Reports Of Google Alerts Not Working

Mar 8, 2013 • 8:24 am | comments (11) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google AlertsThere are reports in the Google Web Search Help forum that Google Alerts is not functioning as it was last year.

Searchers are saying they are getting much fewer search notifications from Google Alerts than they were months prior. One user said:

I've been using Alerts for several years to find inventory for my business. They worked fine, and I received 20 or 30 a day. Now, I rarely receive more than two or three per day. I can go into Alerts and manually run the searches, and tons of results pop up for which I never received email alerts. I haven't changed anything, and they're all set to "All results" with "immediate" delivery. What's going on?

Many other users chimed in agreeing that there appears to be an issue. Google has not confirmed the issue but Kousha N. from Google responded last night saying:

Thanks everyone, just wanted to let you know that I've gathered the feedback and am looking into this. I can't promise when an update will come, but as soon as I find anything out I will let you know.

Have you noticed issue?

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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Aidan Rogers

03/08/2013 01:38 pm

Haven't been working for about a month or so

Barry Schwartz

03/08/2013 01:39 pm

First time Google chimed in about it. There are issues with it for years

Gareth Goddard

03/08/2013 01:43 pm

Yeah i've noticed this for a while, and the results that come in are typically spammy or useless results (such as pirate bay links for some reason)


03/08/2013 01:47 pm

yes the same issue i'm facing.., google alerts is not working

Steven Weldler

03/08/2013 03:13 pm

No question, we've been trying out other tools for months because of this. Nothing has come close unfortunately.

Sam Dogen

03/08/2013 03:26 pm

Yep, fading for me as well for past six months at least. But traffic on Financial Samurai continues to grow.

Michael Gocia

03/08/2013 04:25 pm

I have tried this but google alerts are not working facing problem to get alerts. How can i resolve the issue?


03/09/2013 02:55 am

I think Google Alerts is dying..just like Feedburner. Either that, or Google is trying to discourage spammy internet marketers ;-)


03/20/2013 08:49 am

I am also having problems with Google Alerts. I am not receiving any for alerts created within the past one to two months. (For previous ones, I still do receive them.) When I go to the site for which I recently setup an alert, I see keywords / phrases mentioned for which I should have received alert emails. When I run the alerts queries on Google and narrow down the results by time, such as within the past 24 hours, week, or month, I see the result(s), for which I should have received the alert email(s), but never did. I even created a new Google account with the same alerts, but I also don't receive those as well. I have emailed Google twice through their form, but like all Google products, customer service is non-existent. I will need to try and find an alternative(s) if there is/are any, especially for free, and learn how to work with a new system, which I dread doing because I fear it will be very time consuming.

The Financial Brand

03/20/2013 03:11 pm

Major problem... I'd estimate the volume of Google Alerts I receive is down by 70-80% in the last 18 months. I'm running about 75 alerts. I used to get 30 emails a day with 3-5 results per email. Now I get 4-7 emails a day, with 1-2 results. I've gone back to change my settings to "all results" not just "best results" and it's had no impact. Google probably doesn't feel like paying for the bandwidth anymore to send out a bunch of alerts no one is clicking on. I think this is their way of quietly phasing the service out.

Ari Herzog

10/02/2013 02:20 pm

For me, it's the opposite. I'm still receiving alerts -- but they're 5 years old. No new alerts, only old alerts.

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