Find Out Who Shared Your URL on Facebook

Finding out who linked to you on social media

facebook thumbnail Find Out Who Shared Your URL on FacebookI 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:

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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 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.

Link Research Tools has done by far the most... Bartosz Góralewicz Find Out Who Shared Your URL on Facebook

That’s pretty neat. I’ll be using this tool for a lot more as it such a useful tool.

Author: Jonathan Jones

I first first started creating websites back in 2005. This led me to creating a free web hosting business in 2007, which still exists today. I ventured into creating types of websites such as blogs and forums using Wordpress, vBulletin, Invision Power Board, Drupal and Joomla. I've since worked on some of the leading brands in the UK finance sector, in the Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) field, and now work for MoneySuperMarket, the #1 price comparison website in the UK. Social: Google+ and Twitter.

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  1. I keep seeing that my link has been shared 21 times on facebook, but the website you suggested can’t come up with anywhere that it’s actually been shared. How could that be?

    • Hi Tiana,

      Do you know the specific page that was shared that many times? Unfortunately you can’t just type your domain into the search and find things that way. It’s all done contextually, so you’ll need to search for your post title/name (hopefully it’s relatively unique post title).

  2. Hmm, this didn’t seem to work for me. :/ The person must have shared it privately.

    • I think it depends on whether the post was shared privately or publicly. Obviously this tool won’t be able to find anything shared privately.

  3. One of my posts has been shared 21 times, but Social Mentions doesn’t show any of them. It must have been shared privately. Thanks for sharing the site though – could come in handy someday! @Foxy_O

  4. Didn’t work. Show many links, none of them related to my post (typed in sarch box), that has 18 shares in facebook.

    • Hey Ricardo,

      Sorry that this didn’t work for you.

      I’m going to update this post with another technique that I’ve found, which will hopefully be useful for those looking to find a succinct answer to this question. 🙂

  5. my website some post’s were share on facebook but social mention not shown.

  6. One of my sites show 83 facebook shares but I have NO WAY of knowing who shared them. They don’t appear on the search engines either and I don’t think 83 people shared them all privately.