Why You Should Use DuckDuckGo

The mainstream search engine game, for the most part, has ended. Good Google alternatives are really hard to find. You’ve got Bing, Microsoft’s attempt at being Google (which just isn’t as good). Along with that, you’ve got the Yahoo! search engine. These alternatives are terrible.

Why? They’re trying to capture lightning in a bottle like Google did. They’re trying to be them, and they’re not really offering up that much difference to the competition. Engines like Bing just look like a prettier Google search. However, when used, you’ll often find that it just doesn’t cut it.

We need a real alternative. An alternative that doesn’t rely on being exactly like Google, but with a different name so you feel special. One that respects your privacy as a user, and on top of all that – its got infinite utility, perhaps even more than the almighty Google search. We need DuckDuckGo.

DuckDuckGo Respects Your Privacy

Unlike the mainstream search engines, DuckDuckGo actually respects your privacy. They don’t track your searches. In fact, that’s exactly their mission. To create a great search engine based on results. Not by keeping track of user searches. Don’t believe me? Read the DuckDuckGo privacy policy.


Search engines like Google track and bubble you. What does this mean? It means they create a filter based on what you like, so they can serve you advertisements. It also contributes to the search results you see. They keep track of what you like and hide what you don’t like.

For example: If you’re a huge fan of one thing, but hate another thing you’ll only see the thing you like. Google search wouldn’t dare show you something to you that your profile says you dislike. The results are specifically designed and targeted for you.

!Bang Syntax

Besides respecting your privacy, DuckDuckGo has some serious utility. The most notable utility is their !Bang syntax. This syntax allows you to execute commands to DDG directly, and have it do things. Want to search for a YouTube video? Try the “!yt” command. Doing so will scour YouTube directly. This makes searching anything feel great, and infinitely useful.

There are tons of !Bang commands to choose from. If you want to learn more, there’s a really great write up that has a list of every single command possible. Check it out here.

Note: It’s possible to make your own !Bang commands.


Other Useful Things

You’ve heard about DDG’s privacy policies, and you’ve heard about the !Bang syntax. What more could they have to offer? Quite a bit, actually. DuckDuckGo is a lot like Google.  There’s tons of neat little tricks you can use to make every day life easier.


For example: You can use the “calculate” command to do some quick math, you can roll a die, you can even flip a coin. The possibilities are endless. It’s even possible to write your own DuckDuckGo tools with their developer website, DuckDuckHack!



This is the search engine that everyone deserves. It respects your privacy, it’s open source, and overall just a handy tool. In a post Snowden world, people who value privacy really should be looking for serious Google alternatives, and DDG is probably the best one available.

If you’ve been in the market for a new search engine, look no further. Give DuckDuckGo a serious chance. It’s totally worth it. I should know, I’ve been using it myself for about 4 years. For me, no other search engine comes close.

Do you like DuckDuckGo? Tell us why in the comments!

Derrik Diener Derrik Diener

Derrik Diener is a freelance technology blogger.


    1. I’ve been using DDG for a while and it works very well for me and I can say it has improved a lot. Sometimes, when I can’t find something on DDG, I still resort to !g bang command and guess what? I don’t find it there either. Google is extremely overrated as a search engine: since it created its monopoly as search engine, it has slowed down its own development.

  1. Thanks for an educational article. I will look into the options/features you mention.

    I have been using DDG exclusively for more than 6 months. I cannot vouch for not being tracked since I do not know what happens behind the scenes. However, I have not seen any evidence of results being tailored to me.

  2. I love the /idea/ of DDG, but I’m always disappointed – VERY disappointed – with the search results. Hopefully this continues to improve.

  3. Problem with duckduckgo is that when you’re not an english/US user the results are totally crappy, unfortunatly.

  4. Duckduckgo looks promising but I doubt if this will even come close to what Google is now. Working for an IT company, it is imperative to be updated. Thank you for sharing.

  5. As Flubber is pointing out, The results are relevant only from an English/American point of view. That’s a pity ’cause DDG is definitely a promising solution

    1. If you go into DuckDuckGo’s advanced settings, you can set your region to [insert-country-here], so most of the results that can be country specific will be related to [insert-country-here].

  6. At first, I thought I was going to have a problem, making DDG my Default Search Engine, using Chrome … Then, I went to DDG’s website and it was so simple to do. I only had to click on a button and I am good to go! I have tried DDG in the past, and also, found that it didn’t quite make it, in the search engine world. I am hoping, that there has been enough improvements, to change all of that.

    I know that, DDG has a very clean face results page … NOT like all of the others, where there is simply junk, all around the results page. So that, is one thing I am looking forward to. However, I really want excellent results, when I am trying to research something. Hoping that DDG will do this for me.

    Just a note … I have noticed that Google results page, has changed quite a bit and not for the better, in my opinion. As it stands now, I only get about 10 results on the first page, with about 10+ “advertised” results on the same page!!! This does NOT please me, at all. I even have Ad-Blocker and that hasn’t been able to stop the ads on Google results. Google’s bad, on this issue. I am so tired of Google, Yahoo!, Bing, AOL, and the rest of the major Search Engines, trying to make money, money, money hand over fist, when they have LOTS of money to spare, in the first place.

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