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Content Generation Idea: Using Google Alerts



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Content Generation Idea: Using Google Alerts

Content Generation Idea: Using Google Alerts
I'm surprised I've not covered this before on using Google Alerts for content generation ideas as it's one of the best free tools that Google provide that is absolutely perfect for using for coming up with an almost endless amount of content generation ideas! I myself and many people use Google Alerts on a daily basis to get to find out about what's new for certain keywords that I and others are targeting or want to know more about. And all you have to do is just set up a quick and simple alert and Google will email these to you as and when it find something related to that keyword online on a site it has crawled. And that will be the thesis of this discussion today!

Content Generation Idea: Using Google Alerts

So Google Alerts (google.com/alerts) is a free Google tool you can use to get email notifications (Alerts) on just about everything and anything you can think of! But let's say for example, you wanted to be alerted about any new topics that Google finds related to freelancing. We'll all you would need to do is just set up an alert with that keyword as the main keyword. And after setting some basic filters like what you want it to search and the result you want it to return. Of which I'll explain in more detail below. Well once that's done, Google will send you email notifications about anything it has recently found that contains those keywords. That could be blog posts, forum threads and a lot more! But this is a very helpful free tool you can use for content generation ideas. How? Well by being alerted about new things people are posting on your niche you can use these for ideas and inspiration!

Setting up Google Alerts the Right Way

As you can see when you head on over to the Google Alerts setup page, you can set the filters of what you want it to find and what kind of results you want it to return. You can go ahead and choose the default settings but it's best to twiddle a little and here's the best thing to choose for setting up yours.

  • For "How Often" it's best to choose "At most once a day" instead of "As-it-happens" else Google will send you tons of individual emails. 
  • For "Sources" it's best to just stick with "Automatic" but you can have it return only results from News sites, Blogs, the Web, Videos, Books or even Discussions (forums basically)
  • For "Language" you would want to choose English unless you're working in another language.
  • For "Region" it's best to choose "Any Region" which is basically the country you're in.
  • For "How Many" it's best to choose "Only the best results".
Content Generation Idea: Using Google Alerts
As you can see from the above screenshot, you'll also need to set an email address to have the alerts sent to. You can just choose your main email address if you want unless you want them sent to a specific email address just for this. And that might be wise considering that in time, Google can send you a lot of these!

Tip: If you're using a Gmail email account, set up a label within it so that they all go into that only.

Another tip is, once you've set up the alert, click on the little cog icon and from here you'll be able to set a couple more options such as the time of day that Google sends the alerts to you. You can also set whether to receive the alerts as a digest or not. I recommend choosing this as that way everything will be sent in one digested email which is a lot better for more control.

Content Generation Idea: Using Google Alerts

And that's basically all there is to it! From now on, Google will send you alerts to your inbox. When they arrive, they will look not unlike this..
Content Generation Idea: Using Google Alerts

Now you can just check them out, see what they're saying, and use them for content generation ideas and inspiration! Content Generation Idea: Using Google Alerts

More than this, Google Alerts also provides you with a great way to build backlinks from related sources. By just checking out the blogs and forums and things that Google shows you, you can then possibly go in, leave a comment and drop your link.

But that's just another way in how using Google Alerts can be beneficial to you. 

Do you use Google Alerts for these reasons?

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Tronia

Is it bad that I haven't been using the Google Alerts at all? I was just never aware of how beneficial they can be until I read your tips. You really have great ideas - you can combine content generating AND building backlinks for SEO. That's like killing two flies with one hit.

Also, thanks for showing how exactly to set up the alerts. So far, I've only been resorting to the use of different trends on social media platforms like Twitter. I've managed to generate some ideas from there now let's see what Google Alerts can do ;)



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Baburra

I never took advantage of this as well, and I think it is one of those tips or hacks that not many people do think of using regularly. I think this is a great tool not only for writing but for many other jobs and tasks as well since keeping up to date with certain information as it comes up can definitely be very beneficial. It is very helpful with writing especially, though, since you are essentially fed random topics by Google itself depending on what you initially sign up for.



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yhamieyham


Google alert is a good platform to get updates and notifications about the services being offered by Google company. You can receive updates about news articles, blogs and about the latest trends and events all over the world.



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Martinsx1

And just as one gets these notifications as they are trending, making new contents on them and offering it up for sale seems quite interesting because there would definitely be rush for it as they are in demand. I have already set up my own Google alert and I'm already surprised with the amount of notifications I have gotten lately. It's pretty impressive.



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rubio123

Thank you for this very valuable information. I too have never heard of this excellent researching tool until today. I will definitely check it out.



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tingavai

Damn, I did hear about Google Alert, but back then I wasn’t doing anything that needed its feature so I just stored it in a corner of my brain, but now that I am writing professionally, it really is a useful tool to get new informations and inspirations from other sources in a quick and easy way, and it is free to boost, you can’t get any better than that. Although I still have some questions: can I use my emails that is not gmail to do this? Will it have any problem? If I use my gmail, will there be any perks?



