Beginners Guide: 10 Search Engines
Written by Edna Davidsen ∴ Thursday, July 13, 2017
Before I became a Christian online entrepreneur, I was the elephant in the room in regards to search engines. But as I continued to build https://OurChristianBook.com I learned how search engines represent an infinite spectrum of possibilities. Search engine knowledge is gold in the mine for Christians in online business. I’m a Christian affiliate marketer. I have my favourite search engine, but I see a rainbow of flavours among OurChristianBook.com’s customers. That’s why I’m familiar with the major search engines and their stories.
Google’s search engine is my favourite search engine because the biggest contributors to this search engine are web surfers.
It’s also why Google is the best search engine for online search. I’m a huge Google+ fan as well. If you’re on Google+, you can find me here: +EdnaDavidsen. I love to connect with Christian bloggers on Google plus. Google is the most popular search engine in the world. In June 2017 the Google Search Engine Market Share was 79,45%. Google.com ranks number one on Alexa Top 500 Global Sites followed by YouTube number two and Facebook third. Google search engine components are: 1) The Google bot which crawls web pages and transmits information. 2) A query processor. 3) An indexer.
Bing is Microsoft's search engine. Bing is an MSN Search, Windows Live Search and later Live Search combination. Since 2015 Bing has also powered Yahoo Search.
In June 2017 the Bing Search Engine Market Share was 7,31%. Bing is, therefore, a much smaller search engine than Google. Bing.com ranks number forty on Alexa Top 500 Global Sites.
While Google’s customers are web surfers, Yahoo’s customers are the advertisers. At first, Yahoo focused on the search engine part. Later it developed into indexing web sites with paid ads. Yahoo never took off as a web surfer search engine. In June 2017 Yahoo Market Share was 4,91%. Yahoo.com ranks number six on Alexa Top 500 Global Sites next to Wikipedia.
Baidu has a Chinese encyclopaedia called Baidu Baike. It’s almost similar to Wikipedia, with two differences: 1) The Chinese language 2) The article-editing function is limited to registered users. In June 2017 the Baidu Search Engine Market Share was 7,06%. Baidu.com ranks number four on Alexa Top 500 Global Sites surrounded by Facebook and Wikipedia.
Ask.com is as the name suggests a question and answer site. The idea was that users could ask and get an everyday language answer.
The users met Jeeves, a grey suit dressed gentleman. It was an attempt to personalise the user experience. Jeeves disappeared on 27 February 2006. Ask.com had outsourced the whole web search matches before it left the search industry in 2010. That’s why the search engine is still available. Ask.com had a much-criticised toolbar because the installation process was complicated.McAfee AntiVirus and Symantec Norton AntiVirus classified the toolbar as computer damaging software. In June 2017 the Ask Search Engine Market Share was 0,14%. Ask.com ranks number 116 on Alexa Top 500 Global Sites in a descending trend.
AOL.com is now a small search engine player. In the 90thies it was a popular web portal and email/instant messaging provider based on a dial-up service. With the shift from dial-up to broadband in the early 2000s, AOL lost its momentum. The AOL Search Engine Market Share was 0,05% in June 2017. AOL.com ranks number 285 on Alexa Top 500 Global Sites.
7. Wolfram Alpha
The Wolfram Alpha search engine differs from the search engines mentioned above. Wolfram Alpha returns facts and statistics, not document lists or web pages.
It’s a valuable turn-to resource when I research facts on https://OurChristianBook.com. The Wolfram Alpha search engine differs from semantic search engines. A semantic search engine will rank one answer highest among a large number of web pages. Wolfram Alpha displays organised book and website results. This search engine is best for fact inquiries such as: what is the second smallest country in the world by GDP? Wolframalpha.com ranks number 2018 on Alexa Global Sites.
Excite has provided Internet services such as email, instant messaging, search engine, weather updates and news since 1995.
Six Stanford University students built the company. In 1999, Excite was offered to buy Google. Back then Excite.com and Yahoo.com were the two biggest players in the search industry. The price was $750,000. Excite rejected the offer. Later, in 2004 Ask Jeeves bought Excite. Ask Jeeves later became Ask.com. Excite.com ranks number 10.341 on Alexa Global Sites.
DuckDuckGo.com (short: DDG) is a search engine that does not track its users. It’s popular because it protects privacy.
With the DuckDuckGo search engine, the results are unfiltered. The DDG search engine avoids guessing what users want based on: 1) Previous search queries. 2) User-information. DuckDuckGo.com ranks number 444 on Alexa Top 500 Global Sites in an ascending trend. The search engines blog is Duck.co. It contains privacy- and DDG-related articles.
The Russian market share was 65% in June 2017. The Russian Yandex site ranks number 30 on Alexa Top 500 Global Sites, between the Russian Google version and Netflix. Besides Russia, the Yandex search engine is also used in Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Turkey. The Yandex Corporation has developed a free web browser as well. The Yandex browser uses Kaspersky Antivirus to check downloaded files.