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You just cannot ignore the fact that when you think about searching online for your assignments and projects, the first name that comes to your mind is Google. However, when it comes to academic research, Google search engine does not serve the purpose as it does in most cases. Its search results are not perfectsome times. Thisdoesn’t mean that it is the end of the world for students trying to collect academic data online. Apart from Google, there are a number of search engines thatare especially designed for the purpose of academic research.They can help you get your hands on relevant information without going through irrelevant or low-quality pages.

Given below is a list of some of the best academic search engines that will help you get the research material you want quickly and easily, and without compromising on quality.

Academic Info

 contains an in-depth directory of the most useful links and resources within a specific subject area. You can browse through this website to get a list of useful academic websites for research. This site also offers online degrees, online courses and distance learning information from a selection of online accredited schools.

iSeek Education

 is easily one of the best and widely used search engines for academic research on the internet. It has been especially designed keeping the students, teachers and scholarsin mind. This search engine only shows reliable and relevant resultsthat ultimately save your time and enable you to get your work done quickly. You can find safe, authoritative, intelligent and time-saving resources with iSeek.

Virtual LRC

 or The Virtual Learning Resources Centre allows you to explore educational sites with high-quality information. It has indexed thousands of academic information websites. On top of that, with custom Google search, you will be able to get more refined results, which will help you complete your research in less time. It has been organized by teachers and library professionals around the world to provide students with great resources for academic assignments and projects.In short, Virtual LRC is the best place to start looking for research material that can help you in your studies.  

Refseek

 is an academic search engine which is simpler than Google even in appearance. Refseek does not claim to offer more results than Google.Instead, it removes results that are not related to science, academia and research. The best thing about Refseek is that you can search for information related to your subject without getting distracted by sponsored links.With a database of over 1 billion documents, web pages, books, journals, newspapers, online encyclopedias and articles,Refseek is your ultimate companion for academic research.

Google Scholar

As the name suggests, is an academic search engine from the house of Google. Especially designed to search for scholarly literature, it helps you find relevant informationfrom the world of scholarly research. With Google Scholar, you can exploremany sources such as books, dissertations, articles and abstracts from various academic publishers, professional societies, universities and other websites. In May 2014, third-party researchers estimated that Google Scholar database contains roughly 160 million documents.

Microsoft Academic Search

 is a great search engine from the software giant Microsoft. It gives you the ability to explore more than 38 million publications. One of the best features of this search engine is that it provides trends, graphs and maps for your academic research. It contains more than 40 million publications and 20 million authors.

Conclusion

If you want your work to be of high quality, then you certainly need to gather information from genuine and reliable sources. The sources mentioned above can be of great help to you in making your research powerful. Ultimately, they will enable you to submit quality projects and assignments.

Author : Liana Daren

Source : http://www.teachercast.net/2016/03/01/6-best-search-engines-academic-research/

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When talking about search engines, most people only think of Google. Very few people seem to realize there are other popular search engines out there, even though they usually own a smaller market share. DuckDuckGo recently revealed that they surpassed the milestone of 14 million searches in a single day. As of December 2016, the platform has been gaining a lot of popularity.

THINGS ARE LOOKING GOOD FOR DUCKDUCKGO

Competing with search engine giants such as Google and Bing is not an easy feat for any company. Smaller search engines, such as Wolfram Alpha and DuckDuckGo, have been somewhat struggling to gain market traction. That being said, things have been improving for DuckDuckGo, as December 2016 has been one of their busiest months in history.

Earlier this week, the company revealed how they served over 10 billion searches since launch. Interestingly enough, over 4 billion of those searches occurred in December of 2016. Considering Google and Bing have not had major issues ever since that time, this news has come as quite a surprise. Then again, DuckDuckGo positions itself as the only search engine that does not track its users.

Other good news for DuckDuckGo come in the form of their increased number of daily search queries. About a year ago, the platform served between eight and nine million searches per day. That number surpassed 14 million on January 9th of this year, which is quite a spectacular growth. It appears a lot of internet users want more privacy and transparency when it comes to search results. With all searches being conducted in an anonymous manner, there are no data records about user behavior either.

DuckDuckGo is quite pleased with this development, even though the company is growing a lot faster than even the owners have predicted. With more people actively looking to reduce their digital footprint, it is not unlikely DuckDuckGo will continue to see accelerated growth moving forward. Consumers feel a search engine provider should not retain information regarding their activity, yet that is exactly what Google and Bing are doing.

DuckDuckGo has been making headlines for other positive reasons as well. The company recently donated US$225,000 to other companies working on raising the standard of trust online. Government scrutiny, mass surveillance, and data harvesting are all threatening consumer privacy when using the Internet. More and more consumers want to be shielded from unwanted scrutiny, and that situation is also affecting the search engine market right now.

Although there is still a long way to go before companies such as DuckDuckGo can take a real market share away from Google and Bing, things are heading in the right direction. It takes time to gain traction in a market dominated by two players, especially when considering both search engines are operated by two of the largest technology giants in the world. Slowly but surely the public perception of search engines is changing, that much is certain.

Author : JP Buntinx

Source : https://themerkle.com/duckduckgo-sees-significant-growth-as-consumers-look-for-privacy-centric-search-engines/

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The Internet search engine Yandex.ru is nowadays the most popular website in Russia. More than 25 million people use this resource daily. An annual income of over 200 million Euros makes Yandex the richest Internet company in the country. How did Yandex manage to become so successful and what methods did its inventors use to beat their business rivals?

The story of the search engine Yandex.ru began in Moscow in the 1980s. Back then a young mathematician Arkady Volozh worked in a research institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and did a study on different methods of processing large volumes of information. The Law on Cooperatives enacted in the Soviet Union in 1988 made it possible for people in the country to start their own businesses.

Volozh and his colleagues decided then to earn money by buying computers in Western Europe and selling them in the USSR. The business model of young entrepreneurs had the following structure: they bought seeds of sunflowers in Russia, transported them to Austria, sold them there and purchased new computers.

Although his business was quite successful, Arkady Volozh had a feeling that trade was not really his cup of tea. What fascinated the young man most was programming. Therefore Volozh eventually made up his mind to stop selling computers and founded together with a friend a company named “CompTek” that would write and design computer programs.

