Google has previously stated that how fast your page load may effect your SEO rank.
Now Google has put out a tool that tests your Page Performance and gives you hints and tips on how to increase it.
In a post on Google’s blog by Ram Ramani, Engineering Manager, Google announced it had rolled out a new product “Page Speed performance” on Friday which test the speed of your site from various locations around the world of your choosing from a drop down menu.
You can access the Google Speed Test here
I just ran it through for TheDomains.com and it showed the following:
Page Speed Service Comparison for https://www.thedomains.com
|Page Load Time||5.579s||5.703s||+0.124s (2.2%)|
|Repeat View Page Load Time||4.602s||4.365s||-0.237s (5.1%)|
|Full Test Result||
So it looks like we are doing pretty good or at least as well as we can based on the content and ads we carry.
Here is the info from the blog:
Two years ago we released the Page Speed browser extension and earlier this year the Page Speed Online API to provide developers with specific suggestions to make their web pages faster.
Last year we released mod_pagespeed, an Apache module, to automatically rewrite web pages. To further simplify the life of webmasters and to avoid the hassles of installation, today we are releasing the latest addition to the Page Speed family: Page Speed Service.
Page Speed Service is an online service that automatically speeds up loading of your web pages. To use the service, you need to sign up and point your site’s DNS entry to Google. Page Speed Service fetches content from your servers, rewrites your pages by applying web performance best practices, and serves them to end users via Google’s servers across the globe. Your users will continue to access your site just as they did before, only with faster load times. Now you don’t have to worry about concatenating CSS, compressing images, caching, gzipping resources or other web performance best practices.
In our testing we have seen speed improvements of 25% to 60% on several sites. But we know you care most about the numbers for your site, so check out how much Page Speed Service can speed up your site. If you’re encouraged by the results, please sign up. If not, be sure to check back later. We are diligently working on adding more improvements to the service.
At this time, Page Speed Service is being offered to a limited set of webmasters free of charge. Pricing will be competitive and details will be made available later. You can request access to the service by filling out this web form.
Update 7/29/11: We were notified of a bug in the measurement tool that sometimes causes incorrect measurements. If your results indicated a slowdown on your pages, please run the tests again, and make sure you specify a fully qualified domain such as www.example.com. We apologize for any inconvenience and confusion this may have caused.
Measurement tests run for bare domains (such as example.com, without the prefix www) previously indicated that pages were loading more slowly, rather than speeding up, when using Page Speed Service. The test results page now prominently notifies you of this when you visit this page, if this error applies to you. Please check your old measurement results page if this bug applies to you. Running the tests again with the fully qualified domain such as www.example.com usually fixes the issue and gives you the correct measurement.
faster sites = less bandwidth = more profits for Google
It is common knowledge sites with Adsense slow the load time down. Would someone experiment with an Adsense site, and post the results in the comments?
My suggestion to Google is: make your code more efficient, so it doesn’t slow down our pages!
Will there be another international diversified mismanagement government program (funded by 10 cents per renewal) that will fund slower sites with faster servers / ISP’s so they can compete with those greedy capitalist Faster sites – afterall isn’t the Internet all about equal access. We really do need to start “penalizing” technology for getting faster and more effieicent.
Hilariously there is a 7 minute wait on running the test currently. It has affected google’s ranking in my list of search engine service providers 😉
Therefore faster sites means more money for all stake holders involved: ISPs, Consumers/users, advertisers, Websites and of course Google.
yes, Google is “cash optimized” 🙂
Actually this is really good service, the site I tested got performance boost of 10-13%. Well it isn’t huge number, but I believe that this may affect page view done by visitors not significantly but still
.Me of course! says
Got the following:
Our servers are in Europe, half of the world away from Google test centre.
Licking Google, Microsoft and Yahoo cavity is only for the naive and impressionable. Be part of your own business model – not part of a bunch of corporate lifer/ loosers climbing a latter where mediocrity in an unacheivable dream. Per another post, it sounds like this stat is all a part of rationalizing google “ANAL”ytics.
Palm Beach Photographer says
Yes those sites with all those adsense ads really can slow things down. Very few of us own our servers that our web sites are hosted on and are at the mercy of the hosting firms. As long as the pages are not dial up connections, the speed should not be a big deal. I like to take and post pictures and you know large images slow down a web pages loading speed. Text on the other hand shall load quickly.
i dont how to use Page Speed Service,hope to tell me THs
Good information useful for SEO Users