Alerts

Note: This feature is currently in beta.

Alerts keep you informed about notable traffic to your content. You can choose to receive alerts on your browser, on your mobile phone, in Slack, or in email when posts receive significantly more traffic than usual.

Subscribing to alerts

You can subscribe to alerts for posts across your site or a specific section or author. Alerts can appear in a desktop browser, mobile browser, email, or Slack channel.

Set up a site alert:

  1. Go to Overview.
  2. Click the bell icon.
  3. Choose a type of alert and follow the instructions.

Set up an author alert:

  1. Click Authors.
  2. Choose an author from the list.
  3. On that author’s details page, click the bell icon.
  4. Choose a type of alert and follow the instructions.

Set up a section alert:

  1. Click Sections.
  2. Choose a section from the list.
  3. On that section’s details page, click the bell icon.
  4. Choose a type of alert and follow the instructions.

Note: For mobile browser alerts to work, the browser doesn’t have to stay open, but does need to be running in the background. On Android phones, the browser doesn’t automatically start after your phone restarts, so mobile alerts should not be considered 100% reliable. We suggest email alerts instead if you need 100% reliability for mobile alerts.

Delete an alert:

  1. Go to Overview or the Author or Section details page you have an alert set for.
  2. Click the bell icon.
  3. Click the X next to any existing alert. (For browser alerts, you can also edit the alert name by clicking the notepad and pencil icon.)

When will I receive alerts?

You’ll receive an alert if a post published in the last 7 days exceeds the peak performance of other posts published in the last 8 weeks. Parse.ly uses the maximum views in any five-minute period to determine peak performance.

After the first alert, you’ll receive additional alerts in the following situations:

  • A post’s views per 5 minutes doubles: You’ll receive an alert for each 2x jump in peak performance.
  • A post’s views per 5 minutes is still above peak performance 6 or more hours later: It’s unusual for a post to stay popular for so long. You might consider promoting it through social media, in a newsletter, or through another channel.
  • A post’s traffic falls, but then after 6 or more hours becomes popular again: This may occur when the post gets picked up by another site or gets shared by a popular social account. That’s good opportunity to refresh the content and to consider further promotion.
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