A few months back, I wrote a post about the usage of Google Reader for bloggers. In case you missed it, you can see it here:
There is one more topic which is very important for bloggers that I forget to add into that post.
In case you don’t know, Google Alerts is a free online service which lets you know what’s happening around the web for a selected keyword.
As a blogger, you should always know when people are talking about you or your brand online.
You can set keywords like “(your name)” or “(your blog’s name)” and have Google send email updates whenever anyone is mentioning these keywords online.
For example, my keywords are “Harsh Agrawal” and “ShoutMeLoud”. This way, I can monitor what people are saying about me and my blog around the web.
To trigger this update, go to the Google Alerts website and enter your keyword(s):
Now, whenever anyone on the web talks about ShoutMeLoud, I will be notified via email.
If you prefer a feed subscription method, you can also subscribe to feeds for such alerts.
In the “Type” section, you can select between different options like Web, Blogs, or Comprehensive.
Do let me know if you find this tip useful and what other practical implementations of Google Alerts you can think of. Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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