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As Ian pointed out the feature you point out is standard on many far better engines.
I wouldnt trust these guys at all.
They have Kanoodle paid listings but only at the bottom of the page, main search results do not appear to be ODP only, just the directory results.
They have their own add URL which is not the standard ODP Add URL, which most of the ODP clones use.
Lookseek, can you tell us a bit about the technology that you are using. Are you spidering submitted sites? (I hope sincerely that you are not submitting the sites to ODP)
All of us here have a lot of experience of SEs and directories and have seen a lot of 2nd rate ODP clones. I think chiyo immediately put you into that category maybe without having a closer look.
Sorry if it sounds harsh, lookseek, but this is a truly remarkable sight nowadays, where all the majors have more or less learned to seperate the wheat from the chaff. You seem to have a lot of work ahead of you until your search results can be considered useful and relevant to the entered terms.
The ODP section on the main page features some amusingly misdirected links to the Science and Society branches. You are also in violation of the ODP license, because you only paraphrase the required attribution code on your directory pages, and don't include it in full. This probably means you will eventually receive a C&D from the AOL legal department. They don't take such violations lightly.
So far, I can't see this as a first rate search site. Anyway, whatever you make it to be in the future, good luck with it!
Yes i did have a closer look. Your forum descriptions are copied word from word from the second biggest search engine forum discussion board. As pointed out you are in violation of the ODP agreement. I cannot trust a site which copies other's content. Your SERPs still look off the mark. Maybe becuase you are using PPC listings and not declaring them as sponsored or PPC?
Maybe i was a bit harsh and it seems that others here like it and i do listen to them! Clean up the copying and Im sure many would be happier but it really does look like affiliate city at the moment. What I dont quite get is that the site does not seem to have anything unqiue or do things better than anything else, apart from a portal like appeal of putting general news, and general search and a forum all in the one place, and asking us to use it as a start page. I wish you all the best and suggest you develop something that is unique or new, or does one thing better than other offerings to really get attention.
However, given that I haven't had the time to look into things myself, judging from the remarks in this thread, I'm not really missing much.
Lookseek - one question for you. What's your value proposition? Why would somebody pick you over say Google, Allthweb, etc?
If you care to give a good answer to that one, I'll probably check out your stuff...otherwise, good luck with your project.