Particularly interesting for Volozh and his business partner was invention of new methods of searching for certain data in large amounts of information. The first products of “CompTek” were computer programs for patent classification (these were sold to diverse scientific institutions and patent offices in Russia) and applications for search of goods and services in catalogues of different companies.

In the early 1990s there existed already various computer search engines on the software market. They were all, however, based on grammar rules of English and thus did not take into account peculiarities of other languages.

In English, for example, there are no grammatical cases and declinations for nouns and adjectives: “I am a good student” and “I know a good student” – the noun and the adjective do not change. In Russian, on the contrary, there are six cases and all nouns and adjectives change their form depending on the case. Just like in the German language: “Ich bin ein guter Student” (“I am a good student”) but “Ich kenne einen guten Studenten” (“I know a good student”). A search for the word “Student” in a German text in one of the search engines would have shown you only the first phrase. The second sentence, where the word has another ending, would not have been displayed.

The same problem was with the Russian verbs that have a lot more conjugation forms than the English ones. Aware of that Arkady Volozh and his business partner came up with the idea of creating a new electronic search method suitable for the Russian language. They invented the so-called “morphological search” that could find not only the exact word entered but also all its grammatical forms and derivatives.

To see how the “morphological search” works, the owners of “CompTek” decided to test it on the Bible. The Old and New Testaments contain lots of various words and phrases that occur in different parts of the text. Already in the 12th century there existed a special book that contained references to all terms and expressions from the Holy Scripture – in which chapter and on which page one could find them.

In the 1990s “CompTek” created a special computer program that helped search for every word or phrase in an electronic text of the Bible. For example, if one entered the word “Faith”, the program displayed references to all verses where this word occurred in all its grammatical forms.

The search engine invented by “CompTek” was named “Yandex”, which is a combination of two words: “Ya” (“I” in Russian) and “Index” – i.e. “Index for me” or “My Index” that helps me find everything I want. There was created a newer version of the program that could be installed into different systems and databases, in order search for necessary data in large amounts of information. There existed, for example, a special application “Yandex.CD” that could conduct a search on a compact disc. Lots of different companies and organizations in Russia bought the program from “CompTek” and used it for their needs.

In the mid-1990s “CompTek” turned its attention to the fast growing World Wide Web and created a new version of “Yandex” for search on the Internet. Subsequently “CompTek” tried to sell the browsing program to different telecommunications companies in Russia for 15 thousand USD but everyone rejected the offer because the price was considered too high. The inventors of “Yandex” decided then to make their own website with an Internet search engine and in September 1997 a new domain www.yandex.ru was launched.

At that time there existed already several other search machines in the Russian part of the Internet but the competitive advantage of “Yandex” over all of them lay in the already mentioned “morphological search” that helped find a lot more references to words and phrases. Furthermore, the browsing system of “Yandex” was partly adapted to the natural language of people and could deal with such complicated inquiries as, for example, “What should one do when a thermometer is broken?” or “Where can I buy a vacuum cleaner?” All these conveniences led to a rapid rise in the popularity of “Yandex” in Russia.

In the year 2000 the trademark “Yandex” left its parent company “CompTek” - a new firm with the name “Yandex” was founded. The value of the newborn company was estimated by experts at15 million USD. The biggest Russian Internet holding “Ru-Net” purchased then one third of all shares of “Yandex” for 5 million 280 thousand dollars. This business deal provided the company with a large sum of money for further development – numerous new services such as “Yandex-Mail”, “Yandex-News” etc. were launched. At this moment “Yandex” also started a brand new marketing campaign with advertising slogans “Yandex finds everything” and “Address all your questions to Yandex”. Since people in Russia saw and heard these slogans daily on TV, Radio and billboards, lots of them started to regard “Yandex” as a unique adviser in the World Wide Web. Phrases like “Let’s ask Yandex!” or “What did Yandex say?” went on to become fixed expressions in the vocabulary of many Russians.

In the first decade of the 21st century “Yandex” became the most visited Russian website on the Internet and with about 60 % market share the largest search engine in the country. Competition with other Internet companies, however, constantly forces “Yandex” to introduce various new services to its customers. In the last few years “Yandex” launched a lot of innovative applications such as “Yandex Postcards” (for making individual greeting cards for friends and family), “Yandex Money” (an electronic payment system for purchasing goods and services on the Internet) and “Yandex Jams” (a special online map for car drivers, that shows all traffic congestions in a selected area).

In spring 2011 “Yandex” raised 1.3 billion USD in an initial public offering on NASDAQ in New York City, which was the biggest U.S. IPO for an Internet company since Google went public in 2004. At the same time the value of the whole company was estimated at over 8 billion USD. Now if we recall, that in the mid-1990s the search engine cost only 15 thousand USD, we can calculate that in 15 years its value increased by more than 500 thousand times.

Author : Vladimir Ustyuzhanin

Source : https://sputniknews.com/voiceofrussia/2012_10_02/The-success-story-of-Yandex-Russian-Google-s-rival/

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If someone asks, the top of the head, which search engines you use or known outside, chances are you naming the regulars: Google, Bing, Yahoo. Internet however is a big place and there are a lot of search engines out there that can meet your very specific requirements.  

General Search Engines

We are skipping the search engines that everyone knows about what you will not see Google, Yahoo or Bing in this list. Here are many other search engines available alternative out there.

AOL

AOL offers search results combined with the contents of AOL. It allows searching for web pages, images and videos, news, tools and more, and also offers filter options.

Yandex

Yandex is a Russian service provider search engine that offers email, maps and more. Its search service allows searching for images, videos and more.

ScrubTheWeb
ScrubTheWeb deliver organic search results and allows the search for web pages available on the list of its only member.

Ecosia

ecosia-org-search-engine

Ecosia is a search engine on the Web, which donates 80% of its surplus income to plant trees. It allows you search the web, images, news, videos and more.

MyWebSearch
MyWebSearch is search engine . Google shows results Allows web search, images, videos, news, commercial products, maps and more.

Teoma
Teoma is an Internet search engine with i ts own algorithm of link popularity. People search for web, images, videos, news, recipes and more is allowed.

InfoSpace

infospace-search-engine

InfoSpace provides white label search and monetization solutions. Its search engine, and to find web pages, images and videos and news.

