Here’s an interesting new money making scheme I came across. It’s a website called My Search Funds which, in a nutshell, lets you earn a residual income every time you search the Web. Does it sound too good to be true? Well, according to My Search Funds, it’s completely above board and totally transparent. So, the question is, where does the money come from?
Well, here’s how it works. Search Engines earn an advertising revenue for putting sponsored links on the search results page whenever you search. Each search engine has it’s own technique for doing this and it’s one of their major sources of revenue. Now, it order to encourage traffic to their searches, search engines tend to share some of their advertising revenues with whoever sends them search traffic. So, for example, if you use the search box in Firefox to search Google and click on a sponsored link, Google will effectively pop some money in Firefox’s account to say thanks for the traffic. Another example is the search box in the top right hand corner of this site. If you “search the web” and click on a sponsored link, I make a few pennies.
This is the revenue that My Search Funds taps into, and what they do is give you 50% of the income that’s generated whenever you search the Web. Now, I haven’t really studied the Terms of Service of the relevant search engines, so ‘m not sure whether this is really OK with them, but as long as I’m getting my search results, the worst that can happen is that I don’t make anything from searching. The user experience is also seamless, thanks to the fact that the search facility integrates directly as a custom search engine in FireFox and Internet Explorer 7. You won’t even know you’re using it.
Oh, another point is that if you refer anyone, you get 10% of their search revenue and 1% of the revenue from the people they refer. There’s nothing to lose and so far, I’ve made 69p. Anyone out there want to give it a try? (That’s my referral link, in case you were wondering) Just click here