12 Tips To Increase Your Web Page Speed

Written by Rich Vicar

GRAPHICS One word isrepparttar root of 90% ofrepparttar 128150 reason for slow downloading web site pages...yes you guessed it..."graphics."

1. Limitrepparttar 128151 number of graphics you use per page.

2. Repeat graphics. One ofrepparttar 128152 best ways to speed up your site is to userepparttar 128153 same graphics on every page. Once a graphic has loaded, it doesn't have to load again as it is stored in a computer's cache.

3. Compressing your images is one ofrepparttar 128154 best ways to get a faster-loading web page. You can usually reduce a GIF or JPEG image by 40% to 50% without losing any significant definition or sharpness. Try:


4. Use a thumbnail instead of 900lb gorilla of a graphic. Ifrepparttar 128155 visitor is interested she can clickrepparttar 128156 thumbnail for a larger graphic.

5. Reducerepparttar 128157 number of colours you use in graphics. Just using a handful of colours will still deliver great graphics at a fraction ofrepparttar 128158 size. JPEG files, commonly used for photos, require thousands of colours. A GIF file, used for drawings and simpler graphics, can be compressed to include only a few colours.

6. Include height and width on images - This allowsrepparttar 128159 browser to "pre-allocate"repparttar 128160 space forrepparttar 128161 graphic onrepparttar 128162 display, and will speed uprepparttar 128163 page download. In addition, if ALT tags (this is text to describerepparttar 128164 image) are included withrepparttar 128165 images, then something will display even ifrepparttar 128166 image does not display. This is particularly relevant to those who switch off images on their browser.

HTML 7. Spaces and redundant tags in HTML add torepparttar 128167 size of files. Try to eliminate as much ofrepparttar 128168 superfluous coding as you can. Most pages can be reduced by 15% to 25% just by taking out redundant coding. If your HTML Coder has a "clean code" function use it. Alternatively, tryrepparttar 128169 HTML Optimiser at:

Is A Yahoo Listing Still Worth It?

Written by Dan Thies

In October 2002,repparttar Yahoo! portal changedrepparttar 128149 way it delivers search results. Inrepparttar 128150 past,repparttar 128151 most prominent results were exclusively culled from websites listed inrepparttar 128152 Yahoo directory itself. Since October, sites listed inrepparttar 128153 Yahoo directory no longer enjoy this privileged status.

The Google search engine now drivesrepparttar 128154 primary search results on Yahoo. While this is certainly an improvement for users of Yahoo search, it's a disaster for many businesses that counted on their Yahoo listing to deliver substantial traffic.

This change has also led many site owners to questionrepparttar 128155 value of a listing inrepparttar 128156 Yahoo directory. In this article, I will outlinerepparttar 128157 pros and cons of maintaining, or paying for, a Yahoo listing. Inrepparttar 128158 process, I will delve into more details ofrepparttar 128159 recent changes.

Argument #1: Yahoo Listings Mean Link Popularity

Pro: Even ifrepparttar 128160 Yahoo listing itself delivers little or no traffic, other search engines will rank your website higher if it's listed in Yahoo. Because Yahoo is so important, a link from Yahoo counts more than a regular link. Thanks to its higher "PageRank," Yahoo means even more to Google.

Con: Yahoo listings do not deliver nearly as significant a contribution in this area as you might think. You can verify this by doing a "backward links" search on Google for any Yahoo-listed website. The most important links are listed first, andrepparttar 128161 Yahoo listing is rarely even onrepparttar 128162 first page of links for top ranked sites on Google.

Argument #2: Listed Sites Look Better In The Search Results

Pro: Websites with a Yahoo listing show up inrepparttar 128163 combined Yahoo/Google results with their title, description, and category fromrepparttar 128164 Yahoo directory. This may boostrepparttar 128165 response whenrepparttar 128166 site appears inrepparttar 128167 search results. This applies whenrepparttar 128168 URL listed inrepparttar 128169 results isrepparttar 128170 same asrepparttar 128171 URL inrepparttar 128172 Yahoo listing.

Con: Results listed with Yahoo information include a link torepparttar 128173 site's category, which may prompt surfers to pass over your listing and go torepparttar 128174 category. Sites without Yahoo listings haverepparttar 128175 more inviting "search within this site" link, which leads to more results exclusively from your site.

So, Is A Yahoo Listing Worth It?

If you have a non-commercial site and can get listed for free, of course! If you're not one ofrepparttar 128176 lucky few, though, you have to evaluate whether it's worth $299 a year for what amounts to a better than average incoming link. Everyone must make their own decision. If $299 is small compared to your total marketing budget, it may be easier to just continue paying. My own listing expires in March, and I don't intend to renew it.

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