Features

Keyword Alerts

Get alerts when we find new content containing keywords important to you

Track Changes

Easily see what content was added or removed

Change Sensitivity

Notifications for any or only significant changes

Visual Page Snapshots

Capture a screenshot of the page when changes are detected

Keywords & Phrases

Notifications if a word or phrase is present or missing

Page Element Availability

Be sure images and content are properly showing

Website Availability

Alerts when your page goes down and comes back online

Code Monitoring

Check if a piece of HTML code is present or missing

Multi-condition Monitoring

Create robust, custom page alert conditions

HTML Snapshots

Store and reference time-based code snapshots

Multi-user Alerts

Notify just you or the whole team of a change

Email Alerts

Know the moment we detect a change

Monitor Any Website for Free

Detect changes to any public-facing webpage or website. We’ll take care of the monitoring and let you know whenever we detect changes that match your keywords or custom criteria set. Schedule your monitors, set a sensitivity level, and define your change alert criteria. You’ll be the first to know when a page changes.

Powerful Condition-based Detection

Our enterprise-grade monitoring system monitors websites for changes that are important to you. Set condition-based criteria to receive change notifications that matter to you. Choose to track the addition or subtraction of keywords, copy, images, code snippets and more.

Group-based Notifications

Notify a select few or create dynamic user groups for each monitor. Need to alert the whole IT team when a change is triggered? No problem. Want to keep your marketing team in-the-know on a competitor’s new product launch? That works, too.

Unlimited Conditions

All of our premium plans allow our users to create an unlimited number of tracking and alert conditions. Organize your monitors in folders and easily reference your latest change tracking notifications — all in one place.

Notifications Stream

In addition to real-time email notifications, we make it easy to see the changes that matter most to you in one activity stream.  Drill deeper to get more detail and see exactly what change(s) triggered your alert.  Compare the before and after.

Premium Support

All of our premium plans offer expert, dedicated support from real U.S.-based ChangeTower staff.  We can help you harness the power of ChangeTower to solve your monitoring challenges and tackle all of your use cases.

Keyword change monitoring settings

Monitor for any keyword or phrase

Get alerts when page updates include your keyword(s)

Detect if a keyword or phrase is removed

Setup multi-condition checks

Create keyword sets, and receive alerts if ANY or ALL keywords are included in a page update

Highlighted website changes - new versus old version

Track relevant changes

Highlight what changed, and see the previous state

Track all on-page content changes, or just highlight the ones you care about

Retain long-term records of page edits and updates

Changes to HTML code

Take full-page HTML code snapshots

Monitor for HTML changes

Detect the addition or removal of a given code snippet

Readily compare code versions and changes

Guide: How to Track Website Changes

So, you want to learn how to track website changes and monitor for content updates? Think of all of the websites you visit on a weekly — or even daily — basis. Chances are you routinely visit tens or even hundreds of websites each week looking for content updates that are important to you. Sometimes you find them, sometimes there may be so many changes that the updates that matter most to you get lost in the noise.

Website change monitoring and tracking can alert you the moment new content is published that may be important to you. It can also provide a snapshot of a website at a given point in time, and let you compare content changes and see text, code and images that were added or removed.

  • Track a press release to see what changes were made after press time
  • Monitor TechCrunch for new articles about the iPhone 7
  • Get alerted when IBM stock reaches $180 a share
  • Check The Washington Post for new front page articles about Clinton or Trump
  • Know if the price drops on the Amazon Kindle you’ve had your eye on

These are just a few examples of how a tool that lets you track website changes can help save you time, aggravation, and money and keep you constantly in the know about everything that’s important in your life.

Step 1: Create an account with a change tracking platform

Sign up for ChangeTower, the web’s most powerful change monitoring and tracking platform.

Step 2: Decide who you want to alert when changes are detected

Many times you may want just yourself to receive email alerts when new changes are found meeting your criteria. In some scenarios, though, a change may be critical for the whole team to know about immediately. Create users and user groups to receive notifications. Consider a group for your marketing team, IT team, product launch team — anyone who would benefit from being the first to know about updates and content changes.

Step 3: Decide what you want to track or monitor

Do you simply want to track changes to a given website, see what content or code was updated or removed, and receive alerts when changes are detected? Or do you want to specify alert criteria, and get notified only when new specific keywords or phrases are found?

