7 Reasons Why You Can’t Get a Good Google PageSpeed Score

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You’ve all heard that Google factors their PageSpeed score algorithm into rankings. But, you just haven’t been able to score well on it. So what are the reasons that you score poorly, and what can you do about it? 1. You don’t understand what Google wants you to do Google gives you a bunch of recommendations. But, if you aren’t well versed in techie speak, they are basically a foreign language. Let’s start with the headings: Possible Optimizations – this is where Google says you could, in theory, improve. Possibly. Optimizations Found – this is what you’ve already done right and Google is happy with. Good job! Here are a sample site’s PageSpeed results. You’ll see these two sections. Possible optimizations are on top with a list of 4 items. Optimizations found is lower on the page with the details hidden. Since you don’t need to improve items that are already optimized, those results are hidden. The last item on the page is the Download optimized image, JavaScript, and CSS resources for this page. That gives you the ability to download already optimized files. On the possible optimizations, if you click on Show how to fix, then it will expand and show you the details of the complaints. Below you can see that the images loaded from external twitter feed could be compressed. If you’re on WordPress and you’d like your PageSpeed & YSlow results explained to you with actionable things you can do, you can Get a WordPress Speed Audit. 2. Your images are huge Images are the most common reason for low PageSpeed scores. On most sites images account for more than 50% of the downloaded content, so you can get some really big wins by optimizing your images. As a general rule: most images on your website should

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Yoast SEO WordPress Plugin Tutorial

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So you’re a blogger or content writer for a website/blog built in WordPress but you want help writing articles with search engine optimization (SEO). You do some research and you find WordPress SEO by Yoast is considered one of the best (and free). You install the Yoast plugin and then go to write a blog post (or page) and you are completely clueless on how to use it. Well, you’re in luck because this is a step-by-step tutorial for writing posts/pages with the Yoast plugin! 

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How to Fight Comment Spam on WordPress

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If there’s one thing that I hate even more than email spam, it’s probably comment spam. I’ve tried a lot of plugins over a lot of sites, and here is what I’ve found to be very effective.

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How to Perform 301 Redirects on WordPress

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You’ve been told by countless SEO guides & Webmaster Tools that if you move a URL you need to use a 301 redirect. But they usually don’t tell you what exactly it is or how to do it. This article will cover the what and how for 301 redirects on WordPress.

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Backup WordPress with BackWPup Tutorial

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We all know that we need to backup our website, but the question is always how. This tutorial covers using an excellent and free backup tool, BackWPup. BackWPup also has a paid version if you need additional features (but most people will do just fine with the free version).

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How To Remove Comments & Trackbacks on WordPress

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With WordPress 4.3, WordPress has finally stopped allowing comments on new Pages. However, if you have an existing site every kind of data on your site probably allows both comments & trackbacks. That means pages, posts, media, and any custom data types you have. While it may sound like a good idea, it can be incredibly annoying if you have 50 pages, 100 posts, and 500 media files all getting trackbacks and/or comments on them. So how do you turn off the ones you don’t want?

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How to Select & Register a Domain

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Domain registration is quite quick and easy to do. The largest challenge is to decide whether you want a company to just register a domain or if you also want hosting.

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How to Select a WordPress Hosting Company

How to Select a WordPress Hosting Company

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You’re ready to get started with a self-hosted WordPress.org website and now need a hosting provider. Or, you have a provider, but are about ready to pull your hair out from frustration. Either way, this is a checklist of what to look for when selecting your new hosting company, and a few recommendations.

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Resetting a WordPress Password Using the Database & phpMyAdmin

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You’ve lost your WordPress password and can’t log into your site. And what’s worse, the reset password feature isn’t working (either because it can’t send mail or something else is wrong). This tutorial covers how to regain access to your site by direct database manipulation with phpMyAdmin.

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Custom Sidebars for WordPress Pages

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Do you have a WordPress theme that you really like, but it would be great if you could change the sidebars for certain pages? Most developers will tell you that first you go into functions.php and register the new sidebar, then create a custom page template. But, what if you don’t want to touch any PHP or even HTML for that matter? What if you just want a simple way to add custom sidebars when you want? If so, this tutorial is for you.

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