In this post I am going to show you how to set up google alert. It is a very easy to set up and it could provide you a powerful tool in order to come up with content ideas or to simply stay in trend with the latest events.
First step you have to do is to create a Google account here: https://accounts.google.com/SignUp?hl=en . You only need a standard Google account and not a G+ profile.
Second step Once you created your google account, you will have to visit this page: https://www.google.com/alerts
As you can see those are my five google alerts for this website. At the end of the day, I am not sure if my local time or UTC, I receive 5 e-mails with the top stories from that day based on each keyword.
Third step – Setting up Google alert I ironically wrote google alerts on the field bar in order to show you the advanced options. You could set your alert to be sent: As it happens or At most once a day or At most once a week. Depending on how much time you have to create content I would say that the best will be once a day.
Next option is to select the sources from where Google will collect the information. I left mine to Automatic and I encourage you to do the same. The automatic source includes sources such as: News, Blogs, Web, Video, Books, Discussion and Finance. You can also choose the language. This will be useful for those creating a website in a foreign language.
The region feature is powerful as well since it lets you to choose from which part of the planet you would like your news to be from. For instance if a new game is launched in Japan, you can select your google alert to show you all the posts from Japan about the game.
You can also tell Google how many results concerning your keyword you would like to see and in the end you have to introduce the gmail address where you would like to receive those alerts.
How does it help me?
It helps me stay in touch with the latest trend. For example if a new scam appears or is reviewed or anything else, I could easily check it out and write a review of it on my website. Google alerts are not strictly limited to this and if you have a niche about “computer games” or anything in the world, you could use that information to make a post on it.
Note: This is essential for people that have a fresh website. If you are going to create a post on an event that happened a year, two years, five years, ten years ago, chances are that there are already tons of posts on that subject already. Therefore, chances of you getting a lot of visitors to your websites are highly diminished. You can still get visitors to those old posts about events that happened in the past, but you will have to carefully select your “Keywords”. A more in-depth explanation of what keywords are can be found on the SEO chapter of my Online Business guide that you can access it here.
This sums pretty much all on how to set up google alert. I hope you found the tutorial well explained. If you still have questions unanswered, please write them in the comment section below!