How do I determine good content from bad content on the web?
There is so much content out there on the web, how can I determine which resources are good versus which resources are bad? How much trust should I place in the content I pull from the web? Thank you in advance for the answers!
I would check with someone in business that you trust and ask him or her how they evaluate resources on the web...Also trust your belly when you view something or read something...Your heart may say one thing, your head another but your belly never lies...To me it is like lining up a putt on the golf course, usually your 1st read is the correct read...To verify content you need to be able to check the sources as to where the information is derived...Just like a good reporter checks his/her sources
This is very useful Question somehow for me ! If i request you giving a topic to write small post n see if it gives me a structured content with your votes.
Topic : Yoga Teacher Training in India
I'd say make sure the content you generate holds to a high standard by remembering a simple rule: 1. When you write about anything complex, link to resources that aren't based on opinions only.
Check the information from several resources, not just one. If you find validation in a number of sources, the information should be relevant and accurate. Also, if you have some level of expertise on the subject you are researching, you can appreciate sound advice VS pie-in-the-sky words. Experience is your best teacher so use what you have to separate powerful information from hot air.
After "consuming" the content, does your brain feel like it just ate a whole bag of doritos or do you feel like you had a balanced meal? In my mind, lots of sites out there are junk food for your mind. It's ok in small amounts and provides a simple pleasure but too much and you're in bad shape.
The real judge is you to determine the content quality, I would say the REAL parameters for content quality evaluation will be of help — its a material that is Relevant, Enlightening, Actionable, and Lively.
There are two questions to determine if content is good or not.
1. Is it truthful and from a reliable source?
2. Is it relevant?
If the answer is not yes to both of these it is not good content.
One point that you could also consider is whether the content can be verified by multiple independent sources if authenticity is your definition of "good". Although not foolproof, as the link between sources are sometimes obscured, it still is one of the best guides about authenticity of content.
1. Cross-check it. See how many other sources are saying the same thing. .
2. Choose your sites with care. As most content is trying to sell, most will have bias built-in.
3. Viral does not mean factual or high quality; it simply means 'popular'
Yes you are right that there are huge contents on the web. You can use your reference link for any specific issue. For any general search you can go for multiple link so that you can easily cross check and screen your desired information.
Judging from the comments you may want to rethink and rephrase your question;-)
What is it that you are trying to achieve?
Why do you want to achieve this?
What will be possible for you if you achive this?
Abby, this is a pretty complicated question and perhaps one of the biggest puzzles in our new information age : ) It does depend what type of content you're talking about. For instance, in a scholarly environment or for journalistic purposes as well, it is not considered acceptable to credit Wikipedia as a usable source. Wikipedia author's are not always experts and are anonymous in most cases, which is why the site itself cannot be quoted as a credible source. Each Wiki article has a list of sources at the bottom. You can always check each of them out and examine if they are credible sources on their own. For more general purposes, if you're looking at content published on various news media, you should consider the credibility reputation of the publication. This might be considered biased criteria, and it could be up to you to decide if a tabloid is a good source for instance. Its reputation is usually not a very credible one, but on the flip site it's those types of sites that are usually most uncensored and the journalists and photographers they use are close to filling the role of a spy, so it could be argued that they do have credible information. Or you could decide that such publications always place a slant on their stories that is sensational and gossipy so they can't be trusted. When it comes to branded websites of various companies, you should always be careful of pulling information from them. Those are commercial websites and in some industries such as the pharmaceutical one, their tone of writing and fact presentation could appear very scientific. That doesn't mean there isn't a second medical opinion out there to contradict the given findings. In general in terms of medical information I would be careful to take information from any common language site. All you'll get is a scare. Medical facts and conditions are usually much more complicated and unless you can understand well a scientific research paper or you communicate with a large group of working physicians, I would not count on getting the truth from any Health.com site. That also applies to psychology related websites of that sort. They are full of useful information and great ideas sometimes, they are without a doubt a help to millions of people, but I would always think twice before committing all my beliefs to something I read there. Now, when it comes to Social Media sites as sources of information you should watch out for sponsored content which is advertisement. Also, don't automatically trust 100% of the information if it comes from a government website or state institutional websites. If you want to know what documents you need for a Visa, an official site would be your safest bet. But if you need to know how the Affordable Care Act will impact life in this country, then you need to read how an expert analyses the new law. At the end of the day it will seem that there is very little credible web content out there. But the truth is only that there is a lot of both credible and non-credible information. That's why you need to be able to sift out those sources that are not optimal or will not give you the most true information about a fact, event or idea. That's a difficult task and it demands practice through the years to be able to know where your information really is coming from and whether that place is "safe". As a general rule of thumb, I would say to look on websites that have the most sources in real life - a reporter who was on the spot, a witness to an event (in that sense it's ironic that oftentimes user or even customer comments such as reviews can be good sources of information), or first-person professional blog. Web content that simply quotes other web content as the source of information is content that has been recycled and though sometimes useful, it can't really serve you well enough. So, roll up your sleeves and start digging as soon as you can because good web content takes time to find! : )
First of all you must have, at the least a presentable website. What I mean is, a website that fits your needs and purpose. Usually it revolves around your personality and those around you...the people, the community, a cause.
