Totally Free Online Image Optimizing Tool You’ll Thank Me For

Who can forget to not upload an image to their next blog post?

Who can go without an image?

Who does not know how powerful and important an image is for their content?

Now that having Pinterest amongst us, we certainly can’t leave the idea of not adding an image to miss traffic from Pinterest, right?

I am sure you don’t turn off the idea of an image’s importance out of your strategy. Not only it makes the content beautiful, it also is important to rank up your content using images in many search engines’ images searching.

But wait!

Are you uploading the images just like many on your blog?

Don’t you know how to trim down images?

Probably your software or online tool where you create the image does not have the function of trimming down the further?

Do you have an idea what I meant by trimming down an image?

Okay, let me begin with what I have loaded in my mind for it.

How I create an image

I am not good at designing and thus I seek direct help from @canva to create images for my blog posts. They have a pretty great online designing platform where anyone from newbie to advanced level of graphic designers can get their designs done using their filters, backgrounds, text, formatting, and everything there.

If you had selected their paid items to design your image, when you reach to the point of downloading the image, it will ask you to pay for the image to complete the download. There you will see how much it is and how many of the paid items you picked and their individual prices will show in the window.

Else, you can make use of their free items. Free covers wide range of items to design a good image.

How big is that image

It will be of course big. The images I create using Canva are easily above 300kB+ in size. Too much big, isn’t it?

Uploading it directly on the blog post is dangerous. Not dangerous to your life but for your blog site. 300kB can still take a time and a lot of time given the fact if one is accessing your blog post on a slow internet connection.

You gotta have to keep the size as much low as you can get to.

How to trim down the images then

Yeah, let’s do it! You have to trim down the images for sure to not make your site heavy in loading and the more users access the blog post, the more your web hosting bandwidth will be used up.

I do have a WordPress plugin installed with the name “EWWW Image Optimizer”, it does work good but recently something hit me as to why not go through two routes to further optimize the images.

How I found this great online image optimizing tool

Google and curiosity!

The online image optimizing tool that helping me

It is none other than!

Online Image Optimizer

Functions of this awesome image optimizing tool

First and foremost, it is free.

It works great.

Tremendous image optimizing tool I came across with recently.

Results are out of imagination.

How optimizilla works

Okay, here begins the important part.

Do these:

  1. Go to: http://optimizilla.com/
  2. Click on “UPLOAD FILES” and choose images in .PNG or .JPEG formats which you desire to optimize (in quality and size).
  3. Whether you upload one image or multiple images at the same time to optimize. Upon multiple, you will have to go through all the images one-by-one by clicking on thumbnails of each images to perform the optimization.
  4. For .JPEG images, you’ll see two windows where on left one, the original image will be shown at somewhat zoomed level to test out quality in depth. On the right side the preview of reduced image will be seen. On the very right side, you’ll see “Quality” bar to play up with quality of that .JPEG format’s image. That “Quality’ bar goes up to 100 to 10 where higher number makes the quality of image good and lower numbers decrease the quality. You can go up to 30 in quality but for the safe side, I’d recommend going for 50.
  5. For .PNG images, all will be the same as step 4 but instead of “Quality”, you’ll see “Color” bar to play with colors. The “Color” bar moves to 256 to 2 where higher the number represent best quality and lower the number reduces quality and the size. I’d recommend going for 128 in colors for your next .PNG format.
  6. Check the quality by moving the images clicked with mouse’s left button. Check it thoroughly if the pixels are broken and visible differences are being shown on the image(s).
  7. Once done, click on “Download All” and select “Save All” in pop-up window (Windows 8.1 and FireFox users). This will save it to your download’s folder set for your browser (in my case, FireFox and C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\Downloads\optimizilla.zip)
  8. As you can see the reduced images are downloaded in .zip format, you can extract it OR go into that .zip folder and Copy/Cut and Paste it to your desired location on your hard drive.
  9. That’s it! Enjoy the reduced images in size with your own control of setting the qualities.
NOTE: Any image(s) uploaded/submitted will be deleted after 1 hour as indicated on their footer. So, hurry up.

As you know that I have EWWW Image Optimizer plugin installed on my WordPress blog but it does not reduce much of the sizes of images even I don’t optimize the images through Optimizilla. As for optimized images from Optimizilla, the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin still does not reduce the images’ sizes in great numbers.

Here’s the intro of Optimizilla in video where I recorded how I use this great free online image optimizing tool called Optimizilla:

Over to you guys!

So guys, I have few questions for you before we wrap it up.

  • Do you care about reducing images’ sizes before using them on blog posts?
  • Do you know images can and do make the loading speed to increase?
  • Are you aware that images are one of the biggest bandwidth-hogging item?
  • Will you try Optimizilla to see how it works for you?
  • Which other online or offline image optimizing tools you use to reduce images’ sizes?

I’d love to know them in your comment!

I’d also love if you spread this blog post if you think it is worthy. Who knows this little tool could assist so many people making their page loading speed increasing due to using non-optimized images? 🙂

Enjoy! 🙂


What Do You Actually Blog For?

