I wanted to let you know about a new Google service I stumbled upon recently. It’s called Google Alerts.
As you know I run a small online web development business. I target search phrases like “Maryland web developer” and “Maryland wordpress”. I’ve spent time and money getting my website to the top of Google for those search phrases.
I also spend time searching those phrases on Google to see where my website(s) are located as well as to learn about my competition. When new websites pop up on “Maryland web developer” or “Maryland wordpress” searches, I want to be the first to know so I can examine those websites and evaluate the type of keyword strategies they are using (this is how the pros do it).
Anyway I was spending a lot of time unnecessarily searching those phrases for new competition until I learned about Google Alerts. Google Alerts is a new service that provides email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.
Simply, tell Google the topic you wish to monitor, enter your email address and the type of results you wish to receive, and click create alert.
It’s that simple. From now on Google will alert you when new websites appear on searches on the topics of your choosing!