Just about everyone who goes online is bound to do a search for something or someone and God knows what else and when they are doing their searching they turn to the big boys such as Google and Yahoo. Even though you can make money via Google and Yahoo’s various other services, one thing that they do not pay you for is using their search engines. That doesn’t mean that you can’t make money for searching because you can and here are a two sites that will pay you to search.
The first one, Scour which has been around for a month or so is a service that aggregates their search results from Google, Yahoo and MSN Live Search but it gives you the option of seeing results from a single search engine. What makes this site different is the social interactivity side where you can vote and comment on search results.
As far as getting paid to search goes, users earn points for searches, votes, comments and referring friends as follows:
Search – 1 point
Voting – 2 points
Commenting – 3 points
Refer a friend – 25% their points earned
After users have accumulated a minimum of 6,500 points they can cash it out for a $25 Visa gift card which can be used anywhere where Visa is accepted. This makes signing up to and using Scour open to people all over the world and not just the US or Canada.
Scour has a clean and easy to use interface which when I gave a try didn’t give any problems. As far as making their search engine experience easier, they have plugins for firefox and IE with various other plugins and widgets to follow in the future.
If you do a bit of searching online you could make yourself a good amount of money for doing something you already do, all your are changing is who you do it with. They have a point’s calculator for number of referrals and searches. I chose a random number of 28 referrals at 4 searches a day which equates to $186.88 a year which may not seem like a lot but it is something that you wouldn’t have otherwise had.Sound like a good idea? Sign up here – Scour.com
The second search engine is Homepages Friends who spilt revenue generated from searches 50/50 with you. They have an agreement with Yahoo to be their default search provider so if you are already a Yahoo user you won’t really be switching from your current search provider.
Homepage Friends works with IE and firefox and you can either set it as your homepage or you can set a search box within browser. I tried to use the service but I did not find it very user friendly and there are a few issues that they need to sort out but this may be a result of their rebranding. They are in the process of changing their name from My Search Funds to Homepage Friends which will also bring changes to their site.
Out of the two, I would be more inclined to use Scour because of the issues I had using Homepage Friends. Try them out for yourself.
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