As a search engine junkie, I’m always pulling for the little guy with a good idea. I love competition in the marketplace, especially when they introduce some new ideas.

Yahoo and MSN are very concerned about the future of their properties, despite aggressive roadmap announcements. They’re prime targets for a Cuil-type overtaking.  Google may rule, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I break their mindshare (or mind control? Hmm…) more often in the future.  I’ll happily switch to non-traditional search engines or platform engines – that is, if I find them effective. Unique results speak for themselves.

Here’s a few engines I found – few of which I use (I admit).  But maybe the next winner comes from this list.  What do you think? Shopping, meta, social, and vertical engines abound…

(update – unfortunately the majority of these are offline now in 2015)

· blinkx

· boing

· bookmach.com

· BOXXET

· ChaCha

· Clusty (now called Yippy)

· CONGOO

· Ditto

· dumbfind

· exalead

· factbites

· fazzle

· Feedster

· FindSounds

· Gigablast

· GoDefy

· goshme

· GoYams

· Grokker

· IceRocket

· KartOO

· Like

· LiveDeal

· liveplasma

· Local.com

· mnemomap

· Mojeek

· nayio

· Octora

· OiHoi Search

· Pagebull

· PlanetSearch

· Pronto.com

· Quintura

· Releton

· retrevo gamma

· riya

· SearchMe

· SearchTheWeb2

· sidekiq

· Simply Google

· Singing FISH

· Slideshow

· Slifter

· Speegle

· Sphider

· SPURL.net

· S R C H R

· SurfWax

· Swoogle

· TagJag!

· thefind.com

· Trexy

· turboscout

· UJIKO

· url.com

· VMGO.com

· Web 2.0

· Webaroo

· WEBBRAIN

· What to RENT?

· whonu?

· WIKIO

· WiseNut

· yoople

· YuFind

· ZABASEARCH

· zapmeta

· Zippy

· ZUULA

What would you add?

Bill Sebald
Bill Sebald
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I've been doing SEO since 1996. Blogger, speaker, and teacher at Philadelphia University. I started Greenlane in 2005 to help clients leverage search marketing to hit business goals. I love this stuff.

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  • keo

    Great post m8, looking forward to more posts like this, so i bookmarked you 😉

  • Great post, there are some cool search engines around but it seems like no one may compete against Google yet

  • hi. this is a very good list. I am only using Google and Yahoo.. so with this list, I can also try some. This is a very helpful entry. By the way, speaking of Google, do you know when is the update of PR?

    Thanks…

  • I love іt whеn folkѕ gеt togеther and sharе ideas.
    Great site, keeρ it up!

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