Scour: The Social Search Engine that Pays Users

Scour is many things. It’s a search engine aggregator which displays search results from different and popular search engines like Google, Yahoo and MSN. It’s also a social networking site where users are allowed to rate give comments to the search results. Think of it as a Digg style search engine. Lastly, Scour is also a web service that rewards its users for using the service.

The search engine’s interface is clean and easy to on the eyes. Of course, the ranking in search results are very much different from the search engines that it aggregates search results from. However, Scour gives you the power to sort the search results by search engine. If you want search results from Google to appear first, then just click the Google icon above the search results. This is also true for Yahoo and MSN respectively. If I am not mistaken, the Scour ranking will be based on user recommendations. The search results ranked previously by users will be displayed first if you choose to sort by Scour rankings.

When you look at the search results, you will see a small icon from each respective search engine. Along with those icons, you will see a number which is the rank of that URL in that particular search engine. Like most search engines, you can also filter search results by images and videos.

Scour offers rewards to its users. Every time you make a search using Scour, your points increases by 1. This is also true every time you vote on a search result and make a comment. Those points can be redeemed in the form of a Visa Gift Card.

Scour Points Value
25,000 = $100
12,500 = $50
6,500 = $25

This means that you need to do more than 200 searches a day in order to earn 25$ in one month. That’s a lot of searches to make in a day. Or, you can invite friends to join in and you will get 25 percent of what they make.

Putting aside the money making scheme, Scour is still a very promising web service which I won’t mind using even without the rewards.

9 Comments on “Scour: The Social Search Engine that Pays Users

  1. Thanks for share it is a excellent site for searching and it also gind it ave some money for search
    i hope it pay me for search if not so what its a nice site i always use it..

  2. Hi Rohit, It’s a pretty cool site indeed. It’s creating a lot of buzz lately because of it’s very generous offer to pay users for actually doing what we always do. Search. The only hassle in using this site (that is if you want your points to be credited to your account) is that you have to login every time you want to make a search. I guess it’s a small price to pay for using a free service which pays you.

  3. I have been using Scour for a little over a week now, and I must say that the speed of using Google may outweigh the benefit of earning money to search. Although I must admit I am on my way to earning my first $25 with Scour

  4. Wow, that short huh? Well, the easiest way to earn through Scour is to network and sign up friends. I’m glad to hear that you are making such progress Beau71. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  5. Matt: Actually it is .. and the buzz is that Google is planning to release a similar way of rating the search results by allowing people to rate them and comment on the search results. It’s like Google + Digg.

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