Top 10 Most Popular Search Engine in the World

Imagine for a point of time, that you are a librarian, and that too not a normal one. You are a librarian for each and every single book present in the world. People rely on you to find the book they need. To accomplish the task, you need a system. You need to know what is inside every book and how those books relate to each other. Your system need to take in a lot of information and give out the best answer for the questions. It’s not an easy job. Similarly, search engines like Google and Bing are the librarians of internet. Their system collects information about every page on internet and web, so they can help people to find exactly what they are looking for. Here we are with the top 10 preferred most popular search engines in the world.

10 Webcrawler


Webcrawler was founded by Brian Pinkerton and went live on April 20, 1994. Previously it was a search engine having its own database. Later, it was converted into a Metasearch engine, which provides the combine result of top sites from Google Search and Yahoo Search. It has 65,000,000 estimated monthly visitors. The Webcrawler is a registered trademark of InfoSpace, Inc., since 2001. The global Alexa rank of Webcrawler is 1,315 whereas US rank is 883.


9 DuckDuckGo 


With an estimated 13 million monthly users, DuckDuckGo stands at 680 positions in global Alexa ranking and at 422 positions in US ranking. Compared to other search engines, DuckDuckGo has clear interface, less loaded with ads and provides real privacy by not tracking its users. It was founded on February 29, 2008 by its current CEO, Gabriel Weinberg. This 20 employee company is based in Paoli, Pennsylvania, US.


8 Lycos


Established in 1995, Lycos’s existence backs much before most people knew what a search engine was. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ybrant Digital and is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. It is ranked at 3,939 at USA Alexa ranking and 5,459 according to Global Alexa ranking. Bob Davis is the creator of Lycos and it has around 75 employees at present in US office. It is a search engine, web Portal, Web hosting, social networking and Entertainment website. It has approximately 12-15 million monthly users.


7 Blekko


Blekko is a web search engine website. It is rated at 2,730 and 1,767 at Global Alexa ranking and USA Alexa ranking, respectively. The Co-Founder and CEO of Blekko, Rich Skrenta launched the search engine on November 1, 2010. It has an estimated 12.5 million users and it positions itself as Spam Free Search Engine.  Headquarter of Blekko located in Redwood City, Canada. 


6 Mywebsearch


With 60 million monthly users, mywebsearch is at sixth position on our list of most popular Search engines. Its Global Alexa rank is 610 and US Alexa rank is 643. It is Spyware and search toolbar program that allows visitors to query Google and other search engines.




AOL is at 115th position in Global Alexa Ranking and at 31st Position is USA Alexa Ranking. It has monthly user base of 245 million approximate users. AOL was launched in the year 1995 is now powered by Google. Tim Armstrong is the Chairman and CEO of AOL since 2009. AOL has its headquarter in New York.


4 Ask


Founded by Garrett Gruener and David Warthen in 1995, is a question-answering web search engine. Formerly it was known as It has headquartered in Oakland, California. Due to the invincible competition from Google, Ask started outsourcing its web search technology from Google. Its global Alexa ranking is 35 and USA ranking is 44. It has an estimated 245 million monthly user.


3 Bing 


Bing is a product of Microsoft Corporation launched by, then CEO Steve Balimer, on May 28th, 2009. Bing is powers Yahoo! search and is ranked at 24th position by Global Alexa ranking and at 11th position by USA Alexa ranking. The present CEO of Microsoft is Satya Nadella. It has 350 million unique monthly users and is available in 40 languages.  Bing Headquarters situated in Bellevue, WA


2 Yahoo

Yahoo Search Engine

Owned by Yahoo corporations, Yahoo! search is one of oldest search engines, existing since 1994. Yahoo provides various additional attributes such as, tabs above the search bar on yahoo home page like images, yellow pages, etc. Initially, Yahoo! provided search results from its directory of sites but later it was powered by Inktomi and then by Google. It is at present powered by Bing. It was started by David Filo and Jerry Yang and is at 4th position in Alexa rank in both global and USA levels. Its estimated unique monthly users are 300 million per month. Marissa Mayer is the present CEO at yahoo Inc. which is headquartered at Sunnyvale, CA, USA.


