December 11, 2017

Alerts when things change or break on your website

There’s an alert for that!

Our mission has always been clear: no more SEO surprises.

Today, we are making an enormous leap forward in fulfilling that mission by launching Events and Alerts. So let’s get to it!

A timeline for your website

Inside the app you’ll find a new screen called Events. Here you’ll find a timeline, showing you all the significant things that have happened on the website. So when major issues come up or several key pages change within a short time frame, here’s where you’ll see it.

Events timeline

Although very useful, the real power of this new feature doesn’t reveal itself inside the app, but inside your mailbox!

Alerts when things break

Meta descriptions disappearing from your key pages, links suddenly breaking across your website or your pages suddenly becoming inaccessible. Whatever the problem, you need to know and you need to know now.

Alerts when things break

That’s why on top of displaying problems like these in the Events timeline, we also immediately send out an email alert as soon as a problem is detected. Now, for the first time ever, you’re able to fix problems before visitors or search engines get a chance to notice!

Alerts when things suddenly change

Apart from issues cropping up, there are other website changes that you need to look out for. A sudden increase in changes to page titles, meta descriptions or H1 headings—all stuff you need to know.

Alerts when things changed

Sure, not all change is necessarily bad, but when your key pages change you need to know so you can decide if they require any follow-up work.

No false alarms

The whole point of alerts is to help you react in time to prevent a website disaster. You don’t want to get pinged about every little detail, especially if you’re dealing with websites that have tens if not hundreds of thousands of pages. After all, that’s what reports are for.

ContentKing alerts are smart. Our algorithms take all kinds of signals into account to decide whether sending out an alert is warranted.

For example: when page titles disappear from your key pages you want to get an alert, but when it happens on some pages deep down in the website, that’s not really something you want to get an email about. At the same time, when page titles disappear from a lot of pages deep down in the website, well, that’s something you want to hear about right away.

It’s factors like these that ContentKing takes into account and our algorithms are continuously getting smarter. And you can help! Whenever you receive an alert you can provide us with feedback whether this was useful or not. Just click on the red button in the email and provide your feedback in the app with a thumbs up or a thumbs down:

feedback in the app

You are in control

Thanks to our smart alerting algorithm we only send an alert when the event is significant enough. The result? No email barrage on your inbox. Still, there may be situations where you simply want to turn off alerts entirely. Websites in development environments are a good example of this.

That’s why we made it easy to configure your alerts on a website-by-website basis:

Configuration of alerts

By default they’re on, but if you don’t care about changes and only want to receive alerts on issues, a couple of clicks is all you need to set it up. Don’t care about alerts at all? One more click and they’re disabled.

The great thing is that this is an individual setting: you can opt out of alerts for a specific website without affecting your colleague’s settings. Talk about team work right?

Start using Alerts today

If you already have a ContentKing account, you’re all set! As soon as something major happens an email alert will arrive in your inbox. How’s that for peace of mind? 🙂

If you don’t have a ContentKing account yet, this is the best time to get one. Get a head start on preventing your next SEO disaster. Instead, start your free trial and take control today!

Steven van Vessum
Steven is ContentKing's Chief Customer Officer. This means he's involved in everything customer- and inbound marketing related. Right where he wants to be. He gets a huge kick out of letting websites rank and loves to talk inbound marketing.

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