Where pages of data are the cells of the body, links between pages are the blood vessels that connect the body. Users accessing the information are like the individual blood cells seeking the cells. Without the blood vessels those individuals will never find the cells of information needed. Like any living body, the web grows and expands. New blood vessels grow and intertwine into new patterns.
The web is volatile, and will become even more so as time advances. If you want to be a successful web author, you must also be a successful web browser. The information on your page(s) is important, but just as important (if not more so) is the links your page has to related topics. These other pages will at times move, and change. Take the time to periodically visit the pages you link to, so that when they move, you can update the links pointing to them.
Have lower level pages point up to higher level pages in the structure, as a "Home Page," or "Major Topic" page. There will be times when a visitor finds a certain lower level page of yours relavant to the information they present. They will save that URL (to the lower level page) and add in a link to it without telling you. It is nice when it happens, but it tends to leave the visitor to your "leaf" with no place to go but back.
If as a web browser you find such a lower level link relavent and wish to point to it in your web site, send and e-mail to the maintainer of that page (which should be included on the page). Tell the maintainer which page you are going to point to, and what the URL is (of your page) that will contain the pointer. Ask the maintainer to inform you when (and if) the page moves, or when additional, or new information is added to that page. I myself should do this more. I should make a page of all the links outside my site, which page (or pages) of mine that point to that outside page, who the maintainer is, and the last time that link was verified.
A page that simply has a block of info, with no pointers to anything else is a dead-end. This might seem an easy way to get around the previous problem, but those pages with links to others will have more visitors, and more repeat visitors. Take a lesson from the Encyclopedias, they ALWAYS has "See Also:....." at the end of their articles to refer you to related information.
To find these pages to link to, browse the web. Seek out through various search engines pages of related information. Find pages with the same information in other languages. The web is truly world-wide and language independent.
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