When people think of the best search engine, Google is almost always the first one that comes to mind.
Google is far from the only search engine available today.
While it’s certainly the reigning champ, there are other platforms that offer a lot to users—some would argue much more.
Keep reading to learn about the 51 best search engines you can use besides Google in 2022.
List 1: Top 10 Most Popular Search Engines Besides Google (2022)
Bing might be a long way off from dethroning Google, the fat cat of search engines, but that doesn’t mean it’s hurting as the runner-up these days.
As the second biggest Google-style search engine in the world, Bing has claimed, as of July 2022, almost 9 percent of searches worldwide, according to Statista.
Which is honestly not bad.
Especially considering that around 5 billion people use the internet today (Statista).
While a 9 percent market share may not be much compared to Google’s whopping 83 percent, it’s still very significant when one considers scale.
The picture gets even better for Bing when you look at US-based searches.
According to some sources, now that Yahoo Search uses Microsoft’s Bing search engine, Bing accounts for approximately 30 percent of all US-based searches. (Aborg).
Some figures state that Bing has significantly less US-based market share than 30 percent.
Backlinko, for instance, states that Bing only comprised about 5.85% of the US search engine market in 2021.
Oberlo states that as of June 2022, Bing only had a market share of 3 percent.
While sources disagree on percentages spanning from 2021 to 2022, one thing is certain. Bing will continue to be a substantial player in the global search engine market and the US one.
Why Is Bing Popular?
Some reasons why Bing is so popular include:
(1) Visual appeal, (2) excellent local searches, and (3) amazing video search.
Regarding Bing’s video search:
It has a high YouTube focus, which makes it especially appealing to those who watch YouTube regularly.
Did you know that a whopping 81 percent of Baidu’s traffic comes from China? (Market.us).
Did you also know that at present (this number is subject to change) Baidu dominates 75 percent of the Chinese market?
Pretty impressive, right?
With stats like these, it’s clear why Baidu is known as the Google of China.
Here’s another mind-blowing fact about Baidu’s current Chinese dominance. As of March 2022, the mobile app had an incredible 632 million monthly active users (Statista).
How do numbers like this translate to the global scale?
Thanks to its extremely strong position in China, Baidu accounts for an impressive 7 percent of global searches.
No doubt, this is a very lucrative position for the third biggest Google-styled search engine in the world to be in.
Case in point:
Baidu’s first-quarter revenue in 2022 was over 4 billion USD (Statista).
While Baidu continues to expand and make money hand-over-fist, the rest of the world’s search engines will have to keep an eye out for this keen competitor.
Why Is Baidu So Popular In China?
Baidu is popular in China for a few different reasons:
1. Although not a direct copy of Google, Baidu has emulated Google in many respects, including its front page design.
2. Baidu is more than a search engine. It’s a gigantic internet-related services platform.
3. Baidu arguably has a better understanding of the dominant languages in China than any other Chinese search engine. In fact, it runs the world’s largest database dedicated to Chinese natural language processing.
4. The company seeks to maintain the support of the state government by complying with censorship laws.
Many might think of Yahoo as an outdated web services provider, but actually, Yahoo Search owned a little over 3 percent of global search engine market share as of April 2022 (Oberlo).
Presently, Statcounter presents a different figure for the underdog search engine—namely 1.3 percent of global market share. This number is subject to change.
While Yahoo Search might not have nearly the same reach as Google, the company as a whole still receives roughly 700 million visits every month (Market.us).
This is worth noting since it indicates the platform’s staying power and the fact that Yahoo’s websites, coupled with Yahoo Search, still act as a compelling draw to many users.
With that said:
What the future holds for the company a decade from now and longer is left to be seen.
After the company was sold by Verizon in 2021 to Apollo Global Management, there were some concerns about whether or not Yahoo Search was a sinking ship or could be turned into a niche product that would continue providing value to users.
Yahoo CEO Guru Gowrappan, speaking on behalf of Apollo Global Management, stated the following:
“This is a new era for Yahoo. We anticipate that the coming months and years will bring fresh growth and innovation for Yahoo as a business and a brand.”
Why Do People Use Yahoo?
