Theres only one actual competitor, they currently pay users for their searches but they are using googles backend, which is not a decentralized system. Yes road blocks being our competition would be other large search engines that track your user data. We would still have a revenue model that would be through ads except the user that searches will get 80% of that ad revenue and we take a cut.
Everyones lifes could change and how they search the web. Instead of going to google they could search somewhere that their data will not be tracked so heavily. And they will get paid?
What I Will Do With $5,000
5k is not enough money to even really think about funding this idea, i would get us by barely for server start up costs