How to Speed Up Your Blog Quickly and Effectively

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  March 10, 2018 blogging tips 🕑 3 minutes read

Lunch time in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

 

I have the need.

 

The need for speed.

 

After Phillip Dews did serious speed work on Blogging From Paradise recently I noted a dramatic change in blog performance.

 

My readers also saw the transition to lightning fast load times.

 

How to Speed Up Your Blog

 

I done went and recorded a screen share video explaining 4 tips I followed – or PD and I followed – to enable my blog to load with blinding speed.

 

Highlights

 

  • I explain why choosing a VPS as a hosting solution creates lightning fast load times for your blog
  • learn why I streamlined Blogging From Paradise
  • I discuss why you need to work with a skilled web developer to do real speed work with your blog
  • I underscore the important of using a CDN to host images and speed things up

 

Guys; I don’t care if your readers have the patience of Buddhist monks I see in da hood here in Pong Noi, Thailand. Folks head for da cyber hills if Haley’s Comet flows through during the amount of time it takes to load your blog.

 

I know why you resist doing speed work:

 

  • you’re pretty cheap and want to boot strap your way to blogging success (good luck moving up in blogging circles when your blog cannot handle traffic surges)
  • you’re terrified that making changes to your blog – changing hosts, using a CDN, streamlining things – will result in your blog crashing, losing files or some nightmarish scenario that makes things worse, not better

 

This was me for years guys. Both counts.

 

Cheap bastard and terrified of rocking the boat and effing up my blog.

 

Both fears did not serve me. I played small. I struggled. Literally, I did stuff to ensure I got little blog traffic and failed, so I’d not have to pay more money for a VPS and CDN and so I could avoid streamlining my blog.

 

As your:

 

  • blog traffic
  • blogging profits
  • blog comments
  • social shares

 

increase, so does your blog investment. No way around that. At least if you want your blog to keep growing steadily.

 

But if you’ve yet to make a stinking dime through your blog and blog down time is frequent combined with slow loading speeds, it’s time to do speed work.

 

This involves a combination of the 4 tips I share in the video, or perhaps you will follow each tip.

 

Being a Pro Blogger

 

After watching this video you may nod in agreement, knowing a VPS or CDN is in order, but when you ponder spending more money you may budge, allowing your fear of spending/losing money to goad you into making a foolish decision.

 

Be a pro blogger. Spend money. Embrace change.

 

Speed up your blog.

 

Ready for some lightning?

 

Click this link to watch the video:

 

4 Tips to Create a Lightning Fast Blog

 

Does your blog need speed work?

  1. Vishwajeet Kumar says:
    at 10:05 am

    Hello Ryan,

    Blog loading speed really means a lot of good user engagement. No users will browse your blog if it takes ages to load. According to a survey, users leave the site which loads more than 3 seconds. There are various tools to check out your website speed like Gtmetrix, Pingdom test, Google page speed insights, etc. Being a blogger, its everyone duty to make their blog faster. Your blog now loads really fast and I really congratulate you for your efforts. Thanks for the tip Man 🙂

    Have a Great Day 🙂
    Vishwajeet

  2. Monna Ellithorpe says:
    at 11:52 am

    Hi Ryan,

    You are so right about the fact that your site is fast now. I need to do something different with mine.

    I just ran a couple of tests per Vishwajeet Kumar’s recommendation above and it looks like a total mess to me.

    Thanks for sharing the problems you had and the resolutions for the rest of us.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:09 am

      Feel free to reach out to developers too, like Phillip, Monna. These guys can figure out your problem in minutes to go from blog mess to blog speed maestro 😉

  3. Karin says:
    at 3:48 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    thanks for sharing. I know this is so important. That’s why I have been working hard on finetuning my site. I got it down to 3 seconds.
    Have a great Sunday,
    Karin

  4. Max Greene says:
    at 2:41 pm

    Great post, Ryan. Definitely noticed how speedy the site was today!

    Any particular takeaways from Phillip on what he optimised/changed other than hosting you on a VPS?

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 1:36 am

      He crunched every image through Kraken.io, using the premium tool. We also have all images on a CDN. I removed a bunch of images from my sidebar, deleted many from my media library and also reduced some image sizes. Those were the main changes Max….that I know of 😉

  5. Kapil Bhatt says:
    at 3:37 am

    Website Speed is very crucial for SEO. I am using a shared hosting and feel like it’s kinda slow so now I am thinking to moving to WordPress hosting, but the issue is I am just starting my blog. So, will it be right for me to directly move away from cheap shared hosting as I am low on budget now.

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