This is by no means a comprehensive list of the search engines out on the Web, but I believe these are probably the most well known. They all do the same thing, but each offers something a little different.
- Duck Duck Go!
- The Biggest advantage of Duck Duck Go is this search engine DOES NOT track your searches. This means you won't see annoying ads about the last thing you searched! They also will not keep any of your personal information. Your browsing is private; keep it that way!
- Everyone has heard of Google, but it's not just for searching anymore. In the last few years, Google has expanded beyond its search engine to offer such things as free email (Gmail, free document creation (ala MS Office) and Picasa (a little program to upload, edit and share your photos) just to name a few. And if you haven't checked it out yet, Google Earth is worth a look.
- Yahoo! is not just a search engine, but a web portal as well. Which means that a surfer has access to news, entertainment, job searches, music, videos and games. All through one site. Email and instant messaging included.
What's the difference between a search engine and a meta-search engine you ask? A meta-search engine will submit your search to all of the search engine directories on its list, so it's a little like sifting through several search engines at once. Even though a meta-search will only return the most popular selections from its list of providers, it's still a great way to make a broad search of a topic.
- Combines the search results from the biggies; Google, Yahoo! Search and Ask.com just to name a few. Sifting through the results is still required though.