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How To Take Your WordPress Site To Hyperdrive

How To Take Your WordPress Site To Hyperdrive

WordPress is the CMS of choice for most site owners – almost 76 million of them to be exact. Users with little knowledge about development and design can easily get into the platform’s intuitive dashboard and interface. More importantly, WordPress users will benefit from its customization options and thousands of useful plugins to choose from, among many other features.

The last sentence is crucial due to the ever-changing nature of Google algorithm. The search engine giant is focused on providing users will the best possible search results for every keyword query.

One of the more critical updates that Google has made recently is the increasingly big focus they put on mobile friendliness, which puts sites with non-responsive design lower in search results.

Aside from accommodating users with a more accessible site design when viewed on mobile devices, the so-called “Mobilegeddon” update was also putting an onus on fast-loading sites. With site speed now an on-page SEO factor, site owners need to take the necessary steps to make their pages load faster to not only get into the good graces of Google but also keep visitors from leaving their sites.

Thankfully, making a faster site is not difficult using WordPress. There are lots of tweaks and customizations that you can do, but I will only mention the most important ones in this post below.

Choose a premium theme like Genesis

WordPress themes are a dime a dozen. You can easily search for free themes from your dashboard that you can download and install out of the box. However, despite the themes passing the WordPress review process, not all of them load as fast as you want them to be. Some of the themes have extraneous code for features that you won’t use, which only eats up your site’s loading speed.

Genesis Framework by StudioPress

Therefore, you want a lightweight theme that has a clean code. Among the many WordPress themes in the market, you can’t go wrong with the Genesis Framework by StudioPress. If you can get past its deceptively simple theme, Genesis is powerful enough to not only load your sites faster but also enjoy additional customizations to make your sites more useful to your audience. Also, there are available child themes to choose on top of your Genesis Framework, so you enjoy a beautiful design for your site with little tweaks.

Compress images

If your site relies on images, then you should be aware that these elements eat up the most time from your loading speed. You need to make it easier for your server to load the images from all your pages by optimizing them before uploading them. Using a web-based tool like Optimizilla or Compressor.io should make the file size of your images lower without compromising on quality.

However, the problem occurs when you already have hundreds and thousands of images in your WordPress. Downloading all of them to optimize each and uploading them one by one sounds like a painstaking process. Thankfully, you don’t have to do that because there are plugins that will get the job done for you.

WP Smush

I highly recommend WP Smush for all your image optimization needs.

By installing any one of the following listed in this post, you can set the plugin to compress and reduce the file size of your images automatically. Doing this allows your site pages to load faster due to your images’ lighter file sizes.

Use LazyLoad

Another issue with having lots of images on your site pages is that the pages normally loads all of the elements in the page from top to become before showing them on browsers. Even if you have optimized your images, it would still take a while before the page loads completely, which might be long enough for some to cause them to leave the page.

To counter this, you can download a lazy loading plugin for images on your site. What the plugin does is load the images visible on the browser first. Only when the user scrolls down the page will the other images loads.

Use a caching plugin

With using an online tool like Google PageSpeed Insights and Pingdom to analyze your site speed, you will see areas of improvements to make your site load faster. However, unless you have coding experience, you won’t be able to apply the necessary changes on your WordPress site.

However, by downloading and installing any of the freemium caching plugins, you can resolve most of the site speed issues that pop up from online tools.

In a nutshell, a caching plugin saves files and elements from your site into the browser’s memory. Whenever a user returns to the page, instead of fetching data from the server, it will simply load the files in the cache memory, resulting in a faster loading site.

WP Rocket

Although WP Rocket is a paid caching plugin for WordPress, it is considered the best.

Aside from this feature, some caching plugins offers CSS and JS minification and concatenation, which means that the files from both formats are combined into the fewest files possible so that the site will be fewer HTTP requests to the server. Also, additional features of caching plugins include CDN integration, font optimization, and lazy loading, to name a few.