The main reason people use Yahoo Search is that Yahoo offers a variety of internet services that have earned them a loyal userbase.
If you’d like to see the full list of sites and services that Yahoo offers, click here.
If you haven’t heard of Yandex before, then you might be surprised to learn that it’s Russia’s biggest search engine.
It’s also Google’s closest competitor in the country.
Check out these telling stats about the rivalry between these two behemoths:
In July 2018, Yandex accounted for 55 percent of all searches in Russia, with Google trailing close behind.
Fast-forward to June 2022, and Yandex still maintained a strong stance, accounting for nearly 50 percent of Russian-based searches (StatCounter).
Yandex isn’t just popular in Russia but is also widely used in Ukraine, Belarus, and Turkey, which helps it maintain its position both in parts of Eurasia and globally.
As a result:
In terms of global market share, Yandex took a sizable 1.5 percent as of June 2022.
Source for statistic: (Statcounter – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.)
As you can imagine, owning 1.5 percent of the global market doesn’t come without its rewards, which is why in 2021, Yandex generated 356 billion Russian rubles compared to 218 billion in 2020 (Statista).
356 billion rubles work out to about 5.8 billion USD.
The massive increase indicates a robust future for the search engine, at least for the foreseeable future.
Why Is Yandex Popular?
There are a number of reasons why Yandex is popular, but one of the huge ones is the search engine’s deep understanding of the Russian language.
While this might sound obvious, cracking the Russian language is not so simple, and many search engines have tried without much success.
The reason for their failures is that deciphering Russian-language search intent is quite tricky.
Another reason for Yandex’s success is that its main rival, Google, was focused on serving English search queries in the early days.
The big differences between Russian and English gave Yandex the advantage it needed to stake its claim before Google caught up by building its own Russian language development team.
It seems that everyone nowadays has heard about the privacy-focused search engine, DuckDuckGo, and there is a very good reason why.
Stories about Google privacy violations and unscrupulous selling of user data have become commonplace, prompting more and more people to seek viable alternatives.
We’ve observed this trend with our own friends and families as many people we know move away from only using Google and instead prefer to diversify their searches among different search engines.
The slow trend away from Google is no doubt why, from June 2021 to June 2022, DuckDuckGo had a global market share of 0.64 percent (Statcounter).
This is a minuscule amount compared to the king of search engines, but the percentage still equates to about 98 million searches a day for DuckDuckGo, according to Backlinko.
Perhaps even more interesting is Backlinko’s statement that, “DuckDuckGo is the 2nd most popular search engine on mobile devices in the US, [with about 2.5 percent of mobile searches].”
DuckDuckGo’s stake in the game has certainly paid off.
The smaller company has grown steadily since it was launched in 2008 and has been quite profitable since 2014, with yearly revenue of over 100 million USD.
Why Do People Like DuckDuckGo?
DuckDuckGo sharply distinguishes itself from Google by offering a safer, more private browsing experience.
In fact, DuckDuckGo’s motto is, “Privacy Simplified.”
The company’s ability to separate itself from the overcomplicated world of giant search engines is the main reason why so many people trust it.
With that said:
There have been questions about whether or not DuckDuckGo is as private as it claims to be.
Two major areas of concern for users regarding DuckDuckGo are saved searches and censorship.
Back in March, DuckDuckGo announced that they would be downranking search results that they categorize as “disinformation” while also no longer sourcing search results from Yandex.
Source: Taylor, S 2022, ’10 Best Private Search Engines for 2022 (No Logging)’, RestorePrivacy, 10 March 2022, accessed 28 July 2022.
Although not everyone remembers this search engine, Ask is responsible today for 0.72 percent of searches worldwide, according to Oberlo.
If you’re wondering how Ask found itself in this position, you’d have to look at its rather tumultuous history.
After its founding in 1996, the once ambitious search engine tried offering a simple question-and-answer search experience to users.
Ask search queries were all about “asking questions” rather than using abstract, sometimes confusing keywords to find content—something they hoped would differentiate them from competitors.
While this was an intriguing concept, when Google appeared on the scene, its ability to understand user search intent quickly made Ask redundant.
