Halloween is almost here, and superheroes will once again play a starring role at Halloween parties this weekend and for trick-or-treating Monday night.

Spending on Halloween costumes is forecast to reach $3.1 billion this year, according to the NRF. Adult costumes will account for $1.54 billion in sales and children’s costumes will account for $1.17 billion, Bing data shows.

According to the NRF, 34 percent of people turn to search engines for Halloween costume inspiration. Which costumes are inspiring consumers most this year?

Harley Quinn, Star Wars, and Deadpool are among the most searched for costumes this year, search data from Google and Bing reveals.

So if you’re still looking for some last minute Halloween costume ideas, and want to

avoid duplicate costume penalties, check out this list to see what’s trending.

Top 50 Halloween Costume Searches on Google

Harley Quinn is seriously hot. According to the Frightgeist site, no costume was searched for more often this year than Harley Quinn.

Quinn wasn’t the only “Suicide Squad” costume in high demand. Joker costumes searches ranked second on the list.

You should also expect to see plenty of “Star Wars” costumes – Stormtrooper and Darth Vader costumes both made the list (41 and 49, respectively). But it isn’t clear whether we can expect to see new characters like Rey and Kylo Ren, or maybe even long-time favorites Chewbacca, Boba Fett and Princess Leia.

Plenty of other superheroes made Google’s list, including Wonder Woman, Batman, Deadpool, and Poison Ivy.

And in a year where we’ve heard about creepy clown (redundant?) sightings, some of which turned out to be hoaxes, clown costumes ranked ninth on Google’s list.

Here are the top 50 trending costumes, according to Google Trends:

  1. Harley Quinn
  2. Joker
  3. Superhero
  4. Pirate
  5. Wonder Woman
  6. Witch
  7. Batman
  8. Star Wars
  9. Clown
  10. Dinosaur
  11. Mermaid
  12. Pikachu
  13. Zombie
  14. Minnie Mouse
  15. Deadpool
  16. Vampire
  17. Poison Ivy
  18. Princess
  19. Minions
  20. Unicorn
  21. Ghostbusters
  22. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  23. Catwoman
  24. Pumpkin
  25. Tyrannosaurus
  26. Lion
  27. Doll
  28. Mickey Mouse
  29. PAW Patrol
  30. Cheerleader
  31. Little Red Riding Hood
  32. Skeleton
  33. The Mad Hatter
  34. Fairy
  35. Angel
  36. Tinker Bell
  37. Ninja
  38. Ghost
  39. Superman
  40. Rabbit
  41. Stormtrooper
  42. Princess Jasmine
  43. Bear
  44. 1980s
  45. Power Rangers
  46. Belle
  47. Batgirl
  48. Steampunk
  49. Darth Vader
  50. Cowboy


2016 Halloween Costume Trends from Bing

Suicide Squad costumes was the top search in every state, according to Bing data. Star Wars costumes ranked second in all but two states where search demand was higher for Pokémon costumes. (Hawaii and Wisconsin)

Bing also looked at costume search trends by age group. They found that:

  • 13- to 17-year-olds were 473 percent more likely to search for Pokémon compared to 18-24-year-olds.
  • 18- to 24-year-olds were 8 percent more likely to search for Little Mermaid than Deadpool.
  • 25- to 34-year-olds were 10 percent more likely to search for Deadpool over Little Mermaid.
  • 35- to 49-year-olds were 242 percent more likely to search for Harry Potter compared to 25-34-year-olds.
  • 50- to 64-year-olds were 8 percent more likely to search for Alice in Wonderland than Pokémon.
  • 65-year-olds and older were equally likely to search for Five Nights at Freddy’s as Deadpool.

Happy Halloween!

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The new workflow offers more access to features and functionality during the initial setup.

Bing Ads has updated the campaign creation workflow; it’s now designed to make it easier for advertisers to get campaigns set up and activated. Throughout the process, more options are available so you won’t have to go back and remember to update settings and options after a campaign is created. Performance estimates are also built in along the way to help inform your settings from the outset.

The new setup starts with the option of selecting a campaign goal or importing campaigns from Google, importing from a file or researching keywords.



If you select a campaign goal, the options available will be tailored accordingly in the remaining setup steps. From the revised Campaign Settings screen, Bing Ads has added the option to copy settings from an existing campaign and has consolidated location targeting options to include radius targeting management, along with other location targeting.

In the updated stage of setting up ad groups and selecting keywords, Bing Ads will automatically group keywords together into proposed ad groups based on a website URL and/or keyword suggestion. The tool shows monthly search volume, average CPC and scale of competition for each keyword in this view. You can add, edit and remove keyword suggestions for multiple ad groups. (Keyword suggestions and estimates are not available yet in all countries or languages.)



