Website speed is more important than ever.

Research suggests you only have 7 seconds to capture a viewer of a website before they click away. So what we’re talking about today is of utmost importance, not even mentioning how important site speed is for your SEO.

The WordPress blogging platform is used by millions of websites on the net. It’s incredibly powerful, but due to how customisable it is, is prone to getting slow.

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Facebook groups will grow your business

If you are leveraging Facebook to grow your business and build your email list, then there is a good chance that you are a member of one or more Facebook groups.

I’ve been leveraging Facebook groups for the last year and I love them. (In fact, I enjoyed them so much)

Here’s why:

  • They are an excellent way to reach your target audience for free.
  • Facebook groups let you closely interact with potential customers or followers.
  • They are a good tool to promote your content, products or services.
  • You can showcase your knowledge and experience in your niche.
  • Facebook groups help you grow your traffic, build your email list, and build your revenue.
  • They allow you to network with other savvy entrepreneurs.
  • Facebook groups are a fantastic place to ask questions about best business practices.
  • You can interact with other business owners and bloggers to brainstorm, celebrate successes, share our stucks, give feedback, and make friends.
  • You can get tons of new clients!

What’s a Facebook Group and how do I join?

If you aren’t familiar with Facebook groups, let me give you a brief synopsis.

Facebook groups are communities of people who come together virtually to connect over a common topic. And there are TONS of groups for business, online entrepreneurs, digital marketers, content creators, VA, bloggers, and more.

They are not only great for meeting other online business owners, but they often have great educational posts and videos, and you can grow your list like crazy leveraging Facebook groups!

In addition, actively participating in Facebook groups can easily position you as the go-to-expert in your industry, and help you create strong long-term connections that turn into leads and clients.

To have success in Facebook Groups, I discovered it was best to belong to the ones with an engaged community filled with motivated members and an enthusiastic host. These well-moderated groups have clear guidelines on posting, promotions, and the purpose of the group.

To find the right Facebook groups to join, you can take Facebook’s suggestions. You’ll see these in the right-hand column in your Facebook feed.

Here is an example of some of the groups Facebook is suggesting to me. Notice that the suggested groups have some of my Facebook friends in them.

Or you can use Facebook’s group search function.

Below is an example of a search that I did using the term “graphic designers.” Be sure to use search keywords that describe your target audience.

For instance, if you are a VA who works for coaches, then search for groups of coaches. If you are a financial planner who specializes in real estate brokers, then search for groups where they hang out.

The results page also lets you browse groups by friends’ groups, local groups and new groups.

Once you click on the group, you can read more about it and decide whether you would like to join. Then, you just click the Join button (see the graphic below).

Most groups will ask you 3 questions – be sure to answer these with a bit of thought because they are how the group host decides whether you are a good fit for their community.

What types of Facebook groups should I join?

There are three types of Facebook groups I recommend joining to grow your business and/or blog:

  1. Groups where your ideal customers hang out
  2. Groups where your peers from the same industry hang out
  3. Groups where other entrepreneurs hang out
  4. Groups hosted by someone you follow and admire

I have gotten so much value from Facebook groups that I’ve vetted over 150 of them to see which ones are the most active and the best for business and bloggers. Out of the ones I tested, I’ve created a list of the 75+ best Facebook groups for businesses and bloggers. I keep it continuously updated on a Google spreadsheet.

I selected each of these groups because of their helpful, friendly community of entrepreneurs and bloggers, and their great group hosts. These groups that will welcome you with open arms, provided you stick to the group rules.

Get the best results from Facebook groups

Here are my recommendations for getting the most out of Facebook groups:

1) Start off by joining 3-5 groups. While you can join as many Facebook groups as you would like, it’s difficult to actively participate in too many.

2) Read the group guidelines and rules. You can find these in the sidebar or pinned to the top of the group. Learn what the group will allow (and what it won’t) and do NOT violate these or you will get booted and banned from the group.

3) Actively participate and contribute to the group: Once you join a group, you become a member of a community. Show up in it consistently, add value, provide tips, showcase your expertise, post thought-provoking questions, be a resource, and congratulate people when they have wins.

In other words, interact with people in the same way you would if you met them at an in-person meeting. Get visible and get known for your area of expertise, and as a person who makes contributions.

