Now that Scroogle is gone, use these 4 Scroogle alternatives.
As I’ve mentioned before, Scroogle is a search engine that doesn’t store information or analyze user behavior. Because of that, I’ve used it in the past to determine my site’s true ranking. Notice that I said “I’ve used it in the past.” That’s because Scroogle has closed its virtual doors, but no worries as I’ve listed these 4 Scroogle alternatives.
Fortunately, there are other options for people who want to get their real search rankings. I’m going to go over your different options you can still enjoy the benefits provided by these types of search engines.
Duck Duck Go
Duck Duck Go pulls search results from 50 sources, including:
The search engine doesn’t collect any personal information, so your searches are safe and secure. Also, like Scroogle, the results aren’t based on user behaviors. That means you can use Duck Duck Go to find out your true search rankings.
If you want to use Duck Duck Go, go to duckduckgo.com and type your search terms into the box. Remember, you want to type in the terms that you’re trying to rank for. For instance, if you’re an Internet marketing consultant, you might search “Internet marketing consultant.”
Then, you can look for your site in the results. As I’ve mentioned before, if your site doesn’t come up in the results, it’s because you haven’t ranked for the keywords that you searched for. Don’t get discouraged. Just try some of the techniques I’ve mentioned on this blog, and you can move up in the search results.
Ixquick pulls results from several of the top search engines, and then uses a star system to rank them. The stars indicate the number of search engines that provided the results. For instance, if the first result was pulled from three search engines, it will have three stars next to it, and so on.
This is important, since you want your site to rank for different search engines. Just getting a good ranking in Google isn’t enough. You need it to rank well across the board so people can find your site, no matter which search engine they use.
You can access Ixquick at https://www.ixquick.com. Once there, type your query into the search box, and then comb through your results.
Start Page – (Previously called Starting Page)
Start Page is very similar to Scroogle. Like Scroogle, it pulls its results directly from Google. That means you can use this search engine to find your true ranking for Google. Also, Start Page provides the same level of privacy as Scroogle does, so you can get accurate (and safe) results when you use this search engine.
You can access Start Page at https://startpage.com/. Once there, type your search into the box and go through the results.
PageWash is a little bit different from the other sites on the list, but it’s definitely worth including. Unlike the search engines and scrapers that have a set number of sites they pull from, PageWash allows you to choose the search engine you want to use. Basically, you’ll need to go to the PageWash site at www.pagewash.com.
Once there, you’ll type in the URL of the search engine you want to use for browsing. Then, you’ll be redirected to the search engine via PageWash. You can type your search into the search bar, and then it will go through PageWash’s proxy servers. The servers don’t store any information, so you they will bring back accurate results.
While I’m definitely sad to see Scroogle go, I’m happy that there are so many other options out there. These options show me that there will always be a way to conduct private web searches. That means us Internet marketers will always be able to find our true search rankings, even if the standard search engines can’t help us.
What do you guys think about Scroogle closing its virtual doors? Will it affect you in any way? Do you plan on using any of these 4 Scroogle alternatives? Let me know in the comment section below. Also, leave a comment if you have a different Scroogle alternative that you like to use. My fave has got to be StartPage, but I use Ixquick also.
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