The ads and extensions step follows. At this stage, Bing Ads now makes your library of extensions accessible and highlights ad extensions that seem to align with the marketing goal selected for the campaign. There are options to set up all available extensions in this view. You can also set up multiple ads at this stage instead of having to go back and add more after the campaign is set up.

The final step is to set a campaign budget at ad group bids. Bing Ads shows performance estimates for the ad groups based on the bids and campaign settings


Source : searchengineland

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Bing is a new decision based search engine that organizes search results and provides tools to get things done quickly. It organizes popular results by category to help you get the answers you’re looking for and tools to help you accomplish important tasks such as buying a product, planning a trip or finding a local business as quickly as possible. 

Bing Top Features

  • Auto-Suggest – Offers intelligent alternatives for search queries
  • Instant Answers – Serves up information within search results, eliminating the need to click on anything
  • Best Match – Provides useful links and information for definitive sites
  • Related Searches – Points to deeper information available with one click
  • Deep Links – Enables easy, direct access to relevant content within a site
  • Quick View – Summarizes a Web site at a glance, before clicking through to the site
  • Smart Video Preview – Previews a 30-second clip of videos simply by scrolling onto them
  • Infinite Scroll – Provides easily browsed image results without clicking to a new page
  • Quick Tabs – Tailors search results with one click

Bing Tips and Tricks

1) Access full features of Bing.com

To explore all the options inside Bing, which may not be available in your region, visit here and set English – US as your default region. You can now use all the Bing features from anywhere.

2) How can I find a weather forecast?

In the search box, type the name of the city followed by weather or forecast.

London Forecast

london weather

3) How can I convert from one unit to another?

In the Bing search box, type the quantity, followed by in, followed by the conversion. For example, type 10 kilometers in miles. Another example could be 50 degrees F in Celsius. The operator ‘in’convert units of measurements for distance, weight, time, volume, and temperature.

4) Finding Live Financial Quotes Instantly

In the search box, just type ticker symbols that are used to represent companies in stock markets followed by stock or quote. For example to find the financial quotes of International Business Machine, type IBM stock or IBM quote.

5) Retrieving Statistical Information

In the Bing.com search box, type what you want to find. For example, population of USA, or cars in US.

6) Solving simple Mathematical Equations

In the search box, type the equation that you want to solve or the constant that you want to find the value of. The following examples show some of the simple mathematical calculations and conversions that you can type in the search box.

  • Calculations: Get answers to arithmetic problems. For example:


sqrt 4

sin 10 * 40

14% of 94

  • Equation solver: Solve simple algebraic equations. For example:


2y^2 + 5y + 10 = 40

Solve 2x + 7 = 4

7) How do I find Hotels in a particular city?

While planning for a holiday, you must be looking for hotels, try some of these examples:

Vegas hotels

hotels in Orlando

San Francisco hotels

8) Tracking Flight Status instantly.

To see the flight status, try some of these examples:

  • flight status for United – Bing will prompt you to enter the flight number on the first result itself. Enter the flight number and press ‘Get Status’ button.
  • flight status – Bing will prompt you to enter the flight name and number on the first result itself. Enter the flight name and number and press ‘Get Status’ button.
  • ua820 – If you know the flight number then bing.com will retrieve the flight status of ua820 instantly.

9) Get quick access to flight deals and cheap tickets.

If you are planning for a holiday then you must be searching for cheap air tickets.To get the cheap flight deals, try some of following examples:

  • Deals on specific routes: flights from Seattle to Boston
  • Deals from a specific city: flights from San Diego
  • Deals to a specific city: flights to Boston

Advanced search keywords for Bing

Sometime Bing.com provides the search results which may be irrelevant to you. Walking through number of pages is very annoying and time consuming activity. Using advanced keywords you can limit the search results so that you find only what you want. Don’t include a space after the colon in these keywords.

10) Search sites with associated filetype

To search for websites that contain links to Microsoft Windows Media Audio (.wma) files, type music contains:wma. The keyword ‘contains:’ Keeps results focused on sites that have links to the file types that you specify.

11) Search files or document of particular filetype.

To find files or document created in PDF format, type your subject, followed by filetype:pdf. Returns only webpages created in the file type that you specify. For example, SEO filetype:pdf will retrieve results with filetype pdf only. If you search for SEO filetype:doc, then the bing.com will retrieve results with MS Office word document. You can use any filetype you are searching for.

12) Find MP3 Music Files



The keyword contains:’ retrieve the results that have links to the file types that you specify. For example, if you type britney spears contains:mp3 will show pages that are about the singer and that also link to MP3 files. You can search for other music file formats.

13) To Find websites hosted by a specific IP address

Type the ip: keyword, followed by the IP address of the website. For example, IP: Note, The IP address must be a dotted quad address

14) Return webpages for a specific language

To find results in a particular language just specify the language code directly after the language:keyword. For example if you are searching for antiques then type “antiques” language:en.

