A search engine is software, usually accessed on the Internet, that searches a database of information according to the user’s query. The engine provides a list of results that best match what the user is trying to find. Today, there are many different search engines available on the Internet, each with their own abilities and features. The first search engine ever developed is considered Archie, which was used to search for FTP files and the first text-based search engine is considered Veronica. Currently, the most popular and well-known search engine is Google. Other popular search engines include AOL, Ask.com, Baidu, Bing, and Yahoo.
Why Search Engines are Important?
Search engines are part of daily life for two types of people.
- Users who search and get information
- Site owners who try to optimize their websites for getting top rank in the search results.
User do more than billions of searches only on Google to find relevant information. This opens out a huge scope for businesses and online content publishers to attract people to their website for free. Search engines follow guidelines and have their own algorithm to decide the ranking of websites in search results. Optimizing websites for Google and other search engines is an essential part of any website owner for reaching out the large audience. The visitors can generate revenue for site owners either through advertisements displayed on the site or though purchasing products.
List of Top 10 Most Popular Search Engines In the World (Updated 2020)
- Internet Archive
Search Engine Market Share
According to statistics from netmarketshare, statista and statcounter, the top 5 search engines worldwide in terms of search engine market share are:
Google is the best search engine with a worldwide market share between 70.83% and 91.98%.
Bing search market share is between 2.55% and 12.61%. This places Bing as the best alternative search engine to Google.
Yahoo market share is between 1.66% and 2.83%.
Baidu has a global market share between 0.7% and 11.83% but it is the most popular search engine in China.
Yandex, Russian’s most popular search engine has a global market share between 0.45% and 1.41%.
DuckDuckGo market share is around 0.42%.