ColourOfSpring - 10:24 am on Apr 5, 2013 (gmt 0)
It has seemed to me for several years that there is a real business opportunity here in helping this kind of off-brand but worthwhile website to surface. Good business ideas come from spotting needs and then meeting them, after all. I just can't quite flesh it out well enough to get a solid business plan. But I do know that I would use an alternative directory or search engine that was clean of most spam and still presented those minority voices.
100% agree tedster. I mentioned this before about the small business search engine if Google continue on their path. IF there is a need for such a search engine (and I believe there will be), then someone will build it. Google's every move is done with their shareholders in mind, even if they hate that kind of pressure and distraction - it is there. It's causing Google to compromise heavily on accuracy and diversity in their SERPs. Just in the UK alone, there are 4.8M (million) small businesses. Many people want to find and use these businesses. Many of these businesses will offer better services than the big brands can because they are small. The gap between what Google offer and what people need is growing in my opinion. Remember that the world does not revolve around Google, but around the aggregate needs of people.