What You Need to Know About Internet Research

Thank you, Atish, for this wonderful opportunity to share my thoughts with your readers on TechTricksWorld – I’m very grateful.

Beginning Bloggers sometimes have trouble researching for a topic to use as content – and even those of us who have been in the business for years can get in a rut of using the same methods to research for new and informational topics and content for the meat of the topics.

The Internet is always changing and so are the methods you can use to delve into different ways and means of researching.


Research needs to look like a “family tree” in your mind – the trunk of the tree being the topic heading and the branches and leaves are the content that flows in a creative way.

Plan on spending some quality time in your research for reliable content. Without putting in the time and effort, you’ll come up with drivel which will be scanned and forgotten. You want visitors to your site to stay and read the content to learn something (the topic should pinpoint what they’re going to read).

Billions of web pages are published online each year, but most aren’t worth the time it took to write them. Your research should cover what your topic choice says it will and give the reader a reason to hang around your site – and convert. That means going far beyond “Wikipedia” and the first sites that are offered in your keyword searches.

Here are some valuable tips that you can begin with if you’re new to blogging. It won’t hurt the old-timers to re-visit the steps for effective research either – we do tend to think we know it all sometimes.

  • Hard vs. Soft research – Hard research on your part is appropriate if you’re going to be dealing with proven facts and statistics. You’ll need hard evidence to be credible with your readers. Soft research can be used for subjective topics such as “Dieting for Weight Loss.” Readers will be less judgmental if the topic is subjective.
  • Use a wide variety of keywords and search engines – Keywords should be from 3 to 5 words in succession to narrow down the subject as much as you can. Keep changing them around to see what different results you get – and if there are several pages of results, go through them patiently to find what you want.

Search engines also vary, so you should try various ones. Google and Ask.com can provide you with a deep pool of resources you can use for your topic/content research.

Select a web browser that’s conducive to easy and excellent research. You’ll want a browser which lets you open several tab pages at a time and one in which you can go backward. The browser also needs to be fast.

  • Look for future content – You may think it’s taking forever to pour through all the research your keywords and search engines reveal, but you can make it worthwhile by taking note of research ideas you may use in the future for blog posts and website content.

You can use the method of bookmarking or copy and paste into a file designated for research on a certain topic. You’ll be searching for credible information that can shorten your research time in the future.

  • Decide which research is relevant – and which is garbage – This is the most tedious part of research because you’ll have to read and examine the content and then filter it for value.

While this task in researching is tiring, it’s also the most important part because you’ve got to make sure your findings are reliable and can stand up to close scrutiny by your readers.

  • Be ready to change your mind as you research – Prepare to have your opinion changed as you research for a topic for your content. You may learn something that makes you want to point the content in a different direction and which will offer your readers better information.

It may be as simple as wanting to change the title of your article or blog post – or you may want to take a different path altogether.

  • Never plagiarize and always site your resources – Simply copying and pasting for your content is never a good idea. You can lose all the credibility that you’ve worked so hard to establish.And never publish another blogger’s content without their permission. If this happens to you, here’s how to stop thieves dead in their tracks.

When you use direct quotes from a resource, be sure and give that resource credit for the information you’re providing.

Some considerations you should keep in mind when conducting research on the ‘Net are:

  1. When you run into a source which is low quality, be aware that it may also contain non-quality information.
  2. Be skeptical of rave reviews. The consumer, commercial sites sometimes use the best reviews on their websites. Use them as a resource, but not as your only source.
  3. Beware of “informational” pages that are full of advertisements for particular products which match the content and are there for you to purchase rather than inform.
  4. Backlinks may also be useful in researching a topic. If you see a backlink in an article you’re reading, you can click on it to see a related web page or blog post to reveal additional information.

The methods for researching with a purpose (for content) may seem boring sometimes and tedious at other times, and you may think you’ll never find what you need – but keep a positive attitude and consider it a “learning” process. Enjoy the process and you’ll find exactly what you need for awesome content for your site.

Let me know your thoughts below.

~ Carol Amato

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Comments (37)

  • Hi!
    your post is quite impressive. And you have raised some good points.
    Good quality work.
    Thank you!

  • hi Carol Amato,
    Great Article and some great tips i am a new blogger i hope your tips will improve in blogging. Thanks in advance.

    • Hello, Mukesh,

      Nice to meet you, and thanks for the kind words.

      These tips about Internet research will definitely improve your blogging. It takes work and time, but in the end, you will have better results.

      I appreciate your visit and that you took the time to leave a comment. Thanks!

      Have a wonderful day. 🙂

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  • Hi, Atish,

    Thanks for the privilege of having an opportunity to share my thoughts about Internet research with your community. I really appreciate it. It’s a topic that may not seem exciting to some, but the results are definitely fun and exciting. 🙂

    I look forward to interacting with your readers and getting to know them better.

    Have a lovely day.
    ˜Carol Amato
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    • Great Post Carol!

    • Hello carol,

      Id like to add a few things as i also deal in content ideation,

      1. Sign up for Google alerts topics of your interests.
      2. Follow social media tools such as “buzzsumo” to help you analyze and identify what content works and what doesnt.
      3. Analyze Google Trends to analyze trending topics related to your niche.
      4. Sign up for RSS feeds from the top and popular blogs in your niche.

      Hope this helps.

  • Hi Carol,

    It was a great honor to publish your guest post on my blog. This post is amazing and something unique as well. we do search for our posts and do a lot research but writing about how to research is something great which you just did. I am happy that you took time to write such an awesome piece.

    I agree that whenever you go to research you need to be sure that the information you are collecting are well authenticated and giving proper attribution is always good and safe.

    Thanks Carol. Hope you will have a pleasant stay at TechTricksWorld.com

    • Hello, Atish,

      It was absolutely my pleasure! 🙂

      You’re right, listing out the process for coming up with great content if often neglected, so I thought this would be a helpful article for your readers. It takes work, but what doesn’t?

      Thanks again for the chance to get to know you and your wonderful readers a little better. I’m having a fun time.

      Ciao Ciao,
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  • I found that if I can’t find what I’m looking for in a search session, I can get different (better) results by setting the search aside. Later that day, or even on another day, a reasonable result turns up, even though I use the same search terms.

  • Hi Carol maam and hello Atish bro,
    Carol maam welcome here and its a pleasure seeing your wisdom pouring on TTw this time.

    Internet research is I think the other side of blogging coin. One cannot think of creating a memorable feat on the internet unless he has researched his topic well

    I loved your tip on looking for possibilities of future content. For example.. When twitter decided to collaborate with Google for allowing it to crawl on the tweets, the whole world started reporting it.

    But the game changers and top bloggers were busy researching more and blogging on how (in future) we can use this contract for our good. This was clearly a topic that people would be searching few months later.

    I myself use a variety of search engines.I use wikipedia too and sometimes image sites can lead us to show something popular. When I have to research deep I use google scholar or if I have to learn more about a news I go to news sites like Huffpost or techcrunch to know about tech or startups.

    For motivational posts we can look on religious books, fiction and other newsletters.

    On Plagiarism, it can lead us nowhere.

    By doing it we only risk our career, credibility and the same of the original creators too. I have recently written a post on it too.

    Thanks for reminding something we should all know but don’t know. This was a real good post.
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    • Hello, Swadhin,

      Thanks for the welcome, I really appreciate it. 🙂

      You’re absolutely right! Research is the foundation, that’s for sure. That’s a great example of someone thinking outside the box and going beyond the normal expected thing.

      I really like TechCrunch, that’s a good source.

      Unfortunately, plagiarism is on the rise, but as long as there is increasing awareness, we can try our best to keep it at bay.

      Your comment added a lot of value here, thanks so much,
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  • Most welcome ma’am.

    Glad my input was appreciated.
    Have a great week ahead maam 🙂
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  • Hello Carol, Very nice Article, This is definitely a great article to read and understand for start-up bloggers like me, you have given us key points to be noted for doing research on keywords and blogging. at times i end up thinking what to write and end up writing garbage which is not relevant for readers.


    • Hello, Mukesh,

      Thanks for the kind words – they are certainly much appreciated! I’m very glad that you found my article helpful, and I wish you all the best in providing valuable content to your readers. That’s what they want and expect, and I know you can do it! 🙂

      Have a blessed day. Talk to you soon.
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  • Hello Carol,
    what a pleasure to see you at Atish’s blog.

    With so many information out there (last time I checked there were 1,2 billion of websites),
    we need to make good searches for getting quality content to read.

    If users have a little bit of experience with search engines and internet, they will notice right away when landed on a site whether is quality or not.

    Thanks for sharing your insights here, Carol.
    Have a good rest of this week! 🙂
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    • Hi, Erik,

      Ciao, Erik, Come stai?

      Thank you! It was a wonderful honor to be invited to be a guest author on Atish’s blog, and I’m thankful to be meeting his readers.

      Wow, really? That’s a lot of sites. Yep, lots of noise around us so we must be sure the foundational efforts are made in doing good research to come up with relevant content that suits our audience.

      Thanks much for your feedback, I really appreciate it.

      Have a blessed weekend. 🙂
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  • I am not a blogger but it seems that even if you are searching something for your own work, you need to know how to search the relevant sources because on same topic you can get 100s of articles written but you have to find the best and authentic ones.

    Great write up Carol.
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  • Great write up Carol Ma’m,

    These are surely the important things know while searching over internet. A lot of things to learn in this post. I recommend it to every Internet person.

    Keep writing such stuff.

  • Hello Carol, thanks for your useful article. That’s really a great help for me as a newcomer Blogger. As well to do write content Researching is require, so it’s helps a lot’s of.

  • Hi Carol,

    What a pleasure to see you here! It sure can be quite the job when researching on the web. But one has to have a keen eye out and see who is saying what! There can be a bazillion results, but we do have to be careful from where it comes from.

    Sometimes a few extra words narrow down my search. If I want to search something on a blog I put in the search box: Blog:Acme co. Then all the blogs come up about that particular subject.

    Thanks for the tips! It can be confusing out there!

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    • Thanks for coming by Donna and reading Carol’s post. There are many things we can try to search like when I want to find out the meaning of a word in Google then I just type define:word. For example:

      Define:Cosmetics and it shows the meaning.

    • Hey, Donna,

      Thank you! Yep, you got that right, it can be mind-boggling if you don’t have a system, which I didn’t for the longest time! LOL Many times I use that or site:_____ or keeping things in quotations helps too when you don’t want a hodgepodge of anwers.

      You’re welcome, and thanks for adding your advice also. 🙂

      Talk soon!
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  • Hello Carol mam,

    You share very good post about internet research and that really help us to improve in blogging.
    Good Work..!!
    Keep sharing valuable contents with us..!!

    • Hello, Rohit,

      I really appreciate your comment, and am so glad that it will help you in your blogging journey. There are a lot of things involved in having an online business, and Internet research had me confused for such a long time.

      Glad to help. Thanks for the feedback.

      Have a good evening.
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  • Hi Atish,

    Well what a wonderful surprise to find the lovely Carol over here as your guest. She really knows her stuff and I’m always so impressed by her knowledge of all things to do with internet marketing.

    I was just reading another post earlier and they were saying that about 75% of what you read online is false. I’m really not surprised at all actually because I don’t think people have either done what they claim they have or like you’re saying here, have done the correct research.

    I learned a lot of tricks for finding specific searches some years ago and still to this day have found them really handy. Learn from the best is what I always say.

    Thank you Carol for sharing your area of expertise my dear and Atish for having this lovely lady share her knowledge. What a great combination you both make.

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    • Hi, Adrienne,

      Thanks for your visit and wonderful support, Adrienne, I really appreciate it. 🙂 Your kind words just made my day.

      Yeah, it’s sort of the tedious and boring aspect of content creation, but if you learn to look at the wonderful results it can bring, Internet research can be very exciting!

      Awesome that you learned good habits early on, that’s great news. You are most welcome, and please know you sharing your experience has definitely added value here today.

      Take Care,
      – Carol 🙂
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  • I found that if I can’t find what I’m looking for in a search session, I can get different (better) results by setting the search aside. Later that day, or even on another day, a reasonable result turns up, even though I use the same search terms

    • Hi, Peter,

      Thanks so much for sharing your tip here today, as that will be helpful to many. I really appreciate it. Sometimes using quotations around the phrase helps as well as using the + sign when you want to have a phrase in quotations but add another parameter.

      Thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts. 🙂

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  • Thanks Carol Amato for your helpful for keyword research resource and writing advise!


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