Explosion Giga
Giga Explosion indexed billions of pages and provides quick information latest. It allows you to search only for web pages , but with filters for improved search results.

Regional search engines

Baidu
Baidu is China search engine to search websites, news, maps, images and audio and video files. It also shows the definitions and allows searches using images. More search engines China: YamYoudaoSogou.

Naver
Naver is South Korea ‘s first web portal that allows searching for web, definitions, images, news, articles, videos and much more besides providing other web services. More search engines South Korea: DaumNate.

Goo
Goo is a portal search engine on Internet and the web of Japan, which tracks mainly Japanese sites and allows web search, images, blogs, maps and even definitions. More search engines Japan: Biglobe.

Rambler
Rambler is a Russian web portal that offers services such as search, email, news portal, portal finance, etc. It allows users search for web and images, and offers filter options.

Seznam
Seznam is an engine of web portals and search for the Czech Republic. It allows anyone to search web pages, maps, photos and videos, definitions, products and more.

SAPO

sapo-search-engine

Portuguese Apontadores Server is a provider of Portuguese services. It offers a search engine that allows web search, images, videos, news and blogs.

Virgilio
Virgilio is an Italian web portal and search engine that allows register to any web pages, images and videos, companies and maps. More search engines Italian: Libero.

Walla
Walla is an Israeli web portal, providing news services, search and email. It allows web search, photos, jobs, commercial products and more.

Diri
Diri is a Bulgarian website and provides web search, news and more services. It allows web search, definitions, flights, blogs, music, videos and more.

Search
The search portal is a web search engine and Switzerland that provides weather, maps, movies and more services. Only allows searching for web pages.

Najdi
Najdi is a search engine for Macedonia. Unlike most search engines, this does not track the sites content and instead uses RSS or other XML sources.

Search Nigeria
Search Nigeria is a web based search engine and portal. It allows people to search the web, images, videos, news, blogs and more pages.

Oertliche Das
Das Oertliche is a German web portal and local directory, which allows users search public places using telephone numbers or street names.

Kid-Safe Search Engines

These search engines provide children with a search service that prevents the entry of materials was improper inappropriate for feeding young ages.

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Social Media Search Engine

Social Mention
Search the mentioned social media and understand social trends.

IceRocket
Blogs search and social networks.

Websta
Search Instagram Instagram tags, user accounts, tables and more

SocialSeeking

social-seeking-media-search-engine

Search through various social networks and media channels such as Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo, etc.

Social Searcher
Search public information networks such as Twitter, Google +, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and more.

Pixnet
A photo sharing and networking online mobile services. Search provides publicly available information including web, images and more jobs.

Image & Icon Search Engines

Iconfinder
A search engine and repository of free icons and payment.

TinEye

tineye-reverse-image-search

reverse image search engine that allows people to search images using pictures.

Picsearch
Image Search on the web.

Twicsy
A Twitter search engine photos.

Spezify
Image Search social networks like Instagram, Facebook and others.

Knowledge Search Engines

Ask.com
Ask is a search engine cum community questions and answers that allows web search, images, videos and news. You can also ask questions for quick answers.

eHow

ehow-search-engine

eHow is one of the oldest web sites questions and answers that allows people to search on almost any topic – from home decor to food and finance to legal.

Answers
Answers is an engine question-answer and community that allows users search for answers. You can ask directly to questions and answers sites accurately.

Wolfram Alpha

wolfram-alpha

Wolfram Alpha is a computational knowledge engine and search looking answers to factual questions, find pictures, solve calculations and does much more.

ChaCha
ChaCha is a human guided search engine. Provides , free real – time answers to any questions via their website. It is also entries galleries and online contests.

Quora
A question and answer site for tips and views by real people on real life experiences.

Private Search Engines

DuckDuckGo
DuckDuckGo is an Internet search engine that emphasizes the protection of privacy seekers’ and allows web search, images and videos, definitions and stocks.

Qwant
Qwant is a search engine in the anonymous web based in France. It is claimed not to track users while providing web search, news, images and videos and more.

Startpage
Startpage is a Google powered still safe and respectful of the privacy of search engines. People search for web pages, images and videos is allowed and more.

Meta Search

Dogpile

dogpile-search

Gets Google, Yandex and Yahoo.

Nigma
An innovative metasearch engine Russia.

OpenText
Get from Google, Bing and other.

Fagan Finder
A tool search engine list.

Search engines to Search for People

Spokeo

spokeo-search-people

Aggregated data online and offline sources and allows to search using a name, email, phone number, user name or address.

Pipl
Find information about people that can not be found on regular search engines by name, user name, phone number and email.

PeekYou
Indices of people from various social networks by name, email, phone, address, location and more.

Vebidoo
Indexes publicly accessible information about people and allows you search using the name, location and more.

Spysee
A new generation of search engines people – oriented social networks.

News Search Engines

Digg

digg-search-news-online

A news aggregator and curator.

YouGotTheNews
A news and articles search engine.

NewsLookup
Search latest trend and global news.

Elephind
A search engine to find historical information.

NewsLibrary
A search engine cum library to find news and facts.

Search Engines for Search Blogs

The following are the search engines to search blogs based on niche blog categories.

Other Search Engines

DMOZ

dmoz-open-directory

DMOZ Open Directory is a multilingual Internet. A hierarchical scheme of the organization of the site listed ontology is used and allows the search for websites.

Food Blog Search
Food Blog Search is a search engine food recipes through Google Custom Search. It lets you find recipes from more than 1000 blogs and web sites.

Swoogle
Swoogle is a search engine semantic web ontologies , documents, terms and data published onInternet. It is not a normal search engine unlike others.

SimilarSiteSearch
SimilarSiteSearch helps you find similar websites related or alternative.

Shodan
Shodan is a search engine that allows users to find devices (computers, routers, servers, etc.) connected toInternet. Collects data mostly public web servers.

Blackle
Blackle is powered by Google Custom Search and aims to save energy by displaying a black background. It allows users to search for Web pages and images.

Blinkx
Blinkx is a web media platform with a rate of more than 35 million hours of video. It allows people to search videos using sections and search for videos.

NerdyData
NerdyData is a search engine geek allowing enthusiasts programming search for technologies, languages, libraries and more.

SearchCode
SearchCode is a search engine source code and documentation , which provides programmers the ability to search for functions or code snippets.

