ChaCha is the new big thing in search engines and I'm sure eventually it will catch on! They have only been around since September of '06 but have blown up in size really quickly.
ChaCha is a search engine where you have the choice to do the searching yourself or have a search "guide" do the searching for you.
As a ChaCha guide you communicate with customers through an instant messenging type of chat and find out exactly what they are looking for and then you find it for them. It's easy! If you know how to search the web efficiently, you can be a guide!
There are a few stipulations for being a ChaCha guide: you must be 18 years old and be a resident of the United States. You must also have good customer service skills as you have to know how to deal with sometimes rude customers or "info seekers" as they are called.
I have worked as a ChaCha guide since October 2006 and have been paid many times and can tell you that they are definitely legit! As far as pay goes, you first go through some training searches that are unpaid. Once you make it to "pro" status you are then paid $5.00 per search hour. You can pick your own keywords and then train on those keywords to become "pro" and then a "master". You are also paid to train other guides on their keywords. Once you reach "master" status you are given "invites" that you can use to invite other people to become a guide. Once they become a guide and start earning money you also earn a commission percentage of what they make, so it's almost like getting free money if you can get a good network of guides underneath you!
To get paid you must sign up with an internet bank through ChaCha and this bank will send you a debit card. On your profile you will be able to see how much money you have made so far and whenever you are ready to be paid all you have to do is push the "pay me now" button and the money will be on your debit card for you to use in a store or get money out of an ATM with!
The only way to become a ChaCha guide is to get an "invite" from a current guide. I currently have a few invites left if anyone is interested. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me why you think you would be a good ChaCha guide! If I think you will be a good candidate I will send you an invite!