DuckDuckGo is a privacy-focused search engine. The search engine itself provides real-world search results as any other search engine. It simply keeps your browsing activities private, blocks tracking cookies (or warns you and lists them if it is unavoidable), and they store no internal data about their users.
How do you sign up for the search engine duckduckgo?
There is no official “sign up” process for duckduckgo. You simply use it. However, there different ways to access the search engine depending on the device used.
Laptop, Desktop, or Tablet
You would open your favorite browser, head over to duckduckgo.com, and start searching.
To make it your default search engine:
- Open the search engine in your browser
- Right-click in the address bar
- Click “Manage Search Engines”
- In the search engine list, click the settings icon next to duckduckgo
- Click “Make Default”
You may also want to go into your browser settings and make it the default tab when opening the browser.
Chrome Browser Extension
You can also add duckduckgo to the Chrome browser by installing the official extension: The DuckDuckGo Extension at the Chrome Web Store
Duckduckgo has apps available for both Android and IOS devices.
For Android: DuckDuckGo at Google Play
For IOS: DuckDuckGo at the App Store
For Website Owners
If you own a website and want to make sure it has a presence on the DuckDuckGo search engine, there a few resources available for you to use.
How do you submit your website to duckduckgo?
You can’t. However, utilizing webmaster tools in Bing and Yahoo will allow for indexing into this search engine – it pulls data from these and hundreds of other platforms.
You can run PPC campaigns on duckduckgo, but it does not have a dedicated ad center. Instead, ads are run from the Microsoft Advertising platform. This happens through Bing Ads and is found under the Ad distribution settings. You can see complete details here.
SEO On DuckDuckGo
SEO optimization on duckduckgo is fairly straight forward. You would utilize the same standards as found on Bing. They look for:
- A Focus on User Experience
- Quality Back-links
- Keyword Targeting
- High-Quality Content
For local businesses, it’s a little more tricky. Since duckduckgo does not track user’s, searches that contain “near me” do not provide actual “near me” results as they do in Google. In order to best show for this result, it is best to make sure you are including location-specific text on your website and in the content pages.