Are You Ready to Use These Search Engines that Are Not Google?


According to NetMarketShare, Google is the world’s most popular search engine. What makes Google so special from the other search engines? Is it Google’s clean interface? Speed? Probably.

When we want to find out something, we go to Google. It’s so natural that we don’t look at anywhere else. It has come to a stage where we feel uncomfortable when it’s not Google.

Want to know the obvious part?

There’re plenty of alternative search engines to Google that may provide more relevant features and specific searches. It may have a higher chance of you getting the results you want since we’re talking about search engines that provide results in a specific niche.

Here’re 13 search engines you may found yourself using towards the end of this article.

1) SimilarSites

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What if you could find similar websites with a search engine that does exactly that? SimilarSites uses more than 30 unique Similarity Engines and you’ll see up to 25 results showing similar websites.

To determine if a website is similar, it screens the content, keyword density, tagging similarities, websites visited and user ratings.

End the hassle of navigating through unfamiliar websites and get immediate results from SimilarSites. SimilarSites let users search according to a specific URL or topic of their choice.

It categorise the website with its huge index of data to help users get the best similar results of what they’re searching for. If you find yourself likely to use this function often, you can install its browser extension for Chrome to give you similar results to the website you’re currently browsing on.

2) Wolfram|Alpha

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Not your typical search engine; it introduces itself as a Computational Knowledge Engine. Wolfram|Alpha gives you powerful results with the greatest clarity on facts, history, data, demographics, conversions etc. 

From Mathematics to surprises, it can do all kinds of calculations and computing. This is not done from search on the web, but by its dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms and methods. Wolfram|Alpha is a new way to get knowledge and answers by making it possible to compute anything that can be assess. 

It aims to bring expert-level knowledge and capabilities all professions and education levels. 

Eager to find out the life expectancy of Singaporeans? Gotcha.

3) webopedia

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Image Credit: webopedia Website

Not all of us are experts in vast data and jargons found on the web. Thus, what about an Internet Encyclopedia that specialises in computer technology definitions? 

webopedia is an online tech dictionary search engine for anyone who has a massive interest in computing or non-technical people who want to learn more about the web. It offers definitions to tens of thousands of IT terms, including in-depth articles, study guides and links to sources of further information on computing and information technology. 

Enter a term on the search box and you’ll get a clear and precise definition of your search query. Everything from a basic definition of the term to a general explanation is available with the click of a mouse.

Check out this 1,400 text message and online chat abbreviations to up your messaging game.

4) Ixquick

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Image Credit: ixquick Website

When privacy is a necessity when you’re on the web, Ixquick does just that. Ixquick is a search engine that keeps your search results in a safe place (even Google doesn’t know). 

Ixquick has been serving terrific search results since 1999. It offers comprehensive and accurate search results than other search engines. It also includes an Advanced Search, a global search and power refinement.

It’s the world’s most powerful search engine employing the most advanced metasearch technology. Ixquick supports 18 languages and searches local and international search engines.

As of March 26, Ixquick has merge with StartPage search engine.

5) Internet Archive (WayBackMachine)

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Image Credit: Internet Archive

If you’re reminiscing on the old times or adore the classics, the Internet Archive is a search engine that lets you travel back in time. Founded in 1996, the Archive has serve the public for 2 decades with its intensive Internet library. 

It’s useful for those who want to find out more about the past of anything – microfilm, universal library, old time radio etc and how it has changed over the years.

The Archive include history web search of over 469 billion pages on the Internet, texts, video, audio, software and image collections. The aim of the site is to offer permanent access for researches, historians, scholars, people with disabilities and the general public to digital historical collections.


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This diverse music search engine comes with an engaging combination of social interaction. It’s everything you need to know about the music industry. From its interactive dashboard of the hottest music and trending artists, you can also download free music from

Navigate and explore further to find out which artists are coming to Singapore (it could be your favourite band!) under the ‘Events’ section. They also have a ‘Features’ section for those who’re passionate about finding out more about other artists and discover new music and even win tickets to a festival! 

7) Hype Machine

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Image Credit: Hype Machine Website

Hype Machine is all about spreading and keeping up with the latest hype of vibrant music culture. It helps people discover wonderful music without them searching for it. It keeps track and analyse what music bloggers are saying about the latest music from a set of 745 music blogs they’ve handpicked. 

