How to Check Reliability & Reputation Of a Commercial Website

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Want to Shop Online and Purchase From a Commercial Website? Check the Reliability & Reputation, First!

Buying online is phenomenal. Millions of people spend more and more huge amounts of money on the Internet and do their shopping every single day. On the other hand, the reports about scam websites and fraud companies have been increased over the past few years and many people unfortunately become victims of such dishonest websites. So, checking a commercial website is vital for every body who wants to shop on the world wide web.

Here are some of the tips that may help you check the reliability and reputation of a commercial website:

1. Search the Name

The very first step is to search for the name of that company or website. Just go to a search engine like Google and start your research by entering the name. See how many results will come up and read some of the first ones. Also, you can combine your search query with words like “Review”, “Feedback”, “History”, or even “Scam”. If you read a lot of negative stories or feedbacks about that particular website, then you should think about it again. Don´t hurry!

2. Whois Lookup the Company

As you may know, there are some reliable resources that can tell you about the history and whois records of a specific company. You only enter a web address and they will provide some useful information such as the website title, the registrar name, administrative info, technical info, status, creation and expiration date of the domain name, etc.

Well, it is not the only method for checking the reliability of a website by itself. But, for example, the creation date of the domain name can get a better judgement if the company is serious and professional or not. So does the expiration date. Therefore, it is a good idea to find out who is behind the website.

Another benefit is getting contacts information. It would be a great idea if you can call them right away or send them an e-mail message and see how fast they reply and what their response is. Remember, a good website offers great support all the time.

3. Browse the Forums and Discussion Boards

Maybe another powerful method for finding about a commercial website is hanging out in the forums and discussion boards. Don´t forget, if a company has a bad reputation or negative feedback, the unhappy customers will announce it somewhere on the Internet. So, check out popular forums in that particular topic and see what other people are saying about the website. Just type your topic or industry in the search engines with additional words such as “Forums”, “Discussion Boards” or “DB” and check out the results!

Bear in mind that if you can´t find any thread or post about the website, it doesn´t necessarily mean that there isn´t currently any feedback. Go and post your thread and then see what people are replying. Get in touch with the website´s clients or customers and ask about their opinions!

4. Ask Your Questions in Networks & Communities

Well, forums and discussion boards are not the only places for your questions. There are tons of other resources and communities where you can go and ask your own questions or get them answered by ordinary or expert people. Yahoo! Answers, Google Answers and JustAnswer are some real examples.

Besides, there are literally hundreds of Groups and Networks out there full of different people with similar interests, passions and activities. As long as you can join them and get in touch with real people, you have chances to get your questions asked.

5. Find Out Verifications by Trusted Organizations

Finally, another important point for judging the reliability of a commercial website is to check if there is any verification made by some trusted companies on the website itself. Normally, there are a number of web trusted organizations that evaluate and confirm applied companies to meet the program requirements and allow the websites to display those confirmation or verification seals on their own web pages.

These organizations have different criteria and various requirements. They cover important features such as privacy policy, security, disclaimer, trust, confidence and so on. Believe it or not, getting verification from some of those organizations is really a tough job. Resources such as BBBOnline, Verisign, TRUSTe, UPS, HackerSafe and OnGuardOnline are some examples in this case.

So, next time, if you see a sign or a seal from a trusted organization, it could mean that the website is reliable. But, don´t take my word for it. Always check out the company history and customer feedback in the market, as well.

The list goes on. I´ve just mentioned the most important points for checking the reliability and reputation of a commercial website. Combine it with other factors that I had stated in my previous post. Elements such as Google PageRank, Alexa Traffic Ranking, The Website Appearance & Its Accessibility. All of them may give you a better feeling for your judgements. So, let your heart & brain work together!

To Your Success!

Hooshmand Moslemi

Are Google PageRank & Alexa Traffic Rankings Important?

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If you have been visiting this blog for a while, chances are that you have seen some top-rated websites being recommended here. The first question you may ask is that if there are some criteria for choosing and recommending a website.

For those who are new to this blog, I must say that it is place of recommendations, meaning that you will discover a top website consistently. Therefore, I suggest you to at least check out this post: (The Criteria For Recommending a Top-Rated Website) that provides you the needed information about the basic facts of choosing and recommending a best-rated website.

Like thousands of other interesting personal blogs out there, this website provides the tips and information about various resources on the net based on personal opinion. So, the recommendation can be as a matter of taste. With that being said, all the efforts have been made to take some criteria into account before recommending a website.

