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Anyone seen Scour?

I got an invite to join Scour. The business model looks unsupportable. Any opinions?
Drew Kime Send private email
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
 
 
Yes i think it might they apparently need to make enough on adverts to cover the kick-back.

The primary challenge with this type of idea is that people who care about makigng $25 for doing 6500 searches is usually not in the demographic of any advertiser, and this has lead to several companies failing with their business model.

Some companies are making it though, such as online questioneers, where they attempt to screen out the undesirables.

(Personally, I find that the best incentive to participate in a survey is to get free access to the result).
Tov Are Jacobsen Send private email
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
 
 
The thing that doesn't make sense to me is how they expect to recycle Google (and Yahoo! and Live) results, without the ads, and not get cut off by the other search engines.
Drew Kime Send private email
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
 
 
+1 to Drew Kime

I guess Google, etc are just waiting to see if they gain any traction.
Scorpio Dragon Send private email
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
 
 

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