More specifically:

  • Show up consistently (at least two-three times a week)
  • Answer questions from others that showcase your area of expertise
  • Share quality content (mini blog posts, case studies, how-tos, tips, etc.)
  • Post thought-provoking questions about your area of expertise
  • Be a resource for people and a connector
  • Be interested in others and their progress or journey
  • Acknowledge and celebrate others and their accomplishments

If the group has daily topics or questions, participate in them and get your name and brand seen by others in the group (especially if you can tie it in to your area of expertise).

4) Share your lead magnets in your Facebook groups (if they allow you to do so). Once you’ve found some groups with your ideal customer and they have discovered that you are an expert in what you do (because you’ve provided such incredible value. Now it’s time to get them on your list!

Look in the group guidelines for their Promo Day or Offer Day. The host will typically have a prompt with a graphic that is called something like Freebie Friday or Offer Day or Share-It Wednesday. Post your lead magnet under that prompt.

5) Keep track of your groups. At first, it was hard to keep track of the Promo Days because they are all on different days of the week. So, this is another reason that I put together the comprehensive spreadsheet of the groups that I think are the most awesome for business owners and bloggers. I also include their size, host name(s), focus area, URL, and Promo Days, and Social Share Days.

When you join a Facebook group, please be a good participant and contribute. You will get the best results by adding value to the community.

Also, don’t get sucked in by huge group numbers when you consider which ones that you will join. What I’ve found is that big groups are great for learning, but can be hard to get noticed in – posts get pushed down quickly because of their high volume of activity.

I’ve had a lot of success in getting more traffic and leads from groups under 5,000 because more people are likely to see your promo and posts. You can also build relationships more quickly in smaller groups. So, don’t be a “numbers addict” because when it comes to Facebook Groups – size isn’t everything!

When you follow these tips and participate in Facebook groups regularly, you will be amazed at how quickly things can happen in your business.

Not only will you get leads and clients, but – if you show up regularly – you’ll be asked to form strategic partnerships , get referrals, be invited to speak on podcasts and Facebook live interviews, and much more!


How do you drive a large amount of (quality) traffic to your website without putting in a ton of work? (notice how I say TON of work, not any work, because it will take work on your part! Sadly there is no “quick fix” for blogging traffic.) But, isn’t that the question most new bloggers want answered? Or all of us for that matter! I know that was my problem my first year of blogging. I felt like I was doing everything I could, posting everywhere I could and I still wasn’t getting a lot of traffic.

There are 3 super simple ways to drive traffic to your site!

Step 1: Participate in Facebook Groups!

Yes you have all heard me say this before, but I am saying it again! Why? Because Facebook Groups are HUGE for getting your content seen! They also are great when it comes to finding someone to collaborate with or for finding another blogger to guest post on your site! (or vise versa!) They are a fantastic place to ask questions and gain advice! And 99% of them do daily re-pin threads.

What is a re-pin thread? It’s a thread within the group, where you post a link to one of your pins that you want re-pins on. You re-pin however many pins within the thread that the rules state (it’s usually 5-10) and then people will reciprocate. This is a great way to have your pin go viral! And when your pin goes viral your stats shoot through the roof! Think about it for a min, say those 5 people have a total of 5,000 followers, that is a chance for 5,000+ people to see your pin!

Step 2: Participate in Pinterest Group Boards!

Let’s say you pin one of your pins to a group board that has over 10,000 followers; 10,000 people have the chance to see your pin and re-pin it! Then once they re-pin it, all of their followers can see your content and so on. When I create a new pin I always schedule it out for ALL of my group boards, then I log onto Facebook and participate in as many re-pin threads as I can! I have had pins go viral in less than 24 hours because of these groups.(FOR REAL!)

I push Pinterest so much because Pinterest is so so underestimated, but it is such a HUGE TOOL when it comes to driving traffic. Traffic from people who are interested in your content!

Step 3: Comment on other bloggers blog posts (stay within your niche)

I know this step seems silly but it works pretty well! Whenever you leave a comment on another bloggers post, in the spot where you are required to type your name, put your name and your sites name too!

It will look like this:

I can’t for the life of me think of the name for the | symbol but it looks much better and much less spammy than the @ symbol. To get the | symbol to appear hold down “alt” then type 124. (unless you have a Mac, then you will have the | symbol right on your keyboard! This has worked pretty well for me and I get a pretty good amount of traffic back to my site!

