Ever wanted to have that magic button to tell you when people talk about the topics you are interested in? Well there is that magic button – it is Google Alert. Sign in to your Google account (if you don’t have a Google account it is time to open it now at www.google.com) and go to Settings and Account settings. Add Alerts service to your Google services.
Then you are set up to go! Go to the address http://www.google.com/alerts. Type in search keywords to the Search field. Define the search criteria and the Delivery To: Feed (if you use delivery to Email-address then you better open a new email address for just alerts… do not use your normal email address for alerts) When you have completed all search criteria click CREATE ALERT. After clicking the Create Alert you will enter your Google.com/alert page. Here you will see a list of your Google Alerts. You can either come and read your alerts from this page, or you can subscribe your Google Alerts to your www.Google.com/reader service by clicking the View In Google reader link. This means all your Alerts come to your Google Reader account (make sure you have a google reader service from Google).
How to use Google Alert?
- find out what is being said about their company or product.
- monitor a developing news story.
- keep up to date on a competitor or industry.
- get the latest news on a celebrity or sports team.
- find out what’s being said about themselves
- search customers, set up key words they would use looking for service you offer?
Do you want to add your own Google alert to show up on your webpage?
Make a Google Alert of the topic you want appear on your website. On your Google Alert list you will see RSS Feed icon on list for your new alert. By clicking that icon you can get the RSS feed address you have just made. You can add this RSS feed address to your website RSS Reader. This way you can post automatic links to your website of the alerts/feed you have set up yourself. Make sure you make the alerts search criteria good enough to make sure your feeds are relevent.
Set up your Google Alert account today!
More info from Google alerts Help page… http://www.google.com/support/alerts/bin/static.py?hl=en&page=guide.cs&guide=28413&rd=1