Friday, October 10, 2008

Soon you can track your business with Google RSS

Google will unveil the new RSS alert service for Web Search, which will sit aside it's current email alerts. Web search alerts make it easier for website and business owners to keep track of their listings and references in Google's web results.

Google currently offers RSS alerts for its News and Blog search services, but is the last of the top 3 search engines to offer feed alerts on its core search results. Microsoft and Yahoo! have offered RSS alerts for quite some time.

For those of you wondering what's so special about Google Search RSS alerts, it makes tracking your site/business in the search engine much easier.

You'll get an automate update every time Google indexes new content that references a particular keyword or search term such as your website or business.

For example, I have set up my main keywords for some Pages and feeds as a Google alert. So everytime Google's spiders crawl and index a web page or article that references us, I get alerted.

It helps me keep up to date on our reputation online, check some of our SEO strategies and generally keep my finger on the pulse. It's also a great way to keep on top of what your competitors are doing.

As said, RSS feeds will be an extension of Google Alerts, which currently only allow notification by email.Screen-scraping Google results was already easily possible but once live, RSS feeds should be a nice addition nevertheless, especially for all the tools out there which only work on RSS. Theres no specific launch date set for this, Google says.

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