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A couple weeks ago, I asked my readers to provide some blogosphere search queries that I would then use to test the effectiveness of the blogosphere search engines; Technorati, Google blog search, Ice Rocket and others. The lone respondent was Sterling Camden (Blogger of the day, June 11 2006), so I'll be exclusively using the two searches he provided in this test. He suggested a search for his two primary blogging domains; chipsquips.com and chipstips.com. And here's the result grid. I tried to create the best search query string for each search engine. Feel free to suggest better search string and other search engines, which I'll quickly add to the list. Last, feel free to add your own interpretations of the results in the comments.
|Google blog search||http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?q=chipsquips.com||http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?q=chipstips.com||B|
No new links in the last week, but it is capturing some links including links posted to del.icio.us and they seem to be spam free. Grade: C+.
Capturing a lot of links, including ones posted to del.icio.us and my comments. Some are self-referential and none contain spam. Grade: A.
No new links in the last week, but it is capturing some links including links posted to del.icio.us and they seem to be spam free. Almost identical to Blogdigger. Grade: C+.
Google blog search
Capturing a lot of links. Some are self-referential and none contain spam. The Next button wasn't working for me. That's a major problem. Grade: B.
Capturing some in-coming links, but mostly self-referential links. That's a major problem. Grade: C.
No new links in the last week, but it is capturing some links and the results are spam free. Grade: C.
Broken. Grade: F.
Capturing a lot of links. The referring URL is always the homepage of the blog and not the blog entry. This makes it very difficult to actually find the link and sometimes the link has moved off the blog homepage and it becomes near impossible to find. That's a major problem. Results are spam free. Grade: B.
It's amazing how every time I run this test I get completely different results. In the past, Ice Rocket and Google blog search have shown well, but Ice Rocket seems to be degrading and Google blog search had a major bug. On the other hand, Technorati and Bloglines have usually shown poor results, but performed much better for Sterling. Thanks Sterling for the independent starting point.
Actually, a second reader responded to my quest for blogosphere search queries. That was David Sifry, the founder and CEO of Technorati. Dave asked for a sample query that was full of SERP (search engine result page) spam. I responded with http://www.technorati.com/search/%22Yahoo%21%20Finance%20Widget%22. Over a week later, that query remains spam ridden. It seems anytime someone posts anything negative about Technorati, Dave is there to ask how he can make it better. The problem? Technorati never seems to act on the user feedback. But then, maybe this time it did get better.
Previous state of blogosphere search blog entries.
Update: It appears Technorati's index is missing all entries for the last 28 days. I did a dozen+ searches and all results are now 28 days old. Also, the Next button is working for Google blog search again. I won't change the original post, but considering this new information Google blog search should be rated A- and Technorati B-.