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.

Sucuri SiteCheck – Free Website Malware Scanner

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If you run a WordPress website and want a quick and FREE scan to see if you have picked up any malware, pop over to sucuri.

These guys specialise in malware scanning and cleaning services for all websites. They also have some interesting articles in their blog – for example “how to create a website backup strategy” – which is a good read for anyone.

When your site is attacked, Google may notice and then your site will be effectively taken off-line until you have fixed and submitted to Google that it is fixed, they will check the site again and report back. This can all take some time – so it’s far better to have some sort of security already setup to ensure that your site is nice and secure!

Other WordPress tools to use:

Anti-Malware and Brute-Force Security by ELI. Provides a free plugin that will scan your installation for malware and identify potential threats. FREE Registration to automatically download the latest definitions and signatures.

Wordfence Security. A very popular (over 1900 5*’s at last count) plugin. You can also see ‘real time’ traffic on your website with this plugin.

Rename WP-LOGIN.php. This is a very lightweight plugin that will intercept and stop people accessing your login page (standard login page from wordpress). It’s non-destructive, which means that you can uninstall the plugin and everything will be back to how it was – lightweight as well – only 6k in size, so will have a minimal impact on your website.

Other Articles worth Reading:

Elegant Themes article about what to do after being attacked by malware.

Elegant Themes article about security with your WordPress website.

Keeping wordpress secure, from the guys at wpmudev – always a wonderful read… and http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/keeping-wordpress-secure-the-ultimate-guide/

via Sucuri SiteCheck – Free Website Malware Scanner.

Typography and the Web

  • Typography is not merely the process of arranging font on a page. It is a living creature; it feels joy in an exclamation point, takes deep sighs at periods, grabs consciousness with each bold strike and begs for un­derstanding in the space between every italic. It has in tricate rhythm and harmony, staccato para graphs and legato headers that blend into a melody of enlightened web de sign. Typography is an art as much as it is an essential de sign process, and it is one that is best understood by focusing on the contrast between textual elements in a given design.

KompoZer – Easy Web Authoring – FREE

KompoZer – Easy web authoring

Easy Web Authoring!
kpz-scr-01thumbKompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG web page editing.
KompoZer is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding.

Key features of Kompozer:

  • WYSIWYG editing of pages, making web creation as easy as typing a letter with your word processor.
  • Integrated file management via FTP. Simply login to your web site and navigate through your files, editing web pages on the fly, directly from your site.
  • Reliable HTML code creation that will work with all of today’s most popular browsers.
  • Jump between WYSIWYG Editing Mode and HTML using tabs.
  • Tabbed editing to make working on multiple pages a snap.
  • Powerful support for forms, tables, and templates.
  • The easiest-to-use, most powerful Web Authoring System available for Desktop Linux, Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh users.
This great HTML editor is often used in conjunction with GIMP (THE opensource free graphics editor) to produce some great websites. If you are lucky enough to have a subscription to Lynda.Com (video tutorials) then you can watch a great tutorial on how to create a great website using pure .CSS by just using opensource tools (namely Kompozer and GIMP)

Mobile Website Development

Mobile Website Development

Do you know how to create a mobile website? Or more importantly, do you know what a mobile website is? Domus Dish has covered this topic quite a bit, but in case you’ve missed it, a mobile website is what smart phone users see when looking at your webpage from their phones. There are many differences between mobile and traditional websites, which is why your website may not work for many smart phone users.

    Making Websites Mobile Friendly

    Making Websites Mobile Friendly

    Making website more mobile friendly – Google article on how to make your website more friendly for those people browsing using a mobile phone. This article from Google looks at both SmartPhones and traditional mobile phones (using WAP, etc.). It then talks about how Googlebot-Mobile trawls your website and the user-agent strings that help it ascertain the information required for mobile phones. The format used being:

    [Phone name(s)] (compatible; Googlebot-Mobile/2.1;
    +http://www.google.com/bot.html)

    The article then goes on to talk about:

    */ Websites with only Desktop Experience Content

    */ Websites with Dedicated Mobile Content

    15 Web Services we rely on everyday

    • 15 Web Services We Rely On Every Day – an interesting article blog about 15 key web services used everyday. 

      The list includes:
      Zendesk, GetSatisfaction, SendGrid, MailChimp (my favourite mail manager for newsletters, etc.), Apigee, String, ExpressionEngine, Chartbeat, Mint, PivotalTracker, SalesForce, RightSignature, GotoMeeting, Xero, DropBox, Office Glico.

      These are amongst the best cloud based services out there and I recommend most of them. I may be blogging about individual ones over the next few weeks…