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List of Top 10 Most Popular Search Engines In the World (Updated 2017)

1. Google

No need for further introductions. The search engine giant holds the first
place in search with a stunning difference of 43% from second in place

According to the latest comscore report (February 2016) 64.0% of

searches were powered by Google and 21.4% by Bing.

Google is also dominating the mobile/tablet search engine market share

with 89%!

Want to learn how to take advantage of Google’s search engine share?

Read: How long does it take to rank in Google

2. Bing

Bing is Microsoft’s attempt to challenge Google in the area of search but

despite their efforts they still did not manage to convince users that their
search engine can produce better results than Google.

3. Yahoo

Since October 2011 Yahoo search is powered by Bing. Yahoo is still the
most popular email provider and according to reports holds the third place
in search.

4. Ask.com

Formerly known as Ask Jeeves, Ask.com receives approximately 3% of the

search share. ASK is based on a question/answer format where most
questions are answered by other users or are in the form of polls.

It also has the general search functionality but the results returned lack
quality compared to Google or even Bing and Yahoo.

5. AOL.com
According to netmarketshare the old time famous AOL is still in the top 10
search engines with a market share that is close to 0.6%. The AOL network
includes many popular web sites like engadget.com, techchrunch.com and
the huffingtonpost.com.

6. Baidu

Baidu was founded in 2000 and it is the most popular search engine in
China. It’s market share is increasing steadily and according to Wikipedia,
Baidu is serving billion of search queries per month. It is currently ranked at
position 4, in the Alexa Rankings.

7. Wolframalpha

Wolframalpha is different that all the other search engines. They market it
as a Computational Knowledge Engine which can give you facts and data
for a number of topics. It can do all sorts of calculations, for example if you
enter “mortgage 2000” as input it will calculate your loan amount, interest
paid etc. based on a number of assumptions.

8. DuckDuckGo

Has a number of advantages over the other search engines. It has a clean
interface, it does not track users, it is not fully loaded with ads and has a
number of very nice features (only one page of results, you can search
directly other web sites etc).

I am sure that some of the features of duckduckgo will be used by other

search engines and with some proper funding duckduckgo can get a decent
search engine market share.

9. Internet Archive

archive.org is the internet archive search engine. You can use it to find out
how a web site looked since 1996. It is very useful tool if you want to trace
the history of a domain and examine how it has changed over the years.

10. ChaCha.com
According to alexa chacha.com is the 8 th most popular search engine with a
ranking position of 297 in the US. It is similar to ask.com where users can
ask or answer a particular question. They also have a number of quizzes
that can help you decide on a number of topics.

It’s not bad at all and the answers are precise and to the point. For example
if you search “What is the best search engine?” you will get an answer that
Google is the best and most popular search engine and Yahoo is on the
second place.

These are the 10 best and most popular search engines on the Internet

The list is by no means complete and for sure many more will be created in
the future but as far as the first places are concerned, Google and Bing will
hold the lead positions for years to come.

If you want to do some further reading, find out how search engines
work and what is search engine optimization (aka SEO).

Say goodbye to Google: 14 alternative search engines

SEO 25 Feb 16 | Christopher Ratcliff

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Well it’s been a big week for search, I think we can all agree.
If you’re a regular Google user (65% of you globally) then you’ll 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, but there’s a definite feeling
of vexation that appears to be coming to a head.

Deep breath…
As the paid search space increases in ‘top-heaviness’, as organic results get pushed further off the
first SERP, as the Knowledge Graph scrapes more and more publisher content and continues to
make it pointless to click through to a website, and as our longstanding feelings of unfairness over
Google’s monopoly and tax balance become more acute, now more than ever we feel there should
be another, viable search engine alternative.

There was a point not that long ago when you could easily divide people between those that used
Google, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves and AltaVista. Now it’s got to the point where if you’re not using Google,
you’re not really using the internet properly.

