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Never worry about your site going down again

A few months ago my website was hacked. I didn’t realize this for a few weeks because I don’t check it very often. It occurred to me the other day that I could use Google Analytics Intelligence Alerts to keep an eye on my website. The alert system will notify me when something goes wrong.

This technique is also good to notify you in case you forget to renew your domain name (which I’ve also done.)

Here is how to set it up.

Open up your analytics dashboard for the site you want to monitor. Click on Intelligence Alerts as shown in the screen shot below.

Google Intelligence Alerts

Then, setup your alert as follows.

  1. Choose the property or properties that you want to moni1. tor.
  2. Set the period to1. Day
  3. Set the alert to go to email or even better, your mobile.

Then, set the Alert Conditions as follows.

  • This applies to “All traffic”
  • Alert me when visits “is less than” “1”

When you are done, it should look like this screenshot.

Google Analytics - Intelligence Alert

Click Save alert and you’re ready to go.

Do you have any cool Google Analytics tricks? Let me know in the comments.

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Google has a huge update coming to Analytics. This article describes some of the biggest changes and what they mean.

Universal Analytics – Google Analytics Game Changing Analytics Engine.

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Malware reviews via Webmaster Tools

In the past year, the number of sites affected by malware/badware grew from a handful a week to thousands per week. We noted your suggestions to improve communication for webmasters of affected sites — suggestions mentioned in our earlier blog post “About badware warnings” as well as the stopbadware discussion group. Now, Webmaster Tools provides malware reviews.

If you find that your site is affected by malware, either through malware-labeled search results or in the summary for your site in Webmaster Tools, we’ve streamlined the process to review your site and return it malware-label-free in our search results:

  1. View a sample of the dangerous URLs on your site in Webmaster Tools.
  2. Make any necessary changes to your site according to StopBadware.org’s Security tips.
  3. New: Request a malware review from Google and we’ll evaluate your site.
  4. New: Check the status of your review.
    • If we feel the site is still harmful, we’ll provide an updated list of remaining dangerous URLs
    • If we’ve determined the site to be clean, you can expect removal of malware messages in the near future (usually within 24 hours).


We encourage all webmasters to become familiar with Stopbadware’s malware prevention tips. If you have additional questions, please review our documentation or post to the discussion group. We hope you find this new feature in Webmaster Tools useful in discovering and fixing any malware-related problems, and thanks for your diligence for awareness and prevention of malware.