There are so many websites and webpages on the internet today that it is difficult to accurately know just how many there are. The problem with this proliferation is that there is no reliable way to figure out how valid the information is on any given website. And this is an important thing to be able to find out because more and more, people are turning to the internet for information.
Here are some of the ways that you can check the validity of a website.
It Represents Authority
Authority here doesn’t mean an institution, it means knowledge. If a website publishes information on custom built hot rods and you know that the website is run by a person or persons who do it for a living, then it is a testament to their authority on the subject. Similarly, if a website publishes an op-ed on some political matter, and the website is associated with an institution that deals in political strategy or is a think tank, then you know that the information provided will be more accurate than not.
You Trust the Writer
The problem with websites that provide information and news under its site name is that you don’t know who is providing that information – unless the articles are properly researched and the sources provided. Wikis have long faced the accusation that anyone can edit anything there, and the sites are not seen as the definitive source of information. If you want an online hot rod magazine subscription, there is no point going on forums to ask which one to get. Each person will have their own subjective opinion. Instead, check to see who writes for these magazines and look for their credentials. If they hold up, go for it.
People Love It
This isn’t always a mark of their validity, but a site that is frequented by a lot of well-known people is a good measure of the quality of their content. Some sites have endorsements from other experts in the field; that is a good measure of the content. Other sites are promoted by public figures and celebrities. Depending on the subject, these endorsements will be very valuable. If the site represents a service like window cleaning, customer testimonials are a great way to figure out whether or not they provide a good service, especially if you cross check those opinions on social media.
Don’t believe everything you see on the internet. Use your common sense and use the above methods to determine whether the information you are looking at is valid.