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I was just notified that Atomz has decided to add contextual advertising to their free search results. I can't blame them, but we've used Atomz as a really simple, fully outsourced solution on quite a few sites where unexpected ads won't be welcome.
One product they have lacked is a low-end paid solution - perhaps if they see droves of free search clients departing they'll offer the option of a low monthly or annual fee in lieu of ads.
Between now and 9/30 I need to find another solution. Ideas?
These aren't huge sums, but if you multiply them by tens of thousands of sites, they start getting more interesting.
>> Ideas? <<
I started a related thread, Site Search Solutions [webmasterworld.com]...
Question - if you know nothing about CGI, Perl or installing stuff, is it still easy? ;) Or if I decide to use Perlfect should I just opt for the $100 installation service?
I am a real dummy about anything beyond html and css (and not that great with css)
I assume that in addition to the ad removal, those who pay wil still get the service upgrades (50% more pages, etc.).
At the moment, I'd say we'll probably replace the service on most sites and opt for the paid version on a few high-volume ones.
I'm taking the code off now.
Thanks for 5 years of outstanding service anyhow.
The problem with scripts on one's own site is server load when building the index and when returning search results, especially in a shared hosting environment.
I replaced atomz with the Xtreeme search engine studio. It allows the index to be built on a local PC, and a highly optimized binary code then can be uploaded to the web server.
It doesn't provide statistics like atomz did, but they claim to be introducing them in the next revision. Another drawback is that you can't exclude certain areas such as navigation bars like you can do in atomz. Overall though, it appears to be a good and affordable solution that runs efficiently.