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Try These 15 Search Engines Instead of Google For Better Search Results

Try These 15 Search Engines Instead of Google For Better Search Results

As the web has gotten bigger, the internet search engines too have evolved themselves to cater to various needs of the users. With 63.9 percent market share (as reported by comScore in October 2015), Google still reigns supreme in the market of search engines.

That said, Google isn’t the only search engine out there. Many other players live up to the tasks that Google might not do for you (as you desire). They provide various interfaces, unique features and search algorithms based on unique philosophies.

Knowing the right search engine to make your query means you don’t spend your valuable time browsing through stuffs you don’t need. One could easily get lost in the vast world of internet without proper tools. Here below we present you 15 search engines to try as alternatives to Google for better search results.

1. DuckDuckGo

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    DuckDuckGo is the first choice for search engines among the users who want to remain anonymous on the internet. While privacy is a highly concerned issued on the internet, DuckDuckGo doesn’t collect your browsing history, social media profiles, emails to give you personalized search results, unlike Google.

    Many find DuckDuckGo user-friendly for its features like ‘zero-click’ information (all your answers are found on the first result page), infinite scroll and prompts to clarify your questions. Also the ad spam is much less than Google. If search privacy is your concern, try DuckDuckGo.

    2. Blekko

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      Blekko’s unique interface serves results by category. It uses a thing called “slashtags”- which is a text tag preceded by a ‘/’ slash character, just like “hashtags” in Twitter, to search in its database with the related keywords in categories.

      Developed by ex-Googlers, it presents itself as the ‘spam free search engine’. It does log user specific information but deletes it within 48 hours.

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      3. WolframAlpha

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        WolframAplha identifies itself as a computational knowledge engine which gives facts and data for number of topics from externally sourced ‘curated data’, instead of caching web pages.

        It can do all sorts of calculations, from as simple as addition to complex calculus and statistics. It tends to the needs of the knowledge hungry kid for any kind of knowledge s/he seeks.

        4. DogPile

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          In the 90s, DogPile was enjoying its glory days as the choice for fast and efficient web searching before Google. Now with a growing index and slick presentation, it is once again trying to make its come back in the arena.

          It curates information, links, images and videos from other search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, Yandex to give helpful crosslink results and offers features like categories, preferences, search filters, recent searches, etc. for better search results.

          5. Yippy

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            Formerly known as Clusty, Yippy is a metasearch engine that brings out the power of many conventional search engines to give a collective result. If you want to explore the deep web, Yippy is your tool.

            Deep web pages are harder to locate since they are hosted in private networks and are isolated. Since Yippy provides results in form of ‘clouds’, it is highly likely to locate buried webpages for you which the traditional search methods cannot find.

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            6. Bing

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              Bing is arguably the second most popular search engine today with almost 20% market share. It is powered by Microsoft which put everything on its disposal to make it a fair challenger to Google.

              It is unlikely that Bing is going to dethrone Google in the near future but Bing has still got almost all the bling that google offers. It is definitely worth a try.

              7. Ask

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                Formerly Ask Jeeves, now Ask.com has approximately 3% of the search market share. Based on question/answer format, it is popular for accommodating the natural, colloquial language.

                Most of the questions are answered by other users which are presented in a super-clean list. Besides that, it also has the general search functionality.

                8. Mahalo

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                  Dedicated to provide high relevance and higher quality content, Mahalo’s contents are human-powered. It has a committee of editors who manually sift and vet thousands of content.

                  It obviously means that you’ll get fewer results than with conventional search engines that employ spider robot programs to crawl and index the websites in the web. Mahalo offers regular web searching in addition to asking questions like Ask.com.

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                  9. Adswish

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                    Adswish follows the Google search engine model for classified ads. To bring the most relevant products and services to the users, it provides data-specific search results as per the keyword given by the user for specific product or service in the desired category.

                    Adwish is that one search engine that promises to deliver just the right product or service online.

                    10. ChaCha

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                      ChaCha is a lot more like Ask where users can ask any particular question that gets answered by independent contractors called Guides. It provides free and real-time answer to any questions and has a number of quizzes to help the user decide on a number of topics. Alexa ranks it as the eighth most popular search engine.

                      11. Yahoo

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                        Yahoo used to power its own web search until recently. Now that it has partnered up with Microsoft, it uses Bing search results for its web engine. Yahoo Answers is there for the things that engines like Ask.com and Chacha.com do.

                        Yahoo Finance is by far the best financial news aggregator currently available. Other handy features include travel guide, horoscope, weather report, retail options and handful more, although it is now entirely powered by Bing.

                        12. Yandex

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                          Yandex is the most popular web search engine in Russia and the fourth largest in the world. Founded in 1997, this Russian based company serves over 150 million search queries per day.

                          From mail to maps, Yandex provides almost every service that Google does and accommodates multiple languages to facilitate cross lingual searches. Without doubt Yandex, with its vast resources, is one of the best alternatives to Google.

                          13. Baidu

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                            Known as “China’s Google”, Baidu is the largest search engine in China that facilitates web searching in Chinese language as well as in Japanese. Almost a billion web pages are indexed by Baidu along with more than 80 million images and 10 million multimedia files. That clearly makes it a major player in the search engines industry.

                            14. Ixquick

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                              Ixquick, like DuckDuckGo, takes privacy issues very seriously. No cookies, no prying into search history, it collects none of the user specific details. Just the thing that Tor browser needs which is why Ixquick is the default search engine for Tor.

                              For better search results, it makes use of preferences chosen by the user that get deleted after 90 days of inactivity. It is supported in 17 different languages and serves 5.7 million queries per day.

                              15. The Internet Archive

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                                The Internet Archive lets you trace back time and see what a webpage in the past looked like. For years, it has been taking snapshots of the entire World Wide Web and has maintained an online archive containing millions of images, books, software, movies and much more. Technically, it is not a search engine but it lets users search for iterations of a website in the past.

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                                Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                Joe’s Goals

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                                  Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                  Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                  Daytum

                                    Daytum

                                    is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                    Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                    Excel or Numbers

                                      If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                      What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                      Evernote

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                                        I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                        Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                        Access or Bento

                                          If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                          Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                          Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                          All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                          Conclusion

                                          I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                          What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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