Get RSS feeds from Google Search Results

Get RSS feeds from Google Search Results Google search results are great, but you don’t always want to read them on the google search results page. It would be nice to able to get an RSS feed from your favourite searches, perhaps emailed to you on a daily basis or perhaps used as a feed in your website.

Ways to get Google Search results as an RSS Feed

The old favourite method to get your google search results in either an email or RSS feed is to use Google Alerts.

Google alerts allows you to enter search ‘expressions’ as a normal search term, but instead of showing these results on the screen you tell alerts to email them to you on a regular basis. This is great if you want to monitor your company brand, or a competitor, or any subject that you are interested in.

Why not use Google Alerts is to output the results as an RSS feed. Use this RSS feed to push information into other services. For example many site use RSS feeds as a way of feeding Twitter feeds automatically with specific information. You could use google alerts RSS feeds to add information into your favourite automated tweeting tool.

Perhaps use google alerts to provide an information feed for your website with links to information. This would be updated dynamically by the Google alerts system on a schedule that you decide.

Google alerts are very simple to setup

  1. Visit Google Alerts.
  2. In the “Create an alert about” box, enter in the words you want to get email notifications for.
  3. Click Show options to customize things like how often you get alerts, types of websites you want to search, and the email address for your alerts.
  4. Click Create Alert.

You can setup alerts to send you results; as they happen (useful to real time monitoring), once per day or once per week.

All good options if you are in the SEO market or just monitoring social mentions of your company. You may also want to look at this great blog post on 10 free tools to monitor social mention online.

When you setup google alerts make sure you use all the search formatting you need to get the accurate results. This includes using operators such as speechmarks around search expressions and the “-” operator to exclude terms you are not interested in. For more details on these operators see this article on advanced search operators with google.

Resources

Article explaining how to use all google alert tools plus their API to get full results from search queries.

You can also use the IFTTT (If this then that) wonderful online tool. This very comprehensive free tool allows you automate many things, one of which is to get information from Google and output the results in many formats. For example you could get ifttt to search google for some information and then automatically email to you on a weekly or daily basis.

Article from wikihow explaining how to use google alerts with pictures (for those that don’t like reading :) )

5 creative uses for using google alerts from the great lifehacker website. A good example from their website article is using google alerts to monitor for certain jobs in specific areas, set this up to alert as they happen so that you can get the heads up on interesting jobs in your area.

Skiing in Selva (Val Gardena) Feb 2011

I recently had a wonderful holiday with friends in Selva (Val Gardena) and logged all our ski routes via my Garmin 400t GPS device (this thing is wonderful). I use the great site called GPSVISUALIZER.COM to plot the output from the Garmin to maps. Here’s the skiing day by day for the trip.

GPSVisualizer allows you to link to a GPX file (created from the tracking within the Garmin GPS) and render the track on one of many maps, including Google ariel view. The views shown here show the ‘summer’ view (e.g. without all the lovely snow!) which makes them even more interesting as you can see where we skied through the trees, etc.

When you click on the links below PLEASE be patient – it takes about 10 or 15 seconds before the proper map displays. The Google map rendering is the best one to look at.

Daily skiing tracks and routes:

Daily logs from the Garmin GPS showing max speed and distance:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have also uploaded the photos (btw taken from my iPhone 4 camera) to my Flickr site – you can also see them here.

Flickr photo’s are here

New Google search options

More Compact Google Search Options

Google used to group the options from the search sidebar so you can quickly find the filters related to location, visited pages and the different ways to present search results. All these groups have been merged and Google only kept the group that lets you restrict the results to recent web pages. Google also removed the “related searches” view which showed a list of related searches at the top of the page and allowed you to compare the results for different searches.

The more interesting options now available include:

Wonder Wheel

A kind of mindmap of your search with links that you can follow easily with related information on the right hand side of the search window. Good option for drilling down into information or looking at the search in a different way.

Google WonderWheel Search Results

Timeline

The Timeline search view shows a graph of your search term over time with key dates and events over time. You can see from this view the popularity of the search over a period of time. You can also click into the various date segments and drill down further into the information.

As you drilldown into each segment – it expands to show a more detailed timeline of the search term. Again you can drilldown even further. Good for finding date related search information.

Google Timeline Search

links for 2011-01-13 LiveWriter and Synchronicity backup

  • Writer made mightier

    Windows Live Writer makes it easy for anyone to tell stories like a professional blogger. You can create beautiful blog posts, and see what they’ll look like online before you publish them to your blog. Plus, you can publish your posts to any of your favorite blog service providers.

    Make sure that you download all the addons for LiveWriter as they really good functionality for free

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  • Create Synchronicity is a backup/synchronization tool that can help you protect your files, and keep your data up-to-date. You can use it for pretty much everything from copying your documents, pictures, music and videos to your USB Key or backup drive, to scheduling server backups with regex filtering and DST compensation.

    This is a very small free software package that does a good job of synchronising your local drive with a network drive or external hard disk for backup purposes. It’s very easy to schedule backups; there are many other really good options that making keeping your data safe very straightforward.

Ukulele chord chart…. that’s all




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Originally uploaded by Jonathan Camp

All the useful ukulele chords in one place…

An interesting read…

Amazon.com: The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment (9781416599067): A. J. Jacobs: Books http://ping.fm/vILHh

Using the Posterous Bookmarklet – Posterous Help

If your not using posterous for posting and other social networking activities – YOU SHOULD!