Yahoo has finally launched a beta version of their blog search.
It appears to be attached to their news search. When you search for news, blog results appear on the right…then you can click to “see more results” to get the full list of blog results.
Sorting is available by relevance or date.
Results tend to be better than Google’s…they don’t have as much spam…but they still lack the ability, like google, to provide good matches to the authoritative sites, even when sorting on relevance. Whereas Google provides searching for blogs (at the top of the results) and searching for blog entries (below it), yahoo seems to only search the entries. If you search for yahoo, google, or even emad fanous, you do not get the best, authoritative matches at the top of the results….
but searching for yahoo turned this up as the top result for me…an entry from insidegoogle:
Verdict: When it comes to timely search, the older engines have it better (but not perfect), and Yahoo and Google have a lot to learn. Relevancy is where the future’s at, however. I’m thinking a Memeorandum solution might be better than just regular old search. Of course, Memeorandum doesn’t have a search engine, so the first person to steal their UI and give it full-blogosphere search capabilities will be my new best friend blog search engine.
My only thing is that both Yahoo and Google have some improving to do on the relevance portion. Until then, only the sort by date is decent and the best person at that will be whoever has the freshest content.
The most interesting thing is the integration with News. Jeremy says:
Option one is to build Yet Another Blog Search Vertical (Technorati, Feedster, Google Blog Search, etc.) that most people would never see.
Option two is to integrate the results somewhere that millions of people could see them in context.
Which would you choose?
We decided that blogs had been captives of specialty search engines long enough.
Interestingly, many news search sites have included blog results within their news results. However, these have always been kept to blogs that tended to be considered more authoritative or popular. Yahoo hasn’t integrated the results with news in that fashion but has, instead, provided a different section where blog searching is integrated. So why the heck would they not create a new page where they have its own vertical search…simply slapping onto the news page doesn’t mean it is part of the news search. It’s not…it just happens to display a few results on the news page.