This is the best list of Alternative Search Engines I have ever done. It has to be. With each monthly update, several things happen that serve to improve the list. One, I have spent a month - since the March update - scouring the World Wide Web for any brand new Search Engines (see Querycat) or ones that might have been missed (see Accoona). Two, several alternative search engines have been added directly from readers' comments to the last list (see younanimous; more on that later). And several readers suggested a new category: Charity Search Engines; so that category has been added and I placed a charitable search engine on this month's list (see SearchKindly). I am also preparing an article that looks at many of the Charity search engines that have recently sprung up. Finally, another source of new alts comes from those leaving their alpha or "stealth" phase and entering a Beta phase - or even fully launching; see the new Cydral (note: instructions are in French).

12 new search engines

In total, there are 12 new search engines this month (and 12, sadly, went "down to the minors"). From the first List in January through to this one, there have been 160 Alternative Search Engines in total!

I also try to improve the format and usefulness of the List every month. Last month I incorporated your suggestion to add Categories to the List and Excel spreadsheet. This month I have added some more features. As you look over the 100 names, please note that there are fifty alts that have an asterisk (*) after their name; this indicates that the search engine has been on all four lists from January through April. I also added notes to remind you who was one of the ten (throughout the year) featured Search Engines of the Month (see GoshMe and KoolTorch).

But the biggest change that I have made is in response to those readers who have noted that 100 search engines is too many to check out! I guess in my heart I have always known this, because if you spend just 10 minutes looking at each one, it will take you 16 hours to complete! So this month I am inaugurating a brand new feature: in addition to the Search Engine of the Month, I have marked with an (HM) ten Honorable Mentions! Try to take the time to experiment with these this month. Every month I will designate another ten; and so when December rolls around, you will have the absolute best Top 100 Alternative Search Engines; 90 Honorable Mentions; 10 Search Engines of the Month; and of course the #1 Search Engine of the Year for 2007!

Search Engine of the Month: AfterVote

And now for the month of April, I am pleased to present the Search Engine of the Month - younanimous! Or, as it has become, AfterVote! One thing that I have noticed after looking at so many search engines is that many fall into one of two camps. Either they present a fairly simple search box with an "Advanced Search Preferences" link, which are essentially the same routine filters (and very similar to Google's). Or the Search Engine is chock full of features which are intimidating for the first time user and require a steep learning curve that few are willing to climb. AfterVote stops the searcher right on the homepage and asks him or her to select their comfort level. If they just want to do a quick and easy search, they can select "Beginner" and AfterVote will only show them the essential tools. But if the searcher desires to learn how to be a more skilled user, she can choose "Intermediate" and AfterVote automatically responds with some more - but not all - of its features. Finally, you guessed it, if you are an expert searcher (and you know who you are), you don't have to "dumb down" when using AfterVote - just select "Advanced" and all of their features will be at your disposal! And thanks to cookies, AfterVote will even remember your "level" the next time you visit the site! But if you're curious, go ahead and select "Advanced" and take a look at all of the cool buttons. You can select "Search Level" at any time and pick another option.

This is not the place to go into a detailed tour of AfterVote, for that just click on their blog and you can read all about it. I do want to point out that AfterVote is the work of three guys who also have regular jobs. It just goes to show that you don't have to have a million dollars in VC money to create a new search engine, just some great ideas and a whole lot of work!


How AfterVote works - click here for larger screenshot

P. S. I will be in Italy when this is published, so I have asked Dan (of AfterVote) and Richard (Read/WriteWeb Editor) to keep an eye on your comments. I will have to play catch up when I get back, or you can send me an email at Charles@CharlesKnightSEO.com. Arrivederci!

Special Announcement for Alternative Search Engines

Please follow this link to the Searchnomics Conference website and submit your search engine in their competition. Then you can ask your users to vote for your site. The winner will be announced - with much fanfare - at the Searchnomics conference in Santa Clara, California on June 27th.

