With Google reigning supreme in the search engine world, we often forget about the other search engines out there on the internet. When you think of search engines, there are four major players that come to mind being Google, Bing, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo. However, there are a number of search engines still out there and being developed for searchers of the internet. While Google has easily taken over the all-purpose search engine space, these other engines out there have moved to target niche areas of the web. Some may focus on academics, media, or found a way to distinguish themselves.
While these engines are not likely to change the SEO world overnight, they’re indicative of trends and technology that are making their way through search, which could show up later on. In addition, these engines could benefit small businesses if they focused on targeting trends and businesses within your industry. Below are six new search engines to keep an eye on and why you should.
Oscobo is a privacy-focused search engine, just like DuckDuckGo, that debuted in 2015. The search engine result page looks almost identical to Google but has one major difference. That difference is that it is anonymous as well as it targeting those in the UK. The engine, however, is open to everyone and licenses its search index from Bing/Yahoo so you are getting the same results without the snooping. Oscobo also does not log your IP address or drop any cookies giving you the privacy you desire. Think of it as DuckDuckGo that targets the UK market.
Also debuting in 2015, Good Gopher is a search engine for independent media and academia. It boasts as being the world’s first privacy-protecting search engine that bands corporate propaganda and government disinformation. By allowing independent and honest sites to rise to the top of results it has been dubbed “the Internet for human knowledge.” Users can like certain sites they enjoy to help them move up in the SERPs and flag sites that may have slipped through their protocol. Good Gopher is also privacy-protecting so it will not store your search behavior.
This search engine is an academic research engine that debuted in 2015. This engine is designed to be a service for journal articles, using a combination of semantic analysis to find results. It will highlight which papers are most important using data mining, as well as make connections for you about other papers that are related to your search.
If you are looking for hard-to-find websites, then Yippy is the search engine for you. Yippy does all the hard work for you by searching other search engines for you. If you are looking for specific research or government information then you can use Yippy to find it for you. After a search, users can preview the website of interest before going there directly which is great for browsing for the perfect website. Yippy goes the extra mile by letting users refine their searches. After putting in a search, you can use the left side panel to enhance your search and find exactly what you are looking for.
Launched in 2016, Omnity is a research and semantic mapping search engine aiming to help you find related documents and discovering how different pieces are interconnected. These documents are usually in the fields of science, medicine, engineering, law, and finance. This can be great for not only researchers but for marketers who have clients in these fields and are looking to create unique content. In order to use this engine, you will need to sign up to their site for free or through their paid enterprise plan.
Webopedia is a search engine that is set up in an encyclopedia format to help users understand technical terms. While most users can use Google to look up words, Webopedia goes a step further and breaks the term down so it makes sense to the average person. A search engine is great for those that are not technically savvy!