List of Search Engines
by Ron Kurtus (revised 12 May 2011)
The most popular way of finding information on the World Wide Web is through the use of search sites. These are web sites that are dedicated to providing a data base of web sites and topics that can be found through the use of their search engines.
Each search engine has its own rules on the best way to find the information for which you are looking. This list is by no means comprehensive. If you have some favorites and corrections, let me know about them. Some compile search from the major engines. These are called meta search sites.
Questions you may have include:
- What are the major search engines?
- What are good meta search sites?
- What are some minor players?
This lesson will answer those questions.
Major search engines
The major search engines and their worldwide percentages are as follows:
Google is far and away the top website search engine at 82.8%.
Yahoo at 6.4%
Baidu at 4.9% (Chinese language search engine: 62% in China)
Bing at 3.9%
Ask at 0.5%
AOL at 0.4% (Uses Google Engine)
Meta search sites
These sites search the other search engines and compile a summary. Typically it is a compilation of the major engines.
Secondary search sites
Among the minor search engines, several had one time been major players. A few are up-and-comers.
Netscape: search.netscape.com ng
Alta Vista: www.altavista.com
Lycos: www.lycos.com ng
Go.com: www.go.com - ng - disney
Use these search sites to find your information. If you have other suggested sites, let me know about them.
Use all the resources you can
Resources and references
Web search engine - Wikipedia
List of Search Engines - Top 10 in US
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