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Google Alerts

Since we put so much of ourselves out there on the internet, it is important to manage our online presence carefully.  I recommend that my clients use Google Alerts to keep updated on where their names and businesses are coming up online.  Last summer, I had the unfortunate experience of having someone make serious accusations about how I conducted myself and my business.  Unfortunately, they took to the webiverse to do so.  The only reason I knew this was happening was because I had used Google Alerts to notify me anytime someone mentioned my company name.  Since Second Self was mentioned in the blog post this person wrote, it popped up in my daily Google Alert.  I was able to respond to this public flogging in a relatively quick manner.  I hate to imagine what might have happened if I hadn't had Google Alerts looking out for me!

Google Alert works on a very simple premise: alerting you anytime something is added online with the words you decide to monitor.  All you need to do is go to www.google.com/alerts, sign in to your Google account (if you don't have a Google email address, you can create an account with your regular email address quickly and easily) and follow these easy steps:

  1. Type in what search terms you want to be alerted about (personal name, business name, news item, etc).
  2. Choose what sections of Google you want searched for these terms (i.e. News, Blogs, Video, Discussion or Everything...I recommend everything).
  3. Decide how often you want to be alerted (once a week, once a day or as it happens).
  4. Choose how many results you want to have sent to you ("up to 20" or "up to 50").
  5. Enter the email address you want these alerts sent to.

Use Google Alerts to help monitor your online presence. Use Second Self Virtual Assistance for all your real estate

You'll start receiving your Google Alerts almost right away.  It is important to remember that the Google Alert is set up to search for anything online that contains those words in any part of the article, blog post, news item, video, etc.  For instance, with "Second Self" as one of the search terms I use, I will receive an email with links to anything that contains the words "second" and "self", whether they are mentioned together or separately.  That means I can receive links to things that have absolutely nothing to do with my business at all.  But, it's easy to determine pretty quickly if I should ignore it or click on it.  And I'd rather be safe than sorry.

I highly recommend setting the Google Alert to either be sent as it happens if you're monitoring something like your business name or personal name and once a day or once a week if you're wanting to keep up on a news item or other topic.  By using the "as it happens setting", you will be able to see how quickly your blog posts are indexed by Google.  There are several reasons to use Google Alerts.  What a great tool to keep track of your online presence!

Pamela Cendejas, Real Estate Virtual Assistant - Second Self Virtual Assistance: When There Isn't Enough of You to Go Around!

Comment balloon 118 commentsPamela Cendejas • July 08 2010 05:11PM

Comments

Great information!  Thank you.  This is good stuff. 

Posted by Nicole Anderson, YOUR Community and Lake Expert (Lake Homes Realty ) about 10 years ago

actually i'm going to snag it... thanks!

Posted by Nicole Anderson, YOUR Community and Lake Expert (Lake Homes Realty ) about 10 years ago

Pamela, This is a good suggestion for both of the reasons you mentioned.  I'm suggesting it for a featured post... 

Posted by Kate Wheeler, CCIM - Murphy NC Real Estate for Sale (Country Homes and Land Murphy NC Realtor ) about 10 years ago

This information is very much needed Pamela!  Great job with this post!  Keep them coming.

Posted by Linda Kemp, Stager and Relocation Professional (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 10 years ago

I keep myself on Google Alerts!  I never know where my name might accidently pop up!

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) about 10 years ago

Hi Nicole - Take a look at some of my past posts, too, and take anything you like.   I'm passionate about helping REALTORS(R).

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Kate!  Thank you for suggesting my post as a feature.  I think a lot of agents will appreciate the info.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Linda - So glad you enjoyed the post.  With so much online "stuff" out there, it's always a good idea to take a pro-active approach to our online presence.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Damon - Have you ever had anything pop up that you weren't expecting to see?

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

I have been using this feature for a while, but really need to add a couple more terms to it.. going right now to update!   Thanks for putting this idea in front of us.

