How does gluc make money?
We take a 20% cut and pay out 80% of advertising revenues to the voters.
How can people vote on a link?
You simply click on a small button that appears next to the link in our search results. You have to be logged in to vote.
Do I need to be logged in to search or vote?
You do not need to be logged in to search. However, to vote or suggest links you have to create a gluc account and provide us with your Paypal email to confirm your identity and be able to receive payments.
Is voting a link the same as suggesting a link?
No. You can vote for links that others have suggested or you can suggest a new link. If you try suggesting a link that has been suggested before, then we count your suggestion as a vote. Suggesting a link earns you more rewards than voting a link because it takes more effort.
Why hasn’t Google implemented the same idea in its search?
Google has put a lot of effort in establishing its presence in the social media space in the previous years. Matt Cutts, the head of Google’s web spam department, says that the company looks at social media signals but they currently do not offer satisfying answers when used in isolation.
It is likely that Google will increase the emphasis on how many g+ votes a web page has received and rely less on links in the following years. This process must be gradual and assumes wide adoption of the g+ platform.
We believe that Google has no reason to introduce a paid-voter model unless competition heats up. The adoption of such a model would introduce a large cash outflow and it is in Google’s interest to avoid that for as long as it can, or for as long its search results are better than competition.
What is the exact formula behind the reward system?
Users will be rewarded for finding the best results first. The reward system will ensure that massive scale voting without any research does not produce any gains for the voter. Our user compensation algorithm will aim at incentivizing users to vote consciously over the long term.
It sounds like your search engine won’t work unless people start voting and suggesting links. How do you entice them to join without having any traffic or revenue?
If we manage to generate a small momentum through PR, then we can use the “first answer, highest pay” system to create a sense of urgency and entice users to contribute. Users will benefit from their contributions for life, and there are many questions that people will never stop asking. Answering these questions first may be akin to hitting the jackpot for some users.
Why do you think people will adopt yet another “like” button? Why don’t you just get users to sign up through Facebook and use their “like” data?
Gluc is not creating another “like” button for websites to add to their pages. Users can vote for links on our website by clicking on the arrow next to their respective listing (as it appears in our banner on the top of this page).
The fact that users vote for pages within the context of a specific question is very important. The same pages may receive votes as answers to different questions. This enables gluc to “learn” how useful a page is for different subjects and puts us one step ahead of Google and Facebook.
Search engines are very hard to build; what makes you think you can tackle this from an engineering point of view.
The idea is simple on the surface and it will feel and look simple to the end user. However, there are many obstacles to overcome. For example, we need to deal with dynamic urls while identifying unique pages. The system must be scalable which we intend to tackle with the use of Amazon’s AWS. We also need to find a way to identify very similar questions to avoid redundant content. However, the crowd powered approach means that we don’t have to worry about web spiders or web crawling. In fact the crowd-powered approach means that the hardest part of a search engine – the content ranking system, is automatically outsourced to our users.