≡ Menu

31DBBB: Day #10 Set Up ‘Alerts’ to Monitor What is Happening in Your Niche

Alerts Monitor Blog NicheFor years I’ve used numerous Google services, but until I read Day 10 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, I didn’t know much about Google Alerts. It’s another great internet productivity tool with a variety of uses.

Google Alerts allows you to get either a feed in your blog reader or an email in your inbox whenever Google locates  your chosen keyword(s). You can choose to search in the news, on blogs, in videos, or a number of other places on the web.

Since I already use Google Reader, completing this assignment was easy and convenient. Rather than set up alerts to fill my inbox (spam is already doing a great job of this, thank you), I chose to subscribe to feeds.

I set up a number of alerts. Most were keywords in my blog niche. In addition I added a few “vanity” alerts, that will notify me of any references to my name or blog names/URLs. It’s a bit like the old celebrity clipping services, but fast and free.

As I monitor these feeds, they will need to be modified to give me the info I really want and need. Much like refining a google search, I’ll need to hone in on the specific information that will be helpful to me and useful to my readers.

I also looked into a few of the other alerts suggested — Technorati and Twitter alerts — but chose not to use them at this time. I’ll focus on Google Alerts and research the others  more if either of those services seems helpful.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Momma Drama April 19, 2010, 9:32 am

    I’ve set up some Google alerts, but didn’t realize I could add them in my reader feed! Thanks for the tip – now I can stop getting 4 e-mails from the alerts every day.
    .-= Momma Drama´s last blog ..What’s This “Internet Stuff” About? =-.

  • John Soares April 19, 2010, 10:39 am

    Alison, I’ve used Google News Alerts for the last few months and find them very useful.

    I do the feed with the comprehensive setting. E-mail notification is slow and can clog your inbox.

    I’ve also found that a few of the terms are too broad and give too many results, so I’ve pared down my list.

    And I also recommend the 31 Days to a Better Blog and encourage your readers to click your link and check it out.
    .-= John Soares´s last blog ..Multitasking Can Increase Productivity — For Two Tasks, But Not Three =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith April 19, 2010, 12:35 pm

    Yea, pretty cool feature!

  • Walker May 12, 2010, 9:12 am

    Google Alerts has been of those Google tool which I really can’t live without. Well, aside from twitter, it’s one of those tool that updates me efficiently. Plus, I was able to track down those blogs which duplicate my content.

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge