Find Links to Your Website on Twitter with BackTweets.com

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Hi, this is Laura Roeder, and today, I’m going to show you how to use a really cool site called backtweets.com. So, I’m here on the home page. You can see the URL. It’s B-A-C-K-T-W-E-E-T-S.COM, and what this does is it searches Twitter for any links to your website – of course any website that you want to search for – and you’ll find the mentions of you and your business that you would have missed with any other search channel, and I’ll show you why that is.

So you start by just inputting your URL – in my case, lkrsocialmedia.com –hit “Search” and let me show you a few examples of what you’ll find. So here’s a tweet from about three weeks ago, “How to Track Your Online Reputation with SocialMention.com.” Now, you can see that I would never know in a regular search that this was linked to me, because just looking at the link, it’s a shortened link, so it says, “ow.ly.” It doesn’t lkrsocialmedia.com. This tweet doesn’t mention my Twitter name. It doesn’t mention my business name. It doesn’t mention my name. So, in a normal Web search, this would never come up.”

Here’s another one, “How do you Track Your Online Reputation?” and then it has this “bit.ly” link. It never mentions me or my name. So the reason why this is a powerful tool is it’s going to find things that people are saying about you and your website that you would have missed from just a normal Web search. And as you can see, it can find links even if they use a shortened URL, and it finds links to all pages on your site, not just lkrsocialmedia.com, but various blog posts that I’ve done and things like that.

So what you do is after you input your URL, so you won’t have to do the search over and over again, you want to click on this orange RSS button right here – this is the universal icon for RSS – and once you click on that, you’re brought to a page with a constantly updated feed of people who are tweeting a link with your URL in it. You can then copy and paste this address right here. If you just look in your address bar, it’ll give you the URL of the feed and you can put it into a feed reader. My favorite is netvibes.com, or a lot of people like to use Google Reader. You can create a listening station with feeds about what’s being said about you and your business, and then you can just go to that one page and get a snapshot of everything that’s going on.

So this is a really valuable tool, a really cool site that will find things being said about you on Twitter that you might otherwise miss. Again, this is Laura Roeder showing you how to use backtweets.com.

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About Laura Roeder

Laura Roeder is a social media marketing expert who gives businesses of all sizes the tools they need to make their mark on the web. She is the creator of the social media scheduling software Edgar, as well as social media marketing web courses like Creating Fame and Social Brilliant.

Comments

  1. Awesome, Laura! I just found a dozen tweets about my site that, like you said, I never would have found otherwise!

    Thanks so much!
    Heather
    .-= Heather Allard´s last blog ..5 Steps To Wholesaling Your Craft =-.

  2. Great job Laura – love it!

  3. Laura,
    Thanks for the tip.

  4. Thanks Laura,

    great info. Never knew this existed.

    All the best, Bryan

  5. Laura,
    Found you through Charlie Cook’s blog @ Marketing For Success and now I am hooked. Thanks for the great content, I really appreciate it while trying to market my business @turnupmyworkout.

    Adam

  6. Just stumbled onto your site, and I love it. This is great info, I didn’t even know this was out there. Thanks for the great info. I’m going to use this for my own blog and my clients’ sites.
    .-= Crystal Parrett´s last blog ..Easy-Start Guide to Using Twitter =-.

  7. Hi Laura –

    Thanks for sharing such a great resource!

    Shelly

  8. Absolutely brilliant! Thank you for getting this information out there where I could find it. I’m glad I have you on my RSS feed, your posts are a fabulous. I look forward to more.

  9. As always, short, sweet, to the point and very useful. Thank you Laura. Question: When you find out that others have then Tweeted about you or links to your site say a few weeks ago, it is a good idea to go back and thank them or acknowledge it? Is it in general a good practice? I do it and I wonder if it’s common among others. It’s such a nice feeling to know others find our information useful. Thanks again!

  10. Ronda Ringo says:

    Thanks, Laura. Great tip! (I watched you on Blog Mastermind the other day–you definitely have it figured out!)

    Quick question, I tried to click on the RSS button to get that additional information like you suggested, but instead it only showed the source code. Weird. Any tips?

  11. Great find Laura! This is definitely
    important for when people forget your
    Twitter name.

    I also like to use Google Alerts to see
    what’s being said about me or my company
    out on the net.

    I can tell that you are a VALUE adder.
    Always great to run into people that are
    truly out to help others.

    You Make A Difference:)
    .-= Eric Goldstein´s last blog ..Manifesting What You Want: A Process To Do It =-.

  12. Thanks so much, I will start using this tool more often now. I looked it up one day and never went back until I found this. Greats tips

  13. Love this! Hopefully I will get to the point where people are linking to me!!!!

  14. Do you now have to purchase the Pro version to get the rss feed? No rss button in sight on the search results page. Thanks for the tip tho, very cool!

  15. hi laura, great video – but since Twitter acquired backtweets, it appears that the RSS button has beent taken down and we can’t save those searches. any idea of another service or some other way we can save searches like that? thanks much!