Having your own blog? These are two important parts to think of. I’ll be talking about them in simple way and might go a little bit advanced in-between.
Hosting with WordPress.com? you’re covered. They are brilliant and taking all necessary actions to make sure that your site/blog performs well. However, here some additional tips that are simple and very helpful in getting even better performance:
- Post/Page Title has moderate length.
- Make sure to have an Excerpt (meta description) for the post/page.
- External Links in post/page have rel=nofollow except for the big names.
- Make sure there are Hn Tags and are in the right hierarchy. That’s, H1, H2, H3. Most WordPress’ themes have the title of post/page as H1 and the Comments title as H3. So, you need at least one H2 inside.
- If you’re using “Read More” link, try to change it to something more descriptive; i.e., Click to read the full post. This applies to all links in general.
- No YouTube/Video in the Above-the-Fold area. Texts only and maximum one image.
- Try to optimize/compress your images before uploading (compresspng.com, shortpixel.com). And, all images should have ALT attribute.
- Advanced: Make sure the image in the Above-the-Fold is not lazy loaded.
- Minimize the connections to database. A Categories List widget is a data-driven widget; it connects to database first to extract the categories and displays them. Rather, you can have a simple text widget with normal links to the categories.
- Avoid extra DOM size. Simply, reasonable length of your pages & sidebar. Remove un-needed parts (widgets). Advanced: If you use HTML in your writing, remove or replace extra attributes such as DIV, SPAN,…
Now, what if you’re self-hosting your blog (WordPress.org) or you’re on the Business Plan of WordPress.com? Check WordPress Plans. In that case, you have more options to manipulate the performance of your blog. You’ll be shocked when you see the results. This is another topic for: Why I host with WordPress.com.
You can check the speed of your blog through: Google Pagespeed or Gtmetrix. If your site in real world is loading great, then do not spend much time on these metrics. The page speed tests usually run on the algorithm which checks your site based on specific SEO, and site-related tests which cannot always be followed. The best way to understand if your site is loading slow or not is to check on the networks you have access to, and also to ask other people to check the site and let you know what they feel.
Again, hosting with WordPress.com? you’re covered. They already provide a good tool for measuring your statistics. Further, it’s light and don’t affect performance of your blog site.
One of the best statistics tool is: Google Analytics. It has more options and reports than the default one above.
Talking about WordPress, self-hosted website or WordPress.com with minimum Premium Plan is required to use Google Analytics. Considering performance scores, I don’t recommend to have the both tools working together. Self hosting or Business plan users could have different opinion here. Personally, I found WordPress.com default statistics (Jetpack Stats) has better performance scores than Google Analytics.
Have you ever tried any of these tools or tips? What else do use to enhance your site’s performance or to track its statistics?
13 thoughts on “Blog’s Statistics & Performance”
I’ll have to try the Google Analytics. I have tried Alexa. I was just so happy I had any rank at all. It is kind of fun to compare my blog’s ranking on Alexa to business websites.
I do enjoy looking at the stats that WordPress itself provides. There is a lot of useful information there.
Thank you very much, Cindy. WordPress statistics are enough indeed. However, other tools are helpful too. Glad that you enjoyed Alexa. I like it a lot and I used to use it much with my other business sites!
Thanks Mohamad. Valuable info.
Thank you very much, Lynda. Glad you find it useful info 🙂
Since I am still putting posts out there for entertainment and not for profit, I don’t look at the statistics very much. I should but I don’t. If I did I would have more likes and comments which would be nice.
Thank you very much, Darlene. It won’t hurt for sure not following up with the statistics. However, they give insight what people are liking on my website and what culture they are from
I find the WordPress stats useful. Thanks for the tips.
Thank you very much, Franchi. Yes, WP Statistics are more than enough – and it’s very easy to use in comparing to others. In general, you won’t need the other tools. Different prospective from different tools is helpful though
Thanks for sharing this idea. Anita
Thank you very much, Anita. Glad you you like it
Fantastic tips! It is definitely worth it to have accurate performance reports. 🙂
Thanks a lot, Layla. Glad you find them helpful. Performance reports are very important in making crucial decisions on our websites/blogs indeed.