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    How much are you willing to pay to get listed in a search engine directory? I am building a high traffic search engine. The search engine will get high amount of traffic
    by paying my affiliates. The search directory only contains
    Submited sites. So chance of getting hits is high.
    Now my question is how much is a fair fee?
    I was thinking somewhere from $45 to $100 per year.
    I think users will end up getting more hits than if they submit to Looksmart or any other one even Yahoo.

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    I think you would be very lucky to have someone paying that much (or even anything at all) to be on a new search engine when there are so many established ones already out there which ad sites for free.

    But good luck anyway!

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    Peter, the problem is you do not get any hits from those major search engines unless you have a very popular web site. My search engine will provide constant traffic and you
    do not have to compete with millions of site since there will a limited number of sites ~2000
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    The amout I'm willing to pay for traffic depends on the volume of traffic available and the quaility of the visitors. I think that $199 for an express submission to Yahoo works wonders for clients who have anything to sell. They can recope the fee in a matter of days from the extra sales they make.

    We've also tried some of the smaller pay per click engines where it is likely to take months to work through their minimum investment because they don't have the volume of traffic to generate the clicks.

    My general view is that it's worth paying for Yahoo, Looksmart, Inktomi and GoTo because the rewards can far outstript the cost. Of course the submissions have to be right to get good positions. Others have yet to show the amount of traffic to make any investment worthwhile.
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    Agree. Many people do not think that it's worthy to pay for a newly developed search engine.
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    Originally posted by VW
    Peter, the problem is you do not get any hits from those major search engines unless you have a very popular web site. My search engine will provide constant traffic and you
    do not have to compete with millions of site since there will a limited number of sites ~2000

    And how are you going to guarantee this constant flow of traffic? What is going to feed your site? How do you plan to compete against the big guys?

    How can you guarantee better results than the Open Directory Project? Which in itself feeds almost every other search engine in the world?

    Why would I want to search somewhere with only 2000 sites listed?
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    I only pay for a pay-for-performance SE that could give me traffic, and in order to give my site traffic, the search site itself has to have at least 1,000 times (probably more than thousand) more traffic that what it can give my sites
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    how it works.

    1-We have a large network of affiliates. We pay them to host
    our search box, text link or banner ad.

    2- we make money in many ways. We have signed contract with
    big search engines to host their top paying ads under any search. In return we have agreed not to sell our own key words. Therefore when ever a visitor does a
    search they will see goto, or some one else's Top 3 links.

    3- What do we do with rest of of search results. Since we can not sell our own key words we will charge people to submit their sites to our category (similar to
    yahoo)

    4- When a visitor does not find any thing useful in top ranked links then they will click on one of our own submitted links.

    5- you do not pay for each click, there will be a yearly fee
    of X amount.

    6- Is it worth it?
    there will be a maximum of 2000-4000 links altogether.
    No need to compete with millions of other sites. Traffic is
    there for taking.

    Instead of sending the unsold inventory to dmoz or other search engines we will be passing it to you.
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    Well, that's good if you could use those ideas.
    However, there is one thing I want to say:
    if I get charge $ per *year*, regardless of # click-thrus, I would like to have as MANY click as possible to my sites, and with your implementation, I think you need to take that into consideration (since you only display the listing after top rankings from other SEs!)

    Good luck! Everything comes from ideas, keep making it feasible!
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    I recently got a refund from a new search engine because it couldn't deliver enough people quick enough. Our budget for search engines is many times the amount you'd charge, but we are trying to drive as much business to our site as possible. New search engines, no matter the price don't help with our marketing goals.
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    I'd pay $0 - nothing, nada, zippo for search engine ranking or placement. Now, something like GoTo is a different matter, but I wouldn't ever consider anything like Looksmark's paid "express" service when I can get in for free.


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