40 Advanced and Alternative Search Engines

40 Advanced and Alternative Search Engines

Have you ever been looking for something but didn’t know where to find it? If that something is online, then your search is over (or just about to begin). The following are 40 advanced and alternative search engines that you can use to find just about anything on the Internet.

Use them to follow discussions about your industry, monitor your online reputation, and much more!

General Search

To start off our search adventure, let’s look at some general search engines beyond the top three — Google, Bing, and Baidu.


alternative search engines duck duck go

Concerned about online privacy? DuckDuckGo prides itself on being the search engine that does not track or personalize your searches and results. They even offer handy visual guides on Google tracking and filter bubbling.

If you’re an iOS user, you can set DuckDuckGo to be the default search engine in Safari. It’s also an option for Safari on macOS.


advanced and alternative search engines

Want trees planted while you search? That’s what Ecosia does! Simply run your normal searches and Ecosia will use its surplus income to conservationist organizations that plant trees.

And you don’t have to sacrifice low-quality results to do good – Ecosia uses Bing and their own search algorithms.


dogpile advanced and alternative search engines

If you want results from the top three search engines, but don’t want to go to them individually, try Dogpile. Its results are pulled from the top three search engines “without all the mess.”

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wolframalpha advanced and alternative search engines

Looking for a search engine based on computation and metrics? Try WolframAlpha. It will give you website data, historical information by date, unit conversions, stock data, sports statistics, and more. You can see examples by topic to learn more.


advanced and alternative search engines gigablast

Want an open-source search engine? Check out Gigablast. While it doesn’t always get things right, it does provide a retro look, results return quickly, and a feature similar to the now-defunct Google Instant.


startpage  advanced and alternative search engines

If you are looking to search without being tracked, Startpage is another solid option. It allows you to search without being tracked with cookies or trackers. They even offer a Chrome plugin so you can keep using Google — and protect your privacy.


qwant alterantive search engines

Looking for an EU-based search engine? Qwant is a Paris-based search engine dedicated to protecting your privacy. They are the first search engine to protect user’s privacy and preserve the “digital ecosystem” by remaining neutral.

Social Network Specific Advanced Search

Need to find something specific on one of the top social networks? Here are some great advanced search pages.

Facebook Search

advanced and alternative search engines facebook advanced search

Want to see a particular search across different areas of Facebook? Use Facebook’s advanced search options. Type in your query, then hit enter. Facebook offers a variety of filters on the left sidebar to view search results for people, pages, places, groups, and more.

LinkedIn People Search

advanced and alternative search engines linkedin people search

If you want to find some new connections on LinkedIn, use the Advanced People Search. This will let you narrow down your results by the above plus relationship and language. Premium members will have access to additional search filters including LinkedIn groups, company size, years of experience, and more.

LinkedIn Job Search

advanced and alternative search engines linedIn job search

LinkedIn offers job seekers an Advanced Job Search to find jobs using the above information plus experience level and industry. Premium members can narrow their search down further by the salary offered.

LinkedIn Answers Search

advanced and alternative search engines linkedin answers search

LinkedIn Answers is a great way to gain exposure and build authority in your industry. Use the Answers Advanced Search to find the perfect questions to answer.

Twitter Search

advanced and alternative search engines twitter search

Twitter’s Advanced Search is a great way to find better results on Twitter. It is especially great for businesses looking for a local audience by allowing them to filter their results using the Near this place field.

Social Search

The following search engines will allow you to search one or more social networks in one place and gain additional data about the results.


advanced and alternative search engines  keyhole

Keyhole allows you to search for hashtags, keywords, @mentions, and URLs. Want to see how your latest blog post was shared across social networks? Just select URL on Keyhole and put in the URL and you’ll see who has shared it.

Social Mention

advanced and alternative search engines social mention

Social Mention allows you to search across multiple types of networks including blogs, microblogs, bookmarks, comments, events, images, news, and more.


advanced and alternative search engines buzzsumo

Use Buzzsumo if you have a topic in mind and want to see which articles on the web were most shared for that particular search. There is a paid version that can give you access to more tools for each topic.


Want to participate on forums in your industry? Use this search engine to find results specifically on forums.


advanced and alternative search engines  boardreader

BoardReader allows you to search forums and narrow results down by date (last day through last year) and language.


Find industry-related blogs and posts using the following search engines.

Blog Search Engine

blog search engine advanced and alternative search engines

Blog Search Engine aptly describes this search engine. Search blogs and blog posts using keywords. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than a general search.

Documents, eBooks, and Presentations

If you’re looking for documents, eBooks, presentations, or other similar file types, try the following searches.

