How to Tell If a Web Page is a Personal Site
By Bobson St. Pierre
People have been developing personal websites since the very beginnings of the Internet. People create personal websites and blogs for several reasons, including sharing family events and memories, staying in touch with friends, or promoting a business or personal endeavor. Personal sites usually involve pictures of the people running the site, their interests and how visitors can contact them. Some personal websites' web address may carry a DOT ME web extension or have the person’s name in the URL. There are many ways to identify personal websites over the Internet. With the popularity of blogging platforms and cheap web hosting, people who want to express themselves with a personal website can.
Look for a person’s name in the URL of the webpage in question (for example, "johndoe.com"). Examine the website to see if the information on the website is indeed personal to the name in its URL.
Look for pictures of the person, his or her family, or any personal events such as weddings or birthdays.
Look over the homepage content to see what the site is about. Personal websites are usually about pets, family, cars, hobbies, actors and freelance services.
Look for an “About Me” page. If the text reads in first person, it's most often a personal site.
Look to see if the website address carries a DOT ME web extension.
Look to see if the site reads “Welcome to my website,” or a similar greeting, in the opening title of the homepage.
Look to see if the person has a picture of him or herself.
Look to see if the person’s content is referring to things personal about him- or herself.
Look for personal emails. Users will often list their personal emails on their websites for visitors to contact them (for example, "firstname.lastname@example.org").
Look to see if the website is a blog. With the popularity of free blog tools and websites, including Blogspot and Wordpress, more people are going online to promote their personal interests or simply to express themselves. Many of these personal sites are about cooking, traveling, pets, politics and hobbies.
Bobson St. Pierre started writing professionally in 2007 as a copywriter for his Web design firm, Bobson Consulting Corp. He keeps a blog and has written an e-book titled, "Fail your way to success!" St. Pierre holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from DeVry University in North Brunswick, N.J.