Welcome to My New Series: Building a Faster Blog ~ Have Any Questions or Ideas for Me?

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Tips for Building a Faster BlogI wanted to take this opportunity to start a brand new series of posts designed to help all of my fellow bloggers out there.  When I first started blogging almost a year ago, I thought that all I had to worry about was creating interesting content and developing a relationship with my soon-to-be readers.  Boy, have I learned a lot since then!  I soon came to realize that unless you have the money to hire a VERY involved web developer to help you in not only creating, but maintaining your blog's happenings behind the scenes, you better roll up your sleeves and learn some serious computer jargon.

Now, I've always been sort of a computer geek in the closet, so to speak, and I must admit that this blogging journey has kept my intellectual juices going while staying at home with my daughter (which is a blessing)!  In this year of blogging, I've had many ups and downs, but if there's one thing that's remained constant, it's that I learn something new and important almost every day.  One of the most important things I've learned so far is that the speed of your blog is critical to its success.  Especially now that Google, the mother of all search engines, has integrated speed as a crucial factor in both page rank and pages indexed, it's time to share what I know about speeding up your blog.  It doesn't matter if your posts are as proverbially deep as the ocean or as polished as silver, if your blog is taking 20-30 seconds to load, you might as well be writing to yourself, for no one will take the time to hang around and read your posts.

I've already got about 10 posts planned for this series, but I am constantly open to new questions and ideas.

Do you have any questions concerning blog design and speed?  If so, please leave me a comment here and I will definitely do my best to answer them or write a corresponding post about it.

Remember, I'm not a full-fledged, official member of the Geek Squad, just a wife and mommy who has spent a LOT of time and energy researching and experimenting with the constant work in progress in my life...my blog!  (And I was the captain of my high school's computer programming team...now THAT'S pretty geeky!  :-) )

I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!

Melissa
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2 Responses to Welcome to My New Series: Building a Faster Blog ~ Have Any Questions or Ideas for Me?

    Lisa Nolan Says:

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    Great series! I will read them all! A word of advice, lots of moms are pinning on Pinterest! In fact, I tried to pin your Build a Better blog series on my Tips for Mommy Bloggers Pinterest board, but the choice of graphics were not great. I recommend not just having a “grab a link to my blog” but “grab a button of my blog” so when moms pin you (and send you LOTS of traffic, you’ll have a button of your blog for them to pin! If you are a Pinterest member, try pinning your blog posts and you’ll see what I mean!

      Melissa Says:

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      Thanks so much for stopping by today Lisa and for the great tip! I definitely try to utilize Pinterest as much as I can (because I’m totally addicted to that site) and I’ll need to change things around on my blog so that my button shows up on every page instead of just my home page. Thanks so much for the heads up…I’m off to fix that right now. Have a wonderful day! :big smile:

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