<< by on September 1st, 2009
I have just recently begun to become fascinated with the vast number of posts out in the blogosphere; I often find myself searching for posts to either gain information or inspiration for my own. Blog search engines are a great way to quickly locate posts tailored specifically to your needs. Blog search engines aren’t just for research purposes; through some of them you can submit your own posts and increase traffic; I mean, when you write a blog, your intentions are so that someone will read it, correct? There are a few sites that have been around for a while, but as time passes, these niche search engines are becoming more and more advanced and user-friendly. Here are a few you should try out.
Google Blog Search. Google continuously updates its search filters to better manifest your results. This blog search site narrows it down even further by showing you blog posts related to your query. Google is trying to better support content in the blogosphere by offering this search site. Google on it’s blog search efforts:
Google is a strong believer in the self-publishing phenomenon represented by blogging, and we hope Blog Search will help our users to explore the blogging universe more effectively, and perhaps inspire many to join the revolution themselves.
The site offers a section designated to “Hot queries”, Top Story categories, and the home page delivers popular posts at the current moment. When posts show on the results page, there are related posts underneath, the category they are found in, as well as a link to all blog posts relating to that topic. For more detailed information, visit the blog search support page.
Blog Search Engine. This site has a great layout to quickly find the search box, and a list of featured blogs on the right hand portion of the screen. On the home page you can find a link to get featured and submit a blog. Unlike Google’s blog search feature, you must submit your posts manually to be considered for addition. To be placed in the system, you can submit your blog directly to Blog Search Engine, or have it listed at the EatonWeb Blog Directory. On the Blog Search Engine home page, they have a box that shows the “Top risers from the EatonWeb Blog Directory.” You can scroll down to also find a category directory and a list of the Top Rated Blogs. The site is very user friendly, helping searchers find what they are looking for with virtually no effort.
Sphere. Sphere offers widgets tailored to publishers, bloggers, and opportunities for advertisers. The product tailored to bloggers, the Contextual widget, will offer users viewing your blog additional related content. An added benefit: your site will be registered in their index and enable your content to be syndicated and appear on Sphere’s partner sites. You can find updates and more information on the Sphere blog. If you do a little digging on the Sphere site, you will find a link to the search page, where you are able to enter a keyword or a web address and they will show you tons of related content. You can find this page by hovering your mouse over the “Tools” option, and then choosing “Search.” From Sphere’s home page:
Sphere connects your current articles to contextually relevant content from your archives as well as from Blog Posts, Media Articles, Video, Photos, and Ads from across the Web.
A few other blog search engines to check out: Technorati, IceRocket, and Zuula. Whether you are utilizing a blog search engine, or helping the blogosphere spread and become even more connected through widgets, more and more technology is being developed as we speak to guide us in our search for information.