Can engines rule the roost in search? Yes, you get it right. Google rules the roost, so to speak, when it comes to the search engine space. Yet, there are many others like the big on, which even though not that big, still contribute significantly when the discussion is about worldwide searches.
In this discourse we will look at ten search engines used by searchers around the world, including the goliath Google.
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Sitting firmly at No. 9 position is the legendary AOL with a market share of 0.05%. Though, its minimal as compared to Google, the AOL network still includes the likes of popular web sites like Engadget, Techcrunch, and Huffington post to name a few.
The Berlin, Germany-based search engine was formed by an entrepreneur named Christian Kroll. It donates 80% of its profits to non-profit organizations for restoration and planting of trees. Because of its initiatives towards the green development, Ecosia is also known as “tree planting search engine.” The search results of Ecosia are powered by Microsoft Bing.
Formerly Ask Jeeves, Ask.com receives a smallish 0.42% of search traffic. The search engine was started by venture capitalist Garret Gruener and engineer David Warthen, way back in 1996. Users perform searches in the form of questions, which other users reply to. General search, unlike that on Google and Bing, lack quality.
With approximately 47 million searches per day, nearly 0.45% of search traffic falls in the lap of DuckDuck Go. The search engine shows same set of search results to all its users, without profiling them.
DuckDuck Go depends on other sources like Yelp!, Bing, Yahoo! and Stackoverflow for data. That is bad. However, what’s good is its clean interface. Tracking of users is not its cup of tea and ads don’t overwhelm you if you are at DuckDuck Go.
The Yandex search engine has the global market share between 0.5% and 1.16%. According to Alexa, Yandex is among 30 most popular web sites in the world.
Yandex is a Russia-based search engine where it occupies more than 65% of market share. Its parent company, Yandex N.V., is a Russia-Netherlands domiciled corporation.
Baidu is China’s most popular search engine. Its accessed world over, however, you will need to know Chinese to work with it.
Billions of search queries run through Baidu, as per Wikipedia. It’s ranked No 4. on Alexa.
Yahoo!’s market share in the search engine sphere is at 1%. Bing exclusively powered the search results from October 2011 to October 2015. Then till October 2018, Yahoo!’s search results were powered by both Google and Bing. However, as of October 2019, Bing is the exclusive search provider of Yahoo!.
Since 2014, Yahoo! is the default search engine for U.S.-based Firefox browsers. On Alexa, Yahoo! ranks at No. 11.
The search engine has been rechristened Microsoft Bing, as on October 2020. Its market share is between 2.83% and 12.31%.
Former Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled Bing in 2009. It works on BitFunnel Search Engine Index Algorithm, which is available as open source for developers worldwide.
It’s the default search engine for Windows-based PCs and the 30th most visited site in the world, as per Alexa.
And the king of them all is Google. The search engine giant occupies a whopping 89.43% more market share than Bing. According to Statistica and Statcounter, Google is the most used search engine on PCs, tablets and mobile phones, worldwide.
When it comes to search results, Google is synonymous of quality. The intelligent brains working behind the scenes, at Google, are continuously making the search engine more and more robust. Its results are enriched by 100s of ranking factors, because of which people worldwide rely on them, almost with blind faith.
There are a few other search engines like Wolframalpha and CC Search. Wolframalpha provides everything as computations. CC Search gives content to users, which they can reuse. Its results are image oriented, as of now, however open text and audio results may follow soon.
These search engines may have somewhat unique features but their market share is miniscule as compared to Google, which as it’s aptly stated, is the ruler when it comes to search, worldwide.