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Keeping your alerts organized

07 May 2019

It's too easy to end up with all your alerts mixed up in a big mess. Here's how we recommend you keep things organised and ensure you see the right alerts in the right places at the right times.

When you first start, all your alerts are sent to your inbox. Alertatron has some great features to help break your inbox up into different groups of alerts though.

Before we can break up our alerts though, we need a consistent and simple way of understanding where each one should go. Let's create an example scenario that will help us work through the problem.

A fictional example...

I have a lot of alerts.

Some of just for my personal trading.

Some are for a Crypto trading group I run and others are for a Forex trading group I provide signals for.

Some of the alerts across these three groups are ones that I want to send to a trading bot to execute trades automatically.

Finally, I also run courses and have set up alerts to be sent whenever anyone signs up for a new course - these ones aren't related to trading at all.

So, the groups are...

  • Personal Trading
  • Crypto signals
  • Forex signals
  • Trading Bot signals
  • Course signups

Working out which alerts belong in which category

When a new alert arrives at Alertatron, it needs to decide which groups to add it to. We recommend using hashtags in the alert message for this. It's simple, easy to understand and straightforward to maintain. Here's a quick table to show the hashtags we plan to use for each of our groups of messages.

Groups Hashtag
Personal trading #me
Crypto signals #crypto
Forex signals #forex
Trading bot #bot
Course signups #signup

Now if I want to add an alert for my personal trading, I just need to add #me to the alert message. for example...

Buy BTCUSD - Scalp-o-Matic offering a strong buy.
chart: https://uk.tradingview.com/chart/4WcNdzLX/

If this alert needs to go to the crypto trading signals too, we can just add another hashtag...

Buy BTCUSD - Scalp-o-Matic offering a strong buy.
chart: https://uk.tradingview.com/chart/4WcNdzLX/
#me #crypto

Now what?

We've added all the hashtags to all our alerts, but everything still appears in our inbox as before.

The next step is to create some new groups to help with this. Add a new group for each category we picked above and enter its hashtag in the field labeled Incoming alerts must contain the following text...

Alerts will now be filtered into the different groups, just as we needed.

Setting up the trading bot group with a hashtag
Setting up the trading bot group with a hashtag

Sending them everywhere

As new alerts start to arrive, they will start to appear in our new groups, based on the hashtags they contain. The final step is to add whatever integrations we need for each group. This allows us to send the alerts that arrive in each group to different places. Some alerts will appear in more than one group and will get sent all the integrations for those groups.

Here's where we plan to send everything...

  • Personal Trading - I'll add a Telegram integration to send these alerts to a private chat that only I can see.
  • Crypto signals - These alerts go to an invite-only Telegram channel.
  • Forex signals - These get sent to a Discord group and emailed to a mailing list (2 integrations added to this group)
  • Trading Bot signals - These call a webhook my trading bot listens on. They also call a Zapier webhook which ultimately adds a row to a Google spreadsheet to track each trade. (also 2 integrations, both webhooks this time)
  • Course signups - These go to a channel in Slack where all support and queries about the course are handled.

There are lots of ways to organise your alerts, and this only described one of them. Hopefully it will help ensure you're alerts are sent where you need them with the minimum of effort.

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