Polyvore
Polyvore is a social commerce website community driven, allowing discover and find the latest trends in fashion and beauty.

Yummly

yummly-food-search

Yummly is a repository and search engine for foodies. It allows searching of people and exploring food recipes – available in various categories (including seasonal).

Shopping.net
It is a price comparison and product & service search service that allows users to search through any of the products variety of retailers and stores.

Discounto
Discounto allows users to search for and purchase discounts and offers from various retailers and local merchants. Also reports the latest offers and expected for popular items.

AZLyrics
AZLyrics is a portal and search engine letters , which looks for songs using any phrase or song or album name and displays the lyrics of your favorite song.

AnooX
AnooX is a social search engine that allows searching for web pages. Unlike many other PE, it intended use classification of people by the publication of their search results.

OneLook
OneLook is a search engine words and phrases. It allows you search words or meanings in the dictionaries of 1000 and is even able to do reverse lookups.

GoodSearch
GoodSearch is an online shopping site with a search engine that helps you find deals and coupons in department stores. Part of purchase price of the items you find and buy GoodSearch is donated.

Author : Sara

Source : http://www.quertime.com/article/top-100-google-like-search-engines-you-must-try/

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Google’s market share is 63.9%. Now that is a lot, but it does leave 36.1% up for the other search engines. So why isn’t everybody using Google? There are a lot of reasons. For some, it’s a case of privacy. They don’t want Google to know everything about them.

For others it’s about getting unbiased results, as using Google for all your searches will end up biasing your searches in certain directions. For yet others, they simply continue to use the same default search that comes pre-set with their installed browser.

Whatever the reason, there are a lot of other tools. Today we’re going to look at a few so that if in the future Google gets hacked and the internet crashes, you know an alternative.

Bing

Bing – which is owned by Microsoft – is the second biggest search engine, at 20.7%. The search engines have some unique features, like allowing you to see all the IP addresses associated with a domain, where it really and truly rocks is in video searches, where it actually generally beats Google out of the water.

Duckduckgo

If you want to stay private, then this is the search engine for you, as this is the main promise that they make – that they’ll keep your data private. And that is nothing to be sneezed at in this world of ever increasing invasions into our private lives by governments as well as black hat hackers.

Because the question you should ask yourself, as the government takes ever more of our liberties away isn’t, ‘what will this government do with the power they have’ but ‘what will the worst government that can get into power do with the powers government now has’. And that’s not a pretty thought at all.

Dogpile

This one has been around for a long time and actual curates links from different search engines, like Google, Yahoo, and Yandex into one overview. Dogpile is a  useful alternative if you want to search through multiple search engines with one search and get all your data collected in one place.

Ask.com

Sometimes you want to ask something of an algorithm. And sometimes you want to hear what an actual person has to say. If you’ve got a question that leans more towards the latter category, then hit up Ask.com, which is a search engine slash question and answer community.

The big advantage here is that if the question has been asked and answered, then when you reask the question the information you get is straight to the point, well rounded, and gives you the information you need. All things that Google occasionally struggles with.

Yahoo!

Once Yahoo was the undisputed king. Now a very much also-ran, yahoo has partnered up with MSN to offer their searches in an admittedly pleasing format.

One of the advantages that Yahoo certainly has is that they are at least equal on pictures with Google. This means that if you’re struggling to find new source material on the Google website because you’ve already used all the pictures that fit your niche, try the same searches on Yahoo and you might find just that image that you’re looking for (that hasn’t been used 10,000 times already).

Wolfram Alpha 

Wolram Alpha is primarily about math. That doesn’t mean it’s primarily for math Geeks, however. You see, it does the math, so you don’t have to. In this way you can find our relationships between different things, what the better price is, what is actually the best car, how to analyze data, how to deal with a financial problem, linguistics and far, far more.

As long as it can be mathematically worked out, Wolfram Alpha can provide you the answer.  Heck, it even has dozens of categories with suggested questions already provided, so that you can learn things that you didn’t even know you didn’t know (and that is, let’s be honest about it, the biggest area in all of our ignorance).

Ixquick

This is another one of those search engines that’s all about privacy, in that it stores none of the searches that you do. That’s right, there are no cookies, they don’t save queries and the list goes on. So ixquick another great choice if you don’t want people nosing through what you’re looking for.

This service also has the possibility for you to search images and videos and is the default search engine of the TOR browser.

Giburu

We’ve discussed privacy, but we haven’t really discussed uncensored content. If that’s what you’re after, then try Giburu. Yes, that’s right, most of the search engines out there censor your content. And if you’re not looking for porn, that’s for a good reason.

After all, Rule 35 states ‘if you can think of it, somebody’s made porn about it’ and that is actually truer than you can ever imagine. Don’t believe me? Give Giburu a try and see for yourself! Go on, I dare you.

Internet Archive

This is a great search engine that lets you find websites in past iterations. This can be useful if you once wrote some love poetry on a site that went down and you think you can’t find back (you can). Or if you’re looking for some action that you’re looking for but seems to have gotten scrubbed. In both cases, you can find it back using the Internet Archive.

That makes it an exceptionally useful resource for doing in-depth research about companies past. It also means that nothing you ever put up on the internet ever goes away. So you’ve got to be careful.

Yandex

This – Russian bases – search engine is actually the fourth largest in the world, with over 150 million search engines. Did you know that? I didn’t. Yandex is actually a good competitor to Google, offering you a lot of the same services, including mail, mobile apps, Cloud storage and analytics.

So, if you no longer want to work with a US based company, why not work with a Russian one instead? I can’t promise that it will make you more private, but at least if anybody ends up looking at what you’re doing, then it will be a whole different group of people finding out about your porn preferences!

Author : Diana Beyer

Source : http://technofaq.org/posts/2016/09/10-google-like-search-engines-you-must-try/

Categorized in Search Engine

Many of you after reading the title will be like “Okay Google is number 1”. Well yes it is and will be the top search engine for many more years to come. So why this post of best search engines in the world?? Well as a blogger and an SEO Analyst its always important to keep track of the things around you, specially the things which have a direct impact on you and your work.

I would also like to include stats from one of my website for which I even haven’t even done Google Webmasters !! But know what !! I am making 1000$ every month from that site and all of the traffic is organic !! Not from Google but from 2-3 other search engines.

