How to make WordPress blog faster and minimize CPU Usage

In this article, I will share my personal experience regarding this blog performance and nightmares of disabling website everyday because of CPU Utilization. I tried all my best however I was unable to figure out the cause of high CPU Usage by wordPress. I tried many articles on Google and at last I found some pointers and able to escape from this problem.

This article is specific to my problem only, However I am sure it will help many others also.

I started with ways, which will less impact my blog and will take less time.

1. Disable WordPress Cron Job

This was my first step, disabling cron Job. In most of cases we are not using this feature. Mostly it is used when you schedule some article to publish on some day or time. To disable it, Open “wp-config.php” file and add below line at top of page.

define(“˜DISABLE_WP_CRON’, true);

What if I need this cron job ?

You can easily create a cron Job anytime, by following below process.
a. Log into your cPanel.
b. In the Advanced section, click Cron jobs.
c. Under Add New Cron Job, select the time interval. It is recommended not to add time interval less than 15 minutes.
d. Set the cron command to the following, replacing yourwebsite.com with your actual domain name:

wget -q -O – http://yourwebsite.com/wp-cron.php?doing_wp_cron >/dev/null 2>&1

The above command tells the Linux server to run wp-cron via wget, which will trigger the wp-cron.php script to do it’s job on your schedule instead of on each page view. This will lessen the amount of processes on the server.

e. Click Add New Cron Job to set the cron.

2. Disable Plugins

Now, Here comes actual reason for WordPress blog high CPU usage. I had many plugins and started to disable one by one. Continue reading “How to make WordPress blog faster and minimize CPU Usage”

Alexa Widget – Good or Bad for your site

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Alexa Widget – Good or Bad for your site, Advantages and disadvantages of Alexa Widget

Alexa is the famous ranking system amongst the webmasters. Previously i have written many articles about Alexa that what is Alexa? What is the advantages and disadvantages of Alexa? How to increase the Alexa ranking etc..

This time i have come up with new topic named : Alexa Widget – Good or Bad?

As Alexa is very popular ranking system, so webmasters usually try various tips and tricks to increase the ranking and placing the Alexa widget on page is one of them.

However many webmasters doesn’t know the worst effect of Alexa widget.

Most of the time the Alexa widgets goes unavailable for unknown time. In those cases the page on which the Alexa widget is placed renders very slowly or sometimes the page doesn’t loads.

So the solution is removing Alexa widget from the page. but removing means loosing your Alexa ranking statistics. and i know very well that nobody want this solution.

Best Solution is placing the Alexa widget in the footer section, so that whenever it goes unavailable your page already rendered. Very Simple yet very useful trick. 🙂

Advantage and Disadvantage of Alexa Ranking System

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Advantage and Disadvantage of Alexa Ranking System

Alexa is well known ranking system on the web. It is refered by most of the advertisement company and search engines to estimate the value of your website on the internet. However the Alexa has many advantages and disadvantages as discussed below:

Advantages:

  1. It is very useful for the beginners who have just started the website to get into popularity.
  2. It is considered as one of the popular ranking system.
  3. Most of the Advertisers refer this site to check the value of your site.
  4. Ranking system is used these days for determining the website popularity.

Disadvantage:

  1. It is totally dependent on ALEXA toolbar installed in your browser.
  2. It is not accurate.
  3. Anyone can easily cheat these ranking system. refer this article for detail.
  4. This does not consider the SEO factors even to determine the ranking.

Please comment on this post if you need some more info or have any suggestion

More than 15 SEO Tips for your WordPress blogs

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Explains in detail about More than 15 Best SEO Tips fro your wordpress

Don’t Block the Search Engines!

From your admin panel, go to Options > Privacy and make sure it’s set to “I would like my blog to be visible to everyone.”

Are Comments Enabled?

Some WordPress users restrict comments to registered users, or disable them entirely. While this may be appropriate in some situations, in most cases comments are a very beneficial factor, and a defining mark, of a blog.

Here’s how to fully enable comments:

  1. Login to the WordPress administration center
  2. Click “Options” on the menu bar
  3. Is “Users must be registered and logged in to comment” checked? If so, consider unchecking it.
  4. Click “Discussion” on the submenu bar
  5. Make sure the following are checked: “Allow people to post comments on the article” and “Allow link notifications from other Weblogs (pingbacks and trackbacks.)”