Two of those criteria which I personally consider as important factors are Google PageRank and Alexa Traffic Rankings. In this post, I am going to get through those facts.

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What is Google PageRank™?

Why is it important?

It is a kind of software developed by Google founders that builds a system for ranking web pages and plays a very large role in many of Google search tools.

If you have downloaded Google Toolbar and installed it on your Internet browser, you can see this feature that displays the visited page´s PageRank as a whole number between 0 and 10. The most popular websites have a PageRank of 10 while the least have 0.

Google has not exactly revealed the precise method for determining a PageRank value, but here is a short explanation of the system: A link from Page A to Page B is considered as a vote, by page A for page B. The more back-links Page B receives, the more popularity it gets. So, Page B must be somehow important that too many web pages have casted a vote for it. In fact, a page´s PageRank is Google´s measure of the importance of the page.

Considering the page´s PageRank is not necessarily the most important criteria for distinguishing a top-rated website, but it can be a factor. On the other hand, there are literally tons of great websites out there with very low PageRank values. So, this factor alone is not enough.

Recommended websites on this blog are reviewed and introduced according to a dozen factors. A combination of those factors makes it easier for selecting the best-rated ones. And, it´s true. The Current PageRank of the recommended website´s home page matters. The minimum requirements of the recommended websites will be revealed, but remember that they are subject to change!

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What is Alexa Traffic Rank?

Why is it important?

It is a ranking system developed by Alexa Internet, Inc providing traffic details of a specific website that collects its data from millions of Alexa Toolbar users.

If you have an Alexa Toolbar, you can see this measure on your toolbar. The Datas have been computed by Alexa for showing the combined measure of page views and users (reach).

Having that said, you can determine the popularity of a website by its traffic. If a particular website has a high Alexa Rank, it can be considered as a populated website which means a famous place on the Internet. So, a website with an Alexa Traffic Rank of 25 is more popular than a site with a Rank of 100.

Taking Alexa Traffic Rank into account can help you distinguish a top website. Again, this factor alone should not be considered as the most important criteria, but it is a good idea to always check out the website´s Current Alexa Traffic Rank for reviewing and analysing.

I DO take Alexa Rankings into account, too when I am going to recommend a top website. If a website has a decent traffic, it can be a well-know place, a resource that many Internet users check out and even recommend it to other. So, it is worth recommending.

While these datas are always changing, it is highly recommended to check out the current ranks from the right toolbars or on the official websites. The minimum requirements for choosing the recommended websites on this blog will be disclosed here.

Hooshmand Moslemi

 

The Criteria For Recommending a Top-Rated Website

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Why do you recommend something?

Well, first off, I must say that a recommendation is mostly a matter of taste. You like something, and sometimes you can´t prove why. You just like it and want to recommend it to someone else.

For example, you have seen a movie and you think it is great. Without doubt, you will recommend it to a friend and if you are asked why, you will hardly find the reasons.

But, it is not always true. You probably like something and you recommend it to your friend by telling your reasons. You list the advantages of the recommended item and try to convince your audience. In fact, you have found some criteria for recommending that item.

Recommending a website is not an exception. When you come across a good website, you say to yourself: “Hey, it´s awesome!” The more you browse the website, the more you like it. Later on, you will probably recommend it to a friend.

What is a Top Recommended Website?

Like I said before, a recommendation is mostly based on your personal points of view and experiences. But, there are definitely some main criteria which help you learn how to distinguish a top-rated website from a regular one.

Taking these criteria into account when you are going to recommend a website is somewhat important. Although the selection of most websites that will be recommended here on this blog is mostly a matter of taste, but I try to consider these criteria, as well.

The Criteria For Recommending a Top-Rated Website:

1. The Appearance :

This feature is the first thing of a website you find out when you visit it. Maybe, it is a matter of a taste, but a really good-looking website is definitely a professional website and in most cases, it has paid a lot to have a web developer design the site which means that the website is not a cheap one. A professional website is often a reliable website. So, it is worth recommending.

2. The Content :

In fact, it is the most important aspect of a good website. Is the content high-quality and fresh? Does the website provide a useful content? It can be articles, audios, videos and so on. In other words, it is the content of a website which makes visitors happy and has them come back and check it out.

Sometimes, the content of a website could be products and services. The items that a potential buyer is looking for. Again, it is worth recommending.

3. The Navigation :

Have you ever been to a website having difficulty finding a specific part or topic? Would you recommend that website? I don´t think so!

Maybe, this feature falls under the “Appearance” category, but I would like to emphasize the importance of this criteria. A top-rated website is really easy to navigate.

