Six Steps in Identifying a Trusted Wellness Blog

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Nutrition Nanny

Practically anyone can create a blog on social media and make money, so can you really trust everything you read? It seems that if you have a health idea and access to the internet, you too could create a wellness blog. 

Think about it for a moment!

If you wrote a blog would you be convincing or credible? Would you aim to market a product or, help someone to achieve quality of life? 

Health and wellness is vastly trending especially on social media. Accessing health knowledge via blogs through multiple social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube is trending.

Is social media influencing your personal health choices? Is what you read true?

I know wellness information can sound convincing but the challenge is, can you trust it? Some blogs you read can be credible and others, less-than-reputable.

Are you seeking out blogs on social media to acquire health information regarding chronic conditions?

Can you really trust a blog?   

Writing a professional blog requires the blogger to do research. Before diving in and reading a blog there are many things to consider. Over the last five years whilst studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast, I have learned how to identify a trusted blog.

To help you decide when reading a blog if you should ‘believe or not believe’, in table 1 follow my Six Steps in identifying a credible blog.

Table 1. Six Step in identifying a credible blog 

How to determine a credible blog

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No

Step 1

Grammatical check

  • Is there grammar errors?
  • Are there spelling errors?
   
If you mostly answer YES, choose another blog.

If you mostly answer NO, continue to read.

A credible blog has been proof-read and should have no errors.

Step 2

Are health and medical claims backed and link to evidence?

  • Is the information peer-reviewed? Is it referenced?
  • Are statistics linked to evidence?
   
If you mostly answer YES, continue to read.

If you mostly answer NO, choose another blog.

A credible blogger will provide references and link to evidence.

Step 3

Is the website trustworthy?

  • Who wrote the website? Is it reputable?
  • Is the information new and updated? 
If you mostly answer YES, continue to read.

If you mostly answer NO, choose another blog.

Step 4

Is the information credible?

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  • Is the author a credible source in their field?
  • Does the blog: reference other professionals and provide links?
   
If you mostly answer YES, continue to read.

If you mostly answer NO, choose another source.

Step 5

 Evaluate the information against what others are writing and, make your informed decision

   

Step 6

Is this blog making money?

   
Now, make your own decision. Are you aiming to buy a product? Or get health information?

Marketing is known to cause confusion when it comes to health.

As a training health professional, I strongly encourage you to play a more active role in your health care and take control over your life.

Now that I’ve provided you the steps to better access credible health blogs, start today!

Start to make informed choices about your health and become empowered. Please share your finding.

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To ensure blogs are credible, should mandatory rules and regulation be introduced?

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