the 5 best search engines in 2022

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Google, Google, it’s not just Google in life. Agree, the search engine largely dominates the market. But with data security and privacy cases users are starting to look at what is happening elsewhere.

For some, the question of replacing Google with another search engine makes more and more sense. So we concocted a comparison of the best alternative search engines to Google.

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Bing

The most visual

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All Windows users know Bing, since it’s the Microsoft search engine which is also pre-installed as the default engine on all PCs. On the privacy side, Microsoft adopts exactly the same policy as Google. It is therefore not this point that will make a difference.

In fact, Bing stands out above all for its more visual interface. Every day, the engine displays an “image of the day” which adorns the background. A carousel also displays the latest news. And that’s all.

Bing’s problem is that it failed to respond to Google and lost market share at lightning speed. Nevertheless, in some countries like Denmark, Bing is still the preferred browser for users. Just a matter of habit.

Yahoo!

The most old school

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Yahoo! and Bing is a bit the same fight. Like Microsoft’s engine, Yahoo! lost the race with the arrival of Google. Yet this search engine was number 1 for a long time. Today Yahoo! still generates a lot of traffic but is not really privileged in France.

This may be due to his interface a little too busy with lots of news displayed on the home page, weather, US sports scores like basketball, horoscope, etc. In fact, Yahoo! is as much a news aggregator as it is a search engine.

Again, no difference in privacy. It’s all about interface preferences and habits.

Qwant

The controversial

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Qwant is a textbook case. Originally the founders sold the project as a made in France (French-German actually) product with its own privacy-friendly engine.

The interface was undoubtedly its biggest strong point with results by columns that also dipped into social networks, videos, etc. At the same time tools like Qwant Maps, Qwant Pay, Qwant Mail etc. were under study. The arrival of such a player has created a certain hype, with some seeing Qwant as the European Google.

The problem is that the results of Qwant looked suspiciously like those of Bing. And we finally realized that the engine that was supposed to be completely autonomous was mainly based on Microsoft’s engine. For example, at the end of 2020, we obtained the same first two search results on the two engines for the query “coronavirus France”. The company therefore had to render accounts, was condemned and had to completely review the architecture of its search engine.

Today, Qwant still uses Bing results but is 40% autonomous. So if you want to give it a second chance…

DuckDuck Go

The most respectful of privacy

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If you are looking to really protect your privacy, DuckDuck Go is the search engine for you. This engine uses Google’s ultra-minimalist interface, the same structure of search results in the form of a list and a classification by images, news, etc.

However, unlike Google, there is no data tracking. You can customize the theme, appearance, colors etc. Basic, simple. So much so that DuckDuckGo was a real hit in 2021.

Only small downside: the search results are not as relevant as those of Google. But if you’re not working on the web, this shouldn’t present much of a problem.

Lilo.org

Our little favorite

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Lilo is our little darling. This search engine allows you to support associations. The company behind this project thought that part of the billions of dollars generated by user searches could serve noble causes.

The principle of Lilo is therefore very simple. With each search we collect drops of water. When we have accumulated enough drops, we can choose to distribute them in causes that are close to our hearts. They are classified by type of cause such as defense of the animal cause, environment, populations in great difficulty, etc. You can also choose one or more associations beforehand so that the drops are paid to them automatically.

These drops are then converted into euros and are used to finance projects. There are more than 1000 associations and many of them communicate each year on the projects which have been financed thanks to Lilo. It is this transparency that we really liked.

On the usage side, Lilo aggregates the results of several search engines (Google, Bing etc.). The company is again very transparent and allows you to choose other services when it considers that it is not able to provide the same quality. For example Google Maps remains the best mapping service.

Another good point, there is no personalized data tracking, even if it would raise more money. On the other hand, there are non-targeted advertisements since it is these advertisements which make it possible to finance associations. In summary, we love it!

Verdict: How to Choose the Best Google Alternative

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You can’t really say that one search engine is better than the other. On the other hand, some correspond more to everyone’s expectations. Bing and Yahoo! are the closest to Google. Bing is distinguished by its very graphical interface, while Yahoo! rely more on information.

If Qwant is still controversial, its teams are working to restore its image and make it a European alternative to Google. DuckDuckGo is the search engine that will best suit those wishing to protect their private data. Finally, Lilo will appeal to Internet users wishing to support causes that are dear to them.

If we have recommended alternatives to Google, it is important to specify that today many users no longer go through this entry point to carry out their searches. Young users, for example, leave more room for social networks.

Thereby Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or even TikTok have become alternatives to search engines on their own. With what is good and what is less good. But that’s another subject.

So, which search engine would you use to replace Google?

Google, Google, it’s not just Google in life. Agree, the search engine largely dominates the market. But with data security and privacy cases users are starting to look at what is happening elsewhere. For some, the question of replacing Google with another search engine makes more and more sense. So…

Google, Google, it’s not just Google in life. Agree, the search engine largely dominates the market. But with data security and privacy cases users are starting to look at what is happening elsewhere. For some, the question of replacing Google with another search engine makes more and more sense. So…

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