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…

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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…

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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…

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