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7 Alerts to Monitor your SEO Process Opportunities & Issues

14 January 2014 BY

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A new SEO project starts. A new set of goals, conversions, KPIs should be set. A new site should be audited. New competitors should be researched. New content created, technical improvements planned and launched. New reports and clients or stakeholders to follow-up with. There’s so much to coordinate and monitor.

How to keep easily updated with the most important internal and external issues and opportunities that might arise during the SEO process?

SEO Alerts

It’s time to set your SEO process alerts. Let’s see how to automatize any warnings during the process … for free.

1. Your Site Availability

When your site is down your online business is closed to your visitors (and search crawlers) and you end-up ultimately losing money. It’s therefore a must that you are informed when this happens.

As this is critical, there are already many services out there that focus on monitoring this, although Pingdom and monitor.us are the ones that also offer free options, which might be more suitable to use for smaller sites to receive email alerts when they go down.

To make the most out of these alerts and keep you updated on the go, you can additionally use this IFTTT recipe for Pingdom to receive an SMS each time your site goes down and comes back up.

Site Availability Alerts

2. Organic Search Traffic Activity

Monitor your organic search, top categories, most important product pages, mobile, international traffic and your conversions increases and decreases (based on numbers or percentages by day, week or year) by setting Google Analytics custom alerts.

You can configure them to receive an email (mobile alerts are only available for the US) each time they are triggered. To have these emails sent to you via SMS you can create a label in Gmail and then set a filter to be applied to them (the emails you get from Google with the “Google Analytics intelligence alert” subject).

Once you have set the “Google Analytics” label to be automatically applied to these emails you can use this IFTTT recipe to get an SMS each time you receive them.

Google Analytics Alerts

3. New Brand & Keywords Mentions

Use Talk Walker or Mention to create alerts for the mentions of your own brand, your competitors and the most important keywords of your SEO process, to easily monitor your online reputation and identify link building opportunities.  You can subscribe to them via email or RSS feeds.

If you set Talk Walker to receive the emails alerts, you can use this IFTTT recipe to also get SMS alerts warning you about them.

Brand Mentions RSS and SMS Alerts

4. New Links towards your Site & Competitors

Which are the most important new links that have been built today towards your site? And those of your competitors?

Stay updated with your sites and competitors new external links by using the Moz Fresh Web Explorer “rd:” operator to show the links to a root domain and create an email alert for this query. You can create a Gmail label called “Moz Alerts” and use this IFTTT recipe to receive an SMS warning you about these emails.

You can also do something similar by using LinkRisk, that allows you to integrate data from Google Webmaster Tools, MajesticSEO, Ahrefs and will send you an email when a new link is detected, for which you can also set an IFTTT recipe to receive an SMS.

New Link Alert

5. Changes in your site and your Competitors Pages

Use Versionista or Femtoo to follow-up with changes in your own and your competitors top pages: From product or service prices, to titles and descriptions, links or HTML snippets, these services allow you to select the pages key areas that you want to be alerted via email when updated.

You can also create and apply a label in Gmail called “Versionista Update Alert” to these emails and receive an SMS alert when you get them by using this IFTTT recipe.

Web version changes tracking

6. Industry Trends, Queries and Requests

What are the hottest search topics in industry and country? Which requests and queries are made by online media and influencers? You can follow-up with them by monitoring Google Hot Trends (that now includes information for additional countries and in many languages), Topsy and HARO:

  • Google Hot Trends allows you to generate an RSS feed (like this one for Hot Trends in the UK) that you can subscribe on with your favorite reader and set an IFTTT SMS recipe, if you want to make sure to not miss anything.
  • Topsy allows you configure email alerts for any search query for which you can also set an IFTTT SMS recipe.
  • As not all of your HARO queries emails will actually contain the desired topics or type of requests you’re interested about, you can additionally set a “Must Read HARO” label for those that contain some specific keywords, configure a filter to be automatically applied to all of those emails that meet the desired criteria and have a warning about them sent via SMS by using this IFTTT recipe for the “Must Read HARO” labelled emails.

Google Hot Searches

7. Webmaster Tools Site Issues

Last but not least, whenever you register a new site in Google Webmaster Tools you have an email notifications option enabled in the preferences panel, that will allow you to receive by email the messages about your site health, warning about issues from linking to crawling.

Nonetheless, sometimes the email address that is set by default is not the one that you actually frequently revise, so it’s important that on one hand you have this option configured with an email address that you use and on the other, if you want to make sure to never ignore these alerts, to use this IFTTT recipe, that will send you an SMS whenever you receive a new Google Webmaster Tools email.

Google Webmaster Tools Alert


Now is your turn! Which other alerts do you set to keep updated when you start an SEO process?


