Msg#: 4548400 posted 7:51 pm on Feb 24, 2013 (gmt 0)
I don't know if others do this, but I have a bunch of alerts set up in Google to keep up with what is going on in my areais of interest. I'm also adding new material to my sites related to those interests, pretty regularly.
But, I don't ever recall showing up in the alerts about red widgets, even though the new material is about red widgets, is unique, new content, and presumably has more value than most of the posts that do show up in the alerts.
Any thoughts on whether this is an SEO issue, and what can be done to fix it?
Msg#: 4548400 posted 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.