i've been trying kagi (a paid search engine) for a bit and it is very impressive so far

results are definitely better than google and duckduckgo, more relevant and less seo spam

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dear god do they need to reduce their costs though, assuming this is true:

> In fact, it costs us about $1 to process 80 searches (wherever in the world you search from). So a user searching 8 times a day would perform about 240 searches a month, costing us $3 in search cost. But an average Kagi beta user is actually searching about 30 times a day. At USD $10/month, the price does not even cover our cost for average use [...]

idk if I'm an average user but I think I make well over 30 searches per day lol

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@avery I use and like it as well. It's worked very well for me for niche tech stuff and local things as well.
I surely do hope they reduce their COGS because they look insane.

@roobre from their faq and some stuff the founder posted it seems like the majority of the cost is for third party apis. They use a combination of their own indices, anonymized queries to google/bing, and other more specialized sources, with search magic to choose which ones to use for the given query

I'm guessing one path to bring that cost down would be to improve their own indexing so they can rely less on third party apis

@avery I didn't know they piggybacked on Google, that actually makes sense. Seems easier to build an index using others as a seed plus user searches.
IDK I hope it keeps working at least just as good as it does now and that it becomes cheaper

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