Blog Registration

Where to go to register with the blog search engines and the blog-specific directories

Your website should be ready to register. Minimally it need to be made of validated code, and have regular posts over the last few weeks.

Blogs have their own search engines and directories.

Some accept your Blog URL, which is like http://www.blog.com/

Some accept your feed URL, which is usually something like http://www.blog.com/feed.xml or http://www.blog.com/atom.xml

A blog directory usually won't change your listing whenever you post content. So if you are offered the option to choose your listing description, make sure you including your main keywords.

Setting up Your Ping Services

Once it knows about you, a blog search engine will crawl your blog surprisingly often looking for fresh information. You want to make sure it knows to recrawl whenever you've updated your blog. To do this, you ping them. So everywhere you register your blog with should be added to your ping list if they provide a specific ping address, sometimes called an RPC.

If your blog software has a working ping client (meaning you can add places to ping to your configuration) you should immediately add all ping services to it, even before you register your site. Blog search engines that don't accept submissions will still regularly check the contents of ping services to see who is actually posting content.

Here is what you need to get your ping client started. Enter the URL listed next to each listing below into your blog's "ping list" or "ping client" where it says to, and you're set.

If you don't have a ping client, you can download one called effbot from Fredrik Lundh. Ping clients are included in the vast majority of blogging tools.

Blog Ping List

Our list is pared down to places that accept all blogs without regard to specialty, where most of our clients will care about getting into. We have tried to limit it to blog search engines and directories that matter most. This changes constantly, still, while blog search is still new. There are probably thousands of places you could ping depending on your blog's niche and your needs. If you want a very specific list, do some research for industry-specific ping locations at blogging forums or ask other bloggers in your industry who they ping.

However, you will need to do more before all of those pings will work. You must register your blog with most of the places you are pinging, for instance pingomatic, before your ping will be effective.

The ping list got so much data that we moved it to its own page. Here's the blog ping list.

There is also a service called ping that blog that helps you broadcast to many of the servers you'll need to with a single click.

Why not just ping? Why do I have to submit my blog?

Many of the places on our blog search engine and directory list (below) will not really do anything with your pings until the day that you register yourself. Many of these places want to put you through extra hoops as part of verifying that you are a real blogger before your ping counts for anything.

Pinging also won't get you listed in the blog directories. Those require actually going there and submitting. While pinging may have once been instant gratification, and in some places still is, spam blogs have made it so more places are expecting you to prove you're real before you're taken seriously. Some have required registration all along. So pull up a chair and get comfy, you have some registrations to do.

The good news is that everything is free.



Blog Search Engines




technorati Search Technorati
Technorati Sign-Up Page
Technorati Ping Page

Submit: RSS feed

At Technorati, you must sign up, then claim your feed - tell them the tags you think your site should have (AKA your biggest keywords). After that, ping them when you have new content.

It is free to be included at Technorati. Technorati is very good at organizing around tags and working with bloggers who use tags. Your categories read as tags in your blog posts when you send a feed to technorati, so even if you are not using tags you may still rank for your category name as a "tag" at Technorati. Tags used properly can vastly improve your chances of getting exposure on Technorati. Don't expect to be ranked unless you posted within the last hour.

Adding a relationship of "tag" to a link makes it a tag. Technorati has also been known to go out and find your tags even if you don't register. We still recommend registering because they still want you to do it.




google blog search Google BlogSearch
Google BlogSearch registration
Ping Google Blog Search

Submit: N/A

Google bought Blogger Search, and Google Blog Search was born. You can still access the exact same search on blogger.com as well. You can ping Google blog search by adding http://blogsearch.google.com/ping to your ping list. You can also submit your feed manually at that link.




bloglines Bloglines Blogs
Register or Login to add your blog to Bloglines

Submit: Feed

MerchantCircle will be keeping Bloglines going, as of December 2010. We're not sure how this will affect the service, but they say they intend to keep it working. Millions of people use the service, so that would be great.

Bloglines was a popular blog-collection service website, allowing subscribers to control all the blogs that they read and check on, and to preview, search, or otherwise arrange their blogs. It is also now powering Ask.com's blog search. Ask is in trouble as of 2010, and regrouping. No word yet what this means to Bloglines.

The best way to get into bloglines and do well here is to offer a button on your blog to subscribe through bloglines. Here's example button text:

<a href="http://www.bloglines.com/sub/http://yourblog.com/feed.xml">Add to Bloglines</a>

Of course you have to change the part that refers to your feed before you post it. As soon as a bloglines member subscribes, then you're in. If you're in a hurry and have registered with bloglines, use this form.


