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40 Advanced and Alternative Search Engines

Have you ever been looking for something but didn’t know where to find it? If that something is online, then your search is over (or just about to begin). The following are 40 advanced and alternative search engines that you can use to find just about anything on the Internet. Use them to follow discussions about your industry, monitor your online reputation, and much more!

General Search

To start off our search adventure, let’s look at some general search engines beyond the top three.


Concerned about online privacy? DuckDuckGo prides themselves as being the search engine that does not track or personalize your searches and results. They even offer handy visual guides on Google tracking and filter bubbling.


Use your search to raise money for charities! Each legitimate search on Goodsearch raises $.01 for a charity of your choice. You’ll just have to open an account, choose a charity, and then start searching! Goodsearch uses the Yahoo! search engine. Avoid fraudulent use, though, as they’ll catch you and remove the charity.


Want trees planted while you search? That’s what Ecosia does! Simply run your normal searches and Ecosia will use its surplus income to conservationist organizations that plant trees. And you don’t have to sacrifice low-quality results to do good – Ecosia uses Bing and their own search algorithms.


If you want results from the top three search engines, but don’t want to go to them individually, try Dogpile. It’s results are pulled from the top three search engines “without all the mess.”


Want spam free search results? Blekko‘s mission is to provide a differentiated, editorial voice in search. They look for quality over quantity, source based authority over link based, removes sites whose primary purpose is monetization over information, and uses human curating through the use of user tags.


Looking for a search engine based on computation and metrics? Try WolframAlpha. It will give you website data, historical information by date, unit conversions, stock data, sports statistics, and more. You can see examples by topic to learn more.


Want an open source search engine? Check out Gigablast. While it doesn’t always get things right, it does provide a retro look, results return quickly, and a feature similar to the now-defunct Google Instant.

Social Network Specific Advanced Search

Need to find something specific on one of the top social networks? Here are some great advanced search pages.

Facebook Search

Want to see a particular search across different areas of Facebook? Use Facebook Advanced Search. When you type in your query, click on the “see more results” link at bottom of the suggestions. Then use the filters on the left to see results within people, pages, places, groups, and more.

LinkedIn People Search

If you want to find some new connections on LinkedIn, use the Advanced People Search. This will let you narrow down your results by the above plus relationship and language. Premium members will have access to additional search filters including groups, company size, years of experience, and more.

LinkedIn Job Search

LinkedIn offers job seekers an Advanced Job Search to find jobs using the above information plus experience level and industry. Premium members can narrow their search down further by the salary offered.

LinkedIn Answers Search

LinkedIn Answers is a great way to gain exposure and build authority in your industry. Use the Answers Advanced Search to find the perfect questions to answer.

Twitter Search

Twitter’s Advanced Search is a great way to find better results on Twitter. It is especially great for businesses looking for a local audience by allowing them to filter their results using the Near this place field.

Social Search

The following search engines will allow you to search one or more social networks in one place and gain additional data about the results.


Topsy allows you to see the latest tweets on your search query. You can see more about each tweet by clicking on the orange number of tweets, including what users tweeted it. Topsy also allows you to see Google+ results by switching to it under Network in the left sidebar.

Social Mention

Social Mention allow you to search across multiple types of networks including blogs, microblogs, bookmarks, comments, events, images, news, and more.

Bing Social

If you’re looking for updates from Twitter and Facebook on a particular query, try Bing Social. Updates seem to be a day behind, but they will continue to trickle through when you click the play button at the top right of the results.


Addictomatic creates a topic page for searches using results from Bing, Google Blog Search, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, WordPress, and other search & social sources. Bookmark the page on your browser to check on the latest results regularly.

Who’s Talkin

Who’s Talkin is another social search engine that will let you filter results by various networks under blogs, news, videos, images, and more.


Want to participate on forums in your industry? Use this search engine to find results specifically on forums.


BoardReader allows you to search forums and narrow results down by date (last day through last year) and language.


Find industry related blogs and posts using the following search engines.


PostRank allows you to search for blogs by topic and sorts them by social engagement metrics. Bypass the login and use the search box to find topics or specific blogs to which ones have the most comments and social shares.


Use the search box at the top of Technorati to find blogs or posts on your favorite topics.


Regator allows you to search for blogs and posts on any topic, then narrow down your results by posts with audio or video, date range, topic, and domain.

Documents, eBooks, and Presentations

If you’re looking for documents, eBooks, presentations, or other similar file types, try the following searches.


DocJax allows you to search for free eBooks and other documents. Sort by file types for documents, spreadsheets, powerpoints, and PDF to narrow down your results.


Scribd is the largest social reading and publishing network that allows you to discover original written content across the web. Sort results by category, language, length, file types, upload date, and cost (free or for sale).


