I've seen lots more alerts for certain keywords, and seem to be coming in "batches" as opposed to "as they happen". I'm using RSS, though and haven't seen any difference in the actual alert format.
i have one google blog alert from 12 days ago with 9 items listed.
I see it to. Seems to be picking up advertisements from our ecom sites.
Ya, I'm convinced something changed. Incoming alerts are up. The content of the alerts is quite a bit more than previous. Meaning, there are many more alerts showing up per notification.
I just followed 2 of 8 that were in a recent notification. Both were junk sites. One of them tried the "virus scanning" tactic on me, scared me there for a minute.
I've just gone through me last ten alerts. I'm seeing a lot more junk now than before. It is almost as if Google opened up another part of its index and now I'm seeing things that have probably been there for a while and just not picked up via Google Alerts.
Man, look at all this junk it is picking up, whew...
I see what P1R sees. Lots more content and more alerts, mostly from junk blog sites. Volume up, quality down!
I wonder if this is related to the following...
I have also been getting more alerts with 8 to 10 references... some of it junk.
I'm seeing an uptick in the number of alerts I get too.
But the thing that makes me wonder is that along 2with alerts for mentions/links on other sites I'm also getting alerts for new pages on my own site. I haven't seen that before that I can recall.
Here as well. I used to get maybe 1-2 alerts a day, now getting 5-10.
They seemed to have relaxed their rules.
One of our alerts is set up with quotes like "nameofourcompany.com" and we would only get exact matches. Now we are seeing alerts with spaces between the words or only part of the name.
Alerts are coming in more frequently for one of our sites BUT there is no relevant content on any of the indicated sites I've look at. On some small sites I've checked all visible pages.
So either a lot more people are cloaking or google is playing tricks. I don't think all of the sites are cloaking, if any, since as far as I can tell they are reputable, and I cannot imagine that the ones I've looked at would link to our site for any reason.
On an odd note, after looking at my alerts, i noticed that i recevied an alert based on "example.com" which linked to a twitter converstation that i had with graywolf about tron, with a tinyurl address, and oddly enough, my domain is nowhere listed on that page.
I've been seeing lots more alerts coming through in the past month and lots more spam sites therein.
Yep much more alerts after a long period of nothing.
Two of the sites I clicked on brought up virus alerts / attacks.
One had a video embedded in the page, it didn't load and as soon as I clicked on the play button the virus attack warning came up.
Be careful what you click on now ...
Me too. My alerts are more frequent with more *irrelevant* links. I use Google Alerts in part to monitor for my URLs. Many of the links don't contain my URLs although may contain some words from my URL. Plus there are junk sites listed. If Google is listening, please fix this... it's annoying.
There seems to be a lot more "related: types of items coming up even if they are not relevant.
We have seen an increase also, especially from the junk blogs that just run from scraping and RSS feeds. So much so that we killed most blog alerts.
Also seeing a lot of strange ones - like russian, chinese, even arabic fonts.
|Also seeing a lot of strange ones - like russian, chinese, even arabic fonts. |
I'm convinced something changed, and it was a big change.
The number of Google Alerts is definitely up considerably. I have mine set to "as they happen" so I've seen the increase on a one by one level.
After following those first two links and ending up on one of those Virus Scanning malware sites, I'm gun shy about following any more of them. Now I'm just hovering over the links to see where they lead and boy oh boy, what a bunch of garbage Google is now sending me.
And yes, there are .cn, .jp, .ru and all sorts of interesting TLDs showing up. Most of it looks like scraped content. And some of it appears to be cloaked content.
I've also been getting alerts for Google searches. Yes, it is a Google URI with a query appended. Some really bizarre stuff that wasn't there with previous alerts.
I'm getting a TON of these crap alerts, because I have a lot of alerts going at any given time. Glad it's not just me.
Too bad. It's changing from an alert service to a version of another spam filled inbox.
This Alert tool is crap in most cases, it's not consistent, it seems to me it updates as consistent as the WMT data.
I have one very specific alert set up, used to get maybe one a week. Now I'm getting them daily. What I'm seeing aren't necessarily junk sites, but repeats of items that should already be indexed by Google, such as a mention in a blogroll sidebar. As others have said it looks to me like the bar has been lowered...
I ask get my alerts once a day, but, yeah, a few days ago I started getting a lot more info in each of the emails. Can't say that it's worse, because it's always lame and boring. But, more lame stuff.
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Those repeated alerts are making me a bit crazy. Also sending me Home Page urls instead of Permalinks. By the time I check, the home page has often moved on.
I guess it's just a minor annoyance to put up with, and the trade off is seeing more deep mentions, more social media and such. There are new services popping up all the time now that promise they "deep index" social media and the like. I imagine Google feels some pressure to keep pace.
Yea well. If I have an alert for fireworks and I get an article about a sperm bank (as I did today), then something's *definitely* amiss.
Poor Google Alerts - it's crying out while Skynet is trying to take it over but no-one is helping it. We're all doomed. LOL!
ps. Yahoo has a nice alert service too and can even monitor RSS feeds...
I've only ever used it to monitor references to my various site url's
eg. "example-example.com". It used to be spot on, only listing sites with references to my sites, now it's junk with references to any word in the url.
now im getting them on just the domain name without the tld.
The alert volume for the 20 or so sites I track using site/link:www.domain.com has more than doubled in the last few weeks.
I have no clue as to what I'm being alerted about... just shows a few listings... I've canceled all my alerts just a few minutes ago.
Same here, Google alert quality way down, switched off many of them due to spam-like behavious on the part of google.
I'm getting better results from custom made Yahoo Pipes.
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