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What a spammy title, but you’re reading and like 99.999% of the world could use some extra cash. Maybe you found this post by typing “how to make money online” into your favourite search engine. Could be that you’re just like me with a young family to support. Great, you’ve come to the right place. This post isn’t like the other how to make money online fluff that populates your search engine results page. There is no guarantee of riches here, just an idea which in the right hands could leave someone a wealthy do-gooder. No a bad job title.

I’ll get right to it because I hate when people want to tell you how to make money online and keep beating around the bush only to reveal, after wasting an hour of time, fools gold. There is good info out there that people who have “made it” share in an effort to pay it forward but it’s rare. The vast majority are schemes that generate money by getting people to pay for that knowledge or fools gold in one form or another. “Buy this book for only $29.99 and I’ll teach you the secret of how to make money online,” says the snake oil salesman. I’ll take two. Do you take Bitcoin?

“Just give me the idea,” you’re saying. Fair enough, but before I do I need to say that this idea isn’t for everyone. Not that you need any coding knowledge or loads of cash to get started. You don’t. What you need is grit. No grit equals failure. If you truly want to make this happen you will. No coding know-how required. You can get others to help you with it and anything else you need. Your job is that of captain, steering the ship on course to it’s final destination. Do this correctly and in a year’s time you could be emailing a me a link to what you’ve built.

So how do you make money online. One way is by creating a metasearch engine. That’s a “search engine” that aggregates results from one or more search engines like Google. Wait, hear me out! People are flying for the exits. In vain I’ve tried to barricade them. If your page is frozen it’s purely coincidental. As unbelievable as it sounds, I’m proposing the building of a metasearch engine that gives half its profit to a charity or charities in-line with our Catholic values. That’s it. Half for you and half to charity.

“That’s your idea buddy,” you say. Yes, that’s it. “And just how am I going to build a metasearch engine?” For starters go to info.com. It’s essentially a metasearch engine which aggregates results from four search engines, Google and Bing among them. Somehow info.com shows you the “top results” from four search engines for anything you search. They’ve plugged into the Google behemoth and are making money from it by, you guessed it, getting people to clicking on ads like every other search and metasearch engine. But you’re not convinced because just purchasing a domain name like info.com is going to set you back a cool mill. True, but what did the word google mean prior to it being used as the name for a company whose services we use everyday. Don’t think small. Join me and think big for a moment.

You’re not going to transplant info.com or other metasearch engines. You don’t want to. They serve their niche and you are going to serve the folks who want great search results and will use you as opposed to the other guy because your company gives half its profit to charity. 50/50 is key. Give more if you want, but hearing of the profit sharing would move me to give the metasearch engine a try. Remember, you’re not creating a search engine from scratch, you just want to plug into one, some, or all of the big search engines to power your metasearch engine. How do you do this. I won’t confuse you with the details as my knowledge is outdated regarding search APIs and appliances and the rest, but if info.com is doing it along with a slew of others, what’s to stop you. Like I alluded to earlier, you’re probably going to need help carrying out this venture even if you are technically savvy.

DuckDuckGo is a metasearch engine that’s taken off. Why? Because as the slogan so prominently displayed under their search box states, they are, “The search engine that doesn’t track you.” They plug into Google and Bing and others just like info.com does, but the thing that differentiates them from the rest is that one sentence. All metasearch engines being equal, if I really value my privacy and want the power of the big search engines, DuckDuckGo is a no-brainer. Adhering to that one operating principle has catapulted DuckDuckGo. What’s going to launch your metasearch engine? 50% of your profit goes to charity, that’s what! A simple principle. All metasearch engines being equal, someone who subscribes to the not-just-for-profit philosophy would happily give such a metasearch engine a try.

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