15) Adding emphasis to a search term

To find results about football but that primarily pertain to the organization, type football prefer:organization. ‘prefer:’ adds emphasis to a search term or another operator to help focus the search results.

16) Return webpages from a specific country or region

Specify the country or region code directly after the loc: keyword. You can use a logical OR to include one more language. For example, To see webpages about sculpture from the U.S. or Great Britain, type sculpture (loc:US OR loc:GB). Image results can be accessed at the bottom of the page.

17) Return webpages from a website

To see webpages about blogging from the BBC or CNN websites, type “blogging” (site:bbc.co.uk OR site:cnn.com). To focus on two or more domains, we have used a logical ORto group the domains.

18) To find RSS or Atom feeds

To find RSS or Atom feeds about baseball, type feed:baseball.

19) Find RSS or Atom feeds of particular website

To find webpages on the New York Times website that contain RSS or Atom feeds,

type site:www.nytimes.com hasfeed:football. ‘hasfeed:’Finds webpages that contain an RSS or Atom feed on a website for the terms you search for.

20) Check if website is listed in Bing.com

To verify that the Microsoft domain is in the index, type url:yoursite.com. For example,

url:aboutonlinetips.com must return a single result. Similarly, you can test your own blog or websites. Make sure, in robot.txt file, you have allowed bing.com to index your website or blog.

21) To Check number of webpages indexed in Bing.com

Type site:yoursite.com to see how many pages have been actually indexed in bing.com. For example, site:aboutonlinetips.com.

22) Export Session History directly to SkyDrive

Many times we look for information we came across in a previous search. Session History remembers your queries within a single browser session for up to 48 hours. You can also save your searches in a local folder or to your Windows Live SkyDrive folders for future use using enhanced My Search Folders view. . Alternatively, you may send your search queries to a friend via email or publish them on your Facebook account via Bing.

  • Click on “manage” link underneath the list of previous search queries at the bottom of the Explore Pane.
  • The history management page appears. From here you can browse through past searches, the clicked sites and the time, identify the query you’re looking for, and click on the link to pick up where you left off.
  • To save a search, click on “Save and Share” on the right of the screen. From there, you will see your recent searches and the results you clicked on. Simply check the boxes next to the results you want to save, and hit the “Save” button at the top. From there, you can create a new folder into which you would like the result saved or create a new one. You can save the results directly on your local drive, or you can sign in with your Windows Live ID and save the results to your Windows Live SkyDrive. As well, you can easily send search results to your friends via e-mail, MSN Messenger and your Facebook feed.

23) Watch Preview of Hulu Videos

With Bing you can watch shot previews of Hulu video even if you are living outside US. Just search for any TV show episode on Bing Videos (see example) and hover the mouse over any of the video thumbnail to watch a short clip.

  • Click on “Videos” from the Bing Home Page.
  • Click on “TV Shows” from the Explore Pane.
  • Note the easy navigation of genre from the Explore Pane and the center search results pane.
  • Now, search for “house” from the top search box.
  • In the Explore Pane, click on “Source” and choose from where you want to see your results. If you want to see full-length, high-quality video, choose Hulu.

24) Determine Job Salary

Job Salary Provides users with salary information based on job title and location. For example – Type Seattle software engineer salaryprogrammer pay in Seattlesoftware engineer pay

25) Getting snow report instantly

Give a quick snapshot of snow conditions at mountain resorts worldwide during the season. Just type ‘snow report’ followed by a city For example, type snow report Denver.

26) Determine Area Codes

Area Codes Looks up the location of an area code or ZIP code. Just type area code followed by code. For example, area code 724

27) Currency Converter

No need to search for a currency converter. Just type ‘convert 100 dollars to yen’ for currency conversion from dollars to yen.

28) Track Packages

Actively Tracks DHL, UPS and other packages by tracking number. Just type the package number in the search field of bing.com. For example, type DHL 2710172150


29) Get the Used Car history

Vehicle lookup by VIN provides protection against buying a used car with costly, hidden problems. Just type the VIN number and hit the search button. For example, type 3fafp11392r187591

30) Combine or Excluding words

Use the OR and NOTkeywords to combine or exclude words. For example, if you use Apple NOTRed, you will get results for Apple but not for Red Apples. This feature is currently available only in select countries and regions.

31) Search for exact phrase

If you are searching for exact phrases then make sure that you place the search words within quotation marks. For example, “money making blog”. The feature is very useful when you are looking for some particular error message while developing any application or tool.

Internet Explorer (IE8) – Addons for Bing

1) Bing Search

Integrate Bing to your IE8 browser. Once integrated type the search term and bing.com will provide you with real time relevant search suggestions. Add Bing Search to IE8 here.

2) Weather from Bing

To get the instant weather updates from your city just type your city + “weather” on the page that pops up and click on the Bing result that you can subscribe to as a Web Slice. Add Weather from Bing to IE8 here. Note: currently works in US market only.

