Hi everyone, hope all you guys are having a great time with your online businesses. For me the days are busy working long hours and reading to learn new skills from the time I get back home. However there is something interesting happening these days as I’ve been approached via email by some interested people and this made me get started on networking with some great Bloggers which I may introduce to you all very soon.
Today I want to write about some web optimization tips I learned while reading a mail from Pat Flynn who runs the famous blog Smart Passive Income. It’s one of the best I follow and has learned a ton of online business skills. At the site he has great content on starting your own online business and how you can build passive income streams working from your laptop. Pat has a been a great inspiration and he is totally transparent about what he does and how he runs his business. For example he shares his monthly income reports in the Smart Passive Income blog with the world. If you are interested in learning “How to Build a Business from Home” you may check his blog.
In the email he mentions about how we can test our websites for its optimization for different browsers. Which is a high consideration if you want to connect with traffic you get from all users around the world. Below I have shared what Pat has told and the advice you may find useful.
Some people use Firefox, others use Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera, etc. If you’ve got Google Analytics setup or another analytical tool such as Clicky hooked up to your site, you can actually see which browsers your visitors are using.
For the Smart Passive Income Blog, for example he shows:
- 40% use Firefox
- 23% use Chrome
- 18% use Safari
- 14% use Internet Explorer
- 5% use something else
The thing is, not all websites look the same in every browser, and sometimes one particular browser, even some of the more popular ones, totally mess up the look of your site.
Oh, and I forgot to mention there are also differences depending on the operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux) that people are using.
This is bad, because without even knowing it you could be leaving a bad impression on visitors losing potential subscribers and customers.
I know this, because this happened to me with one of my niche sites. One of the themes I was using was just not compatible with Internet Explorer, and I missed out on a good chunk of traffic because of it.
So how do you know what your site looks like in other browsers?
Check out https://browsershots.org – it’s FREE, no sign ups required, and all you have to do is enter your web address, press a button and a few minutes later you’ll get a bunch of screenshots to look at showing you exactly what your site looks like in all different types of browsers.
Note: you’ll see a list of about 60 to 70 different browsers to choose from, some you’ve probably never heard of before. Don’t worry about the random ones when doing your testing, just focus on the major ones like Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Mircosoft Internet Explorer (MSIE). There’s a quick select “none” at the bottom to easily deselect and pick the ones you want.
If you notice something is wrong (let’s hope there isn’t!), then you can take the appropriate action to get it fixed right away.
Again, the website is browsershots.org. Check it out and test your site when you have time to make sure your site looks the way you want.
So that’s the information Pat Flynn has shared with his email and I hope you all enjoy the points. You may check his website for more interesting ideas on building successful business from implementing Smart Passive Income streams.
Go sing up for his Blog and come thank me for making your life easier 🙂