(Source Search Engine Journal)
DuckDuckGo, the search engine whose selling point is the fact that it doesn’t track users, has grown by a considerable amount year over year.
The niche search engine boasts a growth of 70% throughout the year of 2015, despite the fact that it hasn’t nearly seen the adoption rate of more mainstream search engines.
DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused web search engine startup, continues to grow rapidly. But it has also struggled to crack the mainstream.
Through Dec. 15, DuckDuckGo received 3.25 billion search queries this year, according to its publicly posted traffic statistics. That’s up 74% over the same period last year. Monday, Dec. 14 was its first day with more than 12 million direct queries.
The founder and CEO took some shots at rival Google too.
The CEO and founder of DuckDuckGo, Gabriel Weinberg, says that his company is already profitable, despite the fact that his search engine doesn’t store private information of its users.
In an ask-me-anything session Oct. 7 on YCombinator’s Hacker News site, Weinberg said: “DuckDuckGo is actually profitable,” and that “It is a myth you need to track people to make money in Web search.”