Posted by Mary Ann Daniell Realtor, Delivering Successful Results Since 1999 (Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - Subsidiary of NRT LLC ) about 10 years ago

Hi Mary Ann - I'm like that gnat that flies around your head and no matter how you swat at it, it just won't go away.  ;)

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Howdy and evening to you Pamela

Google Alert sure is a mighty handy tool for folks to use. In the pass I have actualy caught folks, that have stolen blog posts of mine, and parts of info off my website.

I also sugged that AR feature your blog post.

Have a good one
Dale
in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 10 years ago

Good way to check your teenager online too. . . 

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) about 10 years ago

Great suggestion.  I've used these and I've found several review posted about me on line.  Thankfully, they have been positive, so that is lucky.  Everyone should be following your advice.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 10 years ago

Great post, thanks for the tips.

Posted by Arlow Real Estate Group in Savannah, Pooler & Richmond Hill (Keller Williams) about 10 years ago

Pamela:

I have a number of Google alerts set up for daily review, including one with my name. They are useful in a number of ways just to stay informed as to what is being put out there about yourself and your company.

 

Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) about 10 years ago

Hi Pamela, I also use Google Alerts. Very useful to say the least!

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) about 10 years ago

Thanks for the reminder that I still need to try this out!!!

Posted by Pam Turner, REALTOR®, e-PRO®, SFR (Century 21 Belk Realtors Dalton GA) about 10 years ago

Thanks for the post Pamela. I use google alerts and look forward to their arrival every afternoon. Have a great day!

Posted by Sam White, Integrated Marketing - Bryan College Station, about 10 years ago

Great Suggestion.  I just finished setting mine up.  Thank you Pamela.

Posted by Cathy Polan, Royal Lepage Proalliance Realty Sales Rep. (Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty,Brokerage) about 10 years ago

Please remember that even if you use "Google" alert that you should do your own regular

searching as misspelling is not uncommon or one's own use of shortening of names for example "Ron and Ronald" "Rob and Robert" "Jan and Janice".  I hope you see what I am referring to.

Also remember, that once it is out on the web....you have limited ability to remove the information if any.  It is for this information that high school students are being regularly warned about their activities on the net as it might hurt their future very severly.

Thanks again for reminding us all about needing to be careful regarding our reputations.

 

St. Louis Painting

Posted by Sonny Landau (St Louis Home Improvement and Painting Companies) about 10 years ago

Thanks for making this so clear with your instructions !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) about 10 years ago

Pamela, I've been using Google Alerts for quite awhile. They work great. Great tutorial!

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 10 years ago

Great advice Pamela! What a fantastic tool. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Joshua Vensel (VENVISIO - Real Estate Photography - Atlanta, GA) about 10 years ago

Thanks for sharing info. about this awesome tool!   I'm passing it on to my assistant right away!

loudoun realtor

Posted by Lisa Cromwell, Realtor, CRS, Loudoun, No. VA (RE/MAX Premier, Northern VA, Loudoun County) about 10 years ago

I have been surprised when my Google Alert for me has popped up too before ... fortunately nothing damaging yet, but I'll be ready if it does !

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) about 10 years ago

Pamela, thanks for a timely reminder.  I've been meaning to do this for a while - and your post has given me the opportunity to make it happen!

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) about 10 years ago

I've set these up and I really like seeing not just what's  being said about me and my company but also what other agents in my area are posting.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 10 years ago

I use to receive goggle alerts daily, but now receive them much less frequently - no clue why.

I wrote a blog post about a brunch my step-mother made and referenced a specific recipe and cookbook. The author of the cookbook found my blog post through google alerts and commented on my blog post! Interesting, eh?

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) about 10 years ago

Pamela - We too use Google alerts and so far so good. It is interesting to see where we show up sometimes though...

