enter the period of open source search… Alexa has started offering its index for a minimal price.
what does this mean? any entrepreneur that spots a hole in a vertical search market can plug that gap by sectioning a part of alexa and branding it up. stick some adsense (or any other ad program) on there and you could have a viable business model.
– apparently this has been done before (prior to the dot com fallout) and last time round it didn’t work out.
– the alexa index, at 4 billion pages, isn’t all that.
should get an idea over the next year or so what the take-up rate is.