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Is Your WordPress Blog Slower Than You Think? (And How to Fix It)

Is Your WordPress Blog Slower Than You Think? (And How to Fix It)

Infuriating, isn’t it?

When a site loads so slowly you want to throw your computer out of the window.

Entire seconds pass before anything at all appears in your browser, and you start to wonder if the site even exists!

When it does respond, watching the site appear piece by piece is like a form of torture.

And by the time it finally loads, you’re so frustrated with the whole experience that you’re half-tempted to click away without reading any of the content.

After all, what self-respecting blogger would allow his or her blog to perform like this?

But before you climb on your high horse, ask yourself this question:

What if this is exactly how other people feel about your blog?

That’s right, your blog.

You’d feel mortified, right? The owner of the slowest blog on the block.

But better to find out sooner rather than later so you can fix it if necessary.

Let’s find out how . . .
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Warning: Ignoring These 7 WordPress Plugins Could Seriously Damage Your Blog

Warning: Ignoring These 7 WordPress Plugins Could Seriously Damage Your Blog

No doubt you’ve seen them.

The eye-catching posts that promise to reveal the 5, or 10 or even 57 WordPress plugins you absolutely must use on your blog.

You click the headlines and scroll through the posts, your jaw hanging open at the seemingly endless opportunities to transform your blog.

And inevitably, you find yourself installing every single one.

But soon after, you realize that most of these plugins don’t live up to the hype.

In other words, you’ve wasted your time.

Worse still, your site has become noticeably slower. Your newly sluggish dashboard means tasks that used to take a few seconds now take a full minute. And your readers are getting a poor experience too.

It’s a common situation – “shiny object syndrome” is difficult to avoid.

But you must need some plugins installed on your blog, right?

So the question remains:

Which ones do you really need?

And wouldn’t it be great if someone could just tell you exactly what they are?
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4 Ways to Slash Comment Spam (Before It Kills Your Blog)

4 Ways to Slash Comment Spam (Before It Kills Your Blog)

It’s a Monday morning, and you’re sitting down with your first cup of coffee.

You open up your blog, and you’re excited to see that someone commented on your latest post.

“Fantastic!” you think. “I’m finally starting to get some traction with my site!”

Then you look closer, and you slam your coffee mug down in disgust.

The comment isn’t from an excited, engaged reader who enjoys your writing and wants to join the discussion on your site.

It’s from a spammer.

Yuck.

Comment spam is an annoying, disappointing part of life online.

As your blog grows, comment spam becomes a daily hassle. Dealing with it is a lot like playing an endless, wildly irritating game of Whack-a-Mole. The game never ends, you waste a ton of time, and no one ever wins.

Perhaps it’s time you got yourself a better hammer.
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27 WordPress Hacks Every Serious Blogger Needs to Know

27 WordPress Hacks Every Serious Blogger Needs to Know

Let me take a wild guess.

Your days aren’t exactly overflowing with free time.

You dedicate as many hours as you can to your blog, but it never seems enough.

If only you could spend more time on the stuff that really matters.

Like writing. Or researching. Or connecting with other bloggers.

Surely you must be able to save a little time somewhere.

Well, how about WordPress?

As a blogger you camp out in WordPress for hours, even days.

But are you really working as quickly, efficiently and productively as you could?

Probably not, right?

Of course, you could always research a few nifty shortcuts. But that will take time – which is exactly what you don’t have.

Fortunately, you can undo any time-wasting habits with these little-known WordPress hacks.

Each one is guaranteed to help you wring every last second out of your blogging routine.
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The Simple Blog Tweak That Gets You More Social Shares Right Now

The Simple Blog Tweak That Gets You More Social Shares Right Now

Go on. Be honest.

As a blogger, you have a love-hate relationship with social media.

You love the idea of your content going viral and bringing thousands of new readers to your blog.

But you hate the fact that this kind of social success is so hard to achieve in practice.

Regardless, you always share your latest posts and ask others to do the same.

And you pick up a few shares here and there, but little more.

In fact, every time you post your content on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, it feels like tossing a coin into a fountain and making a silent wish.

You secretly hope that this will be the one that catches fire, but deep down you know it probably won’t be.

And you just can’t shake the idea that you might be missing a trick.

But what else can you do? Sharing is down to other people. It’s out of your hands, right?

Wrong.

What you may not realize is that the moment you click publish on a new post, you may already have condemned it to social obscurity.

Unless you come to grips with something called social metadata.
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