Browsing the Internet
Browsing the Internet. Information for small business owners
on how to browse or surf the Internet with tips on searching
Information on the process of surfing or browsing the Internet.
The words “Browsing” or “Surfing” are used to describe the process of looking at documents, websites and web pages on the Internet. As mentioned earlier you will need to use a Web Browser for this.
Many people will use Internet Explorer, which is the Microsoft Browser that is supplied with most PCs, but there are alternative (some say better) solutions such as Firefox and Opera.
Browsing behaviour differs from person to person. To access a website you can either type the domain name (the website address – more later) of the website directly into the address bar or you can use a search engine to search for the site using the business name or some other keywords that you know can be found on the website.
If the website you are seeking is that of a Florist called Fiore in Philadelphia you may simply enter the search term Fiore Florist Philadelphia. This will probably be specific enough to find what you are searching for. However many people do not get the best from the Internet because they don’t know how to search properly.
For example let’s say you are looking for information about buying a house. You may decide to enter buying a house into the Google search window. At the time of writing this brings up almost 45 million results. Let’s say you wanted to narrow that down. One way of doing this would be put quotation marks round the search term thus, “buying a house”. This reduces the results to about 2 million.
What this does is display only results where these three words are found together and in the order submitted. In the first search the results will be for websites where the three words appear anywhere on the page.
This is just an example of the many techniques that can be used to ensure that you find what you are looking for using a search engine. Google and the other search engines provide detailed information on how they should be used to the best advantage. It is important that small businesses maximise their productive time and much of today's research is carried out online so it is well worth taking the time to learn the tricks of searching.