Starting a business requires money, starting an online platform requires content, Growing it requires both, we understand these requirements and we want to give it a shot.
We are not Anti-Google, We are not Google rivals, do we even have the strength to think about it? we are not praying nor hoping that the Government should ban Google, we are just naij.com version of cnn.com.
Seems you read our minds, most people dont understand our stand.
Variety is a spice of life:
Why does our Daddy way back send us to buy Tribune and Punch newspapers?
Why do you go to techpoint.com and still active on radar.techcabal.com?
We are confident that if we get the servers calm, the content right and the algorithm running smoothly WE WILL SCALE.
Setting the record straight.
Design, Code, Build and Deploy a search engine platform from scratch but strictly for Nigerian based websites/local contents.
- Problem Statement:
The algorithm Google use for featuring results on SERP does not favour local content and the cost for Google Adword is not affordable for SME’s/Start-ups in Nigeria.
- Aims & Objectives:
To have a platform that understand when I search “how to start a cassava farm” will give me business advices on Nigerian context and not from foreign websites.
Secondly will be affordable for small businesses, startups and ecommerce portals to advertise on.
Thirdly crawl and index local information like sports, news, events, entertainment history etc.
- Significance of the Project:
a. We want to have a search engine with localised content
b. Give competitive edge during Search Engine Campaigns (currency disparity)
c. We are not building language versions, as most people pointed out because Google does not have proper functionality in our local languages, NO. Our core MVP’s are stated above, it’s only an additional feature as we progress.
We are positive it will scale.
First we will try to identify the number of registers domain names in Nigeria or for Nigeria.
We will strive to have at least 50% of these url crawled and indexed
We will schedule routing re-crawling and indexing every 7 days and possibly at night.
We will build 3 broad algorithms,
1. harvest urls
2. crawling routine
3. listing routine
When we gain traction we will build more algorithms that will handle Ads and user campaign management.
We will crawl and index all websites in all major domains such as online newspapers, hosting companies, news portals, listings, Nairaland, vconnect and so on that have Nigerian addresses on them.
No doubts, our present nameless escapade requires massive content in the billions of bytes and we know it’s a huge task, but a journey of a thousand miles starts with a step, Facebook user experience in 2008 is not as rich as 5 years ago and not as rich as today.
Our target is to keep crawling, keep indexing and keep uploading content, my medical student friends in university days calls their MBBS 300Levels exams Mountainous Barrier But Surmountable.
End of Thinking Capacity, E.T.C