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Google Sitemaps
May 6th, 2006

I have just started using Google Sitemaps and even after a couple of days the data I can learn about how people access my pages is interesting. You can learn where your pages rank collectively and individually.

Overall my pages rank low. My web site is not friendly and navigation is poor. I always understood that but was simply too lazy to do anythong about it. Pages I had created for others were always better designed. Isn’t that always the way?

But there are some pages within my site that always rank first if you do a Google search on the topic. They include, among others, Pulau Sejahat and TAKRL. You do not know what TAKRL is?!

7 Responses to “Google Sitemaps”

  1. Candice Lim Says:

    Hi John, do you have an email address that I can reach you by? I would like to seek your permission to publish one of your photos (of geylang serai) in a book. Please get back to me soonest. Thanks!
    Editions Didier Millet
    121 Telok Ayer Street #03-01
    Singapore 068590
    Tel: +65 6324 2957
    Fax: +65 6324 9261

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Hi John,

    This is Zareena from Singapore. I have lost your contact details during my move to Sydney and have been searching for your contact details since. Please call me on my mobile when you see this message – 0434 577 811. Thank you.

  3. Rita Says:

    Hi John, I found your blog looking for a Russian newspaper published in Australia. Apropos of absolutely nothing, except the concept of “6 degrees of separation”, you might like to know that your big brother Frank taught me at Corrimal High School from 1971 to 1975. Neat, huh?

    Rita Berlov-Fido

  4. Steven Webb Says:

    hey Johnny, its Steve Webb (Tony Webb’s son)…i was hoping to reach you but its pretty hard as you dont have a “contact me” on
    anyway, you might remember me giving you the email address when we were at Cathy and Craig’s house. Well my new email is:

    please email me as soon as you read this because i want to get in contact with you

  5. BH Says:

    Your current site looks good!

    Apologise for my ignorance, I don’t know that you visit Singapore frequently. On the next trip, call me. May be we can meet over lunch, dinner or beer :-)

  6. Alan Says:


    If I was critical of your website, my suggestion would be that you consider a direct “Contact Me” link.

    You may remember me from Wollongong High and a concert at Wollongong Uni featuring XTC, Flowers and The Numbers.

    These days, I am a Sales Manager at Canon and have always worked in the imaging industry.

    I’d love to hear from you, because I have a live CD you may be interested in and hope you have a tape of “The Critics” performance at the Commem Ball Concert in 1979. The only other copy (courtesy of Steve Warren from the mixing desk) was stolen many years ago and I’d be keen to remaster it digitally.

    If you have an opportunity, my email is:

    Regards, Alan

  7. jhc Says:

    Apologies for contacting this way – but spotted some of your pics re’ Singapore – You questioned what used to be on the hill at Bukit Gombak – it was a British Radar station in the ’60′s.