The two search engines ended up in a 13-year struggle, but in 2010, Ask finally threw in the towel and allowed itself to be acquired by media mogul Barry Diller for 1.85 billion USD.
Believe it or not, Ask is now powered by Google, although it is still used by those who want to do searches in the form of a question.
Ask is currently owned by InterActiveCorp (IAC).
Why Do People Use The Ask Search Engine?
Since Ask was one of the first question-answering search engines, most people who use it today do so to ask simple, straightforward questions.
As the number one search engine in South Korea, Naver is more than a search engine. It’s a multi-use platform.
Jie Yee Ong, writing for MakeUseOf, put it best when she stated that, “[Naver] is basically Reddit, Quora, Apple Pay, and YouTube, and all of Google’s suite of services combined into one single platform.”
Think about that for a minute:
The makers of Naver saw what Western web services were doing and decided to go all in by creating a super platform.
And their move paid off in spades.
As of May 2022, Naver’s global search engine market share was an impressive 0.44 percent (Similarweb).
Meanwhile, the platform presently accounts for 26 percent of search engine market share in South Korea (Statcounter).
The Korean Google, turned-ultimate-online-suite, shows no sign of slowing down either.
Naver’s revenue in 2022 (TTM) was 6.0 billion USD, up from 5.8 billion USD in 2021 and 5.5 billion USD in 2020. (Market Cap).
But it gets even better:
Naver’s revenue has grown every year since 2007, back when it was only around 1 billion USD.
And the platform’s monthly visits continue to climb. For example, in June 2022 alone, the company received around 1 billion visits, according to Semrush—a much higher figure than in 2007.
The Korea Herald makes an equally impressive claim: The search engine has an average of 700 million monthly active users to date.
Exactly how many of these visitors utilize the search engine and to what extent is not totally clear, but we do know that it’s in a very good position.
Kan Hyeong-woo, writing for The Korea Herald, reported a statement from Naver CEO Choi Soo-yeon that supports this:
“Team Naver,” Choi Soo-yeon said, “will create a new global business ecosystem in Japan, North America and Europe to meet the goal of having 1 billion global users and sales of 15 trillion won in five years.”
The number one reason Naver’s search engine is so successful is that it’s extremely Korean-friendly, which gives it an edge over Google in many cases.
Thanks to Naver’s years of experience hyper-focusing on creating the perfect search experience for Korean users, Google has had to play catch up by cultivating its own Korean development team.
Another reason why Naver is so popular is that it’s much more than just a search engine and offers enough value to earn the loyalty of its users.
The final reason Naver has performed so well is that the South Korean government is quite wary of its main competitor Google.
Google has encountered no end of setbacks due to legitimate concerns from the South Korean government regarding privacy as well as the monopolization of internet services.
As just one example:
In August 2021, the South Korean parliament passed a bill that reduced Google’s power over how app store payments are handled, which significantly reduced Google’s profits in the sector.
We’ve all heard of AOL, one of America’s first and biggest web service providers.
The company brings to mind the early days of the internet when it felt like the Wild West, and no one seemed to know exactly what they were doing.
It may sound funny to the newer generation, but back in its heyday, AOL was a major internet powerhouse that basically ruled the internet.
But don’t take our word for it:
In the 90s, AOL’s market cap was over 200 billion USD.
And at its peak in 1999 and 2000, it had 35 million users relying on it for the internet (Market.us).
While 35 million might not sound like a lot in today’s terms, back then, it was huge.
Today, AOL is but a shell of its former self. It was only sold to Verizon in 2015 for 4.4 billion USD.
Curiously enough, despite AOL’s initial dominance, AOL Search never saw a huge amount of success.
What makes AOL Search so fascinating to us is that it never tried to dominate the search engine field, at least as far as we can tell.
On the contrary:
AOL made a strategic decision in 2002 to use Google’s search engine technology rather than rely on its own.
To understand why AOL made this move, one has to consider the uncertainty surrounding search engine technology at the time and the millions of dollars of investment needed to stay competitive.
AOL’s main thrust wasn’t to create a hyper-efficient search engine but to maintain dominance as an internet service provider.
