Product stock alerts [with Keyword monitoring]
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⏰ Product stock alerts [with Keyword monitoring]

👋 Ryan, here from the Domain Monitor!

I'm super excited to announce that we just launched Keyword monitoring as a new monitoring type to our platform.

Have you desperately been trying to purchase a new product, or maybe a new piece of clothing?

Has it come back in stock and sold out before you could buy?

With our Keyword monitoring tool you'll be able to receive alerts for notifications such as "Back in stock" or "Sold out" from an ecommerce website.

In this article, I'm going to explain more about setting up stock alerts using our new Keyword monitoring tool?

Ready?

Let's go...

🚨 How to set up product in-stock alerts using our keyword monitoring tool?

Automatically getting a notification for when an item is back in stock can save you so much time!

We don't want to be constantly checking in on a website to find out if the product you've been waiting to purchase is finally available, let's get you set up with a Keyword monitor as quickly and efficiently as possible. I'll walk you through step-by-step:

Choosing the keyword from HTML source code

The very first step is obtaining the keyword from the HTML source code

  1. Navigate to the product page, in our basic example we're using the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W from the PiHut.
PiHut source code
  1. Now, let's right-click anywhere on the page and choose the option "View page source" from the list of available options.

  2. You'll now be looking at the HTML source code of the page (don't worry, you aren't making permanent changes by doing this), you'll want to search for the keyword that you want to monitor, in some cases, websites might be generated dynamically, for example ones built with web frameworks such as Vue JS, therefore, if you can't seem to find the keyword by viewing the page source then unfortunately the website won't work as a Keyword monitor on our platform.

PiHut html source code
  1. Find the keyword in the source code, you can do this by pressing CTRL (Command) + F which will open a search dialog box usually around the top right of the screen, type in the keyword you'd like to monitor (it should be case-insensitive)

For our example, we're using the following keyword phrase: More boards are on order with our suppliers - select 'Notify Me' below and we'll email you as soon as stock is available.

Now that you've got your chosen keyword to monitor on our platform, it's time to move on to adding a keyword monitor in the Domain Monitor platform:

Adding your keyword to a new keyword monitor

  1. If you don't already have an account, create an account and verify your account, otherwise, log in to your account.
  2. Tap Monitors (you might need to open the menu first if on a mobile) in the menu
  3. Tap on Add monitor and choose the Add monitor from the dropdown list
  4. Give your monitor a name and optionally a description
Monitor name and description
  1. Set the monitor type to Keyword
  2. Choose how often you'd like us to check your monitor, we recommend at least a 10 minute interval
  3. Provide a maximum number of seconds that we'll scan your monitor's URL for your keyword, about 15-20 seconds will be perfect
  4. Enter the website URL page you'd like us to scan for your keyword including the https:// part
  5. Provide us with the Keyword value that we'll look for
  6. Choose how you'd like us to alert you, either when the keyword does not exist, or when the keyword exists
Monitor keyword configuration

As you can see by the screenshot, to receive "in-stock" alerts, we're making the assumption that once the PiHut remove their green banner from the page that the product will be back in stock, so we've opted for the following configuration:

  • Monitor URL is the product page where our keyword can be found in the HTML source code.
  • Keyword value is a phrase which shouldn't exist anywhere else in the HTML source code.
  • We've chosen to alert when the keyword doesn't exist, thus resulting in the product being in stock.

And that's it, finally, click on Add monitor 💪

A note on case-sensitivity

If you prefer, you can opt for enabling "Keyword is case-sensitive", this will mean that the keyword that we scan in the request's source code must match exactly as you type it, for instance, uppercase and lowercase letters must match.

🚨 Customising email alert subjects

By default, we'll send you an email alert which contains the subject line along the lines of:

Monitor Down: [your monitor name]

or

Monitor Up: [your monitor name]

This is fine when you're using uptime monitoring as you want to know when your website is UP or DOWN.

But when dealing with a keyword monitor and a stock notification, typically you might want the email subject line to say something along the lines of:

PiHut Pi Zero 2 W is back in stock

Guess what?

You can customise emails to do exactly that.

Monitor keyword configuration

Customising emails is part of our Pro plan, so we recommend upgrading your account if you'd like to gain access to this feature, our keyword monitoring tool will work just fine without it though.

🔔 Getting stock notifications through other channels

Want to get notified through another channel?

Getting keyword notification alerts through another channel such as:

  • SMS
  • Web

These are both possible along with many more integrations, so you'll never miss that all important stock alert using our keyword monitoring tool.

😍 We hope you love this feature!

We've been meaning to add Keyword monitoring for quite some time, and finally, amongst many other features, enhancements and bug fixes we've finally gotten around to adding this. We hope that this monitoring type works well for you, but if it doesn't, maybe something doesn't appear to be working quite right for you...

Feel free to contact us or take a look at our help guides where you can find more information on our platform.

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