Kagi 公佈了收費三個月後的進展

Kagi 公佈了收費三個月後的進展 (可以參考「Kagi 開始收費了」這篇):「Kagi status update: First three months」。

搜尋的部份 (Kagi 這個產品線),目前有 2600 個付費使用者,以 US$10/mo 的費用來算大概是 US$26K/mo 的收入:

Kagi search is currently serving ~2,600 paid customers. We have seen steady growth since the launch 3 months ago. Note, this is with zero marketing and fully relying on word of mouth. We prefer to keep things this way for now, as we are still developing the product towards our vision of a user-centric web search experience.

後面在講財務狀況也是類似的數字 (幾乎都是 Kagi 的付費收入):

Between Kagi and Orion, we are currently generating around $26,500 USD in monthly recurring revenue, which incidentally about exactly covers our current API and infrastructure costs.

這個收入差不多 cover 目前的 infrastructure 部份,但還有薪資與其他的 operating cost 大約在 US$100K/mo 這個數量級,看起來還有很大的距離:

Between Kagi and Orion, we are currently generating around $26,500 USD in monthly recurring revenue, which incidentally about exactly covers our current API and infrastructure costs.

That means that salaries and all other operating costs (order of magnitude of $100K USD/month) remain a challenge and are still paid out of the founders’ pocket (Kagi remains completely bootstrapped).

然後要大概是目前十倍的付費數量才會打平 (25K 個使用者):

We are planning to reach sustainability at around 25,000 users mark, by further improving the product, introducing new offerings and pricing changes. With the product metrics being as good as they are, we should be able to reach this as our visibility increases.

比較好一點的消息是 churn rate 很低:

Product stickiness is also very high, with churn being lower than 3%.

然後提到每個使用者大約 27 次查詢 (包括 free tier),有些 user 大約在 100 次,peak 是 400 次:

We are currently serving around 70,000 queries a day or around ~27 queries/day/user (this includes free users which are about 10% of total users). There is a lot of variance in use though, with some users regularly searching >100 times a day. Every time we see a search count go >400 times in day we are happy to be an important part of someone’s search experience.

我看了一下自己的用量,看起來偏高一些,但沒到他說的每天平均 100 次:

然後提到了推出新方案的計畫,包括 Teams Plan & Family Plan,而目前在跑的方案會被分類到 Individual Plans。

另外比較重要的是 Individual Plans 有漲價的計畫。新的方案預定分成三個層級,主要是增加了一個 Kagi Starter 的版本:

  • Kagi Unlimited - $19/mo or $180/year ($15/mo) or $288/biennial ($12/mo) - Original Kagi experience, with unlimited searches
  • Kagi Starter ($5/mo; 200 searches) - For casual users who make less than 200 searches per month
  • Free basic - 50 free searches that reset every month

漲不少,雖然有提到在漲價前既有的付費使用者將會維持原價:

If such change to Individual plans is to occur, we plan to grandfather-in all early adopters (meaning all current and future paid customers, up until this change) allowing them to keep their existing subscription price as long as they don’t cancel it.

繼續觀察看看...

Kagi 開始收費了

在「Kagi search and Orion browser enter public beta」這邊可以看到 public beta 與收費的消息:

We decided to start charging for Kagi search while in beta status because the cost of beta usage has gone up dramatically and we are not able to sustain it. Also, we want to get some kind of a financial “airworthiness” signal and see how we stand with our positioning and outlook for sustainability.

收費的費用是 US$10/mo,剛剛先把信用卡掛上去了...

Kagi 的搜尋引擎開放註冊,以及公佈付費方案

先前提過 Kagi 這個搜尋引擎 (「來測試 Kagi 這個搜尋引擎」與「用兩個禮拜 Kagi 的心得」),剛剛翻信箱時看到他們的信件,看起來現在任何人都可以註冊了:

If by any chance you do not have a Kagi account yet, you can make one at https://kagi.com/signup?invite_code=humaneweb (feel free to share with your friends)

另外有提到目前規劃的收費計畫是 US$10/mo:

Kagi will come as a free version with limited use; and an unlimited use, paid option at $10 a month, both versions having great search results with less spam and completely ad-free, tracking free, and with none of your search data being retained.

Kagi 已經是我目前預設的 search engine,而且品質其實相當滿意 (偶而會切到 DuckDuckGo 以及 Google 比較),之後就等付費機制上線...

Kagi 的宗教戰爭:Emacs 與 Vi

目前都是用 Kagi 當作預設的搜尋引擎,然後 Kagi 習慣每個禮拜會給一個 Changelog... 而這個禮拜的 Changelog 是這樣:

我好像看到了什麼不得了的東西:

Searching for emacs redirects to vi #327 @yjp20

然後 bug report 裡面提到了他會在搜尋 Emacs 時提示 Vi

然後搜尋 Vi 時提示 Emacs:

這是想要掀起什麼宗教戰爭嗎 XDDD

用兩個禮拜 Kagi 的心得

先前有提到去申請了 Kagi 的 beta 邀請碼,過了幾個月拿到後就把預設的 search engine 換過去測:「來測試 Kagi 這個搜尋引擎」,現在也已經用了兩個多禮拜了,我的感覺是品質比 DuckDuckGo 還好不少,而且有早年 Google 那種搜起來很準的感覺...

其中一個我覺得很不錯的功能是 Personalized Results,可以設定 domain 讓把權重拉高或是擋掉,像是我就設了一些拉高的:

另外我自己寫了一個「Press "d" to DuckDuckGo from Kagi」可以在 Kagi 上面按 d 跳到 DuckDuckGo,但用過幾次後發現沒有差太多。

後續如果有推出方案應該會訂起來吧...

來測試 Kagi 這個搜尋引擎

大概一個月前的時候在 Hacker News 上看到「Kagi: A Premium Search Engine (kagi.com)」這篇,在講一個新的搜尋引擎,就填了一下單子等邀請,過了一個月後剛剛收到邀請,就註冊起來用看看。

測了一下沒什麼大問題,中英文都算正常,接下來就是先掛成日常用的 search engine,然後看看品質如何。另外在 Hacker News 的討論裡面也有不少人在討論費用的問題,對我來說,如果搜尋結果的品質夠好的話,我大概可以接受到 US$99/mo?畢竟是靠網路這個 ecosystem 吃飯...

然後從技術的角度來看,看起來網站入口是掛在 GCP 上面,這會不會有點敏感呢...