We have the world’s information at our fingertips through internet search engines and some people are utilizing this feature by raising social consciousness. Social consciousness spreads awareness about what is happening in our society and world. Many businesses, organizations and people now speak up about what they believe in and fight for on social media platforms and other internet channels. Here we discuss the top 10 alternative search engines.
Why use other search engines than Google?
An example of such philanthropy I came across recently when the founders of search engine SearchScene.com contacted me and we conducted an interview for the London local news website the londonbusinessnews.com. I realized that more search engines donate a part of their revenue for charity work related to different causes such as environmental initiatives for climate change or pollution, which in turn prompted me to create more awareness of this phenomenon.
As a copywriter with an SEO background, I am fascinated to learn about emerging search engines. I have therefore researched the latest search engines that don’t just offer their users a great search experience, but also contribute something to our planet. The revenue of these sites mostly depends on advertising and the number of clicks that have been made throughout a search.
What to consider when using different search engines than Google?
From an SEO point of view, you should be aware that some of these search engines will not provide data in the same way Google does. Some only store selected data sets from searches for improved user privacy such as the total number of searches from each country and each device. Because many are committed to environmental causes, they try to minimize the amount of data they collect to reduce their carbon footprint. You will also be less likely to find their data being used in SEO analytics tools.
This indicates that SEO will be impacted by users compiling their searches with different search engines and that SEO tracker tools need to ensure they still provide adequate SEO data that is reflective of most internet searchers. Any SEO expert should take such factors into consideration when they conduct SEO audits and research for websites.
I therefore recommend you test them all yourself to understand them better and perhaps find a more sustainable alternative to Google, if that is something you care about, but who wouldn’t considering the current climate emergency.
1. GoodSearch Search Engine
The innovative concept behind GoodSearch is a mix of Groupon that helps in the greater good. It is an online search engine that allows users to browse discounts on everything, from body lotions to sunglasses. The search engine provides a collection of retailers to choose from when you want to shop but still want to save some cash. The search engine includes retailers like Abercrombie and Fitch, Barnes and Noble, Dell, and buybuy Baby.
GoodSearch donates 50% of its revenue for philanthropy. They have more than 110,000 retail partners. This search engine not only gives people the joy of shopping but also the satisfaction that their money will be used for a good cause.
2. Ecosia Search Engine
This Germany-based search engine plants trees. It works as an extension of Google Chrome, and thus it can be installed very easily. You need not adapt to any different way to search on this engine, and you can easily get used to working on it instead of chrome as its interface is very similar. Their mission is to plant more than a billion trees all over the world, and they do so by raising funds through advertising revenues.
Ecosia comes with paid advertisement links, and when you click on one, they receive the payment. The search engine makes it easy to plant trees in places like Madagascar where native vegetation and land have suffered an extreme level of deforestation in the past years due to the trade of palm oil. This site is used by around 16 million people monthly. Ecosia also maintains transparency by making its financial reports public, which ensures that the money is being used as promised.
3. Search Scene Search Engine
This Charitable Search Engine donates 95% of its profits from ads to humanitarian and environmental charities that fight the causes and effects of climate change and users can choose which of their nominated charities they would like to support.
A special feature is that every time you refresh your search you get to see stunning scenery, hence the name “SearchScene”. When users conduct a search, they get the baseline search results from Microsoft Bing and their own knowledge panels, instant answers, and widgets.
Search Scene is a charitable search engine that provides actual, traceable receipts for all its donations and their knowledge panels are often split into tabs that break down a search into different subtopics for a better organized search.
4. Ekoru Search Engine
This search engine donates its revenue to partner organizations involved in ocean cleanups. The technology that they use is powered by hydroelectricity, and hence, every search made by an individual will be eco-friendly. The company donates 60% of revenue generated from clicks on sponsored search results.
Every search initiated by a user will help the organization clean the oceans. Each month, Ekoru raises money for a new environmental or social cause that is highlighted for the users.
Using this search engine is simple, you do not have to learn anything new to use it. You just surf the internet in the same way as with Google, but you will be able to contribute to saving marine life and the environment.
5. Elliot For Water Search Engine
Elliot For Water is the very first search engine that encourages users to help people who require clean water. The advertisement revenue collected by the search engine is used for such projects. Elliot For Water donates 60-70% of its profit to this noble cause. One-fifth of the world’s population does not have access to clean water, which leads to the death of around six thousand people per day worldwide due to diseases that are related to contaminated water. This search engine’s mission is to help people who need clean drinking water to improve the quality of their lives.
This mission is achieved with the help of its users who just search the internet via their engine. This search engine donates a portion of the profit they earn to buy Solwa Technologies, which are solar energy-based products that purify dirty and polluted water with the process of distillation. They also take care of the primary necessities of small villages where technology has not arrived yet.
6. EveryClick Search Engine
This is a UK-based search engine where 50% of advertising revenue goes to philanthropy. The most unique feature of this search engine is that you can choose which charity you want your money to go to once you sign up to the engine. The amount of money that will be received by the charity will depend on the clicks one will make throughout the search.
This search engine also provides users the chance to raise additional funds for charity. This can be done by sharing the links on social media or by donating directly through their site. Anyone in need of some aid can start their fundraiser at a minimal price.
7. Givero Search Engine
This search engine, just like EveryClick, will allow its users to choose a charity they want to donate to. A list will be available to the users from which they can choose the causes they want to support. It is privacy-centric and has taken inspiration from competitors like DuckDuckGo. There is no need to make a profile as no history of the searches is registered. In addition, no third-party analytical tools are attached to the site.
Givero provides a platform for people who want to support different causes. Its users can pledge to support the environment, animals, and children’s charities. The company’s 50% revenue goes to philanthropic work.
8. Lilo Search Engine
This search engine provides its users with a water drop for each search and these water drops can be assigned to a charity of their choice, thus letting you support the cause you want to. At present, Lilo has over half a million users who make more than 40 million searches and thus raise over $2.5 million for charity. The search engine is also known for protecting the users’ privacy and preventing tracking.
9. Rapusia Search Engine
After clicking on this search engine, you will get a message, “let’s help the planet”. This search engine donates about 50% of the revenue that they earn from advertising to social projects. Every time someone searches, they earn a heart, and once one has enough hearts, they are asked to use them for charity. Users can choose from six different charities including environmental organizations, assisting children in need, protecting animals, etc. Privacy is protected by the search engine and the search data is not stored.
10. DuckDuckGo Search Engine
This search engine is mostly known for its free all-in-one privacy solution where any user browsing is not tracked. The founders truly care about privacy rights and donate to organizations across the globe that support better privacy and digital rights. What you may not know about DuckDuckGo is that it is also committed to being carbon negative by offsetting 125% of their full scope emissions. With the credits they earn they fund renewable energy projects such as biomass generators, wind farms and hydroelectric power in selected countries to deliver cleaner and more self-reliant energy to small rural villages.
People who want to help those in need but are not able to do much because they are short of money, resources or time can use these philanthropic search engines. The users do not need to adapt to a different way of using a search engine, because all of them work in similar ways and as the other established search engines Google, Bing, or Yahoo and even use their data bases partly while they’re establishing themselves in this competitive market.
Blogger and Educator by Passion | Senior Online Media & PR Strategist at ClickDo Ltd. | Contributor to many Education, Business & Lifestyle Blogs in the United Kingdom & Germany | Summer Course Student at the London School of Journalism and Course Instructor at the SeekaHost University.