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Google Alerts is the most powerful free marketing tool that you’re not using.

And by not doing so, you’re missing out on opportunities to grow your traffic, your brand and your income each and every day.

For completely free you can access thousands of pieces of targeted information right in your inbox. Spoon-feeding you the data and resources you need to get ahead of the competition.

From brand monitoring, adding new income streams and opening up new guest post spots, Google Alerts has got you covered.

So if you want to learn how to use Google Alerts to grow your business, read on..

What You Will Learn

  • How to set up Google Alerts the right way
  • How to use Google Alerts to grow your business
  • How to get notified of easy link building opportunities automatically
  • How to discover new niches automatically
  • Plus 16 other awesome ways to use Google Alert
How Google Alerts Will Help You

Google Alerts is the most powerful tool any online marketer has available to them. (Bold statement, I know).

It’s a completely free tool that allows you to leverage your brand, boost traffic, harvest hundreds of new opportunities and increase your overall sales.

By monitoring the internet for activity around the keywords or topics you care about, you can receive real-time and actionable updates. Let me show you what I mean as simply as possible.

Let’s say you’re in the travel niche and you’re interested in guest posting. In Google alerts you’d create an alert that looks like this:

find guest posts with Google Alerts

Then every time content relevant to these terms is put on the internet, you’ll receive an alert about it at a frequency that you choose.

So “this guest post” travel would send you an alert to check out this site:

set up google alerts for guest posting

You can then contact them to say you’re interesting in guest posting too. How simple is that?

As you’ll see later in this article this works for everything from monitoring your brand’s presence online, to finding link building opportunities and important questions you could use your content to answer.

Also, there’s something else that’s really great about Google Alerts…

Even after all of these years they’re one of the most overlooked tools by internet marketers.

So if you’re one of the few smart marketers who takes the time to use them, you can rest easy in the knowledge that you’re getting a competitive advantage.

Okay, that’s what an alert is, but how do you set one up?

How To Set Up Google Alerts

Throughout this article I’m going to show you specific examples of Google Alerts you can use to get the best results from this tool.

But first you need to know how to set up an alert and each stage of the process.

Firstly you’ll need to go to the Google Alerts page by clicking here. That’ll take you to a page that looks a little like this:

set up Google Alerts the right way

In the search box you can add in the alerts you want to receive. For this I’m going to stick with the “this guest post” travel alert:

how to use Google Alerts to grow your business

That’ll bring you a whole page of results that will show you whether, up until now, it is a good alert to follow:

Google Alerts set up process

Don’t worry if it says there are no recent results when you search, you don’t need 10’s or 100’s of results at this stage. You just need enough content for you to work with.

If there are no real results it may not be worth getting alerts (unless it’s brand related, more on that in the next section) but this alert seems worthwhile.

Before you go ahead and click the Create Alert button though, take the time to click on the Show options button. That’ll give you a list of variables to play with.

final Google Alerts settings

For optimal settings I’d suggest you choose:

  • How often: Choose this dependent on the alert you’re selecting. You only need Guest Post updates once a week. But if someone mentions my site I want to know about it as it happens.
  • Sources: Choose Automatic for this.
  • Language: Dependant on the languages you write in or focus on.
  • Region: Select the database or country you’re aiming to rank in.
  • How many: Again dependant on the alert. If it’s for guest posts I’d select Only the best results but for brand monitoring I was to know everywhere and anywhere.
  • Deliver to: Your best email address

Then go ahead and select Create Alert and you’re ready.

Sections like this take longer to read than they do to implement. And once you’ve setup your first three or four updates you can really do this in 10 seconds.

How To Use Google Alerts To Grow Your Business

So now you know how to set up Google Alerts let’s check out the types of alerts you can create and why you need them…

01: Monitor Your Brand

Brand monitoring allows you to find hundreds of new opportunities from the places you’ve been mentioned.

If your brand name – be it your name or your website name – is mentioned on a website, forum, comment or blog post you’ll receive an alert right to your inbox.

For example if someone mentions Matthew Woodward anywhere online I get an email directly to my inbox telling me where it is and what’s been said.

Like this video description on Vimeo:

Google Alerts brand monitoring

Now all I’d need to do is contact the video owner and ask them if he could add a link into the description that brings people back to my blog.

But there are lots of opportunities outside of link building too:

  • Feedback: You can see how people are talking about your brand and make informed decisions about the future.
  • Networking: Connecting with people who care about your brand and are aligned with your interests.
  • Branding: Has someone endorsed you? Well that’s an extra testimonial or logo you can add to your blog to improve your impact.

Below are the alerts that I have running all of the time.

All you need to do to recreate them is replace my information with yours:

matthewwoodward.co.uk
www.matthewwoodward.co.uk
matthewwoodward
matthew woodward

02: Monitor Your Competitors

In addition to monitoring your brand, you should also be looking at what your competition is doing. Because for every alert you can set up for your brand you can set up for theirs too.

There are lots of opportunities here, here are just a few that I personally monitor:

  • Positive feedback
  • Negative feedback
  • New links
  • New guest posts
  • New content

This allows me to build up a picture of what my competition is doing online and what their next steps are going to be. Meaning I can go on the offensive from an informed position.

Now I’m not going to publically reveal who I’ve been monitoring, instead I’ll give you some cookie cutter alerts you can set up in the box below.

Site:[competitors url]
[competitor name]
“I think” [competitor  name]
“Has anyone tried” [competitor name]
“This guest post by” [competitor name]

03: Track Local Content

If your SEO efforts are focused locally, you can also set up alerts to track content in your local area.

This means if there are businesses worth connecting with locally, links to be built or people to outreach to, you can find them almost immediately.

You can either set this up to keep your hand in with local news, or you can make it industry specific too.

Here are a few examples you can use:

location:Manchester, UK
“[your topic]” location:New York City, NY
“News” location:Rome, Italy
“[brand name]” location:yourhometown

04: Monitor Questions In Your Niche

This is a simple, but effective, Google Alert that you can’t afford to not be using.

By monitoring questions in your niche you’re able to receive real-time updates about when someone has asked a question you know the answer to.

Meaning you can come in with your authority content, share it with the question asker, and build loyal fans and subscribers as a result of it. It’s giving value in its purest form!

One of the phrases I focus on monitoring all of the topics my site covers. Whether it’s chatter about my affiliate products like SEMRush and SERPed, or industry questions like Google Penalties and Link Building.

Below are the exact alerts I have set up, but you can change link building for whichever topic your content focuses on:

How * link building
Is * link building
Can * link building
When * link building
Why * link building
Will * link building

05: Measure Content Quality

Earlier in this article you saw about selecting Only the best results or All results based on the alert you’re creating.

Think of this as a high quality or standard quality filter that you can use to measure which sites have good and bad content in the eyes of Google.

Most importantly, do this with your site because you can set up Google Alerts to track the quality of your content.

