Find Out Who Shared Your URL on Facebook
Finding out who linked to you on social media
I noticed that when I published an article yesterday, I had a few referrals come through from Facebook. But when I clicked to find out exactly where on Facebook my post was shared I couldn’t actually find the exact location of the referral page on Facebook.
I came to conclusion that I’d need some sort of tool as Google Analytics wasn’t showing me exactly where the referral came from and nor was WordPress’ Jetpack. I searched and searched with long-tail inputs such as “find out who linked to you on facebook” and came up with results from 2011 that really weren’t relevant today. Suggestions included using Facebook’s internal search system, which no longer works how it once did.
Social Mentions – A social listening tool
I then somehow came across a website called “Social Mentions“, and it provided me with the ability to find exactly who was sharing my post and where. The tool itself works like a search engine and you simply have to type in the keywords or in my case I typed parts of the title of the page that was being shared on Facebook. Again, that was the post from yesterday about Halifax being partially penalised.
You can see the results here:
It picked up exactly where these shares were coming from, and from this I could identify who was sharing and why. For example, yesterday’s post was shared by someone because I had commended their detective work on Halifax.co.uk penalty, which happened to be a case study on Link Research Tools. Perhaps, I should commend a lot more often!
What I found
A little surprise.
That’s pretty neat. I’ll be using this tool for a lot more as it such a useful tool.