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Google Alerts are email updates of latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic.
Some handy uses of Google Alerts include:
* monitoring a developing news story
* keeping current on a competitor or industry
* getting latest on a celebrity or event
* keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams
If you type in "info:(your website's URL)", Google will provide you background information about any site on Internet. For instance, "info:www.bigoakinc.com" will show information about our homepage. Note there can be no space between info: and web page URL.
Google can show you following information for a URL:* Show Google's cache of URL
* Find web pages that are similar URL
* Find web pages that link to URL
* Find web pages that URL links to
* Find web pages that contain term "(your website's URL)"
View indexed pages
If you use [site:(your website's URL)] as your query, Google will restrict results to those websites in given domain. For instance, [site:www.bigoakinc.com] will find pages within www.bigoakinc.com. Note there can be no space between "site:" and web page URL.
More than a Search Engine As you can see, Google can be much more than a simple search engine. It can be a creative marketing and research tool as well. Many other features are available on Google's site so take some time and look around next time you visit Google.
Shell Harris is an Internet marketing consultant and an SEO Specialist. He provides proven results for Website promotion. More articles can be found at http://bigoakinc.com/seo-articles/seo-articles.php
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