Goodbye AMP, baselining your website

This week: Goodbye AMP, baselining your website, and more.

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April 27, 2019

Here are 10 tips I think are worth sharing this week:

  1. I decided to disable AMP on my WordPress site. AMP stands for Accelerated Mobile Pages. AMP may be suitable for news websites. However, AMP uses a Google proprietary simplified HTML and won’t render my opt-ins, offers, sidebar announcements … as most of these are Javascript based. If you are interested in getting rid of AMP, please read this guide.
  2. How do you baseline your website? To get an idea about my website performance, I use these three tools: GTMetrix, Pingdom, and KeyCDN Website Speed Test. Before making any change to your website (e.g., add a new plugin or theme), measure your website page load speed (baselining). Next, make your changes and test again. Then, observe the impact of your changes.
  3. You can improve SEO without creating new content. See how in this article.
  4. I finally upgraded to Scrivener 3. I’ve been using Scrivener for years. I use it to publish in MultiMarkdown. What happens when you take a Multimarkdown document and paste it into the new WordPress 5 Gutenberg editor? A beautiful blog post! Gutenberg will convert from markdown to HTML! Scrivener is available on MacOS, Windows, and iOS. You can download a free trial for the desktop versions only.
  5. Are you taking notes or keeping a journal about your website changes? I recommend you do so. It can be on a notepad app, a journaling app, whatever you like. I use Bear for journaling (only available on MacOS and iOS). Every change I make, I document it in my journal. I can later determine what may have caused problems or side effects.
  6. Here are 13 profitable ways to monetize a blog.
  7. The folks at SERPSTAT wrote an interesting piece about how to create a content plan. You will also find a video guide.
  8. An excellent way to keep tabs on what’s going on in the blogosphere is Feedly. I use it every day. You can access this news reader from your browser or your smartphone (iOS & Droid)
  9. With SimpleExtManager, you can easily manage all your Chrome extensions. You can disable, enable, and delete other extensions.
  10. If your goal is to temporarily disable all your Chrome extensions, this extension is for you.

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