No matter what you’re researching online, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that there’s unlimited information out there on just about any subject in the world. The bad news is that there’s unlimited information out there on just about any subject in the world. The difference between the good and bad news is the same as the difference between good and bad information: both are in abundance.
So, how can you find the good information and skip through weeding out the bad? Quite simply, you have to learn how to do online research.
Researching Quality Articles to Boost Your Sales
The difference that a quality article can make for your sales is undeniable since keeping up with the latest techniques and trends is important in any industry. The key is just finding the right ones which provide the most value. Not only that, but there is lots of SEO benefits to linking to quality articles on your own site, so it pays to find the best posts possible.
Now, we’re not going to sit here and tell you to go do Google searches, since that’s what everyone else is doing and netting most of the garbage. Instead, you need to find quick shortcuts that bring you the most socially, economically and industry-minded articles on the internet. Here are some of the best ways to research quality articles to boost your sales:
Topsy is a site that displays results in real time. You can search for a query and see Tweets, links, photos, videos, Google+ shares, etc. that are all related. All the results are organized by related terms/articles and trending topics. On top of that, Topsy also tells you who the experts are for search queries and provides you with trackback pages for everything inside the index.
You also get to see what people are saying about each query. Furthermore, Topsy syndicates the results you obtain so that you can put the most relevant and latest articles directly into your webpages and ads. This helps you to not only improve your customer’s browsing experience, but also helps you boost sales. All of your results can be filtered through hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly result pages so you can be sure you’re only getting the most up to date articles in your searches.
A key market for article writing and sharing is social media, and for that you need a social media search and analysis platform. By far, the best one out there is SocialMention since it aggregates all user-generated content from the entire world into one easy to navigate place. From here you can track and measure not only topics relevant to your company, but also what people are saying about your business, your brand or even you!
SocialMention operates in real time, giving you direct and instant access to the latest happenings and articles being shared or talked about on Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, YouTube, Digg, Google and much, much more. You can also sort your results and measure their relevancy within SocialMention.
Omgili gives you a way to browse through results filled with consumer opinions, debates, discussions, personal experiences, answers and solutions. The Omgili community has one of the most extensive answer banks for the tough technical problems and user questions on the internet, making it also a great site for solving your own problems. Here, you can crawl through millions of online discussions across the world. The vertical Omgili search engine analyses and differentiates between many factors such as titles, topics, reply dates and amounts, giving you only the most relevant and pertinent information.
Most questions and technical problems have already been answered and solved – find the answers through Omgili. Omgili is a crawler based, vertical search engine that scans millions of online discussions worldwide in over 100,000 boards, forums and other discussion based resources.
Finally, because there is so much information out there, a site like SimiliarSites will help you avoid sifting through countless result pages. This is for after you find a website or article online; you simply enter the address into SimilarSites and it will give you high quality, content-based results. Even better, there are Chrome and Firefox extensions that can make your time in browsing in SimilarWeb all that much faster.
These are just some of the tools that I use when researching, there are many more out there to be found. In fact, if you use a good tool when researching sites/articles then please let us know. What do you think of the ones that I have mentioned? Feel free to leave a comment below.
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