SEO Tips for the Need for Speed
My No 1 SEO Tips towards speed. Page load time is important for your website and is becoming an item that Google is using in their ranking algorithm. When I say speed of load I mean how fast your website loads in a browser. According to SEO expert Joost de Valk of Yoast.com and author of numerous WordPress plugins, the optimal load time is under 2 seconds.
SEO Tips- Plugins
For that Google rewards you. Here are a few tips how you can increase your page speed on your WordPress.org blog free of charge
• If your are using any Java script libraries like jquery, in most WP themes, have them load directly from Google versus from your site use the plugin “Use Google Libraries” to accomplish this. It speeds you up and you use less of your own bandwidth.
• If your blog has many images on it use the plugin “WP Smush.IT” which will reduce the size of your images for faster loading by using the smush.it engine.
• Often WordPress themes have lots of tiny images on them. You can find a cool tool at http://spriteme.org called “Sprite.me“ This will take a number of tiny images and put them together into a css sprite so that they load much faster. Images use one of the 8 connections available in a browser so combining them into a css sprite allows your site to load faster . There is an excellent tutorial available on this tool on the site.
SEO Tips- Content Delivery Network
On the paid side you will dramatically boost your load time by using a Content Delivery Network. Popular choices are Amazon’s S3 service or their Cloudfront service and MaxCDN/DNANet. They have very competitive prices to store and deliver your content as you need it from their servers in the cloud.
In order to use these most efficiently you should use a caching plugin. The plugin I have used after trying several others is W3TotalCache by W3 Edge. It will allow you to minify your css, and has a wide variety of caching tools that you can use. Coupled with a CDN it will serve your static content , such as themes and css,from the cloud automatically . The setup instructions are easy to follow and their are tutorials on the web to assist you. These will make sure your blogging or business blog are speedy.
I use it and it helps with speed
If you look carefully near the botton of the MaxCDN site you find a little gem to save you some money also.