It’s extremely important to monitor and measure your influence in social media however some of the premium tools out there might be a little beyond your financial reach. Good thing there are plenty of free tools you can mix and match to meet your own personal goals.

First off, check the availability of your brand name, user name or vanity URL on 120 popular Social Media sites with http://knowem.com. This is just an easy way to see if anyone has squatted on your brand name.

Now some of these tools are better at monitoring while others are better at measurement. I leave it up to you.

Social Media

SocialMention.com allows you to easily track what people are saying about you, your company, a new product, or any topic across the web’s social media landscape in real-time. Social Mention monitors 80+ social media properties directly including: Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, YouTube, Digg, Google etc.

KeoTag.com searches some of the most popular social media sites for tags that match your search term.

BackType is a “conversational search engine”. They index conversations scattered across the web to make following comments on a post or article a lot easier to manage.

CoComment is a service for managing, powering and researching conversations online. When using coComment, you can keep track of your comments across any site, share them with friends, and get notified when you get a response.

YackTrack lets you search for comments on your content from various sources or other blogs that talk about your content.

Blog Flux is a service that watches comments/follow-ups on Blog posts, Digg submissions, Flickr galleries, and many other types of content. When ever there is an update, i.e a new follow-up, Commentful notifies you instantly.

Trackur is an online reputation monitoring tool designed to assist you in tracking what is said about you on the internet.

Twitter

Twitter Search helps you filter all the real-time information coursing through the Twittersphere.

Backtweets finds all Tweets linking back to an article or blog post. Site does a good job of archiving older tweets where tweetmeme only shows more recent tweets.

Twitrratr helps you distinguish negative from positive tweets surrounding a brand, product, person or topic.

Tweetmeme is similar to Backtweets except it only shows tweets that link to a post from the last 7 days.

Facebook

Facebook Lexicon lets you compare up to five different words or two-word phrases and see how many people talked about that term on Facebook each day.

Discussion Boards and Forums

BoardReader was developed to address the shortcomings of current search engine technology to accurately find and display information contained on the Web’s forums and message boards.

BoardTracker is a search engine that only displays information from their extensive database of forum threads.

Blogs

Blog Search is a Google search technology focused on blogs. You can do a lot of the normal advanced Google search commands to get optimal results.

BlogPulse is a blog search engine that also analyzes and reports on daily activity in the blogosphere

Trendpedia finds the articles online that talk about your topics. It organizes the articles in a trendline that shows the popularity of the topic over time up to three months ago up to today.

A Little Something Extra

I’ve been using the free version of FiltrBoxG2 which has been amazing. It’s very slick and easy to use. I highly recommend checking it out, you’ve got nothing to lose.

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  • http://www.poddcorp.com custom creative design agency

    Thanks for the list of free trackers, clients asks for reports on social media activities and I only do it manually.

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  • http://www.socialwebsiteanalyzer.com Social Website Analyzer

    Hi all,

    Could you please review my new social media monitoring tool. I have just released the first BETA version of this free social media monitoring service. This free SMM / SEO tool will crawl the top 20 social media websites for your URL exposure and will make an online profile. Although I hope you just want to review it, it could be good for SEO too as it contains a backlink to your website .

    Please testdrive it yourself at http://www.socialwebsiteanalyzer.com

    Thanks in advance and please reply me your thoughts on this,
    Erwin

    • http://www.jonbishop.com Jon Bishop

      Pretty sweet tool you’ve put together.

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  • http://bergenstrahle.blogspot.com Christian Bergenstrahle

    Thanks a lot – great list which I think will be very useful!

    • http://www.jonbishop.com Jon Bishop

      Thanks for the kind words. Always nice to hear my posts are useful.

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  • http://www.alterian.com Luke

    Try Freemium SM2 from Techrigy too.

    • http://www.jonbishop.org Jon Bishop

      Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll check it out.

    • http://www.sm2.techrigy.com Luke

      What did you think of SM2?

    • http://www.jonbishop.com Jon Bishop

      I find that most premium technologies make it hard to filter out irrelevant results, especially when there are so many. That’s not to say that SM2 isn’t a great product, it seems very robust. But for my own purposes, monitoring with backtweets, tweetgrid and google blogsearch seems to work much better.

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  • http://arayinthelife.blogspot.com Ray

    Thanks. Really found this helpful. Glad I “stumbled” upon this.

  • http://freeandflawed.com Jenn

    LOVE this! Thanks for sharing! I’m excited to go try some of these sites out.

  • http://www.trackur.com Andy Beal

    That’s a great list for anyone to work from! Thanks for including Trackur in your recommendations!

  • http://Filtrbox.com Michael Fraietta

    Thanks for the recommendation Jon! I’m glad you’re enjoying it – Mike @ Filtrbox