Where's the Sphinn advanced search?
As Chief Editor of a new blog on Search in Europe I am constantly looking at our content. I want to know if its good enough. I want to now if people like it and what can we do better.
There are several ways of finding out if a post is received well. A good way of finding out if a post "works" is to see if a post gets a lot of respons on sites like Digg or Sphinn. For Searchcowboys Sphinn is obviously the more logical place to submit an article. So off course I want to know how the articles on Searchcowboys are rated on Sphinn. That turnes out to be a lot harder than expected.
As a website-owner you'd expect it would be easy to find out how you're posts are doing on Sphinn. Just type in your website and voila, here are all the sphinned postings, is what I was hoping for. Well, no such thing. It's easy to look at the posts you submitted yourself or the ones you've sphinned, but there it ends.
Since you don't always submit posts to Sphinn yourself looking at your own profile doesn't have the wanted effect. And if you own a groupblog like Searchcowboys is, its even harder. So I tried out some other things to find out which posts were submitted to Sphinn and which were not.
First of all I tried a search on Sphinn. A search for "searchcowboys" gave me back only one result, a posting I submitted myself. It turned up because I used the term "searchcowboys" in the description. So no luck there.
I then turned to Google. Google has a pretty good site-search so that just might do the trick and it almost did. I tried looking for www.searchcowboys.com within the site. It gave me back a lot, and I mean a lot, of results. Too bad they weren't all Sphunn postings... :).
Turnes out Google found every page in Sphinn which had the url in it. That's nice, but that means that also the profile pages of those who sphunn an article are displayed. A lot of 'duplicate content' therefore. It takes a lot of time filtering out the right pages. We have just started with Searchcowboys so for now its do-able, but when we really 'hit the world' this is going to be a problem.
Ask for a comment when sphinned
Off course I could ask everyone who wants to sphinn a post to leave a comment at the post saying 'sphunn', but to be honest I don't think many submitters would do that...
Search for every post with the exact title
Eventually it worked, but with a lot of hassle and the use of Google....
I absolutely love Sphinn, but how on earth is it possible that a website which is all about search and which is this important in the search-world does not have a proper working search engine? Let alone an advanced search. What I would like is a advanced search where you can look for submitted articles from one specific blog. How hard can that be?
Also Danny Sullivan (one of the owners of Sphinn) let us know that by the end of the first Quarter of 2009 Sphinn wil be relaunched with an approved search!
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