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How Your Images Affect Your Site Speed and SEO

Let’s review how fast-loading images affect your site speed — and in turn, your placement in search engine results.

Sites that use too many images, or have images that are too large, have longer loading times. This can slow down your entire page, irritating visitors and actually hurting your site’s ranking in online search results. We may say that images are worth a thousand words, but if you don’t plan for fast loading times, they actually won’t be worth very much at all.

In this post, we’ll discuss why search engines like Google care about image load times, and how you can use Jetpack’s features to enhance your site speed by making those images load faster.

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Ways to Build Relationships with Contact Forms

Contact forms are a great way to create and build relationships with your readers and customers. Offering users the chance to connect with you on a personal level shows that you care about growing the relationship, and presents an opportunity to answer their questions.

The more people that fill out your online contact form, the higher your chances are of creating long-lasting relationships. It’s important to figure out how to persuade more visitors to fill out your forms. Making your contact form easy to find and use are the most important considerations, but you shouldn’t stop there.

There are many ways that you can create user-friendly, appealing contact forms. Read on to learn some tips that will help you build stronger relationships with even stronger contact forms.

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How to Manage Your Site While You’re Away

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Imagine that you’re preparing to take your first, well-deserved vacation since launching your website. Running an online business or blog is hard work, and recently your work-life balance hasn’t been, well, balanced.

The problem is that you don’t feel entirely comfortable pulling away. After all, your website has to stay up and running, and you’re not sure how to manage a website without logging in every day. You don’t want site visitors to feel forgotten about if there’s suddenly no new content for them to check out.

Fortunately, Jetpack has the features you need to help you manage your site while you’re out of the office. Read on to learn about preparing your site for an out of office period and how to keep your site running smoothly while you’re off enjoying your vacation.

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How Jetpack Can Help Food Bloggers Thrive

Are you a food blogger looking to improve your site and attract new readers?

According to Fine Dining Lovers, there are an estimated 3 million food bloggers. Whether you’re a chef, a foodie, or part of the growing army of professional food writers, you know that blogging about food influences what people eat and how they find recipe or restaurant recommendations.

If you’re a food blogger, your site should show off your content and images. In this post, you’ll learn about the Jetpack features that can help you accomplish this. With a visually appealing and welcoming site, you’ll increase reader engagement and earn a loyal following of food fans.

Let’s get started!

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Improving Your Site Speed with CDNs

No one likes a slow site. Most visitors will click away if a page isn’t loading fast enough, and Google actually gives sites lower search engine rankings if they don’t load quickly.

Luckily, there are multiple ways you can improve your site’s speed. Images and videos are the biggest culprits when it comes to slowing down a site, but they can be forced to load faster by using something called a content delivery network (or CDN).

Let’s explore the CDN basics, and how you can use the CDNs that Jetpack provides to speed up your images, your videos, and ultimately your entire site.

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How Jetpack Can Improve Your Ecommerce Product Pages

If you’re selling products on your WordPress site with WooCommerce or another ecommerce plugin, you may not yet be aware of the benefits of also using Jetpack. After all, if you already have a lot of extra plugins and extensions, you may be a little wary of adding another.

But there are plenty of reasons to add Jetpack into the mix. With a few smart choices and tweaks to settings, this toolkit can quickly boost your store’s performance, content, and sales — all without adding any extra strain on your server.

Let’s take a look at how some of Jetpack’s features can improve your online store’s product pages, which will help you increase engagement with potential customers and ultimately boost your sales.

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Set Your Photography Website Apart with Jetpack

As a photographer, you likely have a portfolio of gorgeous images that dazzle fans and customers. But you need to get those images out there so that everyone can see them.

Building your own WordPress site is a great place to start, and for photographers looking to do even more with their sites, there’s Jetpack. Jetpack will enhance your portfolio with gorgeous, user-friendly photo displays meant to attract new followers and photography fans. It also includes features that help large photos load quickly, which improves user experiences and boosts your search engine ranking.

Today we’re going to look at three specific Jetpack features photographers should use on their website:

  • Photon, which enables photos to load quickly.
  • Carousel, which displays photos in a full-screen carousel.
  • Galleries, which offers options for formatting galleries.

Read on to learn how each one of these options will help your website stand out and draw more attention to your portfolio.

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Tips for Managing Your Site from Your Mobile Device

Since the advent of the smartphone, it’s rare to find a website that isn’t optimized for use on mobile devices. Managing your website via your phone or tablet, however, is still a fairly new concept.

Managing your site from a mobile device makes running a business more convenient. It’s beneficial for photographers who want to upload photos from their smartphones, bloggers who are inspired by their surroundings on-the-go, ecommerce sellers who want to keep tabs on their site stats, and any other type of website owner.

Let’s take a look at a few ways you can manage your WordPress site from your mobile device, and some tips for getting the most out of your mobile experience with Jetpack.

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Four Jetpack Features Worth Exploring

Even if you’ve been using it for years, you might be unfamiliar with some of Jetpack’s features. With the wide range of capabilities offered, it’s too easy for some of the coolest — and perhaps the most useful — tools to go unnoticed.

Today we’re going to look at four features that are lesser known, but just as powerful as those you might already be familiar with. These features will ultimately enhance your WordPress site in new ways, from improving its design to taking the hassle out of maintenance.

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