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Christie's International Real Estate ) about 10 years ago

Pamela - I've been using Google Alerts for a couple of years, and while I've never experienced a problem, it has notified me when I've been quoted in other blogs or newspapers.  Makes me feel wanted : )

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) about 10 years ago

Thanks, Pamela - I do have several Google alerts out, and I think I need to expand on them.  What is so interesting is that many of the alerts I get refer to comedian/commentator Bill Maher's mother!  Julie

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) about 10 years ago

Pamela- I've used Google Alerts for quite a while and I guess took them for granted.  I'll have to check to see exactly what I'm searching for re: Alerts and see if I need to add more. Thanks!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 10 years ago

Great Idea, bookmarked your blog so I can throughly review this later today and get it set up.  Google has so many great tools.

Posted by Mary Macy, Top Agents Atlanta Metro (Top Agents Atlanta Metro) about 10 years ago

I still use Google Alerts but I am really liking Step Rep so much better.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 10 years ago

Thank you. I am going to sign up today. I just love this place, you learn something new everyday.

Posted by Lee Ann Obenauer (Metro Roberts Realty) about 10 years ago

Its always good to keep tabs on what people are saying about you on the internet.

Posted by Gary Radulski (Legend Realty) about 10 years ago

Pamela, I have been familiar with Google Alerts but have never used it. Will give it a try.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy (Davidson Realty Inc.) about 10 years ago

I also use Google Alerts.  I'm always left wondering though who and where those alerts came from.  As long as they're positive, I guess I shouldn't be too concerned.

Posted by Terri Adams-Scott, Realtor, Walnut Creek CA Real Estate (J. Rockcliff, REALTORS) about 10 years ago

Just another thing to add to the arsenal.  Thanks.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 10 years ago

Thanks for the heads-up, Pamela... and the tutorial.

Posted by Bill Burchard, Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers (3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA) about 10 years ago

I am glad to say that I have never received any negative information on my Google Alert for my name.  Since I am fairly new and my name is not that uncommon, I use the results to gauge the range of my social media efforts by how often the "Laurie Martinez" in the alert is actually me.

Posted by Laurie Martinez, South Orange County Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties) about 10 years ago

Thanks for the information. Good to know.

Posted by Jamie Parker Gwinnett, Realtor, Snellville Homes (Exp Realty) about 10 years ago

Hi Dale -I've used Copyscape for catching plagerisers (is that a word?).  I guess Google Alerts hasn't found anything like that though.

 

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Fernando - What a great idea!  Nice to see such a pro-active parent.  Way to go.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Debbie - There are people who have built entire companies around reputation management.  Google Alerts is at least one way we can manage our own.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Mark - Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate your comment.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Claudette - Absolutely right.  Another tool in our arsenal.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Jackie and Sam - I look forward to receiving mine, too. 

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Pam and Catherine - May you only find wonderful things!

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Sonny - Thank you for the reminder.  Good advice.  You're right about future employers Googling people prior to employment to get a clear sense of who the prospective employee might be. 

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

I've been using Google Alerts for my name, but I really haven't followed up with it as regularly as I should. But like Maureen, I also use StepRep, and I am finding that to be a btter service.

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) about 10 years ago

Hi Michael, Michael and Joshua - Glad the instructions were easy to follow.  Screen shots work wonders.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Lisa - Nice to see your quick action.  Thanks for posting.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Sheldon and Stacey-Ann - I've only had one thing negative pop up and it was someone trying bolster their own reputation by smearing mine.  Didn't work for them, though.  I was able to confront it, stop it and move on.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Brian - Nice to have a blog that helps you.  Thanks for posting.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Lori - Having the author read your blog post and respond.  That's great.  If it hadn't been for Google Alerts, she (and you) would have never known.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Lisa and Robert - I know what you mean.  Sometime I get an alert on my name or my company name and I wonder how the heck I ended up there.  Often, I can't even find any reference to me in their website/blog.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Congrats on the feature.  I have been using them for awhile too and find them extremely valuable.

