Saturday, August 1, 2009

Blogger search broken

See the search box at the top left? It’s now broken, at least for many Blogger blogs. Results are often spotty and sometimes non-existent. The problem has become a known issue.

Until the problem’s fixed, you can search a Blogger blog by doing a Google site search, like so:

site:mleddy.blogspot.com keyword keyword
You can search for individual words or for phrases in quotation marks, as with any Google search.

comments: 11

Soumyaranjan Dash said...

Till date I'm confused with the 'broken link' message. Thanx for the information!

Michael Leddy said...

You’re welcome, Soumyaranjan.

Leslie said...

Thank you thank you thank you for this workaround!

Michael Leddy said...

You’re welcome, Leslie. I hope that the problem is fixed soon.

Hermes said...

I can't believe this is still broken! It's very frustrating :(




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Leslie said...

Now your work around doesn't work. :(

Michael Leddy said...

I guess its helpfulness depends on whether Google has properly crawled the pages of a site. It seems to be working with Orange Crate Art, at least, and it returns better results than Blogger’s Google search widget (which I removed from my sidebar a week or so ago). What problems are you having?

Leslie said...

Hi, Michael. It was working, but now it comes back with "Your search - site:xxx.blogspot.com ice cream - did not match any documents." When, in fact, ice cream is contained in the most recent post! The same thing results with each search I try.

Michael Leddy said...

It sounds as though Google hasn’t indexed your site. Try this.

Michael Leddy said...

Leslie, I just did some looking at the Blogger Help Forum, and it seems that what you describe is a widespread problem. See here and here. I too still have posts that site search doesn’t find.

Leslie said...

Thanks, Michael. It's a shame--your fix was the magic bullet for a while.