Google Advanced Search

advanced and alternative search engines google advanced search

Google Advanced Search allows you to search for specific types of documents. Looking specifically for PDFs? Set that as your criteria. Want to search for Word docs or Powerpoint presentations? Then tell Google to find those file types.


advanced and alternative search engines scribd

Scribd is the largest social reading and publishing network that allows you to discover original written content across the web. Sort results by category, language, length, file types, upload date, and cost (free or for sale).


advanced and alternative search engines  slideshare

SlideShare is the largest community for sharing presentations. If you missed a conference or webinar, there’s a good chance the slides from your favorite speakers are here.

Image Search

Looking for beautiful images? Try these image search engines – note that you must gain permission to use any images you find unless they are specifically marked as Creative Commons licensed.


advanced and alternative search engines flickr

Flickr offers an advanced search screen that allows you to find photos, screenshots, illustrations, and videos on their network. You can also search within Creative Commons licensed content.


advanced and alternative search engines pinterest

The ultimate image platform, Pinterest allows you to search for anything visual – clothing, cars, floors, airplanes, etc, and pin it to your favorites. Just be sure you don’t steal copyright work. You will need to have an account before you can begin searching.


advanced and alternative search engines bing

Bing offers an image search that starts out with the top trending images, then leads to images which can be filtered by size, layout, and other criteria. They also display tabs above the results with related search queries.

Google Advanced Image Search

advanced and alternative search engines google image search

Google Advanced Image Search allows you to get even more specific about the images you are looking for, including specifying whether they are faces, photos, clip arts, or line drawings. You can also search within images labeled for reuse commercially and with modifications.


advanced and alternative search engines  tineye

Have you seen an image around the web and want to know where it came from? That’s what TinEye is for. Just put your image in the search box and TinEye will find where that image has been seen from around the web.

Creative Commons Media

Need to find media created by others to use on your website? Try these Creative Commons searches.

Creative Commons

advanced and alternative search engines creative commons

Looking for only images that you can repurpose, use for commercial purposes, or modify? Try the Creative Commons Search which will allow you to look through multiple sources including Flickr, Google Images, Wikimedia, and YouTube.


advanced and alternative search engines wikimedia

Wikimedia Commons has over 12 million files in their database of freely usable images, sound bites, and videos. Use the search box or browse by categories for different types of media.

Video Search

Looking for video to embed on your website or simply entertain you? Try these video search engines that look across multiple sources to find what you need.


advanced and alternative search engines yahoo video search

Yahoo Video Search allows you to search through video content from their own network, YouTube, Dailymotion, Metacafe, Myspace, Hulu, and other online video providers for videos on any topic.


side reel alternative search engine

sidereel allows you to go beyond YouTube to find shows on dozens of streaming platforms like HBO and Hulu. If you’re looking for streaming videos, you’ll likely find it here.

AOL Video Search

advanced and alternative search engines aol video search

AOL Video aggregates the day’s best clips from around the web, but you can also use it as a search engine.

Google Video

advanced and alternative search engines google video search

With Google Video Search you’ll be able to search for videos on any topic and filter your results by duration, date when uploaded, video source, and much more.

Website Data & Statistics

Looking for information about your favorite brands and websites? Try out these search engines for data and statistics.


advanced and alternative search engines crunchbase

CrunchBase offers insight into your favorite online brands and companies. Listings will tell you people who are associated with a company, contact information, related videos, screenshots, and more.


advanced and alternative search engines similar web

SimilarWeb allows you to search for website or app profiles based on specific domains or app names. Domains with a high volume of traffic will have data including total regional visitors per month, pageviews online vs. mobile, demographics, sites similar audiences like, and more.


advanced and alternative search engines builtwith

Curious to see what technology your favorite sites use and usage trends of that technology? BuiltWith allows you to search for domains and see the technology they use, including analytics, content management systems, coding, and widgets. You can also click on any of the products to see usage trends, industries using the technology, and more.

Advanced Google

Can’t get away from Google, but want to get more out of it than a simple Google.com search? Try these advanced Google search features.

Google Advanced Search

advanced and alternative search engines google advanced

Looking for something specific? Try Google Advanced Search or use Advanced Operators in your search queries.

Google Scholar

advanced and alternative search engines google scholar

If you are looking for articles, theses, books, abstracts, court opinions, or other information provided by academic publishers, professional societies, and universities, try Google Scholar Advanced Search. You can also use Advanced Operators to refine your search results even more.

Google Books

advanced and alternative search engines google books

Google Advanced Book Search will help you find search queries in books. You can also find entire books published online that might be available to download via PDF (when in the public domain).

Google Search Help

google search help advanced and alternative search engines

Need to help to make the most out of Google? The Google Search Help page allows you to search for privacy settings, manage podcasts, control your privacy, and more.


