The online world moves swiftly – at a crazy pace, in fact. Content is updated constantly, and if you want to stay on top of all these changes, some good software can surely help.
Online content or web page monitoring solutions are useful to a wide variety of businesses, politicians, and even ordinary people trying to find the best deal on those Supreme shoes. They can be used to keep an eye on your rivals, so that you can make sure you’re offering competitive pricing all the time, and if you’re a politician, you can catch your political opponents when they change their platform.
There are dozens of uses for these services. But, no matter what you’re looking for, we have you covered – we’ve highlighted some of the best online monitoring services right here. So read on to find the one that best suits your needs.
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One of our pet peeves with these sort of monitoring solutions is that a lot of them look like they were designed 10 years ago. What we love about Wachete is that it is able to pack in all the functionality from its competition and implement it in a user-friendly package.
Wachete can be used for all manner of purposes, from tracking the prices of rival stores, to receiving notifications about job openings. And what really sets Wachete apart is that in addition to daily or weekly email reports, it also offers mobile apps and browser extensions so that you can keep an eye on everything in a dynamic way while on the go.
While this is definitely useful for professionals who can’t afford to be tied to a desk all day, it’s especially important for consumers who just want to buy a concert ticket before they sell out.
Watchete is free for monitoring up to 5 static pages and checking once every 24 hours, with paid-for pricing starting at $4.90 per month to monitor 50 pages, including one dynamic page, with checks occurring every hour. If you want to increase the frequency of checks, pricing is $9.90 per month to check every 10 minutes, and that's for 100 pages including 2 dynamic pages.
If you run a retail business, or if you’re a consumer looking to, well, support a retail business, it may be useful to check out ChangeTower. Now, while the free version will only check websites once every 12 hours – which isn’t very useful in the fast-paced world we’re living in – once you start paying even $9 a month you’ll be able to keep up-to-date with any changes to whatever online content you’re watching.
This is particularly useful to retail businesses, as it allows them to monitor competitors and adjust pricing on-the-fly in order to stay competitive. Plus, Changetower will supply reports that show, in detail, any changes that were made. And, if you don’t need every change documented in your email, you can set custom alert criteria, so that you can make sure that all the information that makes its way to you (and your IT team) is relevant.
Sometimes you just need raw power to get the job done – sometimes you need Distill.io. Distill is one of the most flexible content monitoring services available right now because it allows users to do anything they need to do – even run monitors locally.
Now, while the functionality that Distill offers isn’t dramatically different from the competition, the difference that it does offer is pretty major. By allowing any user to employ a browser extension to monitor web content for free, without placing any kind of limit on it, this may just be the most affordable and sensible way to keep a watchful eye on online content. In fact, if we were going to recommend a service to a consumer who just wants to watch a few online retailers – we’d recommend Distill.
Distill.io does offer a free service, allowing up to 25 monitors a month (with 5 in the cloud), with checks up to 6 hours for a total number of 1,000 checks for month.
For more frequent checks and bigger volume paid-for plans are available, starting from $12 per month, which allows up to 50 monitors, with checks every 10 minutes, for a total of up to 30,000 checks per month.
A Pro plan for $28 per month allows even more volume, while the Flexi plan from $64 per month allows even greater volume plus checks every 2 minutes.
These days, the political landscape is a little bit crazy, and a ton of information is flying around at all times. Luckily, one of the best content monitoring services is targeted directly at politicians. And it’s actually pretty useful to anyone running a campaign – it allows the user to crawl for any information relevant to their campaign(s).
Versionista will then produce a color-coded report showing any changes made to, say, a political rival’s website – highlighting anything that has been deleted, and anything added.
There are a few different plans you can subscribe to, and like many other providers there's a free tier with limited monitoring that will probably serve best as a taster to get used to the service, and allows you to monitor 5 pages a month.
The first paid tier allows you to monitor 20 URLs for $19 a month, while the Premier Plus tier allows you to monitor up to 400 URLs for $99 a month. There are additional paid tiers for monitoring 600 or 1,200 URLs for $139 and $249 a month respectively, as well an enterprise option that requires a custom quote.
Visualping is another competent website change monitoring platform, that like others listed above provides both a free tier as well as various paid-for options for wider ranging monitoring.
The free tier, however, is very limited, and users are restricted to monitoring just 2 pages, though changes are monitored daily rather than monthly like some rival service providers.
The first paid tier charges $4 a month and allows for 10 pages a day to be monitored, while for $13 a month you can monitor 40 pages and have email support provided as part of the service.
Additional paid plans offer monitoring for 130 or 333 pages a day for $24 or $58 per month respectively.
Overall, while the page volume is quite small and probably not great for monitoring full ecommerce lists on rival websites, it does offer daily alerts which means if you need to moniter a small number of pages relatively inexpensively, then Visualping could be an option worth looking at.