What you need to do is set yourself up two alerts like this:

Site:yourdomain.com + All results
Site:yourdomain.com + Only the best

Meaning you’ll receive one alert for all results and one for the high quality results.

high quality search results

The thinking behind this is that when your content shows up in the only the best results alert your content has reached a much higher standard.

How clever is that?

06: Monitor Your Content Distribution

Chances are you have a flagship piece of content that brings you a whole lot of traffic.

Well now you can use Google Alerts to monitor mentions of that article and see what’s being said.

Allowing you to join the discussion, add links and promote yourself in all corners of the internet at the click of a mouse.

For example my video tutorial series, The Ultimate Guide to Tiered Link Building is quite popular and I have alerts to monitor for mentions of it around the Web.

This alert is super simple to use because all you need to do is focus on variations of the headlines of your article, like:

“ultimate guide to tiered link building
“ultimate guide to link building”
“tiered link building part”

07: Find New Guest Post Opportunities

Like it or not, guest posting isn’t dead and it sure isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

If there’s a blog out there that does accept guest posts, they more than likely have a Write for Us or Contribute section on their site.

Usually with a contact form or email address to apply for it.

Well you can set up alerts to let you know when sites add these pages, update them or post content in the form of a guest post on their site.

And when they do, you can capitalise on their current need for guest content by being their knight in shining armour.

Here are the alerts I have set up, and all you need to do is swap SEO for your chosen topic to personalise them:

“write for us” SEO
“submit guest post” SEO
“bloggers wanted” SEO
“become a contributor” SEO
“this guest post” SEO
“become an author” SEO

08: Discover New Niches

How great would it be to find brand new niches in your inbox every single week?

Well, with Google Alerts, it’s possible.

Think about setting up alerts such as:

New [technology] this year
New [business strategy] 2017
Hot new [product] 2017
what will happen if [desired/undesired outsome]

09: Monitor Your Site Security

Having your site hacked is up there in the least pleasant experiences in life. But, thankfully, you can set up Google Alerts to inform you of any unusual activity on your site.

If someone decided to break in and add links into the footers, create junk pages, or add a, “LOL WE HACKED U, L8RTZ” blog post to your site, these alerts will let you know.

It’s hard to know 100% what words, phrases or links people are going to leave you with in these situations. So I’ve found creating one long alert for multiple possibilities is quite effective.

Basically take all of the keywords people tend to use in these situations, like viagra or Gucci handbags or porn, and add them to the list.

You can simply edit my site for yours in this and expand upon it where it fits:

site:matthewwoodward.co.uk acne OR botox OR casino OR dating OR debt OR insurance OR mortgage OR paxil OR pharmacy OR phentamine OR pherimones OR poker OR porn OR OR roulette sex OR viagara OR viagra OR xxx

10: Get Immediate Job Alerts

If you’re looking for a new job then you can set up a Google Alert for it.

By using the specific title of the job you’re looking for, or the company you want to work for, you can create an alert to find out when they’re open to application. Giving you a time advantage most other applicants would never have.

Think of creating alerts like:

“Company name” + “Job title”
“Marketing jobs” IKEA
“Apply now” Penguin Books
“Send your cv to” Volkswagen

11: Find Your Next Freelance Gig

If you’re a freelancer looking to grow your business you can also utilise Google Alerts.

You can create an alert for specific sites, companies or projects that you’d be interested in.

For example if you’re a freelance writer you could set an alert for when Problogger Jobs is updated with a role in your niche.

This works for all niches and freelancers too. You could use alerts like:

“Jobs.problogger.net” + “Travel”
“Buffer” Design
SEO Tools” Freelance Programmer
“Looking for a freelance” Pixar

12: Access Exclusive Discounts And Promotions

Got a favourite brand that you just wish you could get a discount for?

Well, you’re in luck. Google Alerts allows you to track when their next sale, discount or coupon offer goes live.

For example, if you were looking to buy a copy of SEMRush, but didn’t want to pay full retail, you could set up an alert like:

“Discount” SEMRush
“% discount on” SEMRush
“Save money on” SEMRush
“SEMRush” + “Coupon Code”

13: Monitor Plagiarism

Google Alerts can help you make sure your work is protected. As soon as someone steals a sentence, paragraph or article you can set up an alert to make you aware of it.

Take an excerpt from an article, put it in quotation marks, and set up an alert like I’ve done below. This is great for bloggers and content creators.

“If you’re doing a good job of promoting your site through guest posting, forums, Quora and other networks you’ll be receiving a tonne of referral traffic.”

14: Follow Your Favourite Author

Is there an author who you just love to read from? Well with Google Alerts you can set up an alert to let you know when they’ve posted, or guest posted.

You could even use this to find new sites that are open to guest posting and create your own list based on where the author has written.

I’m a big fan of Derek Sivers, so I could set up an Alert like:

“Derek Sivers” guest post
“This guest post from Derek Sivers”
Derek Sivers “new post”
“Guest Contributor” Derek Sivers

15: Get Local News

I spend most of my life living away from the UK (for various reasons). And with Google Alerts I’m able to keep up to date with local news in my hometown.

This isn’t an essential part of my schedule, but it’s nice to be able to check in. And if you’re an expat you can use this to catch up on specific news too.

“Breaking news” Manchester
“New York” + “News”

16: Find Guest Speaking Opportunities

If you’re looking to get into public speaking, Google Alerts can give you a good platform to find opportunities.

Much like guest writing and blogging you can set up alerts for when opportunities arise.

You can monitor your personal brand and see if you’re being recommended to speak, or find new events to put yourself forward for.

[Niche] “want to see speak”
Matt Woodward “want to speak”
[Niche] “looking for speakers”

Bonus: Finding Link Building Opportunities

There are lots of different platforms out there that make it easy to snag quick backlinks.

WordPress plugins such as CommentLuv and KeywordLuv allow you to drop keyword based anchor text links on any site that uses them.

So it makes sense for us to setup alerts to notify of those opportunities as they arise. Just replace SEO with your niche below-

SEO +”CommentLuv enabled”
SEO +”enter [email protected]” -intitle:”enter [email protected]

Time To Get Creative…

With the information in this article alone you’re going to be able to find hundreds of low-hanging fruits that you can use to boost your results for little to no effort.

But there are endless possibilities of what you can do with this tool.

One question I ask for using this tool is this:

What work do I not want to do, but I also don’t want to outsource?

For example I don’t want to spend hours looking for sites with guest blogging opportunities, but I also don’t want to outsource that to someone for $5 an hour.

Because, why would I when Google Alerts does it for free?

Here are a few other alerts you could setup off the top of my head that might help you:

  • Blog posts by specific authors
  • New content on a specific subject
  • Latest affiliate products on a site
  • Upcoming Google algorithm update news
  • This years trends you could capitalise on

No matter what your niche, your focus or your business model there is a Google Alert to help you capitalise and make informed decisions.