Needless to say:
AOL’s decision was a great boon for Google and has led to the internet as we know it today.
If you don’t know the background of AOL’s deal with Google, essentially, they chose Google over another search engine called Overture for their paid search listings in 2002.
Once the historic partnership between AOL and Google was made, the two companies quickly expanded on their alliance in 2003 and then later again in 2005 when Google acquired a 5 percent stake in AOL.
This move cemented AOL’s use of Google’s search engine technology for years until Verizon acquired AOL in 2015 under the condition that AOL would use Bing as its default search engine for 10 years, a date which began in January 2016.
Why Do People Still Use AOL Search?
As far as we can tell, the reason people still use AOL Search is user loyalty.
We suspect that many people who use AOL Search are subscribers to the company’s subscription service AOL Advantage, which offers technical support, identity protection, virus protection, and data security.
CNBC states that, “There are still 1.5 million people paying a monthly subscription service fee for AOL.”
Despite Google’s dominance in the Czech Republic, Seznam, which was founded in 1996, was the country’s main search engine throughout the late 90s and early 2000s.
During Seznam’s reign, it actually became so popular that its name was forever synonymized with the internet among Czechs.
While Seznam was and certainly still is an extremely well-known search engine inside the small Central European country, its fortunes changed drastically during the advent of the smartphone.
As millions of Czech users transitioned to mobile, Google had the financial backing and infrastructure in place to capitalize on the landscape shift, allowing them to dominate mobile searches inside the country.
Unfortunately for Seznam lovers, the native Czech search engine did not have the same ability to adapt quickly.
This is why Seznam only accounted for 14 percent of searches within the Czech Republic from June 2021 to June 2022 (Statcounter).
It’s also why, in early 2022, Seznam had a global search engine market share of only 0.05 percent.
Side note about smartphones:
Some estimates say there are 6 billion smartphone users today, which equates to 83 percent of the global population.
Smartphone use has presented an enormous challenge to smaller, less well-funded search engines, not just in the Czech Republic but around the world.
Why Is Seznam Popular?
Much of Seznam’s success was (and is) due to its First Mover status in the country and its ability to make strategic decisions that kept it ahead of competitors.
What keeps Seznam going today is its intimate understanding of the Czech language, which is very different from English.
“There are many words in Czech where the usage of diacritical marks alters the meaning of a word. Seznam often understands the Czech language much better and provides more relevant search results [than Google].”
Sogou is a Chinese search engine that aims to become the next Google.
We anticipate big things from this search engine.
At present, Sogou is responsible for 0.03 percent of the global search engine market and receives around 650 million monthly visitors.
Sogou is also responsible for approximately 32 percent of mobile searches in China, which makes it the third most popular mobile search engine in the country (Statista).
Why Do People Use Sogou?
OctoPlus Media Global Limited, a promising Hong Kong-based marketing technology company, has an interesting take on why so many people use Sogou:
“Sogou has the unique advantage of integrating social content from QQ and WeChat into their search engine results. This puts Sogou in a unique position to attract social media savvy locals and provide an abundance of search results. All QQ browsers also use Sogou as their default search engine.”
Sogou has cleverly positioned itself to leverage Chinese instant messaging apps and social media.
List 2: Best Private Search Engines
Since we mentioned DuckDuckGo above, we will be omitting it from this list.
Here are the 12 best private search engines to continue counting up the list.
While not as private as other search engines on this list (Ecosia searches and IP addresses take 7 days to be anonymized, according to the company’s Privacy page), this environmentally friendly search engine is our second favorite private search engine.
Hint: To see our favorite private search engine, keep scrolling down the list.
For those unfamiliar with Ecosia, its main goal is to plant trees with the money generated from search ads.
Their website claims, as of July 29th 2022, to have planted over 154 million trees.
Benefits of Ecosia include (1) no selling of data to advertisers, (2) encrypting your searches, and (3) no Google Analytics or other third-party tracking tools.
To learn more about Ecosia and what they do, check out their blog.
Searx is an intriguing open-source metasearch engine that aggregates results from dozens of search engines and appears to offer a substantial degree of privacy to users.