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 10 years ago

Hi John - Wow!  Congratulation on offering information that obviously helps others.  Way to go.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Google alerts is a great tool for sure.  Check out our list for other tools that also help to track Brand Mentions in the Webbosphere ... http://activerain.com/blogsview/1648117/how-to-monitor-your-brand-on-the-internet-for-free

Posted by James Chai, Real Estate Websites (agentlabs) about 10 years ago

Hi Julia - That's funny.  I'll bet you see some pretty funny things about Bill Maher's mom.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Kathy - Good idea to back and check what terms you've set on Google Alerts.  Time and circumstance changes.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Maureen - I took a quick glance at Step Rep.  Looks interesting - I plan to check it out further.  Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Gary and Ted - You'll find some interesting things when you use Google Alerts.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Terri - Have you ever clicked on the link that's included with the alert?  That's where you'll find out where your terms are being mentioned.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Bill and Tammie - Taking a pro-active position on your online reputation is always a good idea.  I understand Facebook is now promoting a reputation management program for social media. 

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Laurie - Good idea.  I actually Google my name and company name every few months to see what comes up.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi William - I'm planning on checking out Step Rep, too.  Always want to be up-to-date with the latest trends and services.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Debra - Thanks.  I knew Google Alerts was a good topic for a blog but had no idea it was worthy of a feature.  I'm loving it!

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi James - Thank you for the link.  I've bookmarked it for future reference.  Looks like great information.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Pamela, I set this up some time ago.. its a very useful tool.

Thanks for sharing this great information.

Posted by Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results! (BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE) about 10 years ago

Hi Pamela,  I've had the alerts now for quite some time.  I also have them for other local key terms of interest !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) about 10 years ago

Hi Gloria - Nice to see so many agents are ahead of the game.  Thanks for responding.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Great information.  I was not aware of this....  Congrats on the feature.

Posted by Stephanie Stringer, Mortgage Loan Originator (First Choice Loan Services NMLS#210764) about 10 years ago

Wise advice Pamela. I've been running an alert of my name and website name for 6 months and have seen nothing adverse so far.

Conor

Posted by Conor MacEvilly (RE/MAX On Market in Ballard. Seattle) about 10 years ago

Pamela:

Google Alerts are also useful for other types of monitoring. We have been using them for awhile, thanks for a timely post.

Posted by Brent & Deb Wells, Prosper TX (LivingWell Properties) about 10 years ago

Hi Stephanie - Glad to help.  Another AR member mentioned that she uses a product called Step Rep.  I plan to check that one out, too. 

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Conor - I guess sometimes no news is good news.  Enjoy your weekend!

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Brent - What else are you using Google Alerts for?  BTW - I got a Google Alert on this post just a couple of hours ago.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Thank you so much for the information.  Plan to work on it this weekend.  Will let you know

Posted by Susan Jackson (America's Network Realty Group, Inc) about 10 years ago

Hi Susan - Yes, please let me know.  Enjoy your weekend!

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Pam!  This is great.  Congrats on the Featured Post, too!

Posted by Jane Taylor (RE/MAX Realty Group) about 10 years ago

I was not even aware of google alerts- thank you!

Posted by Atlanta and Florida Homes for Sale, Atlanta and Florida VIP Realtor (Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners) about 10 years ago

Thanks for the reminder. I was going to do this a while back and forgot. Oops.

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) about 10 years ago

Pamela - so glad to see this got posted. Google alerts is terrific - I have at least 20 - and I learn all kinds of things. It's important to have your listings set up as Alerts, in addition to your name and variations, competitors, adn more. Great stuff.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Pam....I use Google Alerts and find it very helpful in staying on top of things.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Pamela,

So there is Google Alert, and then there is step rep. That's more choices than one, and feeel a bit confused.

Let me start with Google

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) about 10 years ago

Pamela,

I use google alerts.  I use it for my name and work. I also use it to keep an eye on my teenage kids to see what they are tweeting, blogging, posting, etc.

