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Top 20 Search Engines

We rate the search engines based on relevancy and usability. That is, a search engine is good if you can easily find what you are looking for. We focus on quality rather than size. The current Top 20 Search Engine list can be found to the right.

Google Named SquirrelNet.com's #1 Search Engine

Google has replaced Overture as the top-rated search engine on SquirrelNet.com's Top 20 Search Engine list. In recent times, the quantity of quality of Google's indexing has decreased dramatically, while Overture was bought by Yahoo and no longer exists in its prior form. Unique upstarts like Answers.com enter SquirrelNet.com's Top 20 Search Engines list for the first time while other well-known sites like DealTime, HotBot and Sprinks have been removed from the list.

SquirrelNet Users Prefer Google Over Yahoo

When asked which site best helps to find internet information, about two-thirds preferred Google over Yahoo. This indicates that Yahoo is still an information-rich resource, but a search engine like Google is needed to expand the information reach.

Google Helps with Difficult Searches

Google has displaced AltaVista in our favorite search engine for difficult searches. They have a large database and their relevancy ranks second only to Overture.

Yahoo Remains near Top

Although Yahoo is almost too big for effective searching, they are an information-rich resource which should not be overlooked. We have links that will help simplify your Yahoo experience.


MagPortal provides a unique service in that is searches from a wide range of magazines.

AltaVista Used to be Better

AltaVista has had so many major strategic changes that it's hard to keep track of why to use this site. Their most recent change voided their unique advantage in helping with difficult searches.

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Top 20
Search Engines
  1. Google
  2. Answers.com
  3. Yahoo!
  4. Clusty.com
  5. MetaCrawler
  6. MagPortal
  7. ixQuick
  8. Netcraft
  9. Kartoo.com
  10. Teoma
  11. About.com
  12. MSN Search
  13. Mamma.com
  14. BlogDigger
  15. AOL Search
  16. AllTheWeb
  17. Search.com
  18. Lycos
  19. AltaVista
  20. AskJeeves