Everybody knows about Google. The search engine has become so popular, that it is commonly used as a verb. If you want to find out something on the internet, you "google" it. There are other search engines that you might want to give a try as well. These search engines can give you prizes and even help your favorite charity. I have compiled a list of some search engines that you might want to check out.
Superpoints (www.superpoints.com) is a search engine that gives you a chance of winning prizes every time you search. You have a chance of winning SuperPoints during your first 25 searches of the day. Each SuperPoint is worth about $.01, but you generally win in quantities of 250, so each win is worth $2.50. If you invite friends and they win, you win too! You can also earn points for shopping. You can spend the points you earn in the Rewards Catalog, which contains gift cards, donations to charity, iPods, and even cars (don't get so excited, you need millions of points for those). For 20,000,000 Superpoints, you can buy a Lambourghini. I recently cashed out some of my points to get a $25 Wal-Mart gift card. Not bad, considering I am already making internet searches anyway! You can also invite friends. When they get Superpoints, so do you! If they have friends that get points, you will get points as well, but not as many.
One of the search engines that I use the most is Swagbucks (www.swagbucks.com/). As you search, you have the opportunity to win Swagbucks, which can be redeemed for sweepstakes entries, gift cards, and even Blu-Ray players and Wiis. You can invite your friends, and if they win Swagbucks, so do you! Swagbucks can also be earned by shopping through their site, trading in old cell phones, and trading in old video games and consoles. I earn a lot of Swagbucks, because I usually use it when I search for work. In six months, I was able to cash in $60 worth of Amazon.com gift cards, exclusively from searches that I have done.
Suppose you already have everything you want, and don't really care about winning prizes. You can search for charity with Goodsearch (www.goodsearch.com). Over 76,000 nonprofit companies have signed up with Goodsearch. Every time you search with Goodsearch, your favorite charity gets $.01. That may not seem like a lot, but if you and 100 other friends search once a day, your favorite charity gets $365. I know that I usually search more than once a day, especially if I am writing an article. My church's Christian school has signed up to be a Goodsearch recipient, and I know that they try to keep tuition as low as possible, so every little bit helps. Some of the charities that you can search for include the ASPCA, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Make A Wish Foundation, Focus On The Family, and the Dental Health Foundation. If you have a cause that you support, you can probably find it here.
Blingo is another search engine that can award prizes. It’s run by Publisher’s Clearing House. This works differently than the points based search engines. Instead of getting points for a prize, and having to save up for a prize, when you win, you win the prize. Because you don’t have to save up points for a prize, the wins aren’t as frequent.
I usually use these alternate search engines when making my internet searches. I can almost always find the information that I need here. The only drawback that I have found with these alternative search engines is that sometimes they don't have the latest stories catalogued in their search engines. If I'm searching for breaking news, I'll use Google, but if I need to search for informative articles on kittens, babies, South Africa, or something that isn't timely, I usually try to win prizes or help charity when I search.