3) Bing Maps

Quickly map any address or location inside your browser with the Bing Maps Accelerator. Add Bing Maps to IE8 here.

4) Bing Translator

It is a free online language translation service for text and web pages. Easily translate any text on any webpage with this Accelerator. Add Bing Translator to IE8 here. You can use Microsoft Translator for language translation.

5) Bing Shopping

If you are looking for instant product prices, cashback offers, reviews and other relevant information and helps you save when shopping online, then Bing Shopping addon may do wonders for you. Add Bing Shopping to IE8 here.

6) Finance from Bing

Just type the ticker symbol (msft, for example for Microsoft), to get stock information and Bing displays rich stock information. You can also subscribe to as a Web Slice. Add Finance from Bing to IE8 here.

7) Traffic from Bing

Type your city “traffic” (For example, Orlando traffic) and Bing provides a result that you can subscribe to as a Web Slice. Note: currently works in US market only. Add Traffic from Bing to IE8 here.

8) Bing Maps for Outlook

You can actively plan your appointments and meeting requests with – Bing Maps for Outlook. The addon will not send e-mail addresses or information regarding the time and date of your appointments or meeting requests and thereby protecting your privacy. Add Bing Maps for Outlook to IE8 here.

9) Bing Image Search

If you want to search images in bing.com directly from the IE8 then add this wonderful Addon. It searches for Images within Bing. Add Bing Image Search to IE8 here.

You can also search for information on your mobile using Bing for Mobile. If you are looking for local information or looking for directions then ‘Bing For Mobile’ will provide an easy way to find details and directions.


  • You don’t have to type the word AND between your search words. By default, all the searches are AND.
  • You must capitalize the NOT and OR operators. Otherwise, Bing Search will ignore them.
  • You can type up to 150 characters, including spaces, in the search box.
  • Only the first 10 terms are used to get search results
  • Term grouping and Boolean operators are supported in the following preferred order:

parentheses ()

quotation marks 

NOT + –


OR |

Source : aboutonlinetips

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“Who’s playing against OSU this week?”

“I don’t know. I’ll google it.”

Although Google is the only search engine to pop up as a part of speech in Webster’s, the search engine giant has been feeling the heat from competitor, Bing. Our first whiffs of Bing came from word association TV spots that made us laugh but got us thinking: what IS this thing?

So we googled it. And what we found was a slick screen and a search bar, leaving us with a new question: how is this any different from Google?

What’s the difference?



To start off, Bing’s homepage differs from Google by keeping it interesting with its ever changing photo. However, Google’s plain screen has its advantages. The all-white look is sleeker, making it seem less cluttered. Users feel like they’re starting with a clean slate.

Once a search is conducted, Google brings up a litany of results ranked from most to least relevant. It’s new Google Instant feature attempts to give users that extra push towards more specific searches to make the more relevant searcher even MORE relevant.  Bing takes a slightly different approach by categorizing answers into instant answers, deep links, multimedia and other relevant categories. This targets user results and makes them easier to shift through. Google does provide results filter options on its SERP, but the user must filter the results manually.

When it comes to Google vs. Bing, it’s hard to say which is “better”. In the end it depends on what you’re looking for in terms of search.

More than results

If you want to go beyond getting good results, Google has the upper hand on the extra “stuff”. Things like Gmail, Google Docs, Google Talk and Google Reader make it easier for Google to keep users coming back. If you’re chatting with a friend on GChat and need to look up some info before sharing a presentation from your Google Docs, no doubt Google will be on the brain.

Source : globotimes

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Bing has rolled out new educational-themed search results aimed at helping students and teachers. 

In a continued effort to offer more educational resources for students and teachers, Bing has rolled out new specialized searches in a number of areas, including constellations, molecules, royal ancestries and citations. The site has also incorporated the “World of Word” game into search results and a virtual Rubik’s Cube.

Here’s a quick hit list of the education-themed search features Bing rolled out yesterday:

Constellation searches: A query for “constellations” or a specific constellation name now returns Bing’s interactive constellation viewer at the top of the search results. Using location technology, the constellation tool will display whatever stars and constellations are currently above or below the horizon


Molecule searches: Bing has launched 2-D models for any molecule query. Searches for molecules like methane (shown below), C4h2 molecule or h2o molar mass will return the interactive 2-D representation of the molecules at the top of search results.


Royal family tree searches: Queries for specific royal families and family members — including “Queen Elizabeth II family tree” or “House of Tudor” — will return an interactive ancestry tool at the top of search results.


Citations searches: For students writing papers, Bing now has a citation tool that will list sample citation text. For example, a search for “apa citation book” will display the correct way to list a book citation according to APA standards.

Along with APA standards, Bing’s citation tool includes MLA and Chicago Manual of Style examples for websites, books, videos and journals.

