Old Google News Alerts Subscribers Getting Unwanted New Blog Search Alerts

Oct 27, 2006 • 1:19 pm | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics
 

google-blog-search-alerts.pngI reported this morning at SEW Blog that Google Enhanced Google Alerts & Adds Blog Search Alerts. Yea, so you can now subscribe via email alerts to blog search for specific keywords. They have also updated Google Alerts to "show results from multiple sources (including Google News, the web, and blogs)."

The thing is, there are two cases that I found where people who have subscribed to Google News alerts a while back are now automatically receiving Google Blog Search results.

A WebmasterWorld thread has one person complaining;

My wife runs a local community site that's been in Google News for sometime. To stay up on who’s talking about our area she has Google News Alerts setup using a variety of keywords (her domain, the community name, etc.). The alerts have been in place for over a year and yesterday she started getting notifications that included blogs that are now part of Google News - http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/10/on-alert-for-bloggers.html.

The problem is, blog search in general is often not wanted for alerts for many people. So getting these alerts, automatically and without opting in, is bad practice.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

martin - webseo

10/27/2006 10:41 pm

Thanks for posting this. I noticed that my Google Alert quantities had really picked up today, but I didn't know why. martin

ega278

10/31/2006 04:48 am

I guess you can make that three cases because I'm automatically getting the blog results too. Right now I don't like getting those extra results, but I'll give them a chance before I get rid of them, and yes I do think it's bad practice to just automatically subscribe me to that new feature.

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