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The Internet Writer and Online Research
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?