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Found an awesome list of alternative and useful search engine sites and I just had to share it with you guys, its a lot of fun!

ReadWriteWeb Written by Charles S. Knight, SEO and edited by Richard MacManus. The original version of the Top 100 Alternative Search Engines List appeared here on Read/WriteWeb on January 29, 2007. Every month, we'll be updating the list and selecting a "Search Engine of the Month". At the end of the year, we'll also select an Alternative Search Engine of the Year.

  1. is The search engine that keeps on looking

  2. Ask Mobile is a Mobile search engine from

  3. ASK VOX is a A second talking female user interface.

  4. AnswerBus is a Ask in English, French, Spanish, German or Italian.

  5. Blabline is a Podcast / videocast search engine

  6. blinkx is a Video Search

  7. boing is a Search the Mobile web

  8. is a Searches for posts related to your keywords.

  9. ChaCha is a Human Guides are available to aid in your search.

  10. ClipBlast! is a Video Search

  11. Clusty is a Clustering search engine

  12. collarity is a Behavioral personalized search / Collarity Compass

  13. CONGOO is a Searches for Premium Content

  14. crossEngine is a Searches Search Engines; formerly mrSAPO

  1. d e c i p h o is a Behavioral personalized search / Social Meter

  2. Ditto is a Visual search engine

  3. Dogpile is a MetaSearch Engine

  4. dumbfind is a Featuring the Two-Box search method.

  5. exalead is a Web / Image search with a European flavor

  6. factbites is a Search Result snippets are complete sentences.

  7. fazzle is a Search engine that emphasizes Boolean Search

  8. filangy is a Personalized Search Engine

  9. FIND FORWARD is a Multi-featured search engine; check this one out!

  10. FindSounds is a Search for sound effects and musical samples.

  11. FyberSearch is a Parent site for some interesting new search engines.

  12. GIGABLAST is a A multi-featured search engine.

  13. girafa is a Visual search engine - results are thumbnails

  14. gnod is a Oustanding recommendation search engines

  15. gnosh is a Metasearch engine

  16. GoLexa is a COMPLETE page analysis for each result.

  17. goshme Beta 3.0 is a A search engine for search engines. Top 10 pick.

  18. GoYams is a Metasearch engine where you select the mix.

  19. grokker is a A multi-featured meta-search engine.

  20. GRUUVE is a Groovy music recommendation search engine.

  21. hakia is a "Meaning based" search engine

  22. ICEROCKET is a Blog search engine

  23. ixquick is a Metasearch engine

  24. KartOO is a Visually appealling clustering search engine

  25. Lexxe is a Natural language processing (NLP) search engine

  26. like is a Visual shopping engine; see also riya

  27. liveplasma is a Attractive music / movies clustering / recommendation engine

  28. is a Search for local businesses, products, and services

  29. lurpo is a Searches for custom Google search engines

  1. mamma is a metasearch engine

  2. MetaGlossary is a Searches for definitions, phrases and acronyms.

  3. mnemomap is a Clustering search engine

  4. Mojeek is a Customize your own personal search engine.

  5. Mooter is a Clustering search engine

  6. mrquery is a Metasearch engine / metasearch providers

  7. MS. DEWEY is a Unique user interface - enough said.

  8. Omgili is a Social community search engine

  9. onkosh is a Arabic / English Search Engine

  10. Pagebull is a Visual results search engine

  11. pipl is a People search engine

  12. PlanetSearch is a Metasearch engine

  13. PolyMeta is a Metasearch and clustering search engine

  14. is a Metasearch engine

  15. qksearch is a Multi-featured "3-in-1" multi-search engine

  16. Quintura is a Clustering search engine with a new interface

  17. Quintura for kids is a Search engine for kids by Quintura

  18. RedZee is a Search Engine with nice preview results

  19. retrievr is a Visual search engine

  20. riya is a Visual search engine; see also Like

  21. scirus is a Scientific information only search engine

  22. searchbots is a Have a little fun, create your own searchbot.

  23. SearchTheWeb2 is a Search The Popular Head and The Long Tail

  24. sidekiq is a Multi-category search engine. Very nice.

  25. Slideshow is a Displays search results as a moving slideshow.

  26. Slifter is a A mobile shopping search engine.

  27. soople is a A simplified version of Google's search options.

  28. Speegle is a The speeglebot talks to you.

  29. Sphere is a A blog search engine.

  30. Sproose is a Social search engine

  31. S R C H R is a Metasearch engine

  32. SurfWax is a Meaning-based search engine

  33. Swamii is a Search engine that keeps on searching for you.

  34. Swoogle is a Semantic Web search engine

  35. is a Shopping search engine

  36. Trexy is a Follow "trails" and "trailblazers" with Trexy.

  37. turboscout is a Metasearch engine

  38. TWERQ is a Multi-category search engine with tabbed results.

  39. UJIKO is a A fun interface where you can vote on the results.

  40. is a "Search with many" community metasearch engine.

  41. is a Vote on the search results with emoticons.

  42. WASALive is a A new member of the list.

  43. Web 2.0 is a Web 2.0 search engines

  44. WEBBRAIN is a Clustering "see the web" search engine.

  45. whonu? is a Deluxe metasearch engine.

