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How To Earn Your Readers Trust When Writing Articles

Updated on March 17, 2013

Things To Remember

There are so many articles floating around Cyberspace telling you how to earn money by writing a blog, or how to make sure your affiliate links are connected. But there seems to be one thing missing from these articles.

The fact is that the whole point of writing for the Internet is to impart information. We are the people who are supplying the information that can change a persons whole life. In other words we are the voice of knowledge.

Heavy huh? Sorry about that, but its true.

Okay, that sounds really dramatic. But you have to remember that the majority of people who use the Internet are young people. In fact the main users are anywhere between five to eighteen years of age!

Think back to the time before you started writing articles. How did you see the Internet? Did you see it as a place to maybe find the answers you were looking for, or did you think that the whole of the World’s wisdom was on there for you to read?

I bet it was the second one. it’s a very scary thought. Why? Because if the majority of people reading an article, or other articles from a less reputable site actually believe everything they are told, it could be a matter of life and death.

I know that sounds dramatic, but hear me out for a moment.

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Knowledge

Children do not see the Internet as we adults do. To them, especially the younger ones, they see it as the Oracle, the all Seeing Eye. In other words, our articles are Law.

Now if that isn't scary I don’t know what is.

Thankfully Hubpages and its writers are a sensible lot. We write about things that interest us, but make sure that the information is correct. If we spot something that we don’t believe is correct we can flag it, or hub hop and rate it down. Either way it will get taken off.

That doesn't necessarily work on other sites though. I have read many articles that astound me with their inaccuracies.

So what’s the point of this article?

One thing and one thing only. Whoever writes for the Internet should always remember that it is people’s lives that you are holding in your hands. Every time you click Publish, you are placing something on the Internet that is going World Wide, or as they say these days, Viral.

And in every house, or every school, there will be a child who clicks on your article, whether by chance or design. And you have to make sure you have got your facts right.

Every piece of research should be checked over and over again. Never leave anything to chance. Anything from electrical information, to exactly how much pain killer to take for a headache or sore leg.

One mistake could result in either injury or death of a child or a trusting adult.

So writing for the Internet is a two way system. One, how to earn money, and that’s fine. And two, you are providing information that many people will trust. Just remember that every word, every sentence and even more importantly, every fact that you place on that page has to be true and trustworthy.

Be safe and responsible.

Public Library Great For Researching Your Articles
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Where To Find The Best Information Source

  1. The best place to find accurate information is the Library. Make sure that the books that you take out on any subject are written by an expert in their field. Of course do not copy it word for word, but research it and take notes. Make sure that you give credit to the author if you are using a lot of their work.
  2. Write about subjects that you have a real knowledge of. Whether this is your job of work or maybe a hobby that you have studied for years.
  3. Most of us have numerous books at home on a variety of subjects. Take notes and remember to give credit once again.
  4. If you are going to use the Internet for information, make sure that it is a reputable site. You may have to do a bit of searching, but there are many sites that are written by experts. Once again only take notes and write the article in your own words. Its fine to take a small bit of info from them, but for goodness sake don’t copy it word for word. The authors have spent a lot of time on their research so it wouldn’t be fair to just copy and paste, apart from that it's illegal.
  5. And last but not least, find someone to interview. There are lots of older people out there who have had amazing experiences. And they tell a fantastic story.

So you see. It's not always about how to make money on the Internet. Its something much more important than that.

Knowledge.

Copyright Nell Rose

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi denise, yes it can be quite scary some of the stuff on the internet. I have read many articles that are just completely inaccurate that its frightening. Especially health hubs or tablets, that can be quite dangerous, and even safety ones too, thanks so much nell

      Hi diane, thanks so much for reading, I always appreciate your comments, have a great weekend!

      Hi Alicia, thanks so much, it can be hard to get everything right, but its so important, thanks, nell

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is very important information, Nell. Children do tend to trust what they read on the Internet without thinking about whether it's reliable or not. Even many of the teenagers that I teach do this! It's important to make sure that the facts in our articles are correct.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 5 years ago from Fontana

      Very well written and said! Thank you Nell!

