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Thread: How do you monitor a web page for changes?

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    How do you monitor a web page for changes?

    So far, I've been using Google Alerts and Google Analytics plus one browser extension but I want to improve and automate this process. I want to actively monitor my website's performance across different browsers and devices to prevent potential issues. And to make sure we're staying compliant with laws/regulations. Also, I want to explore beyond just monitoring my own website and start tracking my competitors' online presence. I want to keep an eye on their design changes and content updates and get insights for adjusting my own marketing strategies. Any tips or resources would be greatly appreciated. *There are around 20 websites at the moment that I want to examine/monitor so I would prefer an automated solution that also allows me to keep an archive.

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    The way I monitor website changes is automated and fairly easy to set. I use a tool that automatically screenshots the page(s) in question. As for tracking, the tool creates a screenshot archive, so it's quite handy. You want to start with 20 pages, that's a decent number, but you might want to expand it as your business grows or simply to get more comparison material. Either you do it or not, I would recommend considering this before choosing a method/tool. I hate changing everything from scratch so I try to think ahead. Now, a few tools come to mind for your particular case. You'll find more details about possible integrations and specific features here. I believe one of these will work for you.
    Last edited by thatswhatilike; 04-21-2024 at 06:15 AM.

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    Looking into it, thank you. I see a couple of good candidates. Some even offer a free trial, which is great, I prefer testing a new tool if possible. Now I can relax over the weekend without having this on my mind. I hope I'll set everything up next week. Thanks again, I appreciate it!

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    Content King App is pretty good at monitoring web page changes..

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    To monitor your website and competitors, try out website monitoring tools like Pingdom and compliance tools like Siteimprove. For competitor tracking, tools like SEMrush or Ahrefs can give insights. Don't forget automated testing tools like Selenium for cross-browser checks. Lastly, for archiving, consider services like Archive.org's Wayback Machine. These tools can help you stay on top of changes and ensure your website is running smoothly

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    For performance monitoring, tools like Pingdom, UptimeRobot, and BrowserStack can help you test across different browsers and devices. For content and design changes, you might want to look into services like Visualping or Hexowatch, which can track changes on web pages and send you alerts.

    For a more comprehensive solution, you can explore building a custom tool using the principles of mvp in software development. This approach allows you to start with a basic version that monitors essential elements and then iteratively add features based on your needs, such as compliance checks and competitor analysis. This way, you can ensure the tool evolves to meet your specific requirements efficiently.

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