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Subject: Looking for a good search engine affiliate program
Category: Business and Money > Advertising and Marketing
Asked by: denon-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 10 Jul 2002 04:17 PDT
Expires: 09 Aug 2002 04:17 PDT
Question ID: 38096
We've got a couple web search portals that we offer to our customers. 
They're set up on the basis of convenience for them, and name
recognition for us. In the past, we leveraged tools from
Altavista/Lycos/etc, which had a payout per-search (aka per click, in
the ad world).  This was enough to cover our expenses, and give us a
nice little side revenue.  However, they've since stopped paying in
this fashion, and I haven't been able to find any good search engines
that do anymore.

My question is, what large, reputable search engines have affiliate
programs? We're not looking for sites *only* returning results from
their own stores.  If I do a search on the history of shoes, I expect
to see more than results from Payless.com :)

We need an actual (legitimate, reputable) web search engine affiliate
program that has an actual payout per search (not per sale, referral
for a sale or per program signup).  We're also not looking for an MLM
program, FFA spam site, etc. :)

Thank you for any assistance you can offer.
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Subject: Re: Looking for a good search engine affiliate program
Answered By: xemion-ga on 10 Jul 2002 10:38 PDT
 
Unforunately, there are no longer any major search engines offering
affiliate programs (that said, Google is really the only major search
engine left).  The leading search engine affiliate program is
SearchTraffic.com.  They've been around for years and are the largest
in their field I believe:
http://www.searchtraffic.com

If you have large amounts of traffic, you may want to try FindWhat,
but this is only for the "big guys":
http://www.findwhat.com

7Search.com also has an affiliate program.  They've been around a long
time as well.  Personally, I prefer SearchTraffic.com's program, but I
recommend giving 7Search.com a look:
http://pay-per-search.com

AdSearches.com was also a player in the field, but they dropped out
last December.  They recommend going to their partner,
http://www.ValleyAlley.com, but ValleyAlley's website didn't come up
for me and I wouldn't recommend them anyway.  Too small.  Here's
AdSearches.com website:
http://www.adsearches.com

Kanoodle is one you may be interested in.  I personally have not had
experience with Kanoodle.  At the time I was in the industry (I left
about four months ago), they weren't big enough for me to deal with,
but I don't know now.  Here's a direct link to Kanoodle's affiliate
program page:
http://www.kanoodle.com/affiliate/index.cool

Again, I don't know if you'd be big enough, but you may want to check
About.com's Sprink engine:
http://sprinks.about.com/da/distind.htm

I believe these are most of the major engines.  They are all
pay-per-click engines.  The only true non-pay-per-click engine left
anymore is Google and they don't have an affiliate program.  Altavista
is still around, but not nearly as big as Google.

I would try all the programs for a few days and compare your results. 
You may not have the traffic capacity to get in some of the programs.

Hope this helps you.  Please feel free to ask for clarification if
necessary and if you're satified with the answer, please rate it.
Thanks!
 
xemion-ga

Request for Answer Clarification by denon-ga on 10 Jul 2002 14:07 PDT
You mentioned that you prefer searchtraffic's program.  Why is that?
It seems that all their results are just advertisements. For example,
no matter what I search on, I'll get results to "Get a free cell
phone!", eBay Canada, and "Ask about * at 800chat.com".   Am I
mistaken here?

Pay-per-search, on the other hand, actually seems to have decent
results. (seems to be based on MSN). Of course, it's a lower payout as
well.

Kanoodle seems to be another dud, paying out "every time somebody
clicks on a paid listing you will earn 30% (up to 3)".

ValleyAlley still didn't load here either - guess they're out.

I couldn't find any information on sprinks.about as far as volume -
the portals don't generate a large volume of requests; dozens per
hundreds per day, I would guess (having not looked at the stats
recently).

Comments on these comments? :)

Thanks

Clarification of Answer by xemion-ga on 10 Jul 2002 14:29 PDT
I prefer SearchTraffic's program because of their professionalism and
their history, not because of their search results.  7Search may be a
better solution for you because of their search results. 
StandardInternet own SearchTraffic which is a big thing for me. 
They've been around since 1996 and their reputation for payment, etc.,
is a big plus for me.  They've always followed through for me. 
7Search strikes me as unprofessional in nature, but please understand
that's just my personal opinion and nothing else.

Kanoodle may not work for you, they didn't for me.  I just knew they
were bigger than most.  Another engine you may want to look at, now
that I think about it, is http://www.ah-ha.com.  They're pretty
similiar to Kanoodle, but you may want to check them out.

In light of your traffic, I would recommend signing up for both
SearchTraffic and Pay-Per-Search and just see what works best for you.
 Thanks again for the question!

xemion-ga

Request for Answer Clarification by denon-ga on 10 Jul 2002 14:49 PDT
After running a few more queries against Pay-per-search, it seems
difficult to find any *common* things, without running into a *ton* of
paid ads in the first few pages of the results.  Searching on
un-sponsored keywords is fine - it just returns MSN links. Anything
common returns paid spam, though.  Pity it doesn't seem like any
search engines really fit the bill anymore.

Clarification of Answer by xemion-ga on 10 Jul 2002 14:54 PDT
You are correct, it's definitely a pity.  Google doesn't offer an
affiliate program of any sort and Altavista hardly even updates their
engine these days.  Everyone else is pretty much using Google. 
Overture and Findwhat are the only real pay-per-click engines with
enough listings to be useful, but Overture discontinued their
affiliate program (as I'm sure you're aware of) and FindWhat's is only
for very large websites.

One thing I've seen in the past, which probably won't fit your needs,
but from a strictly money-making position...an eBay search box works
really well.  You can sign up for their affiliate program at
http://www.cj.com and just customize one of their search boxes to fit
your needs.  It returns results for almost any term that's not too
detailed.  But, like I said, this probably isn't what you're looking
for.

xemion-ga

Clarification of Answer by xemion-ga on 11 Jul 2002 08:06 PDT
I just read a recent article on Altavista.  In the last three weeks,
they've been updating their website and really starting to work on
keeping their engine "fresh".  I was wrong in my last comment about
Altavista not updating their results.  I just wanted to inform you of
that.  They still don't have any affiliate program though.

xemion-ga
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Subject: Re: Looking for a good search engine affiliate program
From: lot-ga on 11 Jul 2002 04:23 PDT
 
http://www.overture.com offers an affiliate scheme providing you can
generate over 1 million web searches per month. This is the world's
biggest and most popular pay per click search engine.
Subject: Re: Looking for a good search engine affiliate program
From: saviod-ga on 26 Apr 2004 06:02 PDT
 
Search Traffic and all it's affiliated programs are known to be cheats
and never make payments on time. If you don't believe me just visit
their forums and you will realise how many people each day are
complaining about them. Also you can try a test run of their program
for a few days and let others know what cheaters these guys are.

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