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      This is really great, Nell, and I'm so glad you wrote about this. Accuracy is very important. It's hard to pump out articles rapidly when properly researching but I think the peace of mind it gives is well worth it. What a wonderful hub. :-)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks richard, yes too many lions! haha! thanks as always, nell

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Nell, The Internet doesn't lie! Haven't you ever heard that before? You've been seeing too many lions in Essex! lol You did a great job here not only advising, but warning what can result from the false info that is all over the I-net. Another remarkable hub! Great Job!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, L.L. Woodard, its so important that we don't get it wrong as so many people believe everything they read without question, thanks so much for the vote! cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      So true alocsin, I go to the library about twice a week, just to soak up the atmosphere, and check out the books, I love books, I can't imagine ever changing my reading habits for a kindle, saying that I probably will get one, but reading a book is the last thing I do at night so I wouldn't go without it! thanks as always, nell

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      There is a tremendous responsibility when writing to get the facts straight and to show when you are writing from your own experiences or insights versus established data. This hub brings an important topic to the forefront for consideration.

      Voted up and SHARED.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I think people tend to rely to much on Google and forget that the local public library has a lot of info not found online that is useful for hubs. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Kiela, yes you are so right! so many things go out of fashion so quickly, its a bit like juggling, trying to update your hubs! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Kiela Starcatcher 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Interesting choice for a hub, and so very important to keep in mind! Even when lives aren't on the line, a person's livelihood could take a dive - i.e. bad advice about resumes or interviews!

      I have one thought to add to your list: Be aware of the age of your information. Some information is outdated practically before it hits mainstream. Some things will never go out of date (like granny's recipes!), but some change dramatically and quickly (like science, technology, and world events). A book about the cosmos or the Berlin Wall is going to be a very different read if it's from the 60s or 70s compared to today.

      Rated up/interesting. (^_^)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Duchess, exactly, I think most people believe that everything they read on the web is true, and as we as writers know, a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, and in fact innacurate, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      Duchess OBlunt 5 years ago

      You make some good points Nell.

      One things I am always cognizant of is the fact that everything thing we do on the internet leaves a footprint. I would like to leave footprints my kids would not be ashamed to walk in.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Dabble You, yes you have got a point there, and it is a good idea to learn to judge for ourselves, but its a shame that some articles on the internet are not so careful with what they write, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      DabbleYou 6 years ago

      Come to think of it, even before the internet, a lot of wrong information were also written. I guess we just have to learn to judge what we read.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, carrie, I used to trust everything I read too! but I think unless you write for it, then you realise that you do have to be careful, thanks as always nell

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi nell thats a great hub!! i too was too trusting of the internet but soon realised for good that all are not responsible writers and one should not follow all the info on the net blindly. it might be wrong and very harmful!!

      carrie

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Hello hello, thanks so much for stopping by, cheers nell

      Hi, beth, that was enough to give them nightmares then! it makes me so mad, fine if they want to spout their idea of whatever they are talking about, but they should always make sure the url states the truth before hand, good thing you checked! thanks again nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, ubanichijioke, thanks, I believe that everything we write here should be so accurate, but we are bound to make some mistakes, we are only human, thanks again, nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, SilentReed, thats a really good point, I doubt if anybody has ever been blamed for giving wrong info on the internet, I suppose its a case of not being able to prove it, thanks for reading cheers nell

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      Beth Perry 6 years ago from Tennesee

      Great article, Nell, and you included some very sobering and important points.

      Some years back I visited what was listed on a search engine as a "sex ed website" with supposedly medically approved info for kids. My kids were young and I thought maybe the site could offer me some pointers on teaching my children about sex. So I went to it, checked it out, and low and behold found out it was nothing more than a pro-abstinence site with Bible verses scattered over the pages and horrendous photos of "hell" and "damnation" that awaits anyone who has pre-marital sex. Very glad I checked it out beforehand.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Nell, for a great and to-the-point hub.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 6 years ago from Lagos

      Wow! Really really good tips. I agree with you especially on the area of writing on subjects you know and understand. Wonderful

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      SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

      I have always thought that adult and porno sites where the only worries for parents.(Aside from lurking pedophiles in social sites)This article opens a new perspective on the danger of false information in the hands of trusting children. What are the legal liabilities if the use of those information resulted in lost of life or properties? Thanks for sharing.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, christopher, thats exactly true! children just trust automatically without thinking, and its so important to make sure everything is right on here, and that is some responsibility! thanks as always, nell

