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The Internet Writer and Online Research

Updated on April 10, 2013

The Importance of Online Research and Factual Information

Online research is paramount.

There are few things more annoying to an internet writer, than loss of internet access.

Gone are not only the platforms to publishing articles, but the ability to research subjects.

It’s all very well knowing quite a lot about something, but it’s always better to double-check your facts before you publish them as being so.

The internet is chock full of misinformation, and picking out facts from fiction is an art in itself.

Unfortunately too many people automatically believe everything they see in print, even if it’s total rubbish and completely false.

The same goes for what they read in newspapers or hear on television.

The good journalist will only publish what is true and factual, though he may add a twist to make the article more interesting.

Some writers add outright lies and disinformation in order to sell newspapers and this is a very bad practice.

However, unless someone is intentionally hurt by the lies, they are unlikely to suffer monetarily from doing so, and some have been getting away with this type of journalism for years.

Books are an excellent source of reference for information for the internet writer, especially when writing about subjects already covered in detail.

Reference books generally sell on their honesty and integrity, and really have to be factually correct, unlike a lot of web pages.

However, I think it is fair to say that online research forms the basis for information for both readers and the internet writer.

Most Factual Sites for Online Research

Generally speaking, the best web pages for factual information are those that come from .edu sites and Wikipedia.

Some internet writers can build a reputation online for only publishing factual work, but really they are unlikely to be noticed in the big scheme of things unless they write for an already established factual site.

There are literally millions of web pages on the net already, and for one internet writer to make a difference, they would have to churn out thousands if not millions of articles – an impossibility for the best of us.

There are many experts online in just about any subject you can think of under the sun, but many of them do not write about their speciality; instead using the internet for their own online research, or to read up on what their competitors or compatriots are doing.

Those that do write use the language of their speciality which is not easily understood by outsiders.

Engineering or medical-speak can seem like gibberish to those untrained in the use of those words.

The Importance of Choosing a Good Internet Writer

Internet writers are not generally expert in anything other than writing and the correct usage of the English language, but it is their ability to do online research and interpret and rewrite in plain understandable language what the experts are saying to each other that sets them apart, and makes them one of the most important groups online.

Everything you read online has been written by someone, generally an internet writer.

While many non-writers have contributed online, I have to say that much of their work can be found among the trashy, spammy sites that are only thrown together.

Their emphasis is on SEO keywords, looking for that all-important search engine traffic and which people click out of almost as soon as they land there because the article is so poorly written they immediately lose interest.

Website Content and the Internet Writer

Many web site owners employ internet writers to write their content, and many people from all over the world with only a basic grasp of the English language call themselves internet writers and bid for such work at ridiculously low prices.

The end result is poorly written, grammatically incorrect and with dubious content. Web site owners, you get what you pay for.

If you want good, well written, original and accurate content, employ a proper internet writer.

There are many to be found here on Hubpages and other online writing sites who have learned the importance of the correct placement and usage of SEO optimisation to get your site indexed quickly, while writing words that flow naturally, make sense and are easy to read.

The loss of internet access to the seasoned writer is like the loss of a limb.

Who would have believed the internet in its few short years of existence, could have come to mean so much to so many people?

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    • ResearchBeast profile image

      Online Research Beast 

      4 years ago

      Hey Izzy,

      I know I am a bit late to the party here :)

      Great, informative page. I agree that proper research is important. I think Wikipedia got a bad rap several years ago when either 60 minutes or 20/20 (can't remember which) wrote that the resources contained within could not be trusted. They have come a long way since the segment was aired. No longer can anyone haphazardly post whatever they feel like. It shouldn't be the only resource people use but it certainly is a decent starting point.

      I included a write up on my Facebook page about this article.

      Best Regards,

      Jim

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      8 years ago from UK

      My laptop is fine; its the mobile dongle I have to use ( no phone line here) to access the internet that's the problem. That and the fact that there is almost certainly a conflict between the dongle driver and Win Vista which causes crashes daily (but never when I use wi-fi).

      I'm so glad you liked this article :)

    • Sally's Trove profile image

      Sherri 

      8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Trish pointed me in your direction, IzzyM, and I'm glad she did. Your Hub is outstanding, doing much to explain to both potential clients and aspiring writers why mastery of both research and language matter.

      Interestingly, Trish and I were talking about research the other day, and how the Internet has become both a blessing and a curse for the researcher. I come from the days of index cards and wooden library card drawers, and I still find them absolutely necessary. Partly, old habits die hard, but, more to your point, so much information that is free online is trash and so much time can be wasted plowing through it, while proven authors and publishers are still more likely to be found in print (or online through subscriptions).

      Completely agreed that .edu resources are the most reliable, followed by Wikipedia.

      You and I must have had the same Internet disconnectivity gremlin over the last month or so. My gremlin was so horrible, I had to finally break down and buy a new laptop! And yes, being offline was painful and costly.

      Rated up and useful.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      8 years ago from UK

      Thanks Trish :)

      I do a bi of both. I have quite a few articles that needed no research at all, but many do and I love the work, to be honest. I can spend hours researching stuff and learning all sorts of new things. Its keeping my brain cells active! It's when you do research that you realise just how many sites simply repeat exactly what another site says. Different words obviously but no new content or interestng angle. Shame, but that's the way it goes.

    • trish1048 profile image

      trish1048 

      8 years ago

      Hi Izzy!

      What a wonderful, helpful hub! While my style is to write mostly of my personal life experiences, I can certainly understand the importance of research. My dear friend here on HP, Sally's Trove, is one such excellent researcher. If you care to, pay her a visit and you'll see what I mean.

      I tend to get overwhelmed if something I want to write about would require even some research. As you said, there is so much out there, and weeding through the true writers and those that pump out nonsense, to me, is mind-boggling.

      So I think I'll stick with what I know, which happens to be my own life LOL.

      Thanks for sharing!

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      8 years ago from UK

      Glad you enjoyed it, kk, there is hopefully something here that many of us can relate to :)

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      kkalmes 

      8 years ago

      Hello IM, it is a pleasure to bump into you on this busy and densely populated hub. Thank you for the writing, research and internet content information.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      8 years ago from UK

      Thanks for commenting Paradigmsearch :)

    • paradigmsearch profile image

      paradigmsearch 

      8 years ago from US

      An honest and ethical article. Thank you.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      8 years ago from UK

      Thanks Humagia! I think Google itself is sick of the same content being spouted all over the place and will eventually make moves to curb it. Oh and got my internet back today - till the next thunderstorm likely! :)

    • humagaia profile image

      Charles Fox 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Still having problems with your Internet connection!? I'd move if I were you ;) Nice poke at the content-churners. I hope the content requirers read your hub - it might just, just persuede them to change their attitudes. Doubt it though! It's all down to the mighty dollar in the end.

      Needed saying though.

      Rated up and useful. Definitely isn't funny though (content or subject!).

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      8 years ago from UK

      Thanks Mysterylady. Without my internet access for research I feel I am lost. I'm using hotspots to get online and is difficult to fully concentrate on the all-important research aspect where there are too many other distractions.

    • mysterylady 89 profile image

      mysterylady 89 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Well, Izzy, you've done it again! An informative, clear hub. Of course, I voted you UP.

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