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4 Scroogle Alternatives

February 23, 2012

By Carol Amato

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:

  • Yahoo!
  • BOSS
  • EntireWeb
  • Bing

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.

4 Scroogle Alternatives

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

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.

4 Scroogle Alternatives 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.

4 Scroogle Alternatives

You can access Start Page at https://startpage.com/.  Once there, type your search into the box and go through the results.

PageWash

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. 

4 Scroogle Alternatives

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. 

Take Care,
Carol

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  • aida c suarez

    My condolences to you Carol if it was Scroogle one of your friends “More gruel please!” My oldest daughter one was Scrooge in one of the school plays. Ha!

    Thank you for sending us the alternatives to check out the others search rankings engines! Boy my eyes are now tiring! Ha! Anyhow… many thanks again and have a lovely day!

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hello Aida,

      You’re funny! :) I like Starting Page, very similar to Scroogle. I was getting use to Scroogle, but have already readjusted. That’s how the Internet is, I suppose – ever changing.

      Have a good evening and thanks for stopping by to comment.
      - Carol

  • RICK RODINO

    Your always informative, learn a lot from your site. Your honesty and humility is beyond of what would be expected in the world of Market Affiliates, especially if one is learning to try to make a few extra dollars.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi Rick,

      Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m so glad that you learn from the work I do on my blog – makes it so worthwhile! :)
      Have a good evening.
      - Carol

  • Barry

    Thanks for giving us alternatives! Sad that Scroogle is over.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      You’re welcome, Barry. Yeah, I got used to Scroogle, but Starting Page is exactly the same…. :)

      Thanks for stopping by. – Carol

  • cesar

    thanks for the tips and for you’re support cesar

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      You’re welcome, Cesar. I’m glad you’re enjoying the info.
      Take Care,

      - Carol

  • Don

    Thanks for not leaving us hanging, and giving us these alternatives. Much appreciated.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      You’re welcome, Don – thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment. Glad to help.
      Take Care,

      Carol

  • Ruth

    I am not really using anything at this point but am keeping a list of your tools (saves me from coming here and going through the older posts), but I want you to know that it is so good of you to find a solution before telling us about the problem.

    After reading, my first thought was “Starting Page” is my pick. I see from your comment that it is yours, too. But, It’s good to have alternatives.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi Ruth,

      Thanks so much for the kind words. Yes, it is a lot of work, but I really enjoy helping others.
      Did you know you can do a quick find by using the Search feature to the right? You just type in what you are wanting to read about, and the Search feature will display a post or posts with that topic.

      Of course, keeping a list of tools is very convenient for future use if you already know what you want to save. :)

      Hope you have a great weekend.
      - Carol

  • Dorothy

    Thank you for this update. I hope they are hear longer than Scroggle. But it’s nice that you care enough to keep all of us updated. I’m starting a folder on your wonderful information, that way I can set anywhere and go over the info.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      You’re welcome, Dorothy. I am pretty sure that at least one of the four will be here for a long while. :)
      So glad you like my blog. Have a Blessed Day!
      - Carol

  • Danny

    I tried PageWash but couldn’t get it going because of something called a “CGI Proxy server” had to be installed. I have no idea of what they are talking about and their installation instructions are incomplete and vague unless you are a tekkie. You should have included this fact in your description.

    What they need is an instructional (flv, wmv or avi) file to show how install whatever they are talking about. Their file find is the best of all you mentioned so I definitely want them on my computer.

    Danny

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi Danny,

      I’m not getting that message at all. When I go to PageWash…..and click “Begin Browsing”….(with http://www.google.com/ in the field already filled in)…….I go to Google, and from THERE I can start surfing as I want… Pagewash is just the portal.

      If you remove http://www.google.com/ from the field, and try to search using PageWash, you get that error. At least that’s my understanding of it.

      Have you looked for pagewash tutorial on YouTube? Free info abounds! :) If I’ve misunderstood what you mean, please let me know.
      - Carol

  • http://www.moneysolutionsnow.com Donald Thomas

    Hi Carol, how cool is this! It really is exciting to see how your site does on these search engines. It’s great to see that your hard work is paying off. Would not be there but for the grace of God and my online coach! Thanks Carol!

    I’m no rockafella yet, but I am exposed! Very encouraging. I notice that you have trackbacks and pingbacks, So I guess I will ok the ones that are on my site, that are awaiting moderation.

    Very informative as usual!

    Donald

    • http://carolamato.com Carol Amato

      Hi Donald,

      Thanks to help and glad you enjoyed it and learned something – that’s always fun. :)

      Have a great weekend.

      - Carol

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