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NicholasMukuha

Well, I must say that I am quite intrigued by that idea. As a starter, I must confess I had not known about it before, but now that I do, I will surely put it to practice. I believe any source that offers to give information should be treated with utmost respect and deserves our attention to the latter. Thank you very much for that.



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Authord

Yeah, it's quite cool, and important for content generation, we all know that creating relevant content is not only important, it's pretty much mandatory in the world of blogging and social media marketing.
And having this information in a centralized location eliminates the hassle of trying to discover who is talking about your keywords and who isn’t depending on how many alerts you set up, the email can become overwhelming and consume your inbox. So, I suggest that you set up a separate email account just for your alerts: simply set up a Gmail account and log in there to check your alerts when you are ready to use them, keeping your business email and the alerts separate.



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rj02jogoy

Honestly! I don't have any idea about this "Content Generation Idea: Using Google Alerts" but I will try to use it right now. Because I found it very useful for making articles, blogs, and forums. Thank you for this valuable and useful information that you've shared.



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Martinsx1

Seriously, I was surprised as well as I was excited just hearing about this news and an extention of Google. It's so unbelievable, ever since I have been making use of Google in virtually everything that I do online, discovering this feature has eluded me for so long but I'm really glad to know about it now.



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galegatling

I've heard about this before but I still don't use it. I am still skeptical though if I should use it or not. I have a couple of doubts and questions regarding that tool. For instance, if I set it to send me an alert once a day, what particular time of the day would it send me? Let us say that it's set to automatically send you a very exciting and trending news that happened in the morning, so Google will send you that alert right? But what if there is something big that would happen later on that day? Would Google wait for the day to finish before sending you one? I am assuming that would be the case since it is automated now. Though as I said, I haven't tried it. (:



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DarthHazard

I wasn't aware of this tool before so thank you for mentioning it. I was only aware of Google Trends but that is a much more manual process where you have to type in keywords and they will show you how popular that particular keyword/sentence is right now. It's actually a pretty good idea to use this free tool by Google because you may be able to use this to find articles about a certain topic. You can then use those articles to get inspiration for your own articles.



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JoeMilford

I also, like a few of us, have never heard of Google alerts, either. If I had heard of them, I am not so sure that I would have come up with creative ways to use them is this manner, but after reading this forum, I think that this is a great idea. Thanks for the tutorial here; this is definitely an idea worth looking into. Being able to be alerted about topics and articles related to my own writing is a great resource to have, and it could hopefully keep me on my toes and keep my content even more current and relevant.



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jaymish3

Great tip. I 've just last week discovered Google Alerts. I use it in a slightly different way to keep upto date with the people and events I'm interested in. I've never thought of using it as a method of content generation. Your recommendation makes a lot of sense. It's a good way to get constant information on trending topics and keep your content and readers updated. This is easier then searching Google for the latest content.



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treecko142

Wow, can't believe this is the first time I'm seeing this. This will really help and providing a steady stream of inspiration to generate fresh content that is guaranteed to have readers.



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Martinsx1

Wow, I must admit in all honesty that I wasn't aware of such features as Google alert. This is very impressive with such features being able to generate all sorts of content ideas that are related to freelance. I'm definitely running off to set up my own Google alert for more content ideas creation.



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jaymish3

This is a convenient way of keeping up with current news around the world. I have several google alerts set up for content that I regularly write about like health and fitness. However sometimes it can get really irritating because you can wake up to a mail box full of google alerts and that is no fun believe me because you need to go through them read them and decide whether to read them or keep notes on them.



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cmoneyspinner

Once upon a time, when I first started working online, using Google Alerts was recommended. I tested them. What happened was that the topics I picked were not the topics I decided to write about. But at least I knew the system worked. I just checked and noticed that there are “Alert Suggestions”. However, I am not really interested in any of the suggestions. Google Alerts is a good tool. But I don't use it.



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jpk0007

I knew about google alerts for a long time but had never used it at all. I used to think that getting the google alerts won't be easy and its always better to think yourself and come up with your own topics to write. but thinking about a lot of topics and finding the right ones is very difficult. now I feel that it was a big mistake not to use google alerts before. the variety and also the number of topics that one can get from google alerts is something that cannot be ignored. Sometimes it's better to take help of all such tools which can give you a wide variety and options to enhance your writing skills. I am going to definitely use google alerts from now on to explore topics that I am sure I would have never thought before. its always better to use every tool that is available to you if it helps in enhancing the quality of the work one does.



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Jeane

Though I've heard plenty of good things said about Google alerts, I've never used this service to find new ideas I could use to create fresh content.

What I love most about Google alerts however is the fact that you can use it for link building or drawing in traffic from other sites. It's quite simple. An article is published on site A. You read that article and figure out what's missing. You create content providing the information not contained in that article you read. Now head over to that site, leave an intriguing comment and link back to the article on your site.



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