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DuckDuckGo: Is it a real alternative?
zeus




msg:4526425
 11:50 pm on Dec 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

I have made some searches on Duckduckgo the last weeks and you know what I like it, its results looks more real if I can say it like that. When I search google I have this feeling they have some kind of random algo in there that just filter some sites out for the "fun" of it.

What do you think about Duckduckgo

 

ken_b




msg:4526426
 11:56 pm on Dec 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

They apparently don't like my site, or..... whatever.

In the last 30 days, only one (1) referral from them shows up in my stats.

zeus




msg:4526427
 11:59 pm on Dec 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

I also dont get that many visits, but that could change overtime, as google is more a database of peoples interest for ads, then a search engine and who knows where Bing goes, they also copy part of google results.

So a real alternative right now is DuckDuckgo

ken_b




msg:4526429
 12:03 am on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

I "Googled it"

I "Binged it"

I "DuckDuckgoed it?

DuckDuckgo it

Google it

Bing it

Sometimes names matter.

zeus




msg:4526434
 12:09 am on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

yes the name suck, but how about

duck it

lucy24




msg:4526443
 12:30 am on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

It makes you suspect the designer asked his 4-year-old to come up with the name. Wouldn't be the first time.

I fed in a search phrase (not a text string) that's guaranteed to bring me in at #1. I am content :)

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:4526555
 9:09 am on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

Coud have been. Apparently it was called after duck duck goose.

brotherhood of LAN




msg:4526557
 9:13 am on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

Nevermind the name, people have been touting it for a while now. If it's a sleeping giant of search someone should wake it up...

topr8




msg:4526565
 9:48 am on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

i use it all the time and the results are good.

it will be hard for anyone to take market share from google though

zeus




msg:4526573
 11:12 am on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

Take market share from Google? I think that is already happening, I know more and more that just dont like google anymore, not for the search results this time, but be cause of there way of doing business over the last years. I as webmaster also notice I use it less and less when I really looking for something, I just check my rankings on google and test a few keywords. When searching I use DuckDuckgo or Bing.

First, I notice, that I dont see any keyword stuffing on DDG which is getting on my nerves when I do a search.

Secound, I just like the results better it looks for real.

Third,Its not stuffed, with images, videos, google+.....

SevenCubed




msg:4526628
 4:29 pm on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

I've been using a variety of engines for a while now and it's refreshing -- DuckDuckGo is among them, but they aren't really quacked up on local search, takes then the longest to get new sites indexed also.

I "Googled it"
I "Binged it"
I "DuckDuckgoed it?


Local search = YellowPages = "I found it"

I have to give credit where credit is due. Google retrained my mind by crowding first page of local search results with directories, primarily YellowPages. Now I just go directly to the YP website and search there by-passing search engines. I don't even bother with Google at all anymore except to check SERPs for my sites. I'm free :)

zeus




msg:4538025
 5:28 pm on Jan 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

I have now only used duckduckgo.com for all my searches for 3 Month, just used google to check sites ranking. I must say DDG is fully up to my expectation, I REALLY dont miss google one bit, I find everything im looking for. I dont have to browse domain stuffing, videos, news, images....

Shepherd




msg:4585284
 9:19 am on Jun 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

From what little I've used DDG, I find them to be pretty good.

They seem to be getting a boost right now in the U.S. with all the spying stuff going on here: [searchengineland.com...]

engine




msg:4585745
 2:44 pm on Jun 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

Actually, that's way behind. DDG is now over 3 million searches.

[twitter.com...]

lucy24




msg:4585831
 6:35 pm on Jun 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

In the last 30 days, only one (1) referral from them shows up in my stats.

Same here-- only this time the stats in question are for my test site, which is 100% roboted-out and gets only two or three human visitors a week. So one referral in a month may be statistically meaningful.

Anyone happen to know what "kh" means in DDG search results? Can't be position in SERP, because it's got a negative value :)

dstiles




msg:4585858
 8:01 pm on Jun 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

Although DDG used to run their own bot (and I think still do) I think they now include results from other SEs - ie they have become a semi-meta engine. Looking through the site, though, there is almost no information about their operation and nothing I could find about other-engine-use so I may be wrong. Certainly their webmaster information appears to be lacking.

I have no idea whether they are still collecting data. I haven't seen their bot for a while. Anyone know what IP range (if any, now)? I have a User-Agent of DuckDuckBot.

I notice they no longer seem to have the continual-rolling-results that they used to have and which G copied for a while.

brotherhood of LAN




msg:4585862
 8:05 pm on Jun 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

dstiles, they do have their own crawler, and also use other engines.

[help.duckduckgo.com...]

bill




msg:4585988
 7:44 am on Jun 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

I set DDG as default SE on my main browser just to see what all the fuss was about. The SERPs are different enough from Google's that I find myself running the same search with the !g bang [duckduckgo.com] just to see what I'm missing.

I do miss the Google features like conversions (currency, measurements, etc.) in the SERPs, but I'm slowly learning to live without.

tigger




msg:4585991
 7:56 am on Jun 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

you've had 1 ! come on share the traffic ;o( in 30 days ZERO ! and I'm first & second for my main money terms

I don't think the UK have even heard of DDG the lemmings still think Google is the internet

The thing I find odd, why offer G & B at the bottom of the serps, do they offer this NO...so why DDG

hitchhiker




msg:4586198
 7:16 pm on Jun 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

This month: I've got 634 from DDG, starting suddenly on May 29th. That's in comparison to 2,373,683 from Google. Bing/Yah around 75k - Yand: 11k (Direct: 400k)

[edited by: hitchhiker at 7:18 pm (utc) on Jun 20, 2013]

dstiles




msg:4586200
 7:18 pm on Jun 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

brotherhood of LAN - thanks. I knoew I'd seen it somewhere but couldn't find it from the "home page linked" pages. Still the same bot info I already have. :)

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