How to get indexed in DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo search engine is very popular nowadays and is attracting thousands of visitors every day. Being a small website owner, I’m always looking for new ways to bring traffic to my sites and one way of doing that is getting them indexed in the different search engines, like Google, Bing, Yahoo and why not DuckDuckGo, so today I want to share with you the steps to get indexed in DuckDuckGo.

What is DuckDuckGo?
How to get indexed in DuckDuckGo
Yandex Webmaster Tools

 

What is DuckDuckGo?

DuckDuckGo is a search engine which, unlike others, don’t collect or share any of your personal information, they don’t store your search history, they don’t track any of your activity.

DuckDuckGo is an Internet privacy company that empowers you to seamlessly take control of your personal information online, without any tradeoffs. With our roots as the search engine that doesn’t track you, we’ve expanded what we do to protect you no matter where the Internet takes you. Source: duckduckgo.com

The amount of direct queries have increased dramatically since they started. Approximately 25 millions searches are made in DuckDuckGo every single day!

DuckDuckGo Traffic stats
DuckDuckGo Traffic stats

 

They have reached 133,371,061 direct queries just in the first week of 2019! That is a lot of traffic we shouldn’t ignore and a great opportunity to generate quality traffic toward your website.

DuckDuckGo Traffic stats
DuckDuckGo Traffic stats

 

How to get indexed in DuckDuckGo

DuckDuck doesn’t have a webmaster tools where you can submit your site, instead, it uses over 400 sources including DuckDuckGoBot, Wikipedia, Quora, Reddit, Yahoo, Bing among others to get the results of each search and if your site is already indexed in Bing and Yahoo, then most probably it will be indexed in DuckDuckGo as well, but let’s check…

The first thing you need to do open DuckDuckGo homepage and write site:yourdomain and click enter.

DuckDuckGo search
DuckDuckGo search

If your site is indexed, then you will see it in the search results and you don’t need to do anything else.

DuckDuckGo search results
DuckDuckGo search results

 

If your site doesn’t appear in the results, then there is a trick to get it indexed faster instead of waiting for other sources, keep reading!

 

Yandex Webmaster Tools

According to Wikipedia, Yandex is the the largest search engine on the internet in Russia and is the 5th largest search engine worldwide. DuckDuckGo have a strong relationship with Yandex and therefore indexing your site there will help you to get indexed in DuckDuckGo.

To start, go to Yandex Webmaster Tools and create a new account for free.

Yandex Webmaster Tools
Yandex Webmaster Tools

Once inside, add your site using the yellow button:

Yandex Webmaster Dashboard
Yandex Webmaster Dashboard

Enter your domain and click Add:

Yandex Webmaster Add Site
Yandex Webmaster Add Site

You will need to verify the ownership of your website. The easiest way, at least for me, is using Meta Tag. Copy the full code from < to > and do not close Yandex’s window because you need to come back later.

Yandex Webmaster Verify ownership
Yandex Webmaster Verify ownership

Log in to your WordPress site, go to Appearance -> Editor and look for the file Theme Header (header.php) and open it.

Now, in the code editor part, look for </head> and paste the code from Yandex Webmaster just before it:

Yandex Webmaster Verify ownership WordPress
Yandex Webmaster Verify ownership WordPress

 

Don’t forget to Update File!

Wordpress editor Update File
WordPress editor Update File

Go back to Yandex Webmaster window and click on Check. If everything when well, you will see your site under the box list on the top right.

Yandex Webmaster Site Verified
Yandex Webmaster Site Verified

And last but not least, you need to add your sitemap so all the pages/post from your site get indexed. You can do that by going to Indexing -> Sitemap files and adding the link to your website sitemap.

Yandex Webmaster Adding Sitemap link
Yandex Webmaster Adding Sitemap link

It will take some time before Yandex’s crawl bots do their work so you will have to wait. It can take up two weeks, but check again in a couple of days, maybe they do it faster.

– Update 2019-01-14 –

After 5 days of submitting my site to Yandex Webmaster,  I can see that crawling bots has started to index it and even got some recommendations to fix and improve some pages.

Crawl statistics Yandex
Crawl statistics Yandex

 

Yandex Indexing recommendations
Yandex Indexing recommendations

One possible problem that Yandex detected was this:

“The <description> meta tag is either missing or incorrectly filled out on a number of pages. This could negatively affect how your site is presented in search results.”

When checking which pages are missing description I can see that most of them were TAG pages, so I went and updated the descriptions on some of the most used tags and after a day, those disappeared from the list and were indexed, yay!!

Examples of pages without description
Examples of pages without description

There were also some recommendations about how to fix these possible indexing issues:

  • Site has not been registered in Yandex Business Directory. Solution: Set targeting Region under Site Information.
  • No site geographic affliation given. Solution: Set targeting Region under Site Information.
  • Favicon file not found. Solution: Place an favicon image file of 16×16 pixels in the root directory of the site.

I will keep checking now and then if new issues appears and share the solutions with you!

– End of Update –

Now you will get more traffic to your website from DuckDuckGo and Yandex!

If you have any thoughts or questions, leave me a comment below or contact me here.

39 Responses

  1. Oh, wow! Good info to have. Do you think it would boost my website’s hits to be indexed in duckduckgo? I remember hearing about it a long time ago, but I had completely forgotten about it until I read your post. My niche is kind of specific, so I don’t think it would help all that much, but it can’t hurt to try!

  2. Thank you for the knowledge about DUCKDUCKGO.

    This is my very first time being exposed to the wealth of information regarding this platform that doesn’t store peoples information in no way shape or form. 

    Interesting to see how great DuckDuckGo is when it comes to driving traffic in a single day. The figure generated since 2019 are great amount. a lot of people our there would be happy to have at least half the benefits of the traffic being accomplished in such short space of time with the benefits of not keeping track of their browsing history etc. 

    i love the information provided for every one to have an understanding of DUCKDUCKGO.

  3. Thank you for sharing with us this great article on how to get indexed in DuckDuckGo.I am a newbie in this business and I am very surprised by this such engine because I used to know Google,Yahoo and Bing but by reading this article I found DuckDuckGo which amazing.

    I think I am going to try this search engine to see if I could find free traffic to my website.

  4. It looks like you’ve introduced something very new to everyone! I haven’t even heard of duckduckgo before so your article was very interesting and helpful. As a business owner, we are all looking for new ways to drive traffic and as consumers, we want to protect our privacy and not be exploited so duckduckgo looks like something very promising. Thanks for the info – I will be looking more into this.

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