How To Speed Up Your Blog With a Content Delivery Network

One of the best way to speed up the load time of your blog is by using a Content Delivery Network or CDN. What a CDN does is distribute your blog content to hundreds of servers around the world instead of just one.

With normal web hosting, your blog is housed in a single shared or dedicated server. Most web hosts try to locate their data centers to be as central to as much of the population as possible. For example, HostGator has their headquarters in Florida but their servers are in Texas. This provides good load time for the majority of readers from the United States but doesn’t do much for readers further away or on the other side of the world. A Content Delivery Network fixes this problem.

By bringing your content closer to your readers’ connection point, your blog will have much quicker load times, superior scalability, and guaranteed uptime. A faster loading site not only makes your visitors happy, it will also help you rank better with Google. Search engines like Google now take into account a site’s load time when ranking. Everything else being equal, a fast loading blog will rank higher than a slow loading blog.

How To Get a CDN for FREE

Until recently, only big sites used Content Delivery Networks because they were quite expensive. However, with advances in technology, it is now possible for even the smallest blog take advantage of the increased speed potential offered by a CDN. Thank to a service call Speedy Mirror, you can now get it for FREE!

Speedy Mirror is just that. The service takes the content of your blog and mirrors it across a network of servers around world. This ensure that no matter where you readers are, they will be getting the quickest load time possible. The best thing about the service is you can try it for free.

With Speedy Mirror, you can set up a CDN for your blog for free and use the service for up to 50GB of data transfer. Depending on how much data your blog consumes, this can last you from ten days (my blog) to over a year (Sally Chow dot Com)! Once the 50GB is used up, you can stop using it or you can purchase more data at only 3.5 cents per gig. This is the lowest CDN price I’ve found on the Net (MaxCDN starts at 9.9 cents per gig).

How To Set Up a Speedy Mirror

Sign up for a free account at Speedy Mirror. Once you confirm your email address, you’ll be able to log into the control panel and set up a new mirror. You can set up as many mirrors as you like for as many blogs as you like. Just click the Mirrors link and then click the Add New Mirror button.

Give a name for your new mirror and enter the URL of your blog then hit the Detect and Save button. Within a few seconds, your mirror will be ready to use. Your blog content will be replicated at mirrorname.speedymirror.com. If you wish to keep your domain name you can set up a CNAME DNS record to point to Speedy Mirror. This is what I did with my blog. My mirror is at cache.johnchow.com.

Install W3 Total Cache

After setting up your mirror, the next thing you have to do is install W3 Total Cache. W3 Total Cache offers transparent Content Delivery Network integration. Even if you don’t plan to use a CDN service, I recommend you install W3 Total Cache on your blog anyway (it’s included with my free WordPress installation service). It’s the best caching software for WordPress that I’ve ever used.

From the General Settings of the W3 Total Cache control panel, enable CDN and choose Mirror as the CDN Type. Save the changes then go to the CDN Settings page and scroll down until you get to Configuration.

Enter the URL to your Speedy Mirror blog and click Add CNAME. Click the Test Mirror button to make sure it’s working then save the changes. Your blog is now mirrored around the world!

Before and After Test Results

Using the Website Speed Test tool at iWeb Tool, I was able to run some before and after speed tests on Sally’s blog.

Before CDN

After CDN

Speedy Mirror was able to make Sally’s blog load twice as fast as before. Results with more graphic heavy blogs are even greater. This is the result that Zac Johnson was able to achieve with his CDN installation.

Before CDN

After CDN

As you can see, the performance difference between no CDN and CDN is HUGE.

Because Speed Mirror is free to start, there is absolutely no reason why you should not use it. Setting up an account is free, the first 50GB of data is free and W3 Total Cache is free. This is by far the best free way to speed up your blog to every reader no matter where they are in the world.

Speedy Mirror Affiliate Program – Earn 10% for Life

Anyone who signs up for a Speedy Mirror is automatically eligible to be part of their affiliate program.

Refer new customers to speedy mirror and you’ll receive 10% of all purchases they make for life. After you sign up for a Speedy Mirror account, you’ll get access to the affiliate aera where you can check your stats, get your link code, find the amount of users you referred and how much you made. Unpaid earnings are sent at the end of the next week.

This affiliate program should be very easy to promote. Since the CDN is free, you should get a very high conversion rate. You won’t make anything for referring a new sign up but once the 50GB of data is used up, the odds are very high that the customer will buy a data block and that’s when you’ll make the money. Once they get use to the faster speed that Speedy Mirror brings, it’s hard to go back. And because the Speedy Mirror affiliate program pays for life, it’s a great way to build up your passive income. You know how much I love passive income!