World of Words game play: Bing has added the “World of Words” interactive game to search results for word-play searches. A query like “words that start with a” or “words containing b and end with k” will surface the “World of Words” tool at the top of search results.

Rubik’s Cube solver: Bing now has a virtual Rubik’s Cube with rotate and drag functions to manipulate everyone’s favorite toy from the 80s. A search for “Rubik’s Cube solver or “Rubik’s Cube” will return the interactive Rubik’s Cube. Players can work the puzzle on their own or use Bing’s instant solver tool to see step-by-step directions to solve it.


In addition to its most recent educational tools, Bing launched a periodic table directly in search, as well as an interactive times table and geometry calculator earlier this year.

Source : Search Engine Land

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A year after Google launched their mobile-friendly testing tool, Bing has launched their own similar version, the Bing Mobile Friendliness Test Tool.

Bing announced the release of their mobile friendliness test tool today. This was promised to us back in May 2015, when Bing told us they were working on a mobile-friendly Bing ranking algorithm. It was actually expected in the late summer but was delayed.

The tool evaluates a page to check if it is mobile-friendly based on these criteria:

  • Viewport and Zoom control configuration
  • Width of page content
  • Readability of text on the page
  • Spacing of links and other elements on the page
  • Use of incompatible plug-ins

Here is a screen shot of the tool in action. As you can see, it shows a preview of the site on the right side:


Bing has not yet announced the launch of their mobile-friendly algorithm; that may come soon.

Bing’s blog post does include a lot of detail on why a website might fail any of the above criteria, so check it out. You can access the tool at this URL.

Google launched their mobile-friendly testing tool just about a year ago today.

Source : http://searchengineland.com

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The deal is aimed at boosting mobile search volume and share for the Bing network.

Microsoft has struck a syndication deal with CBS Interactive for the Bing search network.

The partnership makes Bing Ads the exclusive search provider for some CBS Interactive sites, including Findarticles.com, Searchnow.com, Store.com, and ZDsearch.com. Bing will also provide search solutions for properties like CNET.com, MySimon.com and Search.com. The deal includes traffic from all devices in Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom and United States.

With 70 percent of search volume on the CBS Interactive portfolio coming from mobile devices, syndication could give Bing a bit of a stronger mobile story. Bing currently has less than 3 percent mobile market share in the US — well below Google’s more than 91 percent and behind Yahoo’s 5 percent share — according to Statista. CBS Interactive claims more than 300 monthly visitors across its sites.

“CBS Interactive will help us bring additional scale and opportunity to advertisers and marketers as we continue our mission to connect customers with publishers and audiences in ways that will maximize ROI for their marketing campaigns,” said Steve Sirich, General Manager of Bing Ads Marketing at Microsoft, in a statement.

“Partnering with Bing allows us to provide an enhanced search experience to deliver quality results and incremental value to both users and marketers alike,” said Shane McGilloway, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Development at CBS Interactive. “The Bing Network team delivers valuable insights, business intelligence and an enhanced platform for paid search advertising.”

Over the past two years, syndication deals have been a key focus for growing Bing market share. Bing has entered into deals with AOL, Yahoo, The Wall Street Journal, Apple’s Siri and Spotlight search, and Amazon Fire, among others.

Source : http://searchengineland.com/

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When it comes to search, it can often seem that Google is the only show in town, so it’s interesting to note that Microsoft’s Bing search engine is now powering as many as 20% of the UK’s online searches.

Comscore reports that Bing has surpassed 20 percent market share in the UK. So what’s driving this growth? Reports suggest that strategic syndication partnerships with firms like Gumtree and new services such as Bing Shopping and Bing Ads Editor for Mac have helped too

Raven Beeston of Bing UK says: “These figures clearly demonstrate Bing’s growing presence within the search market. We’ve already seen great success, and our journey is only just getting started. Over the past year, we’ve announced syndication partnerships, and new product launches, showcasing Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to search. Bing understands the conversations that consumers are having, and empowers marketers to harness these insights to make meaningful connections.”

Do you use Bing as a searcher or an advertiser to driver your sales?

Source : http://tamebay.com/2016/09/bing-gains-20-share-of-uk-search.html

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When people think of search engines, the first name that comes to mind is often Google. It’s one of the most enduring brand names, and it has even worked its way into mainstream vernacular, and today many people substitute the phrase “searched online” for “Googled”. According to comScore, Inc., Google and its affiliated websites comprise 67.6% of the search engine market share in the United States, and, according to Netmarketshare 66.44% worldwide.

Though prominent, Google is not the only search engine available. There are innumerable others that provide various interfaces, search algorithms, and other unique features. Many even base their search algorithms around specific philosophies, ones that often attract brand-new audiences.

