Friday, November 30, 2012

Read This: Three Ways I Use Google Blog Search to Compliment My Blog and Reading




Read This is my new go-to tag for anything that relates to helpful hints, tips, resources, or lists I have to share with you. I don't promise to stick to any specific topic, but books and reading. So, this is for everyone - readers, authors, and book bloggers. If you have a question you'd like me to tackle, please ask in the comments below and I will try to get to it. I'm not an expert, but I can share with you my opinions on what I think works.

I thought today I'd share a resource that has been extremely helpful both in my reading life and in blogging. I'm not sure how many people use this, but in all this time, I have never seen anyone talk about it, so I thought I'd make this little post.

One day last year, I got really frustrated trying to find something on a book blog through normal search engines. I got fed up, and randomly typed in "blog search engine". I was shocked to see Google had a separate search engine just for blogs. I had no idea this existed.

Google Blog Search

Google Blog Search is a specialized search engine that focuses on finding pages from blogs (Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad, etc) rather than normal websites.

Now, Google's website says this is to "Find blogs on your favorite topics" but I think I'd change that around to say "Find your favourite topics on blogs". It has just been so helpful in this way.

Here are THREE examples of how I have used Google Blog Search in the past when searching for book-related content:

Finding Giveaways:



I am not very good at entering giveaways when they come up on my feed reader. I usually have intentions of entering and then forget when I don't have time during the day. When I finally do have time, I go this route. I find a lot of new blogs to follow and enter some great giveaways I might not have known were out there.

As a bonus, I can weed out all the US only giveaways by typing in "Canada" or "International". It's really frustrating to click on that link in my feed, only to find out they are US only.

Here are a few giveaways I found while making this post:



Direct link to search results


Sign-ups for Blog Tours and Cover Reveals:



I love signing up for blog tours and cover reveals that are hosted by other bloggers or directly through the author. This has been the best way for me to find recent posts and make sure I get in before the sign-ups are closed.

Here are some sign-ups I found while making this post:



Direct link to search results

This has been the trickiest. Sometimes, as in the search results above, I don't get just the sign-ups but also recent blog tour posts. Luckily, it hasn't been too much of a hindrence. The blog tours usually do show up as top results, depending on how many recent posts there are.

Interviews!



Say you just finished a book by the most amazing author. You loved it so much you even read the acknowledgement sections and the author biography. But you want to know more! Here is one way you can find some author interviews from bloggers across the web.

I just finished reading Renegade by J.A. Souders. Here are some results for her interviews:



Direct links to search results


Why use Google Blog Search over traditional Google?

Because you are only looking to read content from book bloggers. It's that simple.

The results of a search usually come from blogs that use Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad and other blog platforms to host their content. So if you are looking for the most recent content from blogs (such as interviews or giveaways) it is the best way to find what you are looking for (that I've personally found).

Sometimes I may need to add a few extra words, like "book" or "reads",  to narrow down the results, but overall it has been great. It's also helpful to weed out old giveaways by searching only the past week (use that "Search Tools" button to get your filters to pop up).

I gave you only three examples above, but there are so many other book-related things you can search for, either as a reader, a blogger, or an author.

Here are a few more examples of ways to use Google Blog Search for book related content:

- Book related giveaways
- Sign-ups for blog tours, cover reveals, blog hops, etc.
- Review policies (hey there, authors!)
- Blogs on specific topics (Y.A., Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, etc)
- Reviews on a specific book
- Interviews with your favourite authors
- Discussion topics
- Anything that doesn't have a linky!



Was this helpful? I'd love to know your thoughts in the comments below.



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5 comments:

  1. This is a great post! And very timely, too. I'll definitely be using this trick to find content for my yafiction twitter account. :) Thanks!

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  2. I had noooooo idea! I think I will try this out. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  3. Dude, this is so smart!! I knew there were different types of searches within Google, but I had never really thought to use Google Blog Search specifically for any of these things. I am going to have to remember this!!

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  4. Thanks for this tip!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd out

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  5. Yeah, I have been using this for months. Really fantastic!

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