New Sitemap Page

by updated 2010/11/13

I sometimes get emails asking if I have written about a specific subject. This happens often enough that I decided to put up a specific sitemap page to supplement the chronological index to articles that resides on the home page. I set the sitemap to list pages and posts alphabetically so now there are two different indexes here. In addition, I have the usual search box that you find on many blogs in the sidebar. Hopefully this additional index will help people find what they are looking for.

What do you think? Do you think the new sitemap will help new visitors to this site see what else has been published here or does it just look like a long, confusing list? I actually liked seeing the posts listed alphabetically by title. It gave me some insight into the themes of what I have written on these past several years. It also drives home how important choosing a good title for a post can be, and tells me that I certainly have room for improvement in that skill!

On a somewhat related note, I was contacted by a reader, (who has never left a comment!) saying that he reads everything I post even though much of it is also available elsewhere, often with more expert analysis. He said that no matter the topic, my style of writing and some of my insights are unique enough so that he subscribes and comes back to compare what I have written with what he reads on other sites. Thank you Edward! Now stop keeping your informed opinions to yourself and leave a comment or two. Thanks! ;-)

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1 Anna

Hey Will good idea.
I still like categories, because with titles it all matters what word you start with, that is ‘the’ or ‘water’. May be you should have very generic categories. But then do what suite you, since most of the time I am regular, I don’t need to go back in time :). Anna :)
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2 Will

Hi Anna! I have never been very good about my categories. I probably don’t have enough and those I have could probably be better thought out. But with over 600 posts going back 4+ years, it is too late to change those now I guess. The main reason for a another index is that for some reason this site does very well in Google search results. I get many first time readers who look at the post they landed on by searching and then start looking around the rest of the site. You have been a regular reader from the beginning, (amazing and flattering, thank you), so you are always up to date on posts here and the site index does not matter. I wish I had more like you, Steve, Tony, Bob, (where did he go?), and then the large number of people with 15 to 50 comments. I love the interaction and feedback from regular visitors. But I also like believing that the first time visitor finds something worthwhile also. Thanks again.

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3 Tony

I like the idea Will. Makes it easy to scroll through the list & quickly see if there are any particular posts that you want to read. How do I do one of these for my blog???
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4 Tony

Oh I meant to ask Will, do you find you get much response from Adsense. I put a couple on my blog but after a week I only had 4 clicks & as they were the Public Service Ads I think they call them so I didn’t get paid. I decided that I wasn’t giving them free advertising space if I wasn’t going to get anything in return. I also wonder if I removed it too hastily & maybe it improves with time. Just wondering what your thoughts are on it.
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5 Tony McGurk

I like the idea Will. Makes it easy to scroll through the list & quickly see if there are any particular posts that you want to read. How do I do one of these for my blog???

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6 Tony McGurk

Oh I meant to ask Will, do you find you get much response from Adsense. I put a couple on my blog but after a week I only had 4 clicks & as they were the Public Service Ads I think they call them so I didn’t get paid. I decided that I wasn’t giving them free advertising space if I wasn’t going to get anything in return. I also wonder if I removed it too hastily & maybe it improves with time. Just wondering what your thoughts are on it.

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7 Will

Hi Tony – The list is actually pretty easy to set up. I used the plugin called:
WP Archive-Sitemap Generator
You can install it right from your plugin page.

Adsense pays for my hosting and domain costs, but not much else. I have not been very good about trying to do any more. I had a few paid ads a while ago and get a couple requests a month. But I am very picky about who advertises. It has to seem to fit.

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