In descending order, the remaining most popular search engine companies in the United States, by market share after Google, are Microsoft (18.7%), Yahoo (10.0%), Ask Network (2.4%), and AOL (1.3%), according to ComScore report.

Likewise, according to December 2014 data, the remaining most popular search engines worldwide by market share are Baidu (11.15%), Bing (10.29%), Yahoo! (9.31%), and AOL (0.53%).

The exact data is highly variable based on who’s reporting it, and it varies even further on a month-to-month basis. But generally speaking, the ranking order does not vary much.

This list does not necessarily include the 12 most used or well-known search engines after Google; instead, it includes search engines that differ from one another in terms of history, philosophy, content, targeted audiences, and other variables. With that in mind, lets take a look at 12 of the most underrated search engines.


Based on comScore’s data, the next most powerful player in the search engine industry is Microsoft and its search engine, Bing.

Key differences between the two engines, according to the New York Times, lie in backdrop, search tools, and the amount of information offered on the immediate search page. Bing sports striking, engaging home pages, a display tool when searching for airline flights, aggregate restaurant rating badges, and more. One popular feature is its “linkfromdomain:” search term. This term allows users to see the most frequently used outgoing link from a given site. This can provide easy access to research pages or recommended sites from a trusted source.

Another operator, contains:FILETYPE, allows users to search by file type. Researchers and students with specific softwares may search specifically for PDFs, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, different photo types, and more universal file types on a whim. This helps to rule out unnecessary documents.

bing filetype operator

Bing’s clean interface particularly excels when searching for videos. The video searches don’t integrate well with text searches on Google. On Bing, the listed videos fit neatly side-by-side in an interface that best accommodates them. This helps to cut down on the amount of time a user would spend scrolling.

Bing hasn’t been shy in comparing itself to Google, either. It has even launched a website titled “Bing It On which directly compares its search results to those of Google.


Another powerful competitor in the search engine market is the long-enduring Yahoo. For many, Yahoo is much more than a search engine; it’s an online Swiss Army knife.

In addition to its search engine, the Yahoo Web portal offers easy access to its news aggregator, games center, retail options, travel guide, horoscope, and other varied features. Yahoo Finance is a popular aggregate for some of the best financial news available, combining information from CNN Money, The Street, and more.

Another extraordinarily well-used feature of Yahoo is Yahoo Answers, which is a forum that allows people to phrase questions in ways the traditional search engines have difficulty handling. Other users can view questions and use their background knowledge and tailor their answers in a personalized manner.

Other popular aspects of Yahoo include easy photo sharing (facilitated by Yahoo’s purchase of Flickr), local news through Yahoo Local, and myriad entertainment options. By having all these convenient features in one place, users rarely have to venture elsewhere if they don’t want to.


Founded in Russia in 1997, Yandex has quickly risen to become the country’s premier search engine. Since 2010, it has gone worldwide and become a popular resource for those looking for easy-to-use search pages between different languages. Its translation and cross-lingual search options are featured prominently on its homepage, and it accommodates English, Russian, German, French, and smaller Eastern European languages. This allows bilingual searchers or students working on language projects to more easily find whatever it is they’re looking for.

yandex search engine


The search engine formerly known as “Ask Jeeves” was easily one of Google’s greatest competitors during the early days of the World Wide Web. Though not the hot commodity it once was, it remains popular for its accommodation of natural, colloquial language. After a user poses a question, it provides possible answers and a large list of other pertinent questions.

Ask’s historic accommodation of vernacular has, in essence, found a spiritual successor through voice commands and searches on mobile devices. Thanks to Apple’s Siri (which relies on Bing) and the Google app, there’s less stigma over voice commands, and they’re becoming more popular. With Siri, users are directly able to bypass using their other apps or search engines by just asking their phone a question.

Though Ask may have popularized the use of dialectal searches, it unfortunately is not as well-integrated with the programs that now champion them.


For those unsure of which search engine to use, many default to Dogpile — the engine that aggregates from pretty much everyone else.

Like Ask, Dogpile is another site with early online history and considerable brand loyalty. Search results (from Google, Yahoo, Yandex, and more) are set upon a focused interface of white and varying shades of blue. Many prefer Dogpile for its chic design, comprehensive answers, and a template that doesn’t prove too distracting or cluttered.

dogpile search engine

Its listed features include: Category Links, Yellow Pages, White Pages, Statistics Bar, Search Finder, Preferences, Spelling Correction, About Results, and Favorite Fetches. A user’s Dogpile experience is easily personalized to a user’s liking.


Many Internet users are unfamiliar with the Deep Web. According to CNN, the Deep Web encompasses everything traditional search engines having trouble finding. Pages in the Deep Web may be relatively unconnected to other parts of the Internet or housed on private networks.

yippy search engine

Search engine Yippy (formerly Clusty) searches the Web using other search engines, but it provides results in the form of “clouds” instead of traditional search methods. This makes it more likely to find pages that would be otherwise buried or nearly impossible to find using search engines like Google or Yahoo. Though Yippy doesn’t have the ability to scour the every corner of the Deep Web (no search engine does), it is much more capable and efficient at finding pages for users with more obscure and niche tastes.

