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How To Optimize Images

seo tips for your blog

One of the main factors for a slow loading website or blog, is having images that are not properly optimized.

If you are at all like me, you grab images (or create them) based on what you like and pay little attention to the size of the image. And for someone with little or no experience with tech stuff, learning how to optimize images for your site might seem a little bit rough.

It’s actually a lot easier than you would think, the tough part is getting into the habit of optimizing the image from the start.

 

The video below will introduce you to a cool online tool you can use to resize large images and get them optimized for your website..for free.

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If have a website or blog that has been around for a while, stuffed full of images that need to be optimized, the task of grabbing each image and getting it resized can be overwhelming. If that is the case, take a look at a plugin for wordpress called WP Smush.it

This plugin takes all of the images you have in your wordpress media library and runs them through a service called smush.it (owned by Yahoo) that optimizes your images automatically. I use this plug-in myself and it makes a huge difference, especially when it comes to displaying images on mobile devices.

The smush.it service puts a 1mb size limit on the images it will optimize, so if you have images larger than that, take them over to picresize.com and resize them down below the 1mb limit. Then reload them to your media library and run them through the service again. Refer to the video above for a brief tutorial on how to use picresize.com

Having images optimized for size and speed is one part of the seo process. The other is adding the image ALT tags and properly naming the image file. These two seo tips will definitely help you increase the speed of your website, which in turn makes for a better experience for your visitors!

On a side note..Google has recently hinted at adding a mobile friendly aspect to their algorithm, which will give websites that are properly optimized for both mobile and desktop visitors higher rankings in search results.

Links mentioned in this post:

WP Smush.it

picresize.com

 

As always..to YOUR Success!

Matthew McAlpine

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