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Using the WordPress menu for a sitemap page

Today I had to research how to use WordPress’ Menu system as the basis for a sitemap page. In the past I used the “HTML Page Sitemap” plugin to turn the site’s pages and their hierarchies into a sitemap page. Today however I had to find a solution for a site that uses the hierarchies of the menus, but not the parent/child and ordering system of the pages themselves.

Let me cut to the end and share the best solution I found. The WP Realtime Sitemap plugin does exactly what I wanted and much more. The key to make it work for the above scenario is to do the following on the plugin’s setting page (after installation and activation):

  • Under the “Display Settings” header only the “Show Menu” option should be ON
  • Under the “Order Settings” header the 1st order should be “Menu”

I need to mention two more links as they were part of my research.

  • Last April Jean Galea wrote the “The Ultimate Guide to WordPress 3 Menus.” The “Building a Sitemap” section of the doc gives instruction exactly what the heading suggests.  He gave credit for the original developer of the idea, including the shortcode: CosmosLabs.
  • I also found a code snippet from last May on Snipplr.com for the same purpose. I didn’t test it, but it looks functional.


SEO Daily links: Google Places’ features, problems and citations sources + mobile linkbuilding and CTR estimation

Useful fact of the day: WordPress MU (MultiUser) allows running multiple blogs from one installation, under different subdomains or directories

Useless fact of the day: There are more Americans on Facebook than have passports. 150 million vs. 115 million. (Source: Tripl)

And now onto today’s SEO links with my comments in italics:

  • Mike Blumenthals pointed out three features that got more prominent display in Google Places: Coupon, streetview, ratings.
    These changes make Places even more relevant and interesting both for businesses and consumers.

  • Blumenthals also shared a really useful tip on what to do, when Google Places listing says “We currently do not support the location”
    This was much appreciated as we were having the kind of issue mentioned here.

  • WhiteSpark logoRand Fishkin gave tips on “how to find find the sources Google may be using to resource their Places data.
    I finally got a hint why the sudden (and generally positive) changes to Google Plcaes are happening now: FTC’s investigation into “complaints by sources like Yelp, TripAdvisor and Citysearch who claimed that Google unfairly used their content to make the Places pages results useful without compensation or traffic.
    Plus I got a reference to good citation research tool: WhiteSpark.

  • Bryson Meunier outlinedBetter Mobile Linkbuilding In 5 Easy Steps
    So far I consistently avoided commenting on mobile SEO. I don’t have a webenabled smartphone so personally I am not in this market. This simple reason made me not want to go to this increasingly important segment of the SEO world. But I know that I cannot avoid it forever, so this article is as good as any to start paying attention to it.

  • Slingshot SEO presented its study on answering the question “How many visitors can we expect, if we rank [x]?
    The heavily qualified answer 17 to 21% CTR for #1 position. 10% for #2, 5-9% for #3 and then it goes way down. Good to know, even if it is not quotable without the “qualifications/explanation.

SEO Daily links: verification issues, keyword difficulty, faster pages, social media engagement

Jetpack logoUseful tool of the day: Jetpack  is a set of WordPress plugins, most of which was previously only available for blogs/sites hosted on WordPress.com. My two favorite parts: Shortcode for adding movies, images, and more to your posts and pages with a single line of code and the WP.me URL shortener.

And now onto today’s SEO links with my comments in italics:

  • Danny Sullivan pointed out the hindrances of verification of real people, i.e. celebrities on 3 major platforms: Twitter, Google, Facebook.
    I can understand how it is a major headache for famous people but thought it isn’t my concern. Then I checked and found that there are 13 people on Facebook even with relatively rare name. What if one of us becomes known. And what about the others?
  • Tom Schmitz explained what to look for when examining keyword difficulty.
    Excellent introduction to a topic, that is key to SEO, but so far didn’t have an opportunity/reason to dive in. Now at least I got a master overview of the logic behind it.
  • Leah Tyler posted an informative set of tips on how to read resumes.
    My favorite bit: “Wondering if you should include your GPA on your résumé? If you received below a 3.5 GPA, then you may not want to showcase it on your résumé. But above a 3.5? Heck ya!” So I am adding it back again, even though I thought it would have little relevance in the business word.
  • Rob Snell reminded us that how fast a page loads still matters.
    The best takeaway from it was the recommendation of using this free testing tool: tools.pingdom.com
  • Greg Sterling pulled some interesting numbers from Palore’s research on US SMBs (small businesses) social media use and engagement.
    The key numbers: 38.3 % of SMBs have fewer than 100 Facebook Likes and 16% has more than 1000. Regarding Twitter followers the respective numbers are 44.5% and 18.5%. The lower numbers suggest low engagement.