How to Get The Most Out of Your Google Alerts

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With the explosive growth of the internet comes a lot of rubbish and a lot of useful information. Not all of it is going to be trustworthy, reliable or even relevant. That’s why we use tools like Google Alerts to help us find out what topics are being talked about so we don’t miss anything important. Google Alerts is a free service that enables you to keep track of topics that interest you. Let’s take a look at how you can get the most out of this tool by setting up Google Alerts. 

Type your search term into Google Alerts

  • The first step is to enter your search term into the relevant box on Google Alerts. This will allow you to find out what people are discussing about your topic. 
  • Next, you’ll want to decide if you want to receive updates on the topic in multiple languages. You can do this by checking the relevant boxes and adding the languages you’re interested in. You can select between multiple languages to receive as many as you like.

Set up a trigger to get notified

Triggering your Google Alerts means that an email notification will get sent when there are new mentions of your topic. This is ideal if you’re interested in being notified whenever something is written about your specific topic. You can choose from a number of triggers, including when a person is tagged with your search term, when a certain number of articles are published about your topic or even when someone comments on a certain article.

Edit your alerts

If you want to tweak the settings of your alerts, you can do so by accessing them in your Google Alerts section. This includes things like which emails you want to receive alerts on, how often you want to be notified and how many emails to send out.

Add other topics to your Google Alerts

If you want to broaden the topics you’re tracking by including other search terms, you can do so by adding new topics to your Google Alerts. 

  • You can do this by clicking “Add a Topic” and adding the search terms you want to include. 
  • You can add as many topics as you like, ensuring your alerts are as relevant as possible.
  • You can even combine different topics, like if you want to receive updates about both your favorite sports team and your topic.

Use the “dissemination” feature

One of the nifty features of Google Alerts is its “dissemination” feature. This allows you to send messages out to anyone who has signed up to receive alerts from you. So if you’re interested in keeping tabs on a certain topic but your friends are also interested in the topic, you can use the “dissemination” feature to send out an email to everyone who has signed up to receive updates. This can be a really helpful way to get the word out. Google will also place advertisements in these emails, which you can choose not to do. If you do want to use these ads, though, you’ll want to make sure you don’t increase the frequency of your emails or give out your email address.

Google Sheets as an added benefit

If you’d like a more structured method of managing your Google Alerts, you can use the Google Sheets add-on. This will let you create and edit alerts, filter your alerts by date, sort your data and more. You can also choose to save your data to Google Sheets so you can analyze trends and find correlations between your data and others, ensuring you get the most out of this tool.

Final Words

Google Alerts is one of the best ways to stay on top of the latest topics being discussed online. Just be sure to choose the right topics, set up the right types of notifications and use the tool wisely in order to reap the most benefits from it. If you have any questions about how to use Google Alerts, please feel free to ask in the comments below!

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