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I'm slapping up a Spanish language website at this very moment. It would be interesting to test it out. Not sure if I will or not.
Apparently they were founded in 1997, acquired search technology with the purchase of Vayala Corporation, and have their own search crawler.
Anyone see this one in their logs?
Apparently SoftBank and film director Paul Mazursky, among others are investors, and they went public in 1999.
An alternative search engine. Someone get Jeremy_Goodrich on this!
I think they may have recently gotten an influx of investor capital - because their site design has changed radically in the last 3 months or so (when I first ran into them while researching Spanish language news feeds). A couple of months ago, their site was skimpy, at best and was full of affiliate links that I personally would consider marginal (questionaires for prizes, etc.).
Their site feels much more like a portal now - but judging from their previous content, I can't imagine they are getting huge numbers of visitors - yet.
Anyhow, they have definitely been spidering for the past few months, because I've seen their bot in the logs, and they ranked my site #1 for $city... so they must be on the right track. ;)
However, I tried a few "obvious" candidates for pricey bids in search.quepasa.com (such as 'MP3' and 'sex') and they came at $0.05, just as some very irrelevant words. It seems to me that they still don't have too much going on inside the search engine, i.e. not too many people using them (yet, at least).