If you’re starting a home-based business or trying to research one, you may have noticed the overload of information for home-based business on the net. Some good, some ok, some new, some outdated, some no good. How do you tell if the information you’re looking at is reliable or not?
One thing you can do is consider how mature the website is. If the site is a scam, chances are it is pretty new and hasn’t been around very long. On the other hand, a mature site — one that has been around for a few years — is more likely to be legitimate (not necessarily a good fit or workable for you, but at least legitimate).
The Internet Archive (link here) has records of websites on the internet going back as far as their first indexing by this service. You can click on each record to see what the site looked like at each interval.
Unfortunately, this can’t tell you the whole picture. There are perfectly good sites which are new and just because they’re new doesn’t make them a scam. Another side of this is if the site is touting a ‘hot new idea’ and they’ve been on the internet archive for a few years, you can bet the idea not so new anymore.
Nevertheless, the age and maturity of website that gives you information on home-based businesses can really tell you a lot about whether the information is reliable or not.
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