Have you ever gone online to find something but having put in your keyword in Google you return a search of millions of web pages? How do you know which to choose? You can’t trust those on the front page because they have been optimised to appear first. You also can’t trust those with Ad signs because they are clearly after your money. Finding information on the web is like looking for a needle in a haystack. So what do you do? Here then are six ways to find information on the internet:
There are best online gambling sites, best travel sites, best music sites, the best “hookup” websites; there are even recommended sites based on country. The Internet is not lacking for “best” sites in your niche. However, there are few websites a list of best websites across the Internet. To do so requires massive databases. Search-web is one such site. Search-web is the ultimate web guide to the best sites on the Internet. Their extensive database aggregate thousands of websites across the Internet, to give you what they consider to be the best the web has to offer.
Browsing through catalogs is another great way to find information on the internet. Catalogs are usually arranged by categories. Each list is suited for a particular search goal. Online catalogs such as Yahoo! Sorts information by subject. So if you are looking for information about European history, for example, it would suit you to search for France or the United Kingdom, instead of “European.”
When you first log on the Internet, if you do not know the URL of the site you want to visit, the first thing you do is visit a search engine. There are many search engines on the Internet, but the most popular are Google. But Google, as good as it is, will only return useful information based on the search parameters. Here are four tips for using search engines:
- Ensure the keyword is correctly spelled (you would be surprised how many people make this simple mistake)
- Know what features are available and use them, e.g. a search for “best hotels in Mexico -Cancun” will bring back results minus those in Cancun.
- Try not to use the one-word Keywords should be two or more.
- Use more than one search engine. Bing and Yahoo sometimes have search results that differ from Google.
- Use quotes – e.g. “recommended websites” instead of recommended websites.
Another great way to find information on the web is by social bookmarking. According to Wikipedia, “Social bookmarking is a centralized online service which allows users to add, annotate, edit, and share bookmarks of web documents.” Sites such as Delicious, Digg, and Redditt are all social bookmarking websites and proved users with valuable information based on your personal interests. They have an interesting feature called peer review where others who have found the sites useful gives the sites ratings. Usually, these “rated” sites float to the top of the list so you can quickly find information when you visit each of these sites.
As a follow up on Social Bookmarking, Social Networking involves online communities such as LinkedIn and StumbleUpon, where you can ask to be pointed in the right direction. StumbleUpon will recommend sites to you based on keywords and your personal interests.
Another source for finding information on the web is the use of databases. There are over 91,000 terabytes of information on what is called the invisible web—i.e. the part of the Internet that is not indexed by search engines, so
it is hard to find information doing a normal search. However, if you use a keyword like “database” at the beginning of your search, you can access some of this information in the invisible web. And they usually have good stuff.
With all that information on the web, it can be difficult if nearly impossible to find anything of substance. There are good sites, some not so good sites, and then there are fluff sites. But if you implement all the means of finding information on the web that was suggested here, you will be able to find what you are looking for. Did you find this list helpful? Let us know in the Comments box below.