Did you know that you can easily monitor the web for content and be notified of the results by using Google Alerts?
Start by simply choosing a key word that is relevant to the topic you wish to research. If you wish to search for a term that contains more than one word, e.g. a person’s name, then add quote marks “Joe Bloggs”.
You can then choose from a number of options to refine your search and how you would like to receive the results found by Google.
Frequency of alert
Choose to receive email alerts:
- as it happens (useful if monitoring live events)
- at most once a day
- at most once a week
The default is automatic and will search a variety of sources. You can also opt to select from:
Language and Region
Choose the language you wish the alerts to be in and also where they originate from.
How many results you receive will depend on the popularity of the keyword you search for but can be reduced by selecting ‘only the best results’ or increased by selecting ‘all results’.
Finally choose whether to have the results sent your email address or RSS feed.
Uses for Google Alerts
- Your own name and see who is talking about your work and research. This can often pick up blog posts talking about work you have presented, blogged about yourself or shared via social media.
- Jobs by including a series of words in quote marks plus and in between each: “company name” and “job” and “type of job”
So for example: “BBC” and “job” and “PR”
- Industry and company news. Find out what is happening in your sector or if you are looking to apply for a job find out detailed information about the company.
- Breaking news and trending topics. Here you would select everything for result type. You might want to also set up a separate alert to look at what is coming through from different sources e.g. news, blogs, web and video.
- Niche topics you are interested in. By selecting any region you will receive alerts from across the world or drill down to a specific country.
You can choose as many alerts as you wish to create.
To set up your Google Alerts go to https://www.google.co.uk/alerts
Experiment with other Boolean search terms too to refine the results you receive.