My blog is running too slowly


Many people wiser than me have been telling me for a long time that I should specialize, and choose a niche for myself. I'm still pretty ambivalent about this, because I've put so much effort into my other websites, and I do enjoy logging my progress here.  Anyway, I thought I'd better take notice, since it's such a consistent message. But even that is causing me problems, because for my chosen niche, my blog is running too slowly. So that's the first thing to work on. Never easy!

best seo pluginAnyway, let's just back-track a little and go over how I chose my niche. As I've mentioned a few times on this personal blog, I have been doing a general down-sizing exercise, letting old, unproductive blogs expire. This has to be a good step, and is slowly freeing up my time to concentrate more on a niche.

So looking at my remaining sites to see which has the best to offer as a long-term niche business, I have decided on Hair Mineral Analysis and its related products. There are several reasons for this:

  • Because I can offer it world-wide I have a large target audience to help.
  • It's the service I'm most passionate about, having specifically studied it at college
  • It's not very well-known
  • It's evidence based, backed by science
  • It can produce proven benefits for a wide range of health challenges
  • There are repeatable products that can bring in a monthly income
  • I already have websites, products and procedures in place
  • I can call on good specialist support if I need to

Which was all looking good, until I revisited the corresponding health blog and found that it was taking forever to load 🙁 That's where we came in, at the beginning of the post!

My blog is loading too slowly!

By chance as part of my “learning” I had been reading about a plugin called P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler). This scans your blog and provides a graphical representation of the percentage of resources each plugin uses. So I installed it and was horrified to discover that about 25% of my blog's time was consumed by JetPack – WordPress's own offering.

The JetPack plugin offers many functions and is probably great if you were starting afresh and wanted to use this one plugin for multiple functions. For good or ill, I'd already done many of these things in different ways, so much of what JetPack made available was superfluous to me.

When I really investigated, the only function I hadn't already done some other way was allowing people to subscribe to my blog posts by email. So if I could replace that, I could remove JetPack and hopefully speed up my blog.

spider125x125So – how to get people to subscribe to my blog by email? Well, I did some investigations and found several options. Which to choose and how to decide? It needed to be something that fit in with what I've been doing to date.

You may remember that I am taking an online social media training course – Social Media Spider's Web, run by Sue Worthington. (That's an affiliate link, but as a member of the group / course, I can recommend it completely honestly as I'm paying my own good money to use it. Not something I do lightly these days.) The course includes a closed Facebook group where we can ask for help. So that's what I did.

Sue promptly pointed me at a very detailed set of instructions to set this up and I have been able to do it; as you should be able to see in the right side-bar of this blog.This meant I could delete JetPack on this and my niche blog, and certainly the P3 stats now show both blogs loading faster.

Sue also sent me a set of videos for other ways to speed up my blog. Those I have yet to work through, as the “day-job” has intervened. But they're in the closed group for members to see.

So that, as a sub-set of my “focus” operation, has been one part of last week's work.

The rest of it has been implementing other tips from the course on my Facebook marketing and some networking with real-life people (shock horror!) about my Hair Mineral Analysis work.

At one level it hasn't seemed a very productive week, but anything that brings me closer to a focus must be good and I suppose I'm building for the future. If I'm honest, I have to confess, I'm still not completely sold on this “focus” idea. But let's see what happens.

Of course, if you find yourself thinking “My blog is running too slowly” I hope this post about the P3 plugin will be helpful. If you need even more help, Sue's Social Media Training (affiliate link) is highly recommended and includes the other resources I've mentioned in this post. Plus LOTS more!

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  • Hi Joy,
    Very interesting information on why your blog is slow. I have the jet pack as well and my blog is very slow for me when I’m trying to go from page to page. Maybe that’s the culprit.
    I will have to check out your plugin and find out.
    Thanks so much for this information and glad you’re gettin your site tuned up.

    • Joy Healey says:

      Hi Tonya

      Thanks for stopping by. I have to admit that Jetpack isn’t the whole story as (according to pingdom) the particular blog is still slow, but it did improve after removing Jetpack.

      Always another “challenge” to overcome.

      Let me know how removing Jetpack helps you – hope it speeds you up.


  • Thank you so much Joy for recommending me yet again 🙂
    I think I am one of those people who told you to focus on one thing!
    Sorry but I have been there and I know how you feel – when the time is right you will make the right decision


  • Bonnie Gean says:

    I told Sue I would review her product. I had better get to it!

    I bought it sometime ago and have yet to get inside there and work her magic. How do you like her program?

