I wrote a review on 'everyclick' at the end of 2006 for Ciao, but things have changed since then, so the whole thing needs rewriting! Here goes...
Before I go into the detail, basically everyclick is a search engine, and half of the revenue generated from it is given to charity each month. To quote from the site " We allocate 50% of gross advertising and commission based revenue to The Charities Trust each month. This revenue is then disbursed to individual charities who have been supported by Users of the Website. The sum each charity receives is entirely proportional to the amount that Users use the Website relative to the Users of other supported charities." If people don't choose a charity then the money gets dispersed amongst the other charities on a pro rata basis. Anyway, detailed terms and conditions can be found here - http://www.everyclick.com/using-everyclick/terms-and-conditions
Really it's a bit like sites which do pay per clicks and that sort of thing, except that it's for charity. At the time of writing this review (April 2009) 139,460 fundraisers have used everyclick to raise over £675,696.23 for charity.
A charity I was involved with joined everyclick shortly after it started (June 2005). As a small charity, based online the prospect of money for nothing was fantastic (costs nothing to join), so we were eager to sign up! It was particularly useful as a way for people with little or no money to still be able to support charities financially!
Since then everyclick has changed a lot, and now includes details of every UK registered charity (over 170,000) rather than only those who have specifically signed up. I'm not sure that this was such a good move (many charities will not even be aware of everyclick), although it does technically mean that you can support any charity in the UK which is great.
Everyclick is a fantastic idea (in theory) and I do think it needs to be promoted. I hope that this review will at least make some more people aware of its existence, and perhaps encourage charities (I think other voluntary organisations can also sign up) that they know to make use of it as an additional source of income.
However, I have to make it absolutely clear at the outset that it is by no means perfect!
---Finding a charity to support---
It's easy to sign up, but it's not always easy to find the charity you wish to support if you're just going by topic. It helps to know the name of the charity, but I think things have got a bit better.
I would have said previously that there's not a lot of point in signing up as the only supporter of a charity, however there is, particularly if you're a person with a lot of Internet time on your hands (this will surely appeal to dooyoo and Ciao users!)
However, there really is no point in signing up if you have no intention of using the search engine, as that won't generate any money. Sounds like common sense, but you'd be amazed!!! The money made depends upon the number of clicks people do - nothing to do with the supporters - if you have 100 supporters but only do the same amount of clicks as one supporter then you won't make any more money!
Charities receive money from everyclick when the payment due reaches £15 (plus then there's Gift Aid added onto this) which is pretty good - it used to be £50! However, in order for the charity to actually get the money someone from the charity will need to communicate with everyclick about bank details. So, there's no point just choosing a charity and clicking for them if they're not going to get the money!
---Back to my experience---
Before various changes to everyclick in 2006 you could see how much each charity had raised, which was a good indicator of which charities actively encouraged people to use everyclick. I also enjoyed comparing our amounts with other charities, although it was a bit confusing as the amount of clicks never seemed to correlate with the amount raised (due to various reasons I'm sure).
After the first month of being signed up we had raised nearly £20, the second month it was up to £130, the third month up to £200, and at the end of November 2006 we had raised £270. It took a while, but we eventually received this money by cheque. Although the charity is no longer running, we made over £1100 in the 2 and a half years or so we were using it which was excellent.
To be honest I think it was mainly me doing the clicking which raised this money, although I did have some other members helping! Mainly when bored at work I'd do a bit of clicking. I did at one point set it up as my homepage at home, but hubby got annoyed as it's not a good search engine. However, even if you don't have it set up as your homepage, you can still sign in and click. Even if you are not signed up for a charity you can still click, and your money will be distributed among the other charities. Companies and schools can also sign up to give support.
These days I use everyclick to raise money for a local charity which I'm a trustee of. - http://www.everyclick.com/selfinjurysupportinnorthcumbria - so if you want to check it out and raise money for us then feel free to!
We've made approximately £250, again it's mainly me doing the clicking. The others just don't seem to grasp the concept of just how much searching you need to do to make the money. It is NOT 1p per search as some people seem to think - if only! I'm not sure how much it does work out at, it seems to be quite random, but nowhere near 1p per search!
---The Search Engine---
Right....getting on to the search engine bit, since that is essentially what everyclick is meant to be! Unfortunately it is pretty useless. I'm not going to lie and say it's great in order to get you to sign up, but it really is pathetic as far as search engines go. It cannot even begin to compare with the likes of Google. I was hoping that over the years this would improve a lot, but while there have been changes, I'm not too convinced about improvements!
The search engine has changed quite a bit since I first reviewed everyclick...previously I typed in "Bidet" and ended up with "Where can I buy bedits" (WTF is a bedit?). I then Clicked on this and it said Did you mean "Where can I buy edits" - what?!
Like other search engines there are options to search news or images, as well as 'shopping'. I have to say that searching for news is particularly useless, not current at all, and just completely random at times.
Rather than talk more about this I'd say that you can check it out for yourself to get an idea - hey, you never know it might be the sort of search engine you like!
---More about making money---
For small charities, everyclick is a really useful way of generating additional income. You can also donate directly to charity through using CAF (Charities Aid Foundation), and they also Giftaid it.
There is the option to use everyclick for sponsorship pages (like Justgiving), I have no experience of using it, so can't comment! You can set up appeals as well which I know that one of our people has done - but I'm not sure why. You need to actually get people to donate real money to the appeals. Searches on everyclick do not count towards the appeals.
