All posts tagged SEO

Speed up your WordPress Blog

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Is your WordPress blog is slow? – and how can you improve performance without any programming experience. A clarifcation of these two questions is the main objectives for this post.

I have to admit that I’m obsessed with website speed and there is a few very obvious reasons…

  • A fast loading site is a great start on a site visit from a user experience perspective
  • A fast loading site improves important KPI’s like conversion rate, exit% and time spend on the site
  • Google loves fast loading sites and gives SEO benefits to fast loading sites

So the need for speed is pretty obvious in my mind.

However the nature of WordPress with many different plugins of various quality and dynamic rendered content can be problematic from a speed perspective.

The good news is that there are many well performing and simple tricks that can compensate for the default WordPress setup.

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Speed up WordPress in 10 minutes with Quick Cache

Speed up WordPress with the Quick Cache plugin

The need for speed is crucial in modern webdesign. To speed up WordPress performance, caching plugins are very popular.

Introducing a caching plugin in WordPress means faster page download, better user interaction, better SEO performance, and reduced usage of server resources. It’s obvious why this is important.

In this post we’ll take a closer look at the relatively new cache plugin – Quick Cache. The impressive thing about Quick Cache is that it works great out of the box, which makes it interesting for you, if you haven’t tried caching plugins for WordPress yet, or if you’re having trouble getting some of the other plugins to work.

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New Official SEO guide from Google

SEO guide from GoogleSEO can anything between science and voodoo, since Google and other search engines typically keep their ranking very secret, to prevent irrelevant results from spamming the search results.

That’s why it’s very interesting that Google just published a guide on how to SEO optimize websites.

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Spice up your site with Google font API

Google font apiWith the new Google Font API you can easily create nice text effect on your site without using graphics. Making nice text effects on the web, normally requires creation of graphical images that contains the text, since only a few fonts are universally supported across different browsers and operating systems.

Text as images has the advantage of great control over the end result in the users browser, but also the problems with potentially slower download times due to the size of the image containing the text effect, and less flexibility in maintenance since changes to the text means creating a new image.

In this post we’ll take a look at the Google Font API, that offers a new solution to nice fonts on the web.

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The perfect 404 page

error 404 iconA error 404 page is displayed in the cases where another site is linking to a URL on your site that isn’t available.

There can be different reasons why the URL isn’t valid, maybe you redesigned/restructured  your site to a new URL structure, maybe somebody just made a typo in a link or in the browsers address bar, or maybe some of your content has been removed.

There are different philosophies about 404 pages. Some people just want to redirect the users to the sites front page, however if the user expects to see a very specific page on your site, being redirected to the front page isn’t a very good user experience.

In this post we’ll build a 404 page in PHP that tries to guide the user as close as possible to the most relevant content on your site.
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12 tips to get your SEO flying

Search engine logos: Yahoo, Google, BingSEO optimization sometimes sounds like a mix of facts and Voodoo. The search engines won’t reveal too many details about their ranking algorithms, because somebody might want to misuse this information to put the wrong sites on top of the search results.

Therefore the information on how the ranking on search engines exactly works isn’t available, but there is many theories on how a site is best built to be search engine friendly. In this post we’ll focus on the facts about SEO, and not so much on the Voodoo.
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Speed up your site with image sprites

How to make css image sprites

There are several techniques for speeding up your site. If your site is using many graphical objects this also means the your users browser needs to establish many HTTP connections to display all the images. This can slow down your site. By implementing image sprites on your site, you can radically reduce the number of HTTP requests required t display your site, and thereby speed up the rendering of your site.

This post gives you the background behind image sprites, and a example on how to implement image sprites on your website.
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