On the resulting page, preview your feed to make sure it's working, and then press the subscribe button. If your blog was not already in their huge index, it will be now. Every subscriber helps your rank here, which is why we recommend the button.




syndicate Search Syndic8
Join Syndic8
Add you Feed to Syndic8

Submit: XML Document (includes RSS Feeds)

Syndic8 is an XML document search engine for anything syndicated. To submit, you'll need to create an editor account, verify your email address and then you can submit content.




delicious blog search Search Del.icio.us

Submit: No submission accepted

Delicious is technically not a blog search engine, but a social bookmark manager widely used to tag blogs. But what does that really matter if it is where people go to search for blogs. The point is you want to get some exposure here, right?

We don't recommend going to the trouble to sign up for a delicious account and trying to tag your own way to popularity. It is like using a dropper to fill an ocean. Unless you've already got an account, in which case it can't hurt to tag yourself silly.

But to get any real traffic from delicious, or hopefully even show on in the top results for your chosen tags on delicious, your posts have to be repeatedly bookmarked to delicious (called "tagged") and given the same or similar tags (keywords) by the many people tagging you to delicious. To help this along, we recommend making sure that you add a tag creating tool to your blog software that lets you choose tags (single word descriptions or subject matter) to apply to each post. Consider carefully what tags to use. If you'd choose it asa category or as a subject, it's a good tag. Don't use small common words or stop words in your tags when choosing tags for your posts. We recommend this because the person tagging you to delicious will usually just stick with your chosen tags, improving your chances for that tag at delicious.

Then make sure you also get an "tag this to delicious" plug-in for your blog, or choose to activate that option on your blog software if it comes with it. If you don't have any such thing available, you can use the "tagometer" that Delicious offers. This is recognizeable to delicious members and encourages them to tag your site. Here's where to get the code for the tagometer, so that you can add it to your blog if you want. It is a bit of an eyesore, but does come in two shapes - sidebar box or one-liner for under posts. It requires JavaScript enabled to work.

Sorry, there is no way to cheat on Delicious. Just make your content supremely taggable and interesting and you may end up being in with the popular crowd at delicious.






digg Search Digg

Submissions accepted here:

http://www.digg.com/submit

Digg is another social bookmarking system, similar to Delicious, and is a user-powered content community. As with Delicious, make your content supremely "diggable" (bookmark friendly. interesting, unique) to get Digged or Dugg (tagged to Digg's community bookmarking system).

Usually, there is a "Digg this" plug-in available, or an option to turn on within your blog software. The AddThis plugin and many other social bookmarking plugins for WordPress are available.




stumbleupon Stumble Upon

Submit: No submission accepted

StumbleUpon is a popular social networking site. Your blog's readership chooses to "stumble this" when and where they like your content. Writing fresh, enjoyable content that directly relates to your chosen niche is the best way to get stumbled upon.

The way to urge people to onto the StumbleUpon "radar screen" is to provide a "Stumble This" link on your blog. The AddThis plugin for WordPress will let people who are members of StumbleUpon click a StumbleUpon button.






Blog Directories


There aren't a lot of good blog directories out there. We certainly chose NOT to include a far greater number than we actually did end up putting in this list. We are adding more piecemeal as we find good ones. Please recommend one to us if you find a good one that isn't just loaded with spammy blogs.

All of these are free (or offer a free option) unless a cost is mentioned.


blog catalog blogcatalog Directory
Submit to blogcatalog

Submit: Blog URL

Blog Catalog lets you choose up to three categories, and a description. It is editor reviewed (that's good).




allblogsnet All-Blogs Directory
Submit at All-Blogs

Submit: Blog URL and Feed

We admit, the logo reminds us of pre-Y2K family photo websites, but this is still a good directory. We don't recommend choosing to pay for better placement here. We don't recommend paying for placement in ANY blog directory — there are still a good number of reputable free directories, so why encourage it.




botw blogs Best of the Web Blogs Directory
Submit to Best of the Web

Submit: Blog URL and Feed

Best of The Web is a reputable directory that has existed for quite some time. We recommend submitting here. Dig in, find your category, and then click on the "submit a blog to this category" link. Submit both your URL and your feed location (any standard feed format taken, even audio or video - like podcasts). It will be reviewed by an editor who has final say on the description and category.




blogs Blo.gs
Register at Blo.gs

Submit: Blog URL, direct check URL & Feed location

Yes, there really is a dot in the middle of that. Registration is required, then ping when you have new content. If you don't know what a direct check URL is, your blog's home page or index page is fine.




globe of blogs Globe of Blogs
Register

Submit: Blog URL

Register at the above URL to be included.




If your blog is a business blog, you should also register with major search engines that are not blog-specific.

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Blog search engine registration

Summary: Blog Registration and Submission, as well as Feed registration and submission.

You've got a blog to register. Whether you've made it for business or personal reasons, you still want to make sure everyone knows about it. This list covers where to go to register that blog with the search engines and directories relating specifically to blogs. Links to the specific places where you can register your blog or feed by hand with all the major search engines and directories for blogs and feeds.

Before you do this, please review how to get your blog ready for the search engines.

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This page last updated 2014-08-27.

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