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  • Spencer Campeau

5 Google Alternatives You Need to Know About



Just like you, we love Google. We use it every day, and it's usually the first place we go when we need to find anything online.


But as much as we love Google, there are still times when it doesn't get us what we want—and other search engines can be better at that. If you're looking for an alternative to Google that gives you more control over your privacy and data usage or better search results, here are five great options:


Bing


Bing is the second largest search engine in the world, with about 20% of the market. It's owned by Microsoft, which also runs its own ad platform called AdCenter.


Bing has partnerships with Amazon and other large retailers, so when you search for something like "laptops" or "t-shirts," you'll see results from those partners above those from Google.


That being said, Bing offers many features that are similar to those offered by Google: image and video searches are included; autocomplete suggestions show up as you type in your query (though they're not as accurate); and it also includes local results based on your location.


DuckDuckGo


DuckDuckGo is a search engine that doesn't track you. It has a good privacy policy, which means it won't keep track of your information, and it doesn't allow third parties to do so either: "We do not share any of your personal information with others." The company also says it "will never sell or rent your personal information to anyone." DuckDuckGo also has good features such as SSL encryption and user-friendly filtering.


On top of all this, the website is easy to use even for people who are new to using search engines; its homepage provides instant answers in addition to showing the results from other popular sites like Wikipedia and Yelp.


Of course, there's nothing wrong with using Google if you feel comfortable doing so! But if you're concerned about privacy or want alternatives from time-to-time then these should work well for you (or at least give them a try).


Qwant


Qwant is a European search engine that respects privacy and offers a clean, easy-to-use interface. The service was launched in France in 2013 and is built on the idea of “search without tracking.” In addition to being based in France and an EU member, Qwant is also committed to being transparent about how it collects data and why it collects it.


In short: if you want to make sure your privacy isn't compromised when searching online, Qwant might be the right choice for you!


Yandex


Yandex is a Russian search engine that was launched in 1997, and it has since grown to be the world's largest search engine by number of searches. Yandex, which is based in Moscow, Russia, holds an 87 percent market share in its home country.


The company reportedly generates between $1 billion and $1.5 billion per year in revenue. With that much cash flow coming from its core business alone (search), you can bet that Yandex will continue growing into new areas of technology—including artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR).


Ecosia


Ecosia is an excellent alternative to Google, and it's also a good option if you want to support a search engine that doesn't monetize its users. Ecosia was founded in 2009 by Christian Kroll, who had been involved with Greenpeace for years before deciding to start his own non-profit organization focused on planting trees and conserving biodiversity.


Called "The tree that grows money," Ecosia earned over $23 million USD in 2018 alone (and has raised over $30 million since its inception). The company uses this revenue to plant trees across Africa and Asia through the help of local NGOs and conservation groups.


Ecosia is a simple search engine—you can use it just like you would any other search engine (or even DuckDuckGo!) except that your searches will help fund reforestation efforts around the world!


Conclusion


All in all, Google is a great company. They have done so much for us as users and as people who use their services. It’s hard to imagine life without it!


But we can’t forget that there are other options out there that may be just as good or better than Google. And with these alternatives, there’s no need to worry about your privacy—there are plenty of companies out there whose main goal is not only providing you with an amazing product but also protecting your data from everyone else (including the government).


So if you are looking for something new, try one of these five alternatives today! You won’t regret it.

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