Blogspot is the arguably the most popular blogging application in the world. It allows anyone, even those with little technological expertise, to post their thoughts online and join the blogosphere. Many people have complained about the difficulty of finding blog posts or blogs that are hosted on Blogger.
While there is no built-in feature that will allow you to search, there are many different options to enable you to find interesting or helpful blogs that will connect you to bloggers with similar interests and hobbies. Finding other bloggers is also an important skill for networking your own blog. Knowing how other people find Blogspot blogs will help you optimize your blog to be found easily with the same methods. Once you learn these tricks, finding the Blogger blog of your choice won’t be so difficult.
Here are 10 search options to help you find a blog on Blogspot.
Networked Blogs brings many of the best blogs together, making them accessible in one place. All you have to do is type in a key word, or even the word “Blogspot” in the search box, and you’ll find the most popular Blogspot Blogs here.
You can also search for “Blogspot + keyword” in the search bar on Networked Blogs and find blogs based on that topic or keyword. Many people enjoy Networked Blogs because it has easy integration with Facebook for sharing and it allows the “follow this blog” feature.
However, not everyone realizes it is also a search tool so you can find blogs that interest you. Remember that this search option will only show you blogs that are registered with Networked Blogs. So what can you do to find any Blogspot blog?
Google Custom Search
You can also get could results from performing a Google Custom Search, by searching the *blogspot.com subdomain on Google. If you wanted to search for a travel site on Blogspot, all you have to do is go to the Google search bar, and enter:
The results will bring up a wide variety of Blogspot blogs related to travel, from “The Travel Photographer” and “Haute Travels” to “Travel Writers,” and much more.
This is my personal favorite method of searching for a Blogspot blog on a particular topic because I think it’s the easiest. However, you need to keep in mind that a Google custom search will show you the search results based on relevancy, according to Google so lesser known, low traffic or new blogs on the topic won’t come up in immediate searches. You might have to go through several pages of results before you find these. When you need to find the top blogs on a specific topic, this is going to be your best and easiest way.
The Blogspot NavBar with Google Custom Search will allow you to search within a collection of blogs or websites of your choice. The “Next Blog” button will allow you to find a random Blogger site to visit.
You can find this NavBar any time you are on a Blogspot blog and logged into your Blogger account. It displays across the top of the screen and it’s very easy to type directly in the search bar or hit “next blog” for a random blog. I’ve actually come across many fun and interesting blogs using this random method of search within Blogspot. However, it’s not very useful at all in finding specific blogs on specific topics. So again, let’s look at some more methods of how to find a blog on Blogspot.
Searching Blogger Profiles
Go to the profile of a Blogspot blogger (yours or someone you know) who has similar interests. View the highlighted words on the profile owner’s “Interest” subheading. Click on any of those words and you may find Blogspots of people who have blogs you’ll want to read, or want to connect with.
Blogger Buzz explains how this works:
Now you can go to any Blogger profile page (start with your own, or perhaps another popular blogger’s) and follow any of the links on the page to get a list of other bloggers with the same industry, occupation, location, interest, or favorite book, movie, or music.
If you want to show up in search like this, make sure you fill out your profile on Blogspot. If you’d rather not show up in search like this, you can just uncheck the box on your profile that says “share my profile” and you won’t be found when other people browse profiles. It’s that easy.
You know the name of the blogger but don’t have their Blogspot link
In this case, all you have to do is head to Google Blogs and go to the “Advanced Blog Search” page. Type the name of the person you’re looking for in the “Find Posts,” the “In Blogs,” and “By Author” sections. Press “Search Blogs” on the right-hand side of the page and view the results.
Blogger forums often connect Blogspot Bloggers with other users with similar interests, and can be very useful to join. BloggerForum.com is one popular choice that allows you to search for certain parameters or just use the forums to converse with people who share common interests. They also have help forums for managing your blog, marketing your blog, design and coding and more. This site has a wealth of information on blogging in general from experts in all areas.
Facebook is a great avenue to find Blogspot bloggers and their blogs. There is a Facebook page dedicated to Blogger with over 43,000 “likes” currently. Because there are also Facebook apps that allow you to add your FB page to your blog, share your posts to your FB automatically and more, this can be a good place to find blogs.
If you have a large network, try posting a request for friends to share their favorite blogspot blog on a particular subject. You may be surprised how many chime in.
Search the world “Blogspot” on Twitter and a large number of Blogspot blogs show up in the results; from blogs about gamers to romance, beauty and books, you’re likely to find what you’re looking for there. You can also ask your Twitter followers to suggest Blogspot blogs on a specific topic but be prepared to do a lot of sifting through the results if you use this method. You might also open the door to spammers and self-promoters so not all of the results you get may be relevant. You’ll have to manually filter them to pull out the viable options. Still, my Twitter network has really come through for me before when I used this option.
Sites like BetterBloggerNetwork offer a great opportunity to connect with other bloggers, including those who use Blogspot. This is another great networking resource for bloggers. You’ll also pick up a lot of great tips along the way!
StumbleUpon offers a search engine to look for all Blogspot content as well as other users who follow Blogspot. It’s quick and easy and one of my new preferred methods for finding specific bloggers. You can also Stumble the Blogspot category and find bloggers that you may have never found otherwise.
BONUS: Google + Circles
No Blogspot list would be complete without mentioning Google+. Many users have created shared circles only for Blogspot. Saidul Shaari’s Bloggers on Blogger circle is a good place to start, and there are likely several other robust groups dedicated to Blogspot on G+. You can also follow Blogger on Google+ yourself.
With these 10 methods, you will have no trouble finding a blog on Blogspot. If one method doesn’t work, you can always try another until you get just what you’re looking for. If you’re just starting out or have encountered a slump in your networking activities, try using a different method and making at least one strong connection each day. What about you? Do you have any tricks for finding blogs on Blogspot?