Woo Us To Your Blog – Google Alerts

by Sherry Riter in Blog tips  ,Blogger,Google Alerts,Woo Us To Your Blog,Wordpress

Today we are going to chat about something that is fun.

Google Alerts

What is a Google Alert?

Google offers a content monitoring service that automatically notifies users of new content on the web. They call these notification Google Alerts.

What new content?

You set up the alerts that you would like to receive and they are the only notifications you will receive. Any time that your “alert term” is found in news, blogs, web, video and/or discussion groups, you will receive a notification.

What is an alert term?

An alert term can be anything. A few examples might be your Twitter name, blog name, a famous movie star, your real name, the name of your company, child’s school, or key words such as coupon, cabin or beach front property.

How will I be notified when the new content is posted?

Notifications are sent the way you want them to be sent to you via email, as a web feed or displayed on your iGoogle page.

Let me show you how this all works…

First, type Google.com to get to the main Google page. On that page in the top right hand corner you will see a place to sign in. If you already have a Google account, sign in using that information. If you do not have a Google account, you will be prompted to create one.

main Google.com page

This is my Google account settings page. You can click it to see more detail.

Google account settings

Notice the big red circle. When you click on ALERTS it will take you to the Google Alerts page where you set up your desired alerts.

Google Alerts

Start by determining which term you want to choose as an alert. Type it in the “Search Terms” box.

Now choose the type of information on that term that you will find of interest. Your choices are: Everything, News, Blogs, Updates, Videos or Discussions.

So if you choose “Blogs” then you will only be alerted when the term appears in a blog – any blog on the internet. It could appear in a video too, but you will not receive an alert for that because you chose “Blogs” only.

Google Alerts type

How often do you want to receive alerts? Your choices are: as-it-happens, once a day or once a week.

Google Alerts frequency

How many alerts do you want to appear on one email? Your choices are: up to 20 results or up to 50 results.

How many Google Alerts results per email?

Where do you want the alert delivered? Your choices are: an email account or a feed.

Email or Feed

Double check your choices and click “Create Alert.

Create Google Alert

To manage your alerts, on the main Google Alert page click the link “click here to manage your alerts.”

the link to manage your results

You will be taken to a page that lists all your alerts with their various criteria.

If you want to create another alert, just click “New Alert” and you can start the whole process over again.

view your set Google Alerts

If you choose “email notification,” it will appear in your email and look something like this for each term or alert that you have chosen:

email for Google Alert

That’s the whole Google Alert process. They can be fun and helpful, so take your time and thoughtfully create Google Alerts.

The last “Woo Us To Your Blog” post explored buttons and badges to advertise your blog. Do you remember the message or are you totally involved in setting up Google Alerts?

As always, attached is the weekly Linky to enter either the main URL to your site or add each post you publish throughout the week. You don’t have to do anything special, just drop your link in and get a little extra exposure to your site.

Until next week’s wooing post, have fun creating Google alerts and getting the results in your email all week.

Creating an alert for “ice cream” and feeling better already,

The Redhead Riter

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 MsBabyPlan September 26, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Thanks for hosting this link.

Happy Sunday.


2 Avante Garde Parenting September 26, 2010 at 4:52 pm

This is great and very helpful. Can you believe I had never even heard of Google alerts?! I'm going there now to create one! Thank you!!


3 Summer Ross September 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm

sweet! I didn't know I could do this. Thanks!


4 Mama P September 26, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Wow, I've had a google account for awhile now and never realized there was such a thing! Thanks Red!!


5 Metro DC Mom September 26, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I love google alerts! I have a whole bunch set up. Now if I could just get around to reading them and posting about what I find on some sort of an on-time manner…


6 Flamingo K (aka Karen Schurr) September 26, 2010 at 10:37 pm

I've had alerts for some time, and the best is seeing the alerts from FlamingoK….it cracks me up sometimes to see what I'm sent. Nice article…great work! Thank you for a great tute on maneuvering these things.


7 katlupe September 27, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Once again good advice, Red! I have been using Google alerts for awhile now. I was being "cyber bullied" a few months ago and that proved very helpful with my case. Thanks again for everything you do!!!!


8 Holly September 27, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Thanks for the tip!


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