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I’m never going to be rich, but my sites are fantastic

OK, the story is in the heading. I have been building web sites, good & bad, for about 18 years. The idea was that this would be my pension top-up, apparently not the case. This is not surprising as there are some billions of people out there who also have the same idea. There is also China who steal and copy what they cannot create; probably like the rest of the UK, and the world.

Anyway, along the way, I have built a few sites which are not bad. I always trend in the top ten for pub history, and more recently for London street directory, these are my main identifiers.

I have been let down by google adsense over the years, I believe, but have stuck with this process for a long time. It is simple, and just works. I like a system which is painless, and just does what it should do. It covers my costs for running my own web server, just about.

So, why do I do this? I spend vast amounts of hours updating pages, and building web sites, etc. I could stop any time, and just stare at my phone, like the vast majority of people who need that recognition.

Why do I do this? Because I want to be Number 1, or in the top ten, or just recognised for doing something nobody else can do. Its a recognition thing.

Or whatever.

Kevan

 

London street directory & create a sitemap

Being my normal self, I thought I would have a bit of a change today. So, the london19.com site became important again, it should, what a great name.

I have added the street directories for 1818,1832, 1842, 1843, 1940 and I think that’s all to this site. I have kept all pub stuff on the pub history site, and the 1921 street directory too. I am not sure why I made this decision, but anything can be changed.

The good thing is that the pub history site now has just under 50,000 html pages, which all fit on one sitemap for google. Good old google.

If you are ever interested, i can tell you how to create a site map of even this magnitude in a matter of a minute. Lets do it.

You first need to login via ssh to your linux web site hosting, I use putty which is a free ssh utility. You need to know the correct login details, too.

You then change directory to the top folder for your website, something like :

/var/www/vhosts/p**/httpdocs , e.g. cd /var/www/vhosts/p**/httpdocs

You then run a simple script which finds all files in the folder/s:

find `pwd` > foundthislot.txt

You then need to pick the specifics from this file, i.e. all of the .html pages

cat foundthislot.txt | grep shtml > findjusthtml.txt

Its quite simple.

Download this last file via ftp as you would normally, then do a grand edit of this file so that each line is relevant to the web page you are visiting.

 

Sitemaps are very important, and although this is easy; it took me a couple of years to get this right!

Don’t laugh at me for posting such a ridiculously simple way of creating google sitemaps. It really is that simple, it just took me a long time to realise the potential of linux power against the weakness of running in a Windows environment, which is good for desktop applications only.

You also need to use google webmaster tools to upload the sitemap at some stage, and see how your site is doing in desktop and mobile visibility, but this is another story.

 

 

 

 

London pub history & where do I go next?

As I often post, I have spent the last 18 years adding and updating random sites about pub history.  Every time I add an new set of pages, usually in quite a high magnitude, i.e. in the thousands, my revenue from the sites decreases!

There are currently 50 to 100 thousand pages about London, London pub history pub history in the UK, London street directories, London people working for the LCC in the first world war, pages on the state of disability at London train stations, London pubs in 2019, London streets in 1818, 1832, 1842, all of the London pubs which existed in 1899, including beer retailers, and links. And a whole host more.

The pages on the pubs look boring, but they are an essential requirement on tracking the history of an address, in summary.

What the f### do I need to do to make the site more interesting?  I could write a blog, a few lines about an area, but then if I change sites at some stage, they manage to lose the database which this is stored in.

I could try alternative sites and site names, but these are difficult to manage. It is difficult to manage multiple web sites at the same time – trust me on this.

Where do I move forward?

My web hosting site has been trying to get me to update my site, they tell me SSD is similar to an older drive, although their web pages tell me they are ten times faster, who does one believe?

The site/s are optimised for desktops, and not for mobile users. This is probably my downfall, but they are still pretty good. Maybe, this is where I need to spend some time, and delete all of the old sites which are clearly rubbish.

 

 

 

2018 pubs in the UK

Referring back to the problems differentiating between Fulham & Hammersmith, I have a mass of pub detail to add for 2018. In fact, far too much. There are 139 Boroughs / districts to add, I have done a few of those in London.

This is the list of 139 places to add, I will start with those in the South – there are about 55,000 licensed premises named in these lists:

Aberdeen City
Aberdeenshire
Adur
Allerdale
Amber Valley
Angus
Argyll and Bute
Arun
Ashfield
Ashford
Aylesbury Vale
Babergh
Barking and Dagenham
Barnet
Barnsley
Barrow-in-Furness
Basildon
Basingstoke and Deane
Bassetlaw
Bath and North East Somerset
Bedford
Bexley
Birmingham
Blaby
Blackburn with Darwen
Blackpool
Blaenau Gwent
Bolsover
Bolton
Boston
Bournemouth
Bracknell Forest
Bradford
Braintree
Breckland
Brent
Brentwood
Bridgend
Brighton and Hove
Bristol, City of
Broadland
Bromley
Bromsgrove
Broxbourne
Broxtowe
Burnley
Bury
Caerphilly
Calderdale
Cambridge
Camden
Cannock Chase
Canterbury
Cardiff
Carlisle
Carmarthenshire
Castle Point
Central Bedfordshire
Ceredigion
Charnwood
Chelmsford
Cheltenham
Cherwell
Cheshire East
Cheshire West and Chester
Chesterfield
Chichester
Chiltern
Chorley
Christchurch
City of Edinburgh
City of London
Clackmannanshire
Colchester
Conwy
Copeland
Cornwall
Cotswold
County Durham
Coventry
Craven
Crawley
Croydon
Dacorum
Darlington
Dartford
Daventry
Denbighshire
Derby
Derbyshire Dales
Doncaster
Dover
Dudley
Dumfries and Galloway
Dundee City
Ealing
East Ayrshire
East Cambridgeshire
East Devon

