Traveling on the Internet is mostly
accomplished by "clicking" on links.
A link is an underlined work that
when you put your mouse pointer over it and click the button once,
it will take you somewhere. The standard of the Internet is that
"links" are underlined. One thing that you will find our
very quickly as you move around the internet, is that not all people
follow the standards.
Another method of traveling on the
Internet is by typing in a specific URL.
A URL is the Internet equivalent of
an address. As a matter of fact, the URL is often called an address.
If you look at the top of your screen, you should see a white space
with the following text: http://www.rockymtnweb.com/free/beginners/basic-email.htm
. That is the URL, or address, of this page. If you had a
different address you wanted to go to, you can type that address in
that white box and then hit the "enter" key. Your Browser
program will access the Internet, locate that address, and then take
you to that page.
URLs can be thought of like telephone
numbers. When you need to look up the number of a local Plumber, you
go to a phone book, probably the yellow pages - unless you know the
Plumber's name. To look up a URL on the Internet, you go to a
There are many different search
engines, and they all work slightly different - but basically the
same. They will have a place for you to type in a topic, and
something to click on, like a button that says "Search" or
Something you should know about
search engines is that many accept money for having a specific page
turn up in the first couple of results returned from your search.
This is not necessarily bad, but you will find out as you gain
experience, that the reason that the company pays for their page to
come up first, is usually because they are aggressively trying to
sell you something.
You should follow the links on a
search engine page to learn what their policy is concerning the
selling of top few returns of a search to better understand the the
results of the information the search engine is giving you.
A few of the better places to search
for places to go are http://www.google.com
, http://www.msn.com , and
There are many other, and if you want to find them, just type in, or
do a search for, 'Search Engines" on any of the three links
above, and you will see just how many there are. Experiment. Have
fun, and then stick with the one you feel most comfortable with.
Be sure to read Safety
and the Internet so that you may enjoy your Web travels without
concern or repercussions.