Well it’s been a big week for search, I think we will all agree.
Should you be an everyday Google user (65% persons globally) then you definitely will have noticed some changes, both good and bad.
I won’t debate the merits of these improvements, we’ve done that already here: Google kills Right Hand Side Ads and here: Google launches Accelerated Mobile Pages, however there’s an explicit aire of vexation that may be visiting a head.
As the paid search space increased ‘top-heaviness’, as organic results get pushed further off the primary SERP, because the Knowledge Graph scrapes an increasing number of publisher content and procedes to make it pointless to click through to a web site, and similar to our longstanding feelings of unfairness over Google’s monopoly and tax balance be a little more acute, now even more than we perceive there is another, viable internet search engine alternative.
There was a degree not that way back if you could easily divide people between those who used Google, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves and AltaVista. Now it’s got to the point where should you’re not using Google, you’re not likely using the web properly.
Right away though maybe we ought to be paying more attention to the alternatives. Maybe our day to day activities and, for some people, careers shouldn’t need to balance found on the fickle algorithm changes of the world’s most dear company.
Let’s see what else is out there within the non-Google world. It’s not super scary, I promise. Although you may wish to bring a coat.
Microsoft’s search engine is the 2nd hottest major search engine in the world, with 15.8% of the inquiry market.
But why do you have to use Bing? Lifehacker has great articles where they fight to convince themselves just as much as someone else why Bing is a severe contender to Google. Plus points include:
Bing’s video search is significantly better than Google’s, giving you a grid of large thumbnails that you could inspect perform or preview if you hover over them.
Bing often gives twice as much autocomplete suggestions than Google does.
Bing can predict when airfares will soon go up or down in the event you’re looking for flights.
Bing has also a feature where when you type linkfromdomain:[site name] it is going to highlight the most effective ranked outgoing links from that site, helping you determine which other web pages your chosen site links to the most.
Also realize that Bing powers Yahoo’s search engine.
The important thing feature of DuckDuckGo is that it doesn’t retain its users’ data, so it won’t track some body manipulate results based on your behavior. So if you’re particularly spooked by Google’s all-seeing, all-knowing eye, this might be the most important for you.
There’s lots more info on DuckDuckGo’s performance here.
As Google gets better and up-to-date at answering more complex questions, it won’t be able to pair the private touch you can use with Quora.
Ask any question and also its erudite community may give you their replies. Or you can choose from any similar queries previously asked.
Dogpile may appear to be internet search engine you cobbled along with clip-art, but that’s rather the purpose as it pulls in and ‘curates’ results from various different engines including Google, Yandex and Yahoo, but removes all of the ads.
Dogpile Web Search
Of course if you’re going to give up Google, you then’ll also have to surrender YouTube, which can be a terrifying prospect. There is an alternative. And a pretty good one at that… Vimeo. Experienced’s range of choices video-sharing site, which has numerous HD video and no ads.
otis the cats reviews in videos on Vimeo
This can be a Russian portal, offering many similar services and products as Google, and this’s the dominant internet search engine in Russia.
As you have seen it can benefit you leads to a nice logical format, replete with favicons to help you clearly see the varied channels in your branded queries.
search engine list & directory on Yandex
If you want to get involved in the nitty-gritty of a concern with quite a lot of different points of view further from major publications, Boardreader surfaces results purely from forums, discussion boards and, of course, Reddit.
Boardreader Forum Search Engine
WolframAlpha this can be a ‘computational knowledge engine’, or super clever nerd to you and me. Ask it to calculate any data or ask it about any fact it also will provide you with the answer. Plus it does this awesome ‘computing’ thing while it thinks about your answer (which can take a short while.)
what is paleontology Wolfram Alpha
It’s not always successful, you’ve to learn how for the best from it. But at the least it’s tuned in to the terrible 90s tv program The Dinosaurs.
Another online search engine that puts its users’ privacy at the forefront. With IxQuick none of one’s processe are stored and no cookies are used. An individual can set preferences, but they will be deleted after 90-days of inactivity.
Ixquick Search Engine
Oh look… Ask Jeeves is still around. Also he’s not a Wodehousian butler, but a computer generated bank manager. Weird.
It’s still a rather mediocre major search engine pretending it certainly doesn’t need to be an issue and answer site, however the ‘Popular Q&A’ results found on the best hand side are extremely handy if Jeeves himself can’t satisfy your query. As well as what an excellent use of the best-hand side space, huh Google.
SlideShare is a very handy place to source information from presentations, slide decks, webinars and whatever else you’ll have missed from not attending a conference.
You’ll also be surprised what information you’ll find there.
pictures on SlideShare
“Inhale the web” when using the friendly looking hoover guy by creating your own topic page, which you’ll bookmark and see results from quite a lot of channels in that a person page (including Google, Bing News, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr).
Addictomatic Inhale the Web
CC Search is especially handy should you need to find copyright free images for your web site (as discussed in this post on image optimisation for SEO). Just type your query in then then check out your chosen site you would like to search.
Because really, when it is one of these it, we could definitely imagine a worse dystopian future than one during which all of us communicate entirely in Gifs.