Dogpile is a free meta-search engine for the web that aggregates search results from services such as Google, Bing, Yahoo!, and more.
For most people, the search results from the likes of Google and Bing are perfectly adequate. However, if you use more than one of them for the same search, as many people do when conducting research, you'll notice differences in the results. That's where Dogpile comes in; it gathers the most relevant results. Another option if you want to avoid mainstream search engines is Brave Search.
Every search engine has its own way of searching, which is why they give different results for the same search term. To save you from having to compare multiple sets of results, Dogpile does it for you and shows you the most relevant content.
Dogpile saves you a few more valuable seconds by letting you choose the kind of search results you want to see before you hit ‘Search’. The search categories are web, images, videos, and news. These are the same options offered by Bing, but Google offers more filters.
Where Does Your Data Go?
It's widely recognised that Google and Bing can learn about your search and browsing habits by collecting your search history. However, it’s a price that the majority of users are happy to pay. You can, of course, change your preferences to stop your data from being used in this way.
By contrast, Dogpile doesn't have an option for data privacy, and although it tells you that it shares your data, it doesn't say who's getting it, or for what reasons.
Search for the best results
Dogpile was one of the first search aggregators, but these days Google is so popular that 'googling' has become a synonym for searching. Google's 92% share of the search engine market illustrates that its search results are good enough for most users.
Consequently, search aggregators have become less relevant. The leading search engines have such overwhelming reach that it's extremely difficult to see a reason for using an aggregator like Dogpile. In addition to data privacy concerns, you are better off using a mainstream search engine that allows you to control how your search and browsing habits are collected.