Some of our income comes from monetising links that appear in our search results. This means that we have a commercial relationship with many (around 12,000) businesses, and when the website of one of these businesses appears in our search results, we add a referral code.
If a user finds a business (that we have a commercial relationship with) through our search results, then later buys something from their website, we may receive a commission for that sale.
For instance, a web designer may use Image Raider to find the owner of a photo that they would like to use on their website. Image Raider finds many websites using that image, and one of them is a stock photo bank (that we have a commercial relationship with). The photographer visits all of the websites who host that image, and later purchases a license from the stock photo bank. The stock photo bank will pay us a commission from that sale.
About 5.5% of outbound clicks from our search result pages are monetised. We do not receive anything from the majority of the links on our search result pages.