How To Improve Your Page Speed
You probably know by now the speed at which your webpages load can make a difference in how well you rank these pages or your site in general. That’s because Google considers site speed as one factor in its search ranking algorithms. Why do you think every other serious online marketer has been losing sleep trying to figure out how to speed up their sites and blog for the last 1 year.
This is no secret as Google has openly said so many times since more than a year ago. In yet another reminder of how serious they take this and showing that they mean what they said, Google announced their Page Speed Online tool some 4 months ago. That tool provides you to quickly and easily measure the speed of your website over the Internet. So if you are in the dark as to how fast or how slow your website loads, feel free to use this Page Speed Online to quickly determine this for your site. I have written at least 2 other posts on this topic and while I was doing my regular speed test checking for this blog, decided I might as well share it with everyone.
What Page Speed Online Can Tell You
Essentially it tells you some of your problems that may affect your website loading time but it does not fix these problems. It’s a simple yet powerful tool that analyzes your site after you enter your url and then gives you instant feedback on how to make it run faster. It gives you a score to help you decide if you should take actions to speed up your load up time. For example when I tested this blog using this tool, it scored 81% and it gave a cryptic note that says “A high score indicates little room for improvement, while a lower score indicates more room for improvement. The Page Speed Score does not measure the time it takes for a page to load.” I am guessing that that is a fair score to have.
How To Speed Up Your Website Loading Speed
Alright assuming that you have a poor score given by this Google Page Speed tool, what do you do? Obviously you’d like to improve it as much as you can . Here’s what you can do very quickly.
Find Out Your Site Load Time
You can use this tool http://tools.pingdom.com to determine what is the load up for your blog or website. I ran a test for this blog and it gave a result of 6.6 seconds. What’s yours like?
Use These 2 WP-Plugins to Speed Up Your Blog Load Time:
This plugin optimizes all your images and reduces their file sizes and given that we love to use images to improve our on-page SEO, it may be an excellent plugin to have. Once installed it reduces the file sizes of all the images found on all your pages. But what I liked about this plugin is that it optimizes new images behind the scene while we add them to the new pages.
This plugin uses the Minify engine to combine and compress JS and CSS files to improve page load time.
3. W3-Total Cache
This has been discussed in great detail in my blog post last year and in my opinion is the most effective of the 3 plugins. If you missed it or like to read it here it is:
Do share with us how fast (or slow) your blog loads up and how it improved after using any of these 3 wp plugins. I can assure you that you will see a big improvement. From my own test, this blog improved on the load up time from 6.6 seconds to about 5 seconds possibly because I had already installed the wp total cache sometime ago. So whether you run 1 site or 100 sites for a company or a simple work from home business, you ought to look at the site loading time of these sites.