Right now though maybe we should be paying more attention to the alternatives. Maybe our daily
lives and, for some of us, careers shouldn’t need to balance on the fickle algorithm changes of the
world’s most valuable company.

Let’s see what else is out there in the non-Google world. It’s not that scary, I promise. Although you
may want to bring a coat.

Please note: this is an update of an article published on SEW in May 2014, we felt like it needed
sprucing up especially many of the listed engines (Blekko, Topsy) are no longer with us.


Microsoft’s search engine is the second most popular search engine in the world, with 15.8% of the
search market.
But why should you use Bing? Lifehacker has some great articles where they try to convince
themselves as much as anyone else why Bing is a serious 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 can click on to play or preview if you hover over them.
 Bing often gives twice as many autocomplete suggestions than Google does.
 Bing can predict when airfares are about to go up or down if you’re searching for flights.
 Bing also has a feature where if you type linkfromdomain:[site name] it will highlight the best
ranked outgoing links from that site, helping you figure out which other sites your chosen site
links to the most.

Also note that Bing powers Yahoo’s search engine.


The key feature of DuckDuckGo is that it doesn’t retain its users’ data, so it won’t track you or
manipulate results based on your behaviour. So if you’re particularly spooked by Google’s all-seeing,
all-knowing eye, this might be the one for you.
There’s lots more info on DuckDuckGo’s performance here.


As Google gets better and better at answering more complicated questions, it will never be able to
match the personal touch available with Quora.
Ask any question and its erudite community will offer their replies. Or you can choose from any
similar queries previously asked.


Dogpile may look like a search engine you cobbled together with clip-art, but that’s rather the point
as it pulls in and ‘curates’ results from various different engines including Google, Yandex and
Yahoo, but removes all the ads.

Of course if you’re going to give up Google, then you’ll also have to give up YouTube, which can be
a terrifying prospect. But there is an alternative. And a pretty good one at that… Vimeo. The
professional’s choice of video-sharing site, which has lots of HD video and no ads.

This is a Russian portal, offering many similar products and services as Google, and it’s
the dominant search engine in Russia.

As you can see it offers results in a nice logical format, replete with favicons so you can clearly see
the various channels for your branded queries.

If you want to get into the nitty-gritty of a subject with a variety of different points of view away from
the major publications, Boardreader surfaces results purely from forums, message boards and, of
course, Reddit.

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WolframAlpha is a ‘computational knowledge engine’, or super clever nerd to you and me. Ask it to
calculate any data or ask it about any fact and it will give you the answer. Plus it does this awesome
‘computing’ thing while it thinks about your answer (which can take a short while.)
It’s not always successful, you have to practice how to get the best from it. But at least it’s aware of
the terrible 90s television show The Dinosaurs.


Another search engine that puts its users’ privacy at the forefront. With IxQuick none of your details
are stored and no cookies are used. A user can set preferences, but they will be deleted after 90
days of inactivity.

Oh look… Ask Jeeves is still around. Also he’s no longer a Wodehousian butler, but a computer
generated bank manager. Weird.
It’s still a slightly mediocre search engine pretending to be a question and answer site, but the
‘Popular Q&A’ results found on the right hand side are very handy if Jeeves himself can’t satisfy your
query. And what a good use of the right-hand side space, huh Google.


SlideShare is a really handy place to source information from presentations, slide decks, webinars
and whatever else you may have missed from not attending a conference.

You’ll also be surprised what information you can find there.


“Inhale the web” with the friendly looking hoover guy by creating your own topic page, which you can
bookmark and see results from a huge number of channels in that one page (including Google, Bing
News, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr).
Creative Commons Search

CC Search is particularly handy if you need to find copyright free images for your website (as
discussed in this post on image optimisation for SEO). Just type your query in then click on your
chosen site you want to search.

Because really, when it comes down to it, we could imagine a worse dystopian future than one in
which we all communicate entirely in Gifs.
Christopher Ratcliff is the editor of Methods Unsound and former editor of SEW