That is why it’s good to comment on blogs within your niche. Then their readers will be more inclined to read your info!

 

 

I have spent literally hours (DAYS, actually) searching for the best group boards to boost my traffic. And I’m sharing this big list with you today!

All of those group boards have minimum 1,000+ followers and are currently accepting new contributors. If you notice that one of these group boards changed its status and is no longer accepting contributors, please let me know so that I can replace it! ♥︎

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Website speed is more important than ever.

Research suggests you only have 7 seconds to capture a viewer of a website before they click away. So what we’re talking about today is of utmost importance, not even mentioning how important site speed is for your SEO.

The WordPress blogging platform is used by millions of websites on the net. It’s incredibly powerful, but due to how customisable it is, is prone to getting slow.

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So? Let’s speed up WordPress.

Find your website load time

Let’s see what we’re working with. How can we improve if we don’t know what we’re starting with?

Website speed tests like GTmetrix, Pingdom or Google Page Speed Insights will give you a score for how quick your website is. It should look something like the below:

Performance test exampleIf you implement most of the changes on this list, I guarantee your score will improve.

#1 Start strong with a good WordPress host

Your WordPress hosting is one of your most important factors in your site speed.

Your host is your foundation. Changing your WordPress host can improve your website speed more than anything else.

A WordPress host change is the best thing you can do for speed illustrationI’ve tried a ton of different web hosting options, through years of messing around with servers and web development. In my experience, one of the best web hosts when working specifically with WordPress is WPEngine, a specialise WordPress web host.

Different web hosts have different advantages — for instance I’m also a massive fan of Webfaction, but would only recommend it to someone who is a hit more into their web technology as it’s super customisable.

However, if you’re looking for a quick fix solution that will have you up and running in no time, minimal maintenance and keep your site running fast for years to come WPEngine is a great bet.

#2 Next? Blitz your plugins

Your plugins folder basically contains a number of different pieces of code that you are running on your site.

If you have smaller amount of plugins on your WordPress site, you have less code being executed; so that equals a faster site.

Go through your WordPress plugins, get rid of the ones that aren’t absolutely necessary. Do you really need WooCommerce? Probably, yes. Do you really need that plugin for displaying a unicorn when a link is hovered? Probably not.

Important: stick to well known and reputable plugins. It is most likely these will be well coded and have minimal effect on your site speed. Less popular plugins may well slow down your site due to poor code.

#3 Ditch your bad theme

We’ve all been there. You purchase a theme that looks cracking on a WordPress theme website and, somehow, it doesn’t just look like you imagined it on your own site.

The truth of the matter is, there’s a hell of a lot of shoddy WordPress themes out there, most of which include a ton of features and additions to try and get you to purchase them. The issue with this is that all of that comes with a ton of code that is slowing down your site. Your theme’s code should be as minimal as possible.

Since our mission is to speed up WordPress – the first priority is going to be to ditch your old outdated clunky theme and move to a fast efficient one.

Which leads me on to…

#4 Trying a WordPress framework

Imagine your WordPress website is a Boeing 747 aircraft. Okay? A WordPress framework would be the Rolls Royce jet engines that keep it up in the air.

Frameworks for the WordPress system make sure your website has the foundation necessary to make sure your website is successful from a tech perspective. They standardise your site to make sure Google have no trouble reading site and they present great user experiences.

In my opinion the best WordPress framework is Genesis by StudioPress. This is what Pixel Whizz uses, and is the framework and theme I install on every new WordPress site.

#5 Automatically crush your image sizes on upload

Images are one of the main contributors to your website load time.

This is tricky, because Images are essential to design and often function of your website. I’m not saying you should ditch or decrease the amount of imagery on your site. You just need to take the right steps.

Make sure the images you are uploading onto WordPress are of minimal size (that is to say, only the size you need them at and no larger). If you struggle with this, plugins like WPSmush will automatically optimise every image on upload to WordPress. After a few weeks, come back to the WPSmush dashboard and you’ll see how much website load it’s saving you:

WPSmush dashboard - how much web page load you saveTip, once you’ve installed WPSmush, you can quickly crush all of your existing media with just one click. Simply navigate to the settings page and hit ‘bulk smush now’.

#6 Lazy load your images

Remember when I said images were important?

I’m just hitting it home. Images slow down your site a heck of a lot. This is because often images are the largest files on your website – and most of the time your browser will want to load them before the webpage is displayed.