1 Google


Launched in 1998, Google is by far the most popular search engine globally. It is a crawler based search engine which was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin and is available in 123 languages all over the world. The number of estimated unique monthly users for Google is 1,100,000,000. We can hardly find a person who uses internet and does not use Google. Google provides extensive range of other attributes such as Cached links that allows one to resurrect dead pages and outstanding spelling check. It is at the 1st position in global as well as USA Alexa ranking. Google is so much popular now a days, that people don’t just search for anything over internet, they Google it.  Googleplex is the corporate headquarter of Google in Mountain View, CA


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  • Simplify.Create

    I have never heard of most of these. Just goes to show how much of the world Google controls lol

  • Fiona Naughton

    I have to admit I’ve only ever heard of the top five and out of them the only one I use is Google.

  • I do my searches on google since it’s more sorted there. Thanks to page ranking by google.

  • Anna Sundqvist

    Interesting read – I guess most of us, just like me, tend to use Google out of habit. Good to shed some light on other options.

  • rubbieanne

    Wow! Never heard some sites till I read this post! Thanks

  • I know the first top 6 famous search engines, the remaining four, never heard of, just now. Google’s the vital SE for now and even in the future. Thanks for sharing.

  • Payel Paul

    This has been very informative. I only knew of the first 5!

  • Suzanne Rudge (MapleMouseMama)

    I have heard of several of these, but I honestly did not know there were so many! And Duck Duck Go? Who comes up with these?

  • This is great! It’s so easy to get stuck with the same old search engine and no one puts together a comprehensive list like this. I have bookmarked and will be coming back often to review a new search engine real soon. Thanks Stephen

  • No wonder Google owned the word, though incorporating the term “web search” with this name (i.e. Just ‘Google’ it instead of just ‘search’ that over the net,) is simply its effect. However, good to know that Lycos was part of this list. I used to visit the site then if I want to look for lyrics.

  • I’ve heard of the top 6 but Google is definitely king of search engines. It has even become a “verb” when people want to search for something online

  • Manu Kalia

    Google is actually the number company now not the apple. Glad to see Google on the top spot.

  • Roberts

    Hi, I am Vanessa. It is amazing what a great rise google search engine experienced in time. They started simple and no one actually expected such an outstanding growth. Google is an empire now.

  • Tiffany Yong

    Hmmm… why will anyone use any other search engine besides Google? As in, does it show different results if I search the same keyword on perhaps….

  • Joanna Sormunen

    I must admit that I only use Google. I have heard that others are better for pics though.

  • Rochkirstin Santos

    I already can’t imagine how we would live our lives without search engines. These answer our questions every day. They never fail me. My favorites? Google and Yahoo.

  • Rachael

    Wow I didn’t realise that there were that many search engines available! What would life be without them now?

  • phyaboo

    I personally just use Google, then use Yahoo when I’m not satisfied with the results. i didn’t know there were a lot of search engines available!

  • Sarah Kidsonboardnet

    Oh dear – this just reminds me that so there’s still so many more search engines to engage than just google! On my China-made phone, the default search is by Baidu. Thanks for the reminder – that there so many more to engage!

  • Sin Yee

    Oh gosh! I only know the top 4… =X

  • dmhyf

    Google is still the best search engine. Even Yahoo or Bing cannot come up with the list of good sites that Google can provide. I am curious about that Duck Duck Go. Never heard of it before. – Fred

  • ive never heard of the bottom 5. i always use google. duck duck go makes me laugh for some reason

  • Loudthinkin

    I knew google would top the list! It goes without saying that google is the best!

  • just wondering, why is Baidu not on the list? I think it’s one of the most used search engine..

  • I had mo idea there were that many search engines… beyond Google and Yahoo, maybe Bing, I’m done. Ha!