And if Google Alerts doesn’t do it for you – you can also take advantage of Talkwalker Alerts which works in the same way.

Which leads me to my next questions…

How Do You Use Google Alerts?

I’d love to know what alerts you have set up that should have been featured in this article. What strategies are you using to leverage?

Or, is this a new concept for you and your about to set up Google Alerts for the first time? Which ones are you going to use?

Let me know in the comments…

343 Responses

  1. Jason Theofilos
    9.10.2012

    Nice work Matthew. I hadn't read the post on SEJ, so thanks for the heads up, hope the traffic/subscribers get a big boost for you (by the way he's taken the link to your site out of the main article, but left an extra '>').

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 10th, 2012 at 11:39 am

      To be honest it didn't generate that much traffic at all but I will be doing a follow up post comparing the guest post results to having the first comment on a popular article.

      Yeah I noticed that and sent it over to the editor, just waiting for it to be updated.

    • مباريات اليوم
      April 28th, 2017 at 4:37 am

      nice work that yow present thanks alot

  2. Anonymous
    9.19.2012

    every day I open the blog to see whether any new article or content but no luck nowadays :(

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 19th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Hi Alson,

      I've been working hard on the background/preperation work for some new posts/case studys. for example high pr aged domain vs new domain, ranking a site with just blog network posts and so forth :) Also I got invited to do Terry Kyles Sunday SEO last minute last week which delay the video for the week.

      The last video in the tiered link building series will be done before Sunday :)

  3. Argo Blue LLC
    10.4.2012

    How were you able to setup multiple alerts for one term. ie the site:domain when I try to do it in G iam being told the term is already in.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 14th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Use a different account ^^

      • Chris
        June 24th, 2013 at 10:10 am

        Nice tip this one…

        I actually used the same account and set one using the Google Account notify via email (best results) and the feed for (all results) that way I keep the content in the same account and still be alerted to both.

        Fantastic post, and I know I have caught it late but I still wanted to write a comment to show my appreciation and to say thank you for inspiring me to use this in ways I never even thought about.

        • Matthew Woodward
          July 16th, 2013 at 8:01 am

          Yeah that is a nice way of plugging it together, good thinking!

        • Sexy Lingerie Collection
          May 19th, 2017 at 6:15 am

          Nice Article and really helpful. Thank you so much. Hope We will get more great article soon.

  4. SouthAfrica Casino
    1.3.2013

    Haven’t use Google Alert yet, but that sounds interesting and easy. I would try it some time in the future.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 3rd, 2013 at 9:06 am

      Very hand tool – and best of all, its freeeeeeee! =D

  5. Graphic Design
    1.18.2013

    I really like the link building guides, thanks a lot.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 18th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      Cheers :) Don’t be afraid to ask any questions on the forum!

  6. Content Customs
    1.28.2013

    Just wanted to add – “City AND inurl:submit-event” is ARRRRRguably the best way to find local directory submission opportunities for small business SEO. Thanks for the other tips, although I’d have to agree that the pirate-ese made this article a little difficult to read.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 29th, 2013 at 11:33 am

      Great additional tip thank you!

  7. Richard Best - MINT Online
    3.7.2013

    Hi Matthew,

    This is a great post, and has really helped out! Loving your blog and your videos – really great stuff. Keep it up!

    Richard Best

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 7th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Hi Richard,

      Thanks very much – more to come =D

  8. Roger Silverthorn
    3.21.2013

    Hi Matthew – just spent an eye-opening (not to mention wallet-oeforepening !) 90 minutes looking through some of your posts and comments… Why have I not found out about you before ! Wonderful stuff – thank you !
    My problem is this – I know that Google Alerts are enormously powerful – and FREE ! – and I intended to use them to drive the RSS feeds for a new WP plugin to semi-autoblog a new site… However, the alert feed from Google is not actually an RSS feed ! What I mean is, for example, if you extract news articles using G.A. the post title can be unintelligible (strange character strings can appear if there are special characters in the original item (like double quotes) ) and if (it doesn’t always ! ) it extracts an image, it only forwards a thumbnail version.
    So – to cut to the chase – do you know of any available software that can convert a Google alert into a “proper” RSS feed item ? The WP plugin sellers really don’t seem to want to help me with this !
    I would be very (eternally ?) grateful for any help !
    Roger

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 27th, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Hi Roger,

      Hahaha that made me laugh thanks for the comment =D

      To be honest I’m not really sure how you could resolve that – perhaps a custom script that takes the source data and scrubs non standard character strings and outputs a new rss feed?

      Probably cost $20-$30 to get coded on odesk?

  9. Jacob King
    3.26.2013

    Only three comments on this post haha.

    I just put up a quick post about using G alerts to monitor spam indexation. Backlink for you sir.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 27th, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Got a lot more interest at SEJ =\

  10. Temesgen
    5.15.2013

    Matthew you are such a hero lol…you assured me that it is possible to be a good blogger and make a living out of it ….. your tips are such inspirational

    Thank you

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 15th, 2013 at 9:05 am

      I’m just giving people what they want :)

  11. Rank Wizard
    5.26.2013

    Do you use majestic seo or hrefs to check backlinks?

  12. seomedellin
    6.12.2013

    Great post Mathew as always.

    Thank u i didn knew talkwalker great app.

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 12th, 2013 at 8:30 am

      Cheers :)

  13. Dedy @ belajar wordpress
    6.12.2013

    heii .. I have not used google alerts, but it looks interesting to try. I certainly was not going to waste to try it. may be useful.

    thanks for share

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 13th, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Cheers Dedy =D

  14. Vahid
    7.26.2013

    Mattew,
    Today I double checked my feedly to make sure I’ve subscribed for your RSS .

    Thank you for your informative posts .

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 29th, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Thanks =D

  15. 8.7.2013

    I have never used Google Alerts but it seems to a great tool by Google. Let’s see…

  16. Dan
    8.20.2013

    What are you doing now that Google Alerts no longer delivers to RSS?

    Is there an RSS version that works these days?

  17. marty
    11.21.2013

    Thanks for giving us a heads up on the article I don’t know much about google alerts but after this I think I got my next blogging homework assigment

  18. James
    12.19.2013

    Great stuff, this and the Tynt suggestion are set up now, brilliant work.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 19th, 2013 at 8:58 am

      No worrys :)

  19. Fiverr Guy
    1.7.2014

    After some checking, looks like Google Alerts doesn’t pick up alerts from forums, or at least not as much as from blogs. I’ve noticed that WordPress blogs and news sites appear, while things posted on forums do not. Have you seen this as well?

  20. Nahim Siope
    1.27.2014

    I’ve enjoyed the read on google alert, look forward to activating what I’ve learnt. I’ll get back to you if this works. Cheers.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 28th, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Hope it helps :)

  21. Michael
    3.5.2014

    Thanks for giving me a stimulus concerning Google Alerts, I have been using that for a while but I I need to use it more creatively, so yep another great tip.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 6th, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Thanks :)

  22. White Mike
    3.5.2014

    Hi Mat, Great Post as always.

