Sick of Blog Search? Time To Give Ask.com a Try

Nov 26, 2007 • 7:07 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Ask.com - Ask Jeeves
 

Ask.com Blog SearchI have been watching a thread started by Barry W. at Cre8asite forums named Blogsearch, Google's Neglected Property back about a month or so ago. Since then, I have been trying to find a good blog search engine to use on a daily basis.

Personally and professionally, I dropped all my subscriptions to blog search engine searches. The results were 95% spam and simply wasted my time. I stuck with RSS News searches and that worked for me. But I was pretty sure I was missing something by not being 100% plugged into the blogosphere. So that thread at Cre8asite Forums sprung my interest.

Recently Read/Write Web asked So Which Blog Search Engine Do You Use? and I saw Steve Rubel twit that he uses "Bloglines/Ask a lot" for blog search. So I have been giving it a try and so has Barry W.

A new Cre8asite Forums thread has early positive feedback from folks. I have resubscribed to my RSS searches to the blogosphere and I feel more plugged in. The results are actually fairly good and I don't feel like I am wasting my time with blog search anymore. Barry W. said:

I'm really finding it excellent. For any item found you can immediately subscribe to the RSS feed or you can post it to some of the more popular social media sites.

So why not give Ask.com blog search a deeper try?

Forum discussion at Cre8asite Forums.

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Comments:

Search◊ Engines Web

11/26/2007 02:58 pm

It is impressive - however, one wonders if their filtering algos may be leaving out good posts or blogs that are not popular

Boris

11/26/2007 05:42 pm

Search Engines Web (comment #1) hits the nail right on the head. Bloglines/Ask search results are unquestionably high quality. But, if you use a site like Zuula to compare results across the different blog search engines, there are often cases where Bloglines/Ask misses useful stuff. Yes, Google's results can contain a lot of spam, particularly when you select date-based sorting. But aren't there cases when you really want a comprehensive set of search results -- not just results from the "top" blogs? In the end, the blog search engine you choose for a search should probably be a function of what you want to accomplish. Do you want results from only the top blogs? In that case, Technorati or Bloglines/Ask will probably do. Do you want a really comprehensive set of results? In that case, Google may be the better choise (or, for that matter, Technorati with its "authority" filter set to "any authority").

chris boggs

11/26/2007 08:11 pm

Interesting post I will try it our for sure. One thing is I clicked on the link to the ask.com blog search about 3 minutes ago and the page is still loading?

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