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February 9, 2008

Interesting Results from Google Blog Search

Even it still has problems with duplicate content and spam, Google Blog Search has an important advantage over other blog search engines: it actually finds the most important search results. This is the default option for displaying results and it's recommended to use it even if you only want to read fresh news, as you can change the time interval to "last hour" or "last 12 hours".

Google's blog search engine lacks a homepage that displays the most important posts from the blogosphere, but there's a way to find interesting posts without entering a query. For some strange reason, if you search for [label:keyword] or [view:keyword] (keyword can be anything you like), Google ignores your query and displays a list of blog posts. We can assume it's a list of blog posts relevant for any query.


Related:
How Google Blog Search ranks results

4 comments:

  1. Nice hack.

    > it actually finds the
    > most important search results

    I found Google Blog Search to be very broken though when showing backlinks (at least since some time, at least when tried with blogoscoped.com).

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  2. I noticed that Blog Search can't find the original source of a post unless it has a lot of backlinks, so you'll see posts from sites like thegooglebay.org or originalsignal.com that only republish content, while the original posts are filtered as duplicates.

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  3. Hi,

    It seems that these results represent the sites with RSS / blogs which send ping to Google ping server, and which appear in http://blogsearch.google.com/changes.xml.

    Is this correct in your opinion?

    Thanks,
    Carmen

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  4. hi,

    Blogscope is a interesting Blog Searching/Analysis engine developed at university of toronto. It provides different views of keyword like popularity curves,sentiment meter, buzz graph, related keywords.
    Check it out .. if you have not yet :)

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