Google's Blog Search

I saw an announcement that the beta version of Google Blog Search was online. According to Google

Blog Search is Google search technology focused on blogs. Google is a strong believer in the self-publishing phenomenon represented by blogging, and we hope Blog Search will help our users to explore the blogging universe more effectively, and perhaps inspire many to join the revolution themselves. Whether you're looking for Harry Potter reviews, political commentary, summer salad recipes or anything else, Blog Search enables you to find out what people are saying on any subject of your choice.

Your results include all blogs, not just those published through Blogger; our blog index is continually updated, so you'll always get the most accurate and up-to-date results; and you can search not just for blogs written in English, but in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and other languages as well.

I decided to do a little test to see what it would do.

A search on 9/14/2005 at the regular Google search engine for the term "BugBlog" turned up my blog first in the list of results. (Google likes me! It really likes me!) The listing on the Google results also showed that they had been by the page on 9/12/2005, two days earlier. I've noticed that there is usually about a two to three day lag before my page gets updated in Google -- which isn't bad at all. After all, the Web is rather big, and the BugBlog isn't.

I tried the same search at http://blogsearch.google.com/ on the same day, using the same search term. The first result went to the RESCUE! BugBlog, which is about actual bugs -- the post in question was about yellow jackets from 9/8. My blog was second, when sorted by relevance. The first of my entries was an 8/30 posting. The next ten entries on the list were from me, but the newest date was 9/3. If you sort by date, then my first posting drops to ninth on the list. All the results here pointed to the correct perma-link, while in the regular Google search, you get sent to the home page of the blog.

At least for my blog, the regular Google search is more up-to-date; however, your mileage may vary.