East Dorset
East Dunbartonshire
East Hampshire
East Hertfordshire
East Lindsey
East Lothian
East Northamptonshire
East Renfrewshire
East Riding of Yorkshire
East Staffordshire
Eastbourne
Eastleigh
Eden
Elmbridge
Enfield
Epping Forest
Epsom and Ewell
Erewash
Exeter
Falkirk
Fareham
Fenland
Fife
Flintshire
Forest Heath
Forest of Dean
Fylde
Gateshead
Gedling
Glasgow City
Gloucester
Gosport
Gravesham
Great Yarmouth
Greenwich
Guildford
Gwynedd
Hackney
Halton
Hambleton
Hammersmith and Fulham
Harborough
Haringey
Harlow
Harrogate
Harrow
Hart
Hartlepool
Hastings
Havant
Havering
Herefordshire, County of
Hertsmere
High Peak
Highland
Hillingdon
Hinckley and Bosworth
Horsham
Hounslow
Huntingdonshire
Hyndburn
Inverclyde
Ipswich
Isle of Anglesey
Isle of Wight
Isles of Scilly
Islington
Kensington and Chelsea
Kettering
King’s Lynn and West Norfolk
Kingston upon Hull, City of
Kingston upon Thames
Kirklees
Knowsley
Lambeth
Lancaster
Leeds
Leicester
Lewes
Lewisham
Lichfield
Lincoln
Liverpool
Luton
Maidstone
Maldon
Malvern Hills
Manchester
Mansfield
Medway
Melton
Mendip
Merthyr Tydfil
Merton
Mid Devon
Mid Suffolk
Mid Sussex
Middlesbrough
Midlothian
Milton Keynes

Mole Valley
Monmouthshire
Moray
Na h-Eileanan Siar
Neath Port Talbot
New Forest
Newark and Sherwood
Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Newham
Newport
North Ayrshire
North Devon
North Dorset
North East Derbyshire
North East Lincolnshire
North Hertfordshire
North Kesteven
North Lanarkshire
North Lincolnshire
North Norfolk
North Somerset
North Tyneside
North Warwickshire
North West Leicestershire
Northampton
Northumberland
Norwich
Nottingham
Nuneaton and Bedworth
Oadby and Wigston
Oldham
Orkney Islands
Oxford
Pembrokeshire
Pendle
Perth and Kinross
Peterborough
Plymouth
Poole
Portsmouth
Powys
Preston
Purbeck
Reading
Redbridge
Redcar and Cleveland
Redditch
Reigate and Banstead
Renfrewshire
Rhondda Cynon Taf
Ribble Valley
Richmond upon Thames
Richmondshire
Rochdale
Rochford
Rossendale
Rother
Rotherham
Rugby
Runnymede
Rushcliffe
Rushmoor
Rutland
Ryedale
Salford
Sandwell
Scarborough
Scottish Borders
Sedgemoor
Sefton
Selby
Sevenoaks
Sheffield
Shepway
Shetland Islands
Shropshire
Slough
Solihull
South Ayrshire
South Bucks
South Cambridgeshire
South Derbyshire
South Gloucestershire
South Hams
South Holland
South Kesteven
South Lakeland
South Lanarkshire
South Norfolk
South Northamptonshire
South Oxfordshire
South Ribble
South Somerset
South Staffordshire
South Tyneside
Southampton
Southend-on-Sea
Southwark
Spelthorne

St Albans
St Edmundsbury
St. Helens
Stafford
Staffordshire Moorlands
Stevenage
Stockport
Stockton-on-Tees
Stoke-on-Trent
Stratford-on-Avon
Stroud
Suffolk Coastal
Sunderland
Surrey Heath
Sutton
Swale
Swansea
Swindon
Tameside
Tamworth
Tandridge
Taunton Deane
Teignbridge
Telford and Wrekin
Tendring
Test Valley
Tewkesbury
Thanet
Three Rivers
Thurrock
Tonbridge and Malling
Torbay
Torfaen
Torridge
Tower Hamlets
Trafford
Tunbridge Wells
Uttlesford
Vale of Glamorgan
Vale of White Horse
Wakefield
Walsall
Waltham Forest
Wandsworth
Warrington
Warwick
Watford
Waveney
Waverley
Wealden
Wellingborough
Welwyn Hatfield
West Berkshire
West Devon
West Dorset
West Dunbartonshire
West Lancashire
West Lindsey
West Lothian
West Oxfordshire
West Somerset
Westminster
Weymouth and Portland
Wigan
Wiltshire
Winchester
Windsor and Maidenhead
Wirral
Woking
Wokingham
Wolverhampton
Worcester
Worthing
Wrexham
Wychavon
Wycombe
Wyre
Wyre Forest
York

Hammersmith or Fulham – where are we?

I have spent the last day or so updating the Hammersmith & Fulham 2018 pub listing. This is fine, and most of the pubs I have added detail are in Fulham.

Then we move back to 1871. Drum roll. I started adding detail to the Hand & Flower in Fulham, and then noticed a similar listing in Hammersmith! Damn.

If I get it wrong, I will be inundated with people complaining I have it wrong! They never add detail when it is correct.

I will look at this tomorrow, but not sure where to take this.