One of my best tools for finding out new interesting webcomics stories is the blog-driven search engine, Technorati. Technorati has embraced the concept of “tags” which any webcomic (or webcomic-focused blog) can use to help others to find out about what it’s publishing.
What’s a “tag”?
Think of a tag as a simple category name. People can categorize their posts, photos, and links with any tag that makes sense…. The Technorati Tag pages is made up of blog posts. And those come from you! Anyone with a blog can contribute to Technorati Tag pages.
There are two points I want to make this morning. One, the next generation of webcomics automation software should include support for tags and for pinging sites such as Technorati with updates. Second if you plan to start tagging your work please use “webcomic” as the tags “comic” and “comics” sweeps in so much material (both comic-book and comic-ha ha) as to be useless. (Also tagging to “comixpedia” will certainly put you on my radar screen if that’s of interest).
For more info on how to tag your website read Technorati’s information page on tags.
Definitely part of WCN.
Does anybody have a list of Technorati-like services that need to be pinged by webcomics, along with their ping URL’s?
At some point (I think it was when I was installing WordPress) I seem to recall seeing a service that does the pinging for you — you ping their own ping URL, and then they go and ping a large list of other web services. Anybody remember this/know what I’m talking about?
To answer my own question, it’s:
I haven’t yet found any documentation about which services are covered — I am reasonably certain Technorati is pinged by pingomatic, given some circumstantial evidence (the Blank Label Comics flub with their press release going out early via Technorati; I’m reasonably certain they hadn’t specifically configured WordPress to notify Technorati, and the pingomatic thing is the only service WordPress pings by default).
http://rpc.pingomatic.com not rcp
Okay, this is now implemented in the WCN beta.
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