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Page rank and website speed ??

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by StarBeltMarketer, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. StarBeltMarketer

    StarBeltMarketer Junior Member

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    I've finally ranked for one of my sites. I'm using bluehost for hosting my site. I have read reviews of them being slow and from my experience is that they are slow, meaning my website loads up slowly compared to others. Wish I would have known before I signed up to them. But my question is will this hurt my page rank. Could I be held back from position 1 for having a slow site? And am I stuck with having this slowness or can I upgrade somehow to a faster server?

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  2. Toples

    Toples Regular Member

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    from what i've read on what G-man say, YES it matters, but it accounts for less than 1% algo...

    i think google doesn't look at exact loading time of page, but it tryes to find out if you made all changes to make your site faster (like compressing pictures, etc...)
     
  3. GrizzlyAdams

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    I think Google confirmed that it does matter. I don't have a source just remember reading it.

    It will certainly however have a negative impact on anyone that visits the site, and you don't want that.

    I suggest you turn that slow host into a blog / content farm and use it for back links to your main site that you move to a better host.
     
  4. seo jack

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    Sure it matters but it is very minor compared to other things it takes into consideration.
     
  5. Narrator

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    I don't think it is a big deal unless your site is incredibly slow.
     
  6. StarBeltMarketer

    StarBeltMarketer Junior Member

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    If I get lots of traffic it might cause load times to increase. Is it possible to upgrade my bluehost account to get a faster website ?
     
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    If you are using wordpress you could try seriously tweaking your website. Use a chaching plugin for instance. A lot of these budget hosts have a decent speed for static files but their database connection is rather slow. By using a caching plugin you are bypassing the database server and just serving up a static page which is much faster.
     
  8. ajithrocksca

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    If you are running wordpress then use w3 total cache and db cache. This will help a lot in speeding up your site. use firebug and pagespeed plugin for firefox, test your site and do the needful. Even if your site is a bit slow, but if you have done everything possible to speed up your site and give good user experience, then your ranking will not be affected.

    Compress your css files, Avoid lot of java scripts within the page. And finally congrats for getting your page on top..
     
  9. SuperLinks

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    PageRank =/= SERP rankings.....

    Your talking about actual rankings, in which case yes your rankings can be affected by page speed. Generally if your sites slow, you'll have a high bounce rate back to the SERPs which can affect your overall rankings.
     
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    second that...
     
  11. Chrisss

    Chrisss Senior Member

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    G does pay attention to your site speed. Not a lot, but a lot of small things can add up, specially if you are working with high competitive kw.

    Before considering changing host, then work with your onsite seo. Minimize your photos and make the best compression. Use gzip and cache for your site etc.

    There are a lot of things you can do, before moving to a faster (and most likely expensive) host.
     
  12. thetraveller

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    Put it this way, regardless of google penalty, do you like to spend time on a site where pages are opening slow ? Think about how many visitors/clients will fly.