What are Google Alerts?
Google Alerts are emails sent to you when Google finds new results — such as web pages, newspaper articles, or blogs — that match your search term. You can use Google Alerts to monitor anything on the Web. For example, people use Google Alerts to:
- 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.
How to setup Google Alerts
2. Next go to http://www.google.com/alerts
3. If necessary, log into your gmail email address account.
4. The Google Alerts window appears
5. Click the “Create a New Alert” button to create an alert.
6. The new alert window appears
7. Fill in the information for your query. Here is an alert I created to find information on QuickBooks.
- I put my key words in the “Search query” box, this is what I am looking to find with my google alert. Everyone should have an alert for their name (including nick names, each name should be in its own alert), and one for your company name. Use quote marks around your name so that your query finds your whole name as one string of text. ie: “Vivienne Porter”
- “Result type” can be “everything”, or just “news, blogs, discussions, books, or videos”.
- Next, specific, setup “How Often” you would like to receive your alert, you can choose from “as-it-happens, once a day or once a week”.
- And lastly there is “How Many“, “Only Best Results” is what I normally use but you also have a choice of “all results”.
8. Here is what your alert will look like in your account.
9. You can always click the “Edit button” to modify an alert an any point in time. To return to the Google Alerts window, just go to http://www.google.com/alerts
10. Here is an example of a Google Alert delivered to my inbox.