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Don’t Super Size That

What to do next after you have taken those flattering farm photos.

I have said this before and it is worth repeating. You have mere seconds to catch a visitor’s interest to stay on your blog and continue reading. If your photos do not load immediately those visitors are gone. These days no one has the patients or time to sit and wait for a large file size photo to finish loading. We are talking changing megabytes (mb) to kilobytes (kb). It is very easy to do and you won’t lose quality. Since there are innumerable editing programs, I can’t go through each one on how to reduce the file size. In general, after you are done cropping and tweaking the photo; before you export or save it, this is when you change the mb to kb. You will want the kb number to be around 100 up to 300 for the pictures to load quickly on visitors browsers. The following photo has been reduced from 6mb (left) to 150kb (right) with no real noticeable difference in quality. But there is a big difference in browser load time especially if your whole post or site has 6mb size photos scattered throughout your blog.

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6mb (left) vs 150kb (right)

The program I use most to edit my photos is Picasa, which is a free program. Don’t get too hung up on exact numbers. Just reducing the photos will give your pages faster load times. If you have multiple pictures on the post, smaller file sizes is even more important.

Then you can follow the steps on how to add pictures to your post.

Link to any of your posts that have a small file size photo in the comments and tell us what editing program you used. If you are having trouble reducing your picture size, let me know and we’ll try to work it out together.


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  • fergusonsarah

    This software is capable of not only resizing a batch of photos it can also do several other tasks to your batch of photos as well such as renaming.

  • This is a very helpful hint when adding photos. My computer can be slow at times. I always like to add photos in my blog because it does make ti more interesting.
    Thank you!

    •  @taylornloges The file size can be very small and still look good on the computer.

  • Thanks for this. It’s indeed very helpful with me loading pictures that are quite large in size and not minding wether the guests use a high speed or low speed connection.

    •  @ small business blog You are very welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

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