List of search engines

A Web search engines are tools designed to search for information on the Internet. The search results are usually presented in a list. Unlike Web directories and Web Catalog, which are maintained by human editors, search engines operate algorithmically.

Here is a list of search engines. You can submit your website to the search engines for successful marketing strategy.

Main search engines

General search engines

  • Alexa Internet
  • AlltheWeb
  • AltaVista
  • ChaCha
  • Excite
  • GenieKnows
  • GoodSearch
  • HotBot
  • Musu – text-base Customized Search Engine.
  • Northern Light
  • Powerset is working on building a natural language search engine that can find targeted answers to user questions (as opposed to keyword based search).
  • Viewzi. The search engine lightens the data overload by filtering and grouping results into several distinct interfaces. Users get over 16 “views” for their search including MP3 view, album view, specialized lenses for images, news, and more.
  • Vivisimo has a concept of clustering search results based on topic; for example, dividing the results of a search for “cell” into groups like “biology,” “battery,” and “prison.” This process allows users to intuitively narrow their search results to a particular category or browse through related fields of information, and seeks to avoid the “overload” problem of sorting through too many results.
  • Wikia Search – The search engine’s result pages currently provide access to three major components: a web search engine, a social network service and a wiki, which hosts so-called mini-articles.

Geographical / Regional search engines

Local search engines allow users to submit geographically constrained searches. Local search advertising can be highly effective because it allows ads to be targeted very precisely to the search terms and location provided by the user.

Add your website to national and local search engine and directories if your website has local-oriented content.





  • Sogou is a Chinese search engine which can search text, images, music, and maps.
  • Sohu





  • IndianDir
  • is an Indian Internet search engine that is focused on providing better search results to Indian consumers, by leveraging proprietary algorithms and data in the Indian context.




  • Walla! is an Israeli internet news portal, search engine and E-mail services provider. One of the first Israeli internet portals, Walla! is considered as one of the most popular web sites in the country.



  • is a vertical search engine for searching blogs, videos and other Hungarian content on the internet.



  • Naver is the most popular search portal in South Korea.

Middle East

  • Ayna – Arabic Search Engine


New Zealand


  • Alleba is a Philippine search engine.



  • is a Slovenian search engine and web portal. It’s the most visited website in Slovenia.

South Africa


  • Sesam is a Scandinavian internet search engine. It is available both in a Norwegian and Swedish version


  • is a search engine and web portal for Switzerland.

United Kingdom

United States

Metasearch engines

A meta-search engine is a search tool that sends user requests to several other search engines and/or databases and aggregates the results into a single list or displays them according to their source. Metasearch engines enable users to enter search criteria once and access several search engines simultaneously.

  • Dogpile
  • is a metasearch engine which provides results from leading search engines and pay-per-click directories, including Google, Yahoo!, MSN Search, Ask, LookSmart, About and Open Directory.
  • MetaCrawler is a metasearch engine that blends the top web search results from Google, Yahoo!, Live Search (formerly MSN Search),,, MIVA, LookSmart and other popular search engines. MetaCrawler also provides users the option to search for images, audio, video, news, yellow pages and white pages.
  • Polycola
  • WebCrawler is a metasearch engine that blends the top search results from Google, Yahoo!, Live Search,,, MIVA, LookSmart and other popular search engines. WebCrawler also provides users the option to search for images, audio, video, news, yellow pages and white pages.

Specific Search Engine


  • is an Internet search engine and web directory targeted primarily to an executive and corporate management audience.
  • GlobalSpec is a search engine of engineering and industrial products, indexing over 180 million parts divided into 2,300,000 product families, from over 24,000 manufacturer and distributor catalogs.
  • Nexis (Lexis Nexis) LexisNexis (sometimes simply called “Lexis” or “Nexis” among users) is a popular searchable archive of content from newspapers, magazines, legal documents and other printed sources. LexisNexis claims to be the “world’s largest collection of public records, unpublished opinions, forms, legal, news, and business information”.
  • Thomasnet is a multi-volume directory of industrial product information covering 650,000 distributors, manufacturers and service companies within 67,000-plus industrial categories.


  • – is a Job search engine for India.
  • is the largest online job site in the United States, with more than 23 million unique visitors each month
  • Craigslist (by city). Craigslist is a centralized network of online communities, featuring free online classified advertisements – with jobs, internships, housing, personals, erotic services, for sale/barter/wanted, services, community, gigs, re’sume’s, and pets categories.
  • (USA) is a job search engine.
  • (USA) is an employment website.
  • (International) is a trilingual English, Chinese and Japanese international job search engine which finds jobs across Asia including China, Japan, Australia, India and Singapore.
  • (USA) is a job search engine.
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  • Bioinformatic Harvester is a bioinformatic meta search engine. Harvester currently works for human, mouse, rat, zebrafish, drosophila and arabidopsis thaliana based information. A ranking system similar to Google pagerank sorts the search results and displays the more relevant information. Harvester serves 10.000s of pages every day to scientists and physicians.
  • Entrez. The Entrez Global Query Cross-Database Search System is a powerful federated search engine, that allows users to search many discrete health sciences databases at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) website. The Entrez system can provide views of gene and protein sequences and chromosome maps.
  • EB-eye EBI’s Search Engine is a Search Engine for biological databases.
  • GenieKnows focuses on a set of niche search markets, or verticals, including health search, video games search, and local business directory search.


  • VADLO is a life sciences search engine.