| 8:46 pm on Feb 24, 2013 (gmt 0)|
I pondered this question a while back - if there is any significance of those URLs that appear in Google Alerts?
I won't pretend to have done any great research, but my conclusion at the time was that there was no rhyme or reason to it.
| 8:58 pm on Feb 24, 2013 (gmt 0)|
It appears to me that Google recently change the criteria for appearing in alerts. They made it much stricter. I have alerts set for my own full name and my brand name. I used to get several alerts a month, most of which were junk. Things like '<your brand>.com on <stupid domain rating site>.com'.
I haven't had those in a while. The only thing I got this month was when I change my StackOverflow account to use my full name rather than a nickname. I got a google alert on my full name for my profile page. I didn't get alerts on the other stack exchange sites where I also changed my name, nor for any of the questions and answers on any of the sites where my full name now appears.
| 9:07 pm on Feb 24, 2013 (gmt 0)|
Danny doesn't think they're working these days.
I'm off season so I don't know if mine are working or not.
| 9:10 pm on Feb 24, 2013 (gmt 0)|
I don't remember where I saw it, but very recently saw someone mention that Google alerts are much less informative than they used to be... and less frequent as well.
| 11:27 am on Mar 23, 2013 (gmt 0)|
i run a site about small island in Mediterranean.
the site has thousands of pages, rank #1 #2 or #3 for most of keywords. the site is doing well.
however, it very rarely appears on google alerts although i run regular news blog and forum as part of the site
instead, every single post from tripadvisor forum (even small posts, mostly 1 sentence questions)comes every day in my inbox from google alerts.
| 11:32 am on Mar 23, 2013 (gmt 0)|
Google Alerts is as broken as their link: command is.
| 12:25 pm on Mar 23, 2013 (gmt 0)|
Mashable had a post about it yesterday too. They're either broken or going away.