Few Months back I have written two useful post on usage of Google reader for any blogger. In case if you have missed it, you can see it here
There is one more topic which is very important for bloggers and I forget to add it into the earlier series of Google alert posts.
Google alert is an online free service which will let you know when and what’s happening around the web for keyword which you have selected. One important thing is, every blogger should know what people are talking about them online or about their brand.
You can set keyword like “Yourname” or “Your Blog name” and set it to receive email updates when any one talking about this. For example, in my case I will use “Harsh Agrawal” or “Shoutmeloud” to monitor what people are talking about me around the web.
To trigger this updates go to Google alert website and enter your keyword (watch screenshot)
Now when ever any one on web will talk about shoutmeloud.com I will be notified via email. If you prefer feed subscription method, you can also subscribe to feeds for such alert. In the type section you can select between different options like web, blogs, comprehensive.
Do let me know if you find this tip useful and what else practical implementation of Google alert you can think of?