Now don’t ask me why not Google !!!  I will still answer it.

  • Because the Competition on Google is really high and it’s not easy !!
  • The search engines I am working on are getting equally good searches for the same keywords.
  • And yes Google is not everything for me.

So… Should I begin with the list ??

Before that I would also would like to give you all a small homework. Once you read this post, do a research on the ranking factors of the different search engines. Yes, some of them will be just based on Google’s factors but I can assure you that few of them are completely different in their working.

Why Should we Know about Google Alternatives ?

“Don’t do Evil” – Google

But !!! Yeah it can be seen that Google has very well started doing many activities that are quite unwell for website owners.

They added various new features to search which resulted in a huge decline in traffic of numerous websites. The introduction of “Google Knowledge Graph“ is something that many of the webmasters are angry at.

And as it looks, Google is trying to give answers to all user queries in the knowledge graph itself which ultimately leads to lesser number of clicks from search. Here’s an example:

Google knowledge graph

There are many more reasons that explains this anger of webmasters and online business owners.

Best Search Engines List: Top 10

Again let me tell you that apart from Google, other search-engines also provide millions of queries to users daily. So there are plenty of search engines out there which can serve you both as a user or as a webmaster ( in terms of generating traffic+revenue)

Here’s the list of best and most popular search engines (as of 2016).

1. Google

To be honest, Google search engine is the best and the most advanced search engine. Over 70% of online searches are done via Google which clearly shows its dominance in the industry.

google search engine

It has many advanced options and features that helps users to get their desired result at the earliest. Features like calculator, calendar, flight tracking, currency convertors, stock market numbers, Sporting schedules etc on the result page itself gives users the best searching experience.

2. Youtube

Believe it or not,  Youtube is the second largest search engine !! Well yes I have listed it here, Youtube gets searches more than the combined of Bing, Yahoo and AOL.

youtube search engine

As per the report on socially stacked, YouTube processes over 3 billion queries a month which is more than Yahoo, Bing, ask and Aol combined.

By this one thing is clear, Engaging and visual content will always be the top preference of internet users worldwide.  So if you are planning to start a blog on something, pause for a moment and think of starting a youtube channel. Do think of it. 

3. Bing

Although Google rules the industry of online searches, Bing still has a good hold in the market. Around 10-15% of searches from United States are performed on BING search Engine.

bing search engine

Talking about Bing’s homepage, it changes daily with super high quality pictures. Also like Google, Bing also started giving direct results to multiple type of queries like calculations, conversions, tracking, sporting etc.

4. Yahoo

A portion of online users still prefer using yahoo for their daily search queries. One important reason for this is due to the homepage of Yahoo which itself is a complete news website with daily news, updates and happenings being displayed. This is why many users still use Yahoo !!

yahoo search engine

Another impressive offer by yahoo is its Yahoo answers which provides users answers to all their questions. However since the launch of Quora, there has been a big decline in activity at yahoo answers.

5. Ask.com

Originally named as Ask Jeeves, ask.com is still very much the first choice for a lot of users in the USA. It accounts for 3% of the total search market. The quality of search results are still not well enough to satisfy the user.

ask.com search engine

It’s more of a question answer based engine where users themselves can answer the questions asked by others.

6. Baidu

Google is still not the dominant force in China as Baidu rules the search industry with over 70% market share. Baidu is ranked 4th in Alexa worldwide and is the number1 1 site in China.

baidu search engine

Moreover as per the reports from China internet watch website, Baidu is ranked 2nd in the total net search ad revenue beating Microsoft and Yahoo with a revenue of 7.18 Billion in 2015.

china-search-engine-baidu-sougou

7. Aol

A US based company with a search engine market share of 0.15% according to netmarketshare. Here’s a look AOL.com homepage.

aol search engine

8. Yandex

We have seen a Chinese search engine (Baidu), now this is a Russian founded search engine. Yandex has become quite popular search engine in Russia and in many parts of Europe. It has a 55-65% market share in the Russian Search market.

Yandex search engine

9. DuckDuckGo

I really love this one !! Well many reasons, firstly it has a very clean interface !! Something which Google is not very good at.

Moreover DuckDuckgo never tracks you or your activities !! yes surf anonymously !!  Moreover you don’t have to move onto other pages, duckduckgo offers infinite scrolling in a very user friendly manner.

duckduckgo search engine

10. WayBack Machine

This again is not really a search engine, it’s rather an engine that allows you to look over the history of any page on the internet. It claims to contain the history of over 480 billion pages on the internet.

I have added this into the list because as a SEO person this site is something we all visit to learn about the history of pages.

Here’s how it shows for iftiSEO.com

wayback machine

Moreover for your future reference, it also allows you to save your page at any particular instant of time.

11. Lycos

One of the oldest search engines which was founded in 1994 and was quite common in the past. It currently has only 0.01% desktop search engine market share.

Here’s a snap from the search engine:

lycos search engine

Other Search Engines List

So we have already shared 11 search engines above, but it still doesn’t cover a lot of engine. Here are few more search engines that you must be knowing about.

So I have added plenty of top, best and popular search engines of 2016. But I guess you still will be using the same Google  Right !! Do comment on any more search engines that you wish to get added in this list.

Author : Iftekhar Ahmed

Source : http://www.iftiseo.com/2016/02/top-search-engines-list.html

Categorized in Search Engine

With 688 million Internet users and growing, China has become a compelling market for Western companies looking to expand globally. What makes it this market even more enticing is the number of Chinese Internet users is growing at a rate that far surpasses that of most countries, which speaks to the business growth potential in the marketplace.

Despite the incredible potential, China is a unique market, and many companies lack the knowledge and expertise necessary to succeed in online marketing in China. In fact, most marketers have no idea where to start.

As a digital marketing agency providing international services, we often suggest our clients start with the search engine. It’s the ideal entry place to begin gaining visibility and traction in a new marketplace.

The goal of this article is to give B2B marketers an idea of why search engine marketing is important in China and why Chinese search engines are different from Google or Bing, or other Western search engines.

A Great User Base and a Broad Business Adoption

First, let me offer a few statistics to illustrate the breadth and depth of the online marketplace in China. According to the data from CNNIC (Chinese Internet Network Information Center), as of December 2015, there were 566 million people using search engines, which accounts for the majority of Chinese Internet users (82.3 percent) and it’s an increase of 44 million users year-over-year.

