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Q: Finding popular blogs by topic ( No Answer,   3 Comments )
Subject: Finding popular blogs by topic
Category: Computers
Asked by: sethgodin-ga
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Posted: 02 Nov 2006 15:17 PST
Expires: 02 Dec 2006 15:17 PST
Question ID: 779554
I need to find a site that will allow me to find blogs on a given
topic, sorted by either traffic or rss subscription rate.

For example, if I do a search for "human rights" blogs in Bloglines,
it won't let me dedupe and won't let me sort by number of subscribers.

Technorati dedupes and allows me to sort on "authority", but they
don't allow to me search by description or within a human selected
category. As a result, I get a bunch of blogs that are irrelevant. For
example, the first ten or so on a search on "marketing" seem right,
but then I hit Transbuddha... Also, technorati doesn't seem to support
advanced search, which would help...

This seems like a common task I'm trying to work through, and I'm
stunned there's no easy answer. Can you find me one?

Request for Question Clarification by sublime1-ga on 02 Nov 2006 16:15 PST

You're's not an easy thing to find.

I did find this Australian blog search engine, which is a bit
slow in loading - Gnoos:

According to this article in the Sydney Morning Herald, it may
offer an improvement over what you're now experiencing:

"The search engine also has the facility to search for blogs
 globally, as well as scanning local news sources. Results are
 based on how recently a blog was posted along with a popularity
 measure examining the traffic and number of links to a blog."

Let me know if this satisfies your interests...


Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 02 Nov 2006 18:02 PST
Two tools that strike me as a bit more sophisticated than most when it
comes to blogs are these:


I think blogdigger gives very good results, and allows results to be
sorted by relevance, but there are no advanced search capabilities.

blogpulse has an advanced search that allows for a good deal of
variation.  Play around with it, and see if it suits you at all.

I haven't found search tools that will give a sort capability based on
traffic, though.

Let me know how these look to you.


Clarification of Question by sethgodin-ga on 02 Nov 2006 18:50 PST
thanks guys

the problem with all three is the same... they search POSTS, not BLOGS.

so, if someone with a blog about disco gerbils happens to write a post
about human rights, it shows up.

I want to see, for example, the top 30 blogs that are about figure
skating. Not that have a post or two about it, but are about it.


Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 02 Nov 2006 20:03 PST
Sorry 'bout that...I wasn't quite focused on the question at hand.  I
blame the cough medicine.

There are blog directories, of sorts, organized by tags, like this one
(with a very unfortunate color scheme):

I know you're looking for a traffic ranking as well, but I just wanted
to check in to make sure you were aware of tools like these.   Does
blogtagstic get you any closer to your goal?


Clarification of Question by sethgodin-ga on 03 Nov 2006 02:41 PST
if it were complete and had traffic, it would
it is neither

it's self-submitted, so most blogs aren't there
and without traffic data, it's just a guess.

thanks, though!

harder than you thought...
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Finding popular blogs by topic
From: scotech-ga on 02 Nov 2006 22:59 PST
Well this is probably the closest thing your going to find.

Also for searching you could also use Google's blog search. Its got
some advanced features such as searching the title of posts or the
blogs title like you were wanting.

That is the link to the advanced search section.
Subject: Re: Finding popular blogs by topic
From: sethgodin-ga on 03 Nov 2006 09:36 PST
first time I've ever stumped you guys

thanks for trying! much appreciated.
Subject: Re: Finding popular blogs by topic
From: xof711-ga on 21 Nov 2006 15:07 PST
Here are 3 Blogs Search Engines




Hope it helps!

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