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patricer
03-09-2007, 07:14 AM
Here's one of my favorite tips for tracking when other sites, blogs, or online stores mention your book: Google Alerts (http://www.google.com/alerts).

Set up an alert for a specific name or phrase and you'll receive email notification when it appears on the web or in Google news. You can receive your alerts daily, weekly, or as they occur.

Currently I have several Google alerts set up, one for my name and one for each of my most recent books. Although some of the alerts are rather routine, I've found sites mentioning me that I otherwise wouldn't have discovered so quickly.

A Google alert is also a great idea if you've just issued a press release about your book. Create an alert for a phrase in the title or text of your release that should be relatively unique online. This will give you a good idea of how effective your release is in terms of online visibility.

Patrice-Anne Rutledge
Bestselling Author – Freelance Journalist – Online Book Promotion Expert
Author, The Web-Savvy Writer: Book Promotion with a High-Tech Twist
http://www.websavvywriter.com (http://www.websavvywriter.com/) (get my free special report on author websites)

acousticgroupie
03-11-2007, 06:49 PM
oh my fabulous!!

Toothpaste
03-11-2007, 07:41 PM
Google alert is awesome! I pretty much had a good handle of where my name was out in the wide world of the interweb, and then one day I got another google alert and I expected it to be the same old stuff. Not so! My publisher had released a press release and suddenly I was everywhere on the net. It was such a crazy moment! And I totally wouldn't have found out about it for a while had I not signed up. Okay this is starting to sound like an ad:

"Sign up with Google Alert! It changed my life!" Toothpaste, sycophant

acousticgroupie
03-11-2007, 10:16 PM
haha--i love it!

AllieB
03-12-2007, 08:00 PM
Thanks for the tip!

AnneWhitfield
03-19-2007, 03:53 AM
Thanks for sharing that tip. :o)

Michael Murphy
03-26-2007, 10:47 PM
What a great idea!

giftedrhonda
03-26-2007, 11:23 PM
GREAT tip...thanks!!!

Dawn R
04-12-2007, 03:07 AM
Another grateful recipient of your tip.

Susan Breen
04-17-2007, 12:28 AM
Thank you so much. I just went and signed up.

Melanie Nilles
04-17-2007, 07:01 AM
ditto for me. Thanks!

triceretops
05-09-2007, 04:53 PM
Oh, this is awesome. I'm trying to track my book that just came out.
Tri

lisanevin
08-17-2007, 04:29 PM
great idea! Thanks for sharing. I also monitor my web traffic.

Bo Sullivan
08-17-2007, 04:51 PM
Thank you for sharing - I've just signed up.

Bo Sullivan
08-17-2007, 04:52 PM
great idea! Thanks for sharing. I also monitor my web traffic.

Lisa, how do you monitor webtraffic. Can you show me here.

Thanks,

Barbara

lisanevin
08-17-2007, 05:02 PM
I just posted some info on a new thread, hopefully I won't anger people for mentioning here (briefly)
Short answer, depends on your internet provider. If you use godaddy then I can help, I use them.
type your url with /stats on the end.

Barbara- since you are using a free web provider, I'm not sure you'll get this option, but ask, never hurts.
For those using godaddy web hosting, you receive a free traffic monitoring or you can upgrade. I upgraded. I love it!

popmuze
08-17-2007, 07:20 PM
I'm on Google alerts with my name. Unfortunately, two or three other guys with the same name are always popping up. And one surreal blogger who has my name in a sentence in an otherwise incomprehensible blog. I wish I could get rid of the guy.

Maybe I should create one just for the name of my latest book.

awatkins
08-17-2007, 07:31 PM
Maybe I should create one just for the name of my latest book.

Do that. I get hits on my book title all the time from my Google alert. :)

larocca
08-17-2007, 07:35 PM
I'm quite sure I don't want to know what anybody is saying about any of my books. I toss them from the nest -- fly baby birdie fly! -- and if they hit the ground, well, too bad. I just keep making more. Haha!

:2angel: :e2fairy: :e2bouncey

brunoshouse
09-05-2007, 04:26 PM
Thanks for the tip. I just signed up too.

AndyPolyak
10-27-2007, 11:15 PM
Google makes each writer happy. Vanity publishers make each writer happy. Agents make each writer happy. Everyone makes everybody happy. A perfect world of total happiness....

....Does any one seriously believe in adds over here?

Mac H.
10-30-2007, 07:08 AM
Google makes each writer happy. Vanity publishers make each writer happy. Agents make each writer happy. Everyone makes everybody happy. A perfect world of total happiness....

....Does any one seriously believe in adds over here?I think you misunderstood what the original post is about.

Google Alerts is simply a tool that sends you an email whenever a particular phrase appears somewhere on the web - so you can keep track of when your name (or project's name) gets mentioned.

It isn't advertising .. just a handy tool.

Mac

AndyPolyak
10-30-2007, 04:30 PM
I bet there will be not only alerts but also a lot of Google spam too.

Anyhow, does it matter what others think of your book? Some people are envious, some are wicked, and why should I know what they post to web? Normal, average readers usually buy and read books silently. Sometimes they post some reviews to their websites or blogs, but far not all of them. You will never get any objective truth about people's opinion.

Thus, no Google can help you, if you want to get the folk's opinion. For example, people write different thins about the books of mine. Some of them are bad, others are good. Whom should I believe?

Google won't make you happy...

aka eraser
10-30-2007, 07:04 PM
No, Google may not make you happy but it could make you better informed, which is usually a Good Thing.

AndyPolyak
10-30-2007, 07:33 PM
So, what shall I do when being informed by Google? Imagine Google has informed me about some crushing criticism on my book. Do I have to revise my literature work and upload the new text to the internet-stores? What if next day Google tells me that people like the previous text but dislike the new one? Shall I have to replace the new text and upload the old version again?

I'm just trying to tell you that knowing the people's opinion is not so good for authors as commonly accepted. No writer can possibly please ALL the readers. I shall not write books better if I know that "mister so-and-so" dislikes my writing and posts some bad words about me to his blog. I write books for those who like experimental fantasy. They are my readers, and I know their opinion without Google.

If Google really wants to help beginning writers, poets, artists, musicians etc., they can launch their own project to be a nice alternative to Lulu.com or other services of that kind. Why not create a free self-publishing? It's a nice buisness idea. I'm going to establish such a firm in my town, why not?

As for me, I stopped searching for different articles and reviews on my books. I know that there are some stuff on web, but I don't really care. Better to spend my time writing new chapters or visiting some forum when having a rest (this very forum, for example).

By the way, during a couple of days I learnt many useful things at Absolute Writers, much more important things than any search system can provide me with.

I wish Google were not just a search system. There are a lot of such systems on the web. The Google programmers are, no doubt, very gifted and able to make an internet-market.

Sheryl Nantus
10-30-2007, 07:40 PM
Google Alerts is simply a tool that sends you an email whenever a particular phrase appears somewhere on the web - so you can keep track of when your name (or project's name) gets mentioned.

It isn't advertising .. just a handy tool.

an excellent tool.

I Google my novel and name a few times a month and have found a number of websites carrying either my vampire trivia or comments about my book in the strangest places - where I would never have looked to find them. Hopefully they increase traffic to *my* website but it's good to know what sort of areas they're appearing in.

Information is Power.

:D