In comparison, there are an estimated 219 million search engine users in the United States in 2016, which was only 4 million more than 2015.

Users are not only conducting personal searches, but search engines are also being used in business settings. As of December 2015, 33.8% of enterprises had launched Internet-based marketing activities and about half (47.4 percent) had invested in search engine marketing.

Online sales and marketing efforts in China are still in the early stages of development, but their use is growing quickly with the growth of technology and e-commerce.

A study from Nielson shows, online sales currently comprise 11 percent of total retail sales in China, but it’s growing at a significant rate – 53 percent! – year-over-year.

Not Google, But Baidu, Qihoo 360 & Sogou

When Western marketers talk about search engine marketing, Google is the big player. However, it is a different story in China. Google left Mainland China in 2010 due to censorship.

Since then, when users type Google.cn, they will be redirected to Google.hk, which is Google’s Hong Kong presence. Even like this, only a few Chinese people use Google.hk; right now, Google only accounts for 0.34% market share by usage in China.

In China, the top three search engine players are Baidu, Qihoo360 (also known as Haosou), and Sogou. Baidu has 54.3 percent of the market share of usage, Qihoo 360 accounts for 29.24 percent, and Sogou holds 14.71 percent.

In 2015, total search engine advertising revenue reached 68.26 billion RMB (US$10.55 billion) – an increase of 32.2.7 percent YoY, according to iResearch. In terms of revenue, Baidu continues to be the leader of the Chinese search engine market (80 percent) followed by Google, Qihoo360, and Sogou.

China Search Engine Market Share

Let’s take a closer look at each of the big three Chinese search engines:

Baidu

Overview of Baidu

Established in 2000, Baidu is the number one search engine in China. It is ranked as the fourth most visited website in the world by Alexa.com and holds the second largest share of the global desktop search engine market (behind Google).

Every day, 6 billion searches are performed on Baidu. It’s as familiar to the Chinese as Google is to Americans. When you have a question in China, Chinese would tell you, “Ask Mother Du.”

Unique Features

Baidu claims that it is the best Chinese search not only because they know Chinese better, but also because they know Chinese audiences better.

A Baidu company profile explains the technology this way, “Just to cite one example, we believe there are at least 38 ways of saying “I” in the Chinese language. It is important that we recognize these nuances to effectively address our users’ requests.”

To complement its search engine, Baidu has dozens of featured products. One of the major differences between Google and Baidu is that Baidu favors its own platforms/products in its search results.

For example, when users search for “search engine optimization,” the first three positions of the organic search results are Baidu Baike (Baidu Encyclopedia), Baidu TieBa (Baidu PostBar) and Baidu Baike (Baidu Encyclopedia). Then, the sixth result is Baidu Zhidao (Baidu Knows), and the eighth result is Baidu Wenku (Baidu Articles).

Organic Search Results in Baidu

B2B Marketing Takeaway

From a B2B marketing perspective, many of these free Baidu products offer an integrated way to enhance SEO efforts. In addition, Baidu’s free analytics tools can help webmasters analyze their efforts.

Qihoo 360

Overview of Qihoo 360

Qihoo 360 started from an Internet security company with a broad product line. Their antivirus software has a good reputation in China and it’s free to use. By pairing with the security products, Qihoo 360 search adopted a broad audience when it launched in 2012.

It is the default search engine used in the 360 Internet browsers, which is helping to sustain its continuing growth. Within a short period, Qihoo 360 has become the second largest search engine in China and the fastest rising competitor to Baidu.

China Serach Engine Market Share

Unique Features

Qihoo 360 search claims that it is the most secure search engine. Relying on the advanced cyber security technology of the parent company, Qihoo 360 search can block fake or malicious sites and provide a more secure search environment.

Also, because of its broad product line, which includes security products, an Internet browser, and apps, Qihoo 360 search has positioned itself as the biggest native advertising platform in China.

Meanwhile, Qihoo 360 search targets small and medium businesses for their advertising platform. This strategy may be mainly to attract businesses that probably could not afford the more expensive ad spend on Baidu.

Another benefit of Qihoo 360 is its search results page only has a few advertisements. This gives advertisers an opportunity to avoid the tense competition on Baidu and grab niche traffic at a much lower cost-per-click.

B2B Marketing Takeaway

While Qihoo 360’s lower CPC may be attractive, it still cannot compete with the Baidu’s technology and reach in the search space. It is better to use it as an extra testing channel to supplement a company’s Baidu program and leverage the ROI, rather than to start with it exclusively.

Sogou

Overview of Sogou

Sogou was launched in 2004, but its use was not widespread until more recently. After developing the most popular Chinese input software in China, people started to get familiar with this brand. Also, Tencent, the fourth largest Internet company in the world, invested in Sogou in 2013. This investment fast-tracked Sogou’s growth.

Unique Features

As a rising star of the Chinese search engine market, Sogou has sought out a niche position. With the strong support from Tencent, Sogou exclusively provides the search results of Wechat content (Wechat, the most popular social media in China, is owned by Tencent).

Seeing the success from its Wechat integration, Sogou partnered with Zhihu (a popular question-and-answer site) to integrate more content search results.

More recently, in May 2016, Sogou announced a collaboration with Microsoft Bing and launched two new products: Sogou English Search and Sogou Scholar Search.
Sogou Screen

B2B Marketing Takeaway

Gradually, Sogou has taken the unique position as a content searching provider in order to attract users and expand market share. With the growth of content marketing overall, B2B marketers should keep an eye on Sogou’s growth and development.

Final Thoughts

Chinese search engines play a significant role in the population’s life every day for both personal and professional purposes. B2B companies looking to leverage China’s large and growing online market need to develop visibility on China’s biggest search engines.

However, in order to have any chance at success in the marketplace, a strong understanding of the Chinese search engine space is necessary. Search engine marketing that works for Google and other Western search engines doesn’t always translate to China’s search engines or resonate with Chinese customers.

Due diligence research into the marketplace is the first step toward developing a China-specific marketing strategy.