It seems like everyone is on a mission to dominate Google. But, there is a wide range of other search engines and advanced Google features you might be ignoring.

Whether you are looking for interesting content your audience will want to re-share or want to protect your privacy, these advanced and alternative search engines will help you find just what you are looking for.

What are your favorite advanced and alternative search engines? Please share them and how you use them in the comments, and happy searching!

6 Advanced Affiliate Marketing Strategies to Try

6 Advanced Affiliate Marketing Strategies to Try

You’ve poured a ton of time into creating a blog. You are regularly posting content, so you’re starting to build up an audience.

At some point, you’ll probably want to monetize it, right? Why not get all that hard work to pay off?

So, you dive into affiliate marketing, which has a lot of earning potential. A study from VigLink (now Sovrn) shows that affiliate marketing is the biggest revenue generator for publishers after Google AdSense.

Once you’ve started with affiliate marketing, you can gain more revenue from using more advanced affiliate methods.

What is Advanced Affiliate Marketing?

Before we get into advanced affiliate marketing, here’s a quick refresher on how affiliate marketing works.

Affiliate marketing is an effective way for anyone with a blog or social media following to earn money. Basically, it’s commission-based sales. You promote a product to your followers, and if they purchase through your affiliate link, you get a cut of the profits.

Many affiliate marketers use networks like Amazon Associates or ClickBank to find products they can promote. Since these networks have a wide variety of products available, it’s pretty easy to find things your audience might like.

A lot of people think of affiliate marketing as a way to make easy, passive income. That is only partially true.

Sure, you can make some money by just slapping a few links on your website, but if you really want to profit from affiliate marketing, you’ll have to put some thought and strategy into it.

So “advanced affiliate marketing” could be defined as using sophisticated strategies to earn more from your affiliate marketing.

What does this mean in practice?

It could mean finding the best niche to promote, choosing products your audience will like, and finding effective ways to promote them, among other things.

Below, I’ll explain how you can use advanced affiliate marketing to earn more money from your online content.

6 Ways to Incorporate Advanced Affiliate Marketing Into Your Business and Increase Revenue

So, you’ve already got an affiliate marketing site built but are looking to take your site to the next level? Here are six advanced affiliate marketing strategies to try.

Tailor Your Products to Your Audience

This one is super important: Make sure you’re promoting things your audience wants.

This can be more complicated than you might think.

Choosing great products to promote is about more than just picking categories that are generally aligned with your blog. It’s about understanding your audience and their psychology.

For example, you might assume that a new high-tech baby stroller would be an excellent product to promote since you have a parenting blog. But maybe you’ve drawn in a lot of price-conscious readers with your posts about meal planning, coupons, and budgeting.

If you promote a product that’s out of most of your readers’ price range, they won’t buy. More importantly, you could end up looking inauthentic and too salesy, which will turn people off and hurt your brand.

When it comes to understanding your readers, data and analytics are your friends. Use them wisely.

If you don’t already know who’s reading your blog, you should take steps to find out. Software like Quantcast can show you this data or use the Demographics and Interests feature in Google Analytics.

Here’s what Demographics and Interests can show you:

Besides getting actionable data from Google Analytics, you can use several other methods to better understand your audience.

Social media is an excellent source of data. Some social media platforms have built-in analytics features that make it easy to understand who’s following you.

If you have a Facebook page, you can go to “Manage Page” > “Insights:”

Then click “People” > “Your Fans.”

You can also do this using Instagram Insights if you have a business account or YouTube’s Channel analytics tools.

If you want a more in-depth picture of your social media analytics, there are tons of third-party tools you could use as well.

And if you have a specific question, why not just ask your followers?

Send out a survey asking what type of content they would like to see. A more personalized affiliate program means both happier followers and more sales, so it’s a win-win.

Be Transparent With Your Affiliate Efforts

If you want to make money with advanced affiliate marketing, you have to be transparent.

You should let your readers know when you’re using affiliate links for a few reasons. First, it can help you stay on top of regulation and avoid any potential legal issues.

Second, it helps you build and keep your readers’ trust. If your audience suddenly “finds out” they’re being marketed to when they didn’t realize it, they’ll get upset, and you’ll lose your following — meaning you’ll be making zero money from your affiliate program.

A third reason you should be transparent about affiliate links is that it makes your site look legitimate and less spammy, which is essential when trying to avoid search engine penalties.

Don’t forget that Google penalizes “thin affiliate pages,” so along with being transparent; you should also make sure your affiliate links are integrated into interesting and valuable content.

Choose Great Products in a Profitable Niche

Maybe you’re thinking of building out new content based on affiliate products. If that’s the case, you’ll want to make sure to choose a niche that can make you money.

