Those of us who write, blog or publish reference material may need to find our own articles quickly.

May I recommend using a personal directory site?

The DeHaan Directory is an Example of a Personal Directory Site

"DeHaan Directory" image by Mike DeHaan
In fact, I recommend and provide an example of a personal directory site: my own "DeHaan Directory".

This is a free blog site. You could also set up a free site on Blogger or here on Weebly. The trick is to decide how you want to organize the site.

If you only blog on one site, and if you're happy with the site's "category" and "tag" structure, then you may not need a directory at all.

Otherwise, if you have a lot of articles, consider making a big list. Don't worry about using a lot of description; your titles should do most of that work for you.

I wanted to link to every "online magazine" article, simply as part of my search engine optimization (SEO) process. I use one page per magazine site, because that is simple and manageable.

I have to admit that I sometimes write a mini-article to publicize specific posts. If you visit the site, pay more attention to the "list" pages. Those are the ones that I use for reference.

As you can see from the image of my DeHaan Directory site, this free WordPress theme allows me to set up multiple pages and sub-pages. I have one for each online magazine, such as Decoded Science, Environmental Graffiti, and Suite 101. In addition, it has pages for my DeHaan Services, DeHaan Fitness and Weight Control, Squidoo, Weebly and Wizzley sites or articles.

This gives me quick and easy access to my articles on demand. Just this afternoon, someone wanted to contact the Toronto Buskerfest but couldn't open their site. (I'm guessing it was a Flash problem, but that's not my concern). I could then jump into my DeHaan Services list of Toronto articles, find Buskerfest, and link to my article. Its reference link allowed me to find their current contact information.

Writing Tip

Today's writing tip is simple.

Let's assume that you write reference material, or even that you want to reference your own articles quickly and easily.

A quick, simple and cheap way to do this is to build an article directory site on a free blogging platform.

If necessary, expand it to one page per magazine site.

Update the list each time you write a new article.

Keep your personal directory site simple and up to date.
11/16/2014 09:09:02 pm

I thought it was going to be some boring old post, but it really compensated for my time. I will post a link to this page on my blog. I am sure my visitors will find that very useful.


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