What happened to Google Blog Search?

Monday, September 10, 2007 | 02:30 PM


What happened to Google Blog Search? It was a great way to see the freshest links pointing to recent blog posts. 

Then suddenly last week, it became worthless. 90% of what it now points to are Big Picture posts, and any TBP links back to itself. I used to be able to see any site that linked to the blog. Now, the vast majority of blog search results are The Big Picture. (kinda pointless).

What ever algorithmic change they made has successfully eliminated nearly all the utility it had. Very unGoogle-like.

Technorati is a clumsy alternative -- it requires an additional click-through for every site -- but at least it works.

Any Googler's out there have a clue as to what may have changed with the code? You guy should restore this to its prior glory . . . 


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I spent the last 7 years working as a search engine optimization consultant so I'll take a crack at this. However, I can't claim to have any expertise with their blog search tool. I can tell you that a few years ago the "link:" functionality on Google was intentionally disabled/scrambled by Google. Inbound links are very valuable for ranking well in search results and the assumption was that Google got tired of people using this info to game their system. So they made the tool intentionally produce false/incomplete results. This also happened with their Page Rank reporting. Perhaps they have now done that with this blog search too.

Posted by: 12th percentile | Sep 10, 2007 3:15:06 PM

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