Click Here Set Up Your Free Speedy Mirror CDN


71 thoughts on “How To Speed Up Your Blog With a Content Delivery Network”

  1. Fazal Mayar says:

    thanks for that post john. A CDN is something im really consireding in the future! But right now I think some of my wp plugins are doing the trick to keep my blog fast.

    1. John Chow says:

      It maybe fast where you are but how about readers in other parts of the world? The service is free. Why wouldn’t you use it?

      1. design flyer says:

        And thats the point. It is very good to use.

      2. Fazal Mayar says:

        I didnt even know its free, then im going to have a try at it, thanks john!

        1. Hey John,

          It’s hard to keep up with all the good stuff you are coming up with. I’ll have a look into CDN. Your post is very comprehensive. I appreciate your replies to comments too.

  2. This is awesome John. Free CDN ? This is great news for those who are still not using CDN for their wordpress blogs.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Agreed! I don’t use CDN right now, but how can anyone pass up a free offer, especially if they feel like their blog is not loading quickly enough.

    2. Abhik says:

      Right.. Now any one can have a faster loading blog.

  3. PPC Ian says:

    Wow! Really helpful stuff, thanks so much John. Its amazing how affordable CDN is today. This used to be a technology just for the top ecommerce sites on the Internet.

  4. Jordy says:

    Is there any danger of spammers or hackers penetrating my blogs security? The last thing I would want to do is let a sick hacker inject my blog with spam links through an unprotected server.

  5. Abhik says:

    Thanks for that website..
    Though I am already using MaxCDN for two of my main blogs, I’ll consider this for my other small blogs.

  6. Willy says:

    COOL!!, tried the free trial. I can feel the different on my web MakBagong.com

  7. Mike says:

    I have 14 visitors/day. 🙂 I don’t care right now. In the future I’ll think about this solution.

    1. John Chow says:

      Maybe you have only 14 visitors a day because your site is so bad that I had to remove the link.

      1. Hotdogman says:

        Aw, put the link back. I want to see how bad it really is!

  8. PPC Ian says:

    I wonder with the price of CDNs getting cheaper if big CDN companies like Akamai will continue to thrive? I guess there will always be a need for “premium” CDN services on a corporate level. I have been a big believer in this stuff since back in the early 2000s.

    1. Abhik says:

      Akamai have a CDN solution? Didn’t know that!!

      1. PPC Ian says:

        Yeah, it’s mainly for large, large websites. Many big, brand name ecommerce sites are powered by Akamai. I’m by no means an expert on the subject, but from my reading Akamai is referred to as the world’s best CDN.

        1. Abhik says:

          Well, in that case, they might come up with a solution for low and mid range businesses. No one wanna loose business these days.

  9. Its really good m luking for that

  10. anitha says:

    Its great tips any free trial option available

  11. Quant says:

    Thank you, but I don’t get it, John. Suppose i have a blog www.***.com, after using the CDN I have a mirror at mirrorname.speedymirror.com, and then change cname to point it to cache.***.com, but my visitors still visit www.***.com instead of cache.***.com. Is there point to redirect www.***.com to cache.***.com?

    1. John Chow says:

      Have a look at the source code for my blog. You’ll see how it works. People still come to johchow.com but all the blog elements are served from cache.johnchow.com

      1. Abhik says:

        If you are using this CDN, I’d suggest you to change it.

        Sent you a mail. Please check that.

  12. I already had W3 Cache Total and CDN, thanks to this post it layout the step by step using it.Has anybody in this forum had a success story using CDN,? Does this also consume your download time? What % of increased traffic? Thanks in advance

  13. kamal says:

    My question is…. how can we set up a CNAME DNS record to point to Speedy Mirror ?

    1. Abhik says:

      Simple..
      Get the CDN Domain from them..
      Go to DNS editor and create new entry with the subdomain as the name and CDN domain as the value.

  14. Justin says:

    I will be signing up for my free account, thanks for providing even more useful information.

  15. fas says:

    It works well for US I am sure, I tried but it did not do well for India, I saw the speed increase in loading,

    1. I think it’s depend on your ISP

      1. Abhik says:

        Nope.. It’s indeed slow for India.

  16. Jordy says:

    Is there any risk of spammers accessing my blog and injecting link spam? How secure is the system?

    1. Abhik says:

      I guess the chance is minimum as long as you don’t serve your theme’s php files.

      1. Abhik says:

        Well, you can’t actually serve your themes php files as they are rendered and processed on server itself.

        1. Jordy says:

          I got hacked a couple of years ago through Godaddy and it was a nightmare. I would want to make sure that there’s no way this expansion would make my blog more vulnerable to having a security breach.

          1. Tomas M says:

            There is no security risk at all unless some of the CDN nodes is not hacked. However it is easier for a hacker to break into a wordpres / phpBB / whatevern free script (since the source codes are well known) than to a CDN system with unknown internals. Simply said, it is more probable that your own hosting gets hacked than the CDN servers.

