Why are “How To Do” sites so popular?

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People search the Internet for many different reasons. Some use the Internet for communication: email, Skype, webcam conferences; others for socialization: FaceBook, Twitter and Hi5. It is also used for entertainment with sites like Youtube, business or education. But what all these surfers have in common is that at one time or another they have searched for information on how to dosomething or solve a problem.

Sites like eHow.com or About.com are very popular. They are also different. The first one gives precise instructions with steps on how to do something, while the second gives more general information. As we are all experts in something, we can contribute our knowledge to these sites.

Have you ever wondered how to do a change of battery in your car? Upgrade the memory RAM of your computer? Or how to do tomato farming in your apartment? You certainly will find a detailed answer in one of these sites or the numerous others available. Just type “How to …” or “How to do …” following by what you are looking for in a search engine and you will see lots of different results.

Video sites are also very useful and Youtube has lots of videos describing in image and sound how to do something. I was looking the other day at a way to extend my WiFi coverage in the house. I found my answer in Youtube watching a couple of videos showing what device to get in order to do what I wanted, and how to do the set up. A trip to the shop and a few hours later the hardware was installed and working as intended. I just had found a solution to my WiFi problem.

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eHow.com

ehow.com

No matter what’s on your list, eHow can help. With more than 30 categories that cover just about everything, eHow is your one-stop online resource for life’s challenges. Professionals in every field come together to offer expert advice, backed by the additional support of a can-do eHow community. Together, they’ve created a library of accomplishments online–and it’s available to you anytime, anywhere.

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About.com

about.com

With more than 900 topic sites (Guide sites), About.com offers expert, quality content that helps users find solutions to a wide range of daily needs – from parenting, health care and technology to cooking, travel and many others.

Since 1996, About.com has continually maintained its relevance to users by routinely providing expert information on a large range of topics. About.com covers more than 88,000 topics and adds more than 1,600 pieces of new content each week.

About.com reaches 84MM unique monthly visitors in the United States*, with approximately 80% of our users arriving from search engines, seeking answers to their questions.

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