Examples of search engines
Most of the time, people are confused between search engines and web browsers. For example, they mislead between Google and Chrome. They think Google and Chrome both are search engines or web browsers. But it is not correct. Google is a search engine, while Chrome is a web browser.
For the brief, Google, Yahoo, and Bing are popular search engines. This chapter will describe to you what is a search engine and its example as well.
What is search engine?
A search engine is a software program, which is designed to perform web searches on the World Wide Web (www). You can call the search engines as an answering machine. Search engines discover, process and organize internet content and provide it to users when searching for any information.
Here are a few important points:
How does a search engine work?
The three important tasks are performed by a search engine when a user search for anything on it: Crawling, Indexing, and Ranking.
Whenever a user searches for information on Google, he/she needs to type a query in the search bar. The search engine crawls the thousands of web pages on behalf of the user using their own crawlers.
Note: The web crawlers are commonly referred to as the search engine spiders or bots.
Crawl: Scour the internet for data.
Index: This process stores and organizes the content that is found from the crawling process. Basically, this step indexes the web pages which are relevant for the user's query to be displayed.
Rank: This process ranks the best content at the top, which is the best answer for the user's query. It means that the most relevant result shows on top of the web.
Top 10 search engines
In this chapter, we have a list of the top 10 search engines. These search engines are put in the sequence according to their rank in popularity and usage. Search engines are listed by the statistics of Statcounter.
In this list, you have seen that Google is on top of the list. Google is the most used and popular search engine because of its simplicity, easy interface, and understandability.
Now, we will discuss each of the given search engines one by one in this chapter below:
Google takes first place in search engines. According to the research of statista and Statcounter, around 92.16% of searches are happening on Google, demanding in the market.
If you want any of the information, just Google it!
Google offers easy to use interface to the users; that is why it is the most popular search engine. According to the calculation of Alexa, Google is ranking at the top and secured 1st rank all over the world and in the United States as well.
Why Google is in demand or popular?
Google is in demand because of its simplicity and easy interface. It can be easily learned to use.
Bing is a Microsoft product now, which is known as Microsoft Bing. Bing has now renamed to Microsoft Bing in October 2020.
Microsoft Bing is another popular search engine that takes place after Google. Although the searching ratio on Bing is less than Google, but it takes second place after Google. Around 2.18% of searches are happening on Microsoft Bing.
By default, Microsoft Bing comes with the Windows operating system. Bing has a reward program for starters. It allows to collect the points while searching. You can redeem these points at Microsoft or Windows stores, which is a good perk.
Before Google entered the market, Yahoo was the most popular search engine. When Google came into use, Yahoo's popularity began to wane and it went off the market. Nowadays, very few people use the Yahoo search engine.
In the United States, Yahoo is the default search engine for Mozilla Firefox since 2014 till now. Don't be confused between the Yahoo search engine and the Mozilla Firefox web browser. Yahoo is the most used search engine in the United States. Its market share in the United States is 49.15%.
According to the calculation of Alexa, the world rank of Yahoo is 12, and the US rank is 4 now.
Baidu is the most popular and most used search engine in China because its available in Chinese language. Apart from China, it is actively used in Hong-Kong, Taiwan, US, and the Republic of Korea. In India, it is not directly accessible. You can open and use the Baidu search engine using the following link www.baidu.com on the proxysite website (www.proxysite.com).
Baidu was founded in 2000. It has a global market share between 0.68% to 11.2%. Basically, Baidu is a Chinese search engine because it is designed in Chinese language.
It is currently ranking in the top 4 worldwide and secures 2nd rank in China in Alexa ranking. You can access the Baidu search engine worldwide, but it is only available in Chinese language. This is why, outside China, Baidu collects very less popularity and holds few influences because it serves only one market.
DuckDuckGo is a web search engine, which is available in multiple languages. DuckDuckGo is also abbreviated as DDG. DuckDuckGo is not so popular as Google, but at least you have heard the name of this search engine.
One best benefit of using this search engine, DuckDuckGo does not store the user's personal information. So, do not need to worry about your data that the boogeyman is watching you through your computer screen.
DuckDuckGo is the best choice for the user who wants to keep their information private because it does not store and collect the user's private information.
Two Russian developers designed the Yandex under a project and patent in 1990 under the company named Arkadia. It is a web search engine owned by Russia. According to Wikipedia, Yandex operates the largest search engine in Russia.
The term Yandex stands for the "Yet Another Index" after adopting in 1993. In 1997, yendex.ru domain launched for Yandex. It offers an interactive interface so that the user can use it easily.
In Russia, Yandex is a popular search engine. It powers more than half of the searches in Russia. Other than Russia, it is widely also used in Turkey, Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Ukraine.
According to the calculation of Alexa, Yandex is ranking in top 30 websites in all over the world and takes position 4 in Russia.
Ask is a web search engine, which was formerly known as Ask Jeeves initially, but now it is redirected to ask.com. Ask Jeeves is disappeared since February 2006. You can access this search engine using the www.ask.com link.
Ask search engine is a bit different from other search engines. Basically, it is based on the pattern of question/answer. Most of the questions (user queries) are answered by other users on this search engine.
It has a bit messy interface having too much data on the home page. One of the biggest disadvantages of this Ask search engine is - it returns a lack of quality results compared to Google, Yahoo, and other search engines.
Ecosia is a search engine, which is a Berlin-based (Germany) social business founded in 2009. It offers a simple and easily usable interface like other search engines to its users. The meaning of Ecosia - the search engine that plants trees. You can access this search engine using the www.ecosia.com link. You have planted 0 trees if you never used Ecosia.
To plant a single tree, you need to do around 45 searches on it. Keep sign in with Ecosia search engine and track your impact (trees you planted) shows on its home page.
Ecosia makes a big contribution of its profit to plant the trees all over the world, which is a good step ever taken by someone. Eco-friendly option has now become one of the default search engines of Google Chrome.
Ecosia is basically focused on ecological issues like deforestation and it donates 80% of its profit to non-profit organizations. You can also become a part of this movement by signing with Ecosia and around your 45 searches will help to plant a tree.
AOL stands for America Online. In 1985, it was first come into existence. As the name implies, AOL search engine comes with all the required functionality of a search engine. It offers different news categories search options on its home page to see the latest news updates.
In past days, AOL was a famous search engine and was on the top of the world's search engines. At that same time, AOL had its own search engine called NetFind. In 1999, NetFind was renamed to AOL Search. Currently, it ranks lower, but it still falls in the top 10 search engines list.
AOL search engine is an American web portal that facilitates various other services with it, such as web portal, email, dial-up service, and instant messaging. Note that search history is only available to the users who logged in to the system in AOL search engine.
Internet Archive search engine is basically an American digital library whose main objective is to "universal access to all knowledge". The official website of Internet Archive search engine is archive.org, and you can access this search engine using the https://archive.org/search.php link.
This search engine is different from the other search engine. Basically, it is a very useful tool to trace the record of old websites. This search engine will show how a website has looked like since 1996.
Internet Archive is a bit difficult and complex search engine, which is not as easy as the other search engine discussed above. For more details, go for its official website.
Its interface is a bit difficult to understand because the search results returned it is messy, complex and less understandable.