Phoebe will cost money to implement, maintain, and scale. How will Phoebe monetize itself in a sustainable way? At the moment we have three primary methods in mind:
That is, we are interested in the revenues available through the Basic Attention Token (BAT), Coil, and similar services. We believe this means of monetization will be rapidly expanding in the next few years as advertising revenues decline.
Requesting a site be added to the index will be free but adding a large number of sites will cost a nominal fee.
One of the current limitations of search engines is their inability to handle extremely complicated queries. This is understandable as the computational cost for such queries is quite high. We believe there is room for a credits system in which researchers could perform intensive queries on indexing servers dedicated to this purpose for a small fee.
We could also look at using privacy respecting ads on the site itself, we would like to avoid this avenue if at all possible (and we believe it is) to ensure that user's have complete confidence that the results they are seeing are natural and not paid placements.