Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Blogging Woes? Not getting listed?

Fed up of your stuff not showing up on the FTW blogroll or Bols? Then I have some news you have to hear.

I was chatting to a friend who works for google about how long it takes some blogs to show up on bloglists. One of the blogs on the Parade Ground bloglist hadn't updated in 6 days, so I asked him about it.

As blogger is owned by google, the bloglists widgets are updated by the googlebot. How often this happens depends on how often the googlebot visits your site to index it.

With me so far? Here's the interesting bit!

Now, it turns out that there's a way to force the googlebot to reindex your site. In google reader (it only works in google reader), if you subscribe to your own blogfeed you can click refresh. This forces the googlebot to reindex your site and all the bloglists you're on.

I've been trying it and I've been getting listed on FTW and Bols within 10 minutes using it.

I hope it helps all of you who keep falling of the end, so to speak.

14 comments:

eriochrome said...

Thanks for the tip. Sometimes I show up in an hour other times like 8 (just in time to fall off the bottom of the most recent updated)

Col. Hessler said...

Sweet intel mate, thanks.

Tristan said...

Definitely some useful info - cheers.

the other Kevin said...

Thanks for digging about for this info!

Raptor1313 said...

That is good to know.

I've been poking at the update for curiosity, and yeah, usually it's an hour minimum to get on there. Kind of annoying, that.

While I know we're all in the blog-ring together, there's just something SPECIAL about updating, and finding out your blog gets there juuust in time to get off the feed.

RonSaikowski said...

Thanks for posting this, I'm going to link this post on FTW so others can get this good info.

Nice job.

Schnitzel said...

Awesome scoop! Just went and set up my google reader as soon as I read this! Thanks.

Kevin said...

Very helpful man, thank you!

jabberjabber said...

Nice tip! Say thanks to your inside informant from us all :)

Col. Corbane said...

Thanks guys.

@Ron - Considering your recent problems, I thought you'd like it. Thanks for the link mate.

NockerGeek said...

That works like a charm! Thanks!

The_King_Elessar said...

Unless everyone does it, of course! lol

Thanks Ron.

The_King_Elessar said...

And obviously, thanks Col. Whoops... ;)

Dj Batman said...

Thanks man.

i randomly read this when i read your blog the other day and now that ive set mine up and have been adding myself to the blog rolls i was having this problem... it then took me ages to remember where i had read it and couldnt find the answers via google... thanks man!!

HH5
Dj