Automatic Email alerts for new backlinks to your blog
Sites linking back to your blog’s homepage or to a post, are a measure of success for a blog, as we explained before. It is always interesting to check the backlinks, to see what are others saying about your blog, what has been quoted or commented on.
As you know, you can find backlinks via the Google backlink checker, Google Blog search, and the webmaster utilities from Google and Bing. However these require you to check online regularly. And if you have a few hundred backlinks, it is difficult to pick out the most recent ones.
There is a way to get an automated Email notification when new backlinks become active, using Google Alerts. And it is for free. The only thing you need is a Gmail account, the log-in credentials Google uses for all its services.
Google Alerts is normally used to get automated email alerts about a certain topic, but you can use it for no matter what search criteria. Whatever you enter in the Google search box, you can get Email alerts for.
Alerts are emailed to you once per day, once per week, or as new links come up. You can also indicate if you want Google to search through the web as a whole, or to limit the search for blogs, news, discussion groups or videos.
While normally, in the search box, you would enter subjects like “poverty” or “US foreign policy”, you need to enter a certain syntax for backlinks. Here is how.
Say your site is “ted.com”. Go to Google Alerts, log in, and you will get this screen:
If you want ALL backlinks to your site (and not only those taken into account for your pagerank) then the search item should be:
If you want ALL backlinks, fill in:
Mind the space between ” and -
Select the type (what part of the web you want searched), how often you want to get emails, and your email address and you are done.
Reports look like this.