Google is the most used and most successful search engine ever, and we would be lying if we told you that it wasn’t your best option. If you search anything on Google you will most likely get results, but sometimes you just can’t find what you are looking for, even if you know all the Google search tricks imaginable. Even though Google is the best search engine out there, there are plenty of good alternatives that you could keep at hand just in case Google doesn’t have the answers for you. We have made a list of 5 alternative search engines that are likely to give you good results. Check them out below:
2. Wolfram Alpha
This is a very cool, different type of search engine. When you search for something on Google, all it does is redirect you to various websites that somehow relate to the keywords that you typed in, but Wolfram Alpha uses built-in knowledge that has been entered into and collected by human experts to give you a specific answer, or specific information. There are many results for lots of different things. For example, when you type ‘pizza’ into the Wolfram Alpha search bar the nutrition facts of pizza show up as a result, and when you type in ‘why are we here?’ a quote from the 1983 movie ‘The Meaning of Life’ appears. Also, if you type and mathematics question into the search bar you will see the answer in the result.
If you are more of a visual person, or someone who just doesn’t like to read, a long Wikipedia page can be a pain to sit through. Qwiki is something entirely different: it is an encyclopedia, like Wikipedia, only this one actually speaks to you. If you search for any topic (a country, a band, a famous person, etc) Qwiki talks about the topic and shows you pictures along with it, so that you can absorb the information easily. This search engine is definitely futuristic and ideal for those of us that don’t like to read much.
Sometimes you have a burning question that Google doesn’t know the answer to. Especially if your question is subjective Google will float you with forums on which people are arguing about the topic and if your question is too vague, you probably won’t get too many results. However, on Quora you can ask any question (from ‘when did the dinosaurs go extinct?’ to ‘will humans ever learn how to fly?’ and Quora almost always has the answer for you. There are usually even more than one answers, but the best answers get rated up so that they become more visible and the bad ones kind of get sorted out. Unfortunately you do need to sign up to Quora in order to use it, and if Quora comes up in your Google results you can’t read past the first answer unless if you are signed up.
Maybe you would not really call AllMyFaves a search engine, but in a way it is. The thing that makes it different from other search engines is… that it requires no search! The website is basically a collection of all the good websites on the internet. It is very useful for if you are looking for a site about a specific topic, or for a specific purpose, and Google doesn’t give you the results that you had hoped for. For instance, if you are looking for a cooking website, AllMyFaves displays the best websites for finding recipes, and if you are looking for a car rental website, AllMyFaves displays the most popular and efficient car rental websites.
Although the above sites are great, Google will probably always be your main search engine, because it has the most results and it is what we are used to. But you should keep these 5 alternative search engines in mind or bookmark them, just in case Google ever fails you, or if you want to search something in an alternative or in a fun way. If you use any alternative search engines that you would like to recommend, please feel free to tell us about them in the comment section.