- Ahrefs has splashed out on $60 million worth of data centers for a new search engine
- Ahrefs has announced the launch of its first data center in Singapore.
- 90% of advertising profits will be shared with publishers.
Popular SEO tools company Ahrefs is going to launch its new search engine called ‘Yep’ that could directly compete with the likes of Google, Bing, and Yandex, according to an article published in techradar.pro
Google and Bing’s new competition
SEO tools company Ahrefs has splashed out on $60 million worth of data centers for a new search engine called ‘Yep‘.
The company is directly going to compete with other search engines like Google, Bing and Yandex.
Multilingual search engine
Ahrefs’ search engine will be available in all countries and in most languages as the company equips itself with a large amount of processing power to serve the vast quantity of data set to be produced.
The company also plans to share 90% of advertising profits from the search engine with content creators.
Ahrefs has announced the launch of its first data center in Singapore with around 1,000 servers that stores and processes 100 petabytes of web data as part of its search infrastructure for a new search engine, and also plans to open a data center in the United States by the end of 2022.
90% profit to content creators
In 2019, Ahrefs’ founder and CEO Dmytro Gerasymenko announced plans to build an alternative search engine that will share 90% of advertising profits with publishers.
“Creators who make search results possible deserve to receive payments for their work. We saw how YouTube’s profit-sharing model made the whole video-making industry thrive. Splitting advertising profits 90/10 with content authors, we want to give a push towards treating talent fairly in the search industry,” said Gerasymenko.
Storing data for 12 years
The company also confirmed that the new search engine (which is currently in the development stages) will not collect users’ personal information by default, such as geolocation, name, age, sex, preferences, etc., but plans to collect aggregated search statistics to improve algorithms, spelling corrections, and search suggestions.
Ahrefs has been crawling and storing data about the web for 12 years and developed a web crawler called AhrefsBot that visits over eight billion web pages every 24 hours.
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