January 2nd, 2008 - by Golgotha

lijit.png You’ve likely spent a lot of time writing blog posts, bookmarking sites you like, posting photos and videos, and creating the perfect blogroll. That makes for a lot of YOU online — a collective reflection of your personality, interests, network, and expertise. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way for others to benefit from all of that effort…or is there?

Lijit allows you to easily create your own search engine. One that searches your blog, bookmarks, photos, blogroll, and more. By offering the Lijit Search Wijit on your blog, readers can search all of YOU. In turn, Lijit gives you detailed statistics about those searches, so you can better understand and serve your reader community.

Try It!

Notice the Lijit Search Wijit on the right (below the Blog Categories). Performing a search for digg will return blog posts from Search-This, as indexed by Google. See below:

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It will also return results from social networking sites including: digg, del.icio.us, reddit, flickr, Stumble Upon, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, MyBlogLog, You Tube and many more.

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And Stats Too!

In addition to performing cross-network searches it also does a nice job with stats tracking. Below are just a few of the stats tracking Lijit provides you, but there is more! Here’s also a good article by Lijit’s founder on its stats tracking.

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Another neat feature is the Explore chart that shows who’s a fan, friend and who you follow, although I don’t truly understand how it works yet. Let me know if you do…

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Looks like we only have two friends. :(
Come on people and add Search-This to your blogroll! It’s not like Zeldman needs that link! :)

I really like Lijit, maybe you will too? Give it a try and see what you think.

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7 Responses to “Lijit is Cool”

1 Patrick Burt

Is this running on Google Custom Search Engine?

2 Golgotha

No, I don’t think so, I think it simply shows your post that have been indexed from Google. BUT it also shows all your social-bookmarks including: digg, del.icio.us, reddit, flickr, Stumble Upon, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, MyBlogLog, You Tube and many more.

3 Jack @ The Tech Teapot

How does it compare to google’s custom search engine offering?

4 trademark registration

That’s a great idea…I will give it a whirl…Thanks for the tip.

5 Tara Anderson

Thanks for the kind words and wonderful review of our service. I wanted to answer a few of the questions that I’ve seen your readers asking. First of all, we are currently using Google’s custom search technology to power our searches but will be moving over to our own search capabilities very soon. But we offer much more value than GCS, as you pointed out in your comment.

To answer your Explore question, we are trying to visually represent the network of your blog, meaning the blogs you link to, other blogs that link to you and those reciprocal blogs that exchange links with you. We are working on enhancing this feature and flushing out the bugs, but it’s a good first step towards graphing someone’s social connections online.

Thanks again and if you (or any of your readers) have any questions, I’m tara at lijit dot com.

6 Golgotha

Thanks Tara for stopping by. Lijit is cool! I may have to stop by some time when I’m in Boulder and see the company. I work in Boulder too…

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