Monday, January 30, 2012

FINDING STUFF ONLINE


Sometimes we need to know some of the strangest things, or we require something and have no idea where to find it. It constantly amazes me how many questions Google can answer. I once thought that I could only look up a keyword or two, but discovered lately that a long question will receive a pretty good answer. So don’t hesitate to ask Google questions, such as “How do I format for Kindle?” Or “Is there a tutorial for Mobi Creator?”

Maybe you’d like to know some trivia. Try out the weirdest requests and have some fun with the answers. Want to have some more fun. Movie fans try out a site or two when you have a little time to kill. Here’s one that will give you a kick and likely keep you playing around with it for hours. And another along the same lines.

Did you know that if you’ve ordered a Kindle book you can actually get it autographed by the author online?Check it out here.

If you’re searching for photos that you can use without copyright infringement, there are several good sites, but the one I’ve found that is easily searched and has literally millions of photos is here. The photos aren't free, but cost very little.

As an author you may want to publish online articles and short stories that you can link back to your website and books. I like  Sign up free.

Did you know what the top search engine online is? You might be surprised to learn that it’s You Tube. More people search for subject matter there than on any of the main search engines. So what does that tell you as a writer? Better get some videos posted on You Tube. Still, the most important thing you can do for your platform is to get noticed by Google and other search engines.

You’ve probably all Googled yourself, but are you listed on Google alerts so you know when someone mentions you or looks for you? If not, go to Google, ask for alerts and follow the directions. Make sure to list book titles as well as your own name so you’ll be notified when someone looks for you or mentions you or your books. Subjects that you write about are good to list too.

Were you aware that if you don’t have a Kindle reader you can download Kindle for PC and read those books on your computer? There are also Kindle apps for iPads, iPhones, etc., so you can purchase and download Kindle books to enjoy.

These are only the tips of some very huge icebergs that make up the Web. There’s no end to the information you can glean there. Be cautious though. Not everything you find is factual. Don’t trust it all, check it out with other sources, especially if you’re using the Internet to research for historical writing of any sort. I’ve found a lot of false information, so consider the source, then double- and triple-check it anyway.

5 comments:

Cactus Country said...

Love your post on web search, Velda. I've been browsing since 1992. And when I first started you could find very little and it took about 10 minutes. Now everything is one there and it's great. But the bad thing is I can't look anything up in 10 minutes anymore. I'm usually following rabbit trail after rabbit trail and then I realize I've been having fun searching the web for 4 hours. It's a dangerous place.

Jan Morrill said...

Lots of great information here, Velda. Thanks!

Mary E. Trimble said...

We are so fortunate, aren't we, to have such an amazing array of information at our fingertips. Remember how long research used to take? We still want to go out there and see for ourselves, but there's so many details to be gleaned right at our desk! I love this picture of you, Velda.

Jack LaBloom said...

Thanks, Velda. Good information for writers.

Velda Brotherton said...

Appreciate the comments. Hope you enjoy my latest books, Stone Heart's Woman and Wolf Song.