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Google Alert

Friday, August 24th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

Google Alert

Everyone has different things they like to search for in their free time, right? Maybe you’re always looking for new contests to enter or recipes to try. You may do this once in awhile, but often times, we all let it slip and do not keep up to date on the latest information that is available to us. If you’d like to stay on top of the latest news and search results, might I suggest Google Alert?! Google Alert is a free service that e-mails you new links that have been added to Google’s search index on a regular basis. You get to pick and choose what you want to be e-mailed about as well. That sounds useful, right? Well, you can use this to keep up to date with whatever your little heart desires. Let’s check it out!

To begin using Google Alert, just follow these directions:

1.) First, log on to the Google Alert Web site here.

2.) On the right hand side of the page, you’ll see the Alerts form. Fill in the following required fields:

  • Search Terms – This is simply what you usually search for. For example, I’m always looking for ways to earn free iTunes, so I typed in “Free iTunes,” but you can search for whatever you want.

  • Type – This is what type of search you’d like Google to check for you. For example, Comprehensive, News, Blogs and Web. I selected Web, but choose what you’re most interested in for yourself.

  • How often – This is how often you would like to be e-mailed the results. You can choose either once a day, as it happens or once a week. I selected once a week.

  • E-mail – This is the e-mail address you’ll be receiving the alerts on, so make sure you type it right.

3.) Finally, go ahead and press Create Alert.

4.) You will receive an e-mail at the address you specified, asking you to confirm if you’d like to receive these updates. Of course, click the Accept link.

5.) A notification page will then appear. Click the link that says “Google Alerts Homepage.”

6.) Now, click the link that says “Click here to manage your alerts.”

7.) Here if you decide to add more than one alert, you can see all of them. You can also edit them if you want to change them around a bit.

Hope you enjoy this one!

~ Neil Patel

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