I know that this is a topic that has been talked about many times.
But things change.
I am going to tell you what has changed.
I found an article on Mashable that was great.
It talks a lot about utilizing different websites to monitor your brand.
Well, some of those websites have changed.
Backtweets/Backtype no longer offers a free service. You have to sign up with a paid service
Which is great, but the keyword here in this article is freeeeeeeeee. (You’re killing me Larry!)
The other sites are free as well and a lot of them are still there, but they aren’t needed.
So here is my guide:
If you don’t have a Google account, set one up. It’s easy.
Go to the Google Reader site to add Reader to your Google account.
Go to the Google Alerts site, set up your search terms and set the “Deliver to:” field to “Feed.”
If you so desire, you can choose to only search News, Blogs, Videos, Discussions or Everything. I recommend Everything. You can also choose to show all the results or only the best results.
Keep in mind that this is just like doing a Google search so you can use various operators to be more precise in your search.
You may want to set up various feeds for different keywords.
You should be monitoring your brand name, your product names, your industry and even your competitors. You may even set one up for your own name.
Twitter has a search feature in case you didn’t know.
You can run a search and set up your parameters and then you can pull the RSS feed for that search.
Then you can subscribe to that search in Google Reader!
Where’s the Easy Button?
Unfortunately, I have not been able to add the results from Social Mention to my Google Reader account.
An error kept coming up.
But Social Mention picks up everything else that gets missed. (In theory).
Set up you search and you can send yourself up for email alerts.
And there it is.