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AUTHORED BY:
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Experienced International SEO Consultant -service that she provides through her company Orainti- and a Moz Associate. She’s a frequent SEO speaker at international conferences & blogger.
  • Andy Marchant

    Another super article Aleyda! Simple, actionable advice. Alerts make for less unexpected surprises when you turn the PC on in the morning. An inbox constantly pinging with alerts can often make switching off that little bit harder though.

    • http://www.aleydasolis.com/ Aleyda Solis

      Totally agree! Like this you can be warned when a must read arrives. Thanks Andy :)

  • Guest

    Thank you so much for sharing these awesome tips Aleyda..!! I used to rely just on Google alerts and Fresh Web explorer for brand monitoring but now I have a whole range of tools to play with.

    • http://www.aleydasolis.com/ Aleyda Solis

      Glad to hear! Thanks :)

  • Bas van den Beld

    Hey Aleyda,

    love this kind of stuff, I use alerts like this all the time, so these are very useful, thanks :).

    One thing I always do as well is use Tweetdeck for alerts on Twitter. I’ve set up several columns which just do a search. One search for example is “What is this Google”. Which shows me exactly when people tweet stuff about Google they’ve never seen before and want explanation on. That tells me that either it’s someone who doesn’t know what they are doing or it’s someone who has found a test Google is doing (you know they test a lot in the wild) or it’s someone who needs an answer and has just given me a blogpost topic :).

    I have several of these types of alerts running so I will be on top of things :)

    • http://www.aleydasolis.com/ Aleyda Solis

      Interesting alert in Tweetdeck. Thanks for sharing it Bas!

  • Serbay Arda Ayzit

    Great article Aleyda, first of all thanks for this one. Alerts are really important, if you know things earlier you can make something to correct. Also if you dont like sms:) you can use pushover app to see these messages as push messages on your phone screen

    • http://www.aleydasolis.com/ Aleyda Solis

      Thanks Serbay! Indeed, if some reason you don’t like or can’t use the SMS you can use instead push mobile messages with the pushover channel.

      • Serbay Arda Ayzit

        Yes, for example in Turkey we couldnt use sms feature:(

  • http://www.adrenalina.es/ Jorge Gonzalez

    Muy buen post Aleyda, ya usamos algunas de estas alertas pero siempre viene bien conocer nuevas.
    Un saludo y recuerdos de lo Adrenalinos..

    • http://www.aleydasolis.com/ Aleyda Solis

      Gracias Koke :) Me alegra que algunas de ellas sean de utilidad.

  • http://www.mozalami.com/ Mozalami

    Thanks Aleyda your insights are really priceless ;)

  • http://workado.com/ Justin McGill

    LOVE your use of IFTTT recipes. Going to have to get busy implementing some of these. Especially like how you setup HARO filter and the website status changes!

  • http://www.keshkesh.com/ Takeshi Young

    Great list of tips! I’ve never really used IFTTT, but the alerts for HARO & Google Trends will be huge time savers for me, as well as monitoring site downtime. Thanks for sharing!

  • Darshan Beloshe

    I liked the explanation Aleyda! You have posted a very helpful information for SEO’s. This will definitely a must have tools to be use by the online marketers. I am new to IFTTT recipe option and change in competitors page. Thanks for your valuable sharing which will help me a lot.

  • Gianluca Campo

    Aleyda Solis great post! I would strongly recommend using the MajesticSEO alert for lost links you mentioned as well. Here is the post on their blog: http://blog.majesticseo.com/case-studies/email-lost-backlinks/ .

    Here is a post for Italian speakers on our blog: http://www.fullplan.it/come-creare-un-alert-su-majestic-seo-per-la-perdita-di-link/

  • http://www.leetweb.at/ Roman Firnkranz

    I’m missing LinkResearchTools Link Alerts, Copyscape Monitoring of new content duplicates of your website and Expired Domains Monitoring ;)

  • DUQUEredes

    Gran artículo Aleyda, fantástico uso de IFTTT junto con alertas personalizadas.

  • http://trung.tran.com.au/ Trung Tran

    Site availability is traditionally looked at by sys admins. Marketers should use this tool to monitor specific pages for load issues. The worst errors are 500 servers errors.

    • Szymon Nowicki

      AFAIK http 503 is widely use for maintenance mode, so I doesn’t have to be a nightmare.

  • http://steadlane.com.au/ Flynn McFarlane

    Awesome! I just setup some custom alerts on my GA account. What a great idea, many thanks!

  • Jonathan Saipe

    Fabulous informative post. Thanks for sharing!

  • Simon Wyckaert

    Nothing but good stuff in this article! Thank you Aleyda.

  • Ranvijay Kumar

    I’M completely up on using Google for all kinds of jobs….!

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