Being one of the largest tech companies on the planet, Google offers a broad array of some of the most commonly used services. From the uber search engine to the ubiquitous email services, most people have in some form or another shopped, as it were, at Google.
However, some people might want an alternative the products offered by this tech Giant, yet because Google is so prevalent, it might seem to you as if there are no alternatives. Simply put–there are. More important, these alternatives are often as high quality as anything Google offers.
In fact, you always have multiple options if you want to browse the net, securely store your files in the cloud, or maintain your personal or business schedule. Because of high quality of many options, it is difficult to believe more of these products and services are not better known. Well, the following list is about to change because there is not need to go to Google for all your business storage, production, or communication solutions.
Alternatives to Blogger.com
You might not know that Google offers blogging services, but back in 2003, they acquired one of the largest blogging platforms, Blogger. Although there are a variety of blogging alternatives, the following offer the best versatility, security, and publishing solutions.
One of the kings of blogging is WordPress. It is open source, and within the standard interface, it offers users a variety of business and personal templates. These templates range from minimalist to complex magazine-style templates rich with formatting options and out-of-the-box plugins. Additionally, WordPress offers you the ability to write, edit, and post your work within its framework. Finally, an entire ecosystem of plugins exist to provide you (often free) additional functionality that includes such things as monetization, security, or analytics.
Although Medium is a recent startup, it already hosts high-quality blogs from across the globe. The service offers you an attractive blogging framework that you can customize, and it allows you to easily add your own custom domain, ensuring that although your blog exists on Medium’s framework, customers are able to identify your business and become loyal to your brand. Perhaps because it brings to bear a variety of respectable blogs on its network, Medium now charges a fee to add custom domains, and although there are a variety of no-fee services, Medium, as an alternative to Google, is top notch.
This content management system (CMS) offers much of the same types of templates, blogging, and plugin options as WordPress, but it is not as widely used. In terms of plugins, the online repository is much more developed than that offered by WordPress.
Squarespace is a paid service that offers secure blogging solutions. Once you sign up with Squarespace, you will be hosting your site on a corporate-based framework, so customer service is much more centralized and at the ready. Although you do have a lot of customization capabilities, the template options are still far less extensive than those provided by other services. That said, Squarespace offers a more secure infrastructure that requires less fiddling.
This platform is a growing and widely popular network of blogs, and it is one of the best new platforms for individuals rather than businesses. Templates are varied, offering a decent amount of self expression and branding capabilities, and the general user is younger. Finally, a Tumblr blog focuses on a blend of text and multimedia, and the overall length of each blog is designed to be highly compact compared to the length of other blogs.
Drupal is a content management system for someone who simply wants to publish content without being distracted by lots of options. With Drupal, you can publish text, setup an image gallery, and manage your content. Compared to other services, it does not offer much in the way of extras, but this is perfect for some publishers and content collections.
Alternative Web Browsers
Google’s web browser Chrome has a significant market share and any interactions on the web you perform can be monitored by Google.
This is a professional-grade browser that has been around for approximately two decades. It offers speedy connections and secure browsing. In fact, in terms of security, Firefox developers have successfully patched it against new exploits and phishing malware before other browsers, making it consistently one of the most secure alternatives to Chrome. Although it can be a memory hog, so, too, can Chrome. Additionally, Firefox is attractive, sleek, and offers a broad range of extensions. Although there are many alternatives, Firefox is one of the big three.
Another longstanding browsing alternative is Opera. It is sleek, fast, and attractive. The opening page can be setup with icons that allow you point-and-click access to your most common online destinations. However, unlike Chrome, Opera offers you something called turbo mode, which compresses information. This ability to compress data makes surfing extremely fast. Finally, an almost unheard of feature is the VPN feature. VPN stands for virtual private network, and it allows secure, anonymous browsing.
The Tor browser was designed, in part, by the US Navy. It allows near-perfect private browsing. In fact, the only departments able to track you include such agencies as the FBI and CIA. Consequently, you can browse the net without average people, companies, or websites tracking your movements and attempting to advertise to you. Additionally, Tor is notorious for being the only way to access the dark web, which is not recommended.
Safar is an iOS-based browser common on tablets and phones. Although it is deployed on Apple products, it is also available for use on your PC. One of the best features of Safari is that malware and virus programmers do not target it as often as they do Windows operating systems. Because of this lack of attention, you and your data are somewhat safer.
