Consider the very common scenario where someone writes a series of articles (Parts 1 through n). With my publisher, Simple-Talk.com, for example, independent of whether I send them one at a time or send all 12 parts at once, they want to publish them over time (e.g. perhaps one per month), which is certainly reasonable. At the time part 1 is published, therefore, part 2 does not yet exist in net-space. So one cannot have a link to it, obviously. When part 2 is published, though it could and should have a link to part 1. This repeats for each subsequent part providing links to earlier parts of the serial.
Now along comes someone searching for articles on widgets, and a web search turns up part 4. (Yes, ideally a web search that finds part 4 of a series should find all of its parts but in my experience this is assuredly not the case.) So my question comes into play here: how does one find the later parts of this multi-part article? Indeed, how does one even know that there are more parts? The answer to the latter is beyond the scope of this question; basically that requires finding hints in the article itself (e.g. "in a later part I will discuss..." or "... and that concludes the widget series.").
Example: This series has nine parts (I think!)--and it lets you, as discussed above, find the earlier parts with a click:
But this one, while having great content, does not make it at all easy to get to earlier parts. I managed to find all eleven parts, but it took 3 or 4 web searches (to find "part eight" and "part 10", among other nuances):
I have not come up with a complete solution but I think the following is at least an improvement. In my own series on FitNesse I provide earlier links and later titles so one may glean the total number of parts and, if not direct links, the titles to search for. This fits within the current limitations of most publishers (or self-publishers) who would (understandably) not want to go back to each earlier part and update links every time a new part comes out.
I still do not find that terribly satisfying--it should be easy to find subsequent parts and it still is not. Suggestions?