This is something I am currently working on. Since I haven’t used this domain in a number of years, it’s kind of invisible to the search engines right now. Google has crawled it and indexed about 60 pages so far, but as far as Google Blog Search goes, nothing.
Having your blog listed as many places as possible is very important. Sure, if it’s listed all over, people can find it and read your wonderful writing, but even more important than that, if you’re easily found by other bloggers, your growth can be exponential.
Remember back when I discussed link building and virtuous circles? In that post, I mentioned that there is a tremendous number of bloggers out there who are looking for compelling content to read and write about. During their writing, they typically have a tendency to include a link to other similar posts. By including links to similar blogs, they are covering three bases:
1. They are earning themselves a trackback.
2. Their linking page will eventually show in Google when someone searches using the “link:” operator.
3. They are showing topical relevance.
So, if you have a blog, it’s not a bad thing to link to other blogs and websites, as long as they are reputable and relevant to the topic of your post.
Google Blog Search plays a big part in blogging. Many bloggers visit this section of Google and perform a search for blogs covered by whatever topic they are interested in writing about. By using Google, bloggers can be sure they the results are actually viewed as relevant by the world’s largest search engine. Also, by finding blogs in Google’s search results, the blogger can also be sure the post they are linking to is viewed as valuable. Otherwise, Google wouldn’t list it.
The nice thing about Google Blog Search is that once a search is performed, you can click the “Search Tools” link up near the top of the page and filter chronologically. This helps when you see the same results day after day and you are looking for something that’s time sensitive.
So now that we know the value of it, I suppose we should actually move to the topic of this post, which is how to get your blog listed in Google blog Search.
I’ve done a bit of research and have come up with a few common threads of information, which I’ll list below. I’ll also link to websites that deal with this issue.
How To Get Your Blog Listed In Google Blog Search
1. Ping Google. It’s that easy. They might not know you’re alive.
2. Use a Ping service, such as Ping-O-Matic to tell the world about your latest post. Fresh installs of WordPress and many other CMS setups already cover this. If you want to learn about pinging, please read this.
3. Adjust the post limit in your RSS feed settings. I haven’t tried this, so be careful.
4. Get links, links, links. Google will eventually find you.