    But isn’t that exactly was Buzz bundle dose, or am I missing something?

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 6th, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Yeah BuzzBundle is a much more developed version of this

  23. Albin
    3.7.2014

    Hey Mat !

    I’ve learned something new, was a pleasure to read your article .

    Kind regards form Albania ;)

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 10th, 2014 at 8:46 am

      Thanks :)

  24. Donald
    3.13.2014

    I agree with you Matt that google alerts is one of the underrated tools that you can use but has a lot of potential. I have to say that I experienced this once when I was working with a company and I was able to find some viral topics which people want to find and made a video about it. In 3 months I had it on the first page of youtube and had 10k views without a boost.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 13th, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Yeah it’s a great way to stay in tune with your market!

  25. Suzi Bhen
    3.21.2014

    Yes you are 100% correct, alerts can help you for 100 reasons. If you are using google alert you are safe most of times.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 22nd, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Hope you put them to good use :)

  26. Johnny
    3.31.2014

    After reading yours blog, I activate the Google alert in my Gmail id and it’s really awesome. Thanks for this enlightening sharing.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 31st, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Hope it helps!

  27. Yeasmin Akter
    4.2.2014

    Hi Matt, Thanks very much for this post, it’s very useful for me. I don’t know about Google Alerts but after reading this I will definitely set up Google Alerts for my own.
    Thanks

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 2nd, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      They have made a few improvements recently as well!

  28. Louise
    4.9.2014

    Thanks for detailing how to use Google alerts here. I have used this pretty nifty resource for a long time and I am happy with the results. :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 12th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      It’s a sweet bit of kit :)

  29. Rohit Sharma
    4.9.2014

    I wasn’t aware of that tool. But now I am gonna activate it, hope it help me.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 12th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Enjoy =D

  30. punjabi songs
    4.11.2014

    i had never used google alerts. I would try it some time in the future.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 12th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Good luck :)

  31. Eymard Siojo
    4.16.2014

    Thanks for the post Matt.
    I never thought that footprints works with G alerts.

    Got some new info right here :) Ty

    – Eymard

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 18th, 2014 at 10:00 am

      No worrys :)

  32. Jatin Chhabra
    5.7.2014

    I use GA for:
    1. My Brand Name and My name- to know what the web is speaking about me
    .
    2. Travel Guest Post- As I am from tourism industry so GA on travel guest post offers good quality content which I can use later-on and sometimes a guest post opportunity.

    3. My Competitor brands- To know what quality web page has gone live from their end.

    4. This is new- .edu- I got some .edu sites from where I can get some .edu indexed links on my site like this – independent.academia.edu/JatinChhabra

    Plus I totally agree with you that sky is the limit when it comes to GA. So will love to hear more from you on this topic.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 9th, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      They are some great uses right there =D

  33. Jatin Chhabra
    5.9.2014

    Yeah and I didn’t mentioned it earlier that I founded your blog via GA. Alert was “Tier Linking” :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 9th, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      Haha thats ironic!

  34. Sahantha
    5.30.2014

    I have started a new blog recently and am not getting enough ideas to write. This Google Alerts trick is really nice. I’ll use it from this instant. Thanks Mat.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 31st, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Try looking at relevant forums and yahoo answers

  35. Charl
    6.4.2014

    I tested a few sites with 3 to 5 pages of 500 words and then having a autoblog using google alerts, even though the rss feed pulls just over 200 words, im ranking on the first page for 5-9 of my keywords in most cases. Users also love it as not everyone knows how to set up an rss feed or use GA

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 5th, 2014 at 12:18 am

      Nice going well done :)

  36. mayank
    6.25.2014

    Hey great article. :)
    I am new to your website and found you really have some interesting stuff.
    Looking forward to your blog.
    Keep up the good work. :D

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 26th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks =D

  37. Matt Fuller
    7.12.2014

    Hi Matthew, the problem I find is having the time to follow up on all the alerts that come through. Unless your website is your full-time job, time usually gets the better of us.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 14th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      It doesn’t take all that long, if you get too many just tighten up your settings!

  38. Davis
    7.14.2014

    Hi Mathew,
    I’m glad to read an article like this which encourage ones to make a better blog. This post is really helpful for me.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 14th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      Good luck =D

  39. Carine Allen
    7.23.2014

    Google Alert is interesting and easy and helpful for us.I also try it some time in the future.I really like the link building guides, thanks for sharing.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 23rd, 2014 at 2:44 pm

      No worrys :)

  40. Kelsey @ BroSix
    8.4.2014

    Great stuff, Matthew! I like finding our own blog posts in my alerts for our keywords because it tells me that Google likes out content!

  41. Hardik agrawal
    8.24.2014

    Godd work matthew. Waiting for your another inspiring income report

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 25th, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Thanks, there will be another on the 1st as always :)

  42. Veronica
    9.4.2014

    Yarr cap’n! I use google alert fer researchin’ fer me next blog message topic!

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 8th, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      hahaha =D

  43. Andy
    9.17.2014

    Matt – do you know a means to chart the history of google alerts on a topic you are following to look back at spikes in activity to understand what was happening at that time?

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 18th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Hmm I don’t but I guess you could do that with IFTTT and Google Docs maybe?

  44. Titanium Marketing Pro
    9.27.2014

    Arrrrr! Those be some fine tips matey…

    I’ve got one for you as well… say yer lookin to sell somethin on craigslist… but ye don’t have a clue what to sell, or where’s the best place to put yer ad… why not set up an Alert with the item yer wantin’ to sell plus “want to buy” or “WTB”…

    Then, when yer Alerts come thru you’ll have a slew of cave dwellers with money in hand and gold to spend. Setup another Alert for yer item(s) and “eBay” and then just connect the buyer with the sellerrr and take yer cut down the middle!

    This is just ONE trick up me sleeve… click on me name to see more! ARRRRRRRRRR!

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 29th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Haha we dont have craigslist in the UK so thats a nice extra tip!

  45. Chris Dill
    10.14.2014

    Wow, that tip for measuring content quality is a killer! I immediately set up alerts for all of the domains I publish on- awesome stuff. Thanks!

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 14th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      No problem :)

  46. infilead
    11.13.2014

    Thanks for the nice blog. It was very useful for me. Keep sharing such ideas in the future as well.Thanks for sharing the such information with us.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 19th, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post!

  47. Philip Kleudgen
    11.17.2014

    Google alerts is one of my most used tools to build backlinks and find opportunities to talk about my topics. Recently i also used Feedly to be notified when my favourite blogs posted something so i could drop a comment.

    I also saw that Ahrefs.com recently launched their own version, but I didn’t test it yet.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 19th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Haha I do that as well :)

  48. Yesenia Alvarez
    12.13.2014

    I use Google Alerts too its helps me writing updated content and its wonderful.

