28 February 2005

Search Engine Conference, 1 Mar 2005: A single XML button for all search engine results [Sent: 28-Feb-05 UTC 23:54:06]

Summary

This note outlines a suggestion for the Search Engine Conference to consider.

Request for assistance

Thank you for considering these remarks. If you know someone listed below or know someone attending who may be interested in this comment, I encourage you to forward the link immediately: The conference has already started, and the presentation will start within a matter of hours.

My apologies for providing this on short notice. I only just a few moments ago read about the Conference on Jeremy's blog.

Very respectfully,

Mud

Discussion

This note recommends the concept be standardized: Encourage all Search Engines to provide an XML feed-button as an option for users to incorporate into their aggregators.

This note outlines a test of search platforms providing a single XML feed in the search results.

This note may be of interest to those attending the vertical track on search engines and tagging will probably get into future developments.

Details

If you are attending the Search Engine Conference, you might be interested in:
Tuesday, March 1, 2005
Day 2 - Conference & Exhibit Hall

11:30am - 12:45pm
Vertical Track

Web Feeds, Blogs & Search

Track Information


Vertical Track

Web Feeds, Blogs & Search

This session explores how search engines are dealing with blog and webfeed (RSS/Atom) content and why providing such syndicated content can drive new search-related traffic.

Moderator: Chris Sherman, Associate Editor, SearchEngineWatch.com

Speakers:
Nan Dawkins, Partner, RedBoots Consulting
Greg Jarboe, President and Co-Founder, SEO-PR
Stephan Spencer, Founder and President, Netconcepts, LLC
Amanda Watlington, Ph.D., APR, Searching for Profit


Mud's Test

If you are interested in search engines, tags, and feeds you may be interested in the following Search button test:

  • Search engine ability to find tagged content;

  • Search engine support of single-result XML feeds;

  • Ability of search engine feeds to report tagged content; and

  • Ease of using XML feeds to find tagged content in blogs and feeds.

    We looked at a number of search engines that offer the tag-search results in a single feed. Our goal was to evaluate whether the search platforms had a simple method to create a single XML feed for the search result; and how successful the platforms were in returning a result.

    We specifically targeted tags contained in a blog and evaluated whether the search engines could find the tags in pinged content. We used NewsGator to aggregate the search responses.

    The test concept and results are summarized here. First, we generated the tags, saved them as XML-feed-searches, then saved them to the aggregator; then we published the content, pinged it, and waited for the content to appear.

    This is the content we sent through while doing the test.Blogdigger is Mud's Favorite.

    Results

    Tags are not easily searchable in the host-generated site; outside search tools do not necessarily have reliable search results in a single feed. I tested six platforms, and only one [BlogDigger] reliably found the tagged content in the XML feed.

    Recommendations

  • 1. Evaluate market for search engine providing a single search feed for tagged content. The concept is viable and technically feasible.

  • 2. Encourage all search engines to provide a single XML feed button for content-searchers to easily incorporate into their personal aggregators.



  • Later Attempts to Contact Participants

    Ref Amanda Watlington
    Summary

    This note outlines a suggestion for the Search Engine Conference to consider.

    Request for assistance

    Thank you for considering these remarks. If you know someone listed below or know someone attending who may be interested in this comment, I encourage you to forward the link immediately: The conference has already started, and the presentation will start within a matter of hours.

    My apologies for providing this on short notice. I only just a few moments ago read about the Conference on Jeremy's blog.

    Very respectfully,

    Mud

    Discussion

    This note recommends the concept be standardized: Encourage all Search Engines to provide an XML feed-button as an option for users to incorporate into their aggregators.

    This note outlines a test of search platforms providing a single XML feed in the search results.

    This note may be of interest to those attending the vertical track on search engines and tagging will probably get into future developments.

    Details

    If you are attending the Search Engine Conference, you might be interested in:
    Tuesday, March 1, 2005
    Day 2 - Conference & Exhibit Hall

    11:30am - 12:45pm
    Vertical Track

    Web Feeds, Blogs & Search

    Track Information


    Vertical Track

    Web Feeds, Blogs & Search

    This session explores how search engines are dealing with blog and webfeed (RSS/Atom) content and why providing such syndicated content can drive new search-related traffic.

    Moderator: Chris Sherman, Associate Editor, SearchEngineWatch.com

    Speakers:
    Nan Dawkins, Partner, RedBoots Consulting
    Greg Jarboe, President and Co-Founder, SEO-PR
    Stephan Spencer, Founder and President, Netconcepts, LLC
    Amanda Watlington, Ph.D., APR, Searching for Profit


    Mud's Test

    If you are interested in search engines, tags, and feeds you may be interested in the following Search button test:

  • Search engine ability to find tagged content;

  • Search engine support of single-result XML feeds;

  • Ability of search engine feeds to report tagged content; and

  • Ease of using XML feeds to find tagged content in blogs and feeds.

    We looked at a number of search engines that offer the tag-search results in a single feed. Our goal was to evaluate whether the search platforms had a simple method to create a single XML feed for the search result; and how successful the platforms were in returning a result.

    We specifically targeted tags contained in a blog and evaluated whether the search engines could find the tags in pinged content. We used NewsGator to aggregate the search responses.

    The test concept and results are summarized here. First, we generated the tags, saved them as XML-feed-searches, then saved them to the aggregator; then we published the content, pinged it, and waited for the content to appear.

    This is the content we sent through while doing the test.Blogdigger is Mud's Favorite.

    Results

    Tags are not easily searchable in the host-generated site; outside search tools do not necessarily have reliable search results in a single feed. I tested six platforms, and only one [BlogDigger] reliably found the tagged content in the XML feed.

    Recommendations

  • 1. Evaluate market for search engine providing a single search feed for tagged content. The concept is viable and technically feasible.

  • 2. Encourage all search engines to provide a single XML feed button for content-searchers to easily incorporate into their personal aggregators.



  • Later Attempts to Contact Participants

    Ref Amanda Watlington
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