Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The New Personal Finance Blog Search Engine

Author: Nick
Category: Money
Topics: ,

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Thanks to the fine folks at Google, you can now create your own search engines that pull results from sites you pick. So if you wanted to create a search engine that covers all the big green cockroach websites out there, you’d stick big-green-cockroach.com, green-roachies.com, and omg-cockroach-green-wtf.com into your engine and bam!–only results from the green cockroach websites you choose!

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone put together a search engine that generates results exclusively from the personal finance blogosphere? (Yes, that would be nice!)

Well, call me Mr. Nice-Pants, because here it is!

Personal Finance Blog Search Engine

Simply visit that page, enter your personal finance search query, and you’ll get results from all the best personal finance bloggers on the internet. None of that worthless information from so-called “professional finance writers” or “knowledgable sources” or “Pulitzer Prize-winning publications.” Nope, just personal finance bloggy goodness!

But perhaps you don’t like Punny Money and you’d like to do some Personal Finance Blog Searching somewhere else. There are a few ways you can do this:

Visit the Google Custom Search Engine Page

Here’s the Google Custom Search Engine Page for the Personal Finance Blog Search. The URL isn’t anything memorable though, so you’d want to bookmark it.

Include the Search and Results on Your Own Site!

At least 43 times cooler than visiting Google’s site is integrating the Personal Finance Blog Search Engine into your own website. Here’s how you do it.

  1. You’ll need two pages on your website. Copy and paste the code from this first file on one page (your search query bar page), and copy and paste the code from this other file on the other (your search results page).
  2. Edit one part of the first file. Change “SEARCH RESULTS PAGE LINK HERE” to the full URL for your search results page (e.g. http://www.example.com/search-results ).
  3. Put your pages on your site. When you perform a search on the first page, it’ll show you the results on the second!

WordPress users (I’m not sure about other blog platforms) will have to take a couple extra steps to get the in-site search results working. LiewCF has a good explanation of the work you’ll need to do to get the results to display on your WordPress site.

Include the Search on Your Own Site, Show the Results on Google’s

An easier middle ground between the two techniques above is to include the search query box on your own site, but have it display the results on one of Google’s search result pages. The results will be the same, but the query sends your visitors away to another site… something search results would probably do anyway!

To include the search query box on your site, just copy and paste the code from this file right here into any page you wish. You’ll get your search box, and entering a query sends you to a Google page filled with matching personal finance blog results.

Want to Be Included in the Personal Finance Blog Search Engine Results?

Being included in the Personal Finance Blog Search Engine results means that searchers will see your blog before they see, say, CNN Money’s website.

If you’d like your personal finance blog included in the Personal Finance Blog Search Engine, simply comment here. Please include your website URL only in the box which asks for it, not in the body of the comment (or my spam catcher will kill your comment), and ask to be added. Only blogs which are primarily (50% or more) personal finance (including personal debt reduction, personal frugality, and other categories closely linked with personal finance) will be included. If your blog isn’t related to personal finance, it probably wouldn’t come up in the search results even if it were included.

Once I see your comment, I’ll check out your blog and include it in the search results. Then you can post the search query box on your own site if you like and help your visitors find the information they need within the personal finance blogosphere.

Does Punny Money Make Money From This?

Nope. Not a dime. While custom Google search engine creators have the option of running their own advertisements on results pages, I am not using that option since it doesn’t cost me anything to maintain the search engine. If you choose to run your Personal Finance Blog Search Engine queries on Punny Money, your results will also be shown on a Punny Money page which shows some ads of mine and some of Google’s, but you could do the same thing yourself!

So start searchin’ already!

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