    Let’s create an alert.

    Try you will enjoy it.

  49. omar
    1.17.2015

    Thanks Matthew

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 17th, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      Yaaargggh!!

  50. آپلود عکس
    2.10.2015

    Very well written post. It will be valuable to anybody who usess it, including me. Keep doing what you are doing – for sure i will check out more posts.

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 10th, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Enjoy :)

  51. offshore news
    2.11.2015

    I just activated my Google alerts, thanks to this post. Keep writing articles like this Matthew :).

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 11th, 2015 at 9:50 am

      I’ll do what I can :)

  52. Mofos
    2.16.2015

    This is the first i’m hearing about Google alerts. Seems like a very useful tool. Especially setting up those twitter alerts since social signals are pretty important these days.

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 21st, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Indeed it is =D

  53. frans
    2.25.2015

    iam use google alert with enjoy thanks Mr.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 1st, 2015 at 11:38 am

      Good to hear!

  54. Tony
    3.9.2015

    Hi Matt,

    Thank you for your ninja google alert information, is ther any wordpress plugin

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 9th, 2015 at 9:33 am

      There is no plugin needed

  55. Matt Woosnam
    3.11.2015

    Its funny, theres so many google products that don’t get the same kind of attention as some of the more popular ones. This would be one of them! I like google trends but will certainly be checking this one out. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 12th, 2015 at 8:31 am

      No problem :)

  56. Daniel
    3.12.2015

    Hi Matthew,

    I didn’t even know Google provided this particular service so thank you for sharing it its something I would be interested in.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 12th, 2015 at 8:30 am

      No problem glad to be of service

  57. 3.15.2015

    Hey,

    Thanks for the tips, I had no clue I could do so much things with Google Alerts. I look forward to read more of your articles.

    Regards
    Supref

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 17th, 2015 at 11:24 am

      No problem :)

  58. Henry
    3.15.2015

    wow, I learnt something new today with this. Google has so many amazing features we can use but i didn’t know about this one.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 17th, 2015 at 11:22 am

      No problem :)

  59. sunil kumar
    3.29.2015

    hi Mathew,
    Google alerts? well it is new to me, but you have not mentioned the price of it. I wanted to use, but is it free or any free edition of its?

    I forget to thanks you for a informative article, if you will reply then it would be a great help.

    thank
    sunil

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 31st, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Yes it is 100% free

  60. TrongBao
    4.9.2015

    Thanks Matthew

  61. Nirmal Sarkar
    4.18.2015

    Thanks a lot. The article you have written has truly helped me in a lot of ways.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 19th, 2015 at 6:51 am

      No problem :)

  62. 4.23.2015

    Thanks Nice Way :)

    This is Helped Me Many Times

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 27th, 2015 at 3:01 am

      Yaaaarrrrg!

  63. Desmond
    5.8.2015

    Stay up the great work, Matthew! You already know, many individuals
    are hunting around for this information, you can help them greatly !

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 13th, 2015 at 4:36 am

      No problem :)

  64. John Stover
    5.10.2015

    We use GA to monitor our clients brand and names (specifically for rep management). We do use Buzz bundle for this as well. The other way we use GA is for outreach – finding links, blog comments ect.

    Great post Matt! Sometimes it’s good to be reminded to go back to the basics;)

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 13th, 2015 at 4:15 am

      The basics are where the money is :)

  65. Perambur Kumar
    5.19.2015

    Hi Mathew
    Awesome Post
    I always use Google Alerts.
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful information with us

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 21st, 2015 at 5:17 am

      No problem :)

  66. Rajni
    6.5.2015

    I like your way to define this article. Good job. Keep It Up!

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 6th, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Thanks Rajni!

  67. Camden Town Minicab
    6.29.2015

    Hi, Thanks for your post, I created google alert and its helpful to me.

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 29th, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      You should look at Twitter searches as well

  68. db
    7.8.2015

    Very interesting read about google alerts.
    we have been using them for a while to keep our clients informed about business news on the west coast.
    Your article intrigued me, the specific heading “Regional Based Monitoring” how is it possible to set something up that would inform you of the person looking for a “laptop” in a specific area.

    thx
    db

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 8th, 2015 at 10:50 am

      ‘laptop new york’

      Although you would be better off using Twitter search with the proximity feature and something like HootSuite to monitor those search results.

  69. JP
    7.15.2015

    Google Alerts is a pretty rad tool. I’ve used it a few times and have really only got a mixed bag of results. I would chalk that up though to not really inputing the syntax as restrictive as I could. We keep getting results returning weird mixes of our content or things like stock updates or random PR postings.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 16th, 2015 at 10:11 am

      Yeah it’s easy to spam yourself haha

  70. alex
    7.31.2015

    Hello exceptional website! Does running a blog similar to
    this take a great deal of work? I’ve very little
    knowledge of coding but I had been hoping to start my own blog in the near future.
    Anyways, if you have any suggestions or tips for new blog
    owners please share. I understand this is off subject however I simply had to
    ask. Cheers!

  71. Rajeev
    8.4.2015

    I like your way to define this article. Good Job. Keep It Up..

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 7th, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Thanks Rajeev!

  72. alamgeer faraz
    8.9.2015

    very nice tool i have never try 1st time read this tool i will try to do this i like this post thanks.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 10th, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      No problem :)

  73. Sagor Ahamed
    8.27.2015

    helpful post. like it very much

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 27th, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Cheers Sagor!

  74. MoreHotLeads
    8.31.2015

    Yarrr. some mighty fine tips good sir. I can’t tell ye’ how many great links I have gotten from using Google Alerts for my client’s websites. A very simple and important link building method that a lot of SEOs overlook indeed.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 2nd, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Hahaha =D

  75. Manish Saini
    9.3.2015

    Very Good Post When I Follow this my website traffice increase :D Thanniks For Sharing

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 3rd, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      No problem :)

  76. 9.4.2015

    I really enjoyed reading this post, I was just wondering do you trade featured blog posts. Thanks for sharing your Blog with others. You really share valuable information.

  77. Payal Bhalodwala
    9.4.2015

    Matthew, Unique and interesting link building tactics found in your blog. Some are very useful for link building. Thanks.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 4th, 2015 at 10:50 am

      No problem glad you enjoy them :)

  78. LED BULBS
    10.2.2015

    Thanks for sharing such a informative information with us, Its really helpful for me.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 2nd, 2015 at 10:33 am

      No problem :)

  79. kannan
    10.7.2015

    thanks for sharing such a wonderful information….

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 7th, 2015 at 8:49 am

      No problem :)

  80. Events Platform
    10.10.2015

    I’ve enjoyed the read on google alert, look forward to activating what I’ve learnt. I’ll get back to you if this works. Cheers.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 10th, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      No problem :)

  81. Free Magento download
    10.15.2015

    What an useful link building guide I have ever read. With your tips, I certainly will promote my website much easier.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 19th, 2015 at 10:05 am

      No problem :)

  82. Zarak khan
    10.18.2015

    Hey Mathew, back again. I am just addicted to your blogs i love the way you write them and present them and the information is amazing. Thank for you so much information. Secondly i have 2 questions if you don’t mind answering them please. What plugins or tools do you use for these lightbox email capture pop ups and how have to managed to get that slide down email capture thing on your website?

