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. As bloggers every day it is necessary to find new exhibition windows in this dynamic world of the internet. I think that, like many people, my first search engine option for obvious reasons is Google, but it is also true that more and more frequently we turn to other platforms such as Bing or Yahoo, especially for the increasingly restrictive indexing algorithms on the part of the internet giant.Therefore, it is excellent news to know that our computer world is expanding with options like DuckDuckGo or Yandex. Thank you!

  2. I never heard of duckduckgo I did the site: search for my site and was happy to see that it has a long list of my pages indexed. I bookmarked Yandex though in case my future sites have an issue getting indexed. I can’t wait to see my rankings climb in this search engine as well .as Google, Bing and Yahoo. Thanks for introducing me to a new search engine too!

  3. To be honest it is the first time I heard about these engine tools DuckDuckGO and Yandex. I fully agree with you we can’t lose this opportunity, only for DuckDuckGO the 133 millions queries just in the first week of 2019 is impressive! I loved the trick to get it indexed faster using Yandex. Thanks for sharing it!

  4. Hey Jenny, I had never heard of DuckDuckGo until today, very interesting the amount of traffic flowing through this search engine. This doesn’t seem to be common knowledge in Australia and I appreciate you putting together a step by step guide. From your experience, have you noticed an increase in website views once indexed in this search engine?

    1. Hi Marvin, I just submitted my site when writing this post, so we will have to wait and see.

      I will update this post once it is indexed and can start checking some analytics.

      Come back in a couple of days or subscribe to my newsletter to get the updates. ?

  5. Well I was super excited to see all my posts indexed on the site. Yay. That’s good because I have absolutely no idea how to add code to my “header.” I don’t know if my theme doesn’t support that or what but I’ve tried to follow those instructions on Pinterest and other sites and I simply cannot figure it out at all.

    1. That’s great!

      The header part is not that difficult, do you have a WordPress site?

      I know some hosting companies doesn’t allow you to access the editor part of your site, so you need to figure another way to do it.

      I have my sites hosted at Wealty Affiliate and I have access to all the files from my WordPress dashboard.

  6. Nice! I made it on the index without having to do anything 😀 I’ve never heard of DuckDuckGo prior to this post– thank you so much for posting!

    It looks really promising, and privacy is a real plus! I’ll definitely be adding DuckDuckGo under my belt thanks to you, Jenny!

  7. Hey, thanks for bringing my attention to this search engine, I hadn’t heard of it. There’s some really helpful tips here, so thanks again and keep up the great work!

  8. My site is actually pretty old and I wonder will my site get indexed faster in this search engine? What is your experience?

    1. Hi Furkan. Probably you already have submitted to Bing and since it is an old website, I think you don’t need to submit it in Yandex, but you can check by going to DuckDuckGo homepage and write site:yourdomain to see if any of your pages/posts is already there.

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