Internet site evaluations

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Introduction "Wow, will you look at this website I found, they claim that 9 out of 10 people in America are millionaires. What's more, they claim to be the largest online wealth creation firm. Surprisingly, there is no information regarding the author or the origin of this site." Internet dream or website scheme? If one is easily persuaded by this type of material, it may be time to reassess their knowledge of website criterion. Not all websites are created equal. When judging the validity and accuracy of websites, there are several factors which must be considered before finally ascertaining the veracity of a site. These factors, when reviewed on the whole will allow websurfers to become both more informed and aware of the Internet and websites in general.

Authorship "How to perform open heart surgery: A Primer by Billy 'cool kid' Johnson." If a member of ones family had a heart attack, would the above source help in saving their life if a hospital was inaccessible? This would depend on the authenticity and authorship of the source.

In any case, using material from an unquestionable source is not a reliable idea. Why? Because the authorship of the source, probably the most important criterion one must use in evaluating the effectiveness of a website, is sometimes debatable. The author of a website can be anyone. It can be ones next door neighbour, someone whom was met last week at a bar or a world renowned open heart surgeon who was on television just three days ago. Before beginning to delve into a site, make sure that authorship meets one of two sub-criterion: if reviewing a site in ones own general area of expertise, be certain that the author is a trusted and well recognized name in the field; or, if visiting...