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 19th, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Thanks Zarak – That would be ThriveLeads

      • Zarak
        October 21st, 2015 at 3:58 pm

        Thank you Mathew. I wanted to ask you 2 more things, first is how do you make those thumbnails of your other videos appear on your youtube videos and secondly youtube has closed a few of my channel for section 4 H and i really did not use any bots or something to increase views and all the videos followed the community standards. I feel its my competition doing stuff to my videos because i am very good with ranking youtube videos in minutes without using any tools or bots for views or anything. How can i keep my channels safe from competition doing something?

  83. Shawn
    10.26.2015

    Thank you Sir for the master article, it will surely help.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 26th, 2015 at 8:11 am

      Thank you Shawn!

  84. robert
    10.28.2015

    it is helpful
    thanks for this share

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 28th, 2015 at 9:38 am

      No problem Robert :)

  85. seo
    11.2.2015

    Thanks for nice share

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 2nd, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      No problem :)

  86. Jenny @ Paper writing service
    11.10.2015

    Its hard to come across seo guides that REALLY offer something helpful. Thanks for doing the research and sharing it.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 10th, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      No problem :)

  87. Mona sinha
    11.11.2015

    Wow. Its really helpful article. I tried those keywords on google and got good results..

  88. geetika
    12.4.2015

    Thanks for sharing such a great full information

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 8th, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      No problem Geetika :)

  89. Dev
    12.20.2015

    After reading the article, I realized that I am not using Google alerts to its full potential. Thanks Matt for the nice guide.. should come in handy especiall the niche part

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 22nd, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      No problem Dev :)

  90. Rahul
    12.31.2015

    Great information I got it from this blog. I like it very much and also I following your site on daily basis for searching a new information and tricks. I have applied backlinks tricks and i got very fast result. Thanks for sharing.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 3rd, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks Rahul :)

  91. Bassey Jimmy
    1.6.2016

    What a wonderful post. You deserve all the credit. It’s an eye opener. Thanks

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 6th, 2016 at 10:13 am

      No problem :)

  92. Rubel
    1.16.2016

    HI
    I just loved reading your articles.

    The best thing which I really like about your articles is, you covers each and every thing in your articles which makes your article more helpful.

    I have seen people love to read those articles more which are easy to understand and can help a lot. And you always write such kind of articles.

    I would also like to suggest you one thing.

    You should try to keep your paragraphs short so that people can’t scare before reading that paragraphs.

    Short and cute paragraphs increase interest of the reader to read the complete article.

    I hope you wouldn’t mind my suggestion.

    Either way, Thanks for this wonderful article.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 27th, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Thats exactly what I do :)

  93. Musa
    2.5.2016

    Google Alerts are definitely the way to go!

  94. Zeev
    2.10.2016

    Thanks mathew

    I have been following you from Trafficplanet and it’s always good to read your peice.

    Do you mind if I share this on my blog,, I will leave your link in credits :)

    BTW,, I think the new topic can be how to be a boss when using Google Trends :) and social media together.

    Cheers mate!!!

    • Matthew Woodward
      February 12th, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Sure go for it :) Thanks :)

  95. Bang Jonie
    2.25.2016

    There are some good alternatives to Google Alerts though and one of my current favorites is TalkWalker

  96. Kieran Sukas
    3.7.2016

    Cheers Matt, went over to Search Engine Journal and the full article on Google Alerts was great! Clearly illustrating helpful SEO tools and tactics as always.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 8th, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      No problem Kieran :)

  97. MarketPoint Digital
    3.20.2016

    I currently have G alerts set up for a few keywords and competitive monitoring but I had never thought, or even really knew, that they could be used for social platforms like Twitter. Monitoring for industry questions and guest posts are two other great ideas. Thanks!

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 21st, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      No problem, I am sure there is a bunch of ways to do it that I haven’t added here as well!

  98. World Web Marketer
    3.23.2016

    I saw this post 2 weeks ago and started using Google Alerts and surprisingly my traffic went up. What a powerful tool.

    Thank you for this great tip.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 23rd, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Glad to hear it, keep up the good work!

  99. Eric
    3.27.2016

    As an author, I use goog alerts to monitor other authors and topics e.g. “Asimov” and “Poe”.
    Also -obviously- to monitor myself and my author brand+name e.g. “Book title”, or “myAuthorName”.
    Thanks for the Tips Mathew – they’re awesome!

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 29th, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Some great extra usage examples there Eric, thanks :)

  100. rahul
    3.30.2016

    Great ! Great ! and very important information found here.I need this information and I got it from this famous blog. Thanks for sharing this information with us.

    • Matthew Woodward
      March 31st, 2016 at 11:53 am

      No problem Rahul!

  101. hamham
    4.5.2016

    thanks for share, this amazing info

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 8th, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      No problem :)

  102. Phil Gregory
    4.13.2016

    Hi Matthew,

    I was unclear as to how Google alerts would tell me what people were searching for

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 15th, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Are you clear now?

  103. Karan Nayak
    4.14.2016

    This is nice blog and very informative article thanks for sharing this valuable article. Please keep like this. Great job.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 14th, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      No problem Karan :)

  104. sheraz asad
    5.23.2016

    Great article Mate.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 24th, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Thanks Sheraz!

  105. Himanshu Gupta
    5.26.2016

    I use Google Alerts.
    Really a nice piece of technology.
    Thanks for the article.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 27th, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Yeah it’s a great free tool!

  106. getimges
    6.9.2016

    That is nice blog and incredibly informative article thanks a lot for sharing this specific article. Please keep such as this. Great job.

    • Matthew Woodward
      June 10th, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      No problem, glad you enjoyed it :)

  107. Fashion photographer dublin
    6.22.2016

    Quite informative! Thanks a lot

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 7th, 2016 at 10:53 am

      No problem!

  108. Ehliyet Sınav Soruları
    6.22.2016

    Haven’t use Google Alert yet, but that sounds interesting and easy. I would try it some time in the future.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 7th, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Please let us know how you get on!

  109. muthukumar
    6.29.2016

    Great.
    I will use Google Alerts from now man.

    Thanks

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 6th, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Yeah it’s a freaking awesome free tool!

  110. Julia Harris
    7.7.2016

    Great tips, thanks. I’d set up Google alerts for a couple of things but didn’t really see the value… now I do!!