One great way to bypass this, is to ‘lazy load’ the images on your website. This means that only images which are being displayed ‘above the fold’ will be loaded. The other images on your site will only be loaded when they are scrolled to by the user.

The best way to do this is to use a javascript plugin. But there is also a WordPress plugin you can install to achieve it.

#7 Identify huge rogue images using GTMetrix

You see my face to the right of this post in the sidebar? That is obviously an image that I’ve uploaded through WordPress.

For the first month or so of having that image inside the sidebar, it was taking up 1.2MB of page load. 1.2MB! That’s almost more than every element on one Pixel Whizz page combined.

The image I had uploaded was far too large for the place that I was intending to display the image – but a few weeks on I’d forgotten it was taking up such a massive proportion of my page size. I only noticed when I did a scan on GTMetrix.com and it identified that I could save a massive amount of load time purely by reducing the size of that one image.

You’ll receive a breakdown like the below from GTMetrix, so you’re able to quickly go in and correct the images.

GTMetrix image resizing recommedations

#8 Consider using SVGs for site images

SVGs might be a new concept to you. This stands for “scalable vector graphic”. Basically, it means that whatever size the graphic displays, your image will remain razor sharp and look great.

That’s not why we’re talking about SVGs though.

SVGs in simple terms are purely lines of code. This means they are super small files and take almost no load time up on your site.

Website assets that you can swap out from normal image files, like PNG or JPEG, to SVG will help your load time big time. Things like your website logo, any site icons or social media icons, could all potentially be switched to SVG.

Note – you will need to install a plugin to enable SVG support within the WordPress media library.

Here’s an unoptimised JPG version of the Pixel Whizz logo. It sits at 93kb.

pixelwhizz_logo_jpg

Here’s an SVG file for the same thing. It looks better and is only 4kb!

#9 Keep WordPress Up To Date

WordPress is an incredibly complex and extremely popular piece of software that is used by millions and millions of websites across the internet. This means that there’s a lot of improvements being made to it on a regular basis – and as it grows WordPress is getting quicker.

Keep WordPress up to date. It’s important for everything from speed to security.

#10 An oldie but goodie: Caching Plugins

Caching is one of those love it, hate it relationships that I have with technology.

On the one hand, caching can speed up your website massively. On the other hand, caching is damn well pretty complicated – and there’s not really any way to get around it! If you’re not aware, the basic idea behind a caching plugin is to reduce your page load time by reducing the file size of your website assets. (There’s a ton of other clever stuff they do too, but I’m not going to delve too deep).

Before continuing, go ahead and install W3 Total Cache on your website. It’s one of the best WordPress speed plugins available.

You’ll pretty much see an immediate boost in your site performance purely from installing W3 Total Cache. You will also, however, notice there is a crazy amount of settings. This is one of the best guides to the correct settings to get the best performance from W3 Total Cache.

 

#11 Reduce reliance on external services

In the past, almost all external services that you ‘plugged into’ your website would have had to be loaded first before your webpage displayed to users.

Nowdays, a lot of services have made the move to asynchronous loading. This means that the service will load in the background and not slow your website up to users. For example, Disqus the commenting system is loaded asyncronously (so in the background) into Pixel Whizz.

Basically, asyncronous good. Synchronous bad.

So double check the services you use, and make sure they load in asynchronously. If they don’t consider looking for an alternative that does.

#12 Enable GZIP Compression

Sounds technical, right?

Don’t panic. It’s really pretty simple. GZIP compression is just a method to speed up file transfers on the web. In other words, it can dramatically speed up your site.

Most hosts now enable GZIP compression out of the box, but it’s worthwhile to check and implement GZIP if you aren’t using it already.

Simply grab this code from betterexplained.com and paste it into your .htaccess file on your server.

HTAccess Code example

Note: backup your .htaccess file before editing it!

#13 Experiment with using a CDN

CDN stands for Content Delivery Network.

In simple terms, a CDN will store all of your website assets in servers across the globe – meaning users can download them from a location much closer to them.

CDN Illustration

In the example above, instead of the asset being delivered from the original server location (green), it can be delivered to the user (red) from the much closer CDN server (blue)!

For WordPress, MaxCDN is one of the most popular options. CloudFlare is another great solution. These CDN’s can be configured using W3 Total Cache, which was mentioned earlier.

