Blog search engines have always been frustrating. Well, the battle to find just the blog or entry you’re looking for just became a little easier with Google’s Blog Search beta.
The search engine primarily brings up individual posts. If several blogs meet the criteria, a list of likely blogs appears at the top. Limiting searches to individual posts will help readers because Google currently find words spread throughout my site, which results in false hits.
How do you make sure your site shows up in the Google blog search? Well, the good news is you don’t have to be on Blogger. According to Google’s About section, you just need to make sure you are publishing an RSS or Atom feed.
One drawback though – the new blog search only contains items that have been published since Google started indexing, which is about June 2005. “We are working on ways to include older posts as well,” Google writes in its About section. If you don’t want to be published, read up after clicking this link.
I wonder though: Will blog entries continue to show up on the standard Google search? If they already done this, it would explain a drop in hits that started in late June. If they are about to do it, then I expect my hits – half of which come from Google – will drop more. Ah well.