New Weekly Income Record + Tips For Better Site Speed

Last Update: May 20, 2020

Hello WA family. I'm so sorry to be late in updating you on this very exciting thing that happened the first week of May. It's the fact that I made over $245 in a single week!

That's my new record, up from $175 in a week, back in January. Some slow growth but still, any kind of growth is good to see. :)

However, some not so good things also happened. Following the update from Google, my Google PageSpeed Insights gave me RED for mobile speed, which is NOT good.

I had to figure out how to bring it up to at least the yellow, better yet, into the green for mobile. So I spent one whole week trying to figure out what was wrong.

With the Google update, although my site didn't get hit too hard (my average position moved from 11 to 21), I still want to get back to where I was traffic-wise, and the only way to do that is to improve the Mobile speed.

And I found a few things.

Putting them into practice brought me from the RED zone (in the 30s) to the high yellow zone (high 80s) for mobile. There are still some things to improve but at least it's much better!

I'm going to share with you what I did in order to improve my Site Speed and get better rankings. My average during the last 2 weeks has moved up to 16 :)

Tips To Improve Site Speed

I do use Google PageSpeed Insights but I also use GTmetrix to help me figure out EXACTLY what is slowing down my website.

Most of the time, it will be one or several of the following;

1) Images

Your biggest culprit will always be IMAGES. If you simply upload without them without optimizing them, your page/website is going to take longer to load.

If possible, try to resize them before uploading them. If not, then you could resize them using the resizing options within your Wordpress back office.

Using GTmetrix will let you know which image specifically needs to be optimized.

Moreover, try to use an image optimization plugin. I use Smush Pro for this. It does have a free version, but the Pro version also comes with extra features such as;

1) lazy loading

2) converting images to next gen format (WebP)

3) CDN server

4) Stripping image metadata (that most of us bloggers don't need)

5) Super compress

However, the free version helps a lot too in compressing your image files.

2) Plugins

Plugins are the second big reason why your website might be loading slow on mobile. It depends on how well the code is written and executed.

Unfortunately, a lot of plugins only focus on the outcome of the job that needs to be done and developers don't pay very much attention to HOW the code is executed.

Moreover, some plugins just don't work well together.

Again, the best way to know is to use GTmetrix as it will tell you exactly which plugin is taking time to load.

3) Themes

Unfortunately, as many beautiful themes as there are available for Wordpress, a lot of them are not SEO-friendly or responsive for mobile. Again, it has to do with the way the code is written and executed.

Sure, your site might show as mobile-friendly, as in, it has a mobile version of the theme but it might not necessarily be RESPONSIVE.

You need to look for a responsive theme that will help both with site speed as well as SEO. The faster your website is, the less the bounce rate will be, and the higher you'll get ranked.

I got mine from MyThemeShop. They have a list of free as well as premium themes. The free themes should, in themselves, improve your site speed greatly!

4) Page Builder Plugin

I put this one separately from the plugin section because I have some specific information regarding them. I was actually initially using Elementor and I know a lot of us use it.

Unfortunately, I was reading up on it and as much as it is user-friendly, it was NOT created with site speed in mind. Therefore, I had to give it up.

Deactivating Elementor sped up my site greatly!

But what about a replacement?

I found another plugin called Page Builder By Site Origin and this is supposed to reduce the number of requests made to the server, as compared to Elementor. Thus, site speed improves.

It's not the best page builder plugin, but I have learned to do away with it because to me, the speed of my site is more important. If speed is not better, I won't get ranked.

What's the use of my website being beautiful with nobody to see it?

5) DON'T use a cache plugin - It broke my site

Okay, it wasn't as bad as it sounds, but apparently, our EXTREME site speed within WA already uses a caching system so you don't need a cache plugin.

It will only interfere with your website and break it when activated.

You might have heard of this as a solution many people out there are giving out on Google, but don't do it!

6) Use Query Monitor

This is another plugin that I downloaded that helps me figure out WHAT is actually interfering with the laoding of a page.

It tells me the amount of time it takes to load, what scripts are loading slow (so you know if it's an image, a plugin, a theme), but know that there is a bit of a learning curve to using this plugin. Even I don't fully understand how to us it yet.

However, it helped me identify the slower plugins, such as Elementor and Autoptimize that I was using previously.

That's About it!

That's everything that I learned within the one week that I was working on my site speed. Yes there is a ton of work, but it's all worth it in the end, when you see your website improving.

It's a cycle; get better site speed, you'll get ranked better. Get ranked better, you get more visitors. Get more visitors with a reduced bounce rate and your rankings get even better, for more visitors!

I hope that this was helpful!

What about you?

How is your month of May going so far? Any good news? Any good improvements? Anything you've new you've learned about Site speed that can help us all improve our websites?

Thank for reading and I'll see you in the next one!

