Be Notified When Your Website is Linked To & Indexed

Wouldn’t it be nice to be automatically notified when your website has a new page indexed in Google, or when someone links to your site? Well this is very easy to do using the Google Alerts Beta! Here are the instructions for setting up a site wide Google index update Alert and a site wide link alert.

Create an alert for when a page on your site gets indexed:

  1. Go to www.google.com/alerts.
  2. For search terms enter (without quotes) “site:yourdomain.com”.
    1. Make sure you do not use a www or other subdomain.
  3. Select Web as the type.
  4. For “How often” we will select “as-it-happens”. I like this because this tells you exactly when Google is crawling your site!
  5. Enter the email you want the alert sent to.
  6. Click “Create Alert”.
  7. Confirm the alert from the email Google send you and you are set!


Create an alert that notifies you when another website links to your website:

  1. Go to www.google.com/alerts.
  2. For search terms enter (without quotes) “link:yourdomain.com”.
    1. Make sure you do not use a www or other subdomain.
  3. Select Comprehensive as the type. This will allow you to be notified with links in Blogs and groups as well as other websites in general.
  4. For “How often” we will select “once a week”. If you start noticing a lot of entries you can go to the once a day and then as-it-happens settings.
  5. Enter the email you want the alert sent to.
  6. Click “Create Alert”.
  7. Confirm the alert from the email Google send you and you are set!

Now you will know WHO is linking to you and WHEN!

Chuck

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