How are you? We are winding down to the end of this short course. However, we still need to go over a few more things that can help you boost traffic, views and profits for your blog.
Today we are going to jump right in and talk about some simple ways you can speed up your blog because nothing drives visitors away faster than slow loading pages which makes this a very critical step for getting more traffic, views and profits.
Did you know that web pages that load quickly are normally ranked higher in the search engine results compared to the web pages that load slowly? It’s true!
Google and search engines usually use the blog’s page load speed when searching algorithms. This is based on the fact that a page loading fast gives better user experience compared to a slower loading page.
The best place to start is by testing and monitoring your blog’s page speed so you will know where and when problems arise. You can do this with free tools like the one at Pingdom: http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/ or by using Google’s Page Speed Insights: https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/
These two tools help identify any processes that are running slowly on the blog. All you have to do is type in your blog URL and they will provide you with a full report of what is working and what is not.
Keep in mind that a blogs load speed can only be as fast as the web server (hosting) you’re using. Most hosting companies post this information on their websites however if you aren’t sure of the speed capabilities the contact the host’s support team and ask what the server speed is. Know this information will help you make sure that your blog has adequate bandwidth that can handle the peak traffic times.
Take time to optimize your images. You should always resize the images to the size you want in your published page or blog post before uploading them to the blog. This is because large images are normally a resource drain and can take up valuable space in the hosting account and will slow down the blog load speed. Make sure that the images you will see on the blog have been saved in PNG or JPEG format.
Delete unnecessary CSS, java script and HTML Code. Too much code can drag down load speeds so if it isn’t needed get rid of it. If you aren’t sure how to do this contact your web designer or hire someone who understands coding.
Warning: Don’t delete anything without having a backup copy of your blog.
Lastly, make sure that the blogging application you are using is up to date. This includes the plugins and theme too. Running on an out of date platform can cause conflicts, slow down load times and it can leave your blog open to hackers who want to wreak havoc on your business.
I hope today’s lesson was helpful to you. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for my next email. There will be some great stuff in your last lesson.
And in the meantime, stop by Ebooks4Prosperity and see what we have in available for you to learn more about! See ya there… and remember it’s the holiday season.. go buy something for yourself or loved one.