Benefits of Searx include (1) allowing proxy searches, (2) not sharing your data with third parties, and (3) excellent customization options.
To learn more about Searx, check out their About page.
When we initially wrote this list, we weren’t aware of the problems with Search Encrypt. Keep reading to find out why you should avoid this search engine.
Search Encrypt purports to be a privacy-focused search engine that earns its revenue through sponsored ads.
According to the Search Encrypt About page, the benefits of the search engine include the following:
(1) An expiring search history that is deleted after 30 minutes of inactivity, (2) advanced SSL encryption, and (3) redirects of searches that may be tracked by third parties.
Search Encrypt Red Flag Warning
As good as it sounds, the problem with Search Encrypt is that it might be a Chinese search hijacking tool, according to Mike Snyder, who wrote an article on Medium called:
Gibiru is a private search engine that earns revenue via commissions.
To ensure they maintain a straightforward and honest economic model, the makers of this search engine have promised never to sell user data to third parties.
Benefits of Gibiru include (1) no cookies on your device, (2) no search logs or IP addresses, and (3) a powerful mobile app called Gibiru Wormhole that allows for private mobile browsing.
MetaGer is a non-profit search engine that is highly committed to both data protection and transparent data collection.
Benefits of MetaGer include (1) complete control of your personal data, (2) proxy searches, and (3) circumventing censorship by aggregating results from multiple search engines.
To learn more about MetaGer, you can visit their About page.
Benefits of Brave Search include (1) cookie control and other data shields, (2) sending Do Not Track
requests while browsing, and (3) advanced customization and personalization features.
For a more comprehensive look at Brave Search’s features, check out their Features page.
As one of the most family-friendly search engines around, Swisscows is a great choice for those who want privacy and a wholesome search experience.
Benefits of Swisscows include (1) safe searches for families with kids, i.e., no violent or pornographic content, (2) anonymous searches, and (3) a unique index for German-language searches, which means no relying on Google.
To learn more about this intriguing search engine based out of Switzerland, check out their main page.
As an independent search engine with its own crawler, Mojeek is an excellent choice for users who want a private search experience in addition to unbiased and censorship-free search results.
Benefits of Mojeek include:
(1) A strict no tracking policy, (2) an agenda-free search index that is free from censorship and bias, and (3) unique, emotion-based search options, i.e., you can search topics by five different emotions—love, happy, awe, sad, and angry.
To learn more about this amazing search engine, check out their blog.
Mojeek is one of our preferred private search engines.
Claiming to be the “world’s most private search engine,” Startpage believes it can offer users unparalleled privacy in an increasingly data-driven world.
Benefits of Startpage include (1) no cookies or 3rd party trackers, (2) the ability to browse sites privately with Anonymous View, and (3) un-profiled search results.
You can learn more about what Startpage offers here.
Startpage Red Flag Warning
Although we’ve found Startpage to be easy and enjoyable to use, keep in mind that it was acquired by a US-based ad-tech company back in 2019.
While Startpage promises to never sell user search data, the acquisition certainly gives us reason to pause.
We suggest proceeding with caution when using this search engine.
Our favorite search engine pair
What’s interesting about Gigablast is that it has partnered with Private Internet Access (now Kape Technologies), a world-class VPN solutions provider, to create a cryptographically-secured search engine.
The new search engine is called private.sh.
While the inner workings of Gigablast and Private.sh are complex, the way these search engines work is by scrambling your IP address and search queries.
Other private search engines know both your search query and IP address, which presents a big problem since anyone with enough knowledge and skill can trace your searches back to you.
Gigablast and Private.sh go to significant lengths to ensure that no one party can access your identifying information by following a multi-step data scrubbing, forwarding, and encrypting process.
As a decentralized, peer-to-peer, open-source search engine, YaCy offers a fascinating alternative to those who have keen technical skills and an interest in an exotic form of search.
Benefits of YaCy include (1) starting your own web crawl, (2) no search request storage, and (3) creating a search portal for your web pages.
To learn more, check out YaCy’s Demo page.