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 7th, 2016 at 10:32 am

      No problem Julia :)

  111. Jeff Collins
    7.27.2016

    Matthew, another great post. I use google alerts to follow what is going on with trench boxes. It is a great service by Google. I too would like to see the alerts be an rss feed.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 27th, 2016 at 11:15 am

      You can deliver them to an RSS feed with Google Alerts

      • Jeff Collins
        July 27th, 2016 at 1:45 pm

        Matthew you are correct. I just looked at the alert email.

        • Matthew Woodward
          July 28th, 2016 at 3:33 pm

          Kapow =D

  112. craiglerr
    7.29.2016

    Thanks for this guide!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 1st, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      No problem Craig!

  113. Maca
    8.8.2016

    Thank you Matthew! Really appreciate the content. Im going to go set it up for myself!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 9th, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      I hope it goes well for you :)

  114. طراحی سایت
    8.10.2016

    it is helpful
    tanks
    ;)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 11th, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      No problem!

  115. Rick Nistaque
    8.10.2016

    Google Alerts are great way to finding new topics in a niche but I never used it much because my sites don’t post news content but I guess with your provided tips, I will be able to find hot topics according to my needs.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 11th, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      It doesn’t just cover news

  116. bunty
    9.2.2016

    Hi Matthew,
    I didn’t even know Google provided this particular service so thank you for sharing it its something I would be interested in.
    I will be able to find hot topics according to my needs.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 5th, 2016 at 9:02 am

      No problem, its a hidden secret :)

  117. Brandon
    9.3.2016

    I’ve been using alerts for quite a few years, but never in as many different variations as presented. What you wrote years ago, still relevant and valuable today! Thank you.

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 5th, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Yeah it’s a golden oldie =D

  118. Astrology
    9.10.2016

    Didn’t even know google alerts was a thing. Thanks for the info!

    • Matthew Woodward
      September 26th, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      Yeah it’s a great hidden gem!

  119. PCTECH24
    10.4.2016

    Thank for this useful informationon on google alert tool.
    This blog is very interesting and knowledgeable and if you have any further information, please keep me updated with that information also.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 4th, 2016 at 10:17 am

      No problem :)

  120. miya mushtaq khan
    10.5.2016

    seo is best to atrract traffic to our site… thanks

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 7th, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Great content helps as well :)

  121. Pandit Aman Sharma
    10.19.2016

    Greate website

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 26th, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks Pandit!

  122. co giao loan
    10.28.2016

    Guys just sharing, I’ve found this interesting! Check it out

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 28th, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      No problem!

  123. aplikasi keuangan
    11.2.2016

    This really helped me
    thank you

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2016 at 10:13 am

      No problem Aplikasi!

  124. Bayu
    11.11.2016

    Nice info bro, i need this information :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 15th, 2016 at 9:49 am

      No problem :)

  125. Jason Lee
    11.20.2016

    I used to use Google Alerts years ago but I’d forgotten about it. Thanks for the heads up.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 21st, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      No problem Jason!

  126. EveryBoutique
    12.2.2016

    Very interesting ways of using alerts. I never even thought of most of these but I can really see how useful it can be now, especially for brands.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 13th, 2016 at 9:23 am

      No worrys, hope you put them to good use!

  127. mahesh
    12.9.2016

    Google Alets ! Really appreciate the content. Im going to go set it up for myself!

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 12th, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Hope it helps you out!

  128. John Davies
    12.18.2016

    I did not knew the importance of google alerts and how vital it is. But after reading your article I think I can make some use of it.

    • Matthew Woodward
      December 22nd, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Yeah it’s a great service that everyone should use :)

  129. Hitesh Unvane
    1.2.2017

    Thank you Mathew I didn’t knew the use of Google alerts before. But now i find it very useful.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 5th, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Yeah it’s a great tool!

  130. 1.10.2017

    Really Great Article for link building, it’s increase my knowledge about every area of links architecture & very helpful for me.

    • Matthew Woodward
      January 10th, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks Samyak :)

  131. sumit rawat
    3.16.2017

    Great tips, thanks. I’d set up Google alerts for a couple of things but didn’t really see the value… now I do!!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 8th, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      No problem Sumit!

  132. Muskan Rajput
    4.5.2017

    This is really very helpful article for all seo’s persons. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • Matthew Woodward
      April 14th, 2017 at 7:23 pm

      No problem Muskan!

  133. Poornima
    4.17.2017

    Nice Post! Now I can get notification of latest updates about my interested topics.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      Hope that helps you

  134. BestoSEO
    4.20.2017

    Very nice thought, i really appreciate it.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      No worrys :)

  135. Robin
    4.20.2017

    Thanks Matthew,
    I didn’t hear about google alerts before. I just got an email from you today( I am a subscriber of your blog). Thanks for this fantastic article.I got a gold mine( my first impression after read this). I have already started using google alerts. [sorry for my poor English]

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      No worrys glad to help Robin!

  136. Hamim
    4.20.2017

    Informative Guide. Going to helpful for everyone.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      No problem Hamim

  137. Sean
    4.20.2017

    Hey Matt,
    You’re Google Alerts article is consistently one of my favorite tutorials.
    Here is one tweak on a method that you mentioned above.

    Say I have an advertising budget, but I know that it would get burned up pretty fast by Google, YouTube, or Facebook ads.
    So, I set Alerts for only High Quality results related to the broadest keywords in my niche.
    Then, I keep track of all the domains that show up AND how often they show up.
    After a few days, I have uncovered several hidden gems that may not be getting page 1 rankings in search currently. I have also, after a quick investigation, managed to notice how engaged the audience is and whether or not my site would benefit from a partnership.

    So I then contact each of the site owners and work out a deal for direct ad buys on their sites (possibly including a JV/email mention/guest post/etc).

    It’s like cutting to the front of the line within a niche. The people who are active on those sites are also the ones who do things like share/tweet/drop links on forums, etc…

    Anyway, I also have a question. What other ‘hidden gem’ keywords have you found to work?
    You mention KeywordLuv, CommentLuv, and so forth.
    Is there one for discovering social media posts?
    You used to have Twitter alerts set up, but now you don’t. Did they stop working?

    Also, which apps/services do you recommend for an RSS reader?

    Thanks,
    Sean

  138. Mark
    4.20.2017

    Google alerts are really important if you create new content regularly. Thanks for the detailed tutorial

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      No problem Mark

  139. Local SEO
    4.21.2017

    Such a straight forward concept. TBH I actually stopped using G Alerts a while ago as it started clogging up my then one and only email account. Reading this I now realize I was only scratching the surface and hadn’t thought of 80% of the idea’s you share here, lol.

    Thanks for the wake up call Matt, will better implement this going forward and have bookmarked the post for future reference. Cheers mate ;)

    ps: this is a long shot, but I will be visiting the UK for the first time in June, would love to meet up for coffee if you have the time.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      Yes it’s easy to go overboard so fine tune your alerts over time so you dont get bogged down.

      I’m not based in the UK at the moment sorry

  140. Kris Cook
    4.21.2017

    I never thought of using Google Alerts for half of these suggestions.