Step 4: Create your monitor

Decide what web page(s) you want to keep an eye on, and what content, sensitivity, keywords and phrases you want to monitor and track.

  • Name: Name your monitor something that’s easy to recognize and reminds you what you’re monitoring for.
    Name of monitor for change tracking
  • URL: Enter the URL of the page you want to track or monitor for content updates.
    monitor URL - website URL to check
  • Monitor Type & Criteria: Pick the monitor type that will best meet your needs. If monitoring for new articles or content updates containing certain keywords, for example, select the ‘Any time there’s a NEW instance of’ monitor.
    Monitor type
  • Monitor Frequency: How often should your monitor check for matching changes and updates?
    Monitoring frequency
  • People & Groups to Notify: Chose to notify just yourself when changes are detected, or notify specific friends, colleagues or even whole teams.
    Track changes - users to notify when updates are detected
  • Folder: Create folders so you can easily find your monitors.
    Monitor folder - where to save
  • Email Notification Settings: Do you want to receive email notifications when changes are detected? If so, how often do you want to receive emails? If 8 matching changes are detected in a 24-hour period, for example, do you want to receive emails for all 8 changes, or just the first two?

    Email notification settings

Seven Ways That Website Change Monitoring Can Help Your Business

While we often don’t realize it, website monitoring is something each of us has been doing since the first time we hopped online and browsed the web. On a daily basis, ask yourself this question – how many of the same sites do you visit? Do you look at the same sections, same charts, same authors, same areas of specific sites? Do you have a set of favorites, a routine that you click through to get your news, learn about competition, do your work, or complete research?

This is where a website monitoring tool or website monitor software comes in. Instead of adding another site to your daily list, tools like ChangeTower can automatically browse sites for changes, updates, crashes, or important keywords and information that relate to yourself or your business. Not quite sure how yet? We’ve compiled ten ways (some of which are obvious while some are not) that a web monitor site can help you:

Diagnostics and Usage Alerts

Nothing can bring down a start-up or a new app more quickly than an ill-timed crash, hack, or failure of critical features. A web monitoring tool can work as a constant sentry for these issues, allowing yourself and your team to become aware of any issues in time to prevent problems for user experience and site branding.

Deals, Sales, and Giveaways

This is one of those surprise uses we mentioned – if you’re attempting to provide access to vendors or other third-party marketers, this can be an invaluable tool for your site.

Competitive Announcements and Pricing

Don’t just worry about your product or software or company, keep an eye on the competition too! If your business needs to know when or what a competitor is doing, web monitoring software can keep you posted by tracking keywords, authors, or changes to key web pages or apps.

Classifieds and Resume Postings

Looking for a new hire? Or for an effective and affordable freelancer to complete a project? Web monitoring can keep you notified of new accounts, postings, and applicants to help you staff your business promptly.

Customer Relations

There’s nothing more critical for a business than the feedback and questions of its users or customers. Web monitoring can notify you to new feedback about your business, contacts or mentions by your users, and help you stay in touch with your audience or customer base.

Legal and Compliance Issues

Web monitoring is especially effective in filtering through dense text pages and documents for keywords or phrases that are critical from a legal standpoint. Utilize web monitoring to ensure your terms of service, privacy, or personal information are well-protected and appropriate for your business.

Effective Management

Are you in charge of a variety of content outlets or sites? Web monitoring can help you keep eyes on multiple different projects at once, allowing you to stay on top of the work of multiple employees and stay steps ahead of any problems that arise in execution.

Have another idea for web monitoring software that’s not listed here? We’re not surprised. These are just some of the multitude of uses that have popped up alongside the development of web monitor sites. It’s only a matter of time before more and more pop up as well.

 

 

The Best Tools to Monitor for Website Changes

There’s a variety of critical website change monitoring tools that should be leveraged for business and mission-critical websites.  Such tools and software eliminate the need for manual website monitoring, and automatically detect important changes and updates and then alert business users and technology owners.

These tools can monitor for changes to content or code, routinely check on server performance and availability, detect possible website malware and viruses, and even monitor critical application features and functionalities to ensure everything is up-and-running without issue.

1. Website Change Detection & Content Monitoring

How many websites do you check on a daily basis? Every week? In many cases, you may be looking for something in particular — a brand mention, updates on a new or upcoming product, in-stock notices or a news story of particular interest to you or your company.

