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Search friendly mind maps – Getting your maps in front of non-mind mappers

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

On Thursday I have a short presentation slot at Biggerplate Unplugged London  on “Search Friendly Mind Maps”. By which I mean maps that can be found by the internet search engines and be used to promote your business, organisation or passion. This blog is to prompt discussion prior to the event and an opportunity for you to improve my presentation by criticism and correction.  As my research focusses on the Mindjet world, I would also be interested to hear how valid my conclusions are for other mind mapping software vendors.

Search engines are looking for indexable text, so how can they see your map?

An image or Flash file on the web is indexed by its file name and the text in the meta tag “alt”. Some Flash files do present more meta text to the search engines but I have no evidence the map exports from e.g. Mindjet make use of this feature. Adding these images and Flash to a PDF file will not help.

Briefly Mindjet’s web exports convert a map into:

  • Outlines
  • Clickable Image Maps
  • Mini web sites where notes become web pages and the map is the navigation

The first and third produce text, and the second can have alt text on every link. These “maps” are visible to the search engines. However the HTML is archaic (developed 10+ years ago), the ability to add social tools e.g. Tweet this map, requires too much work compared to modern web publishing tools and coordinating more than one map into a multi-map web site is a pain.

There two significant map hosting sites for Mindjet maps Biggerplate and Maps for That. When a map is uploaded to Biggerplate, the main topics are extracted as keywords. You can add and subtract from this list. You can write a description but I doubt whether are many uploaders to Biggerplate that describe the full content of their map. Mindjet’s “Maps for That” does not have the keyword extraction.

For a couple of years I have been recording and publishing maps about presentations and speeches which are followed by the full text outline of the map. This has two benefits:

  • Visually impaired people or their text readers came read the map
  • and so can the search engines

And more recently I have published the maps within a WordPress website.

Last Wednesday I attended a presentation about “Mobile Apps” given by a software house in my home town. I mapped it and published it in ConferenceREACTION, Biggerplate and Maps for That. Yesterday I asked some friends in the UK, Canada and The Netherlands to search for the event using a generic search and a very specific search term. Here are the results:

Where do the linked pages appear in Google's Top 100 for a generic and a specific search term?
https://www.mapsforthat.com/map.php?m=3131 https://www.mapsforthat.com/map.php?m=3131 http://www.biggerplate.com/mindmaps/zdgvywFB/apps-matt-clarke-firstthing-at-firstoption-23-jan-2013 http://www.biggerplate.com/mindmaps/zdgvywFB/apps-matt-clarke-firstthing-at-firstoption-23-jan-2013 http://www.conferencereaction.co.uk/client-events/first-option/firstthing-apps-an-overview-by-matt-clarke/ http://www.conferencereaction.co.uk/client-events/first-option/firstthing-apps-an-overview-by-matt-clarke/ Cabre - MindManager Training and Consultancy Cabre - MindManager Training and Consultancy

It’s surprising that ConferenceREACTION is in the top ten for the generic terms! If you want your maps to be seen by people who don’t use the catalogues i.e. the non-software mind mappers, then perhaps you need to post them on other sites. Obviously and unfortunately text is important. If you want your maps to be found (and maybe understood) I believe they need to be fully described.

What is your experience and your suggestions for making maps appear more frequently in search results for the non-mind mappers you want to see them?

Okay map pickers, an update on the Top 100 for “matt clarke firstthing apps” 4 Feb 2013

The UK chart: Google.co.uk

  • ConferenceREACTION remains at No. 1
  • Biggerplate are creeping up at No. 25
  • BUT the new entry at No. 2 is MindMeister (the map was only posted on 30 Jan)
  • Maps for That are not in the top 100

The US chart: Google.com

  • ConferenceREACTION remains at No. 1
  • A repeat new entry at No. 2 is MindMeister (the map was only posted on 30 Jan)
  • Biggerplate are hanging back at No. 44
  • Maps for That are not in the top 100

The Mindjet Map part for Google searches chart: which I presume is via Google.com

  • ConferenceREACTION is at No. 1 and 2
  • Biggerplate are straight in at No. 3
  • MindMeister and Maps for That are not in the top 65 (the maximum Mindjet Google map part will report on)

How to manage shared resources for teams of MindManager users

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

MindManager Package Folder Types: Images, Background Images, Icons, Shapes, Map Parts, Templates, Themes, Marker Lists, Web Export TemplatesDo you want to share any of the following between team members or versions of MindManager?