  46. WIKIO is a "Live information from 33981 media and blogs"

  47. Windows Live Mobile is a Windows Live Mobile search engine

  48. WiseNut is a Clustering search engine

  49. Yahoo! Mobile is a Yahoo! Mobile search engine

  50. Yahoo! MINDSET is a Intention-driven search; commercial versus research

  51. yoono is a People-rated community web search

  52. yoople is a Yoople! = Yahoo! + Google + People

  53. yubnub is a Use command lines to search the web.

  54. ZABASEARCH is a People and Public Information Search Engine.

  55. zapmeta is a Metasearch engine

  56. Zippy is a Search engine for webmasters

  57. ZUULA is a Multi-category, multi-search engine, with good tabs.

Full Original: Top 100 Alternative Search Engines, February 2007


November 6th, 2007

Comments Welcome

  • MWS-admin

    Great list... Keep up that good work.
    It has help me alot to update my site :) Thx.

  • Greg Aldrich is a clustering metasearch engine.

  • Christoph Burgdorfer

    My study project called was the attempt of creating a search engine which bases its results on what people tagged rather than what bots found. I'm keen to know what you think of this approach...

  • LisaH


    Interactive Search Engine Connects Consumers with Businesses

    FREDERICK, Md., November 14, 2008 – InverSearch ( is an inverse search engine that connects consumers with businesses. Individuals and businesses simply post natural-language inquiries, and the system immediately distributes their inquiries to registered businesses interested in responding to their requests. Users can post and respond to inquiries locally, worldwide or anywhere in between.

    InverSearch allows people to quickly and easily find things based on their exact criteria. InverSearch users also have accounts in which to manage their inquiries and responses. The responses users receive are relevant results from self-identified sources. The inquiries businesses receive are credible sales leads.

    An inverse search is simpler and faster than conducting a traditional Web search and does not require users to search by, or businesses to bid on, keywords or key phrases. InverSearch business users control their own advertising budgets and achieve the highest possible advertising conversion rates while connecting with potential customers.

    InverSearch is immune to click fraud and the problems associated with pay-per-click advertising. Business advertising is delivered in response to consumer inquiries, not in advance of them. InverSearch utilizes a patent-pending pay-per-response model whereby business users pay only for the number of responses they make to consumer inquiries rather than for the number of hits they receive.

    InverSearch provides businesses with the most credible, cost-effective means to obtain business leads, and gives consumers the easiest, most reliable way to receive relevant search results. Since businesses already respond to consumer inquiries that come from conventional business advertising, InverSearch easily replaces the online advertising businesses are already doing.

    About InverSearch, LLC

    InverSearch is a privately held company specializing in the development of software to provide everyone a real alternative to scouring the Web and pay-per-click advertising. Those interested in searching an entirely new way can visit InverSearch at InverSearch was launched on June 23, 2008.


    Joseph Cibula
    InverSearch, LLC


  • Bob

    I suggest to add Glseek metasearch engine to metasearch engine list.
    Its a good metasearch engine with many abilities...
    It can search in Google, Yahoo, Live, and Ask together and show all ranked results from above engines which is a unique feature.

  • Dhanasekaran

    Great list. Also add - is cool, searching most of the shared websites.

  • Jagdeesh

    Hi, i have found one website When i saw that which has only one file server (Rapidshare) and now its growing day by day with many file servers . so look them and give me feedback.

  • Jaypee rocks among this. Kindly add that too.

  • FileDigg

    Search all education sites at once place. get pdf, ppt, doc from edu sites. search specifically from MIT, Stanford.

  • Jessica

    InverSearch is immune to click fraud and the problems associated with pay-per-click advertising. Business advertising is delivered in response to consumer inquiries, not in advance of them. InverSearch utilizes a patent-pending pay-per-response model whereby business users pay only for the number of responses they make to consumer inquiries rather than for the number of hits they receive.

  • Brian is a unique search engine that searches various alumni communities across the web for a person's name and profile.

  • Enviro Child

    USE THE SEARCH ENGINE "" it saves energy & the environment!

  • James deserves to be on the list as well. is a Visual meta search engine that displays results from three search engine Bing, Yahoo and Google in a visual interface and displays the most relevant search results based on a combination of the three search engines ranking determined by the Yometa algorithm.

    Users can see any combination of search results from Bing, Yahoo and Google in one screen and is displayed in a visual interface. The search results are displayed in a Venn Diagram, the results closer to the middle are more relevant.

  • Siobain Flynn

    I wanted to also suggest the site I've been using this site reccenly and was wondering everyone elses opinion?


  • Bob Carroll

    It is a lot simpler to just use the compact multi-search

  • Ellie Kesselman

    Here are two more search engines to add to this excellent list:
    For privacy (no user retained data, unlike many others) use DuckDuckGo
    For numeric web search e.g. data and statistics within PDF's, Excel spreadsheets. graphs, charts, tables, other formats Zanran

  • Piotr

    You forgot about Ecosia ( - the search engine that plants trees!

    • Bob Thomas Writer

      Sopranos don't have balls.

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