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14 reasons you really shouldn't ignore DuckDuckGo

     
4:12 am on Feb 17, 2016 (gmt 0)

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https://econsultancy.com/blog/67501-14-reasons-you-really-shouldn-t-ignore-duckduckgo/ [econsultancy.com]

14 reasons you really shouldn't ignore DuckDuckGo

For the uninitiated among you (where have you been?), DuckDuckGo (DDG) is a private search engine that has seen exponential growth since its inception a few years ago.

So why should you care?

Because an increasing chunk of your target audience may well be heading to DDG in the coming years.

Donít believe me? Rand Fishkin of Moz fame said it will be "the fastest growing search engine of 2016."

If youíre still not convinced, here are some enlightening stats about DDG that might make you pay attention.


I knew that I was using DDG more than any other search engine recently, but that's for my own reasons. I was a bit surprised to see so many others feel the same.
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You have to ask... who is ignoring DDG? Methinks it might be those of narrow scope. :)

As the old adage says: "There's more than one way to skin a cat."
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I've been using DDG exclusively for many, many months now. I bet I use a non-DDG search engine maybe two times a month. I really don't miss Google at all. Honestly. I tried to get a relative converted to it but she gave up after a few days. People are just so used to what GOOG gives them they are scared of anything even the slight bit different.

I'd tell anyone to try it but give it an honest effort, give it about a month of daily use and then decide. One huge thing is that you can actually turn off ads on the results page if you want. Try that in Google LOL.

I even switched one of my site's search engine boxes from a Google box to a DDG box. When someone searches on my site, it sends them to the DDG page but I specify the colors so when they are transferred it looks similar and then they come back to my site. In other words I'm eliminating Google in yet another spot and introducing many more users to DDG.
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I always know something is odd when Chrome tries to reset its default search to Google (which it does often for some unknown reason). If I want to use another SE from DDG it's simple to use one of the !bangs. I find myself using those on other SEs by mistake sometimes. ;)

Interesting application @Swanny007. Do they have an API to show the SERPs in your own page like Google CSE yet? I could take a few sites in that direction if they did.
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Do they have an API to show the SERPs in your own page like Google CSE yet?

Not that I know of. But I really don't understand APIs so I don't use them for anything.