Last month, DuckDuckGo announced that it had exceeded 9 billion searches in 2018. That compares with 4 billion in 2016. By comparison, Google sees more than a trillion searches per year globally.Growing fast. DuckDuckGo’s popularity has grown as privacy has become a more significant issue over the past several years. According to the company, it will “shatter” its 2018 traffic record this year. Even so, it controls less than 1 percent of all U.S. search volume.US search engine market share (1/19) Source: StatCounterSEOs not paying attention. We reached out to a number of SEOs and found that no one is focused on optimizing for DuckDuckGo. However, one local SEO noted that Yelp ranks very well for local queries. So optimizing for Yelp will help locally-focused businesses with visibility
DuckDuckGo has spent the last few years making the case that it’s the search engine that can protect your privacy, and now it’s trying to bolster that claim with a new partner: Apple. It is announcing that Apple Maps will now power its local search results on both desktop and mobile web browsers. Apple Maps will be the default provider for address and local searches, and it will also be the map you see when you click for more results. DuckDuckGo says that it will now have “improved address searches, additional visual features, enhanced satellite imagery, and continually updated maps.” The terms of the deal “are confidential,” DuckDuckGo says. That includes whether any money is changing hands or whether DuckDuckGo is limited by the same “daily limit of 250,000 map views and 25,000 se
Graphic: Elena Scotti (Photos: Shutterstock, DuckDuckGo)It feels like every day, I see another person realizing how little privacy they have online and saying “enough.” Upset about the state of our relationship to tech companies, they’re quitting Facebook and Twitter, avoiding Amazon, and giving up Google.DuckDuckGo, a 10-year-old web privacy company, offers a tracker-free alternative to Google search, and web browsing utilities that minimize the number of sites and companies tracking you across the web. The site works in tandem with the apps many of us already use, and can be customized to offer different levels of protection. Unlike more intensive web security measures, like using Tor or setting up a VPN, you can get most of the benefits without any impact on your browsing at all. Yo
A few weeks ago, I did something that might seem vaguely unpatriotic: I set the default search in my laptop’s browser to something besides Google. This wasn’t my first extended usage of DuckDuckGo, a privacy-optimized alternative to the omnipresent Alphabet, Inc., (GOOG, GOOGL) search engine that long ago became a verb. DuckDuck Go prides itself on not tracking users and started getting attention after Edward Snowden’s revelations of widespread government internet surveillance. Now, that non-Google search sits at the center of my browsing experience on one of the computers I use most often.Should you follow my example? Maybe not! DuckDuckGo works fine as an everyday search tool, but it sometimes requires an extra click and doesn’t help much with digging up pages from the past. But you s
The privacy-first search engine DuckDuckGo continues to grow, fast, and SEO professionals are paying attention. There are many specific tactics to rank on the hybrid search engine. As it’s a pretty new kid on the block, great SEO for DuckDuckGo is hard to find. However, identifying hyperlocal keywords is a great place to start. Unlike Google, DuckDuckGo doesn’t track the location of the searcher. With the company’s primary directive of letting its user search the internet in privacy – no tracking, no targeting – DuckDuckGo doesn’t know where the user is. They use a Geo:: IP, so they know generally where the searcher is by their IP address. It’s up to the searcher to tell DuckDuckGo where they are. This makes the use of hyperlocal keywords an essential tactic when considering S
The internet is a huge place, and while there’s a variety of search engines available, it’s undeniable that Google is the top player: it handles roughly 77% of web searches around the world. But with that in mind, it’s still an impressive feat when an underdog reaches a milestone, especially one with goals different from the entrenched leader. That’s the case this week, as the anonymous search engine DuckDuckGo hit 30 million direct searches in a single day. For those unfamiliar, DuckDuckGo allows users to perform completely private searches, with no tracking of personal information or location, and no browser cookies. In a time when web giants like Google and Facebook experience privacy scandals almost regularly, DuckDu
For the Western world, the two most common search engines that people use are Google and Bing. Sometimes your parents may have used Yahoo if it had already came preloaded onto their computer or if they are a fan of the old email services. However there is a new rising contender to take the throne of the most used search engine, DuckDuckGo. DuckDuckGo is an internet search engine that focuses on protecting the privacy of their users by avoiding filters and personalized results. If you have ever used Google you may have noticed that once you looked at buying a certain product online, that same product will pop up everywhere to try to convince you to finalize that purchase. DuckDuckGo allows you to browse the internet anonymously and avoiding those pesky tracked ads. Additional...
Share Tweet Share Share Share Print Email Think of online privacy as a race. With consumers increasingly focused on how their data and web personas are used by eCommerce and other digital organizations, regulators and lawmakers are moving to get ahead of that political and cultural wave. Payments, commerce and tech companies, meanwhile, are trying to stay a step ahead of regulators and lawmakers, and tweak or refashion their brands and reputa...