  • A set of brand images you want everyone to use.
  • Map Markers for use at specific types of meetings.
  • A watermark that includes a copyright date.
  • Images of your products or people.
  • A set of questions you ask every new client.
  • A web export template which is constantly refined.

The Package Folders tool enables you to do this. Either for yourself, if you are running a couple of versions of MindManager (not sure if this function extends to Mac and Connect) or across a team by placing resources in network, Dropbox, Skydrive etc. folders.  To use the tool open this pane: File > Options > Package Folders

Selecting the resource type and location of your MindManager Package Folders
Your options:

  • Name – descibe the folder e.g. “Brand Logos”
  • Path – select the location of your package folder. It might be a folder in a mapped network drive or a Dropbox sub-folder. If you have sub-folders they will appear in the Task Panes and Template Organiser without adding them individually.
  • Resource Type – You can have everything in one folder but the Task Panes and Template Organiser will only show the relevant files.

MindManager Package Folders in the image Task PaneOnce added the new folders will appear in your Task Panes and Template Organiser. Last week I added a Dropbox folder. Later that week I took some pictures of the Royal Yacht with a mobile phone and saved them in Dropbox. They were available short afterwards to add to a map.  For example this is useful for data gathering during site surveys with a mobile device. Then writing a report back at the office using a standard report map template which exports to Word.

Notes:

  1. When a resource e.g. an image is added to a folder, if the folder is open in MindManager, you will need to refresh the folder to see it. Right click the folder and Refresh.
  2. Web Export templates only work with one version of MindManager. (see Resolving problems with customised web exports in MindManager 9)

Connecting People with MindManager

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Last night I met with an ex Unilever colleague in Gulidford who had recently returned from 20ish years working in Europe for various companies in Operations and Supply Chain. We had not been face to face for twenty years. It was a very comfortable discussion over a pint of beer. During the evening I mentioned several groups and people he could contact.

He will be getting a map like this very shortly with slightly more info than you can see as a clickable web page. It was very quick to construct with MindManager just dragging and dropping links from various web pages and using the Outlook MindManager contact buttons. In my friends version the Outlook panels are open and he will get an outline version as well, so he can copy and paste information to his “database”.

MindManager is brilliant at doing this.  I will also supply him with a  link to the MindManager 8 Mac and the orginal map.

Suggested People and Groups

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Sharing your MindManager Maps with non-users

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

MindManager maps soon become rich containers of information. My process tends to go like this:

  1. Brainstorming or a record of an event or meeting
  2. Then I add images and hyperlinks to topics,
  3. Followed by notes in topics which may have more links and images.
  4. I could then add Excel ranges and/or Outlook items (email, notes, contacts, events, tasks)

As you go down this list your ability to share the map with people who do not have MindManager becomes more and more difficult or complicated.

At level 1 I can export to PDF or an image file and email it.

At level 2 The hyperlinks do not work in images or PDFs. They do in the web export to clickable image map but you then have to upload the files to share them first. The Mindjet Player in PDF or Flash file does not quite reproduce the map, the style and topic positions change.

At level 3 I now have to use one of the full web site exports to allow viewers to see the notes. The PDF Player and Flash do show notes but not images and links in notes. Word export can also be used. Non of these gives a overview of the orginal map, if it has more than a few topics.

At level 4 The Outlook and Excel placeholders appears in some of the exports but my experience is key data is not visible.

MindManager Web and Mindjet Connect do allow non-users to access the map and edit it. But it’s not cost effective for you (you have to pay for an account) or time effective for the user (logging in, learning how to use it) compared to emailing a PDF for example.

Have you any good strategies for or barriers to sharing MindManager maps with non-users?