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HowTo: search all WordPress.com blogs?

while some [potential] .com users are still wondering periodically in the forums:




Why can’t you search WordPress?

I’ve heard a lot of good things about WordPress, but why can’t I search blogs on the wordpress.com home page?

How do I find blogs I’m interested in other than clicking on random tags?

Matt was kind enough to provide me with a definition of Automattic’s business as such that does not need to show ads on Global Tags or that said (desired but yet non-existent) domestic .com Search Engine Results Pages traffic, since Automattic Inc. is

2. …constantly doing things to try to drive more visitors and comments to our blogs, because that’s what our primary customer (bloggers) has told us that they love.

The purpose [of that "clicking on random tags" mentioned above — options] is to make bloggers happier and get them more distribution.

meanwhile, some enterprising people had started WordPress.com blog search engine of their own, which, as they believe,

…is very useful for WordPress users, who want to find who else has similar interests or is writing about a certain topics.

This is also useful for non blog users who want to find what a large portion of the blogosphere are writing about and what views on certain topics are.

it appears, of course, they found their business as such that does need to show ads on that traffic — wpfind SERPs are stuffed with an annoying, nagging div/JS ad popups, similar to .com snap-shot previews.

there also some users on .com who apparently are not happy about this SE at all, because it almost always shows a full post contents instead of usual practice to display excerpts only. I rather agree — basically, in this current form it looks like a huge copy-scaping thing.

perhaps, that’s why the only message announced this "SE" in .com forums "had limited success getting the message out to wordpress users" — it has been immediately "modlooked" by the forum police and disappeared along with getting TOSsed its author’s .com blog, contained a couple of test posts.

btw, that forum post didn’t even contain a hyperlink to their site, neither in body nor in the author profile.

wpfind.com index via RSS hence results relevancy is rather strange sometimes. for example, imagine my disappointment while querying for "global tags", it has turned up the only post by disturbed Trent, who

trent-48…went through and spent about 5 hours tonight copying across my old blog entries into this blog. I have been putting it off for quite sometime now and decided that I better just sit down and get it done.

It was an important thing, but I am a little terrified that all the updates I did went into the current global tags. As the items are timestamped 4 years ago, I didn’t realize they made it in.

Disturbing and I hope that this doesn’t piss off the Staff, as it wasn’t intentional.

In fact, if I had a backup instead of ’copy and paste’, that would have been easier than wasting 5 hours…

Published by :trent 2007-03-18 21:59:42.0

the only thing that puzzles me is how do they find new blog to index? they guy who runs this service says:

We crawl the content the same way the other blog engines do via ping update services so we do not need users to submit to us. When they post wordpress.com auto pings and we crawl from these updated lists.

leon on: A content theft or a WordPress feature? << More shameless remarks by Larko

so, is that a Pingomatic who provide them with "these updated lists"?

finally, some tech. specs:

We’re using Linux, Tomcat, Java servlets, JSP and DB2. We’re also using Apache Lucene as our indexing engine to allow rapid full text search.

— nothing is really special, but search results are really served in extremely fast manner.


this post has been ’draft’ too long. according to forums, people are already getting referrers from the wpfind.com, now it’s too late attempt to hide it away from .com.

One response to “HowTo: search all WordPress.com blogs?

  1. pennyssafehaven May 3, 2008 at 13:18

    I am really not certain when it comes to blogging and whether or not I’m doing it correctly. I just signed up as a member when reading the doctor’s comment on adult ADD and how he said he is in the process of losing his business. Can you believe I can’t remember his name. I guess I’ll go back and read about ADD and find his name again. If anyone can help to get in touch with him or his blog ( I guess it is), that would be a step in the right direction. please forgive me I’m really really new with this whole blog thing. Thanks

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