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Three Common Causes of a Slow Internet and How to Speed It Up

Three Common Causes of a Slow Internet and How to Speed It Up

Is it that the Internet is getting slower or we are the ones getting impatient?

A lot of people these days complain about slow loading websites, Internet pages, slow download etc., but most times it is blamed on the individual’s Internet network. While this might be true sometimes, it is not entirely your internet provider’s fault. There might be another explanation for this issue, so you should stop blaming your Internet provider now.

According to CNN, the reason behind the constantly reducing Internet speed has to do with the significant increase of websites on the Internet featuring webpages with heavy-sized images, videos, embedded content, codes and other things. This heavy contents is said to be the major contributor to slower Internet loading times.

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According to Digital Trends, the average site now has a size of up to 2.1MB—a whopping 100% increase from the size of websites just three years ago.

No wonder it takes longer for us to get results on the Internet!

Of course, new technology is matching this phenomenon megabyte for megabyte, making it possible for us to download files faster with VPN Download software and connecting to the Internet through 4G, wireless networks.

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The following are three of the reasons some websites on the Internet are slow:

1. Unoptimized Images

Large megabytes of unoptimized images are one of the main culprits of a slow Internet. While full-sized images look cool, they consume a lot of bandwidth causing the site to slow down. We should all do our part in making the Internet faster by taking our time to resize images that we upload on our websites and blogs. You should edit the image by finding the feature that allows you to edit its height and width. Be sure to proportionally scale the image so it doesn’t look stretched.

2. Too Much Flashy Ads

Another reason some websites are slow are the flashing ads, as they slow down the speed, making for bad user experience. Fancy or flashy isn’t always fun when you are trying to increase speed. To make your browsing experience smoother and less distracting, you can download an ad blocker on your phone and computer to stop unnecessary ads. This will make your Internet improve.

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3. External Embedded Media

Another major issue that is clogging up websites and generally slowing down the Internet is external media usage. Embedding videos and slideshows on sites slows down the loading speed of the site. It is better to host all content on your own server or better still—try not to embed other people’s videos and content on your site.

There are other reasons why the Internet is slow besides websites such as browser type, network congestion, and the number of other tabs you have open.

However, if you are a blogger or you run a website or business page, it would be better if you cleaned up your website and upped your speed. Don’t take any chances because the slower a web page loads, the more likely your audience and consumers will leave to check out your competitor’s website.

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Here is a checklist of how to improve your website speed:

  • Resize your images
  • Reduce image quality
  • Change image format
  • Remove or reduce flashy ads
  • Minimize media embedded from other sources
  • Store media on your own server(s)

By using these steps, you’re more likely to increase viewership and potentially gain more leads, increasing your business prospects.

One of the best steps in doing this is to identify what is causing your website to slow down and take action to remedy it by following these tips.

Has your Internet and website been slowing down recently?

Featured photo credit: Adriana Lee via google.com.ng

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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