Thursday, 7 August 2014

Who loves your stuff? How to collect links to your site

If you've ever wondered who's using content from your site or what people find interesting, here are some ways to find out, using the Design Museum's URL as an example.

'Links to your site' via Google Webmaster Tools https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/55281

Reddit - plug your URL in after /domain/
http://www.reddit.com/domain/designmuseum.org

Wikipedia - plug your URL in after target=
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special%3ALinkSearch&target=*.designmuseum.org
Depending on your topic coverage you may want to look at other language Wikipedias.

Pinterest - plug your URL in after /source/
http://www.pinterest.com/source/designmuseum.org/

Twitter - search for the URL with quotes around it e.g. "designmuseum.org"

If you can see one particular page shooting up in your web stats, you could try a reverse image search on TinEye to see where it's being referenced.

What am I missing? I'd love to hear about similar links and methods for other sites - tell me in the comments or on twitter @mia_out.

Update: in a similar vein, Tim Sherratt  launched a new experiment called Trove Traces the same day, to 'explore how Trove newspapers are used' by listing pages that link to articles:

Update 2: Desi Gonzalez @ tried out some of these techniques and put together a great post on 'Thoughts on what museums can learn from Reddit, Yelp, and what @briandroitcour calls vernacular criticism'
You might also be interested in: Can you capture visitors with a steampunk arm?

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