You can automatically monitor the web for any new news or blog articles that discuss topics you are interested in. How? By using Google Alerts!
Once you’ve set up an alert, you’ll get notified when new results for your topic show up in Google.
For example, if you are a passionate Harry Potter fan, you could set up an alert to monitor the web for any new Potter-related stuff.
Or if you are in business, you can monitor the web for news pertaining to your industry or niche. In fact, the possibilities are endless. You can even set up an alert to monitor mentions of your own name, should you be so inclined.
And, don’t worry about getting your inbox flooded with alert emails. If you don’t want to receive alerts as they happen, you can choose to have alerts combined into a daily or weekly digest. And, you can even choose a time of the day when you would prefer to receive your alert digest emails.
Or, if you prefer, you can receive the alerts via RSS rather than email.
Setting up an alert is easy.
- Go to the Google Alerts web page.
- Enter your key words or phrases into the “Create and alert about” field.
- Click the “Show Options” down arrow and configure the alert to fit your needs.
- Hit the “Create Alert” button.
That’s it! Now, you should begin receiving emails ( or RSS notifications) when new mentions of your chosen topics are picked up by Google.
If you want to edit or delete your Google Alerts, you can simply return to the alerts page and click the pencil or bin icons. There should also be an “edit this alert” link at the bottom of the alert emails you receive.