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Build your Own Blog Downtime Monitoring Tool with Google Docs – SMS Alerts Included

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So, you are a webmaster and you have to keep your blog always up. To do so,  you may depend some 3rd party tools to track your blog’s uptime status. But those services may make a hole in your pocket and hence we choose free uptime notification tools.

Wouldn’t it be great if you can make your own website/blog from Google itself? Here’s how you can monitor your blog with Google Docs which assures premium quality service as most premium tools do.

Being true, the service is absolutely free as long as you own a Google account. You will get accurate uptime reports with the help of SMS notification.

By this DIY integration, you can add unlimited blogs or websites to this service and you may even choose email notifications instead  of SMS . But we can’t guarantee that we do always check our mail so SMS notifications are convenient and ultrafast.

How to Build your own website monitoring tool with Google Docs

As I said above, all you to need a Google account and a mobile phone. Being a webmaster, we can’t compromise on server uptime as we are working hard to maintain it like our child.

Since competitions are on the verge, it’s recommended to get notified whenever your blog goes down.

Here’s how you can create your own blog monitoring system with Google docs.

Step 1

Login to your account and copy the below Google sheet to your Google Drive .

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/lv?key=0Aofk8L6brI_edEcyRjRDT2tvdXFvVHBreVJiSnlFc0E&newcopy=true

Step 2

Now it’s time to add your blog URL in the sheet. To do so, just put your URL in the B2 cell. Also, in the above sheet, SMS notification is disabled. In order to activate this, just replace “No” with “Yes” in the given cell.

Step 3

Move on to toolbar of Google docs and locate  website monitor menu. Click initialize and grant access.

Step 5

Again relocate the previous place and click start. Alas, it’s done.

Leave it and take rest Google will do the rest. The script includes some hidden fetching tweaks which sends automatic pings in every 5 minutes. If the sent pings don’t reflect back, there’s a chance of downtime. That’s the working principle behind this working.

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