Erik_
I wonder how much money these sites actually rack up?
Wed May 18, 2022 5:46pm

Or is it one of those things where they just host SO many pages that even if each site only gets them a small amount of ad money, the number of sites makes up for it. Also, I wonder if you get paid for a click done by a web crawler? I get those on this site clicking buttons and links all the time. Maybe I should set up a hidden page on this site that just has a billion banner ads and see if I get any clicks. haha

I've been trying to use DuckDuckGo as my default browser on my personal computer for about a month or so now instead of Google. I was curious to try something different and wondered if it would give better results. It doesn't. They're different, but they're usually not as good. For now, it's still my default but I find myself searching and then not finding what I'm looking for in the first two pages and going to Google and having it at the top of my results. It probably boils down to Google curating the results based on my search history. Ex: "Oh, Erik searches COBOL stuff a lot, if something has results is a page related to COBOL, even if COBOL is not in the search term, put it higher on the list".

But I guess DuckDuckGo's whole thing is data privacy and not mining user info.

  • There's a few ads that require someone to do something - Puckdropper, Sat May 14 2022 4:17am
    like actually make a purchase before they pay out. They pay a lot per action because the action is so rare. Most are per-click, though. I'm just not sure I'd even trust a site I go to because of clicking on a banner ad. They just seem so sketchy. It's kinda interesting how there's all this money... more
    • I wonder how much money these sites actually rack up?- Erik_, Wed May 18 2022 5:46pm
      • That's a good question, and I wonder if that's how it works - Puckdropper, Tue May 24 2022 4:21am
        Maybe the ads and clicks are so cheap they can't make any money with just one thing, so it takes a whole host of them to make things work. It's kinda like phone and e-mail scams, the message is so cheap they don't lose any money but if they just get one sucker it pays for annoying hundreds of thousands... more
        • search engines that use logged in accounts to help mold searches for you. They could then take the total data of all the user's input to give a general trend to everyone. It would need some sort of down vote spamming/brigading correction/prevention which I'm sure would be possible given that Reddit does... more
          • I like it, I might actually sign in to a search engine - Puckdropper, Sun Jun 05 2022 3:26am
            if I knew that the hideous results could be downvoted into extinction. I can't find any information because of all the sites that have SEO'd themselves into the top position.
            • engine would work. Like how DuckDuckGo uses Bing and others user Google. Same idea, but just implement the upvote/downvote/block system on the results. Doing it that way might actually be simple enough to throw together a proof of concept depending on home easy it is to "borrow" the actual search results... more
              • It would take quite a bit of tuning - Puckdropper, Mon Jun 20 2022 1:08am
                as there's a lot of sites vying for that top spot. I've seen entire pages of search results that are rip offs of each other. Might still be worth it, though. Especially for things where you need to go more in depth on.
                • Those fake sites are the worst. - Erik_, Thu Jun 23 2022 12:56am
                  They clog up the first page with snippets of text they randomly copied off other sites just to get the top spot.
                  • Just came across one today - Puckdropper, Sun Jun 26 2022 12:04am
                    that was exactly that. You'd think a search engine would derank the sites that were too similar...
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