Last week I talked about the importance of running a Google search on your name, book, or series to make sure that you’ve linked to your website any important Editorial reviews or interviews and to find out who is giving away your book for free. What if you took it one step further and automated this process? It’s simple with Google Alerts. If you already have a Google account let’s get started—otherwise, we’ll all wait while you get up to speed!
Okay, ready? Sign in to your account and then on a new tab (so you can still read the instructions here) and type in http://www.google.com/alerts. Follow the next few steps, which are super easy…
- In the search box, type in the information you want to be alerted to, i.e. Your Book Name
- Click on the show options box and set the parameters that matter most to you. Here are my “typical” choices:
- How often: At most once a day
- Sources: Blogs, Webs, Books, Discussions
- Language: English
- Region: Any region
- How many: Only the best results
- Deliver to email
- Click on the blue Create Alert button
Now sit back and enjoy the results. One final thought: Don’t rely on this method entirely. You should still randomly do a manual check on all major search engines as they all pick up on different results.
Wishing you all the best,