Stop Googling Yourself and Start Google Alerting Instead

Have you ever Googled yourself? Of course you have. Everyone has! But did you know that there’s a way you automatically receive an email every time a website online mentions you? With Google Alerts you can set up a search phrase so every time someone online posts a specific piece of text, such as your name, Google will send you an email telling you what it said with a link to the website.

I have mine setup so whenever someone posts the words “Leif David” it will send me an email. I also have a couple other alerts setup for similar search terms.

A sample notification email looks like this:


As you can see there are two mentions of “Leif David” from a local newspaper. Neither of them are hyperlinks to my website so ordinarily I wouldn’t have noticed that they had been posted online. With the alert though I automatically get notified directly in my inbox.

Google alerts are a great way to find out who’s talking about you online. Personally I’ve found stories in the media on me as well as festivals and events including me on their schedule of events. I also have a filter setup in my email so that alerts are diverted to my newsletter folder instead of my inbox to keep everything organized.

How to Setup Your Google Alert:

  1. Visit the Google Alerts page
  2. In the “Create an alert about” search box enter in the words or phrase you want to get email notifications for.
  3. Then click Show Options to customize your notification and search settings.
  4. Click Create Alert.

Did you setup a Google alert because of this article? Let me know in the comments below. As always, don’t forget to share this article with your other magic friends.