Go with dedicated WordPress hosting

As mentioned, most of the exchange of data that takes place between your WordPress site and visitors will be done by the web hosting server. When a user visits your site, its browser will make the necessary HTTP requests to the server to load the site on their end. Imagine the strain put on your server when hundreds and thousands of visitors come in and out to view your site.

If you chose a substandard web hosting, not only will your site load slower than usual, but there’s an excellent chance that it will experience lots of downtimes because it cannot manage the HTTP requests from visitors.

This is the reason why, as early as now, you need to invest on a premium hosting provider. Thankfully, there are lots of WordPress hosting services to choose from with servers that can withdraw thousands of site traffic without relenting on performance. Also, you will receive premium WordPress support and security to ensure that your site is always in tip-top shape.

Conclusion

Making a site optimized for search engines is not only possible on WordPress, but also easy. By installing a couple of plugins and paying for premium services for your site as mentioned in this post, you can be sure that your site will load faster than ever!

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Christopher Jan Benitez is a freelance writer for hire who provides actionable and useful web content to small businesses and startups. In his spare time, he religiously watches professional wrestling and finds solace in listening to '80s speed metal.

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Be Careful Who You Ask for Blogging Advice

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I retired to a life of travel through blogging.

Do you want to travel the world through blogging?

Invest in my blogging eBook.

My eBook lays out simple, step by step tips to follow for you to travel the world through blogging.

I know how to do it. I teach you how to do it. Easy. Simple. Smart, too; you ask a blogger who lives their dreams for blogging advice on how to live your dreams.

Imagine if you asked people from a blogging tips themed Facebook Group about how to travel the world through blogging? Who are these people? Do these bloggers know specifically how to retire to a life of travel through blogging? Have these bloggers written eBooks and created courses on the topic? Have they lived their dreams?

What ensures said bloggers offer good advice?

Do many of these bloggers offer terrible advice?

Are many of these bloggers experienced, skilled, knowledgeable bloggers, being tops in their niche, like me?

Most bloggers mean well. Some bloggers offer solid advice.

But many bloggers offer terrible advice to struggling new bloggers who follow terrible advice and all of them struggle horribly, following bad advice from bloggers who only know how to fail, versus knowing how to succeed.

Be careful who you trust.

How to Get the Best Blogging Advice on Earth

Follow the top blogging tips bloggers.

Invest money in their courses.

Hire them to coach you.

The best blogging advice on earth flows through premium blogging products and services created by the top bloggers on earth.

100% of the time, following this advice leads to success. Fool proof way to get only good advice because pros teach folks how to be pros.

The only reason why you’d get bad blogging advice is if you follow anybody other than the top blogging tips bloggers on earth.

Beware Free Advice Because it is Often Cheap

Free advice sites like Quora and Facebook Groups require no vetting.

Any blogger can offer terrible advice.

This was from my trip to Fiji.

Beware trusting advice from these spots; well-meaning bloggers often guarantee your struggles by offering failing, inexperienced, terrible advice.

Vet Bloggers Who Offer Advice

Gaurav Kumar offered excellent advice via a comment responding to my live Facebook Broadcast.

If you wanted to vet his advice, checking his Facebook profile and clicking on his eAskme blog link immediately proves he is a top blogger who offers sensational advice for succeeding.

Following blogs, investing in eBooks and hiring bloggers by scanning their blogs is the easiest way to:

  • vet advice
  • trust advice
  • get awesome advice
  • accelerate your blogging success

Research bloggers who offer advice on free forums. Some genuinely offer success-promoting advice through their blogs. Trust said bloggers.

If you click through to see no blog, or a blog hosted on a free platform, or thin, weak content, beware these red flags.

Follow advice only from top bloggers who put their advice in action and succeed from an abundant, generous, calm, confident vibe.

Go to the Top

Follow only the top blogging tips bloggers on earth to get the best blogging tips and to accelerate your blogging success.

Matthew Loomis at Build Your Own Blog offers success-promoting advice. Follow him. Hire him. Succeed.

Why spend hours asking for advice from folks who may or may not have any idea what they are talking about?

Go to the top.

Google popular search terms, vet guest posters on Blogging Tips, follow the best, get the best advice on earth, use the advice, succeed.

Blogging gets easier and easier when you only follow the top bloggers on earth and invest in their premium offerings because getting the best advice from the best bloggers positions you to be the best.

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What Does Your Blog Need?

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I wrote an eBook explaining what your blog needs:

6 Things Your Blog Needs Today

Success finds bloggers who cover all bases.

If you need nothing and feel your blog needs nothing, you succeed and live your wildest dreams.

Successful bloggers know adding the right elements to blogs and beginning blogs the right way accelerates your success. Plus it feels good to begin blogging intelligently.

What does your blog need?

1: Domain and Hosting

Invest in a domain and hosting.

Accelerate your blogging success.

Domain names make you stand out.

Observe how Pat Flynn invested in Smart Passive Income.

Of course you know immediately; the blogger covers smart passive income. Passive income seekers know the resource because Pat bought a domain name.

He also invested in hosting to ensure he owned his blog.

Take this step to control:

  • branding
  • income potential
  • blog voice

Own your site. You need to own your blog to be in control of your blogging campaign.

2: Premium Theme

Invest money in a premium theme.

Stand out from the crowd.

Circulating money on a premium, eye-catching, clear theme emits a professional, impressive, powerful message.

This was from one of my many trips to Thailand.

Readers see you are a serious, successful or success-seeking, blogger. Of course you gain trust and grow your readership quickly by investing money in a premium theme.

Why do you need a premium theme? Would you trust a blogger who uses a cheap-looking, heavy, non-professional theme? If someone cannot afford to invest $60 in a premium theme you better not trust their advice, their insight and their sharing. Why? Serious, skilled bloggers never allow $60 to dictate their life’s direction and failing, struggling, unskilled bloggers make the foolish decision to not chase their dreams over $60.

3: Content

Content drives blogs.

Your blog needs content to:

  • prove you know your stuff
  • spread your presence online
  • inspire readers to follow you
  • inspire readers to trust you

Visit Blogging From Paradise.

Look around for a few minutes. Read 3 of my recent posts. Do you see why content drives the blogging engine?

Imagine if you saw only 1 blog post. Every blogger begins somewhere but publishing helpful content from a generous, success-focused energy distances you from most bloggers in your niche.

Imagine seeing 1 to 5 blog posts on a blog. Good introduction no doubt.

Imagine seeing 50 to 100 blog posts on a blog. Massive impact.

Focus less on post numbers and more on being generous with time and talents. Content just shows off what you know.

As folks see you know your stuff thru your volume of helpful posts you begin to:

  • increase traffic
  • boost your blogging profits
  • expand your presence
  • increase brand awareness
  • help more folks
  • make a big impact in your niche

Content makes everything grow.

Publish content on the regular to become a successful blogger.

Focus on Your Dreams

Concentrate on your dreams from a relaxed, chill energy.

You need dreams to feel the calm, detached confidence of bloggers who invest in:

See your blogging wins now. You succeed now. Own it.

Feel good about your blogging career. You are rocking it out.

Succeed, being the blogger who covers all blogging needs.

Bonus Need

Invest in a blogging course.

Your blog – and you – need a blogging blueprint to follow in order to succeed from a calm, confident, orderly, relaxed energy.

Blog like a success.

Learn from the best to become a successful blogger.

Courses just give you a structure for learning in the proper format.

Imagine sitting down in a classroom to learn disciplines from a professor.

You do the same thing through a blogging course.

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How Can You Turn Criticism into Blogging Profits?

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I wrote an entire eBook on lessons I learned from critics:

6 Life Lessons I Learned from Nasty Critics

As you see greater blogging success, you get criticized.

No blogger avoids criticism.

Learning how to convert nasty criticism into blogging profits helps you be a highly successful blogger.

Picture This

Imagine someone tossing big rocks at you.

Fools step in front of the rocks, injuring themselves.

Idiots catch the rocks and throw said rocks back at folks, wasting precious time and energy on rock tossing morons.

Wise humans avoid the rocks, allowing the stones to reach terra firma, and build a castle from all the granite-type rocks tossed their way.

Highly successful, happy bloggers are like wise humans; building something meaningful and profitable from inevitable criticism, versus taking criticism personally (stepping in front of rocks) or fighting critics (throwing rocks back at rock throwers).

I wrote 2 eBooks on the topic.

In addition to the prior eBook I also wrote:

How to Turn Harsh Blogging Criticism into Sweet Blogging Profits: 11 Tips

Observe the product page.

I profit through an:

  • eBook version
  • audio book version
  • paperback version
  • mass market paperback version

of the topic.

I make money through 4 income streams based on teaching folks how to profit through blogging criticism.

How can you convert criticism into coin?

Follow these tips.

Breathe Deeply and Relax

Most humans:

  • fight criticism
  • feel the sting of criticism
  • feel embarrassed about being criticized
  • fight critics
  • go into a shell after being criticized

Breathe deep. Relax.

Feel energies and emotions in reaction to being criticized.

Release said energies.

Be calm, confident and poised.

Establish the proper energy for profiting through criticism.

Gain Clarity

Criticism is a projection of individual; we see ourselves in others.

100% of the time, critics speak 100% of themselves, not you, through their criticism.

Knowing this, you do not take criticism personally. Ditto for gaining clarity in all you do, blogging-wise.

I reacted with anger, annoyance, embarrassment and shame on reading my first few 1 star audio book reviews. Turns out, those fear-based feelings needed to be addressed and released for me to generate more income through audio books.

Increased profits flow to bloggers who feel clear on income channels.

Being criticized forces you to face, embrace and release fears concerning income channels, said clearing resulting in clarity and greater sales.

If you react negatively to criticism, the reaction suggests you have fears to feel and clear regarding the criticism. Clearing these negative energies allows more profits to flow through the income streams because fear strangles income while clarity increases income.

Convert Criticism into Tangible Products

Turn hate into create.

Convert criticism into tangible profits.

Note my 2 eBooks, my audio book and paperback.

Create an online course to help your readers process criticism.

Strike while the iron feels hot; create immediately after receiving criticism to allow your prolific ideas to flow.

Add a price tag.

Profit.

See Problems and Profit in Projection

I create:

  • blog posts
  • guest posts
  • videos
  • podcasts

based on critical projections bandied about by critics.

Critics may or may not see errors in their ways.

This was from my 2 month trip to Oman.

I just stress how criticizing promotes their failure, strangles success and prolongs misery and suffering, based on my content.

If critics wake up and read, these folks become likely readers, fans, customers and clients, because if I solved their problems for free I can solve their problems for pay.

Profit through the Discipline of Detached Observation

Observing feelings from a detached, calm, confident energy versus reacting to feelings is a skill most millionaires cultivate.

What better way can you develop this skill than by reading and processing criticism without reacting to your emotions?

Wealthy bloggers observe knee jerk reactions in their being, feel energies, release, and proceed to profit. You see immense patience, persistence, poise and profiting. But the blogger just watches, feels and releases, versus reacting.

Move Up the Energetic Ladder into More Prospering, Higher Circles by Ignoring Critics

Critics vibe from a fear-based, lower, poverty conscious energy.

Ignore these folks to rocket higher in blogging circles, toward a loving, prosperity conscious, profitable energy.

I made blogging friends in high places by completely ignoring lower energy folks, some of whom criticized me and my blog.

Starve lower energies.

Make room for higher energies.

Profit, free yourself and see increasing blogging success.

 

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