Blog search engine frenzy

Exciting times in blog search country:

Question: can someone make a meta-blog-search-service (like an on-line Copernic for blogs) that :

  • searches all “who-links-to-me” blog search engines
  • filters out the doubles
  • creates a weighted combined ranking (a referer featured on 5 search engines ranks higher than a site only listed once)
  • can use a date parameter (“only show posts younger than 1 month”)
  • gives us some sexy graphics like Blogpulse does
  • offers its results via RSS
  • has a viral component, like e.g. a counter I can display on my blog – something like Feedburner’s Awareness API (which always makes me think of Jean-Claude Vandamme’s legendary “AWARE” theory)

Anyone aware of a service like this? Please leave a comment!

5 thoughts on “Blog search engine frenzy

  1. Ontario Emperor

    Google’s blog search feature raises an interesting question from the user perspective. I’m sure there’s a wonderful technical explanation for this, but still, as a user, you have to wonder about this:

    How does Blog Search work?

    Blog Search indexes blogs by their site feeds, which will be checked frequently for new content. This means that Blog Search results for a given blog will update with new content much faster than standard web searches. Also, because of the structured data within site feeds, it is possible to find precise posts and date ranges with much greater accuracy.

    My question – why can’t the blog search results be incorporated into “standard web searches”? To be more specific, why can’t Google’s regular search results incorporate the blog search results? While you’re asking about combining results from several search engine companies, here’s a case in which a single company (Google) can’t combine its OWN results.

  2. Peter

    Blog search engines use the feeds instead of the pages for a very good reason:
    – the information is better annotated (there is an author and date for each post)
    – the information is updated more often and typically one post at a time
    – only the links in the posts are taken into account and not the links in the sidebars, headers, footers, …

    There is a place for both ‘regular’ search engines and blog search engines. Sometimes you need ALL pages not matter how old, sometimes you need ONLY recent blog results, even if they are only 1 hour old.

  3. Fran�ois

    Just give a try to CLUSTY : it’s retrieving information from 6 blogs search engines (Blogdigger, Blogpulse, Daypop, Feedster and Technorati).

    They offering an interesting “cluster” engine who really helps to harvest information.

    I’ve made a note in french on it few days ago.

    It already gives a shortcut for Firefox Mozilla to met-search through blogs.

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