#14 Limit your fonts

It’s extremely common now for WordPress websites to use Google fonts. Google fonts is a fantastically robust, free service that contains a whole plethora of

The issue is, you seriously want to only pull in the fonts you need. Otherwise you’re increasing your page load for no reason at all.

I would limit yourself to two Google fonts maximum. One for headers, one for body.

For the fastest solution, you’ll want to use a default web fonts such as Times New Roman, or Arial. The downside with this method to in order to speed up WordPress is that it might look less professional, or compromise your design. This article contains a ton of useful information on web fonts that is well worth a read.

#15 Disable Pingbacks and Trackbacks

Settings > Discussion > Uncheck ‘Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) on new articles’

This is a feature that is used to notify you when someone links to your site. Unfortunately, it takes up quite a bit of server resource – ending up reducing your site speed.

Tools like Google Webmaster Tools can keep track on these links, so there’s no need to use this WordPress feature!

#16 Keep your database optimised

Stop! Don’t panic! I hate the word database as much as you. Thankfully, this tip is as quick installing a plugin.

If you’re unaware, things like your posts, comments and drafts are all stored within your WordPress database. Over time, your database will get larger and larger, which isn’t a problem – but can affect site speed if not kept on top of.

WP-Optimize is a database optimising plugin that will keep your WordPress database spick and span.

Simply running this plugin once a month or so, will perform actions like deleting spam comments from your WordPress database. These will have a dramatic effect to speed up WordPress.

If you like to use affiliate links on your blog you’re going to love using ShareASale. Yes, I know at first it’s a little hard to understand, but it’s simple once you get use to the site.use shareasale

It’s a great way to write about what you love and share programs you love with your readers while also making money from that blog post.How do you use ShareAsale?

What’s ShareASale:

ShareASale is an affiliate network that allows you to become an affiliate of different programs without having to go to different sites.

The first thing you need to do is sign up for ShareASale. Signing up is a 5 step process.

  1. Your login information
  2. Your website information
  3. Your email. If you use a regular email it can take a day or so to get approved, but if you use your website .com email (even if it forwarded) you don’t have to wait.
  4. Your contact information
  5. You payment information.

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Once you sign up you then need to search for merchants you want to work with.One thing I love about ShareASale is they have affiliate programs for everything from WordPress themes to Clothes.

To search for a merchant got to merchants and then to search. Once here you can see what’s popular, searches you’ve done previously, and you can see programs for the holidays.

You can also search by merchant, product, advanced search, or you can browse merchants by categories.

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Once you’ve found a merchant you like click on them. The next screen will tell you everything you need to know about that site and what they pay.

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What does all this mean?

  • Merchant Basics- The name of the merchant and their website.
  • Commission Structure- This tells you what you make pre-sale. In this case, it’s 15%.
  • Vitals- The cookies means the tracking cookies is live for. In this case, it’s for 60 days. (you get a commission if they buy within 60 days)
  • EPC(100)- is the amount earned per 100 clicks in 7 days and 30 days.
  • Reversal Rate- This is the percentage of reversals. Meaning someone bought and then returned.
  • Average Sale- This is on average whatever sale is.
  • Average Commission- This is the average commission for affiliates.

Once you find a program you like you will need to apply. Read through the terms and conditions. If you agree to them check the I agree  box and then Click on “join program”.

There are two ways to get approved. If the program automatically approves your in, but sometimes the merchant has to manually approve you. If they have to manually approve you is can take a few days.

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Once you approved you will need to get link or banner for that program to do that you simply go to links and then to get links/banners. Once there  you will see merchant  programs. Click on “get links”Use ShareASale

This is where you can get links to go in your blog post, banners to go on your site, or find deals/promotions that program is offering. Once you have your links ShareASale does the rest. They will then track your clicks and your sales.Use ShareASale

To see what you’re earning from that link you go to Report and then merchant summary. This is where you’ll be able to see what you’ve earned for each program, and how many clicks you’re getting per program.

You can also tell by the chart which program is performing better than the others.Use ShareASale

With ShareASales, you can get a checked mailed or direct deposit. ShareASale also gives you the option to choose when you get paid. The minimum is 50$ but can go as high as $1000.

To change you payment setting you just go to Account> Edit settings.

If you’re looking for an affiliate that offers a lot of different programs, ShareASale is for you.

Make sure you remember that when using ShareASale you still must properly disclose.