    Before reading this I only followed my name and brand but now I am starting to see the true benefits of having multiple alerts set-up. Thanks for the great advice.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      No problem Kris!

  141. Shaun Marrs
    4.22.2017

    Excellent article Matthew. I use Google Alerts every day as part of my traffic leaking stratergy for multiple campaigns and use an RSS tool to view them all in one place with easy.

    There are some interesting uses in here and I was unaware of the astrix wildcard too so I will have to play around with that.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      That’s a nice way to do it!

  142. Puneet Singhal
    4.24.2017

    Great article and actionable items with no fluff Matt as always. I am working on getting started with my own blog and all your tutorials will certainly be very helpful in my blogging journey.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      No problem Puneet

  143. adrian
    4.24.2017

    I’m trying to use these

    How * link building
    Is * link building
    Can * link building
    When * link building
    Why * link building
    Will * link building

    but don’t work, nothing come up. may be the syntax is wrong?

    thx

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Just use one at a time

  144. Ravi Sharma
    4.24.2017

    Good Experience Article Today I Learn Good Knowledge With Your Blog

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Thanks Ravi!

  145. florsbro
    4.24.2017

    thanks Mathew
    But i have a question quite different from the topic. I want to build a site that is mainly targeted to German traffic and in the language how do i achieve these becuase i see my niche has more opportunity of making it big with them

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Exactly the same but with german words

  146. Ankush Kumar Dhiman
    4.25.2017

    Thank you so much for these tips. I always wondered how content creators get to know all the latest news, I guess this is one of the methods they use. Thanks a lot for sharing.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      Now you know :)

  147. Pandu Aji
    4.26.2017

    I never hear google alert before. I think it will be helpful. Thanks for share about it

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      No problem Pandu

  148. Francis
    4.26.2017

    Thank you sir for this i will definetly put it to practice

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      No problem Francis

  149. Dibakar Bala
    4.26.2017

    I normally use it to track celebrities about whom I would like to write. So, definitely we can find content as it unfolds on Google alerts. But i was never aware of any other uses of the same. Specially Guest Blogging opportunities. Thank You :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:10 pm

      No problem Dibakar

  150. Neil
    4.27.2017

    I use Google Alerts for some small projects but you do really make things quite clear and simple. You share your knowledge which I like..I do the same when I can. I only found your blogs recently and I do drop in from time to time. Did you ever use Yahoo Pipes? Its a pity it was discontinued.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      No problem Neil

      Yes I did but you can use http://rssmixer.com/ instead of Yahoo Pipes

  151. Luke
    4.27.2017

    Awesome stuff Matt.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 3rd, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Thanks

  152. Joann
    4.27.2017

    I am new to all of this. I am trying to put it all together. I see that Google Alerts is a very powerful tool. Thank you!

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 4th, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      No problem Joann!

  153. Anil Agarwal
    5.1.2017

    I’ve heard and I have read truckloads of articles about this phenomenon and how helpful it is…only that I am yet to try out with it. And thankfully enough, your guide presented easy ways to understand and be able to work on it.

    You know Matthew, there are times when I am lost on topics to share with blog’s audience and it seems Google Alerts would be really helpful in generating as much topic ideas for my next few articles. I will definitely maximize it.

    Thanks for sharing this information here man!

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 1st, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      No problem Anil :)

  154. آگهی رایگان
    5.2.2017

    Thank you, that’s great

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 2nd, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      No worrys :)

  155. romeyramshey
    5.4.2017

    nice work you do, this reallly a awesome blogs , very informatic for me. thank you to post such a nice blog

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 5th, 2017 at 8:56 am

      No problem :)

  156. krist taylor
    5.6.2017

    It is really great having opportunity for reading this great informationâs.
    I like reading it because it is brief and step by step well explained,
    so everyone can understand it. It is really great tips for everyone,
    Thank You.More know about of Design.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 18th, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      No problem Krist!

  157. Rajiv Thakur
    5.10.2017

    Hi Matthew,

    I read your post completely understand the usage of Google alerts, Now I am realizing, what I have missed not to use Google alerts.

    I am starting to work on google alerts, I am really thankful to share a great knowledge.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 11th, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      No problem Rajiv :)

  158. Nikola Roza
    5.14.2017

    Hey, Matthew. Great post about Google Alerts. I had no idea so much could be done with this free tool, thanks for sharing.

    One quick question though:

    If you set up too many alerts, won’t you get overwhelmed with dozens of emails?
    How do you get on top of it all, how do you stay organised?

    It seems to me that Google Alerts can be an incredible help to get fresh information right away but its flaw might be that it delivers too much.

    I know from experience that if I have too much on my plate I get indecisive and can’t get anything done.

    So, I’ll start using Google Alerts because it seems just too valuable to miss, but I’ll also be careful not to demand a lot, or I might get too much:).

    Anyway, Matthew, I really enjoyed reading and I even stumbled this page for you, keep up the good work!

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 17th, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      No problem Nikola

  159. Dennis L.
    5.16.2017

    I should use this tool a year ago.

    • Matthew Woodward
      May 17th, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      You should :)

  160. Maor
    5.28.2017

    I like the about questions, that new for me. i will try it and see how it work

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 13th, 2017 at 11:10 am

      No problem Maor

  161. This is really very helpful article for all seo’s persons. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 13th, 2017 at 10:48 am

      No problem

  162. Sprint On
    6.11.2017

    I have never used Google alerts before, I might give it a go now :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 13th, 2017 at 10:40 am

      I hope you do!

  163. Rashid
    6.12.2017

    Thanks for sharing excellent information. Your site is very cool. I am impressed by the details that you’ve on this blog. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for extra articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found just the info I already searched all over the place and just couldn’t come across. What a perfect website.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 13th, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Well I’ve got plenty more for you Rashid :)

  164. Anna Lee
    6.16.2017

    Thank U

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      No thank you :)

  165. Akash Sharma
    6.20.2017

    Thanks for detailing how to use Google alerts here.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      No problem

  166. Dan | Money Gulp
    6.23.2017

    So much valuable information here Matthew i will definitely be implementing it.

    Thanks, Dan

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 12th, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Make sure that you do :)

  167. Tanzim
    6.30.2017

    This is a nice tool if implemented correctly. Thank you for explaining in details.

    • Matthew Woodward
      July 11th, 2017 at 11:58 am

      No problem Tanzim!

  168. Lynne LeGrow
    8.2.2017

    I’ve set up a Google alert but it does not do what I want it to do. It alerts me that I have posted on my blog.
    I want it to tell me when OTHER people mention me or my blog’s name.
    I’ve come across mentions on other people’s sites by accident which should have triggered the alert but the only alerts I receive are after I have posted something.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 3rd, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      What alert have you setup?

  169. priti
    8.7.2017

    Very nice and informative article really liked it keep up the good work.

    • Matthew Woodward
      August 8th, 2017 at 10:22 am

      No problem Priti

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