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10:18 am on Nov 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Here is the press release :

[prweb.com...]

I think that UKWizz, Could be great project for someone ..

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1:40 pm on Nov 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Interesting, good find.

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1:58 pm on Nov 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm sure I remember seeing ukwhizz in a webmasterworld user profile...
2:38 pm on Nov 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It looks like reasonable technology behind it and someone with the time & resources could move that forward.
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Interesting stuff, although I thought it would have been getting more than 2000 searches a day.
At the price it is currently (which, of course, is no indication of final pricing) it seems like a pretty good deal
3:04 pm on Nov 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It uses open source search engine software - anyone know which one?
3:08 pm on Nov 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It looks like reasonable technology behind it and someone with the time & resources could move that forward.

engine, what would you say is a good way forward for that particular project?
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I've got lots of ideas of things/ways to work with 'local' search, but I've a strong gut feeling that the biggest problem I'd face (along with delivering relevant results) would be to actually get the users to know you're there and to use you rather than G, Y! or M when doing localised searches.
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what would you say is a good way forward for that particular project?

Well, if I had the time to think about it, and I felt it was the "way forward," I'd be in the bidding process. If that were the case, I doubt I'd share it here, certainly at the moment. ;)

However, In the past, here at WebmasterWorld, we've discussed the future for search and directories that are not one of the top three/four big boys playground. It really comes down to how to monetise the service. That's the challenge. There's no question, resources are needed to invest in its profile, and to make it different from the other offerings.

4:07 pm on Nov 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I actually like UKWizz, It does need work but so does every search engine and every search engine will ALWAYS need work.

All you would need are some high traffic sites, partner with them slap on some ads do some work with the index and you could have a really good business model for in the UK. Good for someone looking to break into the UK market.

I hope he gets over $20k, everythings included (hardware etc)

12:03 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I doubt I'd share it here

And here's me thinking I'd find the only thing missing in this deal: some good ideas on how to make something of it :)

It's a highly risky investment and may never become anything and therefore not something to break the pension fund to finance i.e. invest only what you can afford to lose. But at the current price I'm just struggling to resist putting in a bid myself.

12:17 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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And here's me thinking I'd find the only thing missing in this deal: some good ideas on how to make something of it

I can think of 10 ... nah 20 uses for it

and I bet it could give the uk something a little different :)

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3:21 pm on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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LOL, Dave Naylor, you're another reason why I'm not buying an SE :)
10:52 am on Nov 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Only 3 days left - no bids...

I wonder if it will even sell at this rate?

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No bids could just mean that people are waiting until the last possible moment before bidding - to avoid being outbid by someone else.

Lots of really smart, experienced eBayers do this (the potential bidders for this particular item would probably fall under this category!).

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I want to bid but have those aching questions (I am after all a Microsoft ASP.NET guy - so PHP feels a bit unfamiliar!)

I am also not an ebay fan - so please pm me if you are looking at this post!

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We should get a group of WebmasterWorld professionals together for a joint purchase and take on the likes of Google with our mighty minds and webmaster skillz! ;-)
5:45 pm on Nov 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Dude anyone thats types skillz ... is not on my team ;)

they get the Keywordz all wrong and terms like LoanZ for Da BoyZ don't pay out .. hehehe

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10:47 pm on Nov 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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i'd be interested, except i don't really want to tackle it on my own - my staff aren't interested in search engines and i've got plenty to keep them busy .........
12:40 am on Nov 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Well.... We have a buyer....
2:35 pm on Nov 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What was the final price?
2:51 pm on Nov 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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$15,000 - Just 1 bid (not me)
12:55 pm on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I thought it would have went for more...
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Could turn out to be a bargain if the right person bought it.
3:36 pm on Nov 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I wouldn't have sold for $15k - that's only about 9,000 uk pounds. Maybe at $70k but.....
7:09 pm on Nov 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

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actually 8,590 ukp ..
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not a bad guess though.
9:20 am on Nov 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

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lol ... it's easier when you write the cheque ;)

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1:29 pm on Nov 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I suspect you want to keep it quiet Dave, but any hints as to what you'll be doing with your new toy? ;)
1:36 pm on Nov 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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pretty much the same.. want to get it multi threading and clusting to feed a few others ... we will add some funky seo type features in the future..:)

going to partner with a Really good "local search" company .

blah blah ..

DaveN