Do you know what people are saying about you on the internet? Google Alerts will notify you anytime someone posts a blog or review about you so you can keep tabs on what’s being said about you and where your name is being dropped.
Think of Google Alerts as a customized automatic Google Search that delivers the search results to you in your email inbox anytime something new hits the internet.
Google Alerts are also helpful when you’re trying to keep up with certain topics, news, or people.
This is very helpful for musicians to keep track of reviews and places their album is featured.
Free and easy: Just go to http://www.google.com/alerts?hl=en&gl=us&source=alertsmail and create a free account if you don’t already have one. Then you can enter search terms like your name.
Enter your keywords just as if you were running a normal web search. A good basic starting point is to set up Alerts for the name of your organization, for the names of your key spokespeople who are likely to be quoted in the media, and for keywords that are relevant to your cause and/or community.
Tip: To get an idea of what sort of information might be returned for any specific keywords, do an ordinary Google Search and see what turns up. Based on those search results, tweak your keywords to match your needs. You can always change it later, or delete it and set up a different Alert.
Be sure to enclose terms in “quotes” to focus on that term only. You’ll start getting your own personal google search results in your inbox right away
- your name
- your band name
- your album title (to find reviews or places carrying it for sale)
- your company name
- your competition
- your genre or area of interest
- other people you want to keep track of what they’re doing
- product names
- Anything you are researching or learning about.