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Introduction


Jan 21, 2024 - Gathering information about buying, owning, operating and selling a boat has never been so easy given the wonders of cyberspace. All you need is an internet connection and behold, the answers are all right there at your fingertips. Well perhaps... but not so fast. It still begs the question of whether such findings are accurate, current and reliable. The following points will offer some insights on how to recognize those sources which are worthy of your trust and consideration.

The Google Game


While searching the internet, there is a ninety percent chance that you are relying on Google for the best results. These are determined by a complex set of algorithmic calculations that sort through millions of websites for a perfect match up with your search criteria. But just how reliable is all this... not so much. There is an entire industry built around gaming the system in order to get undeserving websites ranked above all others on the Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs). Free advertising... you bet, the best in the world. So just how does all this affect you... read on.

SEO Strategies


The whole ranking gambit is built upon a discipline known as Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Without getting into a bunch of technobabble, it's basically a way of manipulating a search engine into viewing less than credible websites as the latest, greatest and most relevant. This entails stuffing them full hyperbolic content with popular keywords as further enhanced by a bunch of rigged backlink referrals from other sites. Whether the content is inaccurate, out-of-date or immaterial is of no consequence so long as the underlying intent escapes detection. Unfortunately, this happens with a much higher degree of frequency than most web surfers realize. So how can one tell the difference... it depends on the type of website.

Deceptive Websites


There are plenty of legitimate websites out there with low advertising budgets that pursue the limits of SEO simply as a matter of survival. However, these are overshadowed by a growing number of truly nefarious players that engage in outright deceptive practices. They are getting sneakier and ever more difficult to recognize as time goes on. Boaters must be on their toes in order to avoid falling prey to such tactics. Visit WikiTags for some tips on how to recognize deceptive websites.

Government Websites


Federal, state and local government agencies have all joined the chorus now with regard to website accommodations for the boating community. In addition to a wealth of regulatory information, these include online boat registrations, renewals and records access. They are furthermore, very much engaged in promoting boater safety and educational programs. Google and other search engines will typically afford top priority rankings to governmental sources.

Organizational Websites


Non-profit organizations such as those which support various segments of the marine industry offer some of the best sources of boating information. Although established to promote particular areas of commerce, they are usually quite informative and reliable in their messaging. Visit the BoatWiki profiles for further information about various boating organizations.

Private Sector Websites


Private sector websites are great for spreading the word about their boating related products and services. They also provide informational resources when it comes to expertise about subjects that fall within such purviews. However, boaters should be keenly aware of an underlying profit motive before placing too much trust and confidence in what could be self-promoting material. This may include content scraped from governmental and other websites for the sole purpose of SEO enhancement..

Boating Forum Websites


Boating forum websites are great for shared boating experiences and the passing on of related information. Just a word of caution though as such memberships include a lot of highly opinioned arm-chair sailors. But overall, there is a lot of valuable information that can be gleaned from those who have already been there and done that. Visit the BoatWiki profiles for information about boating forums.


Conclusion


BoatWiki makes extensive use of page dating, external links and source references. We also have the advantage of reader participation in the event of outdated or incorrect material. As  matter of practice, however, we strongly encourage readers to verify any critical information with the appropriate authorities or qualified marine professionals.


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