Ensure URL Canonicalization

If your blog posts are accessible from more than one URL, you could end up with:

  • Search engines confused as to which URL to display in the SERPs.
  • PageRank split between multiple pages.
  • Duplicate content penalties.

Starting with version 2.3, WordPress takes care of this and makes sure your content is accessible from only one place. So if you use an older version, either upgrade to the latest version of WordPress, or install the Permalink Redirect plugin.

Use Images in Your Posts

Not only do they increase visitor attention and retention, they give you an opportunity to use keyword-rich “alt” attributes, “title” attributes, and filenames. Plus it’ll give your blog visibility in image search engines.

Does Your Theme Use Header Tags Correctly?

  • The blog title, or your main keyword should be in an <h1> tag.
  • If your subtitle is keyword-rich, you can put it in an <h2>; otherwise I recommend putting it in a non-header tag like <div>.
  • The post titles should go in <h2> tags.
  • Sidebar section titles should be <h3> tag or non-header.

Conclusion : Use a theme that utilizes header-tags properly, or try fixing the theme you have.

Use Pinging

A ping is a “this site has new content” notification that invites bots to visit your blog.

WordPress pings one website called Ping-o-matic by default, which in turn pings others. You can also add additional services by going to Options > Writing in the admin panel.

Use the Power of the Slug

Ever wondered what the “Post Slug” on the “Write” page was? It’s the text that goes in the URL when you have “Pretty Permalinks” enabled.

By default the slug is a “sanitized” version of the post title. However, if your title is overly long or keyword-sparse, you can change the slug through the Post Slug box.  You can also add additional services by going to Options > Writing in the admin panel.

Use Timestamping to Stagger Fresh Content

Search engines and visitors love fresh blog content on a steady, regular basis. But for a lot of us, creativity comes irregularly: 10 post ideas one week, none the next.

Enter timestamping. When writing a post, click the plus sign next to “Post Timestamp.” Set a date and time, and the post will publish by itself whenever you specify.

Search engines will keep coming back, and visitors won’t be inundated with a ton of new posts all at once.

Use Tags for Free Keyword Boosts

WordPress  include a tags feature that lets you assign keywords to your blog posts. Once you start using them, then since each tag gets its own webpage, you’ll be generating a ton of your own themed, keyword-oriented internal backlink pages.

Integrate Social Media

Adding social media links/buttons like the ones above makes it easy for visitors to promote your quality content (hint, hint). Social media is a great way to build links naturally as well as drive targeted site traffic.

  • Share This is a very popular “social media all-in-one” plugin.
  • If you’re a FeedBurner user, you can use FeedFlare to add action links, including social media ones, to the bottom of your posts.

Lots of social media sites provide code you can use to generate buttons like those above. Grab your own code from:

Implement Deep-Linking

Here are several great ways to implement deep-linking on your WordPress blog:

  • Within your posts, link to other posts on your blog and use important keywords in the anchor text.
  • Install the Similar Posts plugin, which inserts a list of related posts you’ve written to the bottom of each of your blog posts. This process will create aged deep links and increase visitor retention.
  • Display your most popular posts in your sidebar using the Popularity Contest plugin. Gives your most popular posts tons of internal links, and helps your visitors find your best content.

Use “Pretty Permalinks”

Sure, you may already use Pretty Permalinks, but are you using the best possible permalink structure?

For those of who don’t use Pretty Permalinks, it’s a must-do for WordPress SEO. Permalinks, in essence, are the URLs of your WordPress blog posts. “Pretty Permalinks” put slugs (which should contain keywords  ) in your URLs instead of the default numbers.

To enable or change them, first login, then go to Options > Permalinks.

The two options you do not want are “Default” and “Numeric.” Here are my suggestions for picking a “pretty” permalink structure:

  • Date and Name Based: The problem with this is that your posts are several extra directories deep, which can decrease relevence in some search engines. However, such a permalink structure can nevertheless be desireable if your blog is news-oriented or date-sensitive.
  • Post Name Only: If your blog covers one topic that has no subtopics (which, though possible, is unlikely), select “Custom” and type /%postname%/
  • Category Based: If your blog covers multiple topics, implement category-based URLs. (You have to look into the Codex to find information on category-based URLs, so many WordPress users probably don’t realize that this option exists!) To implement it, select “Custom” and type /%category%/%postname%/

Check for Valid XHTML

Most code errors are minor, but the more serious ones can cause content misinterpretation by search engines, lower rankings, and rendering errors.

