Earlier this month, I wrote about tracking mentions of yourself on twitter more completly then just checking the @replies tab on twitter (or in tweetdeck). Keeping tabs on what people say about you in twitter is only one step in effectively tracking references to yourself online.
So here’s step 2, if you want to really know what people are saying about you online, take the search a step further and check out what is being said about you on blogs.
Here is a slightly modified version of the same search string I used on Twitter to track mentions of me.
“Nicholas Moline” OR “Nick Moline” OR NickMoline OR link:nick.pro -site:nick.pro
Now when I plug this search in at Google Blogsearch, I see mentions of me on blogs around the web.
Think of -site:nick.pro the same way we thought of -from:NickMoline on the twitter search, it is pointless to see mentions of my own name on my own site, so I quickly filter out my domain name from the results.
The link:nick.pro is similar to to:NickMoline on twitter search, by adding in “OR link:nick.pro” I will get posts that link to me even if they don’t mention me by name.
Once I had the results, I sorted by date, and then clicked the link on the bottom of the page to view the feed in Google Reader, now whenever someone mentions me on their blogs, I’ll be notified as soon as Google ads the post to their index.