Egosurfing: How to “google yourself” automatically with Google Alerts

A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on.
– William S. Burroughs
Google Alerts

Whether you call it egosurfing, egosearching, or vanity searching, you have probably tried “googling yourself” at least once.  That is, you typed your name into your favourite search engine to see what results appeared.

If you want to keep regular tabs on those search results, it can be a annoying to re-type your name each time.  To prevent writer’s cramp, you can turn to a free service called Google Alerts.  Google Alert provides automatic email updates on search results for keywords that you provide.

It is very easy to create a Google Alert for your name.  The instructions are below:

  1. Visit http://www.google.com/alerts
  2. Type your name in the Search terms field.  It’s best to add double quotes like this: “john p. kennedy”
  3. Select “Comprehensive” in the Type field.  Of course, if you want to restrict the results, you can select any of the other options.
  4. Select the update frequency in the How often field.
  5. Type your email address in the Your email field.
  6. Click the Create Alert button.

Before Google creates the alert, it sends a verification email to the email address you provided.  Once you receive this email, click on the link to validate the request and create the alert.

For more details on Google Alerts, visit the frequently asked questions (FAQ).

2 thoughts on “Egosurfing: How to “google yourself” automatically with Google Alerts

  1. My name “Rob Abdul” for the last 3 years has been my brand name.

    Google has 3,360,000 results for my name Rob Abdul.

    I was so proud when my name appeared in Google suggest.

    I’m Number 1 for my name on Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ask, AOL and many more!

    It may not sound like much but at least 60 to 80 people Google me a month.

    It is nice for the Ego, I must admit!

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