Bill S. pointed out on the new ActivityOwner forum that one downside of having site content spread out across the blog, wiki and forum is that readers may forget where they saw something and need to search all three individually.

Looking into this problem I discovered that Google launched a custom search feature last fall that lets you create your own search engine to look at specific set of sites. The blog now has a search box in top right corner that will search the whole site rather than just the blog and allow you to use Google query syntax. You can also visit the custom search directly at

You can also use this approach to create and custom search engines that for a favorite site or set of sites. For example, if you find yourself searching for information on the MindManager object model frequently, you can use the MindManager Object Model Search Engine or build your own.

Taking this one step further, I set up a ResultsManager Search Engine that is limited to the following sites that have content that focuses on use of the tool:

This enables more targeted searches without the need to specify extra keywords.


  1. Curtis N. Bingham said,

    July 14, 2007 @ 9:09 pm

    This is waaaay cool! I didn’t know this was available. I’m going to add it to my site as well!

  2. ActivityOwner said,

    July 21, 2007 @ 7:07 am

    I changed the domain mapping so that points to the general search engine. I am also expanding it to include more MindManager sites. If you want to collaborate on adding sites, just visit the search site and sign up.

  3. Vic said,

    July 22, 2007 @ 11:48 am

    I’ve been doing the same thing for a broader spread of mind mapping sites. Naturally, is one of the chosen sites!

    The search engine is at and the list of sites drawn on is at

    The master list of mind mapping &
    information management software

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