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DuckDuckGo Grew More Than 70% Last Year, The search Engine That Doesn’t Track Its Users

DuckDuckGo is the hidden kind web search engine, keeps to rise quickly that doesn’t track its users. But it has also battled to be accepted worldwide.


Throughout whole Dec. 15, DuckDuckGo gain 3.25 billion search queries this year, consistent with its posted traffic statistics in public. That’s about 74% over the similar era previous year. Monday, Dec. 14 was its 1st day with in excess of 12 million direct search queries.


However qualified to search industry leader Google, DuckDuckGo is very small at rest. Google has possessed more than 100 billion search queries per month for a while, whereas DuckDuckGo’s direct search queries crossed 325 million very last month. (DuckDuckGo, in addition, gained a different 284 million search queries in November by means of its API and from bots.)

Look at the DuckDuckGo direct search queries per month report:


A special data point: DuckDuckGo got 3 million unique visitors on desktop computers throughout October, as reported by comScore. That represents above 100% year-over-year growth, but doesn’t point out very huge audience. (It is appeal noting the possibilities that users of a privacy-focused based search engine compose it intricate for comScore to track them perfectly.) DuckDuckGo doesn’t expose what percentage of its searches are carried on smart phone, mobile and Tablet devices, excluding Google announced in the picture that last year more than half of its searches are from smart phones.

What’s driving growth of DuckDuckGo?

It’s CEO Gabriel Weinberg, contacted through email, credits partnerships opened in 2014 in the favors of Apple & Mozilla, and word of mouth.

In addition, he passes with a Pew study from previously 2 years ago, where over 40% of American respondents reported that they thought search engines “should not keep hold of information concerning their activity.” (Google and others make use of that information, as well as your search queries, to manufacture profiles for ad targeting, along with other reasons.)

Up till now that has not transformed to act. If 40% of US search searches done by DuckDuckGo, it would be more than semi Google’s present size. It appears driving awareness should be a main concern for 2018.

“Their biggest challenge is that majority of people haven’t know about of them,” Weinberg says. “We very much desire to smash out into the mainstream.”

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Amrita Thakre is a Master of Mechanical Engineering Student and a part time Blogger and content writer.

17 thoughts on “DuckDuckGo Grew More Than 70% Last Year, The search Engine That Doesn’t Track Its Users

  1. Edward Thorpe

    Hi Amrita,

    I’ve been using DuckDuckGo for years. Not every search, but often. I like how their serp’s are sparse and clean – among other things that you mentioned in this interesting post.

  2. Javier

    There is a European equivalent to duckduckgo called startpage dot com. It is a non tracking search engine that’s pretty slick. Would be safer than duckduckgo cause laws like the patriot act can force them to hand over all user information at any moment. They probably already done this a lot of times.

  3. Maria Lori

    Hi Amrita,
    Very well explained, DuckDuckGo accepted worldwide it’s outstanding. I am so glad when I read this amazing post.
    Anyway Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Joy Healey

    I had never heard about DuckDuckGo until I wanted to find out about something our UK government decided we should know about. Google couldn’t find it and I was cross. However my son knew about DuckDuckGo and used it to find it for me.

    It was only some silly gossip about a celebrity and I was silly even caring, but I was just cross about the censorship.

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

  5. ikechi


    Not surprised that Duckduckgo has grown. It has a fine goal and if it can stick to it and not be moved by the competition, it will do fine

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care

    1. SY Abuzar

      Hi Janice Wald,
      Yes, just targeting Google for organic traffic or Advertising is not a good practice. Targeting 2nd best is always the best chance of getting a higher result than number 1 result’s.

  6. Jarno

    DuckDuckGo isn’t the best option if you value privacy. Many smaller internet companies, including DuckDuckGo, do not operate their own data-center, but instead are “hosted” in another provider’s datacenter. In DuckDuckGo’s case, they are hosted by Verizon Internet Services.  We’ve all learned about the cozy relationship between the NSA and Verizon, it is quite imaginable that Verizon would simply give them access to a DuckDuckGo server, or the load-balancer which is likely owned and operated by Verizon and upon which the SSL decryption key is installed.  They don’t need continuous access, 30 seconds is all that would be necessary to copy the cert.
    I would recommend privacy search engines like and Qwant instead. They’re both European Startups so US laws like the patriot act can’t force them to hand over all user data.


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