Improve Your WordPress SEO By Improving Image Load Speed with These Plugins

Improve Your WordPress SEO By Improving Image Load Speed with These Plugins

Did you know that page speed has a direct effect on your SEO rankings in Google and other search engines? Google’s main goal is to provide users with search results that answer their questions and provide an excellent experience to their users. This means that slow loading web pages are given lower scores by their algorithm and ranked lower as a result.

Images often have a huge effect on the loading speed of your page. Even many advanced WordPress users don’t put any thought into the images that they place on a page. Reducing the size of your images will always reduce the loading speed. 

No one wants to use a website that takes several seconds to load every time you try to navigate to a new page. Page speed can have a profound effect on your WordPress SEO efforts. Luckily, there are a number of plugins available that can help you to quickly reduce page speed with minimal investment. 

WP Smush.it

WP Smush.It is a plugin that is designed specifically to compress images on your website. The plugin is convenient because it works in the background, compressing any image as soon as it is uploaded in to the system. The plugin is completely free and can help you to vastly reduce the size of your images on your homepage and on any page on your website. 

Lazy Load

When a new visitor loads your website, every image and piece of text on that page is loaded. This means that images at the bottom of the page are loaded whether or not the visitor even makes their way that far down the page. Lazy Load is ideal because it allows images to load as the user scrolls down the page, instead of all at once. This greatly reduces the loading time of any page and will allow you to ensure that your visitors are needlessly downloading images that they will never see. 

Imsanity

Have you ever gone to upload an image, only to realize that it is way too big for the page? Well, no matter how the image is displayed on your website (even if you re-size it), users are still required to download the full image, even if the size is 3000 pixels x 3000 pixels. Imsanity takes your large images and cuts them down to a more reasonable size as soon as they are uploaded. 

If you are interested in improving the SEO attributes of your WordPress website, please contact us today to have a quick chat through e-mail. Our WordPress experts can help you find the perfect solution to your problems. 

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