All public blogs hosted by WordPress.com are indexed and can be searched via http://search.wordpress.com/. By default search results are ordered by relevance, with the option to sort by date.
The WordPress.com search engine indexes post, pages, and comments content (body text). Unless entered as text in those contents, blog name, post titles, and post/comment author names are not indexed.
The search engine at http://search.wordpress.com/ has a few options to refine your search criteria:
- site: This limits the search results to a specific WordPress.com blog. If you wanted to limit your search for mobile to just gigaom.com use ‘site:gigaom.com mobile’.
- tags: You can limit search results to posts with specific tags. To limit your search for mobile to posts specifically tagged with iphone you’d search for ‘tags:iphone mobile’. This works with multiple tags as well, ‘tags:iphone,apple mobile’.
- username: Only show results posted by a specific user. Find out what Om Malik has said about mobile with a ‘username:om mobile’ search.
These can all be combined as well. Searching for ‘site:gigaom.com username:om tags:iPhone mobile’ will limit results to just those on gigaom.com posted by Om Malik that have the tag iPhone and contain the word mobile.
The index at search.wordpress.com is updated instantly. If your post doesn’t show up in search results, please make sure:
- Your blog is not private. Check the Settings -> Reading tab of your dashboard. You must choose the first option, I would like my blog to be visible to everyone, for your blog to be included in the search index.
- Your post is not private or protected. Under the Publish section of the Edit Post page, the visibility option must be Public.
- Your blog is not mature or offensive. If you regularly post material that is offensive, not safe for work, or not suitable for minors, we might have flagged your blog as mature. Mature blogs are not included in the WordPress.com search. Please contact support if you think your blog might have unfairly been flagged as mature.
- Your blog is not very new. It can take a few days before new blogs are included in the search index. Brand new blogs might not have enough posts for us to accurately determine whether or not it’s spam.
To keep up with your favorite search results we offer an RSS feed for all search results. Simply click the Follow this search via RSS link in the side bar of any search results page to subscribe to updates in the search results.