5 essential search engines

A search engine is an online resource that systematically indexes web content. When you search, a search engine displays relevant web pages that match the words or terms you are interested in.

The information is created by web spiders that crawl through all the data to create databases with relationships, algorithms, and metadata. Large teams of software engineers and smart programmers create software and programs that allow this magic to happen behind the scenes.

There are a number of search engine options you might like to try:


The best known search engine is Google. Personally, I find it to be one of the most useful and accurate search engines. The company has an outstanding product line and an excellent marketing team supported by world-class software engineers. https://www.google.com.au/


DuckDuckGo is my second favorite search engine. You can change your default to this because the privacy options are super sweet. This allows me to search without the custom search results filter bubble. This tool does not use profiles for users, so we all see the same results. The system was designed to be a bit more democratic and fairer. https://duckduckgo.com/

Apple Safari

Apple has its own default search engine called Safari. You can use it with your Mac, iPhone and iPad devices. It’s sleek and gets the job done without too much fanfare. https://www.apple.com/au/safari/


Bing promises to help you turn information into action. This search engine aims to facilitate and accelerate the transition from research to action. If you log in to this Microsoft tool, you can participate in the loyalty program (reflective points and quiz). https://www.bing.com/


I use Yahoo occasionally – you might like it if you’re with them for an email provider. However, I’m personally not a fan of seeing advertising and news while doing a simple search – it’s just distracting. https://au.yahoo.com/

There are many ways to improve your use of a search engine. You might like to imagine you’re having a conversation with a good friend and how you might describe to them – in layman’s terms – what you’re looking for. The easiest way is to think of a few specific extra words to add.

I miss AltaVista. It was the coolest named search engine.

Please leave a comment and tell us which search engine you like to use?

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Rosemary S. Bishop