I was watching a documentary on Google and the blank look on their search page was engineered. Duckduckgo is copying that put nothing on the search page. I did some searches on Duckduckgo, not bad. Don't know yet if they have a site submit or if sites are just added to their search engine through bots finding them.
I like Yahoo because I can glance at current news without much effort. Also weather is right there and I see today's stock market. If I want to read more about the stock, the link is right there, too. I also like horoscopes. It has pretty much everything I need and I also use Yahoo email, so, I doubt if I would ever change my homepage.