Writers, journalists, and bloggers don’t typically produce good work in a vacuum. Pertinent, up-to-date information is crucial to our craft.
If you often discuss a particular topic in your articles, then you likely want to see what other writers and commentators are saying about it.
You can make this task easier by automatically monitoring the web for any new news or blog articles that discuss a topic you are following.
By using Google Alerts!
Once you’ve set up an alert, you’ll get notified when new results for your topic show up in Google.
For example, if you write about environmental issues, you could set up an alert to monitor the web for any mentions of climate change.
Or if you write about cryptocurrency, you can monitor for Bitcoin-related news.
The possibilities are endless. You can even set up an alert to monitor mentions of your own name should you be so inclined.
You can select the source, language, and region for your alerts and choose whether you want all available results or only what Google deems the most relevant.
And, don’t worry about getting your inbox flooded with alert emails. If you don’t want to receive alerts as they happen, you can choose to have them combined into a daily or weekly digest.
If you prefer, you can receive the alerts via RSS rather than email.
Setting up an alert is easy:
- Go to the Google Alerts web page.
- Enter your keywords or phrases into the “Create an alert about” field.
- Click the “Show Options” down arrow and configure the alert to fit your needs.
- Hit the “Create Alert” button.
Now, you should begin receiving emails (or RSS notifications) when new mentions of your chosen topics are picked up by Google.
If you want to edit or delete your Google Alerts, you can return to the alerts page and click the pencil or bin icons. There should also be an “edit this alert” link at the bottom of the alert emails you receive.
I have several alerts set up for topics I follow, and I find them very helpful.
A previous version of this article was published by Brett Christensen on the blogging platform Medium.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!