WordPress itself produces valid code, but errors can crop up from two other common sources:

  • Poorly written plugins or themes
  • User-created coding errors (in the blog posts themselves, or through theme customizations)

First check your site for errors. If an error is found, look at the surrounding content to determine the source of the error.

Install the Google XML Sitemaps Generator Plugin

XML Sitemaps are search-engine-friendly directories of your blog’s posts and other pages intended to help search engines spider your site. Though pioneered by Google, they’re supported by Yahoo, MSN, and Ask.com as well.

The Google XML Sitemaps Generator for WordPress makes creation of these sitemaps easy and automatic. It also lets the engines know when you post new content.

Avoid Sponsored Themes

There was a debate in the WordPress community not too long ago on the topic of sponsered themes. These themes include paid links (usually in the footer) than can suck PageRank and possibly result in a Google paid links penalty.

Stick with WordPress theme directories that don’t include sponsored themes, like the WordPress Theme Viewer

Use Traditional SEO Techniques

A WordPress blog is a website too, so the traditional SEO techniques still apply:

  • Use important keywords in the title and throughout the post, but don’t overdo it.
  • Bold your keywords when it makes sense.
  • Develop links to your blog.

Install the All-in-One SEO Plugin

Like the name implies, this plugin covers a lot of the bases.

  • Puts the blog name after the post title, giving your keyword-rich titles more prominence.
  • Allows you to override title and meta tags on your homepage as well as your individual posts.
  • Lets you add “noindex” to your category and/or tag pages to avoid duplicate content.

Advantages of outbound links

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Advantages of using outbound links in your site

Though both of them have got the same symmetry – Inbound and Outbound links – their playground is altogether different. Inbound links are a good way of inter-linking the pages of your website whereas outbound links link your site or others site to your website. This way, in outbound linking, while one is going through your pages, he automatically gets the address of other websites.

Now, you would think – why on earth should I give others website address? What benefit would it gather for my site? Think it the other way round – when your site gives listing of other top 10 websites, your website automatically comes under the scrutiny of top 10 websites of the same field. So, even if your website is not so popular or has been recently launched, it gets the advantage of being listed among the popular websites, making it a worthwhile site. Isn’t it great? In simple words, just by opening your shop near Inox mall, if your sale is increasing, then what is the harm in opening the shop!
Another big advantage of outbound links – Local Search. When people began to get your website address in the local search, the popularity of your website automatically increases. This is another big advantage of having outbound links. If you have not generated any outbound links up till now, fearing it would popularize other sites more than yours, then you must try this practice out at least once. Try it out and see how things dramatically change for your website.

There are a number of Search Engine Optimization Companies which are carrying out all these practices. If you are not good at carrying out SEO practices, try one good SEO company to get the thing done for you. Definitely, it will help in getting your website at the top ranking of search engines like Google, Yahoo Search and Alta Vista.

Best Pinging services for WordPress

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Best Pinging services for Wordpress

A ping is a “this site has new content” notification that invites bots to visit your blog.

WordPress pings one website called Ping-o-matic by default, which in turn pings others.

You can also add additional services by going to Options > Writing > Update services in the admin panel.

following are the list of pinging services, add all with line break after each.

Useless Tricks to increase Alexa Rank

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Useless tricks used by webmasters to increase the Alexa Ranking.

Install Alexa Redirect Plugin for WordPress
Installing Alexa Redirect Plugin for WordPress will edit all your internal blog links to add the “Alexa redirect” prefix, i.e., http://redirect.alexa.com/redirect?
However, let me tell you one thing, this doesn’t work on persons who does not Alexa toolbar installed. Far worse than that, it will completely destroy your internal linking structure of the site. In addition, there is no solid proof that using such will increase Alexa’s traffic ranking.

Installing Firefox Extension That Reloads Web Pages

The extension for Firefox named ReloadEvery reloads web pages at a certain time period on user’s direction. I’ve found many people were using this to increase their page views, hopefully thinking Alexa would count towards their Alexa ranking. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work at all because multiple requests for the same URL on the same day by the same user counted as a single pageview by Alexa. And if you’re using Google Adsense, consider your account to be banned!

