Search Engine Journal: DuckDuckGo Now Handles 40 Million Searches a Day . “DuckDuckGo was recently profiled in the New York Times, where it was revealed the search engine is now handling around 40 million searches a day. At last count, in January 2019, DuckDuckGo was serving around 34 million searches a day. This continues the steady growth of the niche, privacy-focused search engine.”
New York Times: A Feisty Google Adversary Tests How Much People Care About Privacy. “Gabriel Weinberg is taking aim at Google from a small building 20 miles west of Philadelphia that looks like a fake castle. An optometrist has an office downstairs. Mr. Weinberg’s company, DuckDuckGo, has become one of the feistiest adversaries of Google. Started over a decade ago, DuckDuckGo offers a privacy-focused alternative to Google’s search engine.”
Bing Blog: Bing turns 10!. “On June 3rd 2009, we debuted to the world with a fresh approach to search – one that was anchored around the mission of empowering people through knowledge – helping you do more, not just search more. A lot has happened since then, so we wanted to take a moment to look back and celebrate you – the people who have transformed the pursuit of answers into understanding, perspective and action.”
Search Engine Land: Bing turns 10: Why it’s been more disruptive than you think. “Ten years ago today, Microsoft launched Bing. A decade in, Bing’s evolution looks different depending on your perspective. After investing billions, Bing’s market share is still small, but Microsoft has stayed committed to search, used it to enhance its other products and has bigger plans ahead for its advertising business.”
Search Engine Journal: DuckDuckGo is Google’s Only Competitor to Gain Organic Search Share in Q1 2019. “DuckDuckGo’s organic search growth is outpacing other search engines, with particularly strong gains reported in mobile search. On mobile devices, DuckDuckGo’s organic search visits are up 78% year-over-year. Overall search visits are up 54%.”
Search Engine Journal: DuckDuckGo vs. Google: An In-Depth Search Engine Comparison . “Google search is an amazing tool. But competitors are always going to be vying for search market share. And from time to time, there are going to be some great search engines that are actually worth using. DuckDuckGo may just be one of those competitors, especially if you’re looking for privacy that you may not get elsewhere. But DuckDuckGo has plenty more to offer searchers.”
Rantt Media: Mayor Pete’s Media-Made Moment. “If you were to ask someone who specializes in search engine optimization (SEO) what the most important aspect of driving traffic to a site is they would reply with one word – keywords. Simply put, keywords are the end-all-be-all when it comes to building an audience on the web. The more keywords you rank for, the easier it is for potential readers to discover you on search engines. The easier it is for people to discover you on search engines the likelier they are to click your link. And finally, the likelier people are to click your link, the better chances you’ll have that some of them click an ad on your site that makes you money. Right now, Pete Buttigieg is THE keyword for news publications to be ranking for.”
It’s far too early for me to be thinking about which candidate I want to support in 2020 — I am still listening to them and fact gathering. And I like Mr. Buttigieg fine, if only because he has a brain in his head and appears to make the most of it. But I haven’t seen any other story make this point: when companies chase SEO, this kind of focus on a name for clicks, and when they get clicks for a name they devote even MORE focus to it — it generates this kind of attention tornado that drowns other names out, no matter what the intention of the search engine or ranking algorithm.