Yesterday Zotspot announced the official launch of its search engine. What’s different about this search engine is that it is paying users to search. Users may also donate the money they earned to charities. Users can also earn money from referrals.
Zotspot was tight-lipped in terms of how much money you can expect to earn. It did say that clicking on results will have no direct impact on earnings. The only estimate provided by the site was that a referral will likely generated between $0.10 and $0.50 per year. While this is a low amount, it does mean that this is not one of those “too good to be true” offers that invariably fail.
As far as search quality, Zotspot will only say that its search results “are powered by one of the best search engines on the planet.” I did some test queries on Zotspot and compared the results to the 4 top search engines in the US, and found that Zotspot’s results are different from all 4 (Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask.com). Based on my limited data set, I would say Zotspot’s results are closest to those of Google. This is a good start for Zotspot, as search quality will eventually be the key factor in determining whether people will switch.