What do you really blog for?Yeah, that’s right – what do you blog for? Or about? Or why do you blog at all?

Do you have its answer?

You got one? Or many?

Well, some will answer with they blog for fun and some will say they do it to get noticed in the world. Some will say for the living.

Okay then. I guess I have those answers now, probably.

Now that if I squeeze every answers together, I will come up with that everyone blog for their blogs to grow, right?

Is that correct what I came up with?

If so, most of the people don’t blog for blogging or for their blogs. And I am saddened to find myself in the queue of such bloggers.

Let me tell you why we (most of us) don’t blog for blogging

When we take our pen, paper or keyboard out to write something, the core focus we build deep inside our minds that we are going to craft an ever-green content (article) that will push our blogs to highest level in the skies.

The other thing we develop in our minds as well that our content which is not yet born, will open the flood gates of comments. People chiming in appreciating the content, sharing it like no one ever read/saw the written words. Something memorable. – Don’t mind because most of us keep such curiosity in our minds and hearts.

So what’s the end thing then?

Definitely it is our blogs.

We do everything for our blogs, correct? Every effort, every action and every thoughts we simply do/take for our blogs, right?

But something is not right. – We have different focuses and intentions cooking up inside our self.

While we all agree we blog to make our blogs to grow, win the subscribers, loyal readers, great comments, etc. to advance as a serious bloggers over our journey to success but on the other hand, we are very non-serious due to overwhelming with options, interests and priorities.

Why our unclear priorities make us non-serious bloggers

Yeah, too right that it/they does/do. Priorities after priorities lead us into non-seriousness phase of the blogging world.

[Tweet “The intention to grow into every single thing is a killer of our blogging journey.”]

Yup, they are.

I am not going after series of priorities. I will just cover one priority which is the one big killer of our passion – Blogging.

What is that one notable unclear priority then

Social media.. Yeah..

What makes social media score as an unclear priority

Well, because it is.

I agree that it is part of our blogging journey because it enables us to be explored by many like-minded people with whom it can take time to meet through our blogs.

And we have our social accounts put up there on our blogs so it has some reason, and some value.

Okay, I cannot deny these things and I don’t want to because I know how powerful our social media’s presence is.

But I am complaining about the social widgets. Long-scrollable social widgets in sidebar, social accounts’ pop-ups, and anything social that are distracting your visitors.

What is good then

Plain simple social icons to show you’re there on social media.

Theory behind why I dislike social invasion

Now as it is clear that we blog to make our blogs to grow.

And we do NOT work for any social media companies but for our self.

And as we don’t work for social media companies, our blogs are not up to promote their products. Neither to promote our social accounts nor we intend to because all we need our readers to read and engage with our content on the blog we wrote, we write and we will keep writing for them.

The social invasion with popups, widgets, etc. makes me fee like:

Hey! Forget about my blog posts. Instead check what I am doing over my social accounts.

Which splits the situation further into:

  • It seems like you’re inviting your audience to join your social accounts.
  • You’re not wanting them to read your content.
  • You don’t want to make them stay a minute on your blog but head straight to your social media accounts.
  • You want to grow just your social accounts.
  • You entirely don’t want to grow your blog.

Does they relate? Make sense?

In short, our blogs are NOT to promote how much fans we got over social media but to expose how much we care about our blog, our content and the audience.

Please, I am not against social media

Seriously I am not. I am just against the forced methods to let the audience jump over social media accounts the minute they visit the blogs and distract them to derail their focus off the content.

What I am up for instead hating forced methods to increase fan-base over social media

Yeah, that’s the thing I wanted to spill around this post. If for many times, let it be because that’s the very thing I so thought to write about.

Leaving forced methods in the back-burner, you’re okay to use icons to represent your social media presence.

That’s too much of a fact that almost everyone is up on social media. With personal accounts to business accounts but when it comes to blogging or blog sites, we do admit our core value is to keep the audience/visitors so busy in our content that they just do two things – two simple things to read and convert or subscribe to newsletters and nothing else.

With the icons, you’re representing that you’re there on social media which is fine. Using the widgets, pop-ups, etc. to like/follow you on social media websites are an instant distraction.

Looking at the feeds, they may shift their thoughts or probably energy towards what possibly could be happening on your social accounts and that’s the no-no for your content. Little bit of a distraction can steer them off the content and it may not be read entirely OR with less deliberation.

So, do just these two things

  1.  Place social icons, plain simple or with numbers inside them.
  2. Enhance your subscription/conversion system but mildly-forcible (I’ll cover later what makes them forcible).

And then do NOT do these things

  • Don’t embed social feeds.
  • Don’t push readers to follow/like your social accounts from Twitter, Pinterest, Goole+, FaceBook, etc with forced methods like pop-ups, widgets, sidebars, etc.

Over to you, fellas!

What do you think of all this thing?

Are you in favor or opposition of such social media popups, widgets, scroll-able feeds, etc. and why?

Do let me know in the comment!

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