Clever business name.  Great job!

Posted by Marygrace Liparoto, Ann Arbor Realtor (The Charles Reinhart Company CRS, GRI, ABR (734) 497-6774) about 10 years ago

Some good suggestions here.  I've used Google Alerts for my name and business for some time, but had not thought of using it for listing monitoring.  Thanks for the posts...the comments were instructive too.

Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Something else to add to my "to do" list.  Thanks for the info!

Posted by Kathy Kenney, Realtor - Princeton & Central NJ Homes for Sale (Keller Williams, Princeton, NJ) about 10 years ago

I have many google alerts set. I actually have "moving to ----" and have 3 cities set. So I see whatever is new in the backyard. I see blogs, AR posts, open houses, new listings anything that comes up with "moving to ----" in the body.
Ya gotta love Google.

Posted by Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified (Dilbeck Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Pamela ... that is great information ... I have bookmarked this to set up at a later time.  thank you!  pippa

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) about 10 years ago

Pamela...knew about google alerts, but did nothing with it; bad idea I can see that now thanks to this post of yours.  I missed this yesterday too, no valid reason for doing so, EXCEPT that we had "soused Salmon with Rosemary for supper"  maybe too much souse? LOL depending upon the beer selection, this can be very tasty--does this count as a post on your other site? ]
seriously, think that I will follow through on the morrow; anything to see if our site comes up on google.
Have a great weekend.
Barb & Sal

Posted by Barb & Sal Dragotta, Macomb County Michigan about 10 years ago

Pamela, I've heard about Google Alerts a million times but never knew how to put it into action.  Thank you for explaining it so well.  You make it sound so simple!  I'm going to go try it out now.

Posted by Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA (Paige Walker) about 10 years ago

I love Google Alerts ! 

I have several of them set up that come to me daily. It's also a good way to see what your peers are doing as well :)

Posted by Roland Woodworth, eXp Realty (eXp Realty) about 10 years ago

Pamela, thanks I signed up for google alerts. Thanks so much for the information.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) about 10 years ago

Congrats on the featured post Pamela. This is much needed information that everyone can use. Awesome work with the post.

Posted by Crystal Morris (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Jane - Thanks! 

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Steven - Hope it works out for you.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Jeff - You must be reading Google alerts all day long. :D  I don't have 20 of them and feel like I'm constanting reading them.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Susan - How did it go?  Did you have time over the weekend to set up your Google alerts?

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Eric - Did you get your Google alerts set up yet?  Let me know what interesting things you find.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Carra - Thanks for your input.  It's amazing what's on the web.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Jon - I hadn't heard of Step Rep until I posted this blog.  I plan to check it out today.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Marygrace - Wish I had known about Google alerts when I had teenagers at home.  You are a very clever parent.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Lola - I thought the alerts for listing addresses was very clever, too.  I've learned a lot from this post.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Kathy - Have fun with it.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Wow, Ken.  You are really on top of it.  I'm so glad this post gor featured.  So many people have submitted some great ideas.

 

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Erica - Sounds like you're way ahead of the game.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Pippa - Great!  Let me know how it works out for you.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Barb and Sal - LOL! Put the salmon down and get to your Google alerts.  :D

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Paige - It really is simple.  You can do it in a matter of minutes.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Roland - Good for seeing what your peers, teenagers and buyers and sellers.  I learned a lot from the good people who've posted here.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Hi Rebecca - Another tool in our arsenal.  Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

Thanks, Crystal.  I've enjoyed reading your posts, too.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

I can't wait to explore this.  I bet it is eye-opening.  I will bookmark this for my reference file.  Thank you.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) about 10 years ago

Hi Paula:  It's a great way to manage your online reputation as well as keep track of your competition.  Another way to use it - set an alert for your target market and see what's going on.

Posted by Pamela Cendejas, Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 10 years ago

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