Sunday, November 23, 2008

I Think I Did Well

I have been tinkering around with my blog today. One thing I hate most is if the page takes too long to load. Often I will close out a page if it takes too long so I try to pay extra special attention to my own load times. I tested my page over at http://tools.pingdom.com/. It's a great site! I test my page usually once a week. They say if load time is more than 10 seconds you are losing traffic. I try to keep mine quite a bit lower. Well I hadn't tested my page since I uploaded my drawings and my load time was at 12.9 seconds! Yikes. So I made those pics into thumbnails. I actually got rid of the blog labels at the bottom of my page. If anyone knows the purpose of those labels, feel free to let me in on that. I just noticed that list was getting massive. They are automatically added and it was wasting space at the bottom of my blog. So I removed it and tried to organize things a little better here. My new test came up at 6.9 seconds! I shaved off 6 seconds which I think is pretty awesome. I also adjusted my archives. Since I post a lot more now than I used to, I am archiving by week instead of month. You'll see the archive list to the right. You can read all the way back to the beginning of this blog. So, test your load time. See what it says. 10 seconds or less is the general rule. You'll get more traffic. There is my tip of the day. haha

12 comments:

Tammy W said...

Cool! I'm headed over there now! I hate when people put music on their pages...THAT takes FOREVER!

Tammy W said...

WOO HOO 7.3 seconds!!!! And have have a lot of pics too! Thanks for the link Sandi!!!

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I came in at 4.5 seconds. I removed a lot of unnecessary stuff too. I like my labels though. That's how I find things. I do it by searching the labels. Thanks for the tip. Have a great day. :)

Sandi said...

yeah I am just so confused about the labels. I don't know if I need them or not. I personally don't use them to find things...but someone else might. Ohhhh it's hard to know if I should keep them or not. Oh and you both did awesome. :) I use that site a lot to make sure I don't get too much stuff on my page. Widgets can take awhile to load. And I hate music on blogs too. Myspace is fine.....but not on a blog. It takes so long to load and usually scares me out of my wits. lol

Alan Gay and Straight said...

I hate to say it, but your page is very slow for loading, takes so long. I think it's too many widgets.
I like your blog...just hate the loading time. I'm thinking of just adding a Christmas countdown widget, but I know it will slow things down.

Do you have google analytics ?
It will show you exactly what people click on....and a whole lot more. Most bloggers use it.

http://www.google.com/analytics

Sandi said...

hmmm that is so odd because it never takes long for me, no matter what computer I use. I don't plan on adding any more widgets but that is so strange. I use that website and it gave me the time. I may need to remove more widgets I suppose. I don't know why it doesn't seem to take a long time for me to load. I don't really know anything about google analytics. I'll have to look into it.

Sandi said...

OK I removed the bloglog and blog catalog widgets...and some other unnecessary advertising sort of widgets. I am now down to 5.3 seconds on the load time at this site. I hope it's an improvement! :) Thanks for the tip Alan.

Speedcat Hollydale said...

I don't know if you and Sandee are talking about the same thing?? I think she meant the Comedy Plus Icons??

What you are talking about "labels" are just like key words. If you have a post with say, "Susan Sarandon" in the title, the labels, and inside the post linked to "Susan Sarandon" you have 100,000 times better chance of getting hits from Google in a search of Susan Sarandon.

Because your page rank is low, only very uncommon terms and labels will be on the front page of a google search.

iceah said...

yup i dont want long time loading pages i close them and i check my blog too c:

Dori said...

Thanks for the tip!

zuborg said...

Have you ever tested your page with http://Site-Perf.com/ ?

Alan Gay and Straight said...

Faster today :)

Google analytics will let you see what people click on on your site (then you know what to keep/remove), where they're from, how long on site...a whole lot of info.

It's just a little code, like adsense, that you put on your blog.