Time for #TechTuesdays with yours truly!
A few years ago I heard about a neat little tool that has helped me stay on top of my blog showing up anywhere online. The tool is a Google Alert and if you’re not using it yet, you likely will be the end of this post.
Alerts are online, FREE tools that Google created to allow you to get emails for any keyword(s) you like. I have Google Alerts set up for my blog name (YouGotRossed), my personal name (Sherri Ross), my organizations (Birmingham Girls Club, Birmingham Dance Walk), and many other things. I get an email in my Inbox each time those search terms show up in a result somewhere, along with the link to the source, and I can see if someone has mentioned me or is sharing my blog.
To set up your own Google Alerts:
- Go to http://www.google.com/alerts in any web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, etc.).
- In the “Create Alert About” box type in your keyword or words that you want Google to search for.
- Once you’ve typed in your criteria, you will see options underneath the search box that say “Create Alert” and “Show Options”.
- Click the “Show Options” arrow to customize the alert for you and then click “Create Alert.” “Show Options” is where you can set the frequency of alerts you receive, where you received them and more.
- You’re all done! Now when Google finds something matching your keywords, you will get an email.
Google offers some helpful tips for setting up your searches here. Feel free to reach out to me at sherri (at) yougotrossed (dot) com if you have any questions about this or any tech queries. Happy Teching, Blogloves!