Referer snooping

Dear Lazyweb, is there a service like Google Blog Search but that actually works?

We will define "works" as: gives me an RSS feed of timely references to or links to my sites; omits links that are months or years old; and is not brimming with spam. (Google Blog Search fails on all three of these.)

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16 Responses:

  1. Ben Brockert says:

    Have you tried Google Alerts? http://www.google.com/alerts

    Probably has some of the (lack of) functionality of the blog searcher, but depending on what you have turned on it does a good job of letting me know when friends are in the news.

    • Lee Roberson says:

      The problem is, for this kind of search, it is ridiculously busted.

    • jwz says:

      A) Not an RSS feed, B) requires you to log in first, which is BS, and C) is just an interface to Google Blog Search anyway. So, no, utter fail.

      • fantasygoat says:

        Google Alerts gives me an RSS feed, but I'm alerting on mentions of my name, which I guess isn't what you want.

      • Jay says:

        C) Really? I use this for alerts on my name and for mentions of Grooveshark.com, and it is always timely, and never randomly alerts with references that are months old.

  2. Paul Roub says:

    IceRocket seems much more succesful on those counts; among other things, it lets you specify a "published-on" cutoff. e.g. to see references to "DNA lounge" published in the past week: http://www.icerocket.com/search?tab=blog&q=%22dna+lounge%22&rss=1&dr=2

    • Paul Roub says:

      FYI, I had to manually restore the "dr=2" parameter, which means "in the last week", apparently. It was in the search results page's URL, but the RSS link on said page omits it.

    • jwz says:

      The fact that there are only 2 hits there doesn't really recommend it.

  3. Otto says:

    Google Blog Search works "okay" if you heavily limit it and force it to order the results properly. The Incoming Links section in your WordPress dashboard is a Google Blog Search.

    But without some effort on the search query and so forth, yeah, it's pretty useless.

  4. Chris Koontz says:

    If you want only major mentions, you could use http://technorati.com.

    • jwz says:

      No. I used to use that years ago, before it morphed into ... whatever ad-saddled nonsense it is today. Type "DNA Lounge" into it and you get one hit and even that's a mismatch. *plonk*

  5. Bram Cohen says:

    Blekko with /date works okay. At least, it works better than google blogsearch, icerocket, and technorati. Granted, that isn't much of a bar.

  6. Bram Cohen says:

    And it turns out Topsy is useful too.