AlertRank: Google Alerts on Steroids

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Update: the service is terminated on July 15. Check out this article for a related, yet rather basic tool: Filter Google Alerts with Alerts Grader

It is not really often that I am actually impressed by the tool (this is because I come across 2-3 new ones weekly so it is not really easy to surprise me already). But today’s one is truly awesome.

AlertRank is a free web-based tool that helps to make sense of your Google alerts.

Most of us use Google Alerts to keep an eye on our keyword or brand mentions but few of us are actually satisfied with the tool… Until you try AlertRank.

Benefits of the tool

  • Manage and analyze multiple Google Alerts through an online dashboard
  • Get more control over your email inbox: you may for example choose to block email alerts and only access results via online dashboard;
  • See the SEO rank of each result in your alerts;
  • Select alerts from sites that allow comments, trackbacks, DO FOLLOW, or display Adsense;
  • View over a dozen detailed ranking values for each alert to prioritize the ones you must act on;
  • Automatically post of alerts to Twitter or Delicious;
  • Create custom reports on your alerts in Excel or PDF formats;
  • View detailed and visualized analytics to identify the most influential sources for your keywords;
  • View daily, weekly, and monthly trends for any search term, and even compare trends between terms
  • Tag alerts by sentiment to analyze your brand feedback over time.

The process

Step 1: Tell Google to send alerts to your AlertRank address

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Alert Rank

  • Verify your new Google account;

Step 2: While signed-in to this new account, go to Google Alerts and start creating alerts to track your keywords and brand name:

Alert Rank

Once you have created as many alerts as you need, let the tool collect and analyze the data.

This is where all the fun starts

Google Alerts on Steroids

From now on, all Google alerts sent to you will contain “Alert Rank” – each site in the alert will be rated based on the internal algorithm that takes into account:

  • Google pagerank;
  • Alexa rank;
  • Inbound links;
  • Page features (number of comments, AdSense, etc);
  • Delicious bookmarks, etc.

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Enhanced alert statistics:

All the results sent by Google are compiled in a handy table containing the following columns:

  • The exact page based on your alert settings;
  • Search terms used to find that page;
  • The sentiment (you should change it yourself);
  • AlertRank;
  • Type of the alert (news, blogs, etc);
  • Date of the alert:

You can customize the columns to hide any of them or add new ones (like comments, nofollow links on the page, trackbacks, top level domains, Delicious bookmarks of the page, etc):

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You can also click through SOURCES tab to see domain stats that got into your alerts:

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Alert Analytics

This section displays handy charts that sum up the following:

  • Alert frequency over time;
  • Sentiment analysis;
  • Average AlertRank of each alert;
  • Percentage of total alerts:

Alert rank analytics

Daily Email Reports (Excel and/or PDF)

These are actually ready-made reputation management report for your client!

Alert Rank - reports

What are your thoughts?

Ann Smarty

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  • Ann, seeing as was the first to be called “Google Alerts on Steroids,” I’m going to have to send you a cease and desist. 😛

    Kidding aside, it looks interesting but it’s biggest weakness is going to be the fact that you still have to manage all of your keywords inside the cumbersome interface of Google Alerts. 🙁

    Still, this will help further spread the word for the need of social media monitoring tools that do more than just Google Alerts. 🙂

    • Yes, I guess this one have more rights to be called that because it IS actually Google Alerts: you still manage alerts and get alerts from Google.

      So I don’t think it can be ever compared with Trackur 🙂

  • Fantastic Ann! That’s such a brilliant tool!

    I haven’t really tried other Social Media Reputation monitoring tools like, or

    Did you have a chance to compare them?

    • I guess I will. Thanks!

      • Hey, Ann. Let us know if you want a Radian6 trial. We’re happy to set up a demo for you and answer any questions you may have.

        Katie Morse
        @misskatiemo | Radian6

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  • This looks like a really good tool. I've just signed up for an account. Not sure what you mean by “The sentiment (you should change it yourself);” but hopefully all will become clear when I get my first results.

    Thanks for the heads up.

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    This looks like a really good tool. I've just signed up for an account. Not sure what you mean by “The sentiment (you should change it yourself);” but hopefully all will become clear when I get my first results.

    Thanks for the heads up.