Author : REBECCA LI

Source : http://www.komarketingassociates.com/blog/top-3-chinese-search-engines/

Categorized in Search Engine

Author: Naveed Manzoor [Toronto, Ontario] 

The internet is humongous. Finding what you need means that you should select from amongst millions and sometimes trillions of search results. However, no one can claim for sure that you have found the right information. Is the information reliable and accurate? Or would you have to shop for another set of information that is even better? Or say, relevant to the query – While the Internet keeps growing every single minute, the clutter makes it even harder to catch up with, and perhaps, a more valuable information keeps getting buried underneath it. Unfortunately, the larger the internet grows, it gets harder to find what you need.

Think of search engines and its browsers to be a set of information search tools that will fetch what you need from the Internet. But, a tool is as good as the job it gets done. While, Google, Bing, Yahoo and the like are considered a more generic tool for Internet search, they perform a “fit all search types job”. The search results throw tons of web pages at you and thus, much harder selections and surely less accuracy. 


A simple solution to deal with too much information on the Internet is out there, but only if you care to pay attention – here is a List of Over 1500 Search Engines and Directories to cut your research time in half.


There exists a whole new world of Internet search tools that are job specific and finds that information you need through filtered and precision search. They subscribe to the same world wide web and look through the same web pages as the main search engines, but only better. These search tools are split up into Specialized Search Engines and Online Directories.

The Specialized Search Engines are built to drill down into a more accurate type of information. They can collect a filtered and less cluttered search results when compared to the leading search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo. What makes them unique is their built-in ability to use powerful customized filters, and sometimes it has its database to deliver the type of information you need in specific file formats.

We will classify Specialized Search Engines into Meta-crawlers (or Meta-SearchEngine) and the Specialized

Content SearchEngine

Unlike conventional search engines, the Meta-crawlers don’t crawl the web themselves, and they do not build their own web page indexes; instead, they allow search snippets to be collected (aggregated) from several mainstream search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo and similar) all at once. They don't have their proprietary search technology or the large and expensive infrastructure as the main search engines do. The Meta-crawler aggregates the results and displays these on their proprietary search result pages. In short, they usually concentrate on front-end technologies such as user interface experience and novel ways of displaying the information. They generate revenues by displaying ads and provide the user option to search for images, audio, video, news and even more options, simulating a typical search browsing experience.

Some of the well-known Meta-Crawlers to explore.

  • Ixquick  -  A meta-search engine with options for choosing what the results should be based on? - It respects the information privacy, and the results get opened in Ixquick proxywindow.
  • Carrot Search   A meta-search engine based on a variety of search engines. Has clickable topic links and diagrams to narrow down searchresults.
  • iBoogie  -  A meta-search engine with customizable search type tabs. Search rankings havean emphasis onclusters.
  • iSeek  – The meta-search results are from a compilation of authoritative resources fromuniversity, government, and established noncommercialproviders.
  • PDF Search Engine  – Searches for documents with the following extensions such as, .doc, .pdf, .chm, rtf, .txt.

The Specialized Content Search Engine focuses on a specific segment of online content; that is why they are also called a Topical (Subject Specific) Search Engines. The content area may is based on topicality, media and content type or genre of content – further to this, the source of material and the original function it performs in transforming it, is what definestheirspecialty.

We can go a bit further and split these into three groups.

Information Contribution – The information source can be data collected from a Public Contribution Resource Engines as social media contributions and from reference platform such as Wikis. Examples are YouTube, Vimeo, Linked-in, Facebook, Reddit. The other types are a Private Contribution Resource Engines of the searchable database. These are created internally by the efforts of the search engine vendors; examples are Netflix (movies), Reuters (news content), Tineye (image repository), LexisNexis (legal information).

Specialized Function - These are the search engines that are programmed to perform a type of service that are proprietary and unique. They execute tasks that involve collecting web content as information and work on it with algorithms of their own, adding value to the result it produces.

An example of such types of search engines are websites such as the Wayback Machine Organization that provides and maintain records of website pages that are no longer available online as a historicalrecord. Alexa Analytics that performs web analytics and measures traffic on websites and provide performance metrics and Alpha Wolfram who is more than a search engine. It gives you access to the world's facts and data and calculates answers across a range oftopics.

Information Category (Subject Specific material) - This is where the search is subject specific and based on the information it retrieves. It does this by a special arrangement with outside sources on a consistent basis. Some of their examples are found under the broader headings.

  • Yellow Pages and PhoneDirectories
  • PeopleSearch
  • Government Database andArchives
  • PublicLibraries
  • News Bureaus, Online Journals, andMagazines
  • InternationalOrganizations

WebDirectory or Link Directory is a well-organized catalog on the World Wide Web. A collection of data organized into categories and subcategories. This directory specializes in linking to other web sites and categorizing those links. The web directory is not a search engine, and it does not show  numerous web pages  from the keyword search. Instead, it exhibits a list of website links according to category and subcategory. Most web directory entries are not commonly found by web crawlers. Instead, they are searched by humans. This categorization encompasses the whole website instead of a single page or a set of keywords; here the websites are often limited to inclusion in only a few categories. Web directories often allow site owners to submit their site for listing and have editors review submissions for its fitness.

The directories are distinguished into two broad categories.

Public Directories that do not require user registration or fee; and the Private Directories with an online registration that may or may not be subject to a fee for inclusions in its listings. Examples of Paid Commercial Versions.

The Public Directories is for General Topics, or it can be Subject Based or Domain-Specific Public Directories.

The General Topics Directory carry popular reference subjects, interests, content domains and their subcategories. Their examples are, DMOZ  (The largest directory of the Web. The open content is mirrored at many sites, including the Google Directory (until July 20, 2011). The A1 Web Directory Organization (This is a general web directory that lists various quality sites under traditional categories and relevant subcategories). The PHPLink Directory  ( A Free Directory Script phpLD is released to the public as a free directory script in 2006, and they continue to offer this as the free download).

The Subject Based or Domain-Specific Public Directories are subject and topic focused. A more famous of these are Hot Frog (a commercial web directory providing websites categorized topically and regionally). The Librarians Index to Internet (directory listing program from the Library ofCalifornia) and OpenDOAR  (This is an authoritative directory of academic open accessrepositories).

The PrivateDirectories requires online registration and may be subject to a fee for inclusions in its listings.

Examples of Paid Commercial Versions.