    • Joy Healey says:

      Hi Bonnie

      Thanks for dropping by.

      I’m really enjoying Sue’s program. It’s quite a challenge for me – but that’s good. No-one wants to buy a course and find they knew it!

      I’ve learned a lot from it, and getting benefit from the on-going monthly support.

      Have a good weekend.


  • Jan says:

    The P3 plugin is really nifty isn’t it. I have so many plugins on my blog – many because I am trying them out and others are old favs.
    Like you, I have jetpack just for 1 function because other plugins wouldn’t work. So far, it isn’t slowing me down too much.

    • Joy Healey says:

      Hi Jan

      Thanks for dropping by. I’m really pleased I found out about P3. Yes, I use too many plugins – and then you hardly dare remove them in case it was a vital function.

      I know I must have other issues besides Jetpack, but that was taking up such a high proportion of my “load” that at least removing it should help a little.

      Still “work-in-progress”.

      Have a good weekend.


  • Tim Bonner says:

    Hi Joy

    I have my main blog and a niche blog but I spend much more time on my main blog.

    That blog, whilst it has a niche, tends to be quite wide in the subjects I cover. That keeps it interesting for me and hopefully not too confusing for people that read it!

    Great that you’ve been able to sort out the speed of your blog. P3 can really help with finding any rogue plugins that are using up all your resources.

    I’ve heard from other people that JetPack is becoming quite power-hungry so I’ll need to keep an eye on it too.

    • Joy Healey says:

      Hi Tim

      Thanks for confirming that I’m not the only one with this problem. I still have quite a lot to do on speeding up my other blog, but at least I have a direction now, and can use P3 for other investigations.

      I enjoy keeping this blog up-to-date, it serves to remind me of my progress, and is a convenient place to find where I’ve stored my solutions 🙂

      Hope it also helps other people too.


  • Adrienne says:

    HI Joy,

    Last year I was told how fabulous Jetpack was and I just had to have that plug-in. So I installed it, set it up and loved the stats that it gave but like you it made my blog so slow.

    Now I already have CommentLuv Premium and that’s a pretty big plug-in as well but Jetpack was 10 times worse so I immediately deleted it and have not had any issues since.

    I know that a lot of people obviously just don’t have a lot of plug-ins so if that’s the case then I’m sure Jetpack would be great for them. But, the more you add the worse it will get.

    I also use the P3 performance plug-in to check the load time as well so it’s a great plug-in for that purpose.

    Hope things are running more smoothly for you now and congratulations on choosing which niche you wanted to go with. I know it will work out well for you.


    • Joy Healey says:

      Hi Adrienne

      Thanks for confirming that I’m not the only person to have had problems. Yes, JetPack might have been great if I had nothing else. Never mind at least I found out sooner rather than later.

      Various other technical problems have followed me this last week, but I’m fighting on and busy as ever!

      I’m getting used to the idea of having just the one niche (and this as my personal blog)!

      Have a good week and thanks for dropping by.


  • Pauline says:

    Hi Joy
    Sorry I have not been around much but I have been having a lot of personal problems but I am slowly getting back now.
    I installed JetPack and soon learned that it was the cause of my site loading slowly so I soon got rid of it.
    Thanks so much for the mention of my post, I really appreciate it 🙂
    Hope you have a great day

  • chamal says:

    Soory for hearing that…My tricks

  • Rauf Arshad says:

    i think some time some widgets make our site slow , because of their encoding

  • Thank you for suggesting the P3 plugin. However i had the same problem of a slow wordpress blog. I decided to change the theme to Thesis 2.2 theme. This just took blogging to unimaginable level. I suggest you try out this theme also.

    • Joy Healey says:


      I’m glad you found the P3 plugin helpful, and that Thesis solved your problem. Several people I know swear by it, however I chose a different premium theme that I’ve now got to grips with.

      Thanks for popping in and hope to see you again.

  • Mark says:

    This subject definitely strikes a chord Joy!

    I’ve had to contact my WordPress guru more than once with regards to installing way too many, supposedly must have plugins, only to discover that as a direct result, my site started loading really slow.

    So going forward, I’m not as quick to test new plugins as in the past.

    And I need lots of validation from other marketers that I respect! Thanks for sharing!

    • Joy Healey says:

      Hi Mark

      Good to hear I’m not the only one who made this mistake. All we can do is learn from our mistakes as we move forward and – like you – I’m much more fussy about the plugins I install these days, and more likely to uninstall unless it’s really a proven favorite.

      Have a good week, Joy

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