Presearch decentralized search engine: Be rewarded for searching

Here is what you can read on Presearch's official website. To explain how this decentralized search engine plays a role in a world where a few control the web, this article, we will cover a lot of Presearch's aspects, pros and cons and differentiation with other search engines, mostly with the one that everybody knows (Google 😈).


Summary : 

1. What is Presearch?

2. $PRE Token

3. Search Rewards

4. Pre Level

5. Keyword Staking

6. Search Nodes

7. Presearch vs Google

8. Conclusion


1. What is Presearch ?

Presearch, founded in 2017, is a community-powered, decentralized search engine that rewards its community with $PRE Token for searching the web. It currently counts more than 2 millions registered users and between 3 to 10 millions visits per month.


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2. $PRE Token

PRE token is the native token of the Presearch ecosystem. It is built on the Ethereum blockchain and is used as a reward for those who search through the Presearch platform.

Data from 21st March 2021

 In the past 24 hours of this writing, an average rate Volume/Market Cap of 0.02345 was established.

The Max Supply of the token is 500,000,000 with 350,661,436 PRE already in circulation, which represents 70% of the total amount.


3. Search Rewards

For a long time, the search rewards were 0,25 PRE fixed. At the moment, the PRE rewards earned for searching is 0,12 PRE.

There was a time when you could earn up to 8 PRE a day. At the moment it is more 3,6 PRE per day. I looked for my 2 past weeks searches and a maximum of 30 searches per day were possible for PRE rewards.


4. Pre Level

With the Presearch ecosystem, you earn rewards for searching the web, PRE Token. These rewards are earned on your Presearch account. To be withdrawn to your personal wallet, you have to reach at the moment an amount of 1000 PRE Eligible Tokens. These PRE Eligible Tokens are calculated according to your Presearch account level rate.

Level 8-10: 100%

Level 7: 70 %

Level 6: 60%

Level 5: 50%

Level 4: 40%

Level 3: 30%

Level 2: 20%

Level 1: 10%

Level 0: None (Members will not earn anymore token until the PRE Level arise)

The withdrawable calculation is the following:

Eligible Tokens = Rewards Token x Presearch account level rate

Currently, I am level 5 with 105 PRE rewards earned. Therefore, my current number of PRE Rewards Tokens eligible are :

Eligible Tokens = 105 x 0.50 = 52 (rounded to the lower unit)

In picture:

This PRE Level has been set up to prevent abusive behaviour from the PRE rewards earned. Indeed, just clicking by faking searches to generate tokens is not the same as searching when you want or need something through autentic search.

The Presearch confidence algorithm assesses the likelihood that your search is aunthentic.


5. Keyword Staking

Keyword staking is a revolutionary new concept pioneered by presearch.

With presearch staking, you choose a keyword and then stake PRE tokens for that term.

While the tokens are staked, you continue to own and control your PRE tokens and you receive free traffic on the keyword you secured as long you maintain the amount of your stake more than others on the specific keyword.

Add link to the website of your choice for redirecting the traffic.

For instance, with the keyword "Bitcoin":

To be able to stake for the keyword "Bitcoin", an amount over 8,970,000 PRE Token is required because someone already staked a pretty huge amount on it. The user owning the staking had chosen to display a link on his ad that you can see in the column "Top Ad Link".

For searches on Presearch engine with the Bitcoin keyword, the ad is displayed:

It provides opportunities to capture qualified search at low cost.

You either put your PRE tokens earned by searching with Presearch or put specific PRE tokens bought on the market to work.

Minimum amount 1000 PRE Tokens.


6. Search Nodes

Presearch decentralized search engine is powered by Nodes. These Nodes are used to process search requests. It is kind of like in the Ethereum ecosystem, with miners enabling transactions and earning ETH back by gas fee. Here, Nodes operators give result to the search queries and earn PRE Tokens back by running nodes.

Globally, here is how it works:

1) Users do a search on Presearch search engine. Their query is sent to a node gateway server which anonymizes the user's search removing their ip address making their search anonymous.

2) The gateway then select a node, a piece of software running on a computer/server, based on its speed and location. Then the gateway sends the anonymized search query to the selected node.

3) The node distributes the search to available search indexes plus a number of other resources such as external search engines APIs and database. The node retrieves the results and returns them to the gateway.

4) The gateway then packages the results, keyword, ads and settings into a result set and sends the information to the Presearch web server.

5) The web server builds the search user view experience and returns it to the searchers' web browser.

6) Finally, Presearch return a reward to the actors in the form of PRE Tokens, all the participants earn interests: users, node operators and advertisers.

In this system, Nodes operators participate actively in the Presearch decentralized ecosystem.


Information related to running a Node, this is not a complete guideline on how to set up a Presearch Node, I am sure you will find complete guide on Publish0x, but mainly what you have to do is:

  • Get a Presearch account
  • Register you Node by filling this form. Later or the day after you will receive a Node registration code.
  • Install Docker (Presearch relies on Docker, an application that allows to deploy programs that are run as containers)
  • Configure/Run the node


What you have to be cautioned:

• Running a node locally could be associated with your local IP address, such as your Wifi home IP, maximising your footprint and decreasing your bandwidth.


7. Presearch vs Google

When we search the web, we provide a lot information about ourself: type of search, time, localization… Between 80 to 90% of these searches go through Google.

Data collected by Google is owned by Google, which means they can do as much as the laws enable them to do with your data. Mostly Google uses data to build individual profiles, to enable advertisers to build individual ads. But what if Google sells their data, or even gets hacked? This is the problem of centralization.

Presearch search engine has been designed in a decentralized way, with the nodes we saw previously, so that confidentiality is way more protected.

When you search the web with Presearch, your query is sent to a node which anonymizes your search, removing your ip address and localization, making your search anonymous. This is the main differences between the two.


Let us dive into digits now between the first most visited website and… Presearch 😁

Google search engine is 20 000 times more visited than Presearch’s one. This number is so huge than if we draw the number of visits according to the time in a graph, Presearch’s results would be seen so close to 0 of the y axes.

But these numbers are just for now, Presearch results are in constant augmentation over the past years.

 I have made some searches on both of them to differentiate their performance and I found that Presearch was a bit slower. I also made some point about the visual aspect of the two on the following topic:

Looking for a place

When looking for a country or city, the visual aspect is quite good between the two.

Only drawback for Presearch, there is no map displayed as displayed with Google Maps for Google. Which is a bad thing I think when you look for specific place such as the following query, by looking for the Empire State Building.


Looking for a product

What is nice with Google when you are looking for something, is that you have pictures directly displayed. In addition, if the product can be bought, prices are displayed nearby, which is not with Presearch.



Search with not much result

Sometimes, when you are looking for specific things that may not be really queried, result may not be as good as desired. That is something that I noticed with Presearh search engine when trying to find something technical for my courses.



8. Conclusion

Through this article you have been able to see, I think, most of the characteristics of Presearch. For a long time I have only used Google as a search engine. But today, it has changed! Even though the search result of Presearch search engine is not 100% good as I personally think, it is very quite good. In addition to that, by being decentralized and by giving back rewards to users doing something that they were going to do anyways, maybe in a couple of years we will be able to say: "Presearch it !"



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