Recently I encountered a problem. I wanted to follow a few websites for regular updates. But the problem was, these websites dint allow RSS feeds, which is probably the best and easiest way to track websites for regular updates. So i went about searching for ways to follow these sites. I found quite a few ways to do so, here they are the best 5 ways:-
Google has a solution for almost everything. This isn’t an exception. When you input a Page into the “Add Subscription” box that doesn’t have a feed, it will offer to generate a feed for you. Probably the best and easiest method to get updates.
Website Monitoring Services:-
This is the next best method to track websites for updates. There are many websites out there that specialize in monitoring the websites. All you have to do is enter your email address, along with the address of the website that you want to monitor.
The ones that I felt easiest are:-
As always, IE users have nothing to be happy about. As far as Firefox and Chrome users are concerned, there are a few addon/extensions like Update Scanner for Firefox; Page Monitor for Chrome. These are pretty handy tools that save a lot of time and are easy to manage.
This is another product from Google, that will help you track websites for updates. All you need to do is simply use the “site:” search term, along with something unique to the website, such as the header text on article postings, or a term in page titles. You may want to have a look at What to Look for in a Website Platform.
Yahoo! Pipes allows you to build data mashups of feeds, web pages, and other services using a graphical interface. This is for advanced users. If you need help regarding how to configure it, please visit Jalaj.net
Hope this helps. 🙂