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To locate someone, using a competition, go to Sitepoint Marketplace or Rent-A-Coder.

Best of luck.

-parkint (July 16, 2010, 12:27 PM)
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You'll find many that will take the job (probably under $500) but it will be a complete waste of money (for a public website).

There are lots of dishonest developers out there who will happily take your money for projects that legally can't be done, or can't be done because of limitation imposed by supporting companies (the search engines in this case).

This is called a metasearch engine. There was kind of a golden age of metasearches, maybe the 80's or 90's, and an actual site, although if you go there now, it just redirects your search terms to Google. So think about who is the Google of metasearch nowadays, and I think the answer is harder to answer today than it has ever been. Surfwax tries to do this but the results don't cut it for me. Perhaps metasearch fizzled out because most people figured out it's more efficient to figure out which search engine is best, and just use that instead of collecting all those results from different search engines. But that is just one man's opinion.

On the other hand, if you're offering the equivalent of the X Prize to create the Google of Metasearch, for that much money someone, or more likely a team of someones, might come up with something truly excellent.

But what I really think is that a lot of people tried already, and that the results you get back are not going to be as useful as you think they are, unless you are capable of recruiting Google-class talent to tackle the problem.

Thanks for all your informed comments to date, Gents.
Just to add further....this project is not for public consumption; it is for my own personal and private use.
The search results would be for my own research purposes only.

Actually it is very easy to do yourself without a lot of coding.

A quick search of "metasearch engines" turned up this gem Pandia Powersearch. It states "Pandia Powersearch is our all-in-one list of search engines and directories. Search the Web using the search form above, or select one of the categories below to find the best Internet search tools."

It also has this blurb;

List of search engines and directories

The databases used by search engines are made by "robots" or "spiders" that automatically map the Web by following the links between sites. The directories, on the other hand, contain sites that are hand picked by human beings. Still, most search sites present search engine as well as directory results. Metasearch engines gather results from several search engines and directories. They are not that good at advanced Boolean searching, but may provide you with a broad sweep of the Web.

Traditional search engines list normal web pages and some other file types that are interlinked to from such webpages. The database sites, however, give you access to data that are not part of the Web as such. See also sites focusing on the hidden Web below.

So if you educate yourself on some of the hidden features of search engine commands like Google's commands found here (just one of many sites with the info), you can find almost anything without the crap!

Lots of luck!  :D

Pandia Powersearch uses Google's results, by default, with lots of ads.  Its a junk website that doesn't do what the OP asked.


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