Duck Duck Go

With a name based on the popular kids’ game Duck Duck Goose, Duck Duck Go is a website that many find as approachable, user-friendly, and engaging as the game.

Duck Duck Go’s first priority is protecting user privacy. Many adults of all ages find themselves concerned over identity theft and hacking; these issues regularly appear on both local and national news. This search engine doesn’t reach into your history, email, or social media workings to drum up relevant information. Two totally different people can search the same term and get identical results.

The search engine also maintains a handy infinite scroll option (no need to click to other pages), reduced advertising spam, and prompts to help clarify a question.


First launched back in 2000, EntireWeb is a search engine that requires pages to submit their websites to it for free. This results in a much less crowded search space and guarantees those who submit are less likely to be drowned out by other competition. Queries can be submitted for regular Web search, image search, or real-time search.


Created just a few years ago in 2010, blekko (with a stylized lowercase “b”) is the search engine clearly inspired by Twitter. While Twitter (and now other social media sites) has “hashtags,” blekko has “slashtags.” When searching something in its database, blekko provides users with a series of related key words with which to narrow their search.

For instance, searching “celebrity news” on blekko turns up the slashtags for Top Results, Gossip, Magazine, and Latest. Blekko’s interface, which combines minimalist squares and a varied color palette, is considered very user-friendly.

blekko search engine results page example


Recent years have seen an uptick in people’s interest in engaging technology in an ethical manner. As corporations such as Google and Microsoft continue to grow steadily more powerful, people have been better scrutinizing where their money and attention go.

Goodsearch is a search engine for the charitable. Fueled by Yahoo, Goodsearch allows users to pick a cause of their choice; this can be a nonprofit organization or school. Upon selecting their target, Goodsearch will begin donating 50% of its revenue from that user to their cause. To date, Goodsearch has donated well over $11 million to a variety of sources. According to Goodsearch, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has received more than $50,000, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has received more than $18,000 from the website.

goodsearch search engine donation exa,mple

In recent years, Goodsearch has earned the attention of many celebrities, including Zooey Deschanel, Jessica Biel, and Montel Williams.


Another search engine boasting enormous social and trust capital is GigaBlast. Founded in 2000, GigaBlast is, according to its LinkedIn page, the “leading clean-energy search engine.” An impressive 90% of its energy usage comes from harnessed wind energy, and the company maintains fewer than 10 employees.

Though it’s physically small, its power is big. GigaBlast indexes well over 10 billion pages of content. As environmental issues become more prominent in public consciousness, people are more likely to turn to sites like GigaBlast.


Though a relative unknown in the United States, Chinese search engine Baidu is a juggernaut on the international scene. It’s the top search engine in China (with 62% of search engine market share in 2013), and it is the second most popular search engine in the world.

“China’s Google,” as it is nicknamed, has been steadily growing since its incorporation in 2000, and it has recently begun courting English-speaking developers. Its features include searchable webpages, audio files, and images, a collaborative encyclopedia, and a bustling discussion forum. Thanks to its savvy smartphone integration, it has leapt past its immediate competitor, Qihoo 360, which now has only 21% of the Chinese search engine market share.


If Baidu manages to continue its domestic success abroad, it might not be long before it does become a household name in the United States.

In Conclusion

Once-popular search engines like AOL.com and InfoSeek have either died out or are now sock-puppeted by their former competitors. InfoSeek attempted to charge for searches, failed, adjusted by depending on gaudy banner advertisements, became a generic “portal,” and was finally salvaged by Google. As AOL declined after its merger with Time Warner, so did its search engine. Now it is also part of Google.

Search engines in the preceding list still thrive because they capitalize upon some distinct corner of the market. For some, that market involves corporate social responsibility (Goodsearch, GigaBlast), social trends (Blekko), privacy concerns (Duck Duck Go), or utility (Yippy, Dogpile). Giants like Google, Bing, and Yahoo largely dominate the general market, so the others have had to specialize to survive.

Source : https://www.searchenginejournal.com/going-beyond-google-comprehensive-list-search-engines/123880/

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Well it’s been a big week for search, I think we can all agree.

If you’re a regular Google user (65% of you globally) then you’ll have noticed some changes, both good and bad.

I won’t debate the merits of these improvements, we’ve done that already here: Google kills Right Hand Side Ads and here: Google launches Accelerated Mobile Pages, but there’s a definite feeling of vexation that appears to be coming to a head.

