As I said in my last post “How to fully optimize your blog’s SEO”. Blog’s speed can have large impact on your blog’s ranking and popularity.
I said in the post that Google takes blog’s speed into consideration when ranking blog and that is the reason why it’s important to work on your blog’s speed.
Based on research 60% of your readers expect your website or blog to load within 2-3 seconds, anything higher than that could make you lose more than 45% of your readers.
Talking about this, I hope you have experienced this before, when you visit a blog and it takes more than 3 seconds to load you decide to exit or leave the blog.
1. Optimize your blog’s image
When we upload image to our blog we forgot that image are liable to increase your blog’s weight and therefore increasing the blog’s loading time, decreasing blog’s speed.
You can optimize your blog’s image by using apps or software. Sometimes you can use online image compressor.
All you have to care about is that you mustn’t lose your image’s quality during compression, doing that may cause harm to your blog’s conversion rate.
WordPress user have the opportunity to automatically optimize their blog’s image:
You can optimize the size of the image using Smush it plugin. The plugin is offered by yahoo and it helps to decrease Image’s weight without losing its quality.
You can use another WordPress plugin named Lazy load, this will help you load images as the reader scrolls to the bottom of the page this will load the image one after the other.
This way your blog user/reader will enjoy visiting your blog which loads faster.
2. Minify your code
This will show how fast your blog loads and also show you how to solve some issues with your blog’s speed.
There are some of the codes that are not needed on your blog, you can save your blog’s loading time by removing them.
You should avoid flashy widgets or plugin. It does increase your blog’s loading time, you should try as much as possible to remove some unwanted Css codes.
You can another plugin mean for WordPress users called Autoptimize to compress your blog’s Html and Css elements.
There is also an online tools that can be used for minifying Html and Css codes, this online tools is applicable to all platform be it Blogger or WordPress.
3. Decrease the number of post on your homepage
You can see right on my blog’s homepage that I don’t have more than 5 posts displayed on the homepage.
The normal range of displayed post on the homepage should not be more than 5-6 . Having posts more than 6 will definitely slow down your blog’s speed.
Also read: How to increase your blog’s traffic.
When you reduce the number of post in your blog’s homepage, it will increase your blog’s speed, thereby making your blog load faster.
For WordPress users, you should go to Settings >> Reading in your WordPress panel and you will be able to set your choice of post number.
4. Decrease the use of many advertisement
Nowadays we bloggers believe in the use of ads to get our income from our blogs,
it’s true that thus ads habit help us earn money but too much of it decreases our blog’s speed and value.
What I mean by that is just the basic rules of word, when we overdo something at a time we become too far from normal, when your blog has so much adverts implemented on it,
it loses value, nobody would want to visit a blog with too much adverts.
That is not all, using too much adverts also slow down your blog’s speed and
therefore you begin to lose visitors thereby losing your revenue and reducing your income.
The solution to this is to for you to add or insert adverts where you see it necessary,
add adverts only to place that the ads will be seen by your visitor without adding more than 5 ads to your blog.
Use less banner and God images. If you’re using Google Adsense you could use Google Adsense’s tool by using your ads in asynchronous format therefore
it will load adverts when your blog is done loading, increasing the blog’s speed and getting your adverts seen by users who will enjoy your blog’s loading speed, automatically increasing your Google Adsense earnings.
5. Use a better hosting service company
This applies to you if you’re a premium blogger, you should watch and learn before using or choosing a hosting service provider.
Check out for their requirements, see the ones who fits right in to your needs and
then make enquiries about their loading and online time.
Make sure you use hosting services that are well known, trusted and most used by top bloggers.
Website hosting service providers such as Hostgator, Bluehost and Qserver are said to be more trust and tested.
They have live chat support for complaint, they are cheap and faster.
Make sure try as much as possible in taking time to review the hosting plan you’re going for, to avoid some circumstances or any problems in the future.
6. Get a better theme for your blog
Theme is also important when deciding on making your blog load faster.
You have to work really hard on your theme. If you really want visitors to stay on your blog then its a must to get the best theme.
This is quite one helpful way to increase site loading time as seen on Masterblogging the 17 ways to increase your blog loading time.
When choosing your theme you should consider using themes that are well designed,
well structured, high SEO meta, good meta tag, fast loading, well coded,secure and Seo-optimized.
7. Use caching plugin for your blog
This applies to you if you’re a WordPress user, you should consider using a caching plugin
if you want to decrease your blog loading time and speed it up entirely.
I recommend you to use W3 total cache. The plugin is the best of them all.
Now that you have the tips of increasing your blog’s speed, you should try to check out your blog’s speed when you are done working on the blog’s speed.
You should use blog seo checker to monitor your blog’s SEO, speed and health entirely.
You should good and cheap hosting services such as Hub8.
8. Go for a CDN
Based on my research I learn that a slow site can be speed up with a CDN, with the intervention of a CDN it is guaranteed that your site’s speed will increase by 50% or more.
Using a CDN help serve your site visitors whenever they visit from the nearest data center and this increases how your site reacts to the server with the help of CDN.
CDN actually require to get set for a little budget aside your hosting fee, yet there are site who provides it for free.
Learn about the site that provides free CDN to speed up your site loading time.
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