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After several encounters with horrible web hosting providers, I have learned things the hard way but I certainly believe that it’s all worth it anyway. Looking at the brighter side of things always has its rewards.
I may not be the savviest blogger out there but neither that I claim to be one. I just do my stuff and that’s it.
One of the realizations I’ve had with my hosting experience has something to do with server hosted images. When I started self-hosting this blog, I normally upload the photos or screenshots on my web server. Novice that I am, I certainly don’t have an idea how to back up my image files from my database so it’s been a pain uploading images again after each transfer but after I decided that I should take the route of hosting my images on free third-party hosting sites, that’s when I’ve finally come up with these observations:
While hosting images on your server is a good idea especially if you’re optimizing for Google Image search as image URLs get indexed, it’s not at all practical if you’re on a shared hosting especially those accounts with limited space and bandwidth.
The traffic you can get out of Google Image results may vary depending on your site or blog’s topic. Most of the time, you might be losing bandwidth that you don’t even realize. Preventing your images from hot linking ( also known as inline linking, leeching, piggy-backing, direct linking, offsite image grabbing or bandwidth theft) will do the trick otherwise you might just end up paying more for something that you didn’t even use.
Uploading images on your server can slow down page load. Large images which are not optimized will take a while to load thus creating annoyance on your readers. However, if you’re willing to pay for a VPS or dedicated server, then go head but for practical reasons, why bother hosting your images when you’re not getting any traffic or revenue out of it?
Regardless if your blog is optimized for Google Image search or not, people will come and read your blog not because of the image they saw but because of the value they can get out of your content.
So if you can maximize your revenue by not spending anything for image hosting and not paying much for your web server costs, I believe that the only trouble left for you is how you can create compelling content that will attract consistent and not fly-by readers to your site.
If you have something to share be it an affirmation or opposition to what I’ve shared on this post, feel free to have your say at the comment’s section.
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