You can view the charities which have made the most money on everyclick. Currently Kings College Hospital Charity have made £20,043.74, Cancer Research UK have made £8,649.87, Diabetes UK £5,884.05, Oxfam GB £4,344.11 , and Save the Children UK £3,647.55. So, you can see it isn't really big amounts when you bear in mind that these are huge charities.
---Breaking the rules---
There is of course the potential for repetitive strain injury....but that is a potential problem for all avid Internet users! It must also be noted that everyclick will pick up on it if you 'overclick'.....for instance if they think you've set up an automated clicked system. I was logged out once after quite a few drinks and a lot of clicks, but I managed to get back in eventually (need to delete the Cookies and stuff).
However, one needs to balance the need to click with the desire to overclick. Obviously I do make up random searches, and I will search for Moose on web, news (useless - it comes up with no results - what?!!!), images, and shopping. Then I go back to web, and there's a list of most recent searches (this happens if you click on web after shopping), and most popular searches (it's all VERY obscure). To show the obscurity, in current recent searches there is 'antiverted flexed uterus' and 'new youth MP for Peterborough'.
I hope that perhaps as everyclick makes more money that they will be able to improve the search engine and actually make it more user-friendly (I have no idea about technical things like how search engines work). However, I can't say I'm particularly optimistic since it's nearly 4 years old now!
The site itself is colourful, and their mouse logo (not a moose unfortunately) is cute. You can also put links to everyclick on your website which is relatively easy to do.
I go through phases when I click on everyclick, but then I forget about it for a while. Clicking is not the most exciting activity at the end of the day, and there are probably much easier ways to make money for charity. But it's there, and it's extra money - I would recommend, but I'm not going to go over the top and tell you that you must join me in my clicking quest!
There is more I could say, but this is long enough as it is, and everything else you might need to know can be found on the website!
Everyclick? Ever heard of it? Strangely most people haven't...which seems to me like a real shame as it's a brilliant opportunity to raise money for the charity of your choice without doing anything other than using it as your major search engine. I learned about it from an ex teacher of mine, but hadn't realised it existed before then but since, I have changed it into my regular search engine.
What is it?
You've heard of Google and AskJeeves? Well, it's exactly the same. It's a search engine with full search and image results and gives the same standard results as google. The only real difference is that with every click you make money goes to charity. It was set up in June 2005, with the intent of raising more money for charity. 50% of it's revenue goes towards charities while the other 50% is to allow the search engine to continue functioning.
How do I use it?
Very simply. If you want the money you raise to be randomly allotted to various charities then just use it as your search engine without signing up. If you want the money to go to a charity of your own choice, then click 'register', fill in a few boxes and hey presto, 3 minutes of your time and you get to pick your own charity. Once your signed up you just use it as you'd use Google, and you can see the total that you've raised in the top bar.
As far as I can see, just about any charity you can think of is there, which gives smaller charities the chance for some well needed fund raising opportunities that they wouldn't get elsewhere. If you do happen to find a charity which they don't have (unlikely as I've been trying to catch the site out for ages and failed! It even has our small local Starfish charity!) then just chuck a note to the organisers and it should be added providing they find it to be a true charity with legal registration.
Better than Google in terms of efficiency?
No, I don't think so. I'd put it as equal. It has equal capabilities for web searching, image searching and shopping searches. It doesn't have the scholar or fancy settings that you can find on Google, but does have a seperate setting for finding charities, fundraisers and news which will find direct newspaper articles for anything that you search, starting with the most recent. I can see very little between them, and so no reason to use google over Everyclick, but Everyclick is special solely for the fact that it is trying to help others.
Simple and cheerful I think is the best way to describe it. Blue heading border and the everyclick logo in plain site, other than that very plain and easy to see what you are doing. There are a few advertisements on the site, but they don't leap out at you or annoy you, the're at the borders much like google and would provide an extra form of revenue for the website.
Very, very cute!!! A blue mouse with a heart on it as in the written logo 'Give your mouse a heart'. It's a logo that appeals to the young and old alike and I think a good choice for everyclick. The other logo is just a pointing hand with everyclick written on it in pink writing. Both logos are simple, catchy and easy to remember so there's no excuse for forgetting about the site!!!!
Everyclick isn't just aimed at individuals, it is also aimed at companies who can sign up as a group and then the whole of the companies earnings on the site go to the same charity. This in turn can increase the brands reputation as it becomes obvious the care about charity by encouraging staff to use everyclick instead of other search engines.
15,800,000 searches completed
More than 850,000 users
A 40% increase on number of people using it monthly
Targets nearly 170,000 charities in the UK
50% of revenue going to charity
Given over £150,000 to charity
Is there anything else we can do
Well, everyclick gives you the opportunity to put there logo on any blogs or internet sites you may have, which again takes very little of your time, costs you nothing and may just raise awareness about a site which seems vastly underused considering that 38 million people use search engines to find things on the web. So anything we can do to spread awareness is good.
In conclusion, this is a site which is well worth using. It costs you nothing, is easy to use as your main search engine or your home page, and means you are doing something good for others when you are doing something that you would do anyway. We all use search engines, why not try a search engine that is trying to make a difference in this world.
Click it real good.