How to increase Blog Loading Speed: As a user, you will always want to open a blog or website that has a good loading speed, that is, the blog should be opened quickly. You do not have to wait 10 sec, 15 sec to read the information given on it.
Today, users have no patience for websites with poor load speeds or performance. If it takes more time to load your blog, then people will go to another blog by pressing the back button from your blog.
Along with the visitors, Search Engine also likes that blog whose loading time is less, so in today’s post, I am going to tell you how to increase the loading speed of BlogSpot blog.
Importance of Website Load Time
Since 2010, Google has included page load speed in its ranking algorithm. The faster your website loads, the greater its user experience. In 2010, Google stated that only 1% of search engine results were affected by the page speed ranking signal.
Google Webmaster Central Blog: July 2018, page speed will be a ranking factor for mobile searches.
In this, Google has also made it clear, if your content is the best, then slow load time will not affect your ranking so much.
Note: The intent of the search query is still a very strong signal, so a slow page may still rank highly if it has great, relevant content.
Page speed is very important not only in search engine ranking, but also in user experience.
A study has shown that 40% of web users will not go back to that website, if that site takes more than 4 second to load. More than 47% of internet users expect a web page to be loaded within 2 seconds.
Keeping this in mind, you have to optimize your blog in such a way that its load time is reduced.
How to check website speed
By now we have come to know that the loading speed of our blog has to be reduced, but first of all how to check the speed of our site or how to find out what is the loading speed of our site?
There are many tools online such as GTmetrix, Insights Page Speed, Pingdom Tools, Web Page Test etc. With the help of which you can check the speed of your blog and because of which site load time is more, it gives us complete information about it.
Pingdom is another popular website that checks your page loading time and gives you an overview about the overall performance of your site.
Here you can see the page load time of Setlifestyle blog which is 3.52 second, it is not so special. It tells which elements take more time to load in your page and will also give you the idea of external script which takes maximum time to load.
Google’s Pagespeed Insights tool is the most popular tool to check the speed of your blog. Most bloggers must know or use this tool.
By analyzing your blog’s URL, this tool tells you how many percent speed of your blog is optimized for both desktop and mobile and also gives us some suggestions below to improve your page speed.
There is also a Chrome extension of Pagespeed Insights that you can check the speed of the blog by installing in your browser.
Here if your blog’s mobile and desktop optimization score is more than 85 (out of 100), then your blog speed is properly optimized, you do not need to do much.
How to increase the loading speed of BlogSpot Blog
With a lot of plugins in WordPress blog that make our work easy but Blogger is Google’s service on which we do not have fill access and it has limited features. To improve the loading speed of your BlogSpot blog, you have to follow all the tips given below thoroughly.
1. Minimum Post on Homepage
The speed of the blog’s home page and content page varies, to reduce the speed of the home page, you keep the number of posts low. I would recommend to show you 5-6 posts.
To change the number of posts being shown on the blogger homepage, you go to blogger setting and click on post, comment and sharing, under the box at show at most in the post section, you no. assign of post.
2. Remove Unwanted Widgets
Whenever you upload a template in your Blogger blog, by default many widgets like search box, archive, visitors count, tags, featured post etc. you will see in the sidebar and footer. The more widgets you use will also affect your loading speed.
Therefore, you should use only those widgets which are more important such as recent post, popular post, social media follow button and category. I also use a few such widgets in my blog in the sidebar, moreover I do not use any widgets in the footer as well.
3. Use Fast Loading Template
The speed of your blog depends to a large extent, which Theme / Template you have used. On the Internet you will get a lot of free and paid templates, but before using the template, you must read its review whether it is SEO friendly, fast loading, mobile friendly or not.
When you create a blog, choose a good template and use the same template for a longer time, because changing the template again and again has its effect in search engine ranking and it has many other risks.
4. Avoid Too Many Ads
5. Use Minimum CSS and JS
By default BlogSpot has some JS and CSS files which you can remove if you want. If you check the speed of your blog on Google PageSpeed tool, you will get these 4 files in the render-blocking elements.
You cannot directly remove these codes. If you do not know about it properly, then you can search about it on Google.
6. Compress Images
It takes a lot of bandwidth to load images, due to this the loading speed of your blog decreases. You can increase the speed of the blog by 50% by just optimizing or compressing the images properly.
For image compression you will find many tools online such as Compress JPEG, Image Optimizer, compressor.io but I personally use Tiny PNG tool. Using these tools, you can compress images up to 70-80%, but this will not affect the quality of your images.
How much should the size (KB or MB) of the main image be in the blog post?
Ideally, the lower the size of the image is good for your blog speed, but within the blog post you try to keep the image size up to a maximum of 45kb. I keep the image in my blog from 20kb to 35kb.
7. Compress codes
You can compress the code of your blog using HTML Compressor tool. Once the code is compressed, this site will show you how much size you have saved. If any change in your code is necessary, then this site will notify you. You can use the Code Beautifier tool to restore your compress code again.
Note: I would recommend you, try to keep your page load time under 3 seconds, but you do not have to worry too much about blog speed.
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To increase the loading speed of your blog, you must follow the tips given above. Along with improving your blog speed, you will be able to increase the bounce rate, search traffic and earning.
Hopefully after reading this post, you will be able to improve blog speed. If you have any question right now, you can ask in the comment below.
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