List 3: Best Video Search Engines
To start this list, we want to talk about two massively popular video search engines:
YouTube and TikTok.
You’re probably not surprised to find YouTube on this list. It’s one of the most popular video search engines in the world, after all.
You might not know how utterly mind-blowing YouTube’s stats really are.
Did you know, for instance, that YouTube receives over 3 billion searches a month or that 100 hours of video are uploaded to the platform every minute (Mushroom Networks)?
If you’re curious to know what people are searching for on YouTube, so far in 2022, the platform’s most popular searches have been as follows:
“BTS,” which accounts for 16.7 million searches, and “Pewdiepie,” which accounts for approximately 16.5 million searches (PageTraffic).
Numbers like this clearly only exist because of how astutely YouTube has capitalized on its creator market, although there are certainly many other factors at play.
Whatever all of the reasons for their success might be, their future success seems certain, with no slowdown to their userbase in sight.
With an estimated worth of over 180 billion USD, according to investment banker, Howie Mann, there is simply too much research and development money available for them not to stay ahead of the game.
Did you know that in the latter half of 2021, TikTok temporarily surpassed Google and Facebook as the top web domain in the world?
This shocking turn of events has proved beyond doubt that Chinese companies like ByteDance, the developer behind TikTok, understand what audiences want to see.
Indeed TikTok has been so successful that it’s now replacing Google as the go-to source of information for many people.
Take this famous tweet from Claude Lukyamuzi as an example: “I don’t Google anymore I TikTok.”
A simple sentence, no doubt, but one with profound implications.
“TikTok’s transition to a more vlog-friendly space has led to a rise in content that is often very personal, testimonial, and to the right audience, accepted as gospel.”
User trust is one of the most important commodities any search engine can have.
No wonder TikTok had over 650 million real users in 2021 (Insider Intelligence).
Additional Video Search Engines
This list wouldn’t be complete without Facebook, which garners an incredible 1.25 billion viewers per month through Facebook Watch (EarthWeb).
Here are some interesting facts about Facebook and Facebook Watch:
(1) Facebook gets at least 8 billion video views per day, according to Business Insider. Please note that this figure from Business Insider is from 2015, so the daily views are likely higher now in 2022.
(2) There are 1 billion Stories shared on Facebook every day, according to Facebook’s Stories Ads page.
(3) American users spend approximately 30 minutes a day on Facebook (Statista). While not all of this time is spent on Facebook Watch, around half of it is. CEO Mark Zuckerberg once stated during an earnings call that video is responsible for about half the time users spend on Facebook.
Some interesting facts about this search engine are that (1) its monthly traffic in June 2022 was over 300 million, according to Semrush, (2) its biggest audience is in the United States, and (3) it was once banned in India.
Some interesting facts about this powerful video search engine are that (1) it has 260 million users, (2) 1.7 million of those users are paying subscribers, according to GlobeNewswire, and (3) 350k videos are added to the platform every day.
Some might not think of Pexels as a video search engine, but it is.
The popular stock photo and video website has a large selection of videos that visitors can use for their own purposes.
Some interesting facts about Pexels are as follows:
(1) It provides a wide selection of royalty-free stock videos that can be downloaded and used for free, (2) the Pexels website had nearly 30 million visits in May 2022, according to Similarweb, and (3) India is the country that uses Pexels the most.
Kiddle is a visual search engine that seeks to offer a safe video search experience for families with children.
Some interesting facts about Kiddle are that (1) it displays carefully curated results from Kiddle editors that are easy for children to read and understand, (2) it deletes user search logs every 24 hours, and (3) it allows parents and teachers to submit keyword blocking requests.
Although not like most other video search engines, Twitch is certainly worth mentioning here due to its popularity—it receives roughly 140 million unique visitors each month, according to Backlinko.
The platform has a wide variety of videos available, from gaming events to cooking shows.
Some intriguing facts about Twitch are as follows:
(1) The platform has an audience that is 65 percent male, according to Stream Scheme. This statistic from Stream Scheme is from 2019, but it appears to be holding true as of late 2021—see Statista’s recent figures here for confirmation.
(2) The United States has the most Twitch viewers of any country in the world.
(3) The most lucrative streamer on Twitch is Richard Tyler Blevins, who runs the Ninja channel and earns around $500k a month.
Its ability to effectively source information makes it unique among metasearch engines.
There are many competitors trying to do the same thing, but Dogpile stands out as one of the best.
Some noteworthy facts about this search engine are:
(1) It received 1.2 million visits in June 2022 (Semrush).
(2) It is one of the oldest metasearch engines in the world, having been launched in November of 1996.
(3) It is owned by Infospace Holdings LLC, a System1 company, which is quite telling. System1 is the owner of MapQuest, Answers, and HowStuffWorks and is quite a big player in the online advertisement and marketing acquisition sectors.
Dogpile’s mascot is named Arfie.
Similar to Pexels, Shutterstock is both a stock photo hub and a video search engine.
Some interesting facts about Shutterstock are:
(1) On July 31, 2022, their website had a cache of 25,384,987 royalty-free stock videos.
(2) On the same date, their website also had a mind-blowing 396,414,585 stock photos, vectors, and illustrations available for use.
(3) As of third quarter 2021, Shutterstock had 336k paying subscribers (Shutterstock).
We hope you’ve enjoyed these lists so far
For these next search engines, we’ve written very brief summaries and have added links to resources for further reading.
List 4: Blockchain Search Engines
Presearch is a decentralized search engine that utilizes blockchain technology to increase user privacy and reward users for doing searches.
As of June 2022, Presearch had almost 3.8 million registered users.
As the world’s first crypto-focused search engine, Desearch seeks to offer users a secure search experience and reward them every time they view advertisements.
The goal of Desearch is to put power back into the hands of users.
To learn more about this search engine, check out this article on Medium by BitClave.
List 5: Social Network Platforms With Amazing Search Engines
Since we mentioned Facebook in the video search engine section, we’ve omitted it from this one.
LinkedIn, as you probably know, is a popular social network that caters to businesses and professionals seeking employment or business connections.
The platform’s search engine is dedicated to this purpose and allows users to search for job opportunities, companies, and colleagues in nearly every conceivable industry.
In 2021, LinkedIn had 850 million members plus (Influencer Marketing Hub).
To learn more about this helpful platform and how you can use it for your business, take a look at this excellent guide by Hootsuite.
With 2 billion monthly active users, Instagram is one of the top social networks in the world. It also has an amazing search engine.
Easy search engine navigation and other factors, such as its straightforward monetization program, are why this platform is so successful.
To learn more about Instagram, you can visit Instagram’s About page.
We’re certain Twitter needs no introduction here.
The legendary social networking and microblogging platform is both famous and infamous and has been involved in many controversies over the years, the latest being its feud with Elon Musk.
Despite its less-than-shiny history, today, Twitter has a giant userbase of 396 million people (Backlinko).
It continues to see an increase in monetizable users.
Regarding Twitter’s search engine, it allows users to keep up with trending events and the latest news.
To learn more about this “rather interesting” social network, you can visit their About page.
As “the front page of the internet,” Reddit is another social media platform that everyone has heard of.
The intriguing thing about Reddit is that it is structured around subreddit communities instead of individual profiles, which makes it a lot different from other social media platforms.
Reddit’s search engine has quite an organic feel to it since it leads to all sorts of interesting virtual hubs and quirky posts.
Presently, Reddit has 430 million monthly active users (Business of Apps).
To learn more, you can visit Reddit’s About page.
With over 347 million daily active users as of first quarter 2022, Snapchat’s popularity is unquestionable.
Interestingly enough, Snapchat was the first platform to popularize the vertical video format, although its competitors like TikTok and Instagram were quick to adapt and capitalize on it.
Despite some setbacks, Snapchat has a robust userbase and an enormous wealth of great content, in part due to its well-polished contact search engine, which allows users to quickly and easily find their friends.
To learn more about the platform, check out the Snap Newsroom.
Originally designed to be an instant messaging app, WeChat has since metamorphosized into a “super app” with its own powerful search engine.
With around 1.2 billion MAUs as of first quarter 2022, this all-in-one platform certainly deserves to be on the list.
To learn more about WeChat, check out this neat video by YouTuber Tait Lawton.
Quora is a unique social network in that it’s based on knowledge rather than entertainment.
The platform’s approach, though admirable, does present challenges for its search engine.
Here’s the issue:
In order to create a smooth, seamless experience for its users, Quora has been forced to develop an advanced search engine that can parse user intent, sort through hundreds of thousands of topics, and keep up with an ever-changing content landscape.
This is no easy feat, but by all accounts, Quora has succeeded.
To learn more about Quora, check out their About page.
List 6: Image Search Engines
Pinterest is one of our personal favorite image-based search engines due to its simplicity. But we also like the platform’s creator-friendly policies.
Although Pinterest saw a decline in its userbase in 2021, some sources state that it still has around 454 million MAUs, making it one of the largest image-heavy search engines in the world.
A press release from Pinterest puts the figure for monthly active users at 433 million.
To learn more about this fun and engaging search engine, see their About page.
As an American image hosting company, Flickr’s main thrust is to help users find photos from professional and amateur photographers.
With over 60 million monthly users and tens of billions of photos stored on their server, Flickr is an excellent website to source material for personal use or for your business.
To learn more about Flickr, check out their About page.
While the number of monthly active users for Getty Images is unclear, the image-based search engine had around 20 million website visits in April 2022 alone (Craft), making it one of the more popular image search platforms in the world.
With hundreds of millions of images and videos broken into two categories, Creative and Editorial, Getty Images offers higher quality content than many of its competitors.
To learn more about the company, check out their About page.
As one of the more unusual image-based search engines, TinEye’s core aim is to help users find out if any of their photos are being used online.
As such, TinEye is actually a reverse image search engine.
Reverse image searches are fairly difficult to do correctly, but with nearly 8 million visits in June 2022 alone (Similarweb), the company is clearly doing something right.
To learn more about TinEye’s fascinating image search technology, you can visit their About page.
List 7: Additional Alternative Search Engines
Openverse is perhaps THE best Creative Commons search engine ever built due to its catalog of over 600 million items, which visitors can repurpose and reuse.
According to the Openverse website, “All Openverse content is under a Creative Commons license or is in the public domain.”
If you need content for your business or your creative project, and you don’t want to pay anything, this is the place to look.
According to our own research using Ahrefs, we discovered that Openverse receives approximately 20k visitors per month.
While this pales in comparison to today’s larger search engines, it’s still significant enough to be worth noting.
Plus, we think Openverse is super useful.
To learn more about Openverse, check out their WordPress About page.
Internet Archive is a non-profit library that offers universal access to digitized materials.
The organization’s goal is to catalog the entire history of the internet and provide a digestible search experience so that users can find what they’re looking for.
Although this is a tall order, Internet Archive has made significant strides toward achieving its aim, and it now has a library of over 725 billion web pages.
At present, Internet Archive has around 15,500,000 users.
To learn more about the organization and what they do, check out their About page.
Wikimedia Commons is a media library dedicated to free content.
According to Wikimedia Foundation, the Commons is, “The world’s largest free-to-use-library of illustrations, photos, drawings, videos and music.”
Currently, the Commons has 11,369,223 users in total.
To learn more about this free media repository, check out their Welcome page.
While Yep might be brand new, it’s a serious project with strong financial backing and active indexing. In fact, according to Search Engine Land, Yep adds 30 million web pages a day while dropping 20 million.
Similarweb, meanwhile, states that Yep received 142k visits in June 2022.
To learn more about Yep, check out their About page.
Neeva is an ad-free search engine that was created by Google executives Sridhar Ramaswamy (ex-SVP of Ads at Google) and Vivek Raghunathan (ex-VP of Monetization at YouTube), who wanted to fix the mistakes they made with Google and create an “uncorrupted” search engine.
Neeva’s motto is, “No Tracking. No Bias. Search Free From Corporate Influence.”
With around 1.6 million monthly visitors (Crunchbase), Neeva has enough momentum, creative juice, and (hopefully) integrity behind it to make for a truly excellent search engine.
To learn more about Neeva, check out their About page.