Day 31: Put your blog to the test
The 31 Days of Better Blogging comes to a close today. I hope everyone learned something and maybe improved their blogging a tad bit better. Now it’s time to test out your blog and see how it measures up. No pressure.
Ten Ways to Test Your Blog
- Test the speed of your blog, use sites Website Speed Test. They say you should shoot for about 3 seconds to load. A blog that takes a long time to load might turn away a lot of visitors. Use the speed test to see what is slowing down your blog.
- Check your HTML, XHTML code using the W3C Markup Validator. Then check your CSS using the CSS Validator.
- Test out your server by doing a Load Impact test. This tests if your server has what it takes to withstand a lot of activity. This is a great test to run if you are worried about what host you are using, if it has what it takes.
- Use BrowserShots to see how your page looks on ALL internet browsers. You might be surprised.
- Your site might not be very accessible to people with disabilities. Use sites like HERA to see how your site holds up.
- Is your site mobile friendly? Check it using Mobi. Google also has a good mobile site checker to use. Having a working, mobile friendly site is very important to your blog.
- Check security, RSS and the general status of your blog using Is My Blog Working. This is an overall check and you can see a lot of issues that you might not be aware of while running the test.
- Check for broken links using the Broken Link Checker. Once you locate those links, fix them quickly.
- Check your SEO using sites like Plugin SEO. Sites like this help you target issues that might be easily fixed and increase your search engine rankings.
- Check how popular your site is, how engaged your users are and other stats using Alexa
Thanks for doing the 31 Days of Better Blogging with me. I hope it helped and you’ve seen significant improvements with your blog. I know I have! Happy Blogging!