Search engines have become a big part of our daily lives. In fact, we are so dependent on search engines, that we probably visit one at least once a day to log in some query. But what are the top search engines out there? Let’s find out.
You must have been living under a rock if you don’t know what Google is. Google is the most popular search engine on the internet. According to statistics, As of 2018, 79% of the world’s online searches happen on Google. Its mobile/tablet search engine market share is dominating at nothing less, but 93% and currently holds the top Alexa rank.
Google search was launched over 20 years ago, in September of 1997 by Google LLC. It is currently available in 149 languages. It has around 4.5 billion monthly active users, and processes around 250,000 online searches in one second.
Tech pioneer, Microsoft, launched its competition to Google in 2009. It was the official replacement of MSN Search. Currently, Bing is considered the best alternative to Google and is the second most popular search engine in the world. Bing currently powers 33% of U.S. searches. Bing is the default search engine of Microsoft’s software web browser.
In an attempt to catch up to Google, Bing has its own version of revenue with Bing Ads, and other digital marketing strategies such as AdWords import functionality to match keyword changes, and improved analytics to help webmasters navigate SEO. It is available in 40 languages and is ranked 41 by Alexa.
Up until a few years ago, Yahoo was one of the most leading internet services in the world. But with the recent emergence and popularity of Google, it has made a downturn. However, Yahoo Search is still considered the third best search engine in the world. Launched in 1995, it is one of the pioneers in search engines and currently holds an impressive number 6 rank on Alexa, as of December 2017.
Yahoo Search is available in 40 languages and has an online search query volume of 12.8% in search market shares. It is Bing’s closest competitor so far but still does not hold a candle to Google. It supports online searches for images, videos, local listings, audio, shopping, directories and much more.
On paper, ask.com is much like the search engines named above. However, it is a question-answering website that puts primary focus on e-commerce. In fact, it is considered as more of a question and answer community. Regarding search results ability, Ask.com will probably not give you the best answers as Google or Bing does, but it does have a significant amount of archived data for information. It has also been criticized for its browser toolbar, which is difficult to uninstall and typically acts as malware because it bundles with other software
Formerly known as Ask Jeeves, it was founded in June 1996 by IAC and is currently only available in English. As of April 2018, it is ranked 129 by Alexa.
Although Baidu is the most popular search engine in China, it is steadily becoming a contender in the global search market share. In fact, it is currently ranked at number 4 in Alexa rankings, which is far better than Ask.com and Yahoo Search. Baidu is now processing billions of searches per month.
The company was founded in 2000 and is part of a multi-tech company Baidu.Inc which specializes in Internet-related products, services, and artificial intelligence. Baidu not only processes search queries, but also provides other services including cloud storage, maps, news, and so much more.