The golden age of monitoring all the things
Several years ago, if you wanted to monitor something, you either did it yourself or paid someone to do it. And if the person you were paying to watch that special thing detected a problem, you would get notified via pager. We have come a long way from that time.
Today I can automate the monitoring of just about anything. For example, my site analytics provider, Fathom Analytics, makes it easy for me to monitor the uptime for my sites and will notify me via Slack or SMS if my site goes down. And if I want to monitor a company, topic, or person, I can set up a Google Alert and get updates via email or in my RSS reader, Feedly.
Automated monitoring is about efficiency, which is why I like it so much. It takes care of the tedious tasks that are accomplished better by a computer. Here are some of the best and most useful monitoring services:
- Monitor business metrics with Baremetrics
- Monitor real-time traffic and content bursts with Chartbeat
- Monitor changes to any website with Visualping or Fluxguard
- Monitor the status of sites with Status.io or Statuspage
- Monitor copyright infringement and plagiarism with Copyscape
- Monitor unauthorized usage of images with TinEye
- Monitor new content from any site with FetchRSS
That’s just a small sampling of the available monitoring services. However, there’s one more I want to highlight.
I am smitten with Little Warden, a monitoring tool I’ve been using for quite a while. Little Warden monitors all of the sites I work on and has saved me from disaster on more than one occasion.
I just published a review about it on Coywolf Reviews. If you’re a webmaster, SEO, or an agency, I encourage you to check out why I think Little Warden is an essential site monitoring tool.