4. Google PageRank :

If you have a Google Toolbar, you can see a bar called PageRank on your toolbar. Shortly, it is a technique which indicates the popularity and importance of a web page meaning that the more sites linking to a web page, the higher its PageRank. So, it can be another criteria for recommending a website.

But, I don´t consider this feature as the necessary criteria. In fact, there are many websites with low PageRank, but high-quality content and vice versa.

5. Alexa Traffic Rank :

Alexa is a web information company that lists all of the websites, sorted by traffic. It collects the needed data from millions of Alexa Toolbar users and indicates the measure of page views and users. In other words, Alexa rank is based on the website traffic or its visitors. The more traffic, the better rank which is expressed as a lower rank. So, for example, the top site by traffic has the rank 1.

Traffic can be a good indication for a top-rated website. It means that there are currently a lot of Internet users visiting that website which means it is an important website and worth recommending. But, remember that this criteria is not a necessary one.

6. The Accessibility :

If it takes too much time for a site to be uploaded, or you can´t have access to some pages, or it has annoying pop-ups and pop-unders, or it is difficult to go forwards and backwards, would you really recommend it to someone else? I don´t think so.

The accessibility is an important criteria for selecting and recommending a website. Take it into account!

7. The Privacy :

Respecting the private life of the visitors is a necessary criteria. A top-rated website should not request the personal information, or at least should not share it with others. A recommended website has always a clear privacy policy.

8. The Reliability :

There are different methods for checking the reliability of a website. For example, you can find it out by checking the owner´s info that is usually published on reliable and powerful Internet resources. A simple search will help you learn more about the person, company or the organization behind the website.

Sometimes, you may notice an icon of a legal and trusted organization on a website. Although, it is not the main criteria of a top-rated website, but having a license of a reliable organization can be a good indication of the reliability of a recommended website.

9. The Feedback :

Maybe, it is one of the most important criteria for selecting and recommending a website, especially for those that have been around for a while. Checking various forums and communities may help you figure it out better and easier. Basically, a website with lots of negative feedback cannot be a good recommendations.

So, here was the list of the main criteria for a top recommended website. But, it is not finished. You maybe know some other important features, too. And remember that the recommendation of a website can be a matter of taste, as well.

Hope, you like this informative post and take the criteria into account. I personally try to consider them as well.

To Your Success!

Hooshmand Moslemi

 

Introduction To This Blog

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templates.gifWelcome to Top Recommended Websites´s Blog!

First off, welcome and thank you very much for coming to TopRecommendedWebsites.com/blog and reading the blog posts and comments. In fact, here is your place and every time you visit this blog, you give value to it. I really appreciate that.

What is it all about?!

Well, I guess you have already wondered what this blog is all about. Really, what does it mean?!

“Top Recommended Websites”

Maybe it sounds strange, but it is not. This is only a simple blog like thousands of other web pages on the Internet. The goal is to offer some recommended websites that are considered top-rated resources. That´s it. And the ratings and reviews are just based on personal opinions.

Let me put it this way:

If you have been using the Internet for a while, chances are that you have so far heard and seen a lot of websites. If you surf the World Wide Web every day, you stumble upon some web pages that look interesting to you. You like them and maybe use them, maybe not. Whatever! But, what would you do, then?!

You would also recommend it to a friend even if you did not use it personally. You would just say that there is a website about that topic and it looks good and here is the link and bla…bla..bla.

Top Recommended Websites´s Blog has been created for this reason and its main purpose is to provide the information and tips about some high-quality websites on various subjects. It is not a kind of farm-link website only trying to offer some garbage links. The recommendations are based on personal points of view, but the author does his best to take some important factors into account, as well.

With that being said, it is too important for the owner of this blog to take advantage of the other´s opinions and reviews about the recommendations. Feel free and share your ideas and experiences about the written posts and leave your personal comments.

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Like I said before, this blog is just a personal blog. It is a platform for the author to talk about his opinions and reviews and offer his recommendations. It is not an Authority Resource and this blog and all of its content should not be intended as legal, investment, or accounting advice.

With that being said, every effort has been made on this blog to provide the correct information on various topics. But, neither the author nor the publisher of TopRecommendedWebsites.com/blog assumes any responsibilities for errors, omissions, or contradictory information contained on the entire website. The reader of this website assumes all responsibility for the use of these materials and information.

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As mentioned before, feel free and share your personal points of view and post your comments. This blog is a place for You and Your Needs. So, welcome again to your Home!

Sincerely,

Hooshmand Moslemi

 



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