Google Alerts is a fantastic little tool that I don't hear people talk about enough. Google Alerts lets you enter a Google search once, and Google will update you whenever the Googlebot finds new matches for your search, often within only an hour or two of the page's publication.
The most obvious Alert search is your name, as a phrase in double quotes, but that's just the start. Here are some more ideas:Your name ("Andy Lester")
- Your nick ("petdance")
- Your email address ("firstname.lastname@example.org")
- Your company's name
- Resumes related to your job market in your area of expertise (I have an alert for "resume
PerlChicago" (but without the quotes)
- Titles from blog postings you've made
- Links to specific blog postings you've made using the link: syntax
Keep an eye on the results. It's not vanity, it's understanding your personal brand.