SlideShare is the largest community for sharing presentations. If you missed a conference or webinar, there’s a good chance the slides from your favorite speakers are here.

Image Search

Looking for beautiful images? Try these image search engines – note that you must gain permission to use any images you find unless they are specifically marked as Creative Commons licensed.


Flickr offers an advanced search screen that allows you to find photos, screenshots, illustrations, and videos on their network. You can also search within Creative Commons licensed content.


Bing offers an image search that starts out with the top trending images, then leads to images which can be filtered by size, layout, and other criteria. They also display tabs above the results with related search queries.


Google Advanced Image Search allows you to get even more specific about the images you are looking for, including specifying whether they are faces, photos, clip arts, or line drawings. You can also search within images labeled for reuse commercially and with modifications.

Creative Commons Media

Need to find media created by others to use on your website? Try these Creative Commons searches.

Creative Commons

Looking for only images that you can repurpose, use for commercial purposes, or modify? Try the Creative Commons Search which will allow you to look through multiple sources including Flickr, Google Images, Wikimedia, and YouTube.


Wikimedia Commons has over 12 million files in their database of freely usable images, sound bites, and videos. Use the search box or browse by categories for different types of media.

Video Search

Looking for video to embed on your website or simply entertain you? Try these video search engines that look across multiple sources to find what you need.


Yahoo Video Search allows you to search through video content from their own network, YouTube, Dailymotion, Metacafe, Myspace, Hulu, and other online video providers for videos on any topic.


Blinkx allows you to go beyond YouTube to find videos on any topic from hundreds of video partner sites including big names like YouTube and Hulu. If you’re looking for video, you’ll likely find it here.


Clipblast allows you to find professional video on topics discussed by news stations, newspapers, podcasting, and commercials. Top sources include CNN, ESPN, E, Sundance, BBC, and more.


VideoSurf brings clips from Hulu, CNN, TMZ, Metacafe, Fancast, Dailymotion, and other sources to provide you with entertaining videos across the web.

Website Data & Statistics

Looking for information about your favorite brands and websites? Try out these search engines for data and statistics.


CrunchBase offers insight into your favorite online brands and companies. Listings will tell you people who are associated with a company, contact information, related videos, screenshots, and more.


Quantcast allows you to search for website profiles based on topic or specific domains. Domains with a high volume of traffic will have data including total regional visitors per month, pageviews online vs. mobile, demographics, sites similar audiences like, and more.

DoubleClick Ad Planner

Google’s DoubleClick Ad Planner lets you research domains and get the traffic statistics, daily unique visitors, and demographics such as age, gender, education, income, topics of interest, and more. This tool can be used with or without a Google account. You can also see a list of the top sites measured by Ad Planner and traffic stats in a glance.


Curious to see what technology your favorite sites use and usage trends of that technology? BuiltWith allows you to search for domains and see the technology they use, including analytics, content management systems, coding, and widgets. You can also click on any of the products to see usage trends, industries using the technology, and more.

Advanced Google

Can’t get away from Google, but want to get more out of it than a simple search? Try these advanced Google search features.

Google Advanced Search

Looking for something specific? Try Google Advanced Search or use Advanced Operators in your search queries.

Google Scholar

If you are looking for articles, theses, books, abstracts, court opinions or other information provided by academic publishers, professional societies, and university, try Google Scholar Advanced Search. You can also use Advanced Operators to refine your search results even more.

Google Books

Google Advanced Book Search will help you find search queries in books. You can also find entire books published online that might be available to download via PDF (when in the public domain).

Google Search Features

Need to check stock quotes, the time in another city, sports scores, or other specific information? The Google Search Features page allows you to search for everyday essentials, local listings, health information, and much more.

What are your favorite advanced and alternative search engines? Please share them and how you use them in the comments, and happy searching!

About the Author: Kristi Hines is a freelance writer, professional blogger, and social media enthusiast. Her blog Kikolani focuses on blog marketing for personal, professional, and business bloggers. You can follow her on , Twitter, and Facebook.

  1. As always another awesome post! I thought I knew search fairly well but this has uncovered some gems.

  2. mohamed salah Jan 28, 2012 at 3:59 am

    really amazing
    and i was looking for such an article that covers all these search engines specially those common creative search engines
    thanks a lot Kristi

  3. I like , which a search engine for business for sale listings.

  4. Anastasia Koltai Jan 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you very much. I didn’t think it would be a useful post at the beginning. But I found many great tools here and also many inspiring ideas.

    Thank you again.

  5. Keep your eye on They’re still in closed beta, but their features imo are a real game-changer.

  6. Thanks for the alternatives, duckduckgo is the best in my opinion!

  7. I’m actually using DuckDuckGo as my main search engine as Scroogle lately is having some issues giving results from Google. I mainly use Big G just to check my rankings and for optimization research. I tried Blekko and Topsy but really haven’t find a reliable way to use them, sometimes I use also Bing. But many others of this massive list were pretty much inknown to me, I’ll have a look at Dogpile then.

