If you've been reading this blog for the last month or so, you know I've wanted a Google RSS feed service. Unlike MSN Search and Yahoo, Google has not embraced RSS. However, there is a cool service named Google Alert which is almost as good.
Google Alert, which is not part of Google, allows one to create custom RSS feeds using Google search results. Thus, if you create focused searches using phrases, site qualifiers, etc in Google, you now can have those results as a RSS Feed.
The method is simple, and access to the basic Google Alert service is free. Just link to Google Alert and create your account. Upon successful login, use the advanced query options to create a focused keyword search. When your search is finished, use the left hand menu and link to Feed Settings. Finally, activate your RSS feed and then subscribe via your feed reader. It's that simple; there is no need to program a Google API.
Here is a tutorial I created in Breeze explaining how to use Google Alerts in tandem with Google:
Happy Googling! (This posting orginally appeared on my MSN Spaces Blog)