Second, your contents must go along to the events around the community. I mean, anything that "arouses the senses of the readers," be it a content "pull from the web."
Third, a content must be true and correctly based on a true event.
Fourth, you must update your site at least once a week . Although we feel lazy sometimes, daily updates are the most appropriate.
Lastly, your contents must be properly attributed even if it is even partially "pulled from the web."
Every written document judge by following points:
1)By footnote references
3)Forwarding person own credibility
4)Judge any point or line self previous experience.
There are a number of ways you can figure our what works and what doesn't, as far as quality of content goes.
1. Check the sources
If the article is referencing statistics or numbers, check where these come from - if the sources are not listed, chances are, the numbers are either made up or the author was feeling careless. Both are warning signs to stay away.
2. Check the author
Who wrote the content? Run a quick Google search on the name and see what you get - if the author has written many various, well-received pieces of content (most blogs have social functions like shares or comments - do a quick skim to determine traction of the material), he or she is a fairly reputable source, which usually hints to good content.
3. Check the content
Google search the headline of whatever you're reading - if it's coming up in a number of sources, try to find the original source and take content from there. Bloggers frequently pick up each other's content and you're risking a game of broken telephone.
As you search up relevant content to help position your product, service or brand, just check the three checkpoints above, and if all adds up, you're on track to good content!
"All truth goes through three stages.
First it is ridiculed.
Then it is violently opposed.
Finally, it is accepted as self-evident."
On the web, this statement is widely attributed to Schopenhauer but, it seems, no one has been able to find where he said or wrote it.
The Greeks believed that Truth is Beauty and Beauty is Truth, but that which is thought to be beautiful varies over time. Today's skinny fashion models look like they were painted by El Greco. But a young woman who looks like she was painted by Rubens is more likely to be fertile. Whoops, sometimes the truth is ugly.
The truth usually satisfies the criterion of parsimony, often called "Occam's razor". But sometimes the truth is more complicated.
Many rely on moral authority, usually obtained by divine revelation. Using the Bible as an example, of the four characters in the Tree of Knowledge story (God, Adam, Eve and the serpent), the most truthful character was the serpent. [God said they would die if they ate the fruit of that tree. They ate it, but did not die.]
Wikipedia has the advantages and disadvantages of potential correction by any reader. But at one time, nearly everyone thought the earth was flat (with 4 corners, no less) and that the sun circled the earth.
So, today's truth may yet become tomorrow's falsehood.
Forgive me for not answering your question. I think we are still looking for the answer.
Israel A Cohen
Anything you read on the Internet should be vetted against a few criteria.1) Who is the author; what is he or she known for; what else have they published? 2) Is what they're saying similar to what others in their industry are saying? 3) Does someone you trust recommend that resource? 4) Does it make sense in your own gut? Research, trusted advisors, and intuition are you best judges of good, or bad, content. To your SWEET success!
Abby, It all depends on what type of information your are looking for. I read a lot of articles on inspiration and leadership most are beliefs of each individual writing. Just like my published articles. They are created and written based on my life experiences. You read and absorb the information and decide what works best for you.
Some content on web sites can be so far fetched. You have to make that determination. I do research on the companies and people I am reading about to see what others are saying or comments from readers after their a content.
If you are talking from the producer's standpoint, Click through Rate is the biggest component on SERPs. So, consider what you are developing in terms of CTR. Is it reaching your audience? Does is show up in search? Is it converting? Is it being shared? Ultimately, if you produce something, and it shows up in search, the more that folks click on your item, the greater you will see its visibility increasing. That would seem to indicate that the content is good. Analytics will validate.
Most have hit on part of the answer. I just want to touch on what Ed Drozda mentioned a bit more - credibility. Even beyond marketing, not everything on the Internet is true and accurate. View all content with "What's the motive behind this content?" Spending a few moments to check the content source is worthwhile. Sites with "EDU" or "GOV" suffixes in the URL are higher on the credibility list than others. Sites with "ORG" suffixes are also generally fairly reliable, but keep in mind that the site promotes a cause. All the rest need thorough vetting.
If you're looking to evaluate content from specific people, check their credentials. What makes them authorities on the subject?