A number of tools are available to save you the time and legwork of manually visiting all of those websites that you have bookmarked.  These services can be setup to alert you when changes are made to a specific URL.  Some change monitoring software (like ChangeTower) even allows you to set specific criteria — be alerted when a keyword or phrase is added or removed, select line of code changes, or even if an image is added or removed.  

Such monitoring platforms are essential tools when it comes to competitive monitoring, brand monitoring ensuring proper content management system (CMS) functionality, establishing legal compliance and record keeping — and much more.

ChangeTower - Website change monitoring and detection tools

2. Server & Uptime Monitoring

There’s a ton of great tools out there to regularly check your website for availability and alert you if your site goes down. Pingdom is perhaps the 800lb Gorilla in uptime monitoring, and provides a powerful platform that’s free for basic use.

Pingdom ‘hits’ your website at regular intervals, and can alert you (and your team) the moment their systems detect that your website is unavailable.  You can be alerted to server outages or server performance issues right away by email or text.

For every website, maintaining a good uptime record is essential not just from a business and user experience perspective, but also for search engine optimization purposes. A frequently unavailable website won’t perform well in search rankings, and may even disappear entirely from leading search engines like Google.  Most web hosts have a Service Level Agreement (SLA) guaranteeing a certain percentage of uptime. Make sure your web host is meeting their agreement.

Website monitoring for uptime

3. Performance Monitoring

A healthy website loads quickly and consistently, and page load time is a critical factor is general website visitor happiness and productivity. Your website’s desktop and mobile load times also impacts search engine rankings.  As such, it’s important to keep a watchful eye on the performance of your website or web application.

Free tools like Google Analytics keep track of the performance of your website’s pages, and load time reports can help you identify various technical or load issues with your site. Google Analytics can also be configured to alert you if a page or set of pages drops below a preset average load time, keeping you in the loop on possible new or lingering issues.

googleanalytics

4. Load Testing

If you get (or are expecting to get) significant amounts of traffic, it’s important to see how the number of users on your website at any given time may impact performance.  A technique called load testing allows you to simulate a specific numbers of users visiting and interacting with your website simultaneously.

Load Impact is one of the most powerful cloud-based load testing tools for your website or web app.  The best part of Load Impact is that you can record multiple realistic user scenarios (even logged in scenarios) with their Chrome extension with zero coding required.

Load Impact for load testing

5. Application & Feature Monitors

No matter what kind of web application you have (even if just a relatively basic website with some degree of custom functionality), it’s critical to make sure all of the most important features and functions of your app are 100% up-and-running.  Whether because a new release, code update, security issue or other scenario, critical functions of your app can go offline without your knowledge.  Often times, you’ll only realize these functions are not working correctly after a user finally lets you know. Of course, a failing feature frustrates users and causes lost revenue.

There’s a handful of of powerful tools out there to help you automate your application testing and regularly monitor key features and functions to ensure that they are running and completing without issue.  If you’re looking for a powerful, dedicated transaction monitoring solution, also check out Uptrends. Pingdom’s transaction monitoring capabilities combine the app’s signature uptime monitoring alerts with the ability to create user-simulated tests that will then be repeated every 10 minutes automatically.  You’ll be alerted if the transaction (any specified list of user steps) fails.  

Transaction monitoring with Uptrends

6. Malware Detection

While performance monitors may detect higher load times indicative of a possible malware infection, most of these tools don’t proactively scan for malware and viruses that may be hiding in plain site on your website.

In its best form, malware may serve ads to your users unbeknownst to you. In its more malicious form, malware may be designed to infect your user’s computers with viruses, systematically take over your website’s content, or even steal sensitive user information.  Even a temporary case of malware can significantly impact your search rankings, and your website may even be temporarily (or permanently) removed from search results if the presence of potentially malicious malware is detected.

There’s a number of tools and websites out there that can assist in the fight against malware, and routinely monitor your website to make sure that it’s malware-free.  At ChangeTower and RSVPify, we use a service called Sucuri. Surcuri scans websites for malware, and send immediate alerts if malware is detected.  Depending on your CMS, Surcuri also offers a suite of proactive threat mitigation tools such as cloud-based DDOS (Denial of Service) detecting firewalls, database security tools, and plugin monitors (plugins can carry malware along with the functionality they offer).

