General directories of web sites
Subject indexes are for those searchers who know the subject that they are interested in, and want to browse lists of Web sites on that subject. Directories differ from search engines in that the content is chosen by human editors. Consequently the composition of the directory will be dependent upon the subject knowledge and selection skills of the editors. The emphasis of general directories of web sites is on the size of the directory. Several of these directories are allied with major search engines and provide the directory listings provided by these search engines.
Yahoo is the granddaddy of web subject indexes and now has its own search engine. There are no ratings of sites except for a pair of sun glasses to indicate a site worth noting.
The Open Directory Project (http://www.dmoz.org)
This is a general directory which claims to include over 4.6 million sites. The sites are selected by volunteer editors. The requirement for becoming an editor seems to be to "know something about the topic". Open Directory data is used by major web portals such as Altavista, Google, HotBot, Teoma, and WiseNut.
Google Directory (http://www.google.com/dirhp)
Google has taken the Open Directory data and modified the way in which the search results are presented so that the most relevant results are presented first. Relevancy or importance is determined by the number of pages linked to the page in question.
A business directory with an extensive number of listings.
Websites with further information:
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- Your website could be listed on one of our pages with stories from A-Z! If you add our homepage to one of your webpages we will include your site's title, description and graphic here.
Subject indexes are for those searchers who know the subject that they are interested in, and want to browse lists of Web sites on that subject. Directories differ from search engines in that the content is chosen by human editors. Consequently the composition of the directory will be dependent upon the subject knowledge and selection skills of the editors.
Web search engine
A web search engine is designed to search for information on the World Wide Web. The search results are generally presented in a list of results and are often called hits. The information may consist of web pages, images, information and other types of files. Some search engines also mine data available in databases or open directories. Unlike Web directories, which are maintained by human editors, search engines operate algorithmically or are a mixture of algorithmic and human input.
Subject Directories with an Academic Approach
Subject indexes are for those searchers who know the subject that they are interested in, and want to browse lists of Web sites on that subject. Directories differ from search engines in that the content is chosen by human editors. Consequently the composition of the directory will be dependent upon the subject knowledge and selection skills of the editors. Subject Directories with an Academic Approach are more suitable for the student doing research for school, or for the academic searcher.
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Further Topics, Various Information
Nowadays many lists of webpages (including these pages on Avalon's Treasury) offer the possibility to not only provide a title and a short description for your site but to also publish a whole story that points to your website. You should use this opportunity since an informative story acquires much more new visitors for your internet pages than a simple entry in a list of websites.
Texts for the internet should be written differently than stories for a newspaper or a book: Since most of the visitors of an internet page only skim through the offered texts in order to find the information they seek as quickly as possible a solid structure of your story is crucial for its success. It is therefore best to already start your text with a summarizing overview and to only then present the detail information step by step - this way your readers will know from the beginning what the text will be about.
The different ideas of your story should be arranged as short paragraphs which should not be longer than 3-4 sentences. Certainly your text starts with a main heading that summarizes the content of the story, that is to the point and that is not longer than 10 words - but also subheadings should be used as additional structural elements. Furthermore important parts of the story should be written in bold or italics if they are citations. Since italic characters can be hard to read on screen alternatively citations can be highlighted using quotation marks or (as we will see later) they can be written in colour if they are especially important for your story. But please make sure that you don't overuse coloured or bold text since your story otherwise can become confusing.
All structural elements mentioned so far make it easier to quickly skim through a text and to find the information sought. For the same purpose also bulleted lists are ideal especially if you want to talk about different facts that you have to present in a structured manner. It is also true that numbered lists can enhance the overall clearness if you want to talk about a fixed number of ideas (e.g. The 10 best Methods to make your Website famous). Also images and references structure a story: Images can enhance the interest for a text further by using an informative caption and references can lead to the originator of a quotation - these citations are best marked by coloured text to make them stand out even more.
The stories on this page http://www.alte
ml were structured like recommended and therefore invite our visitors to read them quickly and to go to the mentioned websites. This is the information about our website and this page if you want to point to it:
- Website: Our short description is "Webshop for Books about Alternative Health and Crystal Healing and Jewelry".
- Page: Stories and websites about "Further Topics, Various Information" can be found on this page.
Stories are today very often used for pointing to one's own website since they entertain and inform the visitor of a webpage and this way bring more interested readers to the site. Make sure that your stories are structured in a way that allows the skimming of the text - by this you will gain more readers which in the long run leads to more visitors of your website.