Reyhana

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YourBizTips Premium
Thanks for sharing your experience (bad and good) Reyhana. I have managed to improve my mobile download speed quite a bit and my desktop download speed a little bit just by deleting 2 plugins that I really didn't need.

Now my mobile download speed is 71 and my desktop download speed is 95.

Do you think it is acceptable, or should I still try to improve my mobile download speed?

Thanks so much for your help.

John
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RDulloo Premium
It’s a pleasure sharing with my WA family. That’s great news! I’m happy to hear that you were able to improve the speed of your website.

But also know that different pages will have different results so make sure to test them all.

I say there is always room for improvement. Mine is around the 87 mark for mobile and 90+ for mobile on average. I would try to make it better but this time resizing images as that’s the next biggest thing that impacts site speed.

Wishing you the best and thanks for sharing.
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Dave07 Premium
Hi Reyhana

This was certainly a good read and full of great tips.
Unfortunately for me Smush was the culprit in breaking my website earlier this week so I am still looking for an alternative.
I have made some of the changes you talked about and my mobile speeds are now in the higher parts of the yellow zone.
That'll do me for now as I dont want to lose focus on other stuff.

Thanks
Dave
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RDulloo Premium
Any time Dave.. It's my pleasure to share and to help.

Ahh, yes! Unfortunately, depending on the theme that you have and other plugins, Smush might not work great. But I would suggest trying to change your theme and using smush again because it's one of the best image optimizing tools out there.

Thanks for letting me know the other stuff helped you out.. :) Happy to know that.

Wishing you the best!
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etseil20 Premium
Hi Reyhana,

Thanks for sharing, and kudos on the commissions (awesome sauce)!

Those tips were very helpful. I just read Kyle's latest post on site speed, which was a wake-up call for my sites. My desktop scores are great, but the mobile scores are not. I keep an eye on my site health and not having too many plugins for my sites. So your tips will come in handy to improve site speed on my two websites through WA.

Thanks again, and great to hear about that income record. Keep it going!

Best,

-Eric
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RDulloo Premium
Any time Eric. It's a pleasure to share.

Yes, it was the same thing for me. My desktop speed was great but not so great mobile speed. Those are the things that I implemented and they were much better,

Hope this helps you!

But also remember that the quantity of plugins don't matter as much as the QUALITY of the plugins. I have around 12 plugins and my website speed is still great, even the mobile on.

However it is a good idea to only keep the ones you need.

Wishing you the best!
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CLoney Premium
I needed thisssss!!!!!! Thank you so so so so so much!

I have been back and forth trying to figure this out but never took a day to sit and focus on it. I was going to do it this weekend so your post could not have come at a more convenient time!

I feel like hugging you :)

All the best moving forward!

Crystal
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RDulloo Premium
Aww thanks for letting me know Crystal. You're very welcome. I always like knowing there are others benefitting from my my WA blogs.

I know it takes some time but if you take some patience and work through it one step at a time, I'm sure it will get better.. :)

Oh here's a virtual hug!! lol

Thanks and all the best to you too!
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BobMargroff Premium
Hi Reyhana,

LOL!! It must be Site Speed day today. Kyle just posted a blog on ranking better with a few tips to go along with your blog... LOL!

I have just got finished looking at my website and I believe I need to work on the images on mine. I just got done updating a few posts and now have more images and didn't think about sizing them before loading them. You gave me a great idea.

I also need to go back and use an old post from Kaju from about a year ago... I think. Well, I have some more work to do...

I wish you the best!

Bob
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RDulloo Premium
Hello Bob! Haha, I didn't know that Kyle also talked about page speed! Lol, I'll go look for it now.

Yes, Kaju's training was so very helpful, but I do it a lot less complicated than kaju's training.

I'm just going from post to post and just resizing the imaging within Wordpress and also using the Smush Pro plugin to re-compress them. It's working out great, although I have 400 more posts to go through...XD

That's what this business is, hard work but it's all worth it! We have to keep that in mind... :)
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Chris737 Premium
What are you resizing your images to? I've just gone through and resized all mine to a max of 1200 pixels. It has seemed to help my site speed already. 👍🏼
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RDulloo Premium
That's great, Chris!

I've actually played with resizing my images to be as small as possible, without affecting the quality too much. The average size of an image on my website is 700x500 and it still displays pretty well for me.

So I think you could go even smaller... :) Just look at the resulting picture's visual quality to see whether it is satisfactory to you.
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Chris737 Premium
Perfect thanks so much!
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BobMargroff Premium
Yeah, his ideas were awesome, but was about to use his idea again, and not looking forward to using the tedious process he mentions.

I can see the value in it though. Especially if something goes wrong while making changes... LOL!
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RDulloo Premium
Agreed! There is a lot of value in it for sure.. :)
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