Thursday, February 17, 2005

Code Tricks... #02 Technorati Search & Blogger Categories

I have found the Technorati Searchlet Tool to be a very useful. Many users have requested away to create categories. Here is one option:
  1. Label your post the Category name, i.e., Code Tricks... plus whatever makes this post unique within the category. Let's call the Code Tricks part of the post name -- the Category Pre-Definer.
  2. Post your new blog entry.
  3. Ensure that Technorati sees your new post, if not -- use this link --> Technorati ping to manually submit your post -- you will need your post url or permalink.
  4. You will also need to enable your Post Pages if this setting is not already enabled:
    1. Login to your account.
    2. Select the Change Settings link on the Dashboard.
    3. Select the Archiving Tab on the resulting page.
    4. Enable Post Pages with the drop down menu.

Once your new category post is recognized by Technorati you can then search for all entries with the Category name or Pre-Definer. In the above example, this would be -- Code Tricks.

Here is an example of the Technorati Search Box for this blog -- which is using the platform:

Technorati search

Go ahead, search for Code Tricks...

By the way -- I am a member of Technorati/QiSoftware, but before I became a member -- I could find my blog entries in their search results. It is a simple process to join and they will provide the Searchlet HTML for your blog. Even if you decide, not to use this option to categorize your entries -- the Technorati Searchlet as a search engine for your blog -- is worth a look.


At 6:01 AM, Amit Agarwal said...

nice idea but unfortunately technorati searchlet is broken since the last few days.

At 12:12 AM, Scott said...

I've been using the technorati tagging method and just adding something like:

[a href="" rel="tag"]firefox[/a]

to the end of a post about Firefox.

Also lets you ping a whole bunch of sites at the same time. Any once you ping, save the results as a bookmark for pinging again in the future.

At 2:46 AM, Missbossy said...

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At 8:30 AM, QiSoftware said...

Almost as soon as I posted that entry, Technorati decided not to work anymore. I had an earlier Code Tricks entry and it took about a day to update. This has never worked. On my sidebar is a search pull with the "This Blog" as an option. The search is provided by Google and it works.


At 4:35 PM, John said...

I know of 3 other ways to integrate tags that are valid in both technorati and into blogger. This gives more options for sorting & searching, & substitutes for the missing categories in blogger very nicely indeed. I have a post to describe the methods on Freshblog.

At 12:01 PM, danchong said...

I have another simple yet effective way to enable categories in your Blogger blog. It does not require tagging to external sites, and takes 5 minutes to set up. For step-by-step instructions, please see Hope you like it.

At 12:00 PM, DSoM said...

i've found another very easy way to achive this but:
HOWTO : Blogger Categories

try take a look :)


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