It is hard to be vigilant on the entire world wide web when it comes to protecting your work. In fact it is impossible, or is it. This article shows you how to use Google Alerts to protect your work on the internet. read more
I will follow this so I can learn, too! Thanks for asking!
Ok I followed it a few minutes after you created it but since there aren't any answers yet, I'm answering so that my followers see this question. Looking forward to some answers as to how its used.
One use would be to follow certain issues or topics. You could enter any search term you wish, Google will poll that search term and send new returns to your email.
For instance, I could add a search for "Supreme Court Affirmative Action" to my Alerts.
Now let's say tomorrow afternoon there is an update to the situation, maybe one of the judges makes a statement and a blogger or newspaper writes about it.
That new page will sent to my email so I can read about it, without having to consciously perform the search all over again and sift through older results that I've already seen.
Hope I've explained this well enough!
I use Google alerts for SEO & traffic I set an alert for a subject I want to do then see what I get in results. I check what the sites used for keywords etc... In cases of high traffic I set the alert to weekly so am not getting an email every day or minute or so. With a hot topic like weight loss thousands of queries daily happen.
You can also use them for you favorite blogs movie stars or whatever
Google alerts can be very useful but it really depends on your topic. For example I have been using it for about a year to get daily emails in regards to anything photography related. Once an article, news,new product, reviews, books or anything that is associated with photography happens Google will send me an email. In my case it has helped me with several ideas for photography hubs.
I didn't know the answer to this myself, but I appreciate all of the helpful answers!
Thanks for asking this question. I got a lot of useful information from fellow hubbers.
Wouldn't it be great if you could receive daily (or even instant) email updates of any subject that you can think of? Well with Google Alerts, now you can! read more
Good question and lots of new answers and tips.
I use google alerts for many things. One is topics for which I have an interest and when I receive them they sometimes provide me with ideas for articles on issues which need to be addressed. Other items is to track activity on my name, my website and articles amoung other items. Sometimes I get alerts for my name which is attached to articles I have written. This lets me know that someone has either searched for the article or has read the article.
Google alerts is a great benefit for keeping informed on topics you have an interest and I have received much benefit over the years since I began using this tool.
I use Google alerts to keep track of topics especially in my country, Nigeria. With Google alerts, it gives you a list of searches based on keywords.
For spamming someone else's email
You can sign them up for multiple alerts and if they aren't computer savvy it will likely take them a while to deactivate the alerts
I have set up alerts for my own name, and my user names, so I know right away when people are talking about me, and my family name, in case some genealogy gems show up.
I also set up alerts for companies I work for, and schools my daughter goes to, so I can keep up with happenings in those places.
I also have alerts for special topics that are of interest to me, but are rare enough that I won't get inundated with too many, but I see from the other answers that you don't have to choose rare topics, so I've learned something here.
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