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New Search Engines Help Users Find Blogs

The Wall Street Journal’s article, “New Search Engines Help Users Find Blogs” tells of blog directories competing directly with major search engines, and in many respects, beating them to the punch when it comes to tracking and helping users find information on blogs.

Blogs, compared to websites, are updated faster and contain more gossip, news, and discussion about the issues than the more “serious” websites. Google and Yahoo, among others, do their best to patrol the web with their search engine robots and spiders, but they can’t seem to keep up. I’ve found this repeatedly as I search for topical and current event information and news. Blogs tend to get the information almost before the news sites.

The new sites are gaining traction with users looking to sample what people are talking about online, from the fallout from Hurricane Katrina to silly celebrity gossip. As free tools make it easier for even the most technophobic to publish online, there’s a growing demand for services to sift through the clutter….Still, the tech-savvy are flocking to them. Julie Meloni, a 31-year-old Web designer in San Jose, Calif., often uses Google to find how-to guides for design tricks. But to learn what other Web designers are saying about a new development in the industry, she turns to Technorati to search blogs. “You can hear what the unofficial word is,” she says. “You can watch the buzz happen.”

It seems more and more that if you are looking for static information, use the search engines. If you want current news and events, to find the “word on the street”, blogs are where to go.

Here are some of the top blog directories.

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  1. […] In a recent article here, I talked about a Wall Street Journal’s article, “New Search Engines Help Users Find Blogs” highlighting the various tag directories like Technorati which allow users to search for more topical commentaries faster than the major search engines. Well, Google, know for fighting for their market share with a vengence, has jumped into the fray with a new blog search feature. […]

  2. […] Just because you have submitted to the major search engines doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try again. Don’t just submit your entire site or index page, try for specific pages and sections of your site. If you have an educational or informative section about your product or service, submit the address to target people with an educational interest in your topic, not just those who are buying what you have to offer. Also, why limit yourself to only the top search engines. Google was once a tiny player in the search engine market. Check with Searchenginewatch and Cyberatlas and others to find out who is up and coming in the search engine market and submit to them before they get crowded. And don’t forget the new tag technology as another method of spreading the news about your blog or site. You can easily submit your site feeds to many search engines now. Try the smaller search engines to diversify your market. Schedule time to spread your page around search engines at least every three to six months. […]

  3. […] The search engine has evolved and changed, especially over the past year or so. There are now specialty search engines and directories dedicated strictly to blogs. I wrote about them in “New Search Engines Help Users Find Blogs” and “Upping the Blog Search Ante: Google Blogsearch”. […]

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