    Very informative post, tweeted. Have a great weekend!

  8. Great list. Here is something you may not have seen yet. Still in its infancy with almost 90,000 users (according to their home page) is the newest kid on the block. Social search –

    I was really impressed after working with it for a couple of hours and using some of its filtering tools.

  9. hey That was great, I have never found such search engines any where. They are amazing. Except Google I heard about MSN, Yahoo, Bing, AOL. But all ths earch engines you have mentioned are very new to me. Definitely I’ll try them once and share review for that to you also. Keep it up.. good sharing really.

  10. People are generally going with search engines like Google, Bing, MSN, Yahoo, etc but they are also searching for some new search engines as sometimes the users get across repeated results if they are using these very common and popular browsers.If people are going with searching of list of browsers they are just getting the list of 5-7 but here one coul navigate through all 40 browsers that will be going to be with very benificial results of searching.

  11. Thanks for this wonderful updated list..Now days competition on various search engines are also very high So for this we must know what are the new search engines available as according to their priority of ranking we can use them for our own purpose. Really a good list many of them i never heard…

    • All of these search engines are very new to me. As mostly I have used only Google, yahoo and bing. Thanks for updating me. Definitely try these ones form now rather then using only Google.:P

  12. Thanks for sharing this list, really good resource for my business. Great that this post has been so productive in uncovering great info. Thanks everyone!

  13. The above list looks good but Google is the top search engine there is no alternative for that….

  14. I must say this is quite an extensive list! Thank you Kristi for the effort, and time, research, etc, you put in to provide helpful information like this for others! I never realized there were so many other search engines but I tend to stick to the most basic, maybe I’ll give some of these a shot; getting rather tired of the ones I use!

  15. Most of these are just a cluttered as Google – I want a SIMPLE search, NO suggestions, NO sidebar etc

    I don’t want or accept ANYONE trying to guess what I am search for, google were fine until they FORCED suggestions, introduced the tragedy of instant and then cluttered the page further with a SIDEBAR

    DuckDuckGo looks good but there are no buttons for Image Search, News Etc – Yet again a half baked idea released before it’s ready

    Need to ditch Gmail too and get rid of this CRAP

  16. Geoffrey Halgand Jul 13, 2012 at 6:03 am

    What do I think about people trying to create new search engines?
    Well, it’s cute, nothing more to say. Do they really think that they stand a chance against the already almighty ones?

  17. Thanks so much. Back to dogpile… One of the oldest… Also:

  18. Google has become too large, it must stay under lobbies rules so it is itself a lobby. Better looking for something new. Apart the others are useless. You forgot (enhanced by google)…please give us some suggestions about this search engine.
    Thanx for the post.

  19. It is cool to discover this older but still relevant list. There is also a new tool from Engagio to search the comment sphere from blogs and other sites. This has been traditionally a difficult area to search but the new tool from Engagio offers a great start – and you can create email alerts for your search!!

  20. I recommend you innovative PicWiser – it’s online image search engine now in beta tests, but soon in full version. check out on and express an opinion

  21. That’s a great list.

    I always found that it’s hard to find new websites using Google because that same websites keep getting favored by their PageRank system.

    My own search engine,, randomizes the ranking results.

  22. Now that Google et al have implemented vast censorship and their search results are useless at best, which search engines will return the best matches for a person’s search, minus all the political filters?

    For instance, I searched for a local place to buy silver. Google et al return results which are all about buying silver FROM people rather than selling silver TO people. Same results given if I change “buy” to “sell”. It seems American aren’t allowed to accumulate silver for themselves; all TPTB are focused on stripping Americans of every last bit of wealth they’ve managed to hold onto.

    I recall the days when Google was small and there was lots of competition. Once the other search engines began filtering results based on kickbacks from web site owners, resulting in useless search returns, then Google was all that was left for accurate matches and useful search results. Now it seems Google does not fear competition, and they’ve implemented widespread censorship and skewing of search results to give users the impression that only certain points of view and certain modes of action are even possible.

    I would appreciate any suggestions for search engines which are still useful and unbiased.

  23. This is a huge list, however some of the engines are rather outdated. Search Encrypt is another private search engine, similar to DuckDuckGo that has seen major increases in traffic over the past year.

    According to Alexa site info, Search Encrypt sees similar traffic numbers to DDG.

  24. As of lately Google can’t find anything related to my search, was my go to search engine but not anymore.
    Bing is no better in my opinion.
    Still looking for a worthwhile general information search engine.

  25. This is a very complete list. However, it needs some updating as some of these tools no longer exist, or have changed completely.

  26. i like duckduckgo
    you can add search engine for most shared content


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