Using An Alexa Auto Surf
Alexa auto surfs may work for new sites with terribly low Alexa ranking, but it seems as soon as Alexa discovers people using Auto Surf programs, the website ranking will cease to improve! In addition, if you’re using google adsense, you may get into trouble!

Proven Tips to Increase Your Alexa Rank

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More than 15 tips to increase your alexa Ranking

Install the Alexa toolbar or Firefox’s SearchStatus extension and set your blog as your homepage. This is the most basic step.

Put up an Alexa rank widget on your website. I did this a few days ago and receive a fair amount of clicks every day. According to some, each click counts as a visit even if the toolbar is not used by the visitor.

Encourage others to use the Alexa toolbar. This includes friends, fellow webmasters as well as site visitors/blog readers. Be sure to link to Alexa’s full explanation of their toolbar and tracking system so your readers know what installing the toolbar or extension entails.

Work in an Office or own a company? Get the Alexa toolbar or SS Firefox extension installed on all computers and set your website as the homepage for all browsers. Perhaps it will be useful to note that this may work only when dynamic or different IPs are used.

Get friends to review and rate your Alexa website profile. Not entirely sure of its impact on rankings but it might help in some way.

Write or Blog about Alexa. Webmaster and bloggers love to hear about ways to increase their Alexa rank. They’ll link to you and send you targeted traffic (i.e. visitors with the toolbar already installed). This gradually has effects on your Alexa ranking.

Flaunt your URL in webmaster forums. Webmasters usually have the toolbar installed. You’ll get webmasters to visit your website and offer useful feedback. It’s also a good way to give back to the community if you have useful articles to share with others.

Write content that is related to webmasters. This can fall in the category of domaining and SEO, two fields in which most webmasters will have the Alexa toolbar installed. Promote your content on social networking websites and webmaster forums.

Use Alexa redirects on your website URL. Try this: http://redirect.alexa.com/redirect?www.JitendraZaa.com. Replace www.JitendraZaa.com with the URL for your website. Leave this redirected URL in blog comments as well as forum signatures. This redirect will count a unique IP address once a day so clicking it multiple times won’t help. There is no official proof that redirects positively benefit your Alexa Rank, so use with caution.

Post in Asian social networking websites or forums. Some webmasters have suggested that East Asian web users are big Alexa toolbar fans, judging by the presence of several Asia-based websites in the Alexa Top 500. I suggest trying this only if you have the time or capacity to do so.

Create a webmaster tools section on your website. This is a magnet for webmasters who will often revisit your website to gain access to the tools. Aaron Wall’s webpage on SEOTools is a very good example.

Get Dugg or Stumbled. This usually brings massive numbers of visitors to your website and the sheer amount will have a positive impact on your Alexa Rank. Naturally, you’ll need to develop link worthy material.

Use PayperClick Campaigns. Buying advertisements on search engines such as Google or Exact Seek will help bring in Traffic. Doubly useful when your ad is highly relevant to webmasters.

Create an Alexa category on your blog and use it to include any articles or news about Alexa. This acts as an easily accessible resource for webmasters or casual search visitors while helping you rank in the search engines.

Optimize your popular posts. Got a popular post that consistently receives traffic from the search engines? Include a widget/graph at the bottom of the post, link to your Alexa post or use Alexa redirection on your internal URLs.

Buy banners and links for traffic from webmaster forums and websites. A prominent and well displayed ad will drive lots of webmaster traffic to your website, which can significantly boost your rank.

Hire forum posters to pimp your website. Either buy signatures in webmaster forums or promote specific articles or material in your website on a regular basis. You can easily find posters for hire in Digital Point and other webmaster forums.

Pay Cybercafe owners to install the Alexa toolbar and set your website as the homepage for all their computers. This might be difficult to arrange and isn’t really a viable solution for most. I’m keeping this one in because some have suggested that it does work.

Use MySpace . This is a little shady so I don’t recommended it unless you’re really interested in artificially inflating your Alexa Rank. Use visually attractive pictures or banners and link them to your redirected Alexa URL. This will be most effective if your website has content that is actually relevant to the MySpace Crowd.

Get listed on as many search engines as possible by placing a free listing in DMOZ. This is the largest human edited directory on the web and is co-branded among hundreds of thousands of sites. Be patient though, it often takes up to 5 months before you see your website listed after submission. Even though it takes longer than it should, you have little say in the matter because it’s so widely used across the Internet.