engines Besides Google To Use and Be Found On

Google is not the only search engine to use and also to be found on 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 may be interested too in these different search engines.

different search engines besides Google to use

Google Remains the Biggest Search Engine

In the United States, the biggest search engine went down slightly according to these stats. Within the United States, Google makes up 87.78 percent of the US market share, compared to 91.45 percent worldwide.

However, with last year’s election and websites being banned and canceled many people started using other search engines to do their research.

People no longer wanted to be tracked by the big tech giants.

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DuckDuckGo Became Popular

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

According to Oberlo DuckDuckGo now has a 2.56% share of the search engine traffic in the United States. This explains why Google is down in the US but not worldwide. (yet!)

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.

People downloaded DuckDuckGo’s browsers and browser extensions 20 million times in 2019 and are doing so at a rate of about 100,000 per day now, CEO Weinberg revealed.

According to CNET, DuckDuckGo is sharing data it’s 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?

DuckDuckGo became the fourth biggest search engine in the US after Bing and Yahoo search. #searchengines Click To Tweet

StartPage Privacy

But to many, the surprise 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 their alternative search engine 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. 

As you can see from the below tweet, StartPage uses zero tracking cookies! This is why it makes their alternative search engine the best for privacy when searching online. #startpage #searchengines Click To Tweet

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 their 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 for different search engines besides Google.

And, What Browser Are You Searching On?

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 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!

brave browser

What makes the 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 only hides your history from others using your browser. Brave lets you use Tor right in a tab. Tor not only hides your history, but it 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 soon on mobile devices!  With Brave’s IPFS Integration you can browse without fear of censorship from outside influences.

Of course, when searching on Brave you can use different search engines besides Google.

With Brave's IPFS Integration you can browse without fear of censorship from outside influences. #browsers #censorship Click To Tweet

Your Turn on Different Search Engines Besides Google and Browsers

I’d love to know in the comments which search engines and browsers you are using today. Is privacy important to you?

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  • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • 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!

    • 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!

  • 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.

      • 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 🙂

    • 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!

  • 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!

    • 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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