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