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Solo Tip Tuesday: Monitor What Matters to You with Google Alerts

by Sara Crocker on February 14, 2012

You can use Google Alerts to monitor anything on the Web. And did I mention it’s free?

It takes less than a minute to set one up, and you can use them to find out what’s being said about you, your client (or prospective client), an issue relevant to your practice (such as product recalls), a sports team, keep up-to-date on an industry, a news story, or anything else you can think of!

Once it’s been set up, Google will automatically search the Internet and send you an email any time it finds information that matches your alert. To keep the number of alerts under control, check out the advanced options, which allow you to choose how often you receive alerts and determine how many results you see in each alert, so they’re relevant to your query and of high quality. You can even limit it to a specific source such as blogs, news, or the Web.

Click here for information on what alerts are, how they’re used, and how to set one up. Then, start simple. Take a minute now and set up an alert on yourself!

You can see this tip and others, on topics ranging from Outlook and Word help to App reviews and online tools, all here.

Longtime readers of the Colorado Bar Association’s C-Brief, its weekly eNewsletter, know each week there is a tip from Law Practice Management Director Reba Nance. Those tips are moving beyond the newsletter and now have a permanent home within the Practice Management section of CBA’s website. We’ll share some of the best tips each week here as Solo Tip Tuesday.

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