11. Microsoft Edge
This browser is built-in to Windows 10. Anyone buying a PC will be automatically using a Chrome alternative. It is faster than Chrome and touted as more secure.
This browser is a strange, quirky piece of software that has developed a loyal following. Although it is not very widely used, it features speeds that are nearly twice as fast as Chrome. In terms of page loads for smartphones, it can display information up to eight times faster. Finally, as an added bonus for business websites, it also offers tipping capabilities, so you can financially support your favorite sites.
Here are some more alternative browsers to Chrome
Alternative Operating Systems
For notebook users wanting to move away from the Chrome OS, there are a variety of systems that offer more privacy.
For those interested in privacy, Tails browser allows you to browse the standard internet, but it channels everything first through the Tor browser, which helps maintain your anonymity. Unlike Chrome, Tails is only available on Linux systems.
Linux is an open-sourced operating system geared toward users wanting fast, efficient performance. One thing to note about Linux is that it comes in over a dozen of versions. To be installed on Chrome OS notebooks, you will need to download the Linux Ubuntu version.
Cloud storage Alternatives
This mega-storage service is one of the best known Google Drive alternatives. It offers computer users a desktop folder that links to your cloud account. To upload your data, all you have to do is drop your content into the folder. Once it is in the folder, Dropbox automatically transfers it to the cloud, ready to share.
However, your information remains secure and private until you allow someone else access to your data. In terms of storage space, users receive a fairly generous 2GB of space–for free. For business users or for users needing more, paid plans offer up to 1TB of storage, making it perfect for teams or collaborators.
Perhaps pCloud is not well known, but it offers encrypted storage, allowing you unbreakable privacy for your business projects and intellectual property. Additionally, it offers 10GB of free storage. Although this amount is less than Google Drive’s 15GB of storage, what Google Drive offers actually includes everything in your Gmail account. Consequently, pCloud is probably offers higher storage amounts for most people. One of the best things about pCloud is that once you pay the one-time fee, the service is yours to use for life. In an era of subscription-based services that obligate you to pay them monthly, their one-time fee might seem hefty, but it will not turn into a money pit.
Designed as a backup solution in case your data is deleted by malware or held hostage by randomware, SpiderOak offers quick, secure access to all your files via any smartphone. Additionally, it offers encryption from starting and ending connection points, so no one can spy on your data and steal your intellectual property. Finally, it works across various Windows and Mac platforms, and it allows collaboration through secure file sharing.
Alternatives to Google Suite
18. Microsoft Office
MS Office is arguably the most popular set of business tools on the planet. It is not free, but it also does not claim usage rights of your information. This is important because anything you type in Google Documents can technically be used by Google.
Offering a complete suite of free word processing and spreadsheet services, OpenOffice is a solid alternative to Google Docs. You can use it offline, and its feature set actually dwarfs Google Docs. Additionally, it integrates better with other formats, such as MS Word.
20. Zoho Docs
Zoho Docs is a standard business productivity suite. It specializes in cloud storage and online collaboration. With this in mind, it offers easy backups, file recovery, and sharing.
Collabora is another collaboration tool that attempts to stand apart with its private file-sharing technology that is available to users both online and offline. Although it is touted as one of the largest office suites in the world, western users need to understand that it is created by non-English speakers, so the documents, the website, and the customer service can be somewhat awkward. That said, it offers a suite of standard features for people looking for free business productivity.
YouTube is the online video monster most commonly known and used. That said, there are alternatives that manage to serve a variety of niche users.
Unlike YouTube, which is geared toward the typical video sharer, Vimeo targets indie film professionals and other video professionals. It typically features a variety of indie productions and video series. If you are learning the trade, you will get more traction and legitimacy by sharing your video on Vimeo. Additionally, for a monthly fee, Vimeo offers you the ability to monetize your platform.
Primarily focused on short videos and photo collections, MetaCAfe is designed to inform, entertain, or leave you aghast, your mouth wide open. As one of the largest video-sharing sites, Meta Cafe is one of the best ways to waste lots of hours. Consequently, it is best to visit this site when you are at work.
In terms of video, Twitch is the new kid on the block that has established itself as a destination for anyone wanting to broadcast themselves to a budding audience. It is used especially by Gamers who broadcast their live performances to millions of people. Because Twitch is integrated tightly with advertising platforms, aspiring celebrities can easily monetize their channel. Finally, although it seems to focus on live broadcasts, it does allow you the opportunity to archive your videos for later use.
