Turn Your Google Alerts into Gold

If you look long enough, you’ll find everything.

You may recall I wrote about setting alerts on Google and Talkwalker to monitor your online presence.

These alerts reach far beyond your own website to places where you may not be aware you have been cited.

Some of these references may lead to new opportunities.

in fact, I was thrilled to find citations of my name and podcast episodes where I was interviewed in TWO articles online. Both articles listed a number of podcasts and, for each show, named episodes that the author found noteworthy:

8 Legal Podcasts to Help Grow Your Law Practice, listing a total of 16 episodes, referred to my conversation on Be That Lawyer with Steve Fretzin: Janet Falk: Public Relations 101 for Lawyers

Another 16 individual episodes were cited in The 16 Best Legal Marketing Podcasts of 2024, including Janet Falk – How to Prepare for Your Next Meeting or Conference on The Legal Mastermind with Eric Bersano

I capitalized on these mentions of my name as a two-fold opportunity. 

First, I wrote a post on LinkedIn about each of the two articles. I congratulated the individual hosts of the various podcasts where I had spoken on this recognition.

Next, I emailed the hosts of the podcasts on which I had not yet appeared. I congratulated them, too, plus I introduced myself as a potential guest.

After all, I had a proven track record. I had appeared on 4 of the 8 in the first group and 8 of the 16 in the second. 

This approach of using Google alerts to spark new opportunities is yielding results. Alay Yajnik, one  of the second set of podcast hosts, soon replied and invited me to record a program. The episode is Connecting at Conferences on the Lawyer Business Advantage.

This Month’s Tip

Follow these step-by-step instructions for creating online alerts on Google and Talkwalker. Include your:

  • Name
  • Company name
  • Website URL
  • Phone number

Remember to check Yahoo, Bing and DuckDuckGo. Some yet-to-be-discovered references may appear there, as well. 


What will you find when you complement your alerts with a search for yourself on the Internet? No doubt there will be some mentions you overlooked, forgot about or simply were not aware existed and that may have eluded the alerts, too. Contact me at Janet@JanetLFalk.com, make an appointment here or call me at 212.677.5770. Let’s set up alerts, along with dates on your calendar for reminders to conduct additional searches, to track how you appear online.

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