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Make duckduckgo your search engine & homepage

duckduckgo search engine homepage

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that claimed not to tracks you and, has more instant answers and less spam/clutter. Duckduckgo believe that better search and real privacy are not mutually exclusive while avoiding the “filter bubble” of personalized search results. Their search result pages are up to 24 SERPs and they provide options to help searchers to clarify what questions they are asking for.

DuckDuckgo resembles Google in some way though it has some subtleties that make this emerging search engine different.  Duckduckgo could pose a threat to the big G, Google in near future.

If you want to give duckduckgo search engine a trial, then follow the below steps to it your search engine and homepage;

How to make duckduckgo my search engine

I will use both internet explorer and Mozilla firefox on window 7 for my explanation.

  1. On your PC desktop, click on Mozilla firefox icon        . Your search engine and homepage will be shown.

Please, make sure your connected the internet.

  1. To change this formal search engine to duckduckgo search engine, head to your tool bar on your browser top,
  2.  click on tools. A drop menu will show up.

3.  On the drop-down menu, click on options. This pop-window will be display


Step 4.     Type in on the space for home page as shown in the picture above. As you can see, is on the space because I want to make yahoo my search engine and homepage.

Step 5. Click ok, to save changes.

Step 6. Click on the Mozilla icon now, your new search engine will be displayed. Aha! You can begin to browse with duckduckgo search engine.  Or go to your menu bar and click on file then new window. You new duckduckgo search engine homepage will be displayed. The process can be done for all search engines if you want to make any of them your search engine.

NOTE: The same steps are applicable to internet explorer, but on step 3 you click on internet options rather than on options and then proceeds as on step 4, 5 and 6 above.

update; Duckduckgo stream its search results and give more than 15 index search engine result page (SERPs)

More applications like change of appearance, cloud save etc are added to duckduckgo homepage to make Duckduckgo online user -friendly.

To change the appearance of your Duckduckgo homepage, simply go the  setting, then click on appearance and you are there to make your choice.

Duckduckgo, online user-best search engine! Spread Duckduckgo


How I Stop Facebook Bot from Crawling my Blog

how to stop facebook bot from crawling websitesFacebook bot may be a monster or a good crawl bot but I have to stop it from crawling my site and end its useless hits on my statcounter statistics record.

I visited my site statistics this morning only to discover a huge hits recorded by visits of Facebook bot. I knew quite well that facebook acts like search engines but I have never recorded such hits from any other search engine like Google so why should I be recording hits from facebook bot. Yes, I share posts directly from site to facebook but I also share post from my site to Google. Other people also do the same things.

The annoying part of it all is that, these facebook bot are even crawling my posts, even pages and giving huge hits that seem like visits from real person. The sight of those hits gives ugly impression on my blog stats, so I decided to find a way to stop the bot from crawling my site.

I searched throughout webpages of the net for information on how to stop facebook bot only to discover that there are little or no information on how to stop facebook bot.

After a long futile endless search, I came across some piece of information saying that the only way to stop facebook bot is to edit the .htaccess of my server and block those IP addresses of thefacebook bot. How would this be possible for someone who is not web programmer-tech and as there are hundreds of IP addresses used by this bot.

At the end I was able to figure out some codes that stop the facebook bot from crawling my blog.

Now, if you don’t like those hits from facebook bot, these are simple step to stop the bot from crawling you sites;

  • On wordpress dashboard, locate appearance then editor.
  • Click on editor and then header.php file
  • On the header.php, locate <head>tag
  • Place this code immediately after the opening <header> tag



 if (preg_match(‘/facebookexternalhit/si’,$ua)) {

header(‘Location: no_fb_page.php’);

die() ;


  • Clicks save to update your header.php file.

These will chess away the facebook bot from your site. No need creating a bots page.php on your website root directory and directing those bots there or editing your .htacess document file because there are hundreds of IP addresses used by this facebook bot unless you are web programmer guru, then you can do that.


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