Blog Search FAQ

What is Blog Search?

Blog Search is Google search technology focused on blogs. Google is a strong believer in the self-publishing phenomenon represented by blogging, and we hope Blog Search will help our users to explore the blogging universe more effectively, and perhaps inspire many to join the revolution themselves. Whether you're looking for Harry Potter reviews, political commentary, summer salad recipes or anything else, Blog Search enables you to find out what people are saying on any subject of your choice.

Your results include all blogs, not just those published through Blogger; our blog index is continually updated, so you'll always get the most accurate and up-to-date results; and you can search not just for blogs written in English, but in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and other languages as well.

How do I find Blog Search?

There are a few different ways you can get to Blog Search:

It's the same search in each place, no matter how you get to it. The Navbar, however, provides two buttons: one to search the blog you are currently viewing, and one to search all blogs.

How do I use Blog Search?

Just type the word(s) you want to search for in the text box and click "Search." That's all there is to it!

If you want more control over your search, click the "Advanced Search" link to the right of the search button. There you'll find options to specify titles, authors, languages and more. Once you get your search results, there will be an additional link that allows you to switch between displaying the results with either the most relevant or recent results at the top.

In the Blogger version of the interface, there is an extra "use search options" link beneath the search box. This will show a few of the most common advanced options, such as a specific blog or a date range to search within.

Which blogs are included in Blog Search?

The goal of Blog Search is to include every blog that publishes a site feed (either RSS or Atom). It is not restricted to Blogger blogs, or blogs from any other service.

How do I get my blog listed?

If your blog publishes a site feed in any format and automatically pings an updating service (such as Weblogs.com), we should be able to find and list it. Also, we will soon be providing a form that you can use to manually add your blog to our index, in case we haven't picked it up automatically. Stay tuned for more information on this.

Why aren't my oldest posts listed?

Since Blog Search indexes blogs by their site feeds, it will only include items that have been posted since it started indexing a given blog. For most blogs, that will be around June 2005, or the time at which you submitted your blog for inclusion. We are working on ways to include older posts as well.

What if I don't want to be listed?

If you do not publish a site feed for your blog, it will not be included in Blog Search. However, if you previously published a site feed that was included, the old posts will remain in the index, even though new ones are not added.

Blog Search will also respect robots.txt files and NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW meta tags, as described here.

How does Blog Search work?

Blog Search indexes blogs by their site feeds, which will be checked frequently for new content. This means that Blog Search results for a given blog will update with new content much faster than standard web searches. Also, because of the structured data within site feeds, it is possible to find precise posts and date ranges with much greater accuracy.

Can I search for entire blogs or individual posts?

You can use Blog Search to find either specific posts or entire blogs. The main search results always return links to posts. However, when there are entire blogs that seem to be a good match for your query, these will appear in a short list just above the main search results.

Can I subscribe to search results?

Yes. At the bottom of each page of search results you can find several links, offering the top 10 or 100 results as either Atom or RSS feeds. Just grab the links from here and subscribe to them in the news aggregator of your choice and you will get updates whenever new posts are made that match your query.

(If you've never subscribed to feeds before, check out Blogger Help and AtomEnabled for more information, along with links to various programs you can use to subscribe.)

What search operators are supported?

All of the standard Google Search operators are supported in Blog Search. These include:

  • link:
  • site:
  • intitle:

Additionally, Blog Search supports the following new operators of its own:

  • inblogtitle:
  • inposttitle:
  • inpostauthor:
  • blogurl:

For example, a search such as [mandolin inpostauthor:Graham] will show you posts about mandolins written by people named Graham. Note that you can also use the Advanced Search option to achieve the same effect.

Can I find blogs in specific languages?

Yes, you can restrict results to any of 35 specific languages by using the Advanced Search options. Just check the boxes next to the languages you want to include. By default, results include blogs written in all languages.

Does Blog Search support SafeSearch filtering?

Yes, SafeSearch can be used to filter out adult sites, just like in Google Search.

What do I do if I still have questions?

Just contact the Blog Search Team.