  17. My blogs have not reach the milestone to use this CDN service.
    Oh well, perhaps I’ll integrate them on new websites.
    I guess I have just add a new checklist on my website creation process. 🙂

    Thanks for the post, this is new to me.

  18. I heard google will reward fast loading sites with better rankings. I’ll use this service because my site is very slow and i don’t want to get penalized.

  19. Justin says:

    I have the same question as Kamal. My question is…. how can we set up a CNAME DNS record to point to Speedy Mirror ?

    1. John Chow says:

      I’ll do a separate post on that later.

      1. kamal says:

        Perfect then ! thanks. I’m waiting for that. I already install it on my blog, and today, I already consumed 5G 🙂 I guess I gotta subscribe !

        1. Hey John,

          That will be a post I’ll look forward to. Things like that seem to come easily to you but people like me need to get some good and detailed instructions.

  20. This is great John. Free CDN upto 50GB. That’s a fantastic news. I am going to try it now. Thanks for sharing this awesome info,

  21. John got a query, instead of using ****.speedymirror.com at W3 Total Cache CDN option, shall we cache.****.com?

    1. Abhik says:

      That actually don’t have any extra facility. A subdomain is used for branding only.

  22. Justin says:

    Thanks John, You da man…

  23. ahmadhaikal says:

    nie. I love this tips. I hope i can boast my blog speed after try it.

  24. John – coupons twice as fast now! Thanks.

  25. CDN has really made a performance difference on several of our sites – definitely a big fan of CDN… best part is that it’s simple to use.

  26. J Tan says:

    John,

    Thanks for the tip. I had also tried W3 Total Cache but instead of your mirror provider, I tried Amazon Cloudfront. Unfortunately there’s a bug in the latest stable W3TC plugin that prevents the Amazon Cloudfront from working after a few days.

  27. WTF says:

    wow, great post John… CDN for free, now thats what I’m talking about.

  28. Allen Walker says:

    Since Max CDN costs more, are there are additional benefits to using Max CDN instead of Speedy Mirror?

    1. Tomas M says:

      I would love to hear that as well. I thought that maxcdn might have maybe better coverage of the world, but brief review of their nodes show that they do not even have servers in asia, there are few asian countries mentioned but nodes there are only PLANED (regarding the description provided at maxcdn website)

  29. Benny says:

    Hi John

    Thanks for the post, i read a lot about CDN and yes with CDN it can increase the speed of our site because they cache the content of our site, actually if we use hostgator we can get a free CDN too, we can easily integrate it to our blogs from our hostgator hosting cpanel inside.

  30. If you need a page to be secured (and still want to use a CDN) make sure you use a CDN that can do your secure urls too. Some CDNs do not support SSL.

    If you are on https://secure.yoursite.com/checkout/ and you serve images from http://cache.yoursite.com/ your customers will get a notice that not everything on the page is secure (the graphics being served from the CDN), and it may deter them from purchasing.

  31. Ari says:

    Hey, Thanks for this info John. I heard about this before but as you said that CDN is quite expensive. I will definitely try this.

    1. Fazal Mayar says:

      CDN isnt very expensive but it is costly somehow, this is free service so we should use it.

  32. Thanks for this post John! I’m now using this CDN since its a free service. Have you heard of CloudFlare? Have you looked into using them as well?

  33. Papa Bear says:

    Have been wondering how CDN services work.. Thanks for this post and now I am considering it out.

  34. Thank you for this information. I never read anything about it before. It’s a good idea to speed up the loading time. There are many impatient people online… I’m going to try it. I have many readers from everywhere.

  35. econetwatch says:

    This article is very useful to speed up blog access , as we all know that speed is also an important factor to improve the pagerank

  36. anitha says:

    content is the major one in seo we have to update it regularly

  37. jasmine says:

    i m posting articles in my blog regularly, because of that reason, my alexa is getting down, day by day.

  38. dave says:

    John, Great Post. I am trying out the CDN service with the plugin and it works great! My site now loads about 4 times faster! Thanks!

  39. if we update regularly alexa will get down

  40. singer divya says:

    yes i too believe this, because i m updating contents in my blogs regularly, because of that reason my alexa getting reduced day by day.

  41. singer divya says:

    by posting regular articles, we can do this.

  42. anitha says:

    content is the king as i read an article we should updating the blog regularly so its gives more worth

  43. guru says:

    I am headed there straight away! If its free and will result in quicker load times then there is no reason not to try.

  44. by having the featured post slide show, my blog is getting slow loading, will it cause anything.

  45. Hi im trying to use Speedy Mirror but for some reason the CSS dont charge when i go to view the site. Really stranger but want to know if someone has this problem too or how to fix it.

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