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Evaluate info from the world wide web
What one should pay attention to...
Lists of websites contain many references to internet pages with interesting information about various topics. But usually it is difficult to evaluate the correctness and reliability of data found in the world wide web.
Firstly it is therefore important to consider the type of internet page the information is published on. Stories on private homepages often are not so reliable because they only reflect the personal opinion of the website owner. Information found on academic websites on the other hand usually has been checked before the publication by an editor that is knowledgeable on the subject.
It is always important to find out more about the author of a given story. For this one can look at the legal notice of the website or one can try to find the owner of a website using the WHois database. If it emerges that the author is a private person you should try to find out more about the curriculum vitae and the qualification of the author for the given topic of the text. If the information is on the website of a company it is important to know more about the purposes and aims of the respective firm in order to better evaluate the given information.
While trying to find out more about the owner of a website you can also look what other internet pages about the same topic think about the author and whether important pages reference the story in question - usually this is only the case if the text is well researched.
Also on the internet one must be aware that pages that are financed by ads or sponsors tend to only show the side of a topic that is aproved by their financier. Therefore one mots be especially critical when evaluating stories on such websites.
Also technical aspects of a website can be helpful for the evaluation of the information offered. For example are website with the special character ~ in the url usually written by private persons, while the top level domains .edu, .gov and .org can only be used by academic, governmental and charitable organisations.
Often it is important to know how recent a given information is in order to evaluate its value - here you can look at the date of creation or change of an internet page. Sometimes even the date of the last update of a story is given.
Furthermore also the intended audience of a website can be important for the information given. You will not only find different stories on websites for scentific visitors in comparison to sites for children but also religious, political or cultural concepts of the visitors of a site can influence the published information. Because of this it is also always important to find out if a story wants to give a short overview or an indepth analysis of a given topic and whether quotes of other authors are marked and can be checked.
Finally one mot pay attention to the purpose of a story on an internet page: Some pages want to give a personal opinion, others want to inform in an unbiased way and some even want to sell a product.
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Jewelry, Gems & Minerals
Lists of Webpages, Webpages on the World Wide Web
If you want to add your website to one of our pages or to another list of websites normally it is only necessary to provide the title and a description of your site - but often it is also possible to publish a whole story which points to your website. This method has advantages since one can provide information about topics which interest the reader in order to win new visitors for your homepage.
The most important point when writing such stories is to care about your reader. Offer well structured information and opinions which provoke further interest and deeper discussions. In order to achieve this you should focus on topics that are not self-evident and prove this way that you are an expert in a given field who is able to present new information in his stories in an entertaining way.
Being neutral is an important element when publishing information: There is a reason why newspapers with their political coverage own a better reputation than the tabloid press which focuses on gossip and tittle-tattle. Honest information about various fields of knowledge can also easily be published in social networks where they can be associated with your profile. In this way the interested reader can learn more about you and recognize you as an expert in your field which ledas to more trust in your website and the products and services offered there. Especially in the internet the reputation of a website is important since there is no direct contact between humans and it is therefore difficult to come to an competent opinion about a site.
For sure it is also crucial that not only the published stories but also the website itself offers interesting information about a given topic. Use you imagination whether your visitors like further informative texts, videos or interactive presentations and pay attention that you continuously add new content to your website so that recurring visitors will find something new that might interest them. Besides writing thrilling stories and associating them with your own website your website itself is the most important flagship of your online presence.
Also the stories on the page http://www.aval
tml were written by various authors in order to win new visitors for their websites. If you want to point to this page you can use the following information about our website and the page itself:
- Website: Our short description is "Avalon's Treasury - Minerals, Gems & Jewelry".
- Page: Websites and stories about "Lists of Webpages, Webpages on the World Wide Web" can be found on this page.
In the end well written stories can be much more than only a possibility to find new visitors for one’s homepage - they can build an emotional connection between you and the visitors of your site and enhance your reputation as an expert in a given field of knowledge. For this reason stories that point to your website are much more valuable than references that only use a title and a short description.