If your market is receptive to high-value products, that’s a good place to start. Since you’re earning a commission, selling something more valuable will make you more.

Of course, a low-value product can also be interesting if it’s super desirable, and you manage to sell a lot of it.

I’ve already covered the basics, including choosing a profitable affiliate marketing niche in a previous post. One of the tips I gave was to use Google’s Keyword Planner to identify in-demand keywords (and, therefore, possibly valuable products that are worth spending the money to advertise).

Another tip is to look for products and categories that are trending right now. If something goes viral, there’s no better time to promote it with an affiliate link or product review.

To check if a product is currently hot, you can use BuzzSumo and Google Trends.

Just look at what happened with fidget spinners:

Mid-year 2017 was the perfect time to get into that market.

And searches for face masks peaked in June 2020, with interest tapering off near the end of the year:

Put Affiliate Links Where the Most Traffic is

You don’t always have to create new content to make more money from affiliate links.

Another advanced affiliate marketing strategy that’s super easy to implement is going through your existing content to see which of your pages are currently getting the most traffic. You can do this using Google Analytics.

Once you’ve identified a few high-performing pages, add affiliate links to them.

You can also promote individual pages using paid social ads or Google AdWords. By driving more traffic to those pages, you’ll be driving more clicks toward your affiliate links.

Be strategic about this, though. Try to choose pages that are already doing reasonably well and making affiliate sales, so you don’t waste money trying to promote underperforming content.

A/B Test Your Affiliate Links and Banners

A/B testing is a crucial technique for any online marketer, and it can also help you optimize your affiliate marketing campaigns.

Take two different versions of an ad, landing page, or other marketing asset and see which one performs better. In the case of affiliate marketing, there are a few different ways you could use A/B testing.

If you’re using affiliate links, you could test the links to see how they perform in various positions on the page. For example, links near the top of an article might be more visible, and therefore get more clicks.

If you have affiliate banners, you should A/B test them the same way you would any other ad to help overcome banner blindness.

Various ad positions and colors may perform more differently than you might expect since color can have a surprising impact on conversion rates.

Customize Your Links for Different Countries

Is there anything more irritating for a user than clicking on something they’re really interested in, only to see a big pop-up saying, “This is not available in your country?”

Or, seeing shipping and customs fees that are so high, they’re more expensive than the cost of the product itself?

This is the exact sort of thing you want to avoid with your affiliate links.

For example, if you’re linking only to Amazon’s U.S. store, your non-U.S. readers will probably click out of the page and search for the product again in their local store. You’ll then lose that affiliate sale.

With advanced affiliate marketing, you can make the experience easier for your international users by using a tool like Amazon OneLink or geo-tagging your affiliate links. That way, users are automatically redirected to their local site.

Amazon OneLink is a script that can be configured on your website.

Geo-tagging (also known as geo-targeting) can be done with a plug-in, short link, or code snippet.

Advanced Affiliate Marketing Software and Tools

If you’re looking to step up your affiliate marketing game, advanced affiliate marketing tools can help you speed things up and get better results. Here are a few popular options:

Pretty Links: This tool was specifically created to help affiliate marketers manage links and redirects. Redirects are essential for a few reasons. They help your links look better (hence the software’s name), they help you keep things organized, and they prevent bad actors from finding your affiliate links and trying to modify or poach them.

AnyTrack: AnyTrack is useful if you want to know more about where your affiliate clicks are coming from. It allows you to integrate and track your links with Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel.

CAKE: CAKE’s affiliate marketing software helps you optimize your campaigns so that you can increase your traffic and earnings.

Advanced Affiliate Marketing Training and Courses

Maybe you’d like to dig deeper into advanced affiliate marketing. To learn more, check out these courses and other training resources:

Neil Patel YouTube channel: I cover all things marketing on YouTube, and affiliate marketing is no exception. I’ve made a ton of videos about affiliate marketing, so feel free to head over to the channel and check them out.

Udemy courses: Udemy is a great learning resource, and they have courses on just about everything, including affiliate marketing. Here are a few top-rated advanced affiliate marketing courses on Udemy:

Matt Diggity’s Affiliate Lab: This course is specifically designed for creating and monetizing affiliate websites.


If you’ve been doing affiliate marketing for a while, you’re probably looking for insights beyond just “Add some links to your website.”

The truth is, advanced affiliate marketing is like any other kind of digital marketing. It’s all about strategy, understanding your audience, and having the right tools.

If you put the time and effort into A/B tests, check your analytics, and invest in the right software, you’ll start seeing better results with affiliate marketing.

Can you think of any other advanced affiliate marketing techniques? Share them in the comments!