Convert Technorati Tags to Blog Search Links: Part 1
I was thinking about how I can make my Technorati Tags work harder and it occurred to me that I should be able to convert them into Category Search Links with Google’s new ‘Blog Search‘ feature.
As you may know, the basic structure of a Technorati tag is thusly:
(PLEASE NOTE: IN THESE BLOG TIPS I HAVE LEFT SPACES @ THE LINK ANCHORS < a , SO THAT THE TAGS WILL BE READABLE. WHEN YOU ARE ACTUALLY USING THESE TAGS PLEASE REMOVE THE SPACES OR THEY WILL NOT WORK).
Are you with me so far? Ok, so now I have to make the tags work double duty by making the link point to a blog search keyword that will show my related posts. I will accomplish this by using Google’s new Blog Search feature (like I do with my Categories list on the right sidebar).
So a tag incorporating this method might look something like this (I’m using blog bloke as my keyword/category example):
< a href=”http://search.blogger.com/?as_q=blog+bloke&ie=UTF-8&ui=blg&bl_url=www.blogbloke.com&x=40&y=10″ rel=”tag”>blog bloke
The actual link would work like this: blog bloke. Or just click on any of my category links found at the end of this post for more examples.
Make Your Own Links:
Now it’s time to make your own links. Do a Blog Search for any category keyword that you want. Click on ‘Use Search Options’, put your keyword in ‘Find’ and your blog URL in the ‘In Blog’ section. Then click on ‘Search Blogs’ and copy the URL that you find in your browser address bar. Paste that URL within the href=” “ quotes as shown in the example referenced below, and voila - you have just made your own technorati/blog category link.
Here is a working example that you can use with your blog: