Does your blog take too long to load? Find out right now.

pagespeed-tools-logoNow that Google and other major search engines are taking page load times into consideration when ranking web pages in their search results, it’s more important than ever to make sure your blog pages load as quickly as possible.

There are a number of factors that affect how quickly a web page will load, but figuring out how to make the changes necessary to speed up a blog can be difficult in some cases. [Continue Reading]

Review: Site 5 VPS Web Hosting

site-5-logoWhen I built my first website back in 2003 I was pretty much in over my head. Even though it was a very basic site, I still found myself struggling with most every aspect of building and maintaining it.

One of the things I struggled with the most was choosing a good web hosting company. I tried a number of hosting companies and plans over the next couple of years, and finally found one that gave me the support I needed as I expanded the site and began to build more traffic to it. That company was Hostgator, and I can honestly say they are great!

As I learned more and built more websites and kept adding content to them, the traffic my sites were receiving on a daily basis began to grow exponentially. It soon became apparent that I desperately needed to move my sites onto a dedicated server. I chose the most economical plan that Hostgator offered, and was quite pleased with the results. [Continue Reading]

How to change the order of your blog posts in WordPress

wordpress-logoIn my opinion, WordPress is by far the best blogging platform out there. Why? Because nothing else even comes close in terms of power, flexibility and ease of use.

There are tons of intuitive ways to do virtually anything in WordPress, but one useful task that isn’t all that intuitive is changing the order of one or more of your existing blog posts.

By default, posts are displayed in reverse chronological order (i.e. the newest post at the top of the first page), but you can easily force a specific post to be displayed anywhere in the list. [Continue Reading]

Google to start penalizing pages that display interstitial ads and pop-ups

If you own a blog or other type of website, you probably know how important it is to rank well in the Google search results.

Like it or not, the majority of a typical site’s visitors usually come from Google. That means anything that causes your site’s pages to tank in the Google search results is a bad thing indeed!

Last month Google announced that they’ll soon start ranking web pages based upon the content found on the mobile versions of the websites “crawled” by their bots. Well, now they’re taking their emphasis on mobile friendliness to an entirely new level.

Here is a direct quote from a recent Google blog post: [Continue Reading]

ATTN Bloggers: Your blog’s Google rankings could soon nosedive if it isn’t mobile-friendly.

google-logoAre you a blogger who has been putting off the task of making your blog mobile-friendly? If so, I strongly recommend that you get it done ASAP!

In February of last year Google announced that mobile-friendly websites would soon start ranking higher in their search results than non-mobile-friendly sites.

Well, they are now ready to take their mobile-friendly policy to a new level by using mobile pages to determine the rankings in their search results. [Continue Reading]

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