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      Christopher Antony Meade 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Thanks Nell for some very sound advice. It is important for us to remember that children, as well as being very curious, can be very innocent, and trusting. They put too much faith in adults sometimes.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, lyric, it just came to me that so many people were writing about how to make money, I suddenly thought that, well, this is for the internet and so many people read the stuff that we and other sites, write, thanks for reading cheers nell

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Nell, great article. You make plenty of good points of what is expected from writers. When you compare the children as you have, it is very accurate. It is also true about being a life changing article. Very well spoken, Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, pras, a lot of children don't realise that what they read on the internet can be damaging unless the article is actually true, thank you so much again for your rating, cheers nell

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. I know that most of people in the world need internet as one of the best source to get information. We can't close our eyes that the majority of people who use the Internet are young people ( I agree with you about this). They need a lot of guidance. Just use this tool wisely. And about making money program through internet like writing on HubPages is one of the best thing we can do with internet. God bless you! Rated up up up up up....

      Prasetio

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Wesman, Yes I know what you mean, I think we can write what we like sometimes though, as long as its personal or funny, it wouldn't be of interest to kids, hopefully! lol

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Thanks for pointing out that we've got to be responsible here in netland!

      Luckily, we've got lots of places where we can cut up and not worry about children. I don't think that Hubpages is that place though - at least not in some ways.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, suzette, that's it exactly, wonderful to think that the students had found your work to help them, we just need to all remember the fact that the internet is read by so many people, sadly so many other sites forget this, thanks for reading much appreciated, nell

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      Suzette Walker 6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Nell: A well-written and well thoughtout article and something that has been needed to be said. It is so important to be accurate and have good writing. So many students read our articles. On a google search I found middle school students who had read my Salem Witch Trials hub for an English class they were taking. Thank heavens, I had taught about the Salem Witch Trials when I taught American literature, and I knew what I was talking about on this hub. I was actually able to comment back to the students about what they had read. So much of what we write, we are literally teaching others about our subject. Writing on hubpages has to be taken seriously.

      Great hub and great suggestions and reasons for writing intelligent, accurate hubs.

      Voted up!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Ruby, I know just what you mean, so many Doctors give you drugs to help you, but forget to say that there will be side effects! trust me I know that one! lol I had to take Carbimazole for my thyroid and ended up in hospital even they didn't know what was wrong! it wasn't until I read a book on the subject did I realise and changed them, thanks as always nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, sam, yes as long as we all try our best thats all we need to do, and thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Lee, I have never flagged anybody, I always think that if they are getting their work wrong then someone will either point it out, or they will learn from their mistakes, thanks for reading, much appreciated cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Eiddwen, thanks as always, I really appreciate you reading, hope you are having a great weekend, cheers nell

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great tips Nell. I research everything, even medical after seeing the Doctor. You can't be too careful,. So many drugs do more harm than good and many Doctors push drugs for the pharmaceutical companies. Thank you for sharing..

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Wayne, I think the trouble is as you said, people write something wrong in the first place, and others copy it without questioning it, I suppose the answer really is to make everything we write as accurate as possible, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Enlydia, I love library's they are a great place to find old treasures, the first hub I wrote wasn't on the internet and it went around the world literally viral! lol unfortunately I never had my adsense up at that point, shame! lol thanks again nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Millionaire, yes you should always read a few articles to get more info or a balanced view, I think some people on other sites just write what they think is right, but I am sure they don't do it deliberately, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      sam-eg 6 years ago from Happy Land

      thx nell for pointing that up , before talking about any subject searches must be done, i don't like missleading or incorrect informations and for sure no one would

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      LeeWalls 6 years ago from United States

      I always enjoy reading your hubs. Be sure if you flag a hub it's not someone you have a gripe about. One day I was reading a forum and read where many were saying if they didn't like someone they flagged them.

      I was floored and shocked at that because to me that's not being a writer, it's being malicious and it was on Hubpages that I read it.

      Thanks Nell for being honest.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Well done once more for a briliant hub and I vote up as always.

      Yoiu always put so much work into each and every hub you publish Nell and thank you,as I have found so many of yours prove to be so very useful.

      Take care my friend and I wish you a wonderful weekend.

