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Page speed, the number one SEO-factor of the now

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by M4GN3T, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. M4GN3T

    M4GN3T Junior Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I just wanted to share a tip with you guys that you probably already knew, but my recent experiences point out that page speed is the number one SEO-factor right now. I increased my sites speed from 4.2 second to 3.3 seconds and im seeing an immediate increase in visitors (and i didn't do anything else, its been steady for a long time).

    I wondered for the Wordpress folks out here, what are you doing to keep your blog fast and what is your average load time? Mine is between 2.9 and 3.3 for my blogs (pretty heavy image driven). Checking your pagespeed load time is possible in the Google Webmaster tools (http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2009/12/your-sites-performance-in-webmaster.html)
     
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    I heard that as a rule of thumb every second added to a page loading reduces traffic by about 10%. People are impatient!
     
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    Thanks for sharing
     
  4. ingredible

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    How did you increase your speed within wordpress? Very important for mee too, because alexa says that my site is too slow (I almost forgot to fix that, thanks)
     
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    Using the likes of; cacheing plug-ins, image compression, hosting large files on cloud servers such as Amazon S3, code minifying.

    A good test to see how fast your page speed is is Google's own Page Speed tool .

    It gives you a score out of 100, and advice based on your source-code to help you increase your page load speed.
     
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    ibmethatswhoib Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    try total cache plugin, that's what I use and seems to be the best for that.
     
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    I've known about this before, and it's not really news, but page speed does matter and does affect ranking a bit. As a Wordpress user, I use a caching plugin to cache all posts, but not the homepage. This way the homepage is always showing the latest stuff, while the older posts which are getting organic traffic, are cached, therefore greatly reducing the loading time.
     
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    Make sure you have a good host that's the first thing.

    Then watch your images and page elements.

    Images should be kept small as possible - common mistake is ppl resize images on the page rather than the actual file. Also use good web format (gif is good). If you serve alot of images, you can implement sprites (google it).

    If you use js make sure it's compressed down.

    Make sure you don't have too many elements to your page - don't use multiple CSS files unless necessary - extra elements slows down a site much more than less larger elements.

    A good place to go is website optimisation (google it) they have a free speed tester tool and it's the nuts.
     
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    joomla might be good for this reason. but for most of my sites the big issue is always caching.
     
  10. Drink More Tea

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    I would not have thought that Google would take much notice of this directly. Is a 50 kB page which takes 1 second to load better than a 100 kB page which takes 2 seconds? There are too many factors here which cannot reasonably be accounted for, so I'm not taking this too seriously.
     
  11. ingredible

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    ok thanks, my host don't allows me to use mod_gzip and mod_deflate so I can forget Page Caching. Or has anybody a solution for this problem (My hoster is 1&1, shard host, germany)
     
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    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Just make sure your page size is reasonable, don't go crazy over it.
     
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    ipage never gave me trouble with that.
     
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    Important factor yes...the number 1 ranking factor? No way!
     
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    True, might move you up a spot, valid code might move you up a spot, semantic code might move you up a spot, so might sensible alt tags on your images - so that's potentially 4 places, so as Tesco says "every little helps" ;)
     
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    If your in a very high competitive niche, like i am, and you write about the news that happens that day just like ur competitors..speed is a huge factor. Google have been advertising alot that they want to make the web faster. Google is going crazy over speed now-a-days i wouldn't believe it myself at first either, but when i did some research checked out the big guys..and implemented tweaks myself..within 5 days my traffic is increasing and still is.
     
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    At the very least it'll help with conversions, I know I get impatient with slow loading websites.
    I think my site needs a little tweeking so thanks for the reminder :D As tesco says...
     
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    Would going to a dedicated server from shared hosting,make a wordpress website increase in speed greatly?
     
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    I admit this has always bothered me and is one of those few things that just tend to give me brain freeze. My load times generally suck on average and I've tried caching plugins,gzip,etc etc but nothing seems to work like I need it to.

    How bout someone create a fiverr gig and link me to it to fix my site speed :)
     
  20. M4GN3T

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    Why don't u try out W3 Total Cache configured with a CDN and cloudlare? (https://www.cloudflare.com/)