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What is Dogpile and how do I use it?

Dogpile is a metasearch engine which collects search results from multiple different search engines including Google, Yahoo, Bing and a few others.
Dogpile search engine - a good alternative to Google

Dogpile is a good search engine alternative to Google

Dogpile is a metasearch engine: It collects and ranks results from putting your search phrase into multiple different search engines, currently Google, Yahoo, Bing and a few others. When you use Dogpile, you get a more complete and less biased list of results. Metasearch engines cover more of the web than one single search engine. And according to Dogpile, they cover 50% more than when you see if you just use Google. Read on to learn more about the Dogpile metasearch engine:

  • What the Dogpile home page looks like.
  • How to search using Dogpile.
  • What specialized searches Dogpile offers.
  • How to set your preferences using Dogpile.

The Dogpile home page

Like most search engines, the home page is just a search bar with a few more specialized search options. It's a bit cuter than most, as Arfie, the Dogpile mascot, fetches your search results. This may be more attractive to younger children!

Dogpile search engine - home page
Dogpile search engine - home page

How to search using Dogpile

  1. Enter your search phrase in the Dogpile search field. More detailed suggestions will appear in a drop down, just like with other search engines. If you want, click on one of these more specific search phrases.
  2. Click on Go Fetch!

Arfie will go and fetch your search results from multiple search engines and combine them into a list. Let's search for dogs - it's a very common search phrase after all! In the list of Dogpile search results you'll see advertisements listed first, indicated with a green Ad tag next to the address of each page. You may need to scroll down to get to the actual search results. In the right hand column, Dogpile suggests a number of related searches that you can click on under the heading: Are you looking for?

Dogpile search engine - search results
Dogpile search engine - search results

Different types of search on Dogpile

The left-hand column lets you specify what type of results you are looking for - web is selected by default.

Dogpile image search

If you wanted to look for photos or illustrations, after you enter your search phrase, click on the Images tab before you click on Go Fetch! Alternatively, from the results page, click on images in the left-hand column. It seems Arfie and Dogpile really like labradors and golden retrievers!

Dogpile search engine - image search results
Dogpile search engine - image search results

Search for videos using Dogpile

Video search on Dogpile works in the same way. On the Dogpile home page, enter your search term, click the Videos tab and click Go Fetch! or select videos from the left-hand column of the Dogpile search results page.

Dogpile search engine - video search results
Dogpile search engine - video search results

Currently, Dogpile video search only searches on YouTube to find videos matching your search phrase.

Search for news articles on Dogpile

Searching for news articles on a normal search engine can give you biased results. Because Dogpile is a metasearch engine, it reduces the bias by collating news from multiple search engines. On the Dogpile home page, enter your search term, click the News tab and click Go Fetch! or select news from the left-hand column of the Dogpile search results page.

Dogpile search engine - search for news articles
Dogpile search engine - search for news articles

The date that the news article was published is shown immediately after the name of the publisher in green. That makes it easy to see whether you are looking at old news, or something that was published recently.

Shop for products using Dogpile

The shopping search on Dogpile works in exactly the same way as the other specialized searches. On the Dogpile home page, enter your search term, click the Shopping tab and click Go Fetch! or select shopping from the left-hand column of the Dogpile search results page.

Dogpile search engine - shopping search
Dogpile search engine - shopping search

While it is useful to see when an item has free shipping, these search results don't indicate which shop is selling the product.

Your recent searches on Dogpile

Did you want to repeat a search a few days later? That's easy with the recent searches feature on Dogpile. Click on one of the searches listed under Recent Searches in the left-hand column to repeat your search. Dogpile remembers your 15 most recent searches by default.

Dogpile search engine - recent searches
Dogpile search engine - recent searches

On the Dogpile search results page, click on Clear under Recent Searches in the left-hand column to delete your search history.

How to change your Dogpile search preferences

Enter https://www.dogpile.com/preferences in the address field of your browser to go to your Dogpile search preferences.

Change the explicit content filter on Dogpile

You can change how strong the filter is for explicit content in your search results on Dogpile. This is extremely useful for computers or devices where children are using Dogpile to search.

  • None: This doesn't use any filter - explicit content will be included in results.
  • Moderate: Web  search will not use any filter, but video and image results will be screened and explicit content will not be displayed. This is the default setting.
  • Heavy: All results will be filtered and explicit content removed - web, images, videos, shopping and news. This is the recommended setting when children search on Dogpile.

Click on one of these check boxes to change the filter strength and click Save Settings.

Stop Dogpile from remembering your searches

To get rid of the recent searches on Dogpile, click on Recent Searches Off, then click Save Settings.

Open Dogpile search results in the same window

To stop Dogpile from opening a new tab or browser window every time you click on a search result, you need to make sure the checkbox under Open Links in New Window is not checked. Then click Save Settings.

Dogpile search engine settings
Turn recent searches off and open results in the same tab or window in the Dogpile search preferences.

Using Dogpile as an alternative search engine to Google

Until recently, it was easy to set Dogpile to be your default search engine in Firefox, Chrome and Edge. Unfortunately, you can no longer select it from the lists of search engines in those popular desktop browsers. You can still set Dogpile to be the default search engine in the Firefox and Firefox Focus browsers on mobile devices. Maybe Dogpile will release a browser extension that will set it to be the default search engine in the future. Until then, you'll need to set Dogpile to be your home page or go to dogpile.com every time you want to search.

So many good search engine alternatives to Google

Search engines come and go, search engine features change regularly, and the smaller metasearch engines have changed a lot over the last few years. Another good metasearch engine is Givero - a search engine that donates to charity organizations.

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