Deep breath…

As the paid search space increases in ‘top-heaviness’, as organic results get pushed further off the first SERP, as the Knowledge Graph scrapes more and more publisher content and continues to make it pointless to click through to a website, and as our longstanding feelings of unfairness over Google’s monopoly and tax balance become more acute, now more than ever we feel there should be another, viable search engine alternative.

There was a point not that long ago when you could easily divide people between those that used Google, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves and AltaVista. Now it’s got to the point where if you’re not using Google, you’re not really using the internet properly.

Right now though maybe we should be paying more attention to the alternatives. Maybe our daily lives and, for some of us, careers shouldn’t need to balance on the fickle algorithm changes of the world’s most valuable company.

Let’s see what else is out there in the non-Google world. It’s not that scary, I promise. Although you may want to bring a coat.

Please note: this is an update of an article published on SEW in May 2014, we felt like it needed sprucing up especially many of the listed engines (Blekko, Topsy) are no longer with us.


Microsoft’s search engine is the second most popular search engine in the world, with 15.8% of the search market.

Bing homepage


But why should you use Bing? Lifehacker has some great articles where they try to convince themselves as much as anyone else why Bing is a serious contender to Google. Plus points include:

  • Bing’s video search is significantly better than Google’s, giving you a grid of large thumbnails that you can click on to play or preview if you hover over them.
  • Bing often gives twice as many autocomplete suggestions than Google does.
  • Bing can predict when airfares are about to go up or down if you’re searching for flights.
  • Bing also has a feature where if you type linkfromdomain:[site name] it will highlight the best ranked outgoing links from that site, helping you figure out which other sites your chosen site links to the most.

Also note that Bing powers Yahoo’s search engine.


The key feature of DuckDuckGo is that it doesn’t retain its users’ data, so it won’t track you or manipulate results based on your behaviour. So if you’re particularly spooked by Google’s all-seeing, all-knowing eye, this might be the one for you.

DuckDuckGo homepage

There’s lots more info on DuckDuckGo’s performance here.


As Google gets better and better at answering more complicated questions, it will never be able to match the personal touch available with Quora.


Ask any question and its erudite community will offer their replies. Or you can choose from any similar queries previously asked.


Dogpile may look like a search engine you cobbled together with clip-art, but that’s rather the point as it pulls in and ‘curates’ results from various different engines including Google, Yandex and Yahoo, but removes all the ads.

Dogpile Web Search


Of course if you’re going to give up Google, then you’ll also have to give up YouTube, which can be a terrifying prospect. But there is an alternative. And a pretty good one at that… Vimeo.. The professional’s choice of video-sharing site, which has lots of HD video and no ads.

otis the cat reviews in videos on Vimeo



This is a Russian portal, offering many similar products and services as Google, and it’s the dominant search engine in Russia.

As you can see it offers results in a nice logical format, replete with favicons so you can clearly see the various channels for your branded queries.

search engine watch on Yandex


If you want to get into the nitty-gritty of a subject with a variety of different points of view away from the major publications, Boardreader surfaces results purely from forums, message boards and, of course, Reddit.

Boardreader Forum Search Engine

Boardreader Forum Search Engine


WolframAlpha is a ‘computational knowledge engine’, or super clever nerd to you and me. Ask it to calculate any data or ask it about any fact and it will give you the answer. Plus it does this awesome ‘computing’ thing while it thinks about your answer (which can take a short while.)

what really killed the dinosaurs Wolfram Alpha

It’s not always successful, you have to practice how to get the best from it. But at least it’s aware of the terrible 90s television show The Dinosaurs.


Another search engine that puts its users’ privacy at the forefront. With IxQuick none of your details are stored and no cookies are used. A user can set preferences, but they will be deleted after 90 days of inactivity.

Ixquick Search Engine


Oh look… Ask Jeeves is still around. Also he’s no longer a Wodehousian butler, but a computer generated bank manager. Weird.

Ask Jeeves

It’s still a slightly mediocre search engine pretending to be a question and answer site, but the ‘Popular Q&A’ results found on the right hand side are very handy if Jeeves himself can’t satisfy your query. And what a good use of the right-hand side space, huh Google.


SlideShare is a really handy place to source information from presentations, slide decks, webinars and whatever else you may have missed from not attending a conference.


You’ll also be surprised what information you can find there.

hamburgers on SlideShare


“Inhale the web” with the friendly looking hoover guy by creating your own topic page, which you can bookmark and see results from a huge number of channels in that one page (including Google, Bing News, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr).

Addictomatic Inhale the Web


Creative Commons Search

CC Search is particularly handy if you need to find copyright free images for your website (as discussed in this post on image optimisation for SEO). Just type your query in then click on your chosen site you want to search.

CC Search


Because really, when it comes down to it, we could imagine a worse dystopian future than one in which we all communicate entirely in Gifs.

GIPHY homepage


Source : https://searchenginewatch.com/2016/02/25/say-goodbye-to-google-14-alternative-search-engines/

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