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12:21 am on Oct 13, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Privacy-based Google Search competitor DuckDuckGo has reached 30 million searches on its engine per day.

According to DuckDuckGo’s traffic page, the search engine’s daily search record is now 30,602,556 searches.


[engadget.com...]

Here's looking for more continued growth.

DuckDuckGo, a privacy-focused search engine, achieved a new milestone by performing more than 30 million direct searches in a single day. The company cleared the bar twice this week before dropping slightly below the threshold. In a year filled with privacy scandals at major tech companies like Facebook and Google, DuckDuckGo has experienced rapid growth.

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‘DuckDuckGo’ Reaches 30 Million Searches a Day
Use has likely picked up with the several news stories concerning DDG's respect for user privacy.
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They should have called it DuckDuckHide.
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Interesting that Mobile Chrome 69 doesn't make it possible to select DDG as the default SE.
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In a year filled with privacy scandals at major tech companies like Facebook and Google, DuckDuckGo has experienced rapid growth.

Indeed, but after all it has nothing to do. Data breaches have nothing to do with a search engine, and I doubt that people are really aware (yet) about tracking and the potential issue. You use DDG, your search history is not tracked, but when you click on a site, 90% of times it will include Google or/and social medial features ... So it's not because you use DDG that it protects you more from having your email, name, address, phone... etc stolen, and it finally has a little impact on tracking.

That being said, I hope DDG can grab a much significant part of the search engine market.
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DDG SERPs don't plagerize site owner's property like Google and Bing do. The user actually has to visit our site to see our content.

AFAIK they once included a link of cached pages, but I no longer see that. That's an important factor. If they did cache pages, I'm glad they no longer do.

I also remember their SERP being supplemented by Bing. It appears that is no longer the case.

All in all, I'm liking DDG a lot. Of course the bottom line is the quality of their SERP. I haven't spent enough time to develope a comprehensive impression about that yet.
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I use duckduckgo almost exclusivley - very rarely anything else. I usually get what I'm searching for, although it may take a page or two extra. Have to say, though, that most of my searches are on technical matters to do with the internet and linux.
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I have tried ddg but I actually like the filter bubble to much the switch from Google. Writing a longer query or scrolling through results just kills my workflow...
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I am in wonderment DDG, Bing et al. have been unable to take any substantial advantage of Google's absurdities and achieve a meaningful growth. Seems to me they lack vision, competence and investment.

30m/day is peanuts
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30m/day is peanuts


In the context of the entire market share it is small, but certainly not peanuts. IMO it's enough to warrant additional investment, servers, research and pay for itself.

Search engines have the luxury of having some of the most targeted traffic out there given that the user often types their intent into it, the CPM averaged out over the typical search is pretty good.
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[Just a FYI from the User Agent perspective]

All the current Duck Duck Go bots (those things that crawl your site and put it in their search engine index) come from Amazon IP ranges. So if you are blocking AWS without prejudice, you might want to consider poking a few hole in those block rules.

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In these days of GDPR and an awakening regarding privacy in the US DDG seems to have the right idea going forward. Might be a vision of the future running around the legs of the dinosaur(s) of the previous era.

With browsers beginning to join the anti-tracking wave, and existing anti-tracking such as script killers and ad blockers on the rise, DDG is a good match for those who value their privacy.

My search engines are bing and ddg. Can't recall the last time I actually USED g for a search (though I do check on it from time to time, fully locked down).
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I noted above that Mobile Chrome does not allow DDG to be added as a SE. It seems Desktop Chrome does not either.

Is it possible Google is blocking DDG from being added to the Chrome browser? What would this suggest? (rhetorical)
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depends on the rhetorical ... do you mean that DDG is no good if Chrome in any of its iterations won't allow?
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Interesting discussion on DDG in early development. Some astute observations from jdMorgan:

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Wonder how DDG plans to make money?
It is all very well being high minded about data, but at some point employees need to be paid!
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Wonder how DDG plans to make money?

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Thanks for the link justpassing
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If you want privacy without the obnoxious DDG bells & whistles StartPage.com is the way to go, I started using them about 5 or 6 years ago and never looked back. You can also easily add them as the default if you're a Firefox user.
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obnoxious DDG bells & whistles
I must have missed those.
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I noticed a record number of searches from DuckDuckGo in my log files this weekend. Hope they get a nice slice of the pie, as I rank well with them.
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On my personal site <100 come in with a DDG referrer, but that is an increase.

Difficult to determine the exact number of referrers nowadays due to TLS & browser settings.
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obnoxious DDG bells & whistles

I must have missed those.


Maybe they've cleaned up their act, I don't care one way or another.
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Worth clarifying as people often conclude that DDG 'crawl the web'. Their bot fetches the home page and looks for indications of where your favicon will live. There isn't any organic results that they produce, it's entirely a meta search engine.
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I am all in favour of a new search engine becoming more established, it might apart from anything else be a new way to reach potential customers. But I can't see a search engine with the name "Duck Duck Go" making it to the big time without a name change. Think of the names of other search engines of today or the past, AltaVista, Google, AskJeeves, Yahoo, don't they suggest more credibility than "Duck Duck Go"?
 

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