Vevo competes directly with YouTube’s new music platform. It is easy to watch, and the user interface seems near seamless within monitors of any size. Its user interface makes it especially popular for people who exercise and want to watch music videos. It offers featured channels, live broadcasting, and the ability to personalize or brand your channel.
Veoh is television on the web. It allows you to surf and play existing shows and series, much of which are professional. However, a lot of the content is also user generated, making it one of the most interesting grass-root video platforms around. It offers the standard playlist features as well as the ability to share, up-vote, and comment on videos.
Alternatives to Hangouts
Alternatives to Google Hangouts include a variety of apps and websites that help you meet and talk with people in the digital and real world. In terms of hangouts, there are a lot of services that offer seeming alternatives to Google, but many of them utilize Gmail or other Google-based services. As such, these types have not been included in the following lists.
Mobelize is a professional-grade, group-development platform. It is designed primarily for broadcasters wanting the ability to grow a following or for businesses wanting to host meetings for teams. Additionally, it is used for collaboration between small groups. Its primary service is free, allowing up to five groups. If you need more groups and functionality than that offered in the free plan, additional groups are available for $800 per year.
28. Facebook Groups
Facebook Groups centers around helping people find interest groups. In this, it is a lot like Meetup. However, because of its reach, it offers greater opportunity to build groups or find ones in an area near you. Finally, Facebook Groups can be integrated with your Facebook business page, calendar, and sales checkout page.
Although most group sites focus on digital interaction, Meetup allows people to establish groups centered around various subjects and discuss them online. However, they also encourage people to establish real-world meetings. You can manage attendance and fee collection online or in the real world. In terms of fees, it comes with a small $15 subscription requirement, but the ability to grow a group in both the digital and offline world is something very few other group sites offer.
Alternatives to Google Adsense
If you run a website and want to make some money via advertising or affiliate marketing below are some options.
Unlike many advertising platforms that can leave you with a stunning bill, Adsterra offers transparent pricing and generous payouts. Because business owners are always in danger of losing money via click fraud, Adsterra’s anti-fraud feature helps maximize ad reach and return on investment–a very welcome option few others offer.
Offering generous payouts and a friendly user dashboard, AdBuff is a popular, lucrative alternative to Adsense. Most important, it offers a 100-percent fill rate, which ensures ads are always shown on publisher sites. If you are a publisher, this 100-percent fill rate ensures visitors to your site will not be met with blank ad space, helping to increase the potential of your ad-based commission earnings.
More than just an advertising platform, ShareASale actually connects your advertisement to publishers wanting to promote your product. Of course, advertisers share in the commission for this type of direct promotion, but this system allows for an opportunity to have your product actively promoted rather than displayed passively along a column of ads that are often largely ignored.
33. Amazon Associates
Amazon Associates is arguably the largest, most popular affiliate site on the planet. There are no fees to promote your product. All you have to do is make it available. As other people look for products to promote, they have the opportunity to add it to their website. In terms of payouts, the affiliate receives a small commission from each sale, and you keep your share as well. Of course, Amazon also keeps its slice of the proverbial pie.
Bidvertiser is exactly what it sounds like–an ad program where advertisers bid on the ability to promote their product directly on someone else’s website. Such a bidding process makes for a mad frenzy, but the highest bidder gets promoted on targeted sites, and the lower bidders does not. This might sound vicious, but for businesses determined to grow their brand, it works. That said, if you are working with a small advertisement budget, you can still get promoted. For instance, when all the other high bidders have exhausted their funds, the lower-priced promotions receive attention.
Google Maps Alternatives
Probably the original online map service, MapQuest offers full-service map services that range from directions and route planning to finding restaurants and hotels. However, it also offers icon-based searches of such locations as local grocery stores and gas stations.
36. Bing Maps
Bing Maps is much more of a Google clone than MapQuest. That said, some differences include its traffic overlay, which works well to help you save time. Additionally, the 3D views match Google’s in terms of accuracy and number of cities mapped.
Focusing on vehicular navigation, OsmAnd is available as an app that you can download to your phone. Because it specializes on this one service, it offers all the road-pertinent you might need, including such things as being able to identify toll roads. It evens conveys the quality of a street’s lighting, making it useful for walking or riding bikes.
Games, Apps, and More
For people wanting to market their Android apps, it can be difficult outside of Google Play. In terms of marketing adult-related apps, doing so can seem impossible.