      Eiddwen.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      Great advice Nell Writers do have a responsibility to properly inform if they are writing to do so. I have seen what happens to geneoalogy when it is passed around on the Internet by folks who seem only to happy to repeat the errors and mistakes of others. When we write to inform, we need to stick with what we really know. Thanks...voted up! WB

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      Enlydia Listener 6 years ago from trailer in the country

      I like the idea about interviewing others...there is so much information that never makes it to the internet...I also like the library idea, since there are a lot of older books that are hidden in old libraries, and would be interesting to people who don't have access.

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      It is true, we do need to be careful about what we write, to make sure it is accurate and leads the reader in the right direction. Hopefully, they will also take the time to read other articles to get other opinions so they can get a balanced view.

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      mjfarns 6 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois USA

      Speaking of fiction that goes anywhere, I'd very interested in what you think of this: https://hubpages.com/literature/Fruitful

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, amymarie, I know what you mean about Wiki, I was really suprised when I realised that sometimes they do get it wrong, I remember writing a hub about something local, and one of the Wiki writers got in touch to make sure they got all the facts, so he did everything right, but there are some that are way of the truth, thanks for reading, cheers nell

      Hi, mjfarns, its great isn't it when you can just write anyway you want to, I love writing fiction, you can really get into it, and it shows your style so much better, thanks so much nell

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      mjfarns 6 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois USA

      You make really good points here, Nell. And you remind me of why I write fiction. You can be as self-indulgent as you want (within reason of course!) without having to be a "role model" :)

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      Great advice Nell. Something I want to add is to always assume your readers are smarter than you. This kind of mentality forces me to check various sources and make sure my info is correct. I think researching on the Internet is okay if you know where to go. Wikipedia can't be trusted, however when I wrote my hub about the white house being haunted, I went to the white house's website to learn about the house's history. I agree that you should have knowledge on your topic as well. Great hub here. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, b. Malin, thanks for reading, I wish I had listened more to my mums stories of the second world war, she had some terrifying moments, but some hilarious ones too, maybe I should write about the ones I do remember, especially with Poppy day coming up, thanks again nell

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Well this was a Timely and Informative Hub Nell. Like anything else, there is Good & Bad in Everything today. I try to take the time and Research more than one place before I am satisfied. Good Tips to Explore...i Loved #5, a Win situation for all!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Jackie, I think the reason why hubpages seems to get it so right is because maybe we are a mixture of ages, so many sites have younger people on who just want to earn money, whereas we tend to like writing and searching out interesting facts, thanks as always, nell

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      Jackie Lynnley 6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I am getting more into informative hubs, whether they are as popular or not it just seems important to gather all the facts and put them out there and we are responsible to see we get the facts right. It takes more time and maybe library trips but it is something to be proud of when we are done.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Barbara, I didn't realise before how much we take for granted what is written, its only since we do it ourselves now that I realise the internet has a lot of errors to say the least! thanks again nell

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Sinea, exactly, I know we are bound to get a few things wrong sometimes, but as long as we are dilligent then hopefully people will come back, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      I agree. I did a search for something one day and the first 3 sites had false information. Discouraged isn't the word for how I felt. It really made me wonder.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Susan, thanks I do an answer site, and you wouldn't believe the rubbish that some people say! lol

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Very very good advice. The more quality work we turn out, the more readers are likely to search us out, quote us and share our links.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Cardisa, thanks for being so quick! that's exactly it, so many people write mainly for money on other sites that they don't realise how many people out there read it, in fact I suspect a lot of them don't care, you are so right to use your own books and government sites, thanks so much nell

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      So true. There's so much junk out there. So many times I'll read something and then go and research it myself to see if my inclination of it being totally wrong was correct.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Nell, just today I met tow school girls in the supermarket and they were shopping for a school home economic project. They had no idea what corn flour was so curiously I asked what the needed it for. The recipe they had was printed from the internet and trust me, the recipe was all wrong. It was a simple apple preserves project so I asked them why didn't they ask an elder how to stew our local june plums as this happens to be the same method.

      The point is these girls just downloaded the first recipe they saw. If they had asked someone like their grandmother they would have been led in the right direction.

      Most of my info comes from my own books I have laying around or government sites. I don't trust any old site I see.