How to Monitor Websites that don’t have RSS Feeds

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Not so long ago I got an email from one of the readers asking if there is a way to be notified about site updates when the site doesn’t offer RSS feeds. And since there are plenty of popular sites that don’t provide any feeds I thought it may be a good idea to write about it. So if you’re interested here are some free tools that can do the job.

Monitor Webpages for Changes

If you’re a Firefox user then you can try Update Scanner. It’s an extension that lets you monitor webpages for changes. You have an option to choose how often the website should be checked for changes, and whether it should ignore the minor ones, such as the changes to numbers.

Update Scanner : Monitor Website Changes

When the page changes it shows a notification alert. If you monitor multiple webpages then you can get a quick overview of pages using the arrow button located at the right bottom corner of the screen. Web pages that have been updated will be shown in bold with an arrow next to them.

Update Scanner

If you don’t use Firefox then you can try ChangeNotes or ChangeDetection. Both of these websites can monitor requested webpages and will send you an email when something changes.

Monitor Error Pages

Mr. Uptime is a bit different but serves a similar purpose. It’s another Firefox extension that comes in handy when you come across a website that’s experiencing down time. With Mr.Uptime you are able to add such a website to the watchlist and get notified as soon as the website is back online. The following image sums up the whole idea pretty well:

Pingdom - Get Notified

There is also an option to specify the interval at which the page should be monitored. Check out Mr. Uptime video screencast here.

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Comments (32)
  • Cees

    Thanks a lot, this post and the comments helps me on my way. I am gonna check out a couple of the things mentioned. Will let you know about it.

  • campaign intelligence

    Does anyone have any idea what the name of the Firefox theme used in the screenshots is?

  • Robert

    Before firing up an extra piece of software or service, check the source code of the site in question. You may just find out that it loads behind a frame. In that case, just open the frame to find the feed.

  • Free Quiz

    How convenient, I was planning on programming this same tool however you guys just saved me the time and effort.

  • theMoore

    dapper.com could be an option

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