A blog table of contents (TOC) is a page, post or widget that lists every article you’ve published. Some call it a sitemap or archive. Why do you need a TOC on Blogger? I’ve found the list of post titles is an easy way to browse a new site or search one that’s chock-full of good content. When you list every title (or most of them) the search engines can more easily crawl the site. You also get more internal links within your site.
Some sites that use the default Blogger templates don’t have a category (label) menu or even a sidebar list of important labels. I prefer the single page list of all titles. The archived list (organized by label) can list the same post under a couple of labels. But it’s often better than no clue on your menu or sidebar.
One of this blog’s most popular tutorial is for creating A Beautiful Blogger Table of Contents. That post was published in 2008. (click images to enlarge)
My tutorial shows you how to change your blogspot template code to list all of your posts in alphabetical or date order.
Also in 2008, the The Blog Doctor published his Make All Posts Installer Gadget which creates a sidebar list of all posts, in most recent order.
Let’s look at what other Table of Contents (TOC) or Archive pages are available now for Blogger sites.
TOC – Requires Template Change
The tutorial published in Aug 2009 by WhatMakesBlog is similar to mine, but lists only the titles of most recent x posts. After the template change, you create a menu or other link button that produces the search results in the content column.
Category Archive -No Template Change
Month Archive -No Template Change
I’d like to know about other methods for a great post list! Which gadget do you use on your Blogger blog? If you don’t have a TOC or Archive list, why not? Be sure to leave a comment or question.