The Google alerts are a free service that, although offered as Beta for years, is very useful if we want to keep up to date and monitor certain content on the Internet. We can track certain news or products that we comment on our blog, check if they talk about us, or follow the news and developments of the competition.
To configure an alert, the following elements must be defined:
- Terms (search terms). These are words (e.g. ministry of housing), proper names (e.g. Barack Obama), brand names (e.g. Twitter, Coca-Cola, etc.) or urls https://www.comohacer.eu/ for which we want to be notified when content with these terms is published on the Internet.
- Type. Indicates the source where the terms will be searched:
- Frequency. Periodicity with which we wish to receive notifications. It can be when it occurs, once a day o once a week.
- Destination notification (send to). We can choose between a Gmail email address or RSS. The RSS option is very practical as we can manage the information received more easily. If we opt for e-mail, then the mailbox will fill up, making it more difficult to extract the information we are interested in.
Service in English, Google Alerts allows for the field Type select two additional options: Blogs y Video.
On the other hand, we can manage our web alerts in a comfortable way.
The most remarkable thing about the service is the enormous simplicity of use, in a single window we configure the parameters of our alert and we click on Create alert.
By Luis Alfonso (from Merkatia).