Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Home (page) improvements

I’ve been tweaking all the ads and gizmos on my blog home page and I wanted to point out a feature that I really like that has saved me time.

I’ve been reading a lot of money blogs lately. While I’m fairly good at remembering recent blogs on topics I like, I have a hard time remember just who it was that wrote the blog about that book I wanted to get from the library. Trying to Google for that blog specifically about that book generally yields too many results.

So, to remedy this problem, I’ve customized two Google searches on the left hand side of my page. The top one searches just my So Cal Savvy blog and the second one searches all my favorite PF blogs. That way if I wanted to search for “budget” I'm not going to get the rental car company.

It’s a simple tool, but I’ve already found it helpful! If you would like to be added to my search bar (or you would like to know how to do this for your own peace of mind) leave a comment and I'll check out your site.

5 comments:

stackingpennies said...

Do you read blogs in a RSS reader? I use Google Reader to read blogs, and can search through the ones I am subscribed to. it is very helpful!

Sallie's Niece said...

I second that suggestion! I used to just flip around but once I started using a Google reader now I can keep up with dozens of blogs at once! Also I go to pfblogs.org to find new ones.

So Cal Savvy said...

*sigh*

I've been thinking about a reader for a while... but then I think I'd rather organize my cereal cabinet than get another online do-hickey with more login/passwords to remember.

However, I took your suggestions and tried it out today. Not so bad, even (slightly miffed)- helpful and easy to use.

stackingpennies said...

haha, organize your cereal cabinet?

Once you use a reader, you may never go back!

Broke Grad Student said...

I recently discovered the custom search engine feature too and made one with my favorite PF blogs. Another great use for it is when you're writing a post and want to see what other bloggers have written about the topic.