The List, April 2007

Search Engine name URL Category
Accoona www.accoona.com A.I. Search (HM)
AfterVote (SEM) www.aftervote.com Social Search
Agent 55 www.agent55.com MetaSearch
AllTha.at www.allth.at Continuous Search
AnswerBus www.answerbus.com Semantic Search
Blabline www.blabline.com Podcast Search
Blinkx* www.blinkx.com Video Search
Blogdigger www.blogdigger.com Blog Search
Bookmach.com* www.bookmach.com Bookmark Search
ChaCha* (#1 2006) www.chacha.com Guided Search
ClipBlast!* www.clipblast.com Video Search
Clusty* www.clusty.com Clustering Search
CogHog www.infactsolutions.com/projects/coghog/demo.htm Semantic Search
Collarity* www.collarity.com Social Search (HM)
Congoo* www.congoo.com Premium Content Search
CrossEngine (Mr. Sapo)* www.crossengine.com MetaSearch
Cydral http://en.cydral.com Image Search (French)
Decipho* www.decipho.com Filtered Search
Deepy www.deepy.com RIA Search
Ditto* www.ditto.com Visual Search
Dogpile www.dogpile.com MetaSearch
Exalead* www.exalead.com/search Visual Search
Factbites* www.factbites.com Filtered Search
FeedMiner www.feedminer.com RSS Feeds Search
Feedster www.feedster.com RSS Feeds Search
Filangy www.filangy.com Social Search
Find Forward www.findforward.com Meta Feature Search
FindSounds* www.findsounds.com Audio Search
Fisssh! www.fisssh.com Filtered Search (HM)
FyberSearch www.fybersearch.com Meta Feature Search
Gigablast* www.gigablast.com Blog Search
Girafa* www.girafa.com Visual Display
Gnosh www.gnosh.org Meta Search
GoLexa www.golexa.com Meta Feature Search
GoshMe* (SEM) www.goshme.com Meta Meta Search
GoYams* www.goyams.com Meta Search
Grokker* www.grokker.com Meta Search
Gruuve www.gruuve.com Recommendation Search
Hakia www.hakia.com Meaning Based Search
Hyper Search http://hypersearch.webhop.org.90.seekdotnet.com Filtered Search
iBoogie www.iboogie.com Clustering Search
IceRocket* www.icerocket.com Blog Search
Info.com www.info.com MetaSearch
Ixquick* www.ixquick.com Meta Search
KartOO* www.kartoo.com Clustering Search
KoolTorch (SEM) www.kooltorch.com Clustering Search
Lexxe* www.lexxe.com Natural Language Processing (NLP)
Lijit www.lijit.com Search People
Like* www.like.com Visual Search
LivePlasma* www.liveplasma.com Recommendation Search (HM)
Local.com* www.local.com Local Search
Mamma www.mamma.com MetaSearch
Mnemomap www.mnemo.org Clustering Search
Mojeek* www.mojeek.com Custom Search Engines (CSE)
Mooter* www.mooter.com Clustering Search
Mp3Realm http://mp3realm.org MP3 Search
Mrquery www.mrquery.com Clustering Search
Ms. Dewey* www.msdewey.com Unique Interface (HM)
Nutshell www.gonutshell.com MetaSearch
Omgili www.omgili.com Social Search
Pagebull* www.pagebull.com Visual Display
PeekYou www.peekyou.com People Search
Pipl http://pipl.com People Search
PlanetSearch* www.planetsearch.com MetaSearch
PodZinger www.podzinger.com Podcast Search
PolyMeta www.polymeta.com MetaSearch
Prase www.prase.us MetaSearch
PureVideo www.purevideo.com Video Search (HM)
Qksearch www.qksearch.com Clustering Search
Querycat http://querycat.com F.A.Q. Search (HM)
Quintura* www.quintura.com Clustering Search
RedZee www.redzee.com Visual Display
Retrievr http://labs.systemone.at/retrievr/ Visual Search
Searchbots www.searchbots.net Continuous Search
SearchKindly www.searchkindly.org Charity Search
Searchles* (DumbFind) www.searchles.com Social Search
SearchTheWeb2* www.searchtheweb2.com Long Tail Search
SeeIt www.seeit.com Image Search
Sidekiq* www.sidekiq.com MetaSearch
Slideshow* http://slideshow.zmpgroup.com/ Visual Display
Slifter* www.slifter.com Mobile Shopping Search (HM)
Sphere www.sphere.com Blog Search
Sproose www.sproose.com Social Search
Srchr* www.srchr.com MetaSearch
SurfWax* www.surfwax.com Meaning Based Search
Swamii www.swamii.com Continuous Search (HM)
TheFind.com* www.thefind.com Shopping Search
Trexy* www.trexy.com Search Trails
Turboscout* www.turboscout.com MetaSearch
Twerq www.twerq.com Tabbed Results
Url.com* www.url.com Social Search
WasaLive! http://en.wasalive.com RSS Search
Web 2.0* www.web20searchengine.com Web 2.0 Search
Webbrain* www.webbrain.com Clustering Search
Whonu?* www.whonu.com MetaSearch
Wikio* www.wikio.com Web 2.0 Search
WiseNut* www.wisenut.com Clustering Search
Yoono* www.yoono.com Social Search
ZabaSearch* www.zabasearch.com People Search
Zuula* www.zuula.com Tabbed Search (HM)