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DuckDuckGo: Is it a real alternative?

     
11:50 pm on Dec 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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

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

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

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I "Googled it"

I "Binged it"

I "DuckDuckgoed it?

DuckDuckgo it

Google it

Bing it

Sometimes names matter.
12:09 am on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

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yes the name suck, but how about

duck it
12:30 am on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

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

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Coud have been. Apparently it was called after duck duck goose.
9:13 am on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

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

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

it will be hard for anyone to take market share from google though
11:12 am on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

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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+.....
4:29 pm on Dec 10, 2012 (gmt 0)

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

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

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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...]
2:44 pm on Jun 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

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

[twitter.com...]
6:35 pm on Jun 19, 2013 (gmt 0)

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

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

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

[help.duckduckgo.com...]
7:44 am on Jun 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

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

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

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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]

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

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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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