  • Starting Point Directory - $99/Yr
  • Yelp Business Directory - $100/Yr
  • Manta.com - $299/Yr

The Directories that require registration as a member, employee, student or a subscriber.  Examples of these types are found in.

  • Government Employees Websites (Government Secure Portals)
  • Library Networks (Private, Public and Local Libraries)
  • Bureaus, Public Records Access, Legal Documents, Courts Data, Medical Records

The Association of Internet Research Specialists (AIRS) have compiled a comprehensive list they call an "Internet Information Resources." There you will find an extensive collection of Search Engines and interesting information resources for avid Internet research enthusiasts; especially, those that seek serious information without the hassle of sifting through the many pages of unfiltered Internet. Alternatively, one can search through Phil Bradley’s website or The Search Engine’s List that has some interesting links for the many alternative to typical search engines out there. 

Categorized in Search Engine

This week is Online Video Week at R/WW, so our network blog AltSearchEngines went out and found the leading video search engines on the Web. Following is the list that ASE editor Charles Knight came up with – he used Google Video as the benchmark. What is your favorite video search engine? Let us know in the comments.

Also over on AltSearchEngines there is a Great Debate on Video Search. It features Mary Hodder of Dabble and Gary Baker from ClipBlast!. My favorite bit was when Charles asked:

“What would be your unique goal for the next two years (2010)? Increased market share? #1 in your Vertical? Powering the video for other search engines? Acquiring or being acquired? Some combination of these?”

Gary from ClipBlast!’s answer: “Yes to all.”

Nothing like having your cake and eating it too. But seriously, both startups also expressed interest in partnering with others – which is a feature of the Web in its Digestion Phase. Indeed Mary said that “Dabble‚Äôs DNA is about partnering (we have 170+ partnerships)”.

Here then is Charle’s top 10 Video Search engines:

    1. blinkx
    2. clipblast!
    3. dabble
    4. everyzing
    5. exalead
    6. Fooooo
    7. metacafe
    8. pixsy
    9. PureVideo
    10. VidSea

Author : RICHARD MACMANUS

Source : http://readwrite.com/2007/08/23/top_10_video_search_engines/

Categorized in Search Engine

Do you know: There is a vast section of the Internet which is hidden and not accessible through regular search engines and web browsers.

This part of the Internet is known as the Deep Web, and it is about 500 times the size of the Web that we know.

What is DEEP WEB?

Deep Web is referred to the data which are not indexed by any standard search engine such as Google or Yahoo.

The 'Deep Web' refers to all web pages that search engines cannot find, such as user databases, registration-required web forums, webmail pages, and pages behind paywalls.

Then, there's the Dark Web or Dark Net – a specific part of that hidden Deep Web.
Deep Web and Dark Web are the intriguing topics for the Netizens all around. But when you hear the term 'Deep Web' or 'Dark Web,' you usually categorize them into one.
 
If yes, then you are wrong.
 
 

What is DARK WEB?

Dark Web is where you can operate without been tracked, maintaining total anonymity.
The Dark Web is much smaller than the Deep Web and is made up of all different kinds of websites that sell drugs, weapons and even hire assassins.

These are hidden networks avoiding their presence on the Surface Web, and its URLs are tailed up with .onion.

These [websitename].onion domains are not indexed by regular search engines, so you can only access Dark Web with special software -- called 'The Onion Browser,' referred to as TOR.

How to Install TOR on Android and iOS Devices

TOR is free, and anyone can download it.

Many of us heard about the Dark Web when the largest online underground marketplace Silk Road was taken down following an investigation by United States federal authorities.

But, what if, you can still be able to dig the Darknet contents with your regular browsers, without the need of TOR?

Here's How to Surf & Search the Deep Web without TOR

Solution: Deep Web Search Engines

Search engines like Google are incredibly powerful, but they can't crawl and index the vast amount of data that is not hyperlinked or accessed via public DNS services.

However, there are Deep Web Search Engines that crawl over the TOR network and bring the same result to your regular browser.

Some of such Dark Web Search Engines are:

Here are some Deep Web Search Engines:

These Deep Web search engines talks to the onion service via Tor and relays, resolve the .onion links and then deliver the final output to your regular browser on the ordinary World Wide Web.

However, there is one consequence of browsing Deep or Dark Web on a regular browser. Working this way will make these .onion search results visible to you, me, and also, for Google.

Moreover, tracker-less search engines are also popular in the TOR culture – like DisconnectDDGIXQuick– which ensures your privacy searches.

Importance of TOR

It is worth noting that mere access via TOR is not considered as an illegal practice but can arouse suspicion with the law.

TOR has long been used by Journalists, Researchers, or Thrill seekers in heavily censored countries in order to hide their web browsing habits and physical location, crawl the Deep Web and exchange information anonymously.

However, one of the main reasons behind the rise of TOR is NSA's Surveillance Programs.

After the Assange-Snowden revelations in the past years, public fears about their privacy getting compromised over the Internet.

The reliability of the Internet had been lost that demanded the Ciphers come into action to thwart the Federal Agency's efforts. So comes the need of TOR.

With the help of TOR, the web users could roam around the Internet beyond any fear, keeping themselves and their real identities hidden from federal and intelligent agencies.

This is why TOR is being one of the favorite targets of federal agencies.

Since Tor has long been a target of the government intelligence agencies, most online users do not feel safe to use Tor anymore.

To known how easy it is for government agencies to unmask Tor users, you can read these articles:

Who lurks in the 'Dark Web'?

According to the recent survey conducted by researchers Daniel Moore and Thomas Rid (in their book Cryptopolitik and the Darknet), it is found that 57% of the Dark Web is occupied by unauthorized contents like Pornography, Illicit Finances, Drug Hub, Weapon Trafficking, counterfeit currency flow and many more.

The netizens had given the shade of illegalities to Dark Web. This is why today Dark Web is being defined as something that is illegal instead of a 'Pool of Information.'

However, there are countless reasons to use Dark Web. But, ultimately, it depends on the surfer what to surf?

Sidelining Darkweb for criminal offenses often gray out the legitimate purposes inside Dark Web.

In the end, I just want to say:

Knowledge is Free! Happy Surfing!

Author : Rakesh Krishnan

Source : thehackernews.com

Categorized in Deep Web

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