Speeding Up Your Blog To Keep Your Readers Happy


I’ve heard said that Google is now including the time it takes a page to load as part of  it’s algorithm when calculating a site’s PR. Too bad I don’t give a crap about what PR Google gives me, but I am concerned about those who come to read my blogs. That being the case I am always wary of the amount of plugins I install so before adding any new ones I first have to decide which one get’s the boot.

I also make sure that any images I include in headers and stuff are always optimized to save on loading time. Several of the plugins I used are also meant to increase the speed of this blog. They include.

  • Clean Up: As WordPress auto saves your posts these extra files increases the size of your MSQL database and this plugin removes those extra files.
  • WP-Cache: I used to use Super Cache but it was acting up so I reverted to this plugin which works very well. Basically it caches your files thereby improving the loading time of those sites using it.
  • WP Minify: “This plugin helps you easily integrate the Minify engine into your WordPress blog. Once enabled, this plugin will combine and compress JS and CSS files to improve page load time”
  • WP Widget Cache: Used in conjunction with  WP-Cache this plugin caches the output of your blog widgets and is supposed to reduce the SQL queries to the database thereby speeding up the  site.

There are other things that can also speed up your blog and some of these were brought to my attention by Sheryl Loch of The Internet Marketers Guild, of which I am a member.  Her post, Speeding Up Your Site With YSlow, introduced me to a very useful FireFox plugin, a plugin that show you your blog’s speed as well as giving hints as to how to improve it.

I urge you to read that post as Brad, her husband, has very kindly taken upon himself to try to improve this blog’s speed. You may want to follow that conversation as it may well help you to improve the speed of your blog.

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You Can’t Please Everyone So Stop Trying


In my last post about whether or not you’re providing value to your readers I said that the term value would mean “different things for different people and there is no way you can please everybody so there is no use in trying.” I was thinking about that today and I came to the conclusion that particular statement just didn’t cut it, that perhaps it needed a post all of it’s own.

I know if I was to look at my own life I could safely say that I’m the type of guy that is always trying to please everyone around me. Business wise it makes sense as you want to make sure that your customers are always satisfied and personal wise it also makes perfect sense because you also want to make your loved ones are happy. But at what cost?

Let’s not kid ourselves, keeping others happy always comes at a cost and we’re the ones that are paying for it. The problem is that for some people they don’t know when to say no and they are so busy trying to keep others happy that it affects their own quality of life. This is not a good thing and learning to say no once in awhile won’t make you a bad person. Even when it comes to business there are times when the customer has to realize that you can’t just drop everything for something that can wait until tomorrow.

I used to have the tendency to let this infect my blogging life. I used to worry about every post. Was it up to scratch? Will people like it? Will someone leave a comment and if they do will I be able to respond in kind, and you know what, it didn’t make my posts any better, in fact it made them worse and it almost ended my blogging career.

That’s when I decided I wasn’t going to worry about trying to please everyone. I decided it was an impossible task and rather than let it ruin my blogging experience I decided to throw the idea of pleasing everyone out the cyber window. Almost immediately blogging became enjoyable again, I felt one with the blogging world and it showed it my posts. No longer strained and withdrawn they jumped to life and my witty lovable self started to shine through.

Truth be told no matter how much you worry about stuff it’s not going to change the state of the way things are. Just do your best enjoying the process and bask in the knowledge that you just can’t please everyone but at least those few you did please were nice enough to leave a comment. What’s that, they only wanted a link back to their site? Well tough titties, it’s still a damn comment. :tongue_laugh_ee:

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Does Your Blog Provide Value To Your Readers?

I’ve read a lot of blogs in my day and I’ve learned that I only return to those that have provided me something of value. I reckon that’s why I don’t bother returning to those blogs, and there are quite a few of them out there, whose sole intention is to try to separate me from my hard earned money. What I find extremely amusing is that the way they are trying to do it is by selling me their secret to making a fortune and it usually turns out that I have to do the same to someone else in order to secure my own fortune. :ponder_tb:

Nope, as far as I am concerned there is nothing there of value to me and so I don’t pander to their over inflated egos by commenting on them. So, what constitutes value? I suppose it means different things for different people and there is no way you can please everybody so there is no use in trying.

Providing A Solution To A Problem

Many people search the Internet in the hope of finding a solution to their problems and if you can provide that solution they will be more than grateful, they may not part with any of their cash but you still get a nice feeling from the knowledge that you helped someone out.

One particular post that highlights this is the one I did explaining how I finally got Safari to work on my iPod Touch.  That particular post received more comments than any other post on that blog and it’s interesting to note that the majority of the commentators did not own a blog or website.

Providing Useful Information

There are many blogs that would fall under this umbrella and I reckon I should give a bit of link luv to demonstrate this.

Worthy tips did a nice post describing 9 hacks you could try on your WordPress blog one of which I may consider adding to one of my blogs, just for fun’s sake. Another good example would be Ching Ya who always provides post of great value to a lot of people, her most recent one discussing 5 ways to promote your FaceBook Page on a personal account.

Providing Answers To Questions

Another reason many people resort to Google is to find out whether things that they’ve heard is true or not. That’s probably the main reason why most of the hits I get on my Load Of Bullshit blog are from search engines. I like the fact that some of the posts on that blog have saved people from making what could be potentially costly mistakes, like to post I did on the Acai Berry scam. There was even one post that got someone so upset they threatened to sue me if I didn’t remove the post. The post is still there.

Pure Entertainment Value

Then there are those blogs whose sole reason for being there is to entertain the masses, and lets face it people love to be entertained and if this wasn’t true there wouldn’t be so many people sitting in front of the box.

Me, I try to incorporate a bit of all of these into my blogs. Truth be told though, this is only a small example of what people may consider to be of value, and it’s not for me to list them all here. That’s what I have you guys for, so that you can work those brain cells a little by leaving a comment as to what sort of things you find of value, perhaps even going so far as to tell us what value your blog provides to it’s readers.

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