I received a question today about tracking links to particular websites. I’m sure there are multiple ways to do this, but two ways are to use Technorati and Google. From the search page or advanced search page of each site, you can form search queries with the following syntax. Copy the URL of the website you want to get links to first. Here are the relevant links you can use to do this. I’ve used my own blog URL for the examples:
Technorati Search Page:
Search syntax: http://technorati.com/search/www.speedofcreativity.org
Google Advanced Search Page: (look under “Page-Specific Search” and the field by “Links”)
Search syntax: http://www.google.com/search?as_lq=www.speedofcreativity.org&btnG=Search
Anyone else have a favorite way of doing this?
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I use the Yahoo Site Explorer. You do need an account, but you can look at the inlinks for any website, and any page. https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/ Yahoo shows 50,265 inlinks while Google only shows 1450.
For tracking your own site, you can use Google Webmaster Tools, as that link command is a little more accurate. You can also use your stats program, such as Google Analytics, to see what sites people visit to find your page and develop a list of links that way.
If you don’t own the site, Yahoo is the best way I have found. Setting up a Google Alerts to notify you of mention of keywords or URLs is also helpful, you can often get an email within a couple of hours of a post being made.
I like to use http://www.talkdigger.com/
It offers a feed based on the results of the results. Great for adding to extended conversations.