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3 Tools to Monitor Any Page or Site Changes

There may be various reasons why you might need to track a web page:

(1) You can use page trackers instead of an RSS reader to monitor new front page stories;
(2) You can track Digg category pages to watch the dynamics;
(3) You can track Google “Past 24-hours” results to monitor your competitors, etc.

This post lists 3 handy FireFox addons that will help you monitor any page and notify you of changes in various ways:

Follow2 Notifier

Follow2 Notifier is a FireFox add-on that allows you to get real-time updated content notifications to your status bar from any website / page.

It installs a nice icon in your browser status bar called f2 which works the following way:

  • Click it once you land on a page you want to track;
  • The page will be added to the tracker;
  • Once the page it is updated, you will see an update alert in the status bar (if there are many alerts, you’ll see a scroller to list the notifications):

follow2 update 3 Tools to Monitor Any Page or Site Changes

From there you can:

  • Click the notification to load the updated page;
  • Right-click on the icon to be able to load your site list:

follow2 list 3 Tools to Monitor Any Page or Site Changes

SiteDelta

SiteDelta notifies when websites are changed and highlights the changes since last visit. The addon icon (also added to the status bar) works similarly as the similar one:

  • Click it to add the page to the tracker;
  • Right-click on a tiny notification icon next to it to open the most recently-added page or all pages in different tabs;
  • When on page again, click the icon to highlight the actual changes:

sitedelta highlight 3 Tools to Monitor Any Page or Site Changes

  • Right-click on the icon to access many more handy options:

Page properties:

(1) See the page information: the text version of the page and when you last visited it:

sitedelta info 3 Tools to Monitor Any Page or Site Changes

(2) Set the tracking preferences: scan the deleted content, image addresses, ignore cases, ignore numbers and backup changes:

sitedelta settings 3 Tools to Monitor Any Page or Site Changes

(3) Set the scanning frequency:

sitedelta frequency 3 Tools to Monitor Any Page or Site Changes

Backup current page version or see previous backups;

Track only some portion of the page (or ignore some area of the page):

sitedelta portion 3 Tools to Monitor Any Page or Site Changes

Open only changed pages

See all your tracked pages in the sidebar (red color means there’s an update):

sitedelta sidebar 3 Tools to Monitor Any Page or Site Changes

Update Scanner

Update scanner mainly works via the sidebar: the icon is only used to open that sidebar.

update scanner 3 Tools to Monitor Any Page or Site Changes

All the tool does is basically the following:

  • Notifies you of any page changes;
  • Highlights changes:

updatescanner 3 Tools to Monitor Any Page or Site Changes

The most useful feature of the tool is that it can be configured to ignore minor changes (the feature available from “Edit properties” link on a page saved copy):

update properties 3 Tools to Monitor Any Page or Site Changes

 3 Tools to Monitor Any Page or Site Changes
Ann Smarty is the blogger and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Ann's expertise in blogging and tools serve as a base for her writing, tutorials and her guest blogging project, MyBlogGuest.com.
 3 Tools to Monitor Any Page or Site Changes

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4 thoughts on “3 Tools to Monitor Any Page or Site Changes

  1. Thank you so very much for this Review!!!

    I looked for hours for a Website Monitoring program and finally i found the Program that exactly fits my needs. SiteDelta seems the only Program that (between many other useful Features) allows to exclude Areas on the tracked Website.

    You saved my day !!!