5 Secret Search Engines Way Better Than Google

Google has become such an ingrained part of our society that people simply say, “I Googled it.” The search engine counts millions of internet users among its loyal followers, often making it seem as if no other search engine is even relevant anymore. But, in actuality, Google has some stiff competition, and if you’re willing to look, you’re going to find numerous websites that are actually even better than Google, including:


Google’s in for some stiff competition when DuckDuckGo, now still a relatively secret search engine, spreads to the masses. Perhaps the biggest benefit of DuckDuckGo is it doesn’t collect nor does it share your personal information like Google does. In addition, DuckDuckGo doesn’t make users scroll through dozens of pages to find an answer. Let’s say you want to find out when the 2012 Presidential Election will be held. DuckDuckGo will return the answer at the top of your search page. Web users also enjoy the Web of Trust, which allows them to determine which sites are safe enough to visit, and pointless pages thrown up just to make revenue but without any real content never appear in search results.


Blekko is a dream come true for those web users fed up with spam and being taken to pages from content farms and promises spam-free results. If a website’s content does not live up to Blekko’s strict requirements for quality, it isn’t included in the search results, quite a difference from Google. Users can also use the settings to ensure theirs searches are related to specific topics, such as news or the date content was published.


The self-described “most private search engine” in the world, Ixquick does not store users’ browsing histories, nor does it keep track of IP addresses, making it an ideal option for web browsers who want to keep their information private. In fact, all searches are encrypted to provide you with complete privacy.


Yippy is an ideal search engine for families and those who are fed up with porn sites ending up in their search results. The search engine promises extremely tight security. It asserts that it doesn’t store any of your private information, your search history, your email addresses, and other vital information. Search results return with a box on the left hand of the screen, allowing you to choose which way information is best presented to you: By time, by source, or by sites.


Gigablast advertises itself as the “Green Search Engine,” as it runs on wind energy, providing search results for an estimated 10 million web users. Gigablast has been around for nearly a decade, and the search engine searches through all websites on a particular keyword or phrase, rather than just individual pages. Parents can use the “family filter,” and Gigablast implements numerous spam filters to ensure users aren’t greeted with spam websites on search result pages. While Google, Yahoo, and Bing are currently the most popular search engines, particularly with English speakers, web users do have other options that offer them more flexibility, more privacy, and promise they won’t be inundated by spam and useless content that often show up in the search results from the more well-known search engines.


  1. Thank you for sharing updates to the search engine competition. It’s great to remember to check out how my customer’s websites are performing on these other search engines. My understanding is that Google has 65% market share, yahoo and Bing each about 15%, and 10% of traffic uses other search engines.

  2. Thanks for the details. I heard these first time. Now days Google changing it’s Strategy. So it becoming hard to maintain rank in Google.

  3. Some of these engines i knew, but others are new to me. Even if some of these have better functionalities than Google, the problem is that Google is already a giant, and other engines get less visibility online. However, they could be niches engines, such as Wolfram

  4. I have tried 4 of the 5…had not heard of DuckDuckGo until now so am headed over to check it out.

  5. Yuppy was well ranked by about.com in 2010.

    And based in Fort Myers. “Yippy does not store or save copies of your deleted emails. Yippy does not track where you surf via our browser which is available by download. Yippy does not track or record searches either.

    Thanks for sharing Bigoak :)

  6. My problem with Google is that they are becoming more increasingly intrusive. They are trying to force Google Chrome into my system. In addition, they input stuff into my computer without asking if I’m even interested, or want it. It causes problems on my IMAC, and is difficult to track down where this information is stored. From here on, I don’t want to have anything to do with Google. I think what they are doing is illegal.

  7. Yep, I’m an absolute believer in private, totally private of ALL computer data. Absolutely no storing 0f ANY data by any phso-government lacky like google.
    I’m in process of dropping google and as much of microsofts stuff as possible.
    This company is in bed with nsa and other communist agencies of our terrorist government. Beware of any and all lies coming out of google…the collection of data is a government project…and google. Mr Snowden actually exposed the many issues….and its all illegal google knows it…Microsoft knows it…Washington knows it….but they all want to use 911 bs to track ALL Americans private business…daily…If we the users don’t stop this crap…we won’t have the few remaining freedoms we currently have…its all about control….I refuse to be controlled by a train wreck government using Microsoft and others to collect data…for future use…I assure you…they will use it!!!…all for ill purposes. so off I go to find a PRIVATE company that protects my rights…

  8. “Yippy is an ideal search engine for families and those who are fed up with porn sites ending up in their search results.” NO, IT DOES NOT. Absolutely not. I have compared to Google, Ixquick and Startpage. All three perform better at filtering “adult” material even on ‘moderate’ settings.

    • Thanks for the insight, Marco.

  9. most of search engines presented here contains term “Enhanced by Google”. Google is everywhere . noooo !

  10. Not sure how private some of these engines are anymore, We hadn’t actually used IXQuick before though and it seems to do a decent job of indexing sites fairly quickly too.

    The only thing is, even if people believe they are using a private search engine, their browsers like Chrome are still recording and sending a lot of info back via packets, so even if users think they are using a private service the reality is their activities are still being monitored and recorded in many cases.

    I appreciate