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Microsoft Attempts to Boost Search Traffic By Paying Users

Will You Switch From Google to Microsoft If You're Paid?

Microsoft's desperation to compete with Google has resulted in them offering to pay you to use their search engine. For using Microsoft's search to find products to buy, users would be reimbursed 2 to 5 percent, if the store were participating, of course. Online retailers like eBay and Home Depot have already signed up for Live Search cashback, as it's called.

I already use eBates, which does pretty much the same as what Live Search cashback will do, and even if I didn't, I wouldn't stop Googling. Two percent of my online purchases - which don't make up that much of my personal search activity anyway - is just not a replacement for the quality of the search results. But what about you? Would you switch to Microsoft search if you were paid?


asmariamoon asmariamoon 9 years
I'm sorry, but don't get me started on how wrong it is that M$ is trying to buy people over to their crappier services, cause I don't like to badmouth people, even corporate bigwigs. Don't get me wrong, Microsoft makes some good products, like the XBox/XBox 360, but they also make some really, really poor ones (for example, Windows ME *shudder*), and, in my opinion, it's clear that Google is superior to MSN Live Search, and no amount of money they try to throw at me is going to change my opinion on this.
MissMarisol MissMarisol 9 years
devils devils 9 years
Nope. I would not. Microsoft can bite me (sorry if that seemed harsh) :p
Lyv Lyv 9 years
Wow... Sucks to be you, Microsoft.
neko neko 9 years
It's kind of telling when a company has to bribe people to use their service, especially when another company is offering the same thing (or better) for free.
HipMom HipMom 9 years
That's pathetic, and sort of useless - there are already plenty of sites that you can buy through to be reimbursed of a percentage of the total. For a search engine, I need something fast and reliable, so I'm sticking to Google!
cptnruthless cptnruthless 9 years
I'd still use google for non-purchases. I'm not going to say no to free money, though! ;)
killitded83 killitded83 9 years
wow. google owns. microsoft can go die. along with internet explorer
ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 9 years
If they want us to switch, they should be BETTER, not richer =\ This is not "encouragement" to use their service, this is straight up bribing us!
Annika2494003 Annika2494003 9 years
I'm obsessed with ebates! I've banked almost $300 since I signed up... there's no reason not to use it and there's no way i would stop googling.
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
If Microsoft could off the same convenience, security, variety, etc I might ... but until then - NOPE! I'm sticking with Google!
vitisva vitisva 9 years
I stopped using MSN when I found out they were relinquishing my search results
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
Hell yeah they can pay me but it would have to be worth my time. Hey if it could at least cover the price of a cup of coffee a day, I don't see whats so bad!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
If they're only going to pay me if I buy something then I don't think so. However, I like the sites everyone else is mentioning too!
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i use blingo because i can win stuff even if i'm not search shopping. but blingo is powered by google, msn live, yahoo and ask. so i get all the results in one place and a chance to win crap. i've won 4 times now.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I guess it depends on how much micro would pay me. I ♥ Google and use it at LEAST once a day so it would be a hard change for me!
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 9 years
Use and give the "search profits" to your favorite's powered by Yahoo and makes you feel good because it all adds up!
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