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Here is a List of Search Engines Besides Plain Old Google, Yahoo and Bing
Exploring Other Search Engines
Having only used Google and Yahoo and occasionally Bing for almost my entire life, I decided to break away from the norm and start exploring other search engines. After all there is more to life than the big 3 search engines right? I am giving you a list of search engines besides Google.
Ask.com is based on being able to get answers from a helpful community and acting as a search engine at the same time.
Their front page has a rather simple layout like Google. The only difference is that they put some community interaction at the bottom. People ask questions and get answers from other people. You then get to vote whether if that answer is helpful or not. You can pretty much ask anything on there. It ranges from Food & Drinks to Travel & Places. They are somewhat similar to yahoo answers.
The video section is pretty refreshing to see, as it loads a bunch of videos and you get to choose whichever catches your attention. While it doesn't get as much hits as YouTube, Ask.com is definitely worth checking out.
When I see AOL, it reminds me of their terrible AOL broadband I used to own. Today, I am going to put that aside and objectively look at AOL search engine without being biased. They have actually revamped their website to look way more attractive. I remember using their broadband, and that had a pop-up for their website, which got annoying after a while. Looking at the new layout they have now, it is quite an attractive website.
My Web Search
MyWebSearch.com is basically a search engine powered by Google. It has an extremely simple layout with all your popular and favorite social networking websites. It is quite a simple and efficient one page search engine. If you use Google, Yahoo, Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, Twitter, Wikipedia, Linkedin, MSN, Pinterest, eBay, CNN and Instagram, this could be an alternative search engine you could use.
blekko(that's their official way to spell it) is a unique search engine that focuses on quality and trusted websites. It is a spam-free search engine that will not feature any websites that is deemed to be "low-quality". What is different about blekko is that they do not solely use link based authority to determine page rank. blekko relies on human beings and use their judgement to determine whether the website is good or not. They use tags to categorize their search.
Lycos is another alternative to Google that is worth considering. They have teamed up with other networking and social websites such as Angelfire.com, Gamesville.com and Tripod.com. Doing that allows them to stay competitive against Google. They have been around for more than 20 years. Their homepage is also relatively simple, with each different category sorted for easier navigation.
Dogpile is quite an interesting name for a search engine. They are able to return the best search results from Google, Yahoo and Yandex, the "Google" of Russia. They are focused on saving your time on the searching for related information that you are looking for. Unlike most search engines, they have adopted a dog mascot called Arfie for their brand name. A refreshing search engine I would say, so give it a shot.
A spider is crawling your websites! Similar to Dogpile, it has a mascot, a spider! Being owned by Infospace, they offer you relevant results from Google and Yahoo. I would call this a clone of Dogpile, since they are pretty much the same, except a few changes in layout. I guess the choice between trying Dogpile or WebCrawler will fall on whether you like dogs or spiders.
Info.com gets their search results from Yahoo, Google, Yandex and Ask & Open Directory. Since leading search engines have only 5% overlap in top results, Info they can give you the most relevant results, as they claim.
Having tried them all out, I personally enjoy using blekko, since they weed out a lot of spam sites and keep the high authority ones on their search engine. If you feel that Google does not give you the best results, I highly suggest that you try blekko. If not, any other search engine on this list is pretty good.