Originally Posted by cardesign
Not as good
That would be impossible
I am going to expect about 10% the amount of traffic that Yahoo gets but that is still quite a lot
Now don't start an endeavor with that kind of attitude. Yahoo did good because they were one of the early pioneers. They can still be out-gunned. Google did it, and they did it while being much simplier with fewer services. It's all in what you offer and how you offer it.
With that said, here's using an old tool with a new spin. Offer search results, with a one-click button to the backlinks for the website.
Think about it. Currently the major search engines allow you to check backlinks using the correct commands in the search bar. How many people even know about that capability? If you provide a one-click solution to it, many more people will use the service. It will be a "Democratic" (as Google put it
) directory structure. Using the inverse of Googles own theory, if a page links to a site, odds are that they are similiar in content to that site. A user could click on that backlink button, and instantly find all of these sites that they might find interesting. No human editors required, no delay in processing new links.
Yes, there will be the inevitable spammage. However, if you market the tool correctly, the visitor will direct their ire at the spam towards the spammers instead of the service. Once you grow big enough, you can hire analysts and programmers to work out anti-spam methods to weed out spam. It'll grow bigger and bigger, and next thing you know you could have the next Google!
Just one request please. Once you grow huge and powerful, and have analysts stomping all them spammers flat, please remember me and include a "Raw results" button next to the filtered results. Sometimes I get masochistic and want to wade through the spam.....