Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban)

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Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
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I can't use Google Alerts for my name.... 'cause then I get every single instance on the international interwebs where someone has said "Alan may be released from jail, soon ..." since my last name is also used in lots and lots of sentences.

d'oy!

Apr 22, 2019 07:54 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
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Do you have yourself set up for Google Alerts as 'your name activerain'?

AR stuff comes up for me Googling my own name, but I don't have an alert set up specifically for my AR posts so it might be something to check out.

It's a great question!

Apr 22, 2019 07:26 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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The only time my name or company name appears from an AR post on Google alerts if I tag or link my name or other keywords I have set up for Google alert. 
I believe the reason AR posts just don't show up is that we are the author of the posts and Google knows who we are. 

Apr 22, 2019 07:14 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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Interesting but, I have to say that Google Alerts are not alerting me like they once did on anything. I don't think it's limited only to failing to index AR posts.

Apr 22, 2019 08:35 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

GREAT question Lyn Sims . I can only imagine what a huge boost each one of us would get if it worked properly. That being said, when I Google my name it shows a lot of my activity here in the rain.

Apr 22, 2019 07:19 AM
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Dario Ferreira
Attleboro, MA
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Google Alerts has been acting up for a few years now. It does not work for all queries.

You could try deleting the existing alert and re-entering it.

You could also try different alerts like:

- "Lyn Sims"
- "Lyn Sims" "Lyn on Pinterest" (just your AR blogs)
- "Lyn Sims" activerain.com (anything on AR)

Apr 22, 2019 08:29 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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great question and many good answers....

Apr 22, 2019 08:01 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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Now that you mention it, you have brought up an excellent point. I have the same set up and can't remember when Google Alerts last sent me anything. I may need to go in and recheck my settings.

As to why? Why? Why? All I can say is Who Knows? Who Knows? Who Knows?

Apr 22, 2019 07:42 AM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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No eye deer

Apr 22, 2019 09:38 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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Good question but I haven't put much time/effort into "alerts" for a few years. It still amazes me when I get a contact me and while they don't typically reference ActiveRain I know AR is the source.  

Apr 22, 2019 08:47 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Lyn,

From the many people that are working in Google or have worked there, we have met, Google is notorious in not following through on their ideas like Google plus.  They are also notorious on coming up with stuff like "we will not read your gmail" and ten days later admitting that they are...In all likelyhood, they are not following through.  Google moves in mysterious ways!  A

Apr 22, 2019 08:28 AM
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Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
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I get Google alerts when I publish on Active Rain.

Apr 22, 2019 07:43 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
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Yes.  I've never had them pick up AR either.

Apr 22, 2019 09:52 AM
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Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

Isn't this just another Case of The big G doing what the big G wants, not what we expect or hope. I honestly cannot remember the last time I got an alert for anything.

Apr 30, 2019 10:09 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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This one is above my pay grade.

Apr 23, 2019 02:48 AM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
WestUSA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Good question Lyn. Worthy of some research.

Apr 23, 2019 01:24 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I agree with you, not like it use to be.

WHY, WHY WHY?

Apr 22, 2019 12:45 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

valide observation and question here...lets find out Little Lyn

Apr 22, 2019 10:49 AM
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Bob Crane
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Yes, I have noticed this, it seems to only grab from mainline media.

Apr 22, 2019 10:34 AM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
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Haven't thought of this for quite some time Lyn. Just went and updated anyway!

Apr 22, 2019 09:45 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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I haven’t been paying attention but will now that you mention this, Lyn. I have my name and variations set up too and can’t recall AR posts showing up for my name. Time to do some cleaning up and see what happens.

Apr 22, 2019 09:44 AM
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Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
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Google and FB are constantly changing things. It can be frustrating. You can have something working well and they make a change that destroys all your hard work.

May 16, 2019 04:13 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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I agree, only get the obituaries.  Hard to start the day out like that!  

May 05, 2019 10:14 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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I see both sides of the story now.

May 05, 2019 07:47 AM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
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I have Google Alert set up. Results are RARELY about me but about someone else with the same name. I should probably revisit the settings.

Apr 25, 2019 07:27 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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Yes, the same. I have a few alerts for my name, my pro name, for location i work in, I never had an AR post. 

Apr 24, 2019 11:00 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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I haven't used Google alerts in quite some time but also no work is being done on the site by the owners to strengthen SEO.

Apr 23, 2019 07:41 AM
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Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

Google alerts never were accurate nor timely. Canceled it after getting too many articles from previous years.

Apr 23, 2019 04:36 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Too many "Wayne Martin's" in the world for me to try! So for me there is no "why" since I don't try!

Apr 23, 2019 04:35 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Apr 22, 2019 10:54 AM