From these blogs, they present it in an easier way for users to discover and enjoy. You can listen to popular tracks happening on blogs right now or travel through the most interesting tracks on the web since October 2007!

The Hype Machine also monitors a variety of MP3 blogs and collects these links in a massive library of songs where you can favourite and listen to it. Tracks found under this site are not available for download. You can buy them by using the ‘amazon’ and ‘itunes’ links that appear beside most tracks.

8) IceRocket

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Image Credit: IceRocket Website

Launched in 2004, IceRocket is a useful search engine specialising in real-time search. It allows you to get search results from blogs, twitter or the entire web. 

Your search results gets highlighted. This include tons of blogs, social media websites, images, videos and more. They also have an advanced search button for people who prefers in-depth searches. With IceRocket, sourcing and gathering for content is now simple and efficient for users. 

IceRocket is ideal for those working in Public Relations, journalists, bloggers or social media experts who’re looking for certain information to work with or track their brand. 

9) TinEye

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Image Credit: TinEye Website

TinEye is the first reverse image and video search engine that uses image recognition technology software. 

If you ever need to source for similar images, find out how others use your images (without your permission) or investigate on where an image comes from – TinEye does the job. 

Even though Google has offered image search for a long time now, the distinct difference is that TinEye searches for images rather than descriptions. You can either upload or link to an image on the internet to begin the search. 

The impressive features of TinEye is its ability and accuracy to detect images that were edited. 

10) Yippy

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Image Credit: Yippy Website

The one thing about most search engines is the inability to indexed the Deep Web. The Deep Web are parts of the World Wide Web whose contents are not indexed by standard search engines. This is because the Deep Web consists of everything search engines have trouble finding. Pages in the Deep Web are not connected to certain parts of the net or held in private networks.  

It includes many common uses – web mail, online banking but also paid for services and many more. Yippy makes it more likely to locate pages that’re deep in the web and impossible for Google to find.

This doesn’t mean that Yippy is able to find everything in the Deep Web because, no search engine can. However, it’s still more reliable in finding pages for user who’re curious about the Deep Web.

11) Yandex

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Image Credit: Yandex

Russian search engine Yandex is dominating the world as the 4th largest search engine. Back in 2010, Yandex generated 64% of all search traffic in Russia. Yandex has delivered more results for Russian queries than Google. Since the beginning, they offered better search results by addressing the Russian language before Google. It has a clear-cut design and works for bilingual searchers.

It also has a free ad tracking and full-stack app analytics. AppMetrica collects real-time data on everything you would like to know about audience behaviours of your app or on any crashes or errors that might occur.

12) quantcast

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Image Credit: quantcast Website

If you’re looking for real-time demographics, geographic and traffic statistics with free and detailed user insights – quantcast is the search for you.

It specialises in audience measurement and real-time advertisement and provides public access to traffic and demographic data of websites and apps.

After you enter a search, you get reports of traffic, demographics, cross-platform, lifestyle information, business and occupation and many more sophisticated data.  These intelligences are useful in gathering user analytics and determining the progress of a website or an app.

Marketers receive valuable insights on online behaviour and are able to better understand their consumers. This is the every marketer’s golden ticket on how to attract more customers and generate leads. 

13) socialmention

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Image Credit: socialmention Website

Social media plays a prominent part in our lives. So what’s a better way to keep track of what’s important to you? socialmention is a real time social media search engine and analysis platform that tracks and measures what people are saying about your brand, your company or any topic across the social media network in real-time. 

Type in certain keywords or phrases to get insights on, and socialmention does the job by sourcing through relevant blogs, microblogs, bookmarks, images, videos and questions. 

Besides providing you with a list of search results, you’ll get in-depth insights about them and understand the success of your social presence based on: 

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Image Credit: socialmention Website

Strength: The chances of your brand being discussed in social media.

Sentiment: The ratio comparison positive and negative mentions.

Passion: The chances of individuals talking about your brand repeatedly.

Reach: The measure of influence of unique authors mentioning about brand to the total number of mentions.

You can also use it to find out top keywords and hashtags that’re important to your brand.


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