What's with all these "fake" search engines

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I just started to  build a personal website and I was trying to get a
domain name.

So I was looking and virtually all the names I wanted were registered.
Of these only about 5 were parked.

The rest came up as webpages that were "search engines"

I am assuming these are "parked" pages that try to get you to use their
search engine as they will only feed you results they want

Is it a  pay per click schene or what?

Just wondering what is up with that?

Re: What's with all these "fake" search engines

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These are traffic generating ploys. Happened to me once, I lost a real nice
domain and it became a second class directory. Yep, these are usually PPC
schemes. The owner of the domain is paid for clicks he can generate to the
web site. It doesn't seem to work very well because the selection of web
sites is usually limited, however, it can be made to look very legit.

Seems like they are used as an alternative to holding, in the possibility
that a few cents can be made, rather than building something legit.

Have a look at the one I lost 5 years ago www.atlantic-canada-business.com .
This was once a very thriving regional search engine that I created, now,
well, it's one of those things that you were describing. Sad because it has
so much potential. Now, whoever has it can't even spell Newfoundland
properly and probably doesn't care either.

Fred web-site-promotion@canada.com
I have nothing more to add at this time.

Re: What's with all these "fake" search engines

__/ [ canadafred ] on Thursday 16 March 2006 00:20 \__

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This must be a variation of these 'directories', which act as placeholders
to  feed the Web host with links and pull some income from sites that  are

Some errand visitors will get confused and be (mis)led into believing that
an  actual site was reached. Frankly, I would prefer it if all such  pages
were  forced (preferably by law) to display a message like "This domain is
parked" and contain no links. It would make the Web look like a more ethi-
cal  and organised place. It's already a mess for a whole plethora of rea-

Best wishes,


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Re: What's with all these "fake" search engines

Usually this will happen to after the expiration of legendary
domains... Not like newly registered domains, there domain value is
high and contain many back links...

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