Publishing your APK file on Amazon has now become easy with Amazon’s Android-only app store. It offers users a friendly shopping interface, and all the apps are compatible with Amazon’s brand of Fire tablets.
Reserved primarily for adult-related apps and games, Aptoid opens the market of apps to shoppers 18 years or older.
This is a basic website that offers free downloads of a small collection of Android apps.
Alternatives to Google Domain names
In this instance, Google domains is probably competing with GoDaddy, the king of online domain purchasing. In terms of online business development, GoDaddy offers domain purchase as well as web hosting. Additionally, it features fee-based advertising services and a user-friendly domain dashboard that allows you to manage all your domains from a single page.
42. Network Solutions
One of the oldest domain services, Network Solutions focuses on domain name purchasing and hosting.
Of course, Namecheap offers cheap domain registration, but it also offers web hosting services. One of the best features is its WordPress solutions. Because of its focus on WordPress, people wanting to move away from Google products get a dual solution.
HostGator offers web hosting as a primary service, but it also offers domain registration. Based in the United States, its services are fast and secure. The dashboard is user friendly, and businesses can sign up for inexpensive resale accounts, allowing them to host unlimited sites and earn revenue from selling web hosting or other web-related products. Finally, the company shines in terms of customer service.
Alternatives to Google’s search engine
Regardless what other services Google might offer, its primary service will always be associated with online searches. Consequently, the following list contains the most comprehensive list of alternatives to Google’s search engine.
45. AOL Search
One of oldest services available, AOL Search is now owned by Yahoo! It is designed as an online portal, offering onsite access to everything from financial services to email.
A Chinese based search engine that offers fast searches and translated pages for people unfamiliar with the language. It is one of the most important windows for Western countries to get a glimpse inside Chinese online content. Moreover, it offers an outside view to the western world not available from within the western world’s media system.
Owned by Microsoft, Bing is another online portal designed to connect you with everything you need right inside Bing. As such, it is an internet unto itself.
Dogpile is a niche search engine powered by Metasearch. It is designed to offer a quick, streamlined experience.
Another search engine operated by Bing, DuckDuckGo specializes in providing quick searches while keeping your user data private.
Powered by Bing, Ecosia offers standard search capabilities. However, as a subsidiary of Bing, it is designed to give back to the community, and it accomplishes this by using its profits to plant trees.
Exalead is a visual, thumbnail-based search engine that allows you to search by category or site type.
Once an independent search engine, Excite is now owned by Bing. Its sparse interface make it the Craigslist of search engines. For instance, it provides a variety of at-a-glance information, such as recent news and the current temperature.
An independent, true alternative to the big-boy search engines, Gigablast offers independent, secure searching, and it is run by a guy named Matt.
HotBot is a Bing-owned search engine that offers quick searches and no ads.
Another independent search engine, Lycos offers a sleek interface, fast results, and few ads.
MetaCrawler is Metasearch’s most popular search engine. Styled as a gray-scale Google, it is supported by ads.
Hosted in the UK, this search engine is designed to do one thing: search results. This might sound obvious, but most engines are actually designed to gather information and track your usage. Mojeek, however, does not track your searches, maintaining your privacy as you scour the web for all the information you want to read in private.
Owned by Bing, Qwant claims to not keep any search history. Additionally, it offers cookie-free usage and is based in the UK. In addition to typical informational content, it offers music and maps. Finally, it offers child-friendly searching to keep your loved ones on the safe side of information.
Searx is opensource software that does not share your user data. However, it is small and is not recognized as being secure by various malware and virus-scanning programs.
This China-based search engine, provides access to worlds of information not otherwise available in the western world. The company is a massive tech giant that has recently launched its own AI-based avatar for the financial sector.
Swisscows is another search engine dedicated to data security and informational integrity, and it integrates with all major browsers. Hosted in the Swiss Alps, it is known as the Swiss Fort Knox.
WebCrawler is an older, basic search engine that focuses on content, images, and video.
Yahoo! offers users an online portal intended to provide them everything they need without the need to go anywhere else on the net.
Based in Russia, Yandex offers translatable pages. However, they do track your information.
One of the most exciting new search engines, Yippy is owned by IBM and powered by the AI Watson. As such, your searches are categorized by Watson, helping him to learn about humans, track their searches, and target them with custom advertisements–Yippy!
Note: the reason Ask.com and Startpage.com are missing is because they are owned by–you know it–Google.