Sucuri website virus and malware scanning and monitoring

Page Watcher & Keyword Monitoring

Page Watcher Tool

The internet becomes a dramatically different place with each passing second as hundreds  of millions of web page updates are made, and a page watcher platform can help filter out the noise by monitoring only the web pages that matter to you. and send you email notifications.

With a web page watcher, you can track content changes across your favorite websites, and receive email notifications when the watcher detects the changes that you care most about.

Watch your preferred social networks

Get an alert when your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest friends or favorite companies make updates that include a keyword or set of keywords that matter to you, or get an alert every time new content goes live or is removed.

Stay on top of the latest news

Receive email notifications just minutes after new web page headlines are published or updated. Set specific monitoring criteria or keywords, and get alerted only to the stories that you care most about.

Keep tabs on competitors

Monitor new press releases, feature page updates, product selection, pricing and more. Always be informed of what’s happening in your industry and know what your competition is up to.

Industry publications and trade press monitoring

Filter out the noise, and receive notifications when publications and trade articles go live matching keywords or phrases that matter to you.

 

 

Legal & Corporate Compliance Website Monitoring

If your company is like most, your public-facing website is the most public and frequently accessed extension of your company and its corporate identity. As such, it’s critical ensure that key pages on your website are in compliance with corporate policies, governmental regulations and industry best practices.

Website monitoring tools like ChangeTower can help you automatically check for key compliance requirements and concerns.

Watch for risk words

Many industries have words that should never be used, or used sparingly. Receive alerts if these ‘risk words’ are published to key pages on your corporate website.

Make sure legalese is properly in place

Whether a copyright notice, legal-centric footer, or patent notice, chances are legal complexities could be introduced if key pages are missing a critical element. Monitor for these elements, and send the whole team an alert if a legally requisite page element goes missing.

Monitor customer forums and message boards for potential issues

Customer can be unpredictable, and may publicly post disparaging remarks, sensitive details, or confidential information. Watch for possible concerns and receive notifications when possible concerns are detected.

Page update history and change tracking

Retain regularly collected snapshots of key pages, see exactly what changes were made when, and keep historical records for future reference.

 

PR Monitoring

Corporate news and press release cycles are unpredictable. Companies may release critical news and press releases in the middle of the night or just after close of business on a Friday.  The sooner you know about the latest, the sooner you can take action and stay one step ahead of the curve.

Monitoring the press release and news sections of partners, suppliers, competitors, or market leaders can keep you informed on the updates that matter most to you and your business. Not all press releases are worthy of your attention, though. It’s critical to be able to filter out the noise, and monitor for just the news that will impact your company.

Press release keyword monitoring

Need to keep tabs on a recall or be among the first to know when a supplier or competitor introduces a new product or cancels an existing product line?

Wording changes or headline updates

Changes to critical pieces of information in a new piece or press release can be easily made, attracting little or no attention. Always have a snapshot of the original page, and be able to pinpoint (and be alerted to) any changes.

News addition and removal

News comes and goes regularly, but often times it’s the news that is published and then quickly removed that might be of significant relevance to your business. Grab snapshots when new news is published, and know the latest, even if no one else does.

Competitive Website Monitoring

In today’s digital world, change happens quickly — often overnight. It’s critical to stay ahead of the curve and be in-the-know about what your competitors are up to. Competitor’s websites can be quite telling, and companies are often eager to publish news of what’s to come — be that a new product, feature, event or market entry.

Regularly visiting and scrolling through your competitor’s homepage, press releases, news and blog posts requires time and hassle. Website monitoring tools can eliminate that headache, and let you keep  tabs on the competition through one central interface.

ChangeTower allows you to monitor competitive websites for the content changes that matter most to you. Here’s a few examples:

Monitor a competitor’s Features page

Detect and track any changes to your competitor’s feature set, or regularly monitor for a given keyword or phrase. Be the first to know when a new feature is upcoming or released.

Consumer feedback and complaints

Keep a watchful eye on key consumer review websites and public forums, and develop a competitive advantage from your competitor’s shortcomings.

Keep tabs on new products

Always know what your competitors are up to. Get notified when competitors post a new press release matching your criteria, add a product to a given category, or make a dramatic change to an existing product’s page.

Price changes

Know when the competition changes their prices. Make sure your pricing is always comparatively competitive.

New hires

Did the competition make a big hire? Poach a big name executive from another firm?