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Washington - An online search engine is making "cents" to non-profit organizations. Some are calling it the charitable clicker.
It's called Goodsearch.com or Goodshop.com. It's an online search engine just like Google or Yahoo. On it's homepage your able to put in a school, a local charity group or non-profit organization to donate to. Every time you do a search on goodsearch.com, a penny goes to the organization you selected.
The Benton Franklin Chapter of the American Red Cross recently placed their organization on goodsearch.com and says it's an easy way to bring in some cash.
"How many times a day do you go to Google, Yahoo or whatever search engine and look something up. For every time you do that they're getting a penny. So I may only do a couple hundred, but if a thousand people do a couple hundred, that's money in the bank for them,"
said Chris Roemeling, a Red Cross Volunteer.
Estimates show if 1000 people use Goodsearch.com just twice a day, the pennies can add up to $7,300 dollars a year. If the organization of your choice isn't an option, you can add it to the list.
Each organization keeps track of their earnings on a daily basis, then a check is mailed to them at the end of each year.
The money comes from a percentage of advertising dollars on Yahoo.com. Goodsearch.com is powered by Yahoo, so you'll get the same results as if you were actually using the Yahoo search engine.
A sister website to Goodsearch.com is Goodshop.com which allows you to shop online. The penny giving system works for Goodshop.com as well, but the amount of pennies is determined by the amount of money spent using the website.