In FeedDemon, I have a few searches setup that query the aggregators specifically, namely: Blogdigger, Daypop, Feedster and Technorati. I also have an MSN search. I did have an IceRocket search setup recently too but for a reason I forget now (I think it was multiple identical results) I deleted it. What follows is comparing each to each other for the same search term over the last 5 weeks:
- Daypop – last place by a long way. Finds very very little. (7 results in the last month)
- Technorati – 3rd place. Not as many results as Blogdigger, but they cover a wider area. By wider area I mean I’m finding more splogs in this feed (example being http://www.freearticlesforwebsites.com/ but blogger splogs don’t figure in this search at all.(~54 results)
- Blogdigger – 2nd place. Lots of results, and the odd annoying ad. (~100 results). No splog results though that the others got.
- Feedster – 1st place. Is looking in comments, has a broad range, lots of results. Way out in the lead on all counts, but this one does get the blogger splogs. Very useful though. (~180 results)
Hardly a proper test, the figures do not include any spam results – and the MSN search doesn’t count as it is searching the web and not pretending to do otherwise – but given the advent of the Google Blog search engine, I’m waiting to see how it compares to the others. Did I miss an aggregator ?