Tips and Tricks – Google Alerts Keep Tabs on What is Being Said About You, Your Company, Or Your Products

Tired of checking news sites every five minutes for the latest on what's affecting you and your company's reputation? Google Alerts has you covered. This free service can send news, blogs, videos and other updates to either your RSS feed or your inbox.

First you need a Gmail account. If you don't have one you can get one free at gmail.com. Once you are logged in the next step is to go to google.com/alerts. Then type in a term that you would like to receive alerts about, like your company's newest product or company's name. You can select how many articles you would like to receive, from 20 to 50 For most of us more is usually better, but if you are viewing it on a mobile device you might want to keep it smaller. The site also lets you opt whether or not to have Google filter the results by quality. You can also chose the frequency that the results come in, from instantly to once a week. Finally you choose whether to receive the results as an email or as an RSS feed. There are plenty of free RSS readers out there, including Google's own free reader. With this done you can keep track of all of your favorite subjects without spending a lot of time


About Brent Whitfield

Brent Whitfield is CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc. providing IT Support in the Los Angeles area since 1993. DCG exists to help our clients choose, implement, and manage IT and cloud solutions that are cost effective and reliable. DCG's pro-active approach to IT is ideally suited for companies who depend on reliable IT infrastructure, but don't want to spend a lot of money to keep it that way. DCG was recognized among the Top 10 Fastest Growing MSPs in North America by MSP mentor. Brent has been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Network Computing, Reuters, and Yahoo Business.