Top 10 Best ️‍Search Engines in the World

Top 10 Best ️‍Search Engines in the World


What are the 10 best and most popular search engines in the world? Besides Google and Bing, there are other search engines that may not be as well known but still answer millions of search queries per day.

This may come as a shocking surprise to many people, but Google is not the only search engine available on the Internet today!

In fact, there are a number of alternative search engines that want to take the throne from Google, but none of them are ready (yet) to even pose a threat.

Top 10 Best ️‍Search Engines in the World
Top 10 Best ️‍Search Engines in the World

Still, there are other search engines to consider, and the best Google alternatives are featured below.

1. Google

Google
Google

No need for other presentations. Google ranks first in searches with an astonishing 89.43% difference from Bing's second place.

According to statistics from Statista and StatCounter, Google dominates the market in all countries on any device (desktop, mobile, and tablet).

Why is Google the most popular search engine?

What has made Google the most popular and trusted search engine is the quality of its search results. Google uses sophisticated algorithms to present the most accurate results to users.

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin came up with the idea that websites referenced by other websites are more important than others and therefore deserve a higher ranking in search results.

Over the years, Google's ranking algorithm has enriched itself with hundreds of other factors (including the help of machine learning) and still remains the most reliable way to find exactly what you are looking for on the Internet.

2. Microsoft Bing

Microsoft Bing
Microsoft Bing

The best alternative search engine to Google is Microsoft Bing. Bing's search engine share is between 2.83% and 12.31%.

Bing is Microsoft's attempt to challenge Google in search, but despite their best efforts, they still have failed to convince users that their search engine can be as reliable as Google.
Their market share in search engines is consistently low even though Bing is the default search engine on Windows PCs.

Bing is derived from Microsoft's previous search engines (MSN Search, Windows Live Search, Live Search), and according to Alexa ranking, it is the 30th most visited website on the Internet.

3. Yahoo

Yahoo
Yahoo

Yahoo is one of the most popular email providers and its web search engine ranks third in searches with an average market share of 1%.

From October 2011 to October 2015, Yahoo search was powered exclusively by Bing. In October 2015, Yahoo agreed with Google to provide search-related services and until October 2018, Yahoo's results were powered by both Google and Bing.

Since October 2019, Yahoo! Search is again provided exclusively by Bing.

Yahoo is also the default search engine for Firefox browsers in the United States (since 2014).

Yahoo's web portal is very popular and ranks 11th most visited website on the Internet (according to Alexa). 

4. Baidu

Baidu
Baidu

Baidu has a global market share between 0.68% and 11.26%.

Baidu was founded in 2000 and is the most popular search engine in China. Its market share is growing steadily and according to Wikipedia, Baidu responds to billions of search queries per month. It is currently ranked at position 4, in the Alexa ranking.

Although Baidu is accessible worldwide, it is only available in Chinese.

5. Yandex.ru

Yandex.ru
Yandex.ru

Yandex, the most popular Russian search engine, has a global market share of between 0.5% and 1.16%.

According to Alexa, Yandex.ru is among the 30 most popular websites on the Internet with a ranking position of 4 in Russian.

Yandex is promoting itself as a technology company that creates intelligent products and services powered by machine learning.

According to Wikipedia, Yandex operates the largest search engine in Russia with around 65% market share there.

6. DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo
DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo's search engine market share is approximately 0.45%.

According to traffic stats from DuckDuckGo, they average 47 million searches per day, but their overall market share is still below 0.5%.

Contrary to what most people believe, DuckDuckGo does not have its own search index (like Google and Bing), but they generate their search results using a variety of sources.

In other words, they don't have their own data but rely on other sources (like Yelp, Bing, Yahoo, StackOverflow) to provide answers to user questions.

This is a big limitation compared to Google which has a set of algorithms to determine the best results of all the websites available on the internet.

On the bright side, DuckDuck Go has a clean interface, it doesn't track users, and it isn't fully ad-loaded. 

7. Ask.com

Ask.com
Ask.com

Formerly known as Ask Jeeves, Ask.com receives around 0.42% of search share. ASK is based on a question/answer format where most of the questions are answered by other users or are in the form of surveys.

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

8. Ecosia

Ecosia
Ecosia

Ecosia is a Berlin-based social enterprise founded by Christian Kroll in 2009. The main reason ecosia was established was to help fund tree planting and restoration projects. It is thus called a "tree planting search engine".

How does ecosia work? Ecosia is a partner of Bing, which means its search results are powered by Bing. Ecosia earns money to support tree planning by displaying advertisements in their search results. Every time an ad is clicked, ecosia gets a small share. It is estimated that it takes about 45 searches to fund the planting of a tree.

In terms of search engine market share, Ecosia's share is around 0.10%.

9. AOL.com

AOL.com
AOL.com

The famous AOL is still in the top 10 of search engines with a market share close to 0.05%.

The AOL network includes many popular websites such as engadget.com, techchrunch.com, and huffingtonpost.com. On June 23, 2015, AOL was acquired by Verizon Communications.

10. Internet Archive

Internet Archive
Internet Archive

archive.org is the Internet archive search engine. You can use it to find out what a website has been like since 1996. It is a very useful tool if you want to trace the history of a domain and examine how it has changed over the years.

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