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Google Alerts and You

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If you are not using Google Alerts, I strongly suggest you do. (google account needed)

What are Google Alerts?

Google Alerts are emails sent to you when Google finds new results — such as web pages, newspaper articles, or blogs — that match your search term. You can use Google Alerts to monitor anything on the Web. For example, people use Google Alerts to:

  • find out what is being said about their company or product.
  • monitor a developing news story.
  • keep up to date on a competitor or industry.
  • get the latest news on a celebrity or sports team.
  • find out what’s being said about themselves.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You enter a query that you’re interested in.
  2. Google Alerts checks regularly to see if there are new results for your query.
  3. If there are new results, Google Alerts sends them to you in an email.

Why use Google Alerts?

1. Monitor You: It’s a good idea to keep track of what is being said about you, your farm, your site, ect. When someone mentions you on their site you can see what is being said. Leave a comment to say “thank you”.  Or you can respond if a blog has negative things about you.

2. Monitor Your Industry: Keep track of news within the ag industry. Be specific on the search terms you want to follow.  ie. “precision farming” or “farm bill” or “animal welfare” This will give you blog posts topics along with background information to comment on or support your thoughts.

Make adjustments to frequency of updates or search terms when needed. This is such an easy way to keep up on the news and happenings around an area of interest. You don’t have to go searching sites or search engines. The info comes right to your email when it is found. You put the limits on the topics and times. And it can be changed or completely stopped at anytime. Give it a try.

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  • Been using google alerts for a few months. Very useful tool!

  • I’ve been using Google Alerts for a couple of years…folks ask me where I find out about stuff so fast.

  • I started using Google Alerts a couple of months ago, because the teacher of my grad class recommended it. I hadn’t thought it was important for me to follow what was being said about me, but I was wrong. It is an easy tool to use and a great way to stay up-to-date on what is being said about you. I have not ventured into following industry issues simply because I hadn’t thought about it, but I will now. Thanks for the great advice!

    • You are welcome. Sometimes I receive notices right away. Sometimes they are days old. Not sure why.

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