Thing 14 – Tame technorati

So how does a person get their blog listed as part of the blogosphere and how can you tag your posts with keywords to make them more findable through a Technorati search? The answer to the first question is that your blog is probably already being captured by Technorati due to the fact that you’re already using Blogger, the most popular blogging tool. But if you want to join the party and have your blog listed on Technorati and also take advantage of the watchlist and other features, you’ll need to claim your blog yourself. As for tagging posts with Technorati tags? This is easy, too. All you need to do is add a little bit of HTML code to the bottom of your post (see my example below) and Technorati will pick up these tags when it spiders (or web crawls) your site.

There are a lot of new features that have been added to Technorati recently, including new ways to search for blogs. You can search for keywords in blog posts, search for entire blog posts that have been tagged with a certain keyword, or search for blogs that have been registered and tagged as whole blogs about a certain subject (like photography or libraries).

Resources

Your Task

  1. Take a look at Technorati and try doing a keyword search for “Learning 2.0” in Blog posts, in tags and in the Blog Directory. Are the results different?
  2. Explore popular blog, searches and tags. Is anything interesting or surprising in your results?
  3. Create a blog post about your discoveries.

Optional: If you’re up for a challenge, learn how to tag your posts with Technorati tags so they can join tag searches. Create a post about something. It can be anything you want and add the HTML code to the bottom to tag it as “chislib”. You may also want to consider claiming your blog and creating a watchlist.

Note: When adding HTML code, you’ll want to make sure you’re in Blogger’s Edit HTML window.

There’s a lot to explore.

Technorati Tag: chislib


Credit: Adapted from the PLCMC Thing posted by HeleneB, under a Creative Commons BY-NC license.

Original content by Jason Peart for the Chisholm Institute Library.
© Chisholm Institute 2008.

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One Response to “Thing 14 – Tame technorati”

  1. BIGcol Says:

    Technorati is an interesting